Consultant Team

President and CEO

Janice Morrison

President and CEO of TIES. Executive Director of Envision Excellence in STEM Education

Janice Morrison

Jan Morrison is the President and CEO of the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES) and its 501(C3), Envision Excellence in STEM and has served as the Senior Consultant for College Ready STEM Education as well as Post-secondary Success for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Battelle Memorial Institute, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Innovate to Educate, S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, Senior STEM Education Consultant for the Ohio STEM Learning Network, and currently serves as an advisor with the White House and Department of Education. Currently, Jan and TIES serve as the designer for the National STEM Funders Network, a collaboration of more than twenty-eight STEM funders seeking to fund STEM for the USA with greater return on their investment and therefore for the nation's students. Jan and TIES are co-designers of the STEM Learning Ecosystem Initiative of the STEM Funders…

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Banafsheh Khakipoor

Fab Fellow

Banafsheh Khakipoor

Banafsheh completed her undergraduate studies in computer science in University of Wollongong in Dubai. Then, worked for two years as software engineer in Invensense Inc. Followed by a postgraduate degree in bioinformatics at Aalto University of Finland. It was around these times that she decided to become more involved in studies of nature and that my interest falls into Biomimicry. Hence, joined the Biomimicry fellowship program of University of Akron, It is the only PhD program she could find which also gives her the ability to work with another organization with the aim of promoting biomimicry in our everyday work. She will be working with Dr. Moore and my potential project will involve a combination of promoting Biomimicry education in STEM education as well as using machine learning techniques to analyze great lake environment and track the ecological changes.

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Directors

Julie Stolzer

Director of Marketing and Communications

Julie Stolzer

Julie has been working with TIES since 2007 and provides marketing and research support on a variety of projects and programs including contributing to; development of the STEM School Design Best Practices Business Plan for The Carnegie Corporation of New York; The Decatur County Schools STEM initiative; MIT / Fab Lab Foundation market potential assessment research and the Fab Lab/ Maker Movement alliance oversight. She also frequently serves as a liaison between the corporate, academic and philanthropic organizations involved in TIES directed STEM engagements in an effort to translate processes and protocols among a diverse group of collaborators.

Additionally Julie served as Director or Marketing and Communications for MC2STEM Hub (The Metropolitan Cleveland Consortium for Science Technology Engineering and Math) of which TIES was the lead STEM consultant from the…

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Steve Krak

Director International STEM School Design (ECASE)

Steve Krak

Mr. Stephen Krak (Steve) is a “STEMist”.  He has integrated traditional STEM silos over a 25-year history as an engineer in photonics and microfabrication, program manager, project manager, group manager, intellectual property manager, and business developer at Battelle, the world’s largest independent R&D company.  While at Battelle, he helped to stand up the Ohio STEM Learning Network as a program manager for four years.  Steve brings this experience to TIES as the Director of International STEM School Design, currently working on a STEM School pilot program in Egypt.  His specialties are systems, design and capstone programs from design to implementation.   In addition to the Ohio STEM Learning Network, Steve helped other states initiate STEM networks, managed winning Ohio's Race to the Top proposal team, and was a member of the National Academies Committee on Integrated STEM Education,…

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Marc Siciliano

Director National STEM School Design

Marc Siciliano

Marc has been involved in STEM education for the past 17 years as a teacher, curriculum developer, instructional coach, administrator and consultant. He started his teaching career in the Chicago Public Schools at Lake View High School and became the founding director of the school's Math, Science and Technology Academy, a school within a school. He has participated in two National Science Foundation curriculum development projects with the Lawrence Hall of Science and Northwestern University. Marc was also the science director for The Young Women's Leadership Charter School of Chicago, a STEM charter school for grades 7-12 that focused on math, science and technology for young women.

