It is the belief of the MiSTEM Network that all students impact economic growth through professional and personal fulfillment through equitable access to rich STEM experiences. Together the MiSTEM Network can collaborate to create a vibrant and equitable culture that meets future demands. The MiSTEM Network is building a sustainable and equitable cross-disciplinary STEM culture.

The Vision

The Pillars

The Council report lists four pillars as necessary components to establish a system that will produce STEM-equipped students and educators. These pillars are: create a STEM culture, empower STEM teachers, integrate business and education, and ensure high-quality STEM experiences. The work of the MiSTEM Network is to build on existing STEM networks to create a STEM ecosystem that supports and implements the components outlined in the four pillars.

State Network

Information about the Executive Director and Regional Directors across the state can be found at the state MiSTEM Network website.

Northwestern Lower MiSTEM Region

Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau counties

Advisory Council Members

Ed Bailey, Director of Technical Academic Area, Northwestern Michigan Community College

Molly Ames Baker

Paul Bauer, Instructional Services Director, Traverse Bay Area ISD

Kris Galoci, Math Teacher, The Greenspire School

Mike Groleau, Project Manager, RJG Inc.

Scott Koziol, Director of Instruction, Charlevoix-Emmet ISD

Pat Lamb, Career Tech Center Principal, Traverse Bay Area ISD

Cheri Leach, CEO & Program Officer, Raven Hill Discovery Center

Philip Leete, Owner, Quarkmine

Heidi Maltby-Skodack, Director of School Improvement & STEM/CTE, Traverse City Area Public Schools

Janie McNabb, Owner, McNabb Insight Solutions

Chelsea Nester, Program Coordinator, Grand Traverse Stewardship Initiative

Dan Reardon, Education Consultant, Michigan Department of Education

Jim Rummer, Career and Technical Education Director, Charlevoix-Emmet ISD

Becky Smith, K-12 STEM & Data Coach, Public Schools of Petoskey

Gina Thornbury, Program Officer, Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation

Terry Vandercook, Director, Northwest Michigan Works!

Shelly VanderMeulen, Career Facilitator, Northwest Michigan Works!

Susan Ward, Apprenticeship Specialist, Northwest Michigan Works!