Wendy Merchant, P.E.
Founder + Executive Director
Professional Mechanical Engineer
Wendy founded Girls in STEM with the express purpose of helping close the gender gap in STEM fields by bringing her enthusiasm, determination and resources for encouraging and supporting girls to seek a STEM related career prior to post secondary education. Wendy graduated with a BS in Architectural Engineering from the University of Wyoming and is a licensed mechanical engineer. Her background includes 20 years of experience working in the Colorado design and construction industry as a consulting mechanical engineer designing building systems including; HVAC, plumbing, fire protection and building automation control systems.
In 2013, Wendy moved in a different direction following her passion to give back to the community founding the not for profit Girls in STEM. Leveraging her talents, experience and extensive network of professional women working in STEM related careers, Girls in STEM works directly with high school and middle school students to provide real world mentoring, career exploration, networking and job shadowing opportunities. In her free time, Wendy also enjoys being outdoors skiing, golfing, gardening and spending time with her family.
Karen Ramon, MBA
Operations Director + Board Treasurer
STEM School Math/Business Teacher + Founding Board Member
Karen Ramon is the Business department chair and serves on the school leadership team at the STEM School Highlands Ranch. She works to develop our future STEM and entrepreneurial workforce as an advisor to FBLA and the MIT Entrepreneurship Launch team which placed in the top 12 internationally at their final pitch presentation at MIT Sloan School of Management in the Spring of 2017.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Colorado State University and her MBA from the University of Houston. She has 16 years of teaching experience at the middle school, high school, and higher education level teaching mathematics and business courses. She also spent a few years working in the human resources and training department in the banking industry.
She is a founding board member and the current treasurer and director of operations. Together along with our other board members she enjoys helping young girls have a place to start exploring STEM careers in an environment with all girls!
Meteorologist + Founding Board Member
Hello! I am Kristi Steinhilber and I currently serve as a Board Member and Community Volunteer for Girls in STEM. My love for Math and Science began in late high school and continued throughout my college education. It wasn’t until I entered my degree-specific college courses that I began to notice the imbalance of male to females in the industry. It then became very apparent once I started looking for jobs after graduation that I would have to work twice as hard to become equally successful as the men in the field. This enlightening journey led me to find and join Girls in STEM so I could support young women in these industries and let them know that they can be successful too!
I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology accompanied by a Minor in Mathematics from the University of Northern Colorado in 2007. Following graduation, I worked as a Meteorological Software Engineer for IPS Meteostar where I tested and documented leading weather software. I also spent time as a team member for Your Weather Network where I compiled, wrote, and recorded hourly broadcasts for multiple weather clients. Previous to my current position, I added to my skillset by working at GEI Consultants, Inc., an engineering and environmental consulting firm, as a Marketing Assistant.
Currently I am a Meteorological Consultant for Applied Weather Associates where I perform meteorological analysis of extreme precipitation events for PMP studies.
Cherokee Trail Math Teacher + Founding Board Member
Hello! I am Kalyn Kozloski and I serve as the STEM school representative of Girls in STEM. I was introduced to Girls in STEM during student teaching with Karen Ramon. I instantly fell in love with the program and mission. I currently work at STEM High and Academy, where I consistently see my female students quietly sit back while their male counterparts dominate the discussion. I have throughly enjoyed watching and helping these girls come out of their shells and speak up both inside and outside the classroom through the Girls in STEM Program.
I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from University of Colorado Boulder. I have taught for about 2 years at the high school level and I was a teaching assistant for 2 years at the higher education level teaching mathematics. I still continue to take classes in variety of STEM subjects because I always want to know and learn more.
Middle School Program Director + Website
Web Developer + Education Designer
Michelle is a web developer and educator. Over the last few years, she has had the pleasure of working with (mostly women!) artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, and community organizers to build websites, apps and online tools designed for their specific needs. She is the co-founder of mmmanyfold, a web + app development studio.
Michelle also teaches KidsTek's Intro to Programming class at Hinkley High School in Aurora. She has been teaching part-time at Title I public schools in Denver and Aurora since 2014. Prior to this she served as an AmeriCorps member at Youth Villages, where she provided individual tutoring, classroom support, and after school enrichment to youth receiving treatment for severe complex trauma and behavioral difficulties at a residential psychiatric facility in rural Georgia.
Since moving to Denver, she has also worked on Digital Engagement Programs at the Denver Art Museum, created the Museum's Design Challenge summer class for ages 9-12, taught stop motion, completed a maker residency at Library 21c, and exhibited various digital art installations and workshops. She loves to create learning experiences to uplift and empower the next generation of creators and thinkers.
Media Design Specialist
Rocío Almanza-Guillén is a specialist in media design for learning, focusing on children and their families. Her experience includes educational and non-profit organizations such as the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, Televisa Foundation, OpenWorld Learning, as well as in-depth study and collaboration in programs for girls, such as Girls Inc. of Metro Denver and TECHNOLOchicas.
She has also collaborated with Sesame Workshop, Castle Works’ It’s My Life, and the American Museum of Natural History. In one of her previous roles, with the support of the World Bank, she created the communication strategy ¡Vas!, recognized as one of the 20 Best Practices in Public Policy for the Youth in Ibero-America by OIJ, PNUD, UNFPA, CEPAL and UNESCO.
Rocío holds a Master’s Degree in Digital Media Design for Learning from New York University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Journalism from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, with a specialization in Social Education from Universidad de Sevilla.