Randy Flores is an accomplished engineer currently supporting LANL’s national security manufacturing mission. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with an Economics minor from NMSU and later went on to earn an MBA. He held engineering roles for both Toyota Motor Corporation and LANL for over 16 years. He was selected for an Interagency Personnel Assignment in Washington, D.C. to support Congressman Ben Ray Lujan while remaining a LANL employee and was then later asked by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office to serve on the Board of Regents selection committee for NMSU and NM Tech. He resides in Santa Fe County where he serves as vice-President of the Paseo De Estrellas Road Maintenance Association.
Olga Serafimova is currently the General Counsel for the New Mexico Department of Information Technology. She graduated from Santa Clara University with a major in European History and a minor in Computer Science and later obtained her J.D. degree from McGeorge School of Law. She spent several years specializing in Employment Law, worked for the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office as the Tobacco Bureau Chief, an Assistant Attorney General in the Litigation Division, and as a Staff Attorney with the New Mexico Court of Appeals.
Caroline Cavalie has led Information Technology programs for The Coca-Cola Company for over 25 years, building multi-cultural teams across the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific. Her passion is to create trusted partnerships to build better, faster solutions. Caroline holds a Master in Management from ICN Business School (France). She started her career with Ernst & Young Management Consulting in Paris, prior to joining Coca-Cola in France. She relocated to Atlanta 20 years ago to take on global Information Technology responsibilities which she held through multiple roles until she retired.
Jenna deCastro holds a BS in Business Administration and a MS in Counter Terrorism and Homeland Security. She has worked full-time for Wildflower International, Ltd.(a federal contractor based in Santa Fe) providing critical onsite warranty support for Sandia and Los Alamos National Labs. She was the only onsite warranty technician for both labs with a combined customer base of 22,000 lab employees for roughly one year. After hiring and training a team to replace her, Jenna transitioned back into the DOE Sales Team, first as a Solutions Architect in 2018 and then as the Just in Time (JIT) Sales Program Manager in 2020. She began working as an intern at Sandia National Labs in May of 2021. During her free time, Jenna can be found training for local Olympic lifting competitions, chipping away at the never-ending list of home improvements for her off-grid homestead, or wandering through the forest with her dog.
Lina Germann is the Founder and CEO of STEM Santa Fe. Since moving to Santa Fe in 1997, after earning her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, Lina has been a STEM advocate, spearheading large STEM events, leading afterschool STEM programs, teaching at Santa Fe Community College, and developing curriculum and conducting professional development for teachers. In addition, she worked in the technology industry as a chemist and a marketing specialist as well as served on local boards and committees. Lina is passionate about STEM education as a path for prosperity and diversity, especially for those under-represented in STEM careers. Lina enjoys new challenges, life-long learning, traveling, and Santa Fe’s sunsets.
Steven Rudnick is an Environmental Scientist and Educator. He received a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts Boston, a BSEE from MIT, and a MSEE from Northeastern University. He served as the director of UMB’s Environmental Studies and as research faculty in the Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences Department. He has taught environmental science and environmental history. He has been involved with water issues in Santa Fe County and frequently lectures with Santa Fe’s Renesan program.
Joseph Sanchez is the State Representative for District 40, and Vice-Chairman of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee. He was born and raised in the Espanola Valley and graduated from Espanola Valley High School. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from UNM, and his MBA from NMSU. Joseph worked as an Engineering Manager at LANL and as CEO and General Manager at Jemez Mountains Electric, the largest electric cooperative in the state. He is a former board member of United Way of Northern New Mexico and also a former big brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Doug Medin is a Louis W. Menk Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Professor Emeritus of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. Trained as a cognitive psychologist and best known for his research on concepts and categorization, Doug has extended his research interests to cross-cultural studies of biological expertise and its effect on categorization, reasoning and decision making. He has been Editor of the journal Cognitive Psychology, written four editions of a Cognitive Psychology textbook, and is co-author of several books. He has also served on three National Research Council committees – covering informal science learning, broadening psychological research to include culture, and on how people learn. Doug Medin has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Education.
Reina LeDoux is a 20-year veteran of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, supporting precision machining and dimensional inspection in unique manufacturing facilities. Reina is recognized within the metrology community as a subject matter expert in Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) programming, capability, NIST traceability, controller communications and maintainability. She holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico, and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University. Reina is a native New Mexican, going back many generations. She is a graduate of Espanola Valley High School and is passionate about encouraging young girls with similar backgrounds to pursue education and careers in STEM fields. After the loss of her beloved Husband to ALS, and SFCC educator, John LeDoux, she is focused on raising their two teenage children and honoring his legacy of supporting the education of NM youth.