2017 FINALISTS

Top Women of Color in S.T.E.M.

Victoria Brown, Ph.D.

Victoria Brown is the Director of Clinical Research Administration for Children’s Health System of Dallas. During her career, she has been involved in multiple research studies and clinical trials focusing on medically vulnerable and underserved populations.  She has received numerous fellowship awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other industries for her work in drug abuse research and treatment and has served as a scientific reviewer for the NIH for more than a decade. She holds a doctorate in Pharmacology (with an emphasis in neurosciences) from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee and a MBA from The University of Texas System.

Clinical Research Professional

Juanita DeLoach, Ph.D.

Juanita DeLoach is an intellectual property lawyer specializing in patent litigation. She holds five degrees including a doctorate in electrical engineering and master’s degree in engineering management. DeLoach’s previous roles include work as a process engineer at Texas Instruments, where she was named inventor on eight patents in semiconductor processing.

Intellectual Property Lawyer

Sherrelle Diggs, P.E.

Sherrelle Diggs has worked in civil engineering for more than 17 years including her current role as a civil engineer project manager at The Dimension Group in Dallas. She has been involved with NSBE for more than 25 years on national, regional, and local levels. She has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and is a registered professional engineer in Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado. One of her passions outside of her professional career is finding time to talk with students about her journey of becoming an engineer and help guide them on their own future STEM career paths.

Civil Engineer Project Manager

Leanne Metcalfe, Ph.D.

Leanne Metcalfe is a senior director of collaborative research and data science at Health Care Service Corporation, the parent company of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. During her career, she has contributed to many discoveries in health care, including her current work on a device to better identify breast cancer masses. She received her doctorate in biomedical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, where she mentored incoming minority engineering students.

Biomedical Engineer

Yolanda Parker, Ph.D.

Yolanda Parker is a math professor for Tarrant County College and a representative for the school on the DFW Technology and Education Council. She has helped coordinate numerous STEM programs for youth with DFW-TEC and as a member of the Fort Worth chapter of The Links, Incorporated. She has a doctorate in mathematics education from Illinois State University.

Mathematics Professor

Tiffany Ricks, M.S.

Tiffany Ricks is the CEO of Hacware, a custom software development company. Outside of work, she volunteers with Frisco ISD and Black Girls Code, to teach programming and computer science. Ricks also serves as a mentor with The Dallas Entrepreneur Center and Stoke and is the founder of Female Founders Dallas, a women’s entrepreneur group. Ricks has a master’s degree in management from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Software Engineer

Sherrika Sanders, Ph.D.

Sherrika Sanders is director of R&D at Authentix, Inc., where she designs proprietary chemical markers, which helps return millions of dollars to nations experiencing fuel theft and counterfeiting. During her nine-year career with The Dow Chemical Company, she helped create a recruiting engine, Building Engineering and Science Talent at Dow that continues to attract 20-30 minority STEM candidates annually. She’s also still active at her alma mater, Xavier University of Louisiana, where she serves as a discussion panelist and career coach to students studying in STEM fields. She received her doctorate in chemistry from The University of Houston.

Director, R&D

Alexis Scott, M.S.

Alexis Scott is a senior principal systems engineer at Raytheon, where she manages a team of 11 engineers. She has served as a math professor for Dallas County Community College District for 18 years. She founded AMS Academic Solutions to offer tutoring in math and other subjects. Scott has a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of North Texas.

Systems Engineer

Jennifer Stimpson, M.A.

Jennifer Stimpson is a science teacher at The Hockaday School, federally-trained forensic chemist, and founder/executive director of Knowledge in Chemistry, a science program dedicated to enhancing STEM competency for K-12 students. Stimpson has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Dillard University in New Orleans and was the first African-American woman to receive a master’s degree in environmental chemistry from the University of Northern Iowa.

Chemist

Kenya Wilson, M.Ed.

Kenya Wilson is a science curriculum coach at Lancaster ISD. Prior to her current role, she instilled the Project Lead the Way Engineering and Robotics curriculum at Uplift Hampton Preparatory School. Wilson received her master’s degree in secondary education from Grand Canyon University in Arizona.  In her roles as Science Coordinator, specialist, and instructional coach, Kenya Wilson has become recognized across Texas for training educators on the foundation on STEM instruction.  Most recently, Kenya was selected a Shell Oil STEM Education mentor, in partnership with the Smithsonian Museum of Science Education.

STEM Specialist

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