MiSTEM Regional Division 13



It is the belief of the MiSTEM Network that all students impact economic growth through professional and personal fulfillment through equitable access to rich STEM experiences. Together the MiSTEM Network can collaborate to create a vibrant and equitable culture that meets future demands. The MiSTEM Network is building a sustainable and equitable cross-disciplinary STEM culture.

The Vision

The Pillars

Create a STEM culture

This culture inspires, informs, and mobilizes all community members toward economic and educational success.

Empower STEM teachers

Educators need research-based professional learning, resources and networks of support to provide robust STEM learning experiences for students.

Integrate business and education

Business and industry partners provide authentic and relevant problems for student learning. When schools and business collaborate, students and the community benefit.

Ensure high-quality STEM experiences

High-quality experiences engage all learners to improve their educational outcomes and enjoyment of school.

Northwestern Lower MiSTEM Region

Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau counties.

Advisory Council Members

Matt Olson, Assistant Superintendant Professional Learning and Innovation, Northwest Education Services, (Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau counties)

Ashley Troy, Director of Professional Learning, Northwest Education Services (Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau counties)

Mike Groleau, Project Manager, RJG Inc. (Grand Traverse County)

Hollianne McHugh, Engineering Technology Instructor, Northwestern Community College (Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau counties)

Cheri Leach, CEO & Program Officer, Raven Hill Discovery Center (Charlevoix and Emmet counties)

Susan Ward, Manager of Program Success, Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (10-County Prosperity Region 2)

Heidi Maltby-Skodack, Director of School Improvement & STEM/CTE, Traverse City Area Public Schools, MiSTEM Network State Advisory Council Member (Statewide)

Kris Galoci, Science Teacher, The Greenspire School (Grand Traverse County)

Gretchen Swanson, Director of Workforce Development, 20Fathoms (Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties)

Danelle Brostrom, Educational Technology Consultant, Traverse City Area Public Schools, MACUL Board Member (Benzie and Grand Traverse counties)

Jason Slade, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Northwestern Michigan College (Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau counties)

Linnea Gibson, Science Consultant, Charlevoix-Emmet ISD, Northern Michigan Learning Consortium (Charlevoix and Emmet counties)

Pete Milne, Instructional Technology REMC Specialist, Northwest Education Services (Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau counties)

Rob Dickinson, Business Services Regional Director, Northwest MI Works! (10-County Prosperity Region 2)

Jessie Mitchell, Business Development Manager, Michigan Economic Development Corporation – Northern Michigan

Jessica Willis, Chief Program Officer, Networks Northwest (10-County Prosperity Region 2)

Mike Haynes, Director of Instructional Services, Charlevoix-Emmet ISD, (Charlevoix and Emmet Counties)

State of Michigan MiSTEM Network

Michigan, together with education, community, and business partners, is embarking on a journey to create a MiSTEM Network throughout the state. The work of the MiSTEM Network is to build on existing STEM networks to create a STEM ecosystem that supports and implements the components outlined in the four pillars.

Megan Schrauben

Executive Director, State of Michigan MiSTEM Network


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