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WISE 2017 Presenters

ginger kerrick
Ginger Kerrick, NASA Division Chief

Keynote Speaker: Ginger Kerrick
"Leadership in Human Spaceflight - Lessons in Success"

Ginger Kerrick was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. Ginger attended Texas Tech University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1991, followed by a Master’s Degree in physics in 1993. In 2004, she was named a distinguished alumni by Texas Tech University, and then again in 2012 by the Texas Tech Alumni Association.  

Ginger began working for NASA as a summer intern in 1991, and started her first permanent assignment at Johnson Space Center in May of 1994 as a Materials Research Engineer. In September 1995, she was reassigned to the Mission Operations Directorate as an instructor for the International Space Station Environmental and Life Support System. Her responsibilities included training development, simulator development, and training conduct for both crew and flight controllers.

Through many years of dedicated service and various positions at NASA, Ginger was selected as a Flight Director in February 2005. This selection made her the first female Hispanic Flight Director in the history of NASA. After leading numerous International Space Station (ISS) and Shuttle missions, Ginger ended her Flight Director career in 2012 and transitioned into a management role as Assistant Director for the ISS for the Flight Operations Directorate (FOD).  In August of 2016, after 4 years as Assistant Director, Ginger was named as the Division Chief of the newly-formed Flight Integration Division in FOD.  

In her personal time, she is an avid runner, completing numerous full and half marathons. She also works as a volunteer coordinator for Triumphant Trails, Inc., an all-breed dog rescue organization that helps find homes for the many homeless dogs in the Houston area.

Kristina Henry Collins

" G.I.R.L. Power: Disspelling Stereotype Threat and Imposter Syndrome in STEM"

Dr. Kristina Henry Collins
is the core Talent Development faculty for Curriculum & Instruction at Texas State University. Dr. Collins earned her Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Georgia (UGA) with an emphasis in gifted and creative education and a minor in quantitative research methods. She also holds an Ed.S. degree in educational psychology (UGA) with endorsements in educational administration and leadership; a M.S.Ed. degree in mathematics (Jacksonville State University) with certifications in technology education and computer science; a B.S. degree in engineering (University of Alabama); and a military science diploma (USN) in cryptography and electronic surveillance.

Dr. Collins boasts over 27 years of STEM experience as a practitioner, educator, mentor, and advocate. Her research focuses on STEM identity and talent development of underrepresented students, including redressing the STEM pipeline K-20 and enhancing the family and community engagement structures (FACES) of STEM.

Jamie Carberrry

Jamie Carberry is a Client Success Specialist with Sapling Learning, an online digital learning platform for high school and higher education. Her role allows her to make a great impact on student engagement and instructor empowerment, inside and outside of the classroom. She obtained her B.S. in chemistry in 2011, followed by her M.S. in chemistry in 2012, from Texas State University.

Through her work with Sapling Learning, the 2016 Digital Learning Innovation Award was presented to Lehman College for utilization of the digital platform to increase student success via effective pedagogical methods. In addition to her role at Sapling Learning, Jamie enjoys staying active and has formed sports teams for office staff to join including sand volleyball, kickball, and basketball.

Alysa Joaquin
Alysa Joaquin

Alysa Joaquin is a chemical scientist at Blueshift Materials, a start-up company, where she works in R&D developing advanced polymer materials. After earning her BA in Psychology and working in IT for five years, Alysa returned to school to study engineering. She graduated with her BS in Chemical Engineering and Nanoscience from University of Washington in 2013 and earned her MSE in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016.

Alysa is passionate about community outreach and fostering diversity in STEM fields, especially for non-traditional students and people with disabilities. She mentored several students as a graduate researcher at the University of Texas at Austin and is active in AccessSTEM, an online mentoring group for students and young professionals with disabilities. Additionally, she volunteers with the Travis Audubon Society and Texas Master Naturalists, where she engages the public with the natural world and promotes participation in citizen science programs.

