STEM Forward is operated by a team of three employees and overseen by a board of directors. 

Meet Our Staff

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Rich Merkel
Executive Director

414.221.7721

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Heather Dummer Combs
Program Manager

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Chantel Kuczmarski
Communications Manager

414.221.7720

2018-2019 Board of Directors

President — Lynn Bostrom, Magnetek

President Elect — Mary Burgoon, Rockwell Automation

Vice President/Secretary — Gregory Schroeder, We Energies

Treasurer — Sébastien Francois, Tulip Molded Plastics Corp. 

Past President — Phyllis King, UW-Milwaukee

Nahid Afsari, Cotter Consulting
Daniel Ark, 
Quarles & Brady
Shalini Badhwar
, Direct Supply
Harry Becker,
 Ideal Mechanical (Pieper Electric)
Fred Begale, 
Badger Meter
Kevin Boehm,
AECOM
Will Didier
, Milwaukee Tool
Mark Federle, 
Marquette University
Patty Hagen,
 Northwestern Mutual
Joe Hamann
, Rexnord
Tom Heraly, 
MATC
Jennifer Larsen, 
Eaton Corporation
Matt Reiland
, Komatsu
Antonio Rodriguez, 
Milwaukee Public Schools
Mark Rounds,
 Vogel Brothers Building Company
Kathy Scherbarth, Kathy Scherbarth LLC
Kelly Skindzelewski,
GE Healthcare
Scott Sparapani, 
Briggs & Stratton
Derek Stettner,
Michael Best
Chris Taylor, 
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Erin Towey
, Experis
Stacy Zaja,
Rockwell Automation