Advisory Council

The Western U.P. STEM Advisory Council is made up of regional leaders in higher education, business, ISD administrators, educators, community partners as well as government agencies. Members work with the Regional Director to collaborate to boost STEM education and innovation.

Western Upper Peninsula Regional Director

Emily Gochis
Phone: (906)482-0331 ext. 188

Advisory Council Members

  • Karen ColbertParent and PhD Student, Computational Science & Engineering, Michigan Technological University
  • Jason MackVice President of Business Development, MTEC SmartZone- Technology Business Incubator
  • Savannah DoughertyTraining Specialist, UPWARD Talent Council, Michigan Works!
  • Ashley NevinsCareer & Technical Education Director, Gogebic-Ontonagon ISD
  • Emily Geiger STEM Coordinator and Instructor, Gogebic Community College
  • Jeff Ratcliffe Executive Director, Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance
  • Megan Hagen General Education Director, Gogebic-Ontonagon ISD
  • Steve KassDirector, REMC 1
  • Jackie HuntoonProvost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Michigan Technological University
  • Samantha Schutz Business Development Manager, OHM Advisors
  • David Kamrad Director of TRIO Pre-College Programs, Finlandia University
  • James RautiolaSuperintendent, Copper Country ISD
  • Shawn Kolbus Director of Career & Technical Education, Copper Country ISD
  • Carla StromeGeneral Education Director, Copper Country ISD
  • Trisha ToddTalent Services Manager, Upper Peninsula Michigan Works!
  • Alan TulppoSuperintendent, Gogebic-Ontonagon ISD
  • Jerry WuorenmaExecutive Director, Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region Commission
  • Glen Ackerman-BehrDirector of Workforce Development, Gogebic Community College