The Advisory Committee will provide strategic guidance as connectors and representatives of the collaboration community we are building.
Mechanical Engineering Student
Boise State University
Camille is involved in various leadership positions and projects in the STEM fields. Her work ranges from the University Team Lead for NASA’s Microgravity program MicroGNExT (a group that is working to develop a method that will help astronauts gather rocks on asteroid missions), to Research Assistant, to EPO writer for NASA, to serving as a mentor for Strive For College – Boise State Chapter, and Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars. She is a past Vice President of the National Society of Black Engineers and Vice President of the Boise State chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Camille was chosen to introduce President Obama for his speech at Boise State on January 21st. In President Obama's speech he said “It's this engagement in the STEM field that makes Camille a role model for many young college students. She’s a great example of why we’re encouraging more women and more minorities to study in high-paying fields that traditionally they haven't always participated in -- in math and science and engineering and technology”
Dr. Johnny Johnson
Owner of Western OB/GYN Associates and Clinical Professor at
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center & SpaceHorizons Project Board Member
Dr. Johnson is President of the Mile High Medical Society - a medical society for minority doctors to mentor and support medical students and residents. Dr. Johnson is also a member of the Colorado Medical Society, a past President of the Denver Medical Society, and past member of the Board of Directors at Denver Health. He is also chairman of the Board of Deacons at New Hope Baptist Church. Dr. Johnson is also a charter member of Delta Eta Boule of Sigma Pi Phi - the first Greek letter fraternity to be founded by African American men.
Dr. Matt Gordon
Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering
University of Denver and SpaceHorizons Project Board Member
Dr. Gordon's research areas include numerical and experimental plasma physics, chemical and physical vapor deposition, electronic packaging, and bio-medical engineering. Dr. Gordon is an avid supporter of STEM initiatives. He gives talks to local K-12 programs promoting engineering and directs the DU Summer engineering camp for 8th-12th graders. Dr. Gordon established the first engineering co-op program at DU and is a member of the South Metro Chamber's STEM coalition. The DU engineering curriculum is structured to be STEM friendly and Dr. Gordon will be our gateway into the substantial expertise/knowledge that the University of Denver offers. We thank Dr. Gordon and the University of Denver for their support. Dr. Gordon's passion and enthusiasm will add great value to our team.
Public Figure & SpaceHorizons Project Board Member
Lydia is a AFI Best Actress nominee, People's Choice Award winner; teen mentor; women and children's advocate; maker, producer, director, author, comedienne; and talk show host. She is developing several new shows for HGTV, DIY, and Discovery involving innovators and makers. Her favorite obsession is NASA-JPL, the Griffith Park Observatory and Mt. Wilson. She is working with a team of young women scientists to bring a line of inspiring new products to market. Her charity work includes High Hopes Tramautic brain Injury; FSH Muscular Dystrophy; drug and alcohol recovery; and Autism Awareness. Ms. Cornell is best know as the star of ABC's hit series Too Close for Comfort as the daughter of Emmy-winning legend Ted Knight. Shereceived the Southern California Motion Picture Council's Golden Halo Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Cornell wants to encourage women to focus on their brains, not their looks.
Dr. William Frazier
Systems Architect - Project Formulation
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Dr. Frazier is a Chief Engineer/Lead Systems with over 30 years of expertise in systems engineering, mission design, spacecraft, sensors, and ground system development. Astute in leadership of teams in space system design, with proven strength in all aspects of systems engineering at all life cycle phases. He has particular strengths in remote sensing business development and leadership of space system development teams.
Dr. Frazier holds a MS degree in Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical Engineering and a PhD, Aerospace from the University of Colorado.
Emmy Award Winning Writer, Director, Producer
Tod Mesirow is a three-time Emmy award winning writer, director, producer, showrunner, and creator. He's worked on five continents and filmed in unforgiving as the slopes of Mt. Ararat. He ran series like "Monster Garage" and "Mythbusters", executive produced "Overhaulin " and "Ultimate Car Build Off," and created the PBS series "Wired Science" with Wired magazine. He served as Executive Consultant on the Discovery series "Smash Lab" and "Stuff Happens." He won a Cinarchea Award for his documentary "Ancient City: Found and Lost." Mesirow holds a BA in Economics from Lafayette College where he won the MacKnight Black Poetry and Literature Prize. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America.
