Empowered STEM is a project of Earth Force
January 25, 2019

Our Team

We have assembled a team of trainers with experience in managing classrooms, developing curriculum, STEM education, PBL, environmental education and Action Civics.

Mary Breslin
Mary Breslin
Educator/Trainer
Ms. Breslin has been using active STEM strategies in her classroom for several years. Her students have developed numerous projects that demonstrate their knowledge and develop civic skills. Ms. Breslin won the President’s Award for Innovative Environmental Education in 2013.
Sarah Pacheco
Sarah Pacheco
COO
Sarah Pacheco manages key administrative functions, overseeing human resources, IT, finances, and business operations. Her role strengthens and aligns administrative and financial functions.
Vince Meldrum
Vince Meldrum
President/CEO
Vince is a leading advocate for the incorporation of youth voice and civic engagement into STEM and environmental education. Over the last 35 years Vince has taught, coached, developed programs, and managed organizations all with an eye toward preparing young people to be active participants in their community and our democracy.
Grace Edinger
Grace Edinger
Project Manager, Special Initiatives
Grace Scarsella’s experience in leading outreach programs and conducting original research brings a suite of skills to program development. She graduated with a Master’s of Biology from the University of Alabama and holds a Bachelor’s of Zoology from Michigan State University.
Jean Wallace
Jean Wallace
Consultant/Curriculum Design
Jean Wallace is the retired CEO of the award-winning Green Woods Charter School, a K-8 public charter school. Green Woods was recognized regionally, nationally, and internationally for its innovative approach and its academic success. Jean has supported hundreds of teachers and thousands of students in student-directed STEM action projects.
Justin Zakoren
Justin Zakoren
Program Manager
Justin Zakoren brings six years of experience in working with educators, students, and community members from diverse settings to engage with environmental challenges in their schools, neighborhoods, and communities.
Alexis Thorbecke
Alexis Thorbecke
Program Manager
Alexis Thorbecke provides professional development to education in civic action projects. She draws on 8 years of experience as an environmental educator, interpretive coach, and behavior change research associate. Alexis’ natural charisma shows in her consistently high marks for her professional development sessions.