Board of Directors
Seeds to STEM has expanded its Board of Directors. Its members serve a crucial role ensuring the stability and continued future success of the company, through donor cultivation, fundraising, outreach and administration. As a board member they support the work of Seeds to STEM to provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. Welcome the 2018 Seeds to STEM Board of Directors.
Gretchen’s passion for STEM began in middle school when she took apart her pink Trimline phone to see what it looked like inside. Little did she know then, her professional career would start at AT&T/Bell Labs. She worked in the telecommunications industry as a process engineer, information systems project manager, material manager, and management consultant. While taking time off with her three children, she began an Iyengar yoga practice to manage chronic back pain. Now, Gretchen helps others understand their anatomy and physiology, and how to use yoga to improve posture and manage pain. A life-long learner, she is currently studying positive psychology and human behavior. She is using her research to develop a science-based framework that improves personal well-being and strengthens communities.
Gretchen is a graduate of Leadership ISD and a passionate advocate for public education. All three of her children attend schools in Dallas ISD. She has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. She is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher at the Intermediate Junior I level.
Meegan joined Hilton in 2008 on the Content Management Team where she was responsible for strategy and execution of publishing content to the Brand websites. In 2010 she was promoted to eCommerce Manager, where she spent seven years building the EDGE program from the ground up, managing all digital efforts for hotels in the Los Angeles market. She then joined the Marketing Activation team in June of 2017 and is supporting the Americas Destination Marketing team. In this role Meegan is tasked at managing large-scale marketing campaigns and helping drive speed to market for her Business Owners.
In addition to her love of Marketing, Meegan has a passion for helping the community. She most recently served as a Volunteer ESL Teacher for Literacy Achieves, founded as Vickery Meadow Learning Center. Meegan holds both a BBA and MBA with a concentration in Marketing from the University of North Texas. Meegan is an avid basketball fan, with the Dallas Mavericks being her favorite NBA team. She is such a fan that she has a goal to watch them play in every NBA arena.
Colbey Walker currently serves as the Administrator for the Department of Emergency Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Prior to this role, he served as the Administrator for the Division of General Pediatric Surgery and for the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He holds a Master’s in Healthcare Administration and a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Texas A&M University and will soon complete his DrPH in Healthcare Management and Leadership from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Colbey has been actively involved with a number of non-profit organizations, recently serving on the board of Getting Involved in Volunteer Experiences (GIVE), a Baltimore group intended to prepare young professionals for and connect them with opportunities for civic engagement, community leadership, and non-profit service, and loving every second of the eight years he’s been an active Big Brother in Big Brothers Big Sisters. Colbey resides in East Dallas with his fiancé, Rikki, and their basset hound, Boomer. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, finding new spots to eat and drink, and seeking out opportunities to become involved with and to support his local community.
Rashida is a Software Release Manager at GM Financial. Thomas holds a B.S. from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a M.B.A. from Lindenwood University, and a M.A. in Management and Leadership from Webster University. When she’s not at GM, you can find her in the community giving back. Thomas also serves as a mentor for Big Brother Big Sister Mentor 2.0 program. A major program that she’s concerned about is America’s student loan programs for college students. Personal experience and extensive research drove Rashida to find solutions for managing and reducing student loan debt. She is well-known for her deep desire to help others in a plethora of ways, thus her commitment to join Seeds to Stem as a board member hasn’t surprised anyone that knows her personally. Thomas is thrilled about helping to make an impact with students while serving with Seeds to Stem.
Carolyn Carlson, Director, Microsoft Health and Life Sciences division, delivers Microsoft’s business strategy for the Microsoft field as they engage with healthcare providers, payors, and suppliers to improve the quality and efficiency of health services delivered around the United States. Carolyn’s career has been spent driving health care, public sector, and high-tech clients to transform their business through adoption of modern technology.
Her experience spans provider, academic medical centers, and government organizations with depth in enterprise analytics and cloud-enabled solutions to drive greater efficiency, quality as well as outcomes for more sustainable healthcare delivery. She has helped clients identify opportunities for innovative technology and entry points to get started, to achieve healthcare’s triple aim goals. Prior to Microsoft, Carolyn worked for two other enterprises that helped shaped the IT industry – Texas Instruments and IBM.
Carolyn received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University. She received a M.S. in Electrical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.
Akilah is the interim Executive Director of Faith in Texas, a multi-racial faith based, social justice organization. She has over 15 years of experience as a relationship manager, with expertise in fund development, event planning & promotions, marketing, multicultural media sales and project management. Her love for connecting community organizations with financial and in-kind resources has resulted in over $1 million in revenue support. She is currently pursuing a degree in Human Services Management & Leadership at the University of North Texas at Dallas, and has earned a Nonprofit Management Certificate from the Center for Nonprofit Management.
In 2013, Akilah launched Distinguished Ones: A Philanthropic Initiative, respectfully known as #BlackDFWGives, an educational and inspiring, online initiative seeking to heighten the platform for philanthropy education and the next generation of philanthropists of color throughout North Texas. Her philanthropic leadership includes the founding of Texas’ first Black/African-American giving circle, HERitage Giving Fund at Dallas Women’s Foundation and consulting services for small-to-medium-sized community organizations.