Team

STEM Santa Fe team

Lina Germann, Ph.D., MBA
Founder & Chief Executive Officer

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.

Tricia Maslow
Operations and Outreach Specialist

Patricia Maslow has a passion for science, health, and education for all ages. Born and raised in Las Vegas, NV she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences from UNLV. She spent many years working as an advocate for health and nutrition, educating the public on new and innovative research to support longevity, as well as working as a peer mentor to help instill confidence in oneself. Patricia moved to Santa Fe in September 2019 with her family and has been enjoying meeting the kind people of the city. She enjoys spending time with her husband and child, fitness, cooking, and listening to music.

Riva Merrill
Programs and Volunteers Coordinator

A proud daughter of Santa Fe, Riva Merrill has actively served the community her entire life. From volunteering for Farm to Table to being a camp counselor at Randall Davey Audubon Center, Riva has a passion for supporting kids in their journey through their fundamental growth years to adulthood. She worked the previous eight years as a Project and Account Manager at a software company, directly assisting domestic and international Destination Marketing Organization clients to integrate tourism commerce tools into their websites. She studied Business Administration, Management and Marketing, and Graphic Design at UNM and CNM. Riva is a loving mother of two rambunctious cats, Charlie and Jasper. She loves road trips and traveling abroad.

Kara Luithjohan
Volunteer, STEM Pathways For Girls Workshops Coordinator

Kara Luitjohan is a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory working on the manufacturing of various metals. She received her Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana along with her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Nuclear Engineering and Materials Engineering, respectively. Beyond her work, Kara enjoys leading outreach activities to excite young students about careers in engineering along with taking advantage of the outdoor activities that New Mexico has to offer!

Mentors and Instructors

Esther Lescht

Esther Lescht was born and raised in Santa Fe. She is a current student at Northern New Mexico College majoring in Electromechanical Engineering. Her passion lies in teaching and mentoring students to introduce them to new concepts and inspire them to keep exploring. When she is not working with students or planning different ways to engage kids, she loves to be outside, hiking, and exploring the numerous beautiful places in New Mexico.

Edwin Felter

Born & raised in Nambe Pueblo, New Mexico, Edwin is an Electro Mechanical Engineering major from Northern New Mexico College. He is also an Indigenous Language Teacher, and Native Artist

Kate Sallah

I have been a science educator for over 23 years, 3 years as a science teacher in the Peace Corps (The Gambia, West Africa) and the other 20 at the Santa Fe Indian School. In addition to being a mom to 2 amazing kids (14 and 11), I work with Lina Germann through STEM SF’s amazing summer program. The past couple years I have offered the app building camp that has the students build an entire app in a week and submit their project to the Congressional App Challenge. I love the challenge of coding and introducing students to a new set of skills that can be used in their future endeavors.

Interns

Theodore McDonald
Fall 2021-Summer 2022 intern
Valentin Ornelas
Summer 2022 intern
Iris Fonseca Castillo
Summer 2021 and Summer 2022 intern
Mariah Mejillas Rivera
Summer 2021 Intern
Barath Kurapati
Summer 2021 Intern
Emily Buxengaard
Summer 2020 - Spring 2021 Intern