Janiese Finney, RN
Loving Hands Children's Home
I have had the pleasure of serving within the healthcare field for 17 years. As a child whose life was severely altered as a result of violence, my hearts response was one which rejected ferocity and brutality and moved to embrace a passion deep within. I was inspired to be the support and difference in the lives of children in need of a loving hand. As a single parent, I put myself through college and nursing school in effort to become a positive role model for my children. I have devoted myself to health maintenance and promotion. Pediatric care has blossomed into my unyielding passion! My heart was lead to build an organization which sought to rescue and provide care and support those who needed it most, our children! Loving Hands Children's Home is an organization that provides living accommodations and care for displaced & medically fragile children. My organizations goal and vision is to maintain a reputation of honor and integrity, while providing a world of compassion and excellence in care, with something positive to look forward to in each and every day. My mission is to promote dignity and the highest esteem in our clients while providing safe and compassionate care. Our facility and care providers devote themselves to giving consistent,ethical and quality service. We find great fulfillment, in knowing that our services exceed industry standards and reflect our benevolence and pride.
Dr. Antonia Zaferiou
PhD, Biomedical Engineering
University of Southern California
Originally from New York, she earned a B.E in Mechanical Engineering from the Cooper Union. She recently earned her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at USC, where she studied the body's control and dynamics during turning tasks. As a dancer, Antonia lives her life fascinated by the details and importance of how people control their body movements. Growing up with this mindset, she became very interested in finding ways to help individuals who do not currently have control over their body movements. She pursued mechanical engineering because she enjoyed physics, building, and figuring out how things work. During her undergraduate studies, she found a relatively uncharted area between mechanics and dance that she decided to explore. She is excited that her current work incorporates all of her interests while expanding our current understanding of control and dynamics. She aspires to use her unique perspective, skill-set, and strong foundation in mechanical engineering to make significant contributions to help individuals with control deficits. Antonia believes that this can be achieved by creatively communicating results of mechanically-founded investigation of an individual's performance. Antonia is dedicated to teach scientific fundamentals in creative ways and is thrilled to participate in various STE(A)M outreach activities. She explains "We are surrounded by Science and Engineering, which makes it very easy to leverage students' extracurricular interests to foster lasting interest in and contributions to STEM related fields". Her favorite part of teaching is facilitating a student's realization the engineering and science require creativity and rely on the passions of that student's generation. Antonia's passion for STEM and community will be of great value to SpaceHorizons, and we welcome her to the team.
Senior Frontline Organizer
Ms. Amato is a Senior Frontline Organizer at NationBuilder where she helps NationBuilder's customers harnessing the power of the internet to further their causes. While at USC, she organized students and parents in the fight for quality education through her involvement with Chicanos for Progressive Education, The Joint Educational Project, and Teach for Los Angeles. She spent her summers doing research on the topic for both the Los Angeles Parent Engagement Study and the LA Parent Engagement Study at USC. Ms. Amato spent a semester studying abroad in Chile during the national student education reform movement, where she witnessed the power of social media in movement building. Soon after, she found out about an incredible company called NationBuilder that was helping leaders across the world use technology to lead such movements and knew she had to be a part of it. Ms. Amato is an advisory board member of LAtinas where she works with local young latinas to help them achieve a rewarding career of public service. She is also on the board of New Leaders Council – Los Angeles where she helps diverse progressive leaders best empower their communities.
Dr. Mitchell L.R. Walker
Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Mitchell L. R. Walker is an Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he directs the High-Power Electric Propulsion Laboratory. He received his B.S.E., M.S.E, and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, where he specialized in plasma physics and advanced space propulsion. His primary research interests include both experimental and theoretical studies of advanced plasma propulsion concepts for spacecraft and fundamental plasma physics. His research activities include vacuum facility effects, helicon plasma sources, electron emission from carbon nanotubes, plasma-material interactions, Hall effect thrusters, gridded ion engines, MPD thrusters, and a suite of diagnostics for plasma interrogation and thruster characterization. Professor Walker has authored more than 90 journal articles and conference papers in the fields of electric propulsion and plasma physics. He is the recipient of an Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program Award, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Lawrence Sperry Award, and a NASA Faculty Fellow Award. Professor Walker is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, serves on the AIAA Electric Propulsion Technical Committee, and is an Associate Fellow of AIAA. He also serves on the National Institute for Rocket Propulsion Systems Technology Solutions Committee.
