Our Team

STEM Santa Fe Team

Lina Germann, Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Lina Germann is the Founder and CEO of STEM Santa Fe. Since moving to Santa Fe in 1997, after earning her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, Lina has been a STEM advocate, spearheading large STEM events, leading afterschool STEM programs, teaching at Santa Fe Community College, and developing curriculum and conducting professional development for teachers. In addition, she worked in the technology industry as a chemist and a marketing specialist as well as served on local boards and committees. Lina is passionate about STEM education as a path for prosperity and diversity, especially for those under-represented in STEM careers. Lina enjoys new challenges, life-long learning, traveling, and Santa Fe’s sunsets.
Patricia Maslow has a passion for science, health, and education for all ages. Born and raised in Las Vegas, NV she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences from UNLV. She spent many years working as an advocate for health and nutrition, educating the public on new and innovative research to support longevity, as well as working as a peer mentor to help instill confidence in oneself. Patricia moved to Santa Fe in September 2019 with her family and has been enjoying meeting the kind people of the city. She enjoys spending time with her husband and child, fitness, cooking, and listening to music.
Tricia Maslow, Operations and Outreach Specialist

Kara Luithjohan, Volunteer, STEM Pathways For Girls Workshops Coordinator
Kara Luitjohan is a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory working on the manufacturing of various metals. She received her Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana along with her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Nuclear Engineering and Materials Engineering, respectively. Beyond her work, Kara enjoys leading outreach activities to excite young students about careers in engineering along with taking advantage of the outdoor activities that New Mexico has to offer!
Esther Lescht was born and raised in Santa Fe. She is a current student at Northern New Mexico College majoring in Electromechanical Engineering. Her passion lies in teaching and mentoring students to introduce them to new concepts and inspire them to keep exploring. When she is not working with students or planning different ways to engage kids, she loves to be outside, hiking, and exploring the numerous beautiful places in New Mexico.
Esther Lescht, Engineering Mentor and instructor

Sara Lanctot,  Engineering Mentor and instructor
Sara Lanctot is from Mexico and has lived in Santa Fe since 2012. She has four dogs and loves playing with them in her free time. Currently she is a Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering student at New Mexico Tech. She just graduated with honors and received her A.S. in General Engineering from SFCC, but she also has a B.S. in International Business and a B.S in Business Administration. She is passionate about STEM, robotics, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), 3D printing and NASA. She was the first student from Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) to advocate and participate at NASA’s Community College Aerospace Scholar program. Her passion to help others and to advocate for a better future for students.

We also would like to recognize our interns now and in the past

Emily Buxengaard, Summer 2020 intern-Spring 2021
Joshua Haggard, Fall 2020 Intern
Emma Seba, Summer 2020 intern
Santiago Vigil, Spring and Summer 2020 Intern
Emma Kimball, Spring 2020 Intern

We thank our Community Partners and Collaborators:

Steve Cox, Northern New Mexico College

Colleen Lynch, Santa Fe Community College

Karen Squires, Santa Fe Public Schools

Rebecca Estrada, LANL Community Partnerships Office

Janelle Vigil-Maestas, LANL Community Partnerships Office