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Advisory Board

Clayton Burch

Acting Secretary of the Department of Education and the Arts

Oversees all programs and agencies under the Education and Arts umbrella. This includes the Division of Culture and History, The Library Commission, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Division of Rehabilitation Services, the Center for Professional Development, Volunteer West Virginia and other notable programs coordinated in the Cabinet Secretary's Office.

Clayton Burch's Bio

Michael Feder

Senior Policy Advisor, BOSE Public Affairs Group

Has over 10 years experience in STEM education policy and evaluation. As Director of STEMx/Battelle, he supported and coordinated state-wide STEM education networks. He has previously guided local, state, and national STEM education policy in K-16 and outside of schools, and has worked at the White House, ICF International, and the Center for Multicultural Human Services. In these roles he has advanced national STEM education policy; promoted STEM program improvement; and supported summer programming for at-risk youth. 

Michael Feder's Bio

Michael Green

Director, High Technology Foundation

Serves on several additional boards at West Virginia University, and was the former President of the West Virginia State Board of Education. He also chairs the West Virginia Growth Investment Fund, an Angel Fund providing funding and mentorship to entrepreneurs and early-stage companies.

Michael Green's Bio

Kevin Howard

Principal Research Scientist, The Dow Chemical Company, and Co-Founder and CTO K4M Consulting

Career involves global program leadership in new technology development and commercialization of advanced inorganic materials for Dow and expertise in technical communication, R&D organizational culture, and project execution.

Kevin Howard's Bio

Gayle Manchin

Chair, West Virginia Public Education Collaborative Chair 

As an educator, Gayle worked in Marion County Schools at the secondary level, served on the faculty of Fairmont State University in Developmental Education and was the Director of the university's first Community Service Learning Program. From 2000-2004, she directed the AmeriCorps Promise Fellows in WV and through the Secretary of Education and the Arts, implemented a statewide initiative, WVPASS (WV Partnerships to Assure Student Success). In addition, she was appointed by the Governor to serve as a member of the State Board of Education, where she completed her tenure in 2015 after serving as President for her last two years. She has spoken both at a state and national level on challenges of rural education, poverty, and our responsibility to intersect economic development with education through collaboration with the Governor's STEM and STEAM initiatives. 

Gayle Manchin's Bio

Melanie Page

Associate Vice President for Creative and Scholarly Activities, West Virginia University

Works in conjunction with Dr. Fred King, Vice President for Research, and coordinates her efforts with department chairs, deans, associate deans, and members of the WVU Research Office to enable faculty success.

Melanie Page's Bio

Donna Peduto

Executive Director, West Virginia Public Education Collaborative

Recently served as Director of Operations for the West Virginia Board of Education, serving as a key liaison to the WVBE members, the West Virginia Department of Education executive leadership, Governor's Office, chairs of the legislative education committees, as well as other leads and organization around the state. Ms. Peduto currently serves as the Executive Director, West Virginia Public Education Collaborative (WVPEC). WVPEC is composed of various educators from West Virginia and the national arena that have come together to champion public education from early childhood to post-secondary levels at a time when it faces significant challenges but remains critically important to the nation's future.

Donna Peduto's Bio

Shelia Tobias

Noted education writer, scholar, and activist, who has focused much of her career on issues in mathematics and science education

The author of numerous books on math avoidance and reforming college science, including Overcoming Math Anxiety, Breaking the Science Barrier, and Rethinking Science as a Career, as well as books on feminism such as Women, Militarism, and War and Faces of Feminism.

Shelia Tobias's Bio