Boeing Satellite Systems
Aerospace engineer by day, STEM enthusiast and educator by night - Madeline is a first-generation college graduate, an MIT alumnus and a leader in the engineering field. At the young age of 23, Salazar has already experienced a variety of positions in various companies including NASA, Boeing and the US Navy. Thru each of these experiences she has grown passionate for technology and engineering education for all ages and she exercises this passion as a co-founder of the non-profit organization, Latinas in STEM and now as co-founder of Tech Camp LA. Most recently, she was recognized for both her technical and community contributions as Most Promising Engineer at the 2014 HENAAC Awards. Madeline is also an alumnus of Roosevelt High School – the site of SpaceHorizon’s pilot program.
Kamala Lopez (Yale University BA)
Actress, Director, and Political Activist
Kamala Lopez is an award-winning actress, screenwriter, director and producer. Born in New York City to an Indian mother and a Venezuelan father, Lopez lived with her parents in Caracas until age 14 when the family returned to the United States. Her feature directorial debut, A Single Woman, about the life of first Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin, won the 2009 Exceptional Merit in Media Award from the National Women’s Political Caucus and screened by invitation in the United States Congress, at the Smithsonian Institution, the United Nationsand National Arts Club as well as universities across the country. In 2012 her short Spanish-language film Ese Beso won the Audience Award at the Boyle Heights Latina Film Festival.Her romantic comedy feature film (writer/actress/producer) Legal Affairs goes into production the summer of 2013.
Lopez is Founder and Executive Director of The ERA Education Project, a new national media campaign to educate the public about the need to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. She is the Founding Director of the Los Angeles Bureau of GlobalGirl Media, which nurtures the voices and self-expression of young girls internationally. Lopez sits on the Boards of Girls & Gangs and The Women’s International Film and Television Showcase. She served on the Board of Young Artists United and has worked with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s Office in his Parnership for L.A. Schools in South Central Los Angeles as well as working with H.E.A.R.T., the L.A. Unified School District’s Gang and Crime Prevention Unit.
Tyrie Mitchell is a Raytheon Systems Engineer for Radar Systems under the Systems Verification Center located in El Segundo, CA. She received her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at California State University of Los Angeles. In 2008, Tyrie started her career at Raytheon Company. Since her time at Raytheon, she has had the privilege to work on both the Space and Radar sector of the company as an System’s Test and Integration Engineer. .
Since her employment at Raytheon, she has become a Mathmovesu Embassador to support her company initiatives to promote STEM Education. Not only has Tyrie dedicated her life to helping her fellow neighbors and local communities, Tyrie has taken on more extensive roles supporting children advocacy in STEM fields on a Regional level. She currently serves as the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Regional Professional Programs Chair.
Recently, Tyrie became the founder of a company called Ideaforme. This non-profit is known for delivering high energy, “Science Workshops for Kids”, of all ages. The science and math programming of Ideaforme supports organizations in Los Angeles, Lynwood, Compton, Inglewood, and Long Beach by providing STEM experience and exposure for K-12 kids.
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
Heather has over 10 years experience in senior nonprofit management through Junior Achievement, the Girl Scouts (both in the USA and Europe) and Heal the Bay. She holds a BA in Biology from Rhode Island College and has completed all coursework for a Masters in General Biology through Mississippi State University’s Distance Learning program. Heather’s passion for science education comes from a long line of science educators. Her father was a Biology professor for over 37 years and her grandfather a high school science teacher. Heather's love of space exploration was honed via nights watching Star Trek with her father, visiting observatories together and staying up late to watch meteor showers or catch a glimpse of a planet. Currently Heather is in charge of Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium’s operations and fundraising as well as she is the Santa Monica Pier's Educational Programming Curator and hosts LA's regional Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. When not advocating for the Aquarium, Heather loves art, snowboarding and hiking.
