BOARD MEMBERS

Dr. Adrienne Starks

Founder and CEO

Angele Monconduit

Board Member – Chair

Amanda Raney

Board Member – Co-Chair

Dr. Adrienne Starks

Founder and CEO

Why are STREAM Careers important to you?

My passion to address the need to challenge students to excel in STREAM is personal because the answers to our global problems lie in the minds of students that have been dismissed as a problem in society. I grew up with these students and realized at an early age that because of my family structure and support, I was able to succeed in ways that prohibited their success. I’m passionate about this problem because the conditions of our communities will not change until we collectively address root causes of deferring dreams for adults that started when they were kids.

Why has it been important for you to work with STREAM Innovations?

I came up with the idea for STREAM Innovations while I was completing a postdoctoral fellowship at a federal lab and was a triple minority –US born, female and African-American. Science can be exciting and isolating, but not having other scientists want to naturally engage you scientifically is very disheartening. Even though a STEM pipeline was instrumental in my success, it will not be enough for the current generation of young innovators.

Angele Monconduit, Alabama Power Company

Board Member –  Chair

Amanda Raney, Morgan Stanley

Board Member – Co-Chair

Why is STEM important:
 
STEM is the path by which our collective imaginations become reality. No society can truly thrive without embracing the scientific method as a backbone of its growth in every facet. Without understanding and, therefore, pushing the limits of technology, no society can avoid stagnation. Without engineering advancement is just imagination. Math is the language of the Universe, and communicating with the Universe is pretty important. Without Art, imagination has no breath. To read is to learn, and to communicate knowledge. There is nothing more important, now more than ever, than guaranteeing our future by the education of young people in STREAM.
 
 
I work with STREAM Innovations because I believe deeply that STREAM education is a vital highway in the social and financial mobility of young people who need support in that mobility. Many students with brilliant potential never recognize their gifts because they do not have the resources in school and at home to bring those gifts to the surface. STREAM can change that.

 

J. Patrice Marbry

Board Member- Secretary

Jamie Lewis

Board Member – Treasurer

Pattric Barnett

Board Member

J. Patrice Marbry, Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative

Board Member- Secretary

Why are STREAM Careers important to you?

Today’s workforce is in the midst of a new “Industrial Revolution” and we must prepare this  generation for the careers that they will create for themselves. The “normal” days of mass production are nearing  their end  and our society must adapt to that change.  STREAM careers are the natural adaptation that will ensure that the next generations thrive and succeed.

Why has it been important for you to work with STREAM Innovations?

We all have a story of why we are passionate about STREAM. Mine started my Junior year with a great teacher, Mrs. Belinda Reddick. I was not prepared for a senior level genetics course, her love of science not only ensured my success but ignited my passion for science. Everyone doesn’t have a Mrs. Reddick. Working with STREAM Innovations provides me the opportunity to spark students’ interests and fuel their passions for the future.

Jamie Lewis, University of Alabama Birmingham

Board Member – Treasurer

Why are STREAM Careers important to you?

STREAM broadens the career availability by expanding past just Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. With the connection of Reading and Art it allows students to be well-rounded in today’s job market.

Why has it been important for you to work with STREAM Innovations?

STREAM Innovations’ infusion of Reading and Art exposes students to think creatively and be innovative; stretching them beyond just solving problems but making it applicable to the real world. I believe these disciplines are crucial in preparing this generation as we continue to propel in this age of technology.

Scott Pierce, Two Ravens

Board Member

Why are STREAM Careers important to you?

As a technologist and a manager of other technologists, I see the impact of the Internet, mobile technologies, the Internet of Things, AI, machine learning, and other advanced technologies on our economy and culture. I believe we need not only people with deep knowledge of these technologies, but also the important problem solving and ethical decision making skills required for us to use the technologies for the betterment of society as a whole.

Why has it been important for you to work with STREAM Innovations?

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to play with computers, electronics, and other technologies as a child. That experience opened my eyes to career choices later in life. I’d like to make sure as many children as possible have the same chance.