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.

Meet the KC STEM Alliance

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

Shani Negron KC EZ Director/KC FIRST Specialist
Christina Chandler Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist and FIRST LEGO League Program Partner
Bob Crance KC FIRST Senior Mentor
Robert Dumler FIRST Robotics Competition Regional Director
Teri Kriege STEM Outreach Consultant
Martha McCabe Executive Director
Marian McClellan Girls in STEM Program Coordinator
Phil Wood FIRST Tech Challenge Coordinator
Ann Zimmerman STEM Learning Ecosystem Coordinator/Strategic Planner
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


Our Connections

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

Andrea Ellis Kansas City Public Library
George Guastello Union Station
David Hosick Missouri PLTW/Missouri S&T
Lynette Huscher Garmin
Julee Koncak Burns & McDonnell
Larry Lee Black & Veatch
Michelle McConnell Evergy, Inc.
Rachel Merlo Google Fiber
Katie Bennewitz SS&C Technologies
Tim Moormeier US Engineering
Denisse Osorio de Large Cerner
Karen Pennell Federal Reserve Bank Kansas City
Kenny Rodrequez Grandview C-4 School District
Robin Stubenhofer Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies, LLC
Leigh Anne Taylor Knight The DeBruce Foundation
Kevin Z. Truman University of Missouri-Kansas City
John Vaughn Member at Large

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