Executive Director for Student Success, Office of Diversity
University of Colorado - Boulder
David is the Executive Director for Student Success in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement at CU-Boulder, where he provides leadership for numerous pre-college outreach programs (serving more than 1,400 middle and high school students ) and the CU-LEAD Alliance academic excellence learning communities (serving more than 1,600 undergraduates). He previously served as director of the Multicultural Engineering Program in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU-Boulder, manager of training and development for INROADS/Colorado, Inc., and admissions counselor at CU-Boulder. He has participated on numerous regional and national committees to advance diversity in the science, technology, mathematics and engineering fields.
University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts
Mischa Cantu is currently a graduate student in the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. She bears a directing emphasis in her Film and Television Production major. Coming from a Mexican American/Afghan ethnic background, Cantu is a writer and director with a deep love of culture and history. In the fall of 2013 she wrote and directed a short, Afghan, war film titled Fruit of the Spirit. In the Spring of 2014, Cantu co-produced Paisley Smith’s documentary film, Peace Daal Partition which addresses the transmission of trauma in the 1947 Partition of India. In that same semester she also served as Associate Producer for USC Professor Pablo Frasconi’s Light at Walden feature documentary. This spring Cantu's documentary titled Steam Dream which centers on her personal passion- the retro-futuristic aesthetic “Steampunk” was part of the Cannes' Festival Short Film Corner.
Cathalina A. Juarez
Program Manager and Researcher
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Cathalina Juarez has over 8 years of experience leading college access and retention programs. She stays abreast of education research on underserved and unrepresented students in STEM to apply best practices in programs she leads. She currently leads the implementation of professional development programming on behalf of the NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative grant for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Institute (HSFI) to support the retention of college students pursuing STEM degrees at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).
Prior to joining HSFI, Cathalina provided expert advocacy in the outreach, identification, engagement, recruitment, and retention of undergraduate and graduate students attending HSIs and entering the NASA and STEM workforce pipeline at the Hispanic College Fund (HCF). She designed the college leader recruitment strategy as well as trained college student leaders for seven of HCF’s Hispanic Youth Institute (HYI) programs that served more than 500 high school students across the nation.
Cathalina graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with bachelor’s degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Psychology. She obtained her master’s degree in Education from California State University, Long Beach. Through her academic, volunteer, and work experience, Cathalina has developed a great interest in inspiring and engaging students in STEM fields.
Emmy Award Winning VFX Producer
Sabrina Arnold is a California native who graduated from San Francisco State University with a passion for Post Production. She has worked in the film industry since 2002, in Editorial, Stereo Conversion, and Visual Effects, producing projects from all aspects of Visual Effects Production; including gaming, commercials, television, and feature films. She has produced for such noted studios as CBS, FOX, ABC, Dimension Films, Dreamworks, Lionsgate, Sony and Marvel.
Her television work has garnered her a VES Award and an Emmy Award for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, along with a multiple VES nomination’s and an Emmy nomination in 2014 and 2015, for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Her credits include Battlestar Galactica, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, 24, FlashForward, Southland, Top Gun, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Priest, and Life of Pi. Sabrina is currently the lead Visual Effects Producer on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Penelope Eucker, PhD
CEO of the STEM School and Academy
Dr. Eucker has served as the CEO of the charter school since 2012 and has over 20 years of experience as an educator and advocate for STEM education. Dr. Eucker’s educational background includes a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Innovation and Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction, both from the university of Colorado, School of Education. Additionally, D. Eucker holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Geology from the University of Georgia and was a Fellow for the National Academy for Science and Mathematics.
Prior to joining STEM School and Academy, Dr. Eucker designed and partnered with industry to develop the high achieving K-8 STEM Magnet Lab School in Adams 12 Five Star Schools. As the inaugural principal, Dr. Eucker worked with staff and industry partners to create a unique model for STEM education. Dr. Eucker’s background includes serving a high school chemistry teacher and working with at-risk students.rior to joining STEM School and Academy, Dr. Eucker designed and partnered with industry to develop the high achieving K-8 STEM Magnet Lab School in Adams 12 Five Star Schools. As the inaugural principal, Dr. Eucker worked with staff and industry partners to create a unique model for STEM education. Dr. Eucker’s background includes serving a high school chemistry teacher and working with at-risk students.