Advisory Board
Allison Chouinard

Allison Chouinard is an HR executive at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems where she specializes in: Talent Development, Performance Management, Employee Relations, Metrics, Compliance, Recruiting, Workforce Planning, Analysis, and Training.

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Allison has been with Raytheon for over a decade and held the prior position of an analyst in workforce intelligence. She has an MBA from University of Evansville and a passion for STEM³ Academy.

Neil Cohen

Neil Cohen is Chief Financial Officer of Windsor Capital Group for nearly a decade. He is responsible for the financial operations of the company, including financial planning, cash flow management, banking relationships and overseeing the annual auditing and budgeting process.

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WCG is a hotel management and development company, with multiple properties across the US, including a number of Embassy Suites.

Neil has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the School of Business at the University of Texas in Austin. Neil has a daughter who works at The Help Group, parent organization of STEM3 Academy.

Ben Conway

Ben Conway was named to Forbes “30 under 30” in 2018 for marketing and advertising that rewrites the rules of brand engagement. He is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of VNTANA, providing tech-enabled engagement tools for the next generation of displays and consumers. VNTANA’s Patented Augmented Reality computing platform provides interactive holograms with data collection capacity, wowing consumers and brand owners alike.

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Ben hosted STEM3 Academy students at VNTANA for a super-fun augmented reality tour for students.

Ben holds a BS in entrepreneurship and administration from USC’s Marshall School of Business.  He is based in Chicago where he runs VNTANA’s newest office.

Brett Doar

Brett Doar is a multi-disciplinary artist known for his work building Rube Goldberg machines and other interactive and kinetic devices for a wide range of clients.

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His background includes working as a commercial fisherman, a bus driver, a film and video editor, and teacher (preschool, middle school, and university level). His work has received press in NPR, the Wall Street Journal, Village Voice, PC Magazine, CNN, Rolling Stone, and the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and Comedy Central.

He has a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Arts, Computation and Engineering program at UC Irvine, and is capable of building anything out of paperclips.

Michael Kanter

Michael Kanter is Regional Medical Director of Quality & Clinical Analysis for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group.

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He also serves Kaiser at the at the national level as Executive Vice President and Chief Quality Officer. Michael is also Associate Dean of Quality Science at the newly-founded Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine.

Within the Southern California region, he oversees quality of clinical analysis and clinical practice guidelines, utilization of drugs, medical imaging and laboratory services, health education, patient safety, physician education, research and evaluation, innovation, residency programs and physician education, purchaser engagement and marketing, as well as measurement of access and service.

Michael received a B.S. in Cybernetics from UCLA and M.D. from UCSF. He has authored more than 80 articles published in peer review journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Harvard Business Review, and authored chapters in 5 books. He is a frequent speaker for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), National Patient Safety Foundation and other major organizations on a variety of topics.

Peter Muller

Peter Muller has over 30 years of experience working for various aerospace companies in Southern California in the areas of embedded real-time software development, process improvement (Lean & Six Sigma), and compliance with AS9100 & ISO 14001. 

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Prior to joining the Northrop Grumman Corporation he was employed by AlliedSignal Government Systems where he held various engineering positions as a developer of software for airborne sonar systems and software process improvement activities.  Peter joined the Northrop Grumman Corporation through the acquisition of Litton Industries, in 1997, as a member of an Engineering Process Group.  Since then he has worked in various Engineering and Mission Assurance areas.  Peter was named to his current position as Manager Process Assurance & Systems, Software Quality Assurance in 2014.

Peter has a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from California State University Northridge in Northridge, California.

Stuart Sigman

Is national dean for undergraduate education at Argosy University, across the University’s 19 campuses and online divisions.

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He leads a team of Associate Deans, Program Chairs and faculty in the development and assessment of curriculum for associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs (General Education, Business, Criminal Justice, Information Technology, Liberal Studies and Psychology).

Stuart is responsible for seamless delivery of face-to-face, online and blended educational formats and ensuring that courses of study are effective across delivery platforms. Current innovations include the redesign of a first-semester experience to heighten engagement and adoption of self-paced instructional modules. Stuart spearheads strategic planning for enrollment growth in selected markets.

Previously, Stuart was Provost of American Jewish University and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, where he led the development of a new vision for the College of Arts and Sciences, including an updated curriculum that fosters students’ preparedness for careers, advanced study, and engagement in the community.

Stuart has a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.A. from UPenn’s Annenberg School. His B.A. is with Honors, across Communication, Linguistics and Theater.

He is an author of textbooks and scholarly articles in the field of communication theory; a grant recipient, including Title III funding from the U.S. Depart of Education; and a former professor with keen interest in the role communication and culture play in interpersonal relationships.

Amy Smith

Amy Smith joined TOMS in June 2016 as Chief Giving Officer to oversee all aspects of giving, including global giving partners, program impact and experiential engagement.

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Amy was previously the Chief Strategy Officer and President of Action Networks for Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. Prior to joining Points of Light, Amy held several management positions at Apple helping to lead their retail initiative that included international real estate development, store design, construction execution and store operations. Amy earned a bachelor’s degree in Materials and Logistics Management from Michigan State University.

Oliver Thornton

Oliver Thornton is the founder & CEO of Coding Autism. Coding Autism is building an autism-specialized coding academy, pairing online coding education, community, and an autism-savvy support team to help transition autistic talent into our technology workforce.

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He is also a Real Estate Broker with Compass where he focuses on properties in and around Beverly Hills.  Here he manages the Thornton Team social media platforms and digital marketing campaigns.

Oliver has been an inspirational speaker to STEM3 Academy students about overcoming challenges and succeeding in life’s ventures.

Erik Till

Erik Till is head of marketing at DroneBase, a successful start-up in Santa Monica providing aerial images and video from a professional drone service provider at a fraction of the cost and time. His previous marketing positions included Bulletproof Nutrition and Flex Watches.

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Erik has been a repeat-contributor to STEM3 Academy, hosting exhibits at The Very Special Innovation Fair (both Valley Glen and Irvine), speaking about and demonstrating drones for students on all campus, and hosting students for one-day mentoring opportunities.

Erik has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Personality and Social Psychology from San Diego State University.