Arizona

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Nikki Micale

Nikki Micale

Arizona CSO Regional Lead

My passion for teaching and learning spans over 15-years in public and private education. I also have a Fincance degree from Arizona State University and a Master of Education from Northern Arizona State University. I have been part of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and student organizations to engage students in developing their skills and preparation to enter the workforce.

Out of the office, I enjoy raising my four amazing children and being part of their lives as they become productive young adults. I also enjoy living a life of travel and training my dogs. My passion is empowering others to be their best and I like to see the good in others and help make them great! Let’s work together this year to make Arizona CSOs even stronger.

She can be reached at nmicale@scitechinstitute.org

The Arizona CSO Project Team strives to empower the students elected to represent their schools as Chief Science Officers.

 

“As a team, we focus on clear communication and collaboration with our entire network.  The CSOs, advisors, mentors, sponsors, community partners and educational community must be involved to implement CSO on campus Action Plans and community STEM events.  Working together encourages us to acknowledge each other’s strengths and embrace diversity to better serve our CSOs in the highest regard.”

We continue to grow the Chief Science Officer Program in collaboration with CSO International.  The support from our sponsors and community partners has helped over 300 CSOs in our communities across the state.

The mentor program continues to thrive and we are working on special projects, including STEM camps with our rural and border town regions, the refugee communities and native American populations!  Science is a language and we are excited to share opportunities to learn with everyone.

 

Regional Leadership

Regional Leadership

Project Team

Kaci Fankhauser

Kaci Fankhauser

STEM Ecosystem Coordinator

Kaci Fankhauser has served two AmeriCorps VISTA service terms with the Chief Science Officer Initiative, and now serves as the STEM Ecosystem Coordinator. She comes from a diverse educational background; she attended a Montessori school through 8th grade, completed the International Baccalaureate program in high school, and attended Arizona State University through Barrett, The Honors College to earn her degree in biology and anthropology. Early on in her ASU experience she stumbled into the realm of scientific research, and graduated with a poignant passion for interdisciplinary research and collaboration. Almost all of her professional experience is in animal science – she is unanimously recognized among friends and acquaintances for a love of all things furry, feathered, creepy and crawly – but her diverse educational experiences and passion for science outreach and hands-on learning has led her to focus her attention on more integrative and inclusive STEM education.

Jasper Peña

Jasper Peña

Digital Systems Manager

Being in love with technology his whole life, Jasper pursued his dreams of becoming a programmer that led him from Chicago to Arizona. He attended the University of Advancing Technology to obtain his Bachelors Degree in Advancing Computer Science and Game Programming. Now he is the Digital Systems Manager for the Arizona Technology Council Foundation and he couldn’t be happier. Much of what he does involves Social Media Marketing, PHP/HTML/CSS Programming, and IT Solutions. He believes that the CSO Project is all about giving back to the community and providing opportunities to those who can really help impact the future for the better, our youth.

You can contact Jasper Peña at jpena@aztechcouncil.org.

 

Cabinet Coordinators

Lori Dove

Lori Dove

Northwest Valley Cabinet Coordinator

What inspires you as a leader?

What I find inspiring is the ability to make a positive difference in the lives of others and helping them reach their greatest potential in following after their dreams. It has been a wonderful experience working with the CSOs and watching these young leaders follow their passion! I am inspired by their passion and drive to make our world a better place through student voice.

Favorite letter of STEM and why:

My favorite letter in STEM is T for technology. I believe technology is ever evolving and has a great impact on the other elements of STEM; it brings new and innovative tools that opens the doors to greater invention.

Deilani Ferguson

Deilani Ferguson

Southwest Valley Cabinet Coordinator

What inspires you as a leader?

I love networking and helping to open up opportunities for people
Favorite letter of STEM and why:
S , I have been working in the field of science since I was 14 . I have been teaching and exploring “science” all my teaching career. I love to explore and research.
Mary Ann P. Cawley

Mary Ann P. Cawley

North Cabinet Coordinator

What inspires you as a leader?

My students, because I know that I have the responsibility of preparing the next generation of leaders.

Favorite letter of STEM and why:

S for Science Growing up, I have always loved Science, and it’s relevance to our daily lives. Science education allows my students to develop the ability to solve problems, think critically and be innovative.

Check out my website here.

Colleen Howard

Colleen Howard

Mesa Cabinet Coordinator

What inspires you as a leader?

I’m inspired by students who are eager to learn, teachers who aren’t afraid to try something new and the collaboration that creates the magic!

Favorite letter of STEM and why:

Science, because it is the window to the future.

Dr. Donna Jagielski

Dr. Donna Jagielski

Pinal County Cabinet Coordinator

What inspires you as a leader?

To witness change and improvement as a result of the collaboration with others. When we listen, learn and share we are able to enact change.

Favorite letter of STEM and why:

“E” – Engineering. We are all engineers because we all invent and innovate solutions within our lives. We continue to improve our environment, create systems to improve efficiency and engage others in brainstorming processes. Whenever we modify something to make it work better we are engaging in engineering. Each time we ask someone “what do you think”, or “what if…” we are participating in the engineering mindset.

Dr. Joe Roselle

Dr. Joe Roselle

Central Valley CSO Coordinator

What inspires you as a leader?

I am inspired when the students I lead surpass my expectations. Fortunately for me this happens all of the time.

Favorite letter of STEM and why:

My favorite letter of STEM is Technology. I really enjoy learning how Technology shapes our lives. Specifically, I enjoy learning how people use technology to solve specific problems.

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Maricopa County Attorney’s Office

US Storage Centers

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Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona

Season for Sharing (Arizona Republic)

Arizona Cardinals Charities | STEM Sports


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