Cool Careers in STEM

Lakecia Gunter, Vice President Programmable Solutions Group, Intel

Lakecia N. Gunter is vice president of the Programmable Solutions Group and general manager of Ecosystem Development and Operations at Intel Corporation. She is responsible for architecting and executing a strategic framework to drive the adoption of Intel® FPGA accelerator solutions and tracking growth through the implementation of new business models.

Most recently, she served as the Chief of Staff (CoS) and Technical Assistant (TA) to Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich.

Gunter joined Intel in 2008 as technical program manager in the Validation Engineering organization and has held numerous technical and leadership positions within the company. She was validation engineering manager for fourth and fifth generation Intel® processor families, TA and CoS for Intel’s CTO and Managing Director of Intel Labs, and General Manager for the Consumer Desktop Segment in Intel’s Client Computing Group.

As general manager of the Consumer Desktop Segment Marketing team, she was responsible for maximizing desktop profitability and driving growth in new market segments through form factor innovation and first-time buyer programs. Prior to joining Intel, she worked as a program manager for the Department of Defense and was an instructional math leader for the Round Rock Independent School District in Texas.

Gunter is an active member of Intel’s Network of Executive Women, Intel’s Black Leadership Council, and Women at Intel. She advocates for teen and young adult education with several non-profit organizations, including the Oregon Community Foundation and Gateway to College National Network.

She was named one of the “26 Most Powerful Female Engineers” in 2016 by Business Insider. In 2015, she received the Society of Women Engineers’ Prism Award for demonstrating outstanding technology and community leadership. She was also named to Diversity MBA Magazine’s 2014 list of “Top 100 under 50 Diverse Executive Leaders” for her technology leadership and achievements at Intel and in the community.

Gunter earned her bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of South Florida and her master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She also received her Management Professional (PMP) Certification.

Jennifer Hall, Service Planner, Lynx

Jennifer Hall is a Service Planner at the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority, better known as LYNX. Jennifer came to LYNX as a UCF Alumni with a Bachelor of Science Degree in General Business. She began her career with LYNX in the Customer Service Department and has worked at LYNX for almost 6 years now. Jennifer was recently chosen as the Project Manager for LYNX’ Bus Stop Consolidation Project.

Sheela Haroun, Director of Finance and Business Operations, Charter Communications

Sheela Haroun, our Director of Business Planning, Field Operations, for Charter Communications within the Florida Region. In this role, Sheela oversees financial planning, reporting and analysis for both Construction and Field Operation teams. Sheela joined Charter Communications in 2016 when Charter merged with Bright House Networks. Sheela joined Bright House Networks in 2013 as the Director of Finance and Operations with oversight over Commercial, Engineering, Network/Video Operations, and Solutions Development organizations. Prior to Bright House Networks, Sheela’s expertise was in Healthcare; having worked for 7+ years for a local health system and for over a decade in the pharmaceutical/diagnostics industry which took her all over the world. Sheela started her career in public accounting with the then Big 8 firm of Arthur Andersen. Sheela received her BBA from the University of Michigan and is also a certified public accountant (CPA). She also has her PMOC – Project Management Office Certification. Sheela is passionate about helping her community and her fellow employees. She regularly volunteers for Rebuilding Together, Feed Tampa Bay, Seeds of Hope and Red Cross organizations, as well as, has been a mentor and tutor for many years. Sheela resides in Valrico, Florida with her husband and two children.

Delores Rochester, Vice President of Sales, Cloud Infrastructure, Oracle

Over the last two decades, Delores (Del) Rochester has held numerous sales, business development and technical leadership roles. Currently, Del is the VP of Cloud Infrastructure at Oracle where she leads a team of maniacally focused sales professionals, dedicated to bringing our Public, Hybrid, and On-Premise Cloud offerings to market. She is predominantly focused on the North Eastern US and Canadian Unix markets to move critical workloads to the Oracle Cloud and providing the only Unix Cloud solution available in the marketplace today.
Del holds a B.Sc, Chemical Engineering from Brown University, M.Sc, Material Engineering (Science) from Rennsalaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA, Finance, Accounting, Entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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Moderator

Allison Kinney, Senior Director-FL for Charter Communications

She was raised in Augusta, Ga., and is an Auburn University alumna. After earning her bachelor’s in communications, Allison worked as a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ campaign in Atlanta. Two years later, Allison moved to Tallahassee, Fla., to further her career in lobbying and government relations, focusing on banking and finance. She executed federal and state government relations and directed the Trust and Wealth Division for the Florida Bankers Association. Most recently, she held the position of VP/Government Relations for TD Bank and OneMain Holdings, covering several states in the Southeast. Allison enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her family and friends. She lives in Tallahassee, Fla.,with her husband, Robbie, two children, Anna Pace (7) and Carson (3), and their golden retriever, Belle.

Featured Panelists

Amy Mercado, Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives

Representing the 48th District since 2016. She has been an Orange County resident since 1995; and is the proud mom of six children (four of which graduated from Orange County Public Schools). Amy is of Puerto Rican descent and was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. She was raised by parents who were both NYC law enforcement officers. Amy graduated High School from the Academy of Mount Saint Ursula, and then she pursued higher education as a non-traditional student, earning her Bachelor’s degree with Cum Laude Honors in Business Administration from American Intercontinental University in 2004; and completed her Executive MBA from the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University in September 2017.

Tommiea Jackson, Coordinator of Communication, Marketing and Events for the Nicholson School of Communication

Jackson has more than 15 years of professional experience in the field of communication. She served as a newspaper reporter in Clarksdale, Miss. and Monroe, La. where she covered government, health and technology before joining the public relations team at Jackson State University and later at her alma mater, Rust College. Jackson has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Mississippi and a bachelor’s degree in English from Rust College.

Laine Powell, M.Ed., MSM, founder and executive director of Tech Sassy Girlz

http://floridatrep.com/tech-sassy-girlz-close-tech-gender-gap/

Laine Powell is the Founder and Executive Director of Tech Sassy Girlz, a non-profit organization dedicated to changing the lives of underrepresented girls in middle and high school to engage in STEM-related topics and inspire their career interests. Tech Sassy Girlz develops the next generation of STEM-savvy girls through college preparation, career readiness, mentoring and entrepreneurship. Laine created the organization to address the critical shortage of women and minorities being represented in high-tech STEM careers. She firmly believes that leveraging technology is an opportunity for girls to be content creators and makers. Igniting her passion to work with students, Laine is committed to providing the much needed support to help them succeed in life. Laine is currently working on her doctorate in Instructional Technology and Distance Education.

Her motto is, “It’s all about the kids!”

Tammie Fields, News 13 Anchor

https://www.mynews13.com/fl/orlando/about-us/2017/10/17/tammie-fields

Tammie Fields has worked as a journalist covering the Sunshine State for nearly 20 years and is now thrilled to call Central Florida home. You can catch her anchoring the weekday evening shows at Spectrum News 13.

Tammie has worked on air in Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and now Florida. While working as a reporter and anchor in Tallahassee, she taught journalism students at Florida A&M University where she worked as an adjunct professor.

After covering several big stories in Tallahassee like the presidential election recount and the One Florida march she spent six glorious years in Jacksonville co-anchoring the 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. segments of The Morning Show.

She also solo anchored the noon show each day before moving to Tampa to get married. There she worked as a reporter and fill in anchor until taking over Weekend Anchor duties where she served local viewers on air and in the community for 10 years.

Tammie graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in radio, TV and film and a minor in South African history. In May of 2017 she was blessed to earn a master’s degree in Digital Journalism & Design from the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg.

Tammie and her husband Chris love to spend time together with their son trying out different restaurants, visiting historical sites, and community events. Tammie loves running, reading newspapers and drinking coffee so when you see her out and about introduce yourself. She’s always looking for good Mediterranean and Greek restaurants to grab a bite.

Networking Strategies

Sandra Aponte

Sandra Aponte is a graduate student at the University of Central Florida pursuing the Master’s degree in Counselor Education with a graduate certificate in Career Counseling. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the same university in the Spring of 2016. Currently, Sandra is completing her internship at the UCF Career Center as a Career Development Coordinator where she specializes in the first-year student population. She has been actively involved with the Center as a volunteer and graduate assistant since August of 2017. Sandra is passionate about building career and college readiness in students and helping them succeed academically. She has previous experience running career development psychoeducation groups at the Orange County Youth Shelter and Timber Creek High School. In the future, Sandra hopes to obtain her license (LMHC) and open a career counseling private practice.

Have you met Alice?

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.

Hands on Banking: Understanding Credit

Najah Hines, Business Associate, Wells Fargo

Najah Hines is an Orlando Florida resident, where she works for Wells Fargo’s Business Banking Group as a Business Associate. She’s been with the bank for over 5 years, and has experienced a great deal of growth during her tenure at the bank. She attended Florida State University, where she earned her degrees in Interior Design as well as Business Administration. Najah’s belief is that with the right guidance and positivity, the possibilities of what we want to do with our lives are endless. That belief continues to fuel her robust passion for helping others identify their strengths and helping them grow. She finds being employed at a company that gives her the opportunity to volunteer, and share her time with others as such a rewarding experience. She has her Dad to thank for instilling this passion in her at a young age, by always telling her “You have two hands…one for helping yourself and one for helping others”. She is a firm believer that you will never grow unless you continue learning new things and continue

Discovering Data: A Winning Smile

Jennifer Newsome, Local Television Audience Measurement Quality Lead, Nielsen

Jennifer Newsome is the Local Television Audience Measurement Quality Lead with Nielsen. In this role, Jennifer helps television stations understand their audience through Nielsen’s TV ratings, while making sure the Nielsen ratings maintain gold standard quality as the currency of the US media business. Jennifer is a mathematician with the heart of an artist, who loves making sense of data and creating insightful data visualizations. After a decade of working with local television stations as a Research Director, Jennifer specializes in advertising and marketing, media research and media math methodologies, data analysis and visualization. She has published two white papers on media industry trends and developed multiple training seminars on topics such as best practices in data visualization and the advertising revenue model.

A big advocate for diversity and inclusion, Jennifer also leads the Employee Resource Group Women in Nielsen, where she works to promote gender, racial and sexual orientation diversity and inclusion at Nielsen and in all technology industries. Jennifer has also given back to the industry and community by serving on the boards of the Tampa Connection, Bay Area Media Network, American Women in Radio and Television and Council for Research Excellence.

Jennifer is also very involved in promoting gender diversity in tech by spearheading Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education with girls. Working with the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida as a corporate adviser on STEM initiatives, Jennifer recently spearheaded the fifth annual Nielsen/Girl Scouts STEM Saturday Fair, held at Nielsen’s Oldsmar campus. Jennifer holds a Bachelors Degree in Theater from Florida State University, and lives in Tampa, Florida with her daughter and a houseful of pets.

Being a Boss: Growing Into Your Destiny

Tyasia Poole, Senior, Olympia High School, and Member, Tech Sassy Girlz

Tyasia Poole is a senior at Olympia High School and has been a participant in the Tech Sassy Girlz Program for five years. She became the first African American National Honor Society President at her school and has a variety of other leadership roles on campus. She plans to pursue her PhD in Chemical Engineering to work in a variety of fields from environmental conservation to the hair and skin care industry.

Aneesa Lejiste, Sophmore, Dr. Phillips High School, and Member, Tech Sassy Girlz

My name is Aneesa LeJiste and I currently live in the Orlando area. I am currently in the 10th grade and I attend Dr. Phillips High School. I’m passionate about the performing arts, social issues, and literature. My favorite school subject is social studies and I am an active member of the Drama Club, Society Speaks, and BETA Club. My extracurricular activities include working out at Dr. Phillips YMCA, Delta GEMS, Tech Sassy Girlz, church, traveling with my mom, and volunteering within my community. I enjoy being exposed to amazing opportunities and experiences in the STEAM world which is what lead me to join Tech Sassy Girlz 7 years ago when they first started. Thanks to TSG, I have been on college tours, participated in summer coding camps, interviewed Microsoft Execs, got to meet a few Tuskegee Airmen, taught coding by Google Engineers, and recently got to meet a US Congresswoman and the Orange County Mayor-elect.

Exploring Space With NASA

Vanessa Stroh, Operations Project Engineer, NASA

Vanessa Stroh is an Operations Project Engineer (OPE) with the Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) Program at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC). As an OPE, Vanessa functions as a systems integration engineer, integrating technical issues between EGS and the Orion Program, and helps to define requirements to be used while readying the Orion spacecraft for launch.

Prior to this assignment, she was a Fluids Systems Test Engineer with the International Space Station (ISS) Program, performing ground processing for the Environmental Control and Life Support and Active Thermal Control Systems for multiple ISS modules and components.

Grit. Perseverance. Grace: Becoming A CEO

Asia Hall, CEO of Neon Cowboys, Co-Founder of Wearable Tech Solutions

Los Angeles born & raised, Asia graduated from Westmont in Santa Barbara with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Art. During college, she started her first international clothing brand, Once Youth, with her younger brother. After graduation she landed QA Analyst II at Electronic Arts for their mobile game division. She is now the CEO of Neon Cowboys, a wearable tech brand who sells her patent pending illuminated cowboy hats that glow in the dark like neon signs. And is the Co-Founder of WETESO (Wearable Tech Solutions), a consulting firm that partners with researchers, scientists and inventors in developing consumer tech products and bringing them to market. Asia has a lot to share with the world as she continues to create bringing life, joy, and fun to her companies and those around her.

Emerging Technologies

Jeanier Anderson, Cloud Engineer, Deloitte Consulting

Jeanier Anderson is a Cloud Engineer for one of the Big 4 global consulting firms. Her passion for technology started when she was young playing with a Nintendo Game Boy. She is a Full Sail University Alumni with a B.S. in Cloud Technologies. Jeanier works on a Cloud Management Service team that delivers numerous cloud services to clients. She holds an AWS Certified Developer – Associate Certification and with many more to come. Jeanier is currently working on her Master’s in Cybersecurity.

Lyka Segura, Cloud Engineer, Deloitte Consulting

Lyka Segura is a Cloud Engineer and a member of the Deloitte Cloud’s Life Sciences team. She graduated from Full Sail University with a degree in Cloud Technologies. She began her career as a tech support specialist for a small scale web hosting company. Lyka had no idea that not even a year after graduating she would get a job at one of the biggest consulting firm in the world.

Cool Careers in STEM

Lakecia Gunter, Vice President Programmable Solutions Group, Intel

Lakecia N. Gunter is vice president of the Programmable Solutions Group and general manager of Ecosystem Development and Operations at Intel Corporation. She is responsible for architecting and executing a strategic framework to drive the adoption of Intel® FPGA accelerator solutions and tracking growth through the implementation of new business models.

Most recently, she served as the Chief of Staff (CoS) and Technical Assistant (TA) to Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich.

Gunter joined Intel in 2008 as technical program manager in the Validation Engineering organization and has held numerous technical and leadership positions within the company. She was validation engineering manager for fourth and fifth generation Intel® processor families, TA and CoS for Intel’s CTO and Managing Director of Intel Labs, and General Manager for the Consumer Desktop Segment in Intel’s Client Computing Group.

As general manager of the Consumer Desktop Segment Marketing team, she was responsible for maximizing desktop profitability and driving growth in new market segments through form factor innovation and first-time buyer programs. Prior to joining Intel, she worked as a program manager for the Department of Defense and was an instructional math leader for the Round Rock Independent School District in Texas.

Gunter is an active member of Intel’s Network of Executive Women, Intel’s Black Leadership Council, and Women at Intel. She advocates for teen and young adult education with several non-profit organizations, including the Oregon Community Foundation and Gateway to College National Network.

She was named one of the “26 Most Powerful Female Engineers” in 2016 by Business Insider. In 2015, she received the Society of Women Engineers’ Prism Award for demonstrating outstanding technology and community leadership. She was also named to Diversity MBA Magazine’s 2014 list of “Top 100 under 50 Diverse Executive Leaders” for her technology leadership and achievements at Intel and in the community.

Gunter earned her bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of South Florida and her master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She also received her Management Professional (PMP) Certification.

Jennifer Hall, Service Planner, Lynxs

 

Jennifer Hall is a Service Planner at the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority, better known as LYNX. Jennifer came to LYNX as a UCF Alumni with a Bachelor of Science Degree in General Business. She began her career with LYNX in the Customer Service Department and has worked at LYNX for almost 6 years now. Jennifer was recently chosen as the Project Manager for LYNX’ Bus Stop Consolidation Project.

Sheela Haroun, Director of Finance and Business Operations, Charter Communications

Sheela Haroun, our Director of Business Planning, Field Operations, for Charter Communications within the Florida Region. In this role, Sheela oversees financial planning, reporting and analysis for both Construction and Field Operation teams. Sheela joined Charter Communications in 2016 when Charter merged with Bright House Networks. Sheela joined Bright House Networks in 2013 as the Director of Finance and Operations with oversight over Commercial, Engineering, Network/Video Operations, and Solutions Development organizations. Prior to Bright House Networks, Sheela’s expertise was in Healthcare; having worked for 7+ years for a local health system and for over a decade in the pharmaceutical/diagnostics industry which took her all over the world. Sheela started her career in public accounting with the then Big 8 firm of Arthur Andersen. Sheela received her BBA from the University of Michigan and is also a certified public accountant (CPA). She also has her PMOC – Project Management Office Certification. Sheela is passionate about helping her community and her fellow employees. She regularly volunteers for Rebuilding Together, Feed Tampa Bay, Seeds of Hope and Red Cross organizations, as well as, has been a mentor and tutor for many years. Sheela resides in Valrico, Florida with her husband and two children.

Delores Rochester, Vice President of Sales, Cloud Infrastructure, Oracle

Over the last two decades, Delores (Del) Rochester has held numerous sales, business development and technical leadership roles. Currently, Del is the VP of Cloud Infrastructure at Oracle where she leads a team of maniacally focused sales professionals, dedicated to bringing our Public, Hybrid, and On-Premise Cloud offerings to market. She is predominantly focused on the North Eastern US and Canadian Unix markets to move critical workloads to the Oracle Cloud and providing the only Unix Cloud solution available in the marketplace today.
Del holds a B.Sc, Chemical Engineering from Brown University, M.Sc, Material Engineering (Science) from Rennsalaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA, Finance, Accounting, Entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Exploring Space With NASA

Vanessa Stroh, Operations Project Engineer, NASA

Vanessa Stroh is an Operations Project Engineer (OPE) with the Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) Program at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC). As an OPE, Vanessa functions as a systems integration engineer, integrating technical issues between EGS and the Orion Program, and helps to define requirements to be used while readying the Orion spacecraft for launch.

Prior to this assignment, she was a Fluids Systems Test Engineer with the International Space Station (ISS) Program, performing ground processing for the Environmental Control and Life Support and Active Thermal Control Systems for multiple ISS modules and components.

How to Prepare Our Students for College

Wayne Jackson, Director of Multicultural Academic and Support Services, UCF

Wayne is currently the Director of the Multicultural Academic and Support Services Program at the University of Central Florida, where he provides academic support for more than 30,000 multicultural and first generation students on the UCF campus. During his tenure at UCF, Mr. Jackson has received the 2016 NASPA Excellence Award for his work in developing creative programming and the department’s outstanding retention and graduation rates and the 2010 NACADA Outstanding Institutional Advising Program Certificate of Merit for his leadership in directing the department’s summer bridge program called SOAR (Seizing Opportunities for Achievement and Retention). Mr. Jackson is also the 2003 winner of the Noel-Levitz Retention Excellence Award for his work in directing the Minority Mentoring Program at The College of New Jersey. Mr. Jackson is the co-founder of Jackson-Davis Educational Consulting, a company that helps colleges and universities increase their retention and graduation rates of underrepresented students. Mr. Jackson has been married for 30 years and has three sons, Emmanuel, Taroy and Joshua.

Hands on Banking: Let’s Talk About Credit

Paula Bradshaw, Home Mortgage Consultant, Wells Fargo

The numbers don’t LIE, mentoring saves LIVES!

Realizing that our children have needs and those needs are different with each individual child. We must utilize ALL platforms to secure their future. I have found my place and platform with Greater Orlando CARES Mentoring Movement (GO CARES) as the Executive Director to the Orlando based affiliate.

Individually, I may not be able to be everything for everybody but having the influence of our founder, Susan L. Taylor, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Essence Magazine and the force of National CARES Mentoring Movement, GO CARES will provide an opportunity to connect the right people with the right organization and our children win in the end. I affirm this as “securing a generation.

For many years my family and I have served alongside of the mission and I am proud to strengthen the vision as Executive Director. I am walking firmly, within my purpose with GO CARES – advocating and mentoring our youth while leading the charge for placing able stable and caring adults in the lives of our children. I echo and believe the sentiment that states “That without a seat at the table your voice often goes unheard.” My family and I pledge to speak loud and clear for those that often can’t speak for themselves — our underserviced children and our young who simply need extra care and redirection.

I will never shy away from a camera, microphone or recorder that will give volume to the message that our children are equally successful and creatively brilliant. I will utilize my influence and the influence of my community leaders including local media outlets in Central Florida and surrounding counties within our radius.

I am a wife, mother and army veteran who sees no boundaries when it comes to our future and will stop at nothing to ensure their success. I invite all capable and caring adults to join the movement by signing up at caresmentoring.org because …

The numbers don’t LIE, mentoring saves LIVES!

@gocaresmentor

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Regina Armaly, Project Lead, Development

Regina Armaly is a Project Lead with Oracle Corporation. Regina has gained over 28 years of software development experience with the following companies: Siemens Telecommunications, Northrop Grumman Laser Systems and Oracle Corporation.
Regina received her Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University, as well as, Bachelor of Science degrees in Math and Computer Science from Lander College while participating in a dual degree program.
Regina has also provided many years of service with Boys Scouts of America and Odyssey of the Mind. She enjoys supporting youth programs that guide youth to finding creative solutions and achieving personal growth through challenging themselves.
In her free time, Regina enjoys hiking, bird-watching, training for foot races and anything outdoors!

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