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Leadership Advisory Board

Meet the Board

Leadership Advisory Board | Annette Parker

Annette parker, Ph.D.

President, South Central College

Annette Parker has a history with the auto industry, where she worked for GM before shifting gears to higher education. First as an instructor and administrator at Lansing Community College and then with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, where she led the Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative, a National Science Foundation Advanced Automotive Manufacturing Center of Excellence. In 2013, she became the first woman and the first person of color to serve as President of South Central College, part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. In 2017, South Central College joined Achieving the Dream (ATD) and became an ATD Leader College in 2022. Dr. Parker serves on local, regional and national boards to advance the college’s mission and support regional economic competitiveness.

Renuka Prabhakar

Professor, Engineering Everett Community College

Gregory A. Rogers, M.ED.

Director of Institutional Research, Polk State College

Greg Rogers is currently Director of Institutional Research at Polk State College in Winter Haven, Florida. He came back out of retirement to take this position after 30 years in institutional research and business intelligence at various universities. He has managed and directed offices at Kent State University, DePaul University, University of Nebraska, and University of Miami in Florida. His main goal at all was to change focus and campus culture to a data driven strategic environment for decision making and planning. With major emphasis on data for student success, enrollment management, and business Intelligence. He worked to develop trust, accuracy, and the I.R. Office being the single source of truth for decision support and reporting. He chaired the Data Warehouse Committee at the University of Miami with 20 members from departments across campus to bring up the design of the new Oracle Data Warehouse.

Greg holds Bachelors and Masters (M.Ed.) degrees from Kent State University in Ohio. Greg has served as consultant on institutional research and enrollment management to the University of Michigan, The Ohio State University, Southern Illinois University, Ashland University, and Southeast Missouri State University.

Mary Slowinski

Faculty, Digital Media Arts Bellevue College

Mary Slowinski, Ph.D. is an educator, researcher, and consultant specializing in collaborative learning and program development in support of workforce education. She is PI for the Working Partners Workshops, an NSF-ATE funded special project, which provide tools and support to educators and institutions seeking to cultivate and sustain robust industry relationships, and co-PI for the Working Partners Research Project which studies such partnerships and has produced vetted partnership models and tools for their enhancement.

Mary received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Learning Science and Human Cognition and is tenured faculty and former program chair of the Digital Media Arts program at Bellevue College in Washington State, where she also served as Director of Curriculum Design Services for several years.

As a consultant, Mary has provided a broad range of services for grant-funded initiatives often from conception to completion. Examples include developmental lead for a biotech educator community of practice, learning coordinator for three renewable energy international faculty projects, and design lead for incorporating problem-based learning into advanced manufacturing curricula. As a national DACUM-certified facilitator, she frequently coordinates, facilitates and analyzes the results of industry focus groups for programs seeking to improve their alignment with regional workforce needs.

Thomas Tubon

Chief Workforce Development Officer BioMADE

Dr. Thomas Tubon is an established scientist and professor in the Biotechnology Department at Madison College and is an honorary research fellow at UW Madison. He teaches program courses in the Applied Associates Degree in Biotechnology, Post-Baccalaureate Certificates in Biotechnology, and Human Stem Cell Technologies. He currently serves as the Principal Investigator and Director for the National Science Foundation – Advanced Technological Education (NSF ATE) initiative to create a National Coordination Network for Cell and Tissue Manufacturing. He holds appointments as a CoPI for the NSF ATE InnovATEBIO National Center for Biotechnology Education, and with the NSF National Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS), which is focused on supporting broader impacts. Dr. Tubon oversees development of community college technical bioscience workforce and strategic implementation for local, regional, and national-level program scale-up. In this role, he has facilitated the creation of a broad network of industry, community, and academic stakeholders through outreach and education initiatives empowering career pathways in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Prior to joining the Biotechnology Department at Madison College in 2008, Dr. Tubon held a position at the University of Madison, Wisconsin in the Department of Medical Genetics as an NIH-awarded research fellow.

Dr. Tubon holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from Stony Brook University and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and a BS in Molecular Biology from San Diego State University.

Ileana Vasu

Professor, Mathematics Holyoke Community College

Principal Investigator

David R. Brown, Ph.D.

is an emeritus faculty member from the Department of Chemistry at Southwestern College, one of the 116 California community colleges. Brown holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, earned a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and undertook postdoctoral research at the University of California, San Diego. He has made broadening participation in the STEM enterprise by groups traditionally underrepresented the focal point of his professional efforts. David has enjoyed significant engagement with the National Science Foundation (NSF), having served as a Principal Investigator on sixteen NSF grants and sub-awards that have supported a variety of projects in curriculum and program development, faculty professional development, science outreach to the public and undergraduate research. Furthermore, from August of 2012 through August of 2015, Brown served as a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the NSF. His efforts to broaden participation in STEM were honored in 2007 with the Stanley C. Israel Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences from the American Chemical Society Western Region, and in 2012 Brown received the Award for Incorporating Sustainability into Chemistry Education from the American Chemical Society Committee on Environmental Improvement.


Maria L. Espino, Ph.D.

(she/her/ella) earned her PhD in the Higher Education Administration Program from Iowa State University. Her dissertation explored how Latin* first-generation, low-income early college high school graduates are transitioning to a four-year institution. She obtained her Master’s degree in Educational Policy and Leadership at Marquette University and her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a double major in Community and Nonprofit Leadership and Gender and Women studies. As a qualitative researcher, she explores (in)equities in higher education particularly focusing on the experiences of marginalized students. As a scholar and a student advocate, she believes that it is important to not only conduct research, it is crucial to humanize, empower, and support the community.


John Krupczak, Ph.D.

is a professor of engineering at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. From 2013–2016 Dr. Krupczak served as a Program Director in the Education and Human Resources Directorate / Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation (NSF). He was a co–Lead of the NSF Scholarships in Science, Engineering, and Technology (S–STEM) Program. Krupczak’s NSF responsibilities also included: Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE); Advanced Technological Education (ATE); NSF Innovation Corps for Learning (I–Corps L); and the National Robotics Initiative (NRI). In addition to work as a National Science Foundation Program Officer, John has been a Principal Investigator on fourteen NSF grants supporting STEM education research and faculty development. Since 2016 he has led or facilitated 7 faculty development proposal writing workshops that have been attended by 127 institutions including 60 two–year colleges. Krupczak was a Senior Fellow of the Center for the Advancement of the Scholarship of Engineering Education (CASEE) of the National Academy of Engineering from 2008–2010. Krupczak is active in the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He has served as chair of the ASEE Liberal Education Division and was founding chair of the Technological and Engineering Literacy Division. Krupczak served on the advisory committee of the ASEE Transforming Undergraduate Engineering Education (TUEE) project. In addition to teaching at Hope College, Dr. Krupczak has taught at Meiji Gaukin University in Tokyo, Japan and has worked as an engineer for the U.S. Department of Energy. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and a B.A. in Physics from Williams College.

Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Elizabeth Meza, Ph.D.

(Co-Principal Investigator)is a senior research scientist at the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. Before becoming an education researcher she was a community college practitioner and served in administrative roles and as a Sociology faculty member at several community colleges in Washington state. Now, as an educational researcher & consultant she believes in the power of knowledge to create focused, organized, and persistent initiatives that can create equitable solutions to today’s education and workforce challenges. Through a range of methodological approaches her research agenda seeks to identify and address inequities that hinder American higher education from delivering on its promise of equity for all students, and centers community colleges as engines for opportunity and workforce development. Elizabeth is the NewAmerica Education Policy Program Fellow for Community Colleges.


Sam Scovill

is a Researcher at Rutgers University, Education & Employment Research Center (EERC). At EERC, they’ve worked on several different projects around education and workforce development including projects on student decision-making, non-degree credential quality, non-credit education and employment outcomes, economic development, and more. They are also a PhD candidate in the School of Sociology at University of Arizona.

Co-Principal Investigator

Will Tyson, Ph.D.

is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of South Florida Tampa campus. His research uncovers the connections between educational experiences and career pathways and key life course transitions among students from various backgrounds. He specializes in research that challenges our understanding of interpersonal and structural influences on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and career pathways out of high schools, community colleges, and four-year universities. Dr. Tyson is the author of Teaching and Learning Employability Skills in Career and Technical Education: Industry, Educator, and Student Perspectives (2020). Dr. Tyson has over 18 years of experience as a National Science Foundation (NSF) grantee serving on 12 different projects totaling over $16.5 million, including $3.2 million as Principal Investigator of three projects.
Community College S-STEM Team

Principal Investigator

Michelle Van Noy, Ph.D.

is Director of the Education and Employment Research Center at the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers. She has extensive experience conducting research on STEM education and workforce development and leading large-scale research projects. She is PI on Pathways to Technician Careers an ATE-targeted research project examining student decision-making about programs and careers in information technology, and co-PI on an NSF project, Pathways to Science and Engineering Professions: Persistence and Career Choice for Bachelor’s and Master’s Graduates, Who Goes on? Who Doesn’t? and Why? She has conducted research on higher education labor market responsiveness, community college workforce education programs in a range of sectors, community college student outcomes, and employer perceptions of associate degrees for IT technicians. She served on the National Academy of Science’s committee on Barriers and Opportunities for 2-year and 4-year STEM degrees.