In 2004, Marc moved to New York City to become the science director for a campus of small public high schools in the Bronx, an initiative through the New York City Department of Education, where he…

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Caroline McEnnis

Director Engineering Education and Fab Lab

Caroline McEnnis

Caroline McEnnis is a Senior STEM consultant and Director of Design Engineering for TIES. Caroline received her bachelor's of science in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, her master's in Materials Science and Engineering and will be receiving a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering in 2012 from Johns Hopkins University where she has received several awards including a NSF GK-12 Fellowship. While at MIT, Caroline worked at the MIT Media Lab where she worked on the initial Fab Lab project, and therefore Caroline also is the TIES liaison to the US Fab Lab Network and Fab Foundation. Prior to joining TIES, Caroline also worked with the Johns Hopkins School of Education and in Baltimore area schools to train teachers in the development and implementation of STEM based curricula. She has also worked with community partners to develop and run several large and small-scale…

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Tiffany Brunetti Monroe

Director of Operations

Tiffany Brunetti Monroe

Tiffany, is a project manager by nature, formally providing project management support to technical programs for over 15 years. During this time, Tiffany has worked with a variety of project teams and understands the need for diversity to enhance team thinking and problem-solving. As such, Tiffany has maintained a focus on diversity, inclusion and recruitment of talent from a variety of backgrounds. With this in mind, Tiffany decided to focus efforts on providing opportunities to excite youth about science and technology, especially women and minorities. Most recently, Tiffany has been managing programs focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). These programs included the creation of STEM schools and state and national STEM networks. Joining TIES in 2013, Tiffany will focus on management of a variety of STEM programs - governmental, commercial, and international. In…

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Meghan Sadler

Chief of Staff to Jan Morrison

Meghan Sadler

Meghan joined TIES in August 2013 as Chief of Staff to Jan Morrison. Her role involves supporting Jan and all TIES consultants in the coordination of projects, travel, meetings & events.  

Meghan studied Engineering Management at Miami University and Mathematics at Hunter College in NYC where she resided for 7 years before returning to her hometown of Cleveland. She developed a love of math and science at Hathaway Brown School.

Meghan currently resides with her fiancé in Chagrin Falls, OH where there is plenty of space for her dogs! Meghan’s other interests include the study of higher mathematics and playing platform tennis.

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Toby Ratcliffe Bothel

Director of Fab Lab Operations and Education

Toby Ratcliffe Bothel

Toby graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Cornell University, and joined the staff of the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Carderock, Maryland, the U.S. Navy’s prime experimental facility for testing the hydrodynamic designs of ship and submarine models. She received her Masters Degree in Ocean Engineering from the George Washington University in 1987.

For the 34 years, she led model-scale and full-scale experiments aimed at measuring the flow around surface ships. She also directed NSWC's STEM Outreach Program, engaging fifty lab professionals in bringing authentic engineering projects to local school districts.

Recently retired from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Toby joined TIES in December 2014. Toby works with TIES as the Director of Fab Lab Operations and Education. And, as part of TIES' STEM school design, she also delivers professional development…

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Senior STEM Consultants

Barbra Skarzynski

Fab Team Project Coordinator

Barbra Skarzynski, Program Coordinator for Fab Lab, TIES, provides vital support to the FabEd team including contributions to the professional development framework workshops, organizing Fab Lab Learning Tours, supporting Design Studios and Fab related event planning support.   She works closely with the Fab Foundation on all FabEd projects.  

Prior to 2011, Barb served as TIES Director of Technology and Project Support that work contributions to Race to the Top, Learn and Earn, multiple state STEM networks and individual STEM school design.  TIES current portfolio of work exposes millions of students to a robust STEM education in over 500 schools located in 10+ states and internationally.  Her work focused on building networks through the capture and sharing of data used to replicate and scale program successes with new states and programs as…

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Rich Rosen

STEM Funders Network; Egypt STEM Schools; Design

Rich Rosen

Engineers Helping EducatorsTM is the common theme for Rich Rosen as he collaborates with others to improve and transform systems of education. He is a Senior Practice Leader with the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM and Rich also holds a Visiting Fellows position with Johns Hopkins University School of Education. Rich is founder of Indigo Strategies, established with the mission of mobilizing practicing engineers to use their systems analysis and design skills to help solve education problems in their local community.

