MSEN Executive committee
Acting Director of Youth Careers
Partnerships for a Skilled Workforce
Laura Bilazarian Purutyan is Acting Director of Youth Careers with Partnerships for a Skilled Workforce, which is the Metro South/West region's Workforce Investment Board. Laura links regional stakeholders together to build a workforce system that provides youth with the foundation, inspiration and direction that will help them thrive. The stakeholders include federal and state workforce entities, government, school districts, regional employers, industry associations, higher education, foundations, community-based-organizations, students and families. The mission of PSW Youth Careers is to leverage federal, state and community resources to provide youth with the mindsets and skills they need to sustain themselves and contribute in the 21st century. Since 2014, Laura has served as Marlborough High School's STEM Career Specialist and workforce partner. Her prior experience includes teaching high school English and adult ESL, and serving at WPI as Associate Director of Financial Aid. Laura is driven by connecting people and enabling them to generate new opportunities.
Laura Bilazarian Purutyan
Dr. Margaret Carroll
Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Framingham State University
Dr. Margaret Carroll is the Founding Dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at Framingham State University. Dean Carroll began her career at FSU as a faculty member in the Department of Biology in 1992. She served as chair of the department for 7 years. During her time as a faculty member, she was the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Service in 2011. She has played an active role on campus serving on numerous committees and as Faculty Fellow for STEM.
Dean Carroll received a PhD in Botany from Duke University and a BA in Field Biology from Connecticut College. Outside of FSU, Dean Carroll has taught at Elon University and the School for Field Studies. Dean Carroll has been active in teacher professional development and serves as a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) and as the Northeast Regional Coordinator for the NABT. She has served her community as an elected member and chair of the Upton Planning Board and an appointed member of the Upton and Acton Conservation Commissions. She also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions.
G. Groot Gregory
Optical Solutions Group
Groot Gregory is a Technical Marketing Director and LightTools Product Manager at Synopsys (formerly Optical Research Associates), a technical software company specializing in Electronic Design Automation and Optical Systems Design. His role includes working with customers to understand the market needs in illumination systems design and communicating those needs to the software development team. Groot’s interests in optics include optical design and analysis software, the design and deployment of optical instrumentation, and the promotion of the science though professional society involvement and education outreach.
Groot is a member of the OSA. IES, SID and a Fellow of SPIE. He is a past chair of OSA’s OPN advisory committee. He currently serves OSA as member of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Membership and Education Services Council, a member of the External Relations Committee and of the Industry Council, and a column editor for OPN, At SPIE, he is a Senior Editor for the journal Optical Engineering, a member of the SPIE IT committee and conference chair for the SPIE Optics Education and Outreach conference. He has served the New England local section of OSA as program chair, publications chair, president and is currently treasurer.
Groot received degrees in Physics, Mathematics and Optics from the University of Rochester and is a licensed aircraft mechanic.
Dr. Linda Grisham
Founder & Director, Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology Innovation
MassBay Community College
Linda Grisham is the Executive Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence at Massachusetts Bay Community College (MassBay), Wellesley Hills, MA. She has worked over the years as a research scientist, science educator, STEM curriculum developer, financial planner, community activist, and radio commentator. Dr. Grisham has taught both undergraduate and graduate level STEM courses and has extensive experience (18+ years) in the area of online instruction. Linda, a former MassBay STEM Dean, received her Ph.D. (pharmacology) from Stanford University and B.A (biochemistry) from University of Chicago. Dr. Grisham is active member of several local, regional, and national science advisory boards (e.g., BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium and QUBES Project, Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education & Synthesis). She has a lifelong commitment to increase number of students (especially those from unrepresented communities) pursuing STEM careers.
Director, MySTEM and Corporate Programs
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest
Ms. Haggett heads the BBBS of Central MA/Metrowest initiatives in STEM mentoring. Her career spans environmental education, ecological research science, and publishing. She is working to build a model for STEM engagement through BBBS that can be replicated for mentors throughout the nation.
President and CEO of MetroWest Chamber of Commerce
MetroWest Chamber of Commerce
Paul serves as a community connector and advocate for regional business growth and workforce development for almost 600 member organizations doing business in the 23 MetroWest municipalities served by the Chamber. Paul has over 25 years of professional and entrepreneurial experience, predominantly in strategic marketing roles and in technology-based industries; 9 years of municipal leadership and volunteerism experience as a selectman, Economic Development Committee chair, Town Meeting representative, and non-profit board member in Natick, MA; and, more than 10 years of teaching experience as adjunct lecturer at Babson College and WPI.
