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MiSTEM State Network


The MiSTEM Network consists of 16 regions across the state.  The Greater West Michigan Region (GWM) is Region #8.


The four pillars that guide the work of the MiSTEM Network.

Information about the Executive Director and Regional Directors across the state can be found at the state MiSTEM Network website.

MiSTEM State Network Plan

House Bill 4242 99s

Greater West Michigan (GWM) Region

Allegan, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Ottawa Counties

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Staff Members

Ginger Rohwer, Regional Director

Diane Miller, Business, Community, & Education Liaison

Olga Martinez-Capistran, Program Assistant

Kristofer Pachla, GVSU Liaison to the MiSTEM Network

Contact information is available on the Meet the Staff page.

Advisory Board Members

Angie Barksdale, Chief Operating Officer, West Michigan Works!

Bernard BrownCTC Principal/Director of Secondary Learning Services, Career-Tech Center, Newaygo County RESA

Caitlin Callahan, Assistant Professor of Geology, Grand Valley State University

Sarah Coleman, Science Consultant, Muskegon Area ISD; Program Director, West Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (WMGLSI)

Mandy DeWilde, Sr. Program Data Administrator of Community Impact, Heart of West Michigan United Way

Michael Fine, Science Consultant, Ottawa Area ISD

Abraham Jones, Information Security Program Manager, Wolverine World Wide

Stephanie O'Dea, Associate Superintendent for Instruction, Montcalm Area ISD

Amy Oliver, Math/Science Coordinator, Allegan AESA

Cary Stamas, Director of College & Career Readiness, Kent ISD

John Vancil, Director of Strategic Operations, Open Systems Technologies (OST)

Advisory Board Responsibilities