Dr. Robert D’Alessandri
Robert M., MD is the former dean and Vice President for Health Sciences at West Virginia University and the founding dean and President of The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He has been intimately involved in numerous community-based projects, combining service and education to meet community needs. Dr. D’Alessandri is an Internist specializing in Infectious Diseases.
Ms. Brooks worked for the Department of Children Family Services (DCFS) for 20 years plus. She is a passionate leaders for turning around at risk girl’s lives to build their future through STEM education.
Melva Watts, Board Member
Ms. Watts graduated from Washburn University, in Topeka, with a double major in mathematics and education. She has always been concerned that all children have an equal opportunity to a first rate education. Most recently, she worked as a teacher and mentor at Learning Works Charter School in Pasadena.
Dr. Pamala Heard, Board Member
Dr. Pamala Heard has over twenty-five years’ experience as an educator, director, and consultant. Her undergraduate studies were completed at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. She received her Masters of Science in Teaching in Mathematics and Ph.D. in Higher Education from Jackson State University. Dr. Heard started her career as an Instructor in Mathematics, at Langton University in Langston, OK ., Assistant Professor of Math. Dr. Heard stayed at Langston University then went on to NASA to manage international, national, state and local programs for over six years. She has worked with Post –Doctoral programs to Pre-College programs. Dr. Heard worked at Marshall Space Flight Center and then at Stennis Space Center. Dr. Heard returned to Jackson State University as a Data Management Specialist and the Director of JSU NASA Educator Resource Center. Currently, Dr. Heard holds the position of Director of Honors College Student Services and Activities, at JSU.
Dr. Heard is actively involved in outreach for students from Post-Doc to pre- college. She has garnished over $3 million dollars in grants funds in the 10 years of her return. Dr. Heard has brought the Traveling Space Museum to Central Mississippi for the last two years. She has exposed over 4,000 students to this program. It exposed students to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Dr. Heard ran several programs several programs at Jackson State University, which includes: JSU/NASA Educator Resource Center, STEM Conservation Program, Computational Science High School Program, and Pre-Service Teacher Institute.