Meet the Team
Dr. Patricia Justice, Founder & CEO
Dr. Patricia Justice is the founder and CEO of HUGS 4 KIDS N STEAM. She is an engineer and has held professor positions at various colleges and university both within the U.S. and abroad. She was Academic Director and professor for a joint mainland China College and U.S. College living in Guangzhou, China for one year.
She often found herself the only female in the board rooms and executive offices across the country were women of color were practically nonexistent. Thus, pawn the idea of creating an organization which steered minority, Historically Underrepresented Groups toward the Technology fields. She has conducted research and presented papers at American Society for Engineering Education Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration for “Bridging the Gender Gap in STEM.” Attended DC Lobby session with WEPAN as an active participate meeting the congressional leaders to increase women in engineering along with the NSF. She was appointed a Commissioner for the San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors and was a 4-H Scientist Adviser for SET (science engineering and technology) program. Dr. Justice is a passionate STEM advocate.
Ronda Dixon, Chief Operation Officer (COO)
Executive with non-profit management, administration, development, fundraising, grant writing, project management, management, and leadership. In addition, Ms Dixon has 15 years plus legal experience representing musical clients within the entertainment industry.
Darryl Smith, Chief Financial Officer
Seventeen plus years of professional experience within the area of Accounting, Finance and Business Management, the pleasure of holding various positions played a major role as part of the HUD/Non Profit & Faith-Based Economic Development Group that was spear-headed by Bill Clinton & Al Gore.
Ge’Yanni Polk, Director of Program
GeYanni, has a passion for the sciences and wants to share that legacy with other historically underrepresented groups of girls who do not have the opportunities within their community and educational environments by empowering students to excel in math and science. The sciences have always been a passion of mine. My background is in Biotechnology and chemistry.
D’Sunte Wilson, Technology and Training Programs
Computer Engineer and innovative IT Trainer, Tech entrepreneur and trainer for technology like Cisco, Java, Microsoft, Project Management Professional(PMP), AutoCAD, and Social Media. Currently is President of Out of Bounds Technology, California State University.
Robert Carmarck, Business Development
Mr. Carmack has over twenty years in business development. He is currently working on projects promoting entertainment, social media impact, brand marketing, concert promotions and television pre-production marketing and promotion’s strategies.