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Dr. J was born in Ohio, raised in Indian, and became an adult in California.  She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Concentration in Arts and Sciences and Criminal Justice Administration, Master of Arts in Education with a Specialization in Family and Community Services, and a Doctorate of Education with a  Concentration in Religious Education.   As a first-generation college student Dr. J has first-hand knowledge of how a college preparatory program and strong support system can provide students with skills, resources and access to higher education.   

Dr. J has worked in the public education system for over 32 years, primarily working with students representing low-income and first-generation populations. Her experience includes working in K-12 schools and administration at San Diego City Schools, post-secondary community and four-year colleges and universities; including University of California San Diego.  In 1994 she was instrumental in opening one of the first charter schools in San Diego, which is still educating students with great success to date.  Dr. J  has been involved with young people serving as a role model and mentor in every community that she has been a part of.   Her unwavering dedication and "going beyond the call of duty" has resulted in students excelling in their pre-college academics, post-secondary education and advanced careers and overall becoming productive citizens in society. 

She has accepted the responsibility, to provide resources that eliminate any excuses for students to not be successful.  This goal is accomplished by forming relationships with students and families to try and help them identify their dreams and strengths so they can believe in themselves, their abilities, possibilities and achieve great futures.  As a result of her efforts she has made math and science learning more accessible to students in Houston, Texas. 


When Dr. J is not working with students, she enjoys spending time with her family and working in her local ministry.


Daniella Alvarado is a proud Latina and Houston native who grew up on the east side and attended North Shore Senior High School. Her academic pursuits and talents  allowed her to continue her education at The University of Texas at Austin where she attended on a full scholarship.


Her interests in helping others and health led her to join Texas 4000, a student run charity organization that raises money in the fight against cancer by cycling from Austin to Anchorage, AK. During her 70 day journey she individually raised over $4,500 which contributed to the overall Team 2014 total of $607,544. After completing her degree she joined the LIVESTRONG team in Austin, TX and continued to expand her knowledge of community health and cancer prevention.


In 2015 she returned to Houston to serve the community she called home as an academic advisor for Upward Bound Math and Science.

Spring 2018 she recieved her Masters degree in Public Health from University of Houston-Clear. With her knowledge of health disparities and interests in the immigrant population she strives to close the gaps in access to health that currently exist. She also enjoys camping, college football, soccer and eating all the great food in Houston - Hook 'Em Horns! 


Julia Rene Williams is currently working as Finance/Budget Analysis for the fortune 500 company McKesson Specialty Health in The Woodlands, TX.  She has been with the company for a little over 5 years and has taking on multiple roles from Team Lead to Analysis.  Julia has earned employee of the month awards and has also been named one of the higher performance on her financial team over the course of her career.

Julia obtained her Associates Degree majoring in Accounting and Finance from Kaplan University in June 2011. She also received Honor Roll achievement throughout her high school years as well. Julia looks to obtain her bachelor’s degree soon in Business Management to ensure opportunities are always available for her growing career.

In addition to being a mother of four, she is committed and looks forward to the growth and achievement of Stem Bridge projects and hopes that she will be able to be part of the success story.


Ronnie Campbell is the Chief Financial Officer for Metrolink located in downtown Los Angeles, California. In this capacity, he provides oversight to the following departments: General Accounting and Payroll, Budget and Financial Analysis, Grant Administration, Accounts Receivable, and Collections along with Information Technology and Fare Collections. Mr. Campbell has over 25 years of progressive knowledge and experience in financial management.

Mr. Campbell began his career in financial management while working for the San Diego Housing Commission and then the City of Lakewood, where he served as Assistant Director of Administrative Services for over 11 years. He later served as the Director of Finance for the City of Camarillo in Ventura County for 10 years.

Ronnie Campbell earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Accounting from San Diego State University, and a Master of Science degree in Leadership Management from the University of La Verne.

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and providing volunteer services to his local church and community at large. His goal in live life in the moment. Every day is a blessing that he intends to make count.


LaMicha Jackson is a native of Houston who grew up in the North Channel area and attended North Shore Senior High School. Upon graduating from high school, LaMicha moved to New Orleans, Louisiana where she attended and graduated from Loyola University on a full scholarship.

While at Loyola, LaMicha’s passion for service led her to join the sorority of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Incorporated where she served as Treasurer and Vice President of her campus chapter. Through Alpha Kappa Alpha’s service projects for many local New Orleans schools and charities, LaMicha realized that many schools that service minority students are drastically underfunded and lack many basic resources.

LaMicha additionally had the opportunity to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain for six months as a requirement for her major of International Business. While abroad LaMicha had the chance to backpack and travel to many destinations throughout Europe and Northern Africa and experience first-hand how education is so important in creating possibilities for people of walks of life.

As a futurist passionate about solving complex challenges in education, inclusion, and the broader global community, this led her to become a World History teacher at the CTE Early College High School of Galena Park ISD. LaMicha is in her third year as an educator and is currently pursuing her master’s in education at Lamar University of Beaumont.  Along with being a full time teacher, LaMicha also puts her degree to use as a digital strategist for two New Orleans based companies, and enjoys volunteering at the YMCA through coaching spring volleyball.    


Jacquelyn J. McNeal, DO, MBA is the CEO of Indigo Physician Services Group.  Dr. McNeal attended Clark Atlanta University for Pre-Med Biology, however, after getting married and having children she finished her BS degree in Business Management at the University of Phoenix. Dr. McNeal obtained her MBA in Finance from Keller Graduate School of Management and her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Residency (Pediatrics) Children’s Healthcare. She is currently enrolled in the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Program at Georgia Christian University, and upon completion she will open her own clinic, which will serve the underserved.


During Dr. McNeal’s more than 25 years in the healthcare industry, she has held a variety of strategic operations, clinical operations, clinical management, and consulting roles in community medical and dental practices, academic medical centers, physician groups, and Insurance health plans, This expertise has garnered her much success in implementing her unique approach of “Treat others as you want to be treated” which adds the crucial physician’s compassion and integrity to quality Healthcare for everyone.


In her spare time when possible, Dr. McNeal enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her dog Blu. She enjoys reading, traveling, and is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

MARTIN PEREZ, Board Member

Martin Perez was born in Houston, Texas. He attended Challenge Early High School where he received his high school diploma and Associates in Science from Houston Community College. After graduation, he continued to take classes at the community college while going to The University of Houston for Civil Engineering. After a year, he transferred to the University of Texas at Austin, to major in Architectural Engineering.


Architectural Engineering, allows you to specialize in structural engineering, mechanical engineering or project management. Martin found it his goal to be well versed in all three subjects. In 2013, he graduated and accepted a job offer at PBK Architects, a large architectural firm. There he designed mechanical systems for numerous large building.


In 2015, he accepted a job at CJG Engineers, where he is currently working as a structural engineer.  Within less than 2 years, he has already designed and worked on more than 140 buildings.  


Christian Scott (a native of Phenix City, AL by way of Columbus, GA) moved to Houston in 2013 to begin his career with Baker Hughes, a GE company (originally GE Oil & Gas). Through his experience with GE, he has become a motivated engineer and project manager with extensive experience in the upstream sector of the oil & gas industry, subsea operations and field support, design/analysis, and reliability.


Christian is also a member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and is passionate about being an influencer and advocate to bring more awareness to STEM.

Christian received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Florida A&M University (FAMU) in 2013 and his M.S. in Subsea Engineering from University of Houston in 2016.

In his spare time, Christian enjoys traveling, fitness and playing competitive basketball, is an avid car enthusiast and simulation racer, and spending time