Keynote Speaker: Ginger Kerrick
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.
Conference Speakers & Panelists
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 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.