Director of Secondary Education
Framingham Public Schools
Anne Ludes is the current Director of Secondary Education for the Framingham Public Schools. On July 1, 2018 she will become the Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education. Ms. Ludes earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education from Providence College, and a Master of Arts degree in Mathematics from Boston College. Ms. Ludes has dedicated the majority of her career to the Framingham Public Schools, beginning her career as a high school mathematics teacher and then serving as the Mathematics Department Head before becoming Associate Principal of Framingham High School. In July of 2017, she joined the Central Office team as the Director of Secondary Education. For teachers and students alike, Ms. Ludes believes adopting a growth mindset is the first step toward meeting and exceeding expectations. She helps educators reflect on their teaching practice, develop intentional strategies that optimize learning, and commit to continuous professional development. Anne Ludes is a proud resident of Framingham and has two children who attend Framingham High School.
Dover Sherborn Public Schools
Elizabeth McCoy is the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning for the Dover Sherborn Public Schools, a district committed to innovative, Future Ready practices that prepare all students for the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century. As a former middle school science teacher, Elizabeth was committed to student-centered, inquiry-based learning and collaborated with local partners, including the Needham Science Center and Wellesley College, to bring the latest tools and expertise to the classroom. An assistant head master at Boston Latin School for ten years, she was named 2014 Massachusetts Assistant Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and winner of the Paul J. Hunter Award by the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators Association for her work in cultivating a professional learning community focused on the development of critical thinkers and engaged learners. Elizabeth holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and education from Colgate University. She enjoys running and traveling and currently resides in Sherborn with her husband and two children.
Director of Education
Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS)
Director, Academic & Workforce Programs
Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
Ryan Mudawar joined the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) in 2009. As Director of Academic and Workforce Programs, he most notably oversees the MLSC’s Internship Challenge, a program which has created nearly 3,000 internship opportunities for college students at over 600 companies across the Commonwealth. He also oversees the STEM Equipment and Supplies Grant Program for high schools and middle schools, which has awarded over $16 million to nearly 150 public schools. In addition, he manages equipment grants for colleges and industry-matched research grants for research institutions. Prior to joining the MLSC, Ryan worked in various capacities at non-profit organizations throughout Greater Boston. He received his Master’s in International Relations in 2007 from Suffolk University and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2005. Ryan is a Massachusetts native, hailing from Springfield.
Director, Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning
Framingham State University
Dr. Irene Porro is the Director of the Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning at Framingham State University. The Center’s mission is to be a leader in developing opportunities for integrated STEM learning through the sharing of resources, building of partnerships, and advancement of educational practices.
A native of Torino, Italy, Dr. Porro received her Ph.D. in Space Science and Technology from the University of Padova, Italy. Before entering the field of education, she was a researcher in astrophysics at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Max Planck Institut für Astronomie, in Heidelberg, Germany. She then joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she became the Director of the Education and Outreach Group of the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. She is an alumna of the International Space University, an international education program that specializes in providing graduate-level training to the future leaders of the emerging global space community.
A professional scientist with a deep commitment to social justice, Dr. Porro has been devoting her energies and expertise to developing important collaborations with educators and scientists at local and national universities, science centers and out-of-school time organizations. Dr. Porro has personally experienced the benefits and sense of empowerment that the exposure to the integration of art and science learning experiences produces. Through her work, she is especially committed to promote initiatives where both the arts and the sciences are fully respected and valued. To that end, she is proud to serve on the advisory board for Catalyst Collaborative @ MIT.
William F. Rigney
STEM Education Consultant
Co-Chair, 2017 High School Committee
Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair, Inc. (MSSEF)
Mr. Rigney is a leader in MSSEF's Curious Minds Initiative (CMI) helping Massachusetts STEM teachers increase inquiry and opportunities for independent research projects by students through three professional development courses. He has spoken about student research and STEM at conferences in Thailand, South Korea, and China. He retired from the Marlborough Public Schools in 2013 as the STEM Instructional Specialist.