Board of Directors

STEM Santa Fe Board of Directors


President: Patrick (Rick) Scott, Ed.D. (2019-2021)
Patrick (Rick) Scott is a board member of the Santa Fe Science Initiative and New Mexico Partnership for Mathematics and Science Education as well as the International Representative of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. A retired Professor of Bilingual Mathematics Education at NMSU, he became the first Manager of the New Mexico Public Education Department’s Mathematics and Science Bureau. Later, he went on to direct the Inquiry Science Education Consortium of the LANL Foundation and worked as a recurring Education Analyst for the New Mexico Senate. He received an EdD in Mathematics Education from Columbia and a BS in Mathematics from Stanford.
Jeanne Patrick has lived in Santa Fe since 2006 and has gone on to become President of her HOA, Board Vice President for Habitat for Humanity, and Board Member of El Castillo Retirement Community. An active member of AAUW Santa Fe, she has been their Branch President, Policy Chair, and Funds Chair. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a BSW in Social Work and went on to work as a social worker for the US Army. She worked with the State of California Department of Social Services and held various positions there for 30 years, including Manager and Trainer for Community Care Licensing. After retiring, Jeanne started a new career as an expert witness in Elder Care issues.
Vice President: Jeanne Patrick (2018-2020, 2020-2022)

Treasurer: Steven Rudnick, Ph.D. (2019-2021)
Steven Rudnick is an Environmental Scientist and Educator. He received a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts Boston, a BSEE from MIT, and a MSEE from Northeastern University. He served as the director of UMB’s Environmental Studies and as research faculty in the Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences Department. He has taught environmental science and environmental history. He has been involved with water issues in Santa Fe County and frequently lectures with Santa Fe’s Renesan program.
Born and raised in Santa Fe, Julia Wise is a Technical Project Manager for the New Mexico Small Business Assistance. With experience in education, health care, and technology transfer, Dr. Wise holds a BA in Biology and Chemistry from Macalester college as well as a Master’s and Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Cincinnati. She has worked at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Science Museum of Minnesota, University of New Mexico, and as Director of the Office of Science of Technology at the New Mexico Economic Development Department. Julia currently serves on the Board of the New Mexico Partnership, The BioScience Advisory Council at the Santa Fe Business Incubator, and is active in mentorship programs.
Secretary: Julia Wise, Ph.D. (2019-2021)

Founder & Chief Executive Officer: Lina Germann, Ph.D., MBA (2017-2019, 2019-2021)
Lina Germann is the Founder and CEO of STEM Santa Fe. Since moving to Santa Fe in 1997, Lina has been a STEM advocate and spearheading large STEM events. Serving both students and teachers, she has lead afterschool STEM programs, taught at Santa Fe Community College, developed curriculum, and conducted educators’ professional development. She has worked as a chemist in the technology industry, as a marketing specialist, and has served on local boards and committees. Lina is passionate about STEM education as a path for prosperity and diversity, especially for those underrepresented in STEM careers, and always welcome a new challenge.
Ellen Cerreta studies strength and damage in structural materials within the materials science division of Los Alamos National Laboratory. She received her B.S in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. She is a member of and holds leadership positions within numerous professional societies including The American Association of University Women (AAUW), ASM International, and The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS).

Ellen Cerreta, Ph.D. (2017-2019, 2019-2021)

Randy Flores, BSME, MBA (2019-2021)
Randy Flores is an accomplished engineer currently supporting LANL’s national security manufacturing mission. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with an Economics minor from NMSU and later went on to earn an MBA. He held engineering roles for both Toyota Motor Corporation and LANL for over 16 years. He was selected for an Interagency Personnel Assignment in Washington, D.C. to support Congressman Ben Ray Lujan while remaining a LANL employee and was then later asked by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office to serve on the Board of Regents selection committee for NMSU and NM Tech. He resides in Santa Fe County where he serves as vice-President of the Paseo De Estrellas Road Maintenance Association.
Kate Gomez is a lifelong STEM advocate and educator. She holds a BA in psychology from the University of Vermont and an M.Ed in Educational Technology from the University of Texas-Brownsville. Kate was introduced to education through a Teach for America teacher in South Texas and spent five years teaching 5th-grade science. Here, she became a certified Master Technology Teacher and Technology Mentor for her school. Since moving to New Mexico, Kate has been deeply involved in STEM education and advocacy. She believes deeply that critical thinking applied creatively can improve our community for all!
Katherine Gomez, M.Ed (2018-2020, 2020-2022)

Joseph (Joe) Noll, MBA (2020-2022)
Joe Noll is the Engineering and Nuclear Safety Program Manager for N3B Los Alamos at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract. Joe holds an MBA from Averett University and a B.S. in Engineering Technology from Old Dominion University. Joe’s work history spans more than 22 years in high-hazard/high-consequence nuclear operations. He served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Harry S. Truman as Propulsion Plant Watch Supervisor and Reactor Plant Work Center Supervisor and worked for Savannah River Nuclear Solutions as the Operations Manager. He later joined Newport News Shipbuilding where he held multiple manager and supervisory roles.
Joseph Sanchez is the State Representative for District 40, and Vice-Chairman of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee. He was born and raised in the Espanola Valley and graduated from Espanola Valley High School. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from UNM, and his MBA from NMSU. Joseph worked as an Engineering Manager at LANL and as CEO and General Manager at Jemez Mountains Electric, the largest electric cooperative in the state. He is a former board member of United Way of Northern New Mexico and also a former big brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Joseph Sanchez, MSEE, MBA (2020-2022)

Olga Serafimova, Esq. (2020-2022)
Olga Serafimova is currently the General Counsel for the New Mexico Department of Information Technology. She graduated from Santa Clara University with a major in European History and a minor in Computer Science and later obtained her J.D. degree from McGeorge School of Law. She spent several years specializing in Employment Law, worked for the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office as the Tobacco Bureau Chief, an Assistant Attorney General in the Litigation Division, and as a Staff Attorney with the New Mexico Court of Appeals.