Rich is an invited speaker on education system transformation and leadership practices for education public/private partnerships. He is frequently called on to help facilitate regional, state, and national conversations about transformation and organize new initiatives. Rich is currently collaborating on a range of projects, including:…

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Maryann Wolowiec

Senior STEM Consultant

Maryann Wolowiec

Maryann Wolowiec, President of IEL Educational Consulting L.L.C, works to create tomorrow's thought leaders and thinkers. She is recognized for her leadership in developing schools focused on students attaining 21st century skills, such as, creativity, inventive thinking, critical thinking and problem solving, through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In 2007 Wolowiec began creating and supporting the development of STEM schools and programs. Her experiences in business and education prepared her well to lead a partnership of city, public school, university, non-profit and business, to develop the National Inventors Hall of Fame School Center for STEM Learning. The efforts led created the first STEM middle school. This school was the only school referenced in the Newsweek, July 2010 report on The Creativity Crisis. Three years later Wolowiec led…

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Angie Kasting

Project Coordinator

Angie Kasting

Angie joined the TIES team in July 2011 and presently supports the consultant team as the Project Coordinator.  With a diverse background in the non-profit arena and a fondness for special events, Angie helps to identify and create processes to sharpen and expedite TIES program work and coordinate the organization's various projects and events.

Prior to her position at TIES, she served as the Development Specialist at College Now Greater Cleveland helping to promote college access and success to underserved populations in the Cleveland region. As an integral member of the development team, she spearheaded the organization's $2 million proposal program by identifying new funding sources and securing ongoing contributions, developing and fostering strategic partnerships and supporting collaborative fundraising efforts to ensure the organization was able to best meet the needs of…

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Michelle Kalista

Grants and Contract Management; STEM Funders Network Grants Management

Michelle Kalista

Michelle has dedicated her career to supporting the success of public education.  After receiving her Masters of Public Administration from Kent State University in 2001, Michelle spent eight years at the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD). As the government liaison and public education lobbyist, Michelle represented the CMSD at the local, state and federal levels. In this role, she analyzed policy and legislation, met regularly with public officials as well as staff from education departments and agencies, organized testimony, and coordinated efforts with Ohio's other large urban school districts. These efforts resulted in improved public policy and legislation for formula funding, the school facilities program, Average Daily Membership (ADM) counts, and transportation issues.

Michelle shifted her role to serve CMSD through the Office of Institutional Advancement, as…

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Kelly Zona

Senior Consultant for Engineering Design and Fab Lab

Kelly Zona

As Senior Consultant for Engineering Design and Fab Lab, Kelly brings a strong background in design and technology to TIES. For the past two years, she has directed Fab Lab Baltimore, a public-access workshop that is part of the international Fab Lab network managed by MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms. At the lab, she has worked to develop classes and workshops in digital fabrication and design. Currently, she is completing Fab Academy; the digital fabrication certificate program offered through MIT, where she is prototyping a robotically controlled responsive facade system.

She has previously worked for the Johns Hopkins University Digital Media Center, where she developed and taught a workshop series covering topics ranging from press-fit construction systems to shape-memory polymers. She has also worked for Cornell University's Department of Architecture as a Design and Construction…

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Anne McClellan

Senior Consultant STEM School Design

Anne McClellan

Dr. Anne McClellan is a teacher, leader, rainmaker, program designer and an innovative thinker with a very diverse education reform career. Anne currently serves as the Executive Director for Growth and Innovation and Research Faculty at the University of Houston, College of Education and her work focuses on developing and funding new initiatives, community engagement and informing educational policy.  Prior to joining the college, Anne was the Director of Middle School Matters at the George W. Bush Institute. She moved from traditional school to the charter school world as Vice President for Growth at YES Prep, a network of Houston-based public charter schools with a mission to increase the number of low-income Houstonians who graduate from a four-year college prepared to compete in the global marketplace. At YES Prep, her primary responsibility was to provide leadership…

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STEM Consultants

Amanda Bibbo

Fab Lab

Amanda Bibbo

Amanda recently joined the TIES team this summer as the Interim Project Assistant where she supports the President and all consultants by coordinating projects, travel, meetings and events. She fell in love with the idea of FabEd and currently works on all FabEd Projects. She now works with the rest of the Fab Team helping to educate and expand the FabEd Network across the country.

Prior to TIES, Amanda was employed by the Lorain County (Ohio) School District as a Middle School science and social studies teacher. She tailored lessons to meet students various needs, goals, interests, and learning outcomes. In Lorain City Schools, she educated middle grade students on not only how to achieve their goals in school, but outside of school, as well. Amanda holds a B.S. in Middle School Education from Kent State University. Her specialty is to teach multi-disciplinary, hands-on project…

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Andrea Lane

Fab Lab Team Member

Andrea Lane

Andrea started her FABLab career as a founding class freshman in MC2 STEM High School where she gained knowledge and experience in fabricating. While traveling to regional STEM schools as one of the first few student volunteers in 2010, she displayed a passion for FABLab and leadership that granted her a manager position. In 2011, she traveled to Lima, Peru as one of the youngest students to attend MIT's International FABLab convention. While staying connected to MC2 STEM High School, Andrea is a trainer and technology consultant for Fablab technologies teaching student, teachers and community members how to use a FABLab within a school. After graduating in 2012 from MC2 STEM High school, Andrea continues to represent FABLabs at community events and conferences. Currently Andrea attends Lorain County Community College with a Mechanical Engineering major where she works in the FABLab as…

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Chris Carter

Fab Lab Team Member

Chris Carter

Chris Carter recently earned his Bachelor Degree in Technical Theatre from Cleveland State University. He transferred from Ohio State University after two years to finish his degree in his home town of Cleveland. In high school, he enrolled in ECITY (Entrepreneurship: Connecting Inspiring Teaching Youth) where he was taught how to refine ideas into marketable new products and services. In 2005, he won NFTE's Entrepreneur of the Year award for his IT business model, TUBA Group LLC, which Case Western Reserve University later adopted to augment their microsystems manufacturing network.

A born entrepreneur, Chris has invested most of his free time learning all he can about 3D fabrication and mobile manufacturing. Now that his hobby has become a career asset, he is looking to contribute to the community by joining the TIES FabLab team.

He lives in Cleveland, Ohio. It will always…

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Benjamin Morrison

Senior IT Consultant

Benjamin Morrison

Benjamin Morrison specializes in nonprofit online infrastructure, including modern web design standards, mobile design optimization, online fundraising and online/social media marketing strategy. Formally trained in art history, ceramic arts and ceramic chemistry, Benjamin branched out into web design on the Nationbuilder and Modx platforms in 2009. Former clients include retail businesses, charitable nonprofits, non-partisan political nonprofits, and educational organizations nationwide. Benjamin currently serves as TIES’s Senior IT Consultant, managing the TIES website, online projects, online infrastructure and digital outreach services.

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David Zack

David is a creative entertainment arts professional who has produced and run major live events from idea through successful execution. He has toured the United States and internationally managing a number of Broadway shows, some of which include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, Annie, Cabaret, Oklahoma & Rent. David worked with the internationally acclaimed, Tony Award winning musical Wicked on Broadway, assisting in the development of the show through its opening on Broadway. He cruised the high seas as the entertainment production manager for Norwegian Cruise Lines. He also has television credits as an associate producer for The Dr. Phil Show and The Greg Behrendt Show. Projects with TIES include design and logistical planning for the mobile fab lab appearance at the United States Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC and support work…

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