Who We Are

KC STEM Alliance is a not-for-profit collaborative network of educators, businesses and related organizations working to inspire interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math with the mission of generating a robust workforce of related professionals for the greater Kansas City region.

Our History and Vision

KC STEM Alliance was created in 2011 through a generous $3.2 million gift from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Our vision is to:

Create a shared services model for two nationally acclaimed STEM programs--Project Lead the Way and FIRST--by assisting with data collection, program evaluation and facilitating school and industry partnerships

Support a solid foundation of STEM education for all students, regardless of race, gender or economic status

Increase the quality, quantity and diversity of job-ready candidates for local STEM employers Advance economic development and progress in our community

Advance economic development and progress in our community

Our Team

Laura Bauer KC EZ Director/KC FIRST Specialist
Lisa Browning Administrative & Grants Coordinator
Robert Dumler FRC Regional Director
Martha McCabe Executive Director
Jean Melech KC FIRST Senior Mentor
Gretchen Neis FIRST LEGO League Partner/FIRST LEGO League Jr. Partner
Janell Peterson FIRST Volunteer Coordinator
Collin Robinett FIRST Americorps Vista
Ann Zimmerman Industry Coordinator
Callen Zind Communications Manager

Our Co-Working Partners

These fellow STEM-related organizations are co-located with KC STEM Alliance at 4825 Troost Ave., allowing for easy collaboration.

Kansas City Women in Tech

NCWIT-Aspirations in Computing: Western Missouri/Kansas Affiliate

SITE KC

West Central Missouri AHEC

Our Connections

Members of our advisory board help set the strategic direction for KC STEM Alliance.

Michelle Brush Cerner
Dave Campbell Black & Veatch
Joe Davis Custom Engineering
Andrea Ellis Kansas City Public Library
David Hosick Missouri PLTW/Missouri S&T
Julee Koncak Burns & McDonnell
Dr. Cynthia Lane Kansas City Kansas Public Schools
Natalie Lewis Kansas City Public Schools
Maria Mann DST Systems
Rachel Merlo Google Fiber
Tim Moormeier US Engineering
Dr. Bill Nicely Kearney School District
Karen Pennell Federal Reserve Bank Kansas City
Robin Stubenhofer Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies, LLC
Kevin Z. Truman University of Missouri-Kansas City
John Vaughn Member at Large
Terry Ward North Kansas City School District

This team helps plan FIRST Robotics activities led by KC STEM Alliance.

Gail Vessels United Way
Kevin Truman University of Missouri-Kansas City
Larry Lee  Black & Veatch
Robin Stubenhofer Honeywell
Tim Moormeier U.S. Engineering

These organizations and corporations sustain the mission of KC STEM Alliance through financial support. See our full list of supporting organizations.

This team provides strategic direction for the Kansas City Engineering Zone

David Feather Honeywell
Ivan Helmrich Hallmark
Joe Bindel MRIGlobal
Joe Davis Custom Enginnering
Kevin Truman University of Missouri-Kansas City
Larry Lee  Black & Veatch
Robin Stubenhofer Honeywell
Tim Moormeier U.S. Engineering
Wendy Shaull Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Eric Danielson JE Dunn Construction
Laura Pastine BNIM
Steve Halter Honeywell

KC STEM Alliance is the lead partner of this initiative to weave STEM learning into students’ lives. See the full leadership list here.