Meet the Team
In today’s world, we are not isolated by the locations we work in. Everything we do is connected in so many ways. An action locally creates ripples that reach across the world. It’s crucial to our future to understand that – to not only adapt to that reality but to embrace it and use it to our advantage. Our team is dedicated to leading the way to create powerful ripples across the globe. Bridging our communities to connect the dots to bring awareness to teachers, students, and parents the opportunities across STEAM careers and the workforce skills of the 21st Century required to succeed.
Finance Advisory Team
Lisa’s career spans over twenty years in finance for Morgan Stanley, MSCI, and Arthur Andersen. She has experience in financial planning/reporting/analysis, capital management, M&A, corporate strategic planning, forecasting, and treasury. She currently provides CFO consulting services for start-ups. Her prior roles, include divisional CFO at MSCI and lead equity research analyst at Morgan Stanley. Lisa received her BBA from the University of Notre Dame and is a CFA charterholder.
Henry Lam brings over 15 years of diverse finance experience at global multinational corporations and advisory firms. Henry has spent the past 7 years at CA Technologies in Financial Planning & Analysis as well as Mergers & Acquisitions. Prior to CA, Henry held leadership positions at BDO Consulting, Nielsen Company and Standard & Poor’s. Henry holds a bachelor's degree in Finance and MIS from Binghamton University and an M.B.A in finance and accounting from Fordham University. Henry is a CFA® charterholder.
Strategic Advisory Team
Administrator: Instructional Designer
Ariel is currently an administrator for Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies (SPS). Previously, she has been a Faculty Development Specialist and Course Developer for Columbia University. While working as an Instructional Designer, Ariel has helped develop courses in the School of Social Work, Technology Management, Applied Analytics, Strategic Communication, Information and Knowledge Strategy, SPS’ High School Program and Union Theological Seminary. She has also worked on special projects in faculty development and conference presentations in coaching, professional development, executive education and human resource leadership for the SPS Office of the Dean
Public Relations & Marketing Team
Tuqa Youssef has always had a passion for strategic thinking and creative communication. Tuqa has extensive work experience in nonprofit, technology and education sectors. After serving two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA, she recently began her career in educational technology. Growing up in a family of educators has increased her drive to advocate and inspire students who want to pursue a career in the STEM field.
Tuqa graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego with a BA in Public Relations and is currently pursuing her MS in Information Systems at Touro College.
Partner | Koffsky Schwalb LLC
"Working with the WCTDs team, I get to apply my passion and talent in the legal field for an amazing mission to educate and inspire students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) careers." To learn more about Mark: http://koffsky.com/
Community Ambassador Team
CAP Program Manager
Vincent is a freshman at Farmingdale State University studying Computer Information Technology. Vincent has been a Community Ambassador since 2015, and is passionate about challenging himself to learn and to teach others. Vincent is an avid coder who travels around the country attending Hackathons to expand his knowledge and his network in the innovation industries. Vincent now leads our Community Ambassador Program.
As an educator, I have always tried to incorporate collaboration, real world experiences, ownership, and learning something new into every lesson. Here at We Connect The Dots, our programs encourage these principals and more. The students learn to come out of their comfort zone and challenge themselves. It’s awesome! Find Allison on LinkedIn.
Technical Advisory Team
Program Manager | Visual Studio App Center
John is a professional software developer, writer, presenter, father, husband, and Geek. For the last 10 years, he’s focused on enterprise mobility and building mobile apps. He’s an author of 6 books on mobile development, including 4 on PhoneGap/Apache Cordova, and has been a contributor to the open-source Apache Cordova project. He loves tinkering with IoT, building and writing about projects for Arduino, Particle Photon, Raspberry Pi, Tessel 2, and more. He’s currently a Principal Program Manager for Mobile Center at Microsoft
Kerri Shotts is a Developer Advocate at Adobe Systems, Inc. She has a wide range of experience with web and mobile application development, and is the author of several books about PhoneGap, a popular hybrid mobile application framework. When not writing code or technical documentation, she enjoys photography and music performance.
Chief Innovation Office
Don Coleman is a software developer who enjoys hacking with phones, Arduino, and other hardware. Don currently works as the Chief Innovation Office for Chariot Solutions in Fort Washington, PA. He is also an adjunct professor at NYU, and has written technical books for O'Reilly Media and Maker Media.
Senior Software Engineer
Chris Gomez has been a software developer for over twenty years. He has built applications as varied as dazzling kiosk-based attractions for guests at the most popular theme parks in the world to web-based commercial loan analytics tools and clinical health data exchange.One of his passions is to bring the skills of software development to the next generation of programmers whether they are today's youth, professional developers, or career changing adults. He organizes the "Kids Code" night at the Philly.NET Professional Developers group each year and founded a local game development group. Every step of the way he is looking to inspire people of all ages to spark their interest in coding by making their first game or mobile app. Chris's blog can be found at www.chrisgomez.com.
Luis first began learning how to code while studying Computer Science at Columbia University. He followed the Vision and Graphics track which allowed him to take classes such as Computer Graphics, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and 3D User Interfaces. Due to this coursework, Luis was able to conduct research projects focusing on Augmented and Virtual Reality. Post-graduation, Luis went to work at Blue Sky Studios to work Virtual Reality tools and experiences. He now works at Labrodex Studios as a Game Developer focusing on Gameplay systems and AI. Throughout his time with We Connect the Dots, Luis shared his knowledge of Computer Science by assisting in teaching Introduction to Coding and Game Development.
Director of Operations
I grew up with the prospect of technology making life better. Working with We Connect the Dots allows me to help people recognize their learning style. Combining that with the introduction of new ways to learn, and collaborate. This will help students understand what is out there, giving them an idea of the jobs and what they like to do before getting to far into a career. Find Michael on LinkedIn.
Director Learning Programs
"My uncle introduced me to technology. He gave me a computer and said 'There is nothing you can do to this that I can't fix, so have fun!' I am here to help support We Connect the Dots through good design and engaging web experiences." Find Jamie on LinkedIn
Co-Chapter Lead for Sandusky County
Doug is a bioengineering alumni of the University of Toledo and the University of California, Los Angeles. He has worked as an engineer within the medical device industry in product development, testing, manufacturing, clinical, quality, and regulatory. He currently is a consultant based out of Ohio, and loves to farm, play sports, and give back to his community.
Co-Chapter Lead for Sandusky County
Elizabeth Royster is a registered professional Civil Engineer for the Sandusky County Engineers Office with 14 years experience and skilled in producing a complete set of roadway and drainage plans within client time and budget constraints. Her volunteer efforts include executive board work with the Women’s Transportation Seminar and the Society of Women Engineers. Elizabeth was a site lead for the Sandusky County 2018 Code a Thon.
Parent - Community Volunteer
Hello, my name is Maureen Sanchez. I am a volunteer in the Marketing department as well as
a member on the advisory team at WCTD. I am a parent of a former attendee who turned into
a student ambassador for WCTD yearly and summer programs. I have a background in Special
Education K-12. I am bilingual in Spanish and I enjoy giving back to my community through
volunteer work in all forms. Also I am super creative when I am creating scrapbooks for friends and family.