Partners & Advisors

Partner Organizations

Code In the Schools, Baltimore

Code In the Schools is committed to expanding access to quality computer science education programs in Baltimore City to ensure that all Baltimore residents are prepared to be active members of the 21st century economy. This is achieved through fun and innovative in-school, after-school, and summer programming for youth age 4-21, as well as professional development for educators throughout the region… Visit Site

Core Element, New Orleans

Core Element is a non-profit organization bringing successful Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs to schools in the Greater New Orleans area. Core Element trains teachers and equips them with hands-on, inquiry-based kits. Core Element provides kindergarten through 12th grade math and science teachers with the tools and resources they need to deliver hands-on, minds-on learning opportunities in the classroom. Core Element’s teacher professional development programs ensure that students receive the rigorous and enriched classroom instruction they need to encourage critical thinking and ultimately foster student proficiency and interest in STEM subjects and careers… Visit Site

Washington Network for Innovative Careers (WANIC)

WANIC operates as a cooperative consortium of eight local school districts in Washington state which have been in partnership for over 20 years and share Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. Member districts are: Bellevue, Everett, Issaquah, Lake Washington, Mercer Island, Northshore, Riverview, and Snoqualmie Valley. As a state-approved interdistrict CTE consortium, WANIC’s primary mission is to provide quality, diverse, and cost-effective career and technical education for all students through interdistrict cooperation…Visit site

Everett Public Schools

Everett Public Schools is a public school district in Washington state that serves 20,079 students in the cities of Everett, Bothell and Mill Creek. The districts mission is to inspire, educate and prepare each student to achieve high standards, contribute to our community, and thrive in a global societies…Visit site

Partner Schools and Programs

Ben Franklin High School, New Orleans

St Mary’s Dominican High School, New Orleans


Jan Brenan
Executive Director, Core Element

Stephanie Burns
CEO, Destiny Marketing Group;Higher Education Consultant and Expert

Ashley Despanza
Senior IT Security Consultant; IA Subject Matter Expert

Rhesa Gilliland
Assistant Laboratory Director – Digital Evidence Unit, U.S. Postal Service

Jessica Hyde
Director of Forensics, Magnet Forensics; Adjunct Professor at George Mason University

Mary Landesman
Senior Security Analyst, Netflix; Data Scientist and Cybersecurity Expert

Heather Mahalik, GASF, GCFE, CFCE, EnCE, MFCE
Director of Forensic Engineering at ManTech; Senior Instructor, SANS Institute

Sandra McLeod
Software Engineering Manager, Cisco Systems, Inc.

Ellie Mitchell
Director, Maryland Out of School Time Network (MOST)

Claudette Millsap, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor at Tulane University School of Professional Advancement

Cindy Murphy, M.Sc.
President, Gillware Digital Forensics; SANS Certified Instructor; Former Detective/Digital Forensics Examiner, Madison Police Department

Mark Pollitt, Ph.D.
President Digital Evidence Professional Services; Adjunct Professor Syracuse University; Former military officer and FBI agent

Jill Slay
Optus Chair of Cyber Security at La Trobe University; Director of Cyber Resilience Initiatives, Australian Computer Society

Ashlei Turner
Director of Teaching and Learning, New Beginnings Schools Foundation

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Student Advisors

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