STEM Council Committees



Working with industry partners, the goal is to provide paid on the job experiences to middle and high school teachers during the summer. Teachers who participate have a greater insight into how their curriculum is connected to the real world and return to a classroom ready to inspire students to continue their study in STEM subjects

Maureen Wilt, Co-Chairperson

Senior Education Program Manager
Florida Power & Light

Hernando Nieto, Co-Chairperson

Systems Engineer & Analysis Project Leader
Aerojet Rocketdyne




Developing student-led robotics and innovation programs that will lead to the creation of a perpetual pipeline of creative STEM talent within our region is the mission of this committee. Students of all ages can participate through schools, camps, after-school programs and other organizational partners in these project-based-learning activities.

Shane Vander Kooi, Chairperson

President & Founder
Green Mouse Academy



Academic and Career Pathways

Discover the many pathways to post-secondary education and careers. When students are given the academic preparation, direction, and career-related knowledge, they can plan studies and gain experience that is aligned to their interests, abilities and career goals to ensure success in the 21st century.

Jill Herrmann, Co-Chairperson

‎Manager of Educational Engagement: Client and Educational Training Programs
Career Source Palm Beach County

Nancy Kinard, Co-Chairperson

Former K-12 Mathematics/Science/STEM Curriculum Manager
School District of Palm Beach County



By connecting STEM professionals with students, the goal is to inspire the next generation and impact the community. It provides an opportunity for youth to develop a friendship with a role model and develop better life skills.  Mentoring offers a fun, safe, and structured opportunity for children with a focus on STEM-related activities.

Tina McNutt, Co-Chairperson

Department Director
Community Partners

Oreste Giusti, Co-Chairperson

Component Product Engineer
Aerojet Rocketdyne


Ways to Support
There are many ways for businesses to be involved in the PBC STEM Council.

  • Host Externs
  • Become a Mentor
  • Host Field Trips