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Outreach & Engagement


  • Raising awareness of swivet and promoting the initiative through mainstream, street and social media platforms
  • Fostering education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
  • Planning swivet Zone Educator Workshops and Red Carpet Launch events
  • Developing a timeline for all swivet Zone activities
  • Inviting special guests to attend and participate in swivet Zone events
  • Integrating swivet as a resource in formal and informal education settings such as schools, home-schooling programs, after school programs, museums, science centers, zoos, libraries etc.
  • Create and promoting contests and activities that engage students on
  • Identify opportunities for STEM content aggregation on
  • Reviewing and making recommendations on swivet marketing materials, messaging and campaign extensions
  • Engaging institutions and establishing external partnerships
  • Program evaluation and reporting results to sponsor companies and to the public

Who serves on the swivet Outreach & Engagement committee?


Who are the current swivet Outreach & Engagement committee members?

Renate Alting-Joebstl, Diversity & Inclusion, Amgen, Inc.
Leisha Barcus, Vice President of Community Engagement, Science Center of Iowa
Connie Chow, Executive Director, Science Club for Girls
Jennifer Colvin MdBio Foundation, Inc.
Erika Cook, Ph.D. Associate Principal of Valley High School, West Des Moines Public Schools
Adam Freudberg, Director of Operations and Policy Advisor to the Lt. Governor of Massachusetts
Brian Gaines, CEO,  MdBio Foundation, Inc.
Kimberly Glenn, Director of School Engagement, Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
Carol A. Heaverlo, Ph.D., Program for Women in Science and Engineering, Iowa State University
Reimi Hicks MdBio Foundation, Inc.
Yvette McCaulley, Ph.D., Science Consultant, Iowa Department of Education
Tim Schott, Executive Director, Secondary Schools, Des Moines Public Schools
Semaj Johnson, Program Coordinator, S.T.E.M. University of Illinois Extension
T. Denise Jones, Chicago Public Schools
Angus McQuilken, Vice President for Communications, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
Nichole Myles, Vice President of Education and Exhibits, Putnam Museum
Rebecca Rachmany, Chief Executive Officer of Gangly Sister
Irelene Ricks, Ph.D., Program Advisor, American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Yvonne Rodriguez, Director of Programs and Scientific Professional Advancement, SACNAS

ICPD Staff:
Elisabeth Freeman, President, ICPD

Scott May, Executive Director, ICPD
Dustie Savage, Programs Manager, ICPD

Devynne Scilingo, STEM Education Associate, ICPD

STEM Technical Advisors:
Marlene Hilkowitz, M.Ed, Science
Saman Khaled, Ph.D, Harvard
Isa Zimmerman, Ed.D.


Committee Documents

Agendas Summaries Attachments
Sept 9, 2014 - Agenda   swivet Zone infographic
Sept 4, 2013 - Agenda Sept 4, 2013 - Meeting Summary  
Aug 15, 2013 - Agenda Aug 15, 2013 - Meeting Summary  
Jul 11, 2013 - Agenda Jul 11, 2013 - Meeting Summary  
Jun 26, 2013 - Agenda Jun 26, 2013 - Meeting Summary  
Jun 12, 2013 - Agenda Jun 12, 2013 - Meeting Summary  
May 29, 2013 - Agenda May 29, 2013 - Meeting Summary  

Want to get involved? 
Contact Elisabeth Freeman at or Scott May at


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