Our Advisors


The work of STELAR is guided by a board of advisors comprised of individuals who are nationally recognized leaders in informal education, gender equity, workforce development, broadening participation, and in working with minority-serving institutions of higher education and community colleges. Our advisors bring both deep content expertise and best practices related to serving the needs of populations historically under-represented in STEM.

Raymond M. Rose, President and CEO for Rose & Smith Associates, a nationally recognized expert in the development of accessible and equitable online learning experiences for all learners.

Jacob Martinez, Executive Director of Digital Nest, a passionate advocate for youth’s equal access to technology. For the past 10 years he has led innovative STEM programs, encouraging Latina girls to enter tech fields.

Jacqueline Leonard, University of Wyoming, works with rural and tribal youth and educators studying how to implement computational thinking programs with culturally responsive pedagogy. 

Sarah Echohawk, Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), a national American Indian led nonprofit organization founded with a membership of more than 3,700 individual members, 186 chartered college and university chapters, 14 professional chapters, and 158 affiliated K-12 schools. 

Marybeth Gasman, Professor of Higher Education in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, and Director of the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions. Her areas of expertise include the history of American higher education, historically black colleges and universities, minority serving institutions, African American leadership, and fundraising and philanthropy.

Jon Allan Reyhner, a professor of bilingual multilingual education at the College of Education, Northern Arizona University and expert in indigenous bilingual education and culturally appropriate approaches for teaching indigenous students.

Ahniwake Rose, Cherokee/Muscogee, the Executive Director of the National Indian Education Association.

Tony Streit, Education Developmet Center, former ITEST LRC Co-PI and currently PI for the ACF-funded National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE).  Streit is a STELAR Senior Advisor and Council co-chair.