STEM Santa Fe team

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

Lina Germann, Ph.D., MBA, is the Founder and CEO of STEM Santa Fe. Since moving to Santa Fe in 1997, after earning her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, Dr. Germann has been a STEM advocate and community organizer, while teaching at times and working in the technology sector, as well as serving on local boards and committees. Lina is passionate about STEM education as a path to prosperity and in promoting diversity and equity in STEM disciplines. In 2023, Lina was honored as a Women in Technology by New Mexico Technology Council, and in 2022 as the Mentor of the Year for New Mexico Excellence in STEM by AFRL-NM. Under Dr. Germann’s leadership, STEM Santa Fe earned the 2022 Piñon Visionary Award by Santa Fe Community Foundation and in 2018 Non-Profit of the Year for NMExcellence in STEM (STEM Santa Fe) by AFRL-NM. Lina enjoys new challenges, life-long learning, traveling, and Santa Fe’s sunsets while walking her dog, Lucie.

Tricia Maslow
Programs & Outreach Associate

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 children, fitness, cooking, and listening to music.

Alicia Naranjo
Native American Programs Coordinator

My name is Alicia Naranjo. I am a tribal member of San Ildefonso Pueblo, NM. I am currently an Educational Advisor for the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC). I am also a graduate of Northern NM College. I have a Bachelor's degree of Integrated Studies emphasis on Pueblo Indian Studies and an Associate's degree of Arts in Elementary Education.

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.


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