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Donna Crystal Llewellyn

Donna Llewellyn, STEM Station, Studio portraitDonna Crystal Llewellyn received her BA (major in Mathematics and minor in Economics) with High Honors from Swarthmore College in 1980. She went on to earn an MS in Operations Research from Stanford University in 1981 and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Cornell University in 1984. Donna then studied in Bonn, West Germany with a National Science Foundation Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship while on leave from a tenure track position in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) at Georgia Institute of Technology. In July 1999, Donna became the Director of the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) at Georgia Tech, and in January 2012 she also became the Associate Vice Provost for Learning Excellence.  In January 2015, Donna moved west to become the Executive Director of the new Institute for STEM and Diversity Initiatives and a Professor in the College of Innovation and Design at Boise State University.  Donna’s current interests center around education issues in general, and in particular on increasing access and success of those traditionally under represented and/or under-served in STEM higher education.

Catherine Bates

Catherine Bates, STEM Station, Studio portraitCatherine Bates received a bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies and Creative Writing from Florida State University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing with an emphasis in fiction from Arizona State University. She has taught courses in English composition, creative writing, literature, and ethics for the past nine years at Arizona State University and Boise State University. Since 2011, Catherine has been dedicated to ensuring equitable learning opportunities for underrepresented undergraduate students. As the Educational Specialist for the TRIO Student Success Program, she served as an advisor and advocate for 180 first generation and low income Boise State students. In her current role as STEM Diversity and LSAMP Coordinator for the Institute for STEM and Diversity Initiatives, she strives to expand research and experiential learning opportunities for students traditionally under represented in STEM fields.

Christine T. Chang

Christine Chang Gillespie, Provost/STEM Diversity, studio portrait
Christine T. Chang received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with an Aerospace Concentration from Cornell University in 2004. After an undergraduate cooperative education experience at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, she then went on to work for them post-graduation as a pyrotechnic test engineer and a design engineer. In 2007, she relocated to Seattle, Washington, to work at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, first as a design engineer, then later as a stress analyst. Christine earned her M.S. in STEM Education in 2013 from Boise State University. In 2012, she began teaching math, science, engineering, and technology at Foothills School of Arts and Sciences in Boise, Idaho. She now serves as the Project Manager of the Institute for STEM and Diversity Initiatives at Boise State and is proud to be the lead mentor for The Chickadees, a high school level, all-girls FIRST Robotics Competition team. Christine believes that all students should have equitable access to inspiring and motivating experiences in the STEM fields.


jcJocelyn Cullers received a BA in Rhetoric from the University of Illinois in 2003.  While working in an administrative role for the Office of Business and Financial Services at the University of Illinois, she earned her MBA from Eastern Illinois University in 2011.  She then transferred to the University of Illinois legal office where she managed the legal matters database, wrote SQL-based reports, provided continual training to front-end users, and served as a core team member on a business process improvement project.  She left the University of Illinois in August 2014 and relocated to Boise.  Jocelyn accepted the position of Data Analyst with the Institute for STEM and Diversity Initiatives in July 2015.  She is excited to continue her career in higher education at Boise State University.


Twylla Lane-Hall received her BBA in Accounting from Boise State University.  Twylla worked in the high technology industry in Boise, ID for many years in procurement and program management.  She joined the Institute for STEM and Diversity Initiatives in June 2015 as a Management Assistant.  Twylla would like to help ensure those students traditionally not well represented in the STEM fields be given the opportunities to help them succeed.