Angelica Riojas
Angelica Riojas

Angelica Riojas is a research scientist at the Texas Biomedical Research Center and is studying for her PhD in genetics in the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Program at UT Health Sciences Center in San Antonio. Prior to pursuing a PhD, Angelica attended Texas State University and received a B.S. degree in Biology (2014) and a M.S. degree in Biochemistry (2016). Angelica was also a recipient of the 2013 WISE Women's Giving Circle Scholarship.

Angelica has a passion for STEM outreach and mentoring others in STEM. During her college years at Texas State University, she was involved in many STEM organizations including the South Texas Doctoral Bridge Program, the Houston-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program, and the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. It was through participation in these organizations that she realized her passion as a research scientist. Upon completion of her PhD, Angelica hopes to work for NASA.

Monique Mounce

Monique Mounce, PharmD, BCPS, is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist practicing clinical pharmacy in primary care and geriatrics at the Anne Arundel Community Clinics and is an assistant professor at Notre Dame of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore, MD. She earned her B.S. in Biochemistry and Biology from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas in 2009. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she earned her Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She went on to complete a post-graduate residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and a 2nd year post-graduate residency in Pharmacotherapy at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy.

She currently teaches pharmacotherapy in autoimmune diseases, interprofessional education with Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Medicine, as well as numerous hands-on lessons in Care Lab. She is certified in administering Emotional Intelligence-i (EQ-i) 2.0 assessments and conducts research on the topic of emotional intelligence in student leadership, performance, and communication in patient care. She is interested in research on chronic disease management in underserved populations.

Olivia Gamez Holzhaus is the founding CEO and President of Rhodium Scientific, a San Antonio, Texas based company specialized in research and development (R&D) consulting, facilities management, and equipment services for commercial, government, and academic laboratories.Ms.   Holzhaus received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas State University in Microbiology, and her Master of Science Degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio in Management of Technology, a business program specialized in the development and operations of companies within the technology, engineering, and science industries.

Rhodium provides clients traditional and innovative methods in instrument optimization and lean commercial processes for those relocating equipment, testing production-level product, or conducting novel research. The company also provides engineering and technical support to payload development companies building spaceflight hardware designed to host scientific projects aboard the International Space Station. Olivia received extensive training and developed her love for biotechnology by working in academic and applied laboratories dedicated to cancer tumorigenesis (University of Texas Health Science Center), microbial fossilization enhancement (Texas State University), and through scientific and engineering positions at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and PerkinElmer Health Sciences.

Floyd Quinn

Dr. Floyd Quinn currently works as a full-time lecturer in the McCoy College of Business Administration at Texas State University. Prior to his employment with McCoy College, he was a lecturer in the H-E-B School of Business and Administration at the University of the Incarnate Word located in San Antonio, TX. He has also instructed in the Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies department of the School of Applied Arts at Texas State University and participated in a summer program at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. His research broadly focuses on the characteristics of environments that encourage and influence individuals and groups to perform at their highest levels. This exploration is approached from the perspective of adult learning and includes workplace and academic settings where external factors play a role in affecting motivation, commitment, and performance. He has written extensively on this topic, contributing to a textbook as well as publishing numerous articles on the subject. He is the recipient of the 2016 Jerome L. Neuner Award for Excellence in Professional Scholarly Publication from the American Association of University Administrators as well as the 2016 College Achievement Award for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities from Texas State University. Dr. Quinn served as Senior Administrator and MBA Program Director at Texas Health and Science University where, among his other duties, he was responsible for curriculum development and program accreditation. He has also served as Associate Director of Human Resources at Texas State University, Human Resources Consultant to the Texas State Auditor providing consulting services to the Governor's Office, state legislature, as well as state agencies and public universities. He also served as Corporate Director of Human Resources at Surrey, Inc., and Divisional Human Resources Manager for the software company, Activant, with HR management responsibilities in Austin, TX and Pleasanton, CA.