Mission and Vision
STEM Santa Fe advocates for, develops and provides STEM programming, mentoring and resources for all youth, especially underrepresented groups in STEM, to realize their potential and expand their opportunities in a dynamic world. STEM Santa Fe envisions a world filled with analytical citizens exploring complex issues for the betterment of society.
1. Initiating out-of-school enrichment and mentoring programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
2. Mentoring students to attend and enter STEM competitions in the region.
3. Fostering teamwork, problem-solving skills, and resilience to prepare the youth for the future job market demand.
4. Organizing STEM conferences and events to inspire students to remain engaged in school and in STEM fields.
5. Engaging under-represented groups in STEM, mainly girls, Hispanics, and Native Americans to close the achievement and opportunity gap.
6. Partnering with local groups, schools, and non-profits advocating for STEM education.
7. Building a supportive network among students, teachers, STEM professionals, volunteers, and educators for productive collaboration.
STEM Santa Fe Team
Lina Germann, Founder & Chief Executive Officer
|Dr. 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 life-long learning, traveling, watching her sons become young men, and walking her dog while enjoying 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
Natasha Farmer, Development and Marketing Associate
|A born and raised Santa Fean, Natasha Farmer has always been passionate about science, math, and writing, reaping the benefits of many local STEM and writing programs. She honed her skills in these subjects through a Liberal Arts degree at St. John’s College and then went on to earn a degree in Controlled Environment Agriculture at Santa Fe Community College. She has worked at several Santa Fe non-profits in a variety of fields including education and leadership, urban agriculture, ecology, and natural resource management. Her love of STEM education led her to STEM Santa Fe to help promote their many amazing programs. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and fermenting, hiking, and fussing over her growing collection of houseplants.|
|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!||
Kara Luithjohan, Volunteer, STEM Pathways For Girls Workshops Coordinator
Esther Lescht, Engineering Mentor and instructor
|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.|
We also would like to recognize our interns now and in the past
|Mariah Mejillas Rivera, Summer 2021 Intern|
|Iris Fonseca Castillo, Summer 2021 intern|
|Barath Kurapati, Summer 2021 Intern|
|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
Board of Directors
STEM Santa Fe Board of Directors
President: Randy Flores, BSME, MBA
|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.
|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.||
Vice President: Olga Serafimova, Esq.
Treasurer: Mary Beth Kuderik CPA, CMA, CGMA
|Mary Beth Kuderik is an accomplished health care strategy executive, innovator, and board member who has brought her entrepreneurial spirit to the mission of transforming health care for seniors and their families. Her financial expertise, her deep relationships across the healthcare ecosystem, and her strategic vision have made her a sought-after advisor for companies seeking to elevate the standard of care and connection for older adults.|
|Jenna deCastro holds a BS in Business Administration and a MS in Counter Terrorism and Homeland Security. She has worked full-time for Wildflower International, Ltd.(a federal contractor based in Santa Fe) providing critical onsite warranty support for Sandia and Los Alamos National Labs. She was the only onsite warranty technician for both labs with a combined customer base of 22,000 lab employees for roughly one year. After hiring and training a team to replace her, Jenna transitioned back into the DOE Sales Team, first as a Solutions Architect in 2018 and then as the Just in Time (JIT) Sales Program Manager in 2020. She began working as an intern at Sandia National Labs in May of 2021. During her free time, Jenna can be found training for local Olympic lifting competitions, chipping away at the never-ending list of home improvements for her off-grid homestead, or wandering through the forest with her dog.||
Secretary: Jenna DeCastro, M.Sc.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer: Lina Germann, Ph.D., MBA
|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.|
|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.||
Jeanne Patrick, BSW
Katherine Gomez, M.Ed
|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!|
|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.||
Steven Rudnick, Ph.D.
Joseph (Joe) Noll, MBA
|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
Douglas Medin, Ph.D.
|Doug Medin is a Louis W. Menk Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Professor Emeritus of
Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. Trained as a cognitive psychologist and best known for his research on concepts and categorization, Doug has extended his research interests to cross-cultural studies of biological expertise and its effect on categorization, reasoning and decision making. He has been Editor of the journal Cognitive Psychology, written four editions of a Cognitive Psychology textbook, and is co-author of several books. He has also served on three National Research Council committees – covering informal science learning, broadening psychological research to include culture, and on how people learn. Doug Medin has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Education.