Raina Yancey

Raina Yancey is an IT professional with over 22 years of experience in software support. As a Principal Technical Software Engineer at Oracle Corporation, she is responsible for providing specialized global technical support for some of Oracle’s largest clients and assisting during critical software upgrades and implementations. She is recognized as a Concurrent Processing team Advanced Resolution Engineer and a significant contributor to the success of her global team.

As a passionate leader both at Oracle and in the community, Raina serves as Community Leader for the Orlando Chapter of the African-American Business Leaders for Excellence (ABLE) at Oracle, community volunteer Project Leader and President of the Central Florida Chapter of the National Hampton Alumni Association. She is passionate about exposing underserved youth to career opportunities in STEM fields and volunteers with several local youth organizations.

Raina’s most recent accomplishment is the Special Recognition Award for exemplary achievements at the 2017 Women of Color STEM Conference.

Grace K. Johnson

Grace K. Johnson is an Education Program Specialist in the Education Projects and Youth Engagement Office at the NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC). She primarily serves as a NASA Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships (NIFS) coordinator, facilitating opportunities for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. She also serves as the NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) center representative and a voting member on the KSC Research and Technology Management Board. Mrs. Johnson began her work in education in 2010 as a Technical Project Manager, developing and managing STEM education projects in collaboration with the technical organizations at the center. Since early 2011, she has been managing the Creating Understanding and Broadening Education through Satellites (CUBES) pilot project that enables high school students to design, build, and potentially launch a small satellite. Mrs. Johnson has also mentored many interns during her time in education, providing them with the creative space to develop new resources for educators and opportunities for students. In 2013, she was honored to receive an Outstanding STEM Educator Award from the Engineers’ Council and a NASA Exceptional Achievement Award. Mrs. Johnson has also received an On the Spot, Time Off, and several Group Achievement Awards for her work in education.

Prior to her position in education, Mrs. Johnson took advantage of the opportunity to diversify her professional experience and knowledge base as a participant in the former NASA Administrator’s Fellowship Program (NAFP). As one of the fellows in the 12th and final cohort from 2008-2010, she enjoyed an eye-opening year as a guest lecturer in the Department of Physics at Morgan State University, where she discovered her natural knack and love for teaching. Mrs. Johnson closed out her NAFP tenure with a year-long stint in the X-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory at the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), gaining invaluable insight into the spacecraft side of life.

Mrs. Johnson spent her early career as a mechanical engineer in the Launch Services Program (LSP), from 2001-2008. She has served as the lead mechanical integration engineer for various successful NASA missions, including MESSENGER, STEREO, THEMIS, DAWN, and KEPLER. She has received several On the Spot, Time Off, and Group Achievement Awards for her service. Mrs. Johnson began her career in 1999 as a student trainee in the cooperative education program and worked as a structural dynamics analyst in LSP’s Mission Analysis Division.

Mrs. Johnson has an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Morgan State University. She is a native of Baltimore, MD and resides with her husband and two children in Titusville, FL. She is a certified music addict and loves to make people smile.

Tonya Farquharson

Tonya Farquharson is an Information Systems professional with more than 20+ years of experience in P&L, PMO, and Operational Excellence with a strong discipline in IT Strategy, Building on Competitive Advantages, while Delivering and Growing the Business Portfolio. As the Sr. Director of Information Technology for Triad Isotopes, with 55+ locations across the U.S., Tonya is responsible for the overall Operations & Support and Strategic direction of Triad Isotopes IT. She is responsible for defining the company’s application strategy around Buy, Build, or Partner as the company defines how to grow and extend its operational support and application portfolio.

Tonya, worked as the Director of the Program Management Office with Convergys responsible with over 45 direct reports in US, Latin America, & Asia Pac managing an annual revenue budget of $115M. During this timeframe she led her PMO organization in reducing project based professional service labor cost by -8% as well as growing revenue by 200% over forecasted expectations. The advances increased the organization ability to reduce overhead by maintaining its ability to close existing and secure future contracts with the gains in efficiency and productivity.

Prior to Convergys, Tonya worked for Lockheed Martin as the Collaboration Services Program Manager, responsible for saving the company $60M by consolidating disparate systems. Additionally, she delivered the CRM strategy to Corporate HQ; Delivered Wi-Fi to the Enterprise; and Delivered SearchLM Strategy to the Enterprise. Her leadership displayed throughout these deliverables emphasized her strength in building cross functional consensus and delivering high value to the enterprise.

Before joining Lockheed Martin, she served as the Professional Service Manager for Elixir Technologies, delivering software solutions across the United States and South America. In this position she closed the largest sales deal in the company’s history with Wachovia; Developed & Deployed a New Sales Strategy for the company, and instituted new processes for supporting the customer and pricing strategy. The improvements gained reduced the professional service team implementation cycles from 2 weeks to 4 days.

Tonya worked for Xerox Corporation for 10 years with her most notable accomplishments were supporting the Development Team achieve CMMI Level 2 (1st team in Xerox history). In her role as the Printing Systems Analyst she was able to close the largest sales deal in Orlando.

Tonya earned her Bachelor’s in Computer Science and Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida. Tonya, her husband Purcell, and their two children, Purcell II and Michael, reside in Orlando, Florida.

Najah Hines

Najah Hines, was born in Wiesbaden Germany and raised in the Panhandle near Destin, Florida. She graduated from Florida State University and has lived in Orlando for the last 5 years. Najah began her career with Wells Fargo in April of 2013 as a Customer Sales and Service Representative. Currently, Najah is the Service Manager at the One Orlando Center branch. She looks forward to continuing to grow her career with Wells Fargo and is a firm believer that you will never grow unless you continue learning new things and continue helping others.

Toshie Chatman

Toshie Chatman is an IT professional with over 20 years of experience in the software industry. She currently holds the title of Senior Customer Support Account Manager at SumTotal Systems where she strives to improve operational efficiencies and help fortune 500 companies achieve their Learning and Talent Management software objectives.

Toshie was awarded the Technology Rising Star Award during the 2014 Women of Color STEM Conference where she was recognized for her excellence in the workplace and community. Most recently Toshie became an advisory board member of the Central Florida National Academy Foundation (NAF) for Orange & Seminole County.

Toshie holds a Master’s degree in IT Management from Colorado Technical University and her undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida.

Toshie is married and is the proud mother of two outstanding young man. Her hobbies and interest include travel, theater, and home decor.

Luree Brown

Luree Brown is a vehicle operations launch engineer for Ford Motor Company. She has helped launch the 2017 Escape, Lincoln MKC and the 2017 Econoline Cutaway Chassis (aka the U Haul trucks). She is currently launching the Ford Ranger in Wayne, Michigan. If making a car was like baking a cake, Luree provides all the cooking utensils and ensures that the cake is baked quickly, without defects.  Prior to working for Ford, Luree was a Product Engineer and Manufacturing Engineer for NSK Corporation, where she designed bearings for automotive companies, while improving manufacturing facilities.

Luree Brown graduated from the University of Michigan in December 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Manufacturing. Currently Luree is pursuing her Engineering Management Master’s at Wayne State University.

Charles H. Reilly

Dr. Charles H. Reilly is a Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems (IEMS) and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Since August 2015, he also serves as an Assistant Vice Provost in Contract Compliance and Administrator Support.

Dr. Reilly was IEMS Chair from 1996 to 2001. Prior to joining UCF in 1996, he was on the faculty at The Ohio State University for thirteen years. He held leadership positions there as well, serving as Vice Chair (1989-1994), Acting Chair (July-August 1994), and Industrial and Systems Engineering Section Head (1994-1996).

Dr. Reilly earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in industrial engineering at Purdue University in 1980 and 1983, respectively. His primary research areas are currently the simulation of random instances of classical optimization problems and the evaluation of the performances of exact and approximate solution methods on these problem instances. His work in these areas, including work with some of his graduate students, has been published in journals such as European Journal of Operational Research, Computers and Industrial Engineering, INFORMS Journal on Computing, International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering, IIE Transactions, and Management Science. Earlier in his career, he worked on NASA-funded optimization models and solution methods for communication satellite synthesis problems.

Dr. Reilly is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a past Director (1995-1996), Director-Elect (1994-1995), and Mathematical Programming Interest Group Chair (1992-1995) of the Operations Research Division of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers.

Ken Falana

Ken Falana is currently a member of the Oracle Engineered Systems Support Engineering group as a Principle Technical Support Engineer. He currently supports the Exalogic and Private Compute Appliance products within the Americas group in the Orlando Office. Ken has over 20 years of experience in the IT and Engineering field holding engineering job titles such as: Firmware, Design, Embedded Software, Software, Systems, and Cyber Systems. In addition to Oracle, Ken has held positions at the following Companies: General Dynamics, McDonnell Douglas, Boeing, Adaptec, TRW, and Northrop Grumman with a strong focus in overall Computing Systems and Networking Design and emphasis on Enterprise Architecture.

Over the Course of the last 12 years Ken has been involved in projects ranging from Data Warehousing, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure Architecture, Cyber Systems Architecture, Cyber Systems Security, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning and Implementation. Ken holds BS Degrees in Electronic Engineering Technology and Computer Science from Florida A&M University. He also is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) member in good standing, certified by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium ((ISC) ² and a recognized Cyber Systems Security Professional.

Eric Hylick

Currently, Eric Hylick is a marriage/relationship coach, author, speaker and co-owner of Marriage Can Win a relationship coaching business www.marriagescanwin.com.  Eric has a proven track record as an engineer and business executive in the Information Technology field with companies such as Federal Express, Oracle, Symantec, CIRE Technology Solutions, & Alpha Technology Group, to name a few.  Eric has also hosted business conferences and has been a guest speaker at conferences in Chicago, Hawaii, Boca Raton, Orlando and Orangeburg, South Carolina.  Eric’s education accomplishments include an Associates of Arts degree in Liberal Arts (A.S.), Bachelors of Science in Computer Information Systems (B.S.) and a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Project Management. (M.B.A.)

Candice Simmons

Candice started her Wells Fargo journey as a Service Manager in North Florida and has held progressively more responsible positions over the last few years including Store Manager, Learning and Development Facilitator and currently as the Wells Fargo at Work Program Consultant.

In her role she establishes and maintain relationships with community organizations, non-profits and local business to support their financial wellness programs. In order to support this initiative she partners with 46 retail branches in Central Florida to provide additional training on conducting and facilitating educational workshops. Candice is very passionate about developing her teams so they can deliver world class service to their customers. She has over 16 years in the banking industry but will tell you her most important role is being a mother to her 2 beautiful kids.

Dr. Karemah Campbell Manselle

Dr. Karemah Campbell Manselle is an Associate Director of Financial Aid, at the University of Central Florida (UCF). She started in financial aid as a Work study student in the Office of Student Financial Assistance at UCF. Innately passionate about helping others, working in Student Financial Assistance appeared to be an appropriate career choice. As an Associate Director of Financial Aid, she is responsible for ensuring compliance for a variety of financial aid regulations. She also spearheaded the launch Centsible Knights financial literacy program for the University.

Dr. Manselle is dedicated to assisting students and particularly passionate about breaking barriers to higher education access. In addition to her daily duties, she serves on a variety of committees. She truly enjoys speaking with students and their families about going to college. Through providing information to families of underrepresented and underserved students, Dr. Manselle hopes to assist students with breaking barriers to higher education attainment.

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