Who We Are

A passionately dedicated team, creating opportunities for students in low-income communities to learn and develop crucial STEM skills needed to successfully enter the STEM-workforce.

Our team is making our mark on the world. Each team member brings a unique perspective and actively contributes to guiding the direction of the organization.

Leslie Marshall

Executive Director

Leslie has over 10 years of teaching experience, which includes 7 years of STEM education in Pre-K through grade 8. She enjoys writing, and was able to combine her education and STEM backgrounds to develop and write STEM curricula for use all over the world, including the UK, China, and Malaysia. She also has been able to share her passion for STEM by providing professional development to teachers, administrators, and education professionals to help improve awareness and classroom incorporation.

Avery Ward

Assistant Executive Director

Avery attends Colorado Mesa University and will graduate in May 2025 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Her future plans are to be a large animal vet. As a future STEM major, she strives to show young girls and women that they can be successful in a male-dominated field. In her free time, Avery teaches young equestrians sportsmanship, basic horse care, and riding skills. She volunteers as the President of her 4H club, and also serves as the Treasurer of the Jefferson County Horse Council.

Hope Mukai

Program Manager

Hope holds a BA in Spanish and Biology from the University of Vermont and a M.Ed. in Integrated Teaching through the Arts from Lesley University. After an early career in reproductive endocrinology, she transitioned to teaching high school science and Spanish for 10 years. Hope has traveled extensively in Europe and Central and South America, learning the languages and cultures of those regions. She is passionate about international education, travel and service to deepen her connections with people around the world.

Our Board

Jonathan Krause

Board President, Finance Committee Co-Chair
Founder & CEO of Synclarity Consulting

Jonathan is the Founder & CEO of Synclarity Consulting that offers business advisory services and executive coaching to startups and small businesses in education, healthcare, and the life sciences. After over 25 years in account management, business development, sales, and training in both the public and private sectors, he founded Synclarity Consulting in 2018 to help companies build more substantial organizations.

Kat Kennan

Board Secretary
CEO/Founder, Radical Customer Experience™

Kat is a bestselling author, disruptor, entrepreneur, and passionate marketing expert, known for building high-impact, customer-driven strategies and campaigns for companies of all shapes and sizes. She specializes in empathy-driven marketing services, for which she’s developed the 3 R’s business model to deepen brand loyalty based on the proprietary, research-based Radical Human Intelligence™ platform. RCX is a certified disability- and women-owned business.

George J. Kite, CPA

Board Treasurer
Founder, George Jay Kite, Ltd.

George is a Certified Public Accountant with over 30 years of experience helping small to medium sized businesses and individuals with their accounting tax needs. His services include representing client before the Internal Revenue Service and State Departments of Revenue and Employment Security. George specialized in accounting and bookkeeping, QuickBooks, fiduciary and tax exempt income, taxes, financial statements, payroll, payroll taxes, and incorporation services.

Dr. Janelle Johnson, PhD

Board Member; Director, Colorado STEM Ecosystem & Professor, MSU Denver

Janelle is the Director of the Colorado STEM Ecosystem and a Professor of STEM Education at MSU Denver. She has been awarded four National Science Foundation grants to date and is the co-editor of STEM21. She led several NSF-funded GLOBE STEM equity bootcamps and consulted for the NASA Langley with their equity efforts. She serves on the editorial boards at AERA, TEEM, and is a reviewer for the NSF. Her nonprofit service includes the board of New York Edge, Morpho Educator Academy, ACESSE project, and CAST.

Dr. Chrissy Stachl, PhD

Board Member,
Founder/CEO of Reflecting Equity

Chrissy is a published author and the Founder and CEO of Reflecting Equity, a consulting company dedicated to helping communities foster inclusion and develop equitable policies and practices in their workplace. She hold a Ph.D. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley, and has been leading DEIBA efforts for more than 7 years. She brings her expertise as a scientist, researcher, and educator to her consulting practice.