Xan Black is the Program Director of the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance (TRSA). Xan’s drive, passions, and leadership of the Alliance supports all aspects of STEM education. She aligns the experience and wisdom of community partners with the need of educators and schools. She is responsible for project management, strategic planning, program implementation and more. Xan graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1981. She worked for eight years in the energy industry in Oklahoma. In 2007, Xan earned a Master of Education degree with emphasis in Middle and Secondary School from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. She taught secondary math and science for 11 years at Mingo Valley Christian School. Xan and her husband, Jeff, have five adult children and have lived in Tulsa since 1990.
Emily Mortimer is a rural Missouri native with a B.S. in Biology from Missouri State University, M.S. in Teaching, Learning and Leadership from OSU and currently pursuing a PhD in Curriculum and STEM from OSU. Her professional experience includes 14 years in informal education at the Tulsa Zoo and Dickerson Park Zoo. Over the years, her main job duties included behavioral training for various bird and mammal species, volunteer management, community partnerships, program development, curriculum writing, and education department management. Eight years ago she was member of the founding team for the teacher professional development program, SENSEsational Science, which is now a TRSA program and has served over 400 Oklahoma teachers and given out over 32,000 hours of PD. As a program manager at TRSA, Emily's main job duties include overseeing the Tulsa Resource Area for STEM Educators (TRASE) including STEM cart and kit development, OK Women in STEM and managing the SENSEsational Science program. When not at work, Emily enjoys spending time with her husband and young son building and exercising on American Ninja Warrior Obstacles in their backyard, hiking, gardening, baking, swimming and running.
Jaisy Myers is the Program Manager for the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance. She has a degree in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and spent 6 years as an electronics engineer for the United States Department of the Navy. With a passion for STEM and teaching, she moved career paths to the not for profit sector, and works hard to build partnerships between STEM companies and professionals and their local community schools to build mentoring opportunities and programs.
Caroline Conner is joining the TRSA team as the Logistics Coordinator. She is passionate about quality education for all children and is excited to be joining in TRSA’s efforts to develop STEM in the Tulsa area. She previously worked as a high school teacher in Owasso teaching English and Spanish where she was part of the 1:1 Initiative for the district. She implemented a Flipped Classroom and 20% time in her classes with a focus on integrated technology into the curriculum to develop 21st century learners. Caroline graduated from John Brown University in Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in English Education and TESOL and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. Outside of work, Caroline enjoys cooking for family and friends, brazilian jiu jitsu at Clinch Martial Arts Academy, and spoiling her nieces and nephews.
AmeriCorps VISTA, Data Analyst
Daisha Delano is serving her second year as an AmeriCorps VISTA member as Data Analyst for the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance. She has experience with both qualitative and quantitative research which she gained working as a research assistant on several research projects and grants during her time at OSU. She received her B.A. in Sociology from OSU in 2013, and her M.S. in Sociology in 2015. Her research interests and passions include environmental justice, and inequality, which she brings into her work with TRSA. Daisha had the opportunity to work as a research assistant on a grant focused on providing mentorship for women and minorities in STEM, and studying the climate of STEM fields in academia. She has enjoyed the opportunity to bring this background to TRSA in order to focus on STEM mentorship for a younger age group. Daisha’s work at TRSA includes gathering, analyzing, and reporting on TRSA data. She has also assisted in planning and implementing several STEM events throughout the year. When she is not working, Daisha enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, rock-climbing, cooking, eating, and decorating for holidays.
AmeriCorps VISTA, Mentorship Retention Coordinator
John-Michael Thompson is serving in his second year as an AmeriCorps VISTA member as the Mentorship Retention Coordinator for the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance. After receiving his B.A. in History from North Carolina Central University, the North Carolina native relocated to Tulsa in the Summer of 2015. With a passion for education, John-Michael has helped to establish the Summer Academy while also conducting mentor recruitment with the math mentors program to serve numerous students in the Tulsa community. In his free time, John-Michael enjoys sports and music.
AmeriCorps VISTA, Systems Coordinator
Aleia McNaney is an AmeriCorps VISTA serving as a Systems Coordinator for TRSA. Originally from North Carolina, she moved to Tulsa in the fall of 2016. Aleia has a BA in Communication from Regent University. Her experience includes an internship in her congressman’s D.C. office as well as a communications internship with a nonprofit working to fight human trafficking in Virginia Beach. As a Systems Coordinator, Aleia assists in TRASE development and social media marketing for TRSA.
AmeriCorps VISTA, Communications Coordinator
Sabrina Bevins is an AmeriCorps VISTA member working as the Partner Communications Coordinator. The former news producer joined TRSA in September after working in the news industry for about 4 years. She and her husband have lived in the Tulsa area for over 2 years. Sabrina is dedicated to service and education. She is passionate about communications and working with children. In 2008, she graduated from Purdue University with a BA in Mass Communications. Sabrina works closely with TRSA staff, partners, and educators to ensure that students in the Tulsa region are getting a quality education. She also works with local news outlets to inform the community of the need for STEM education in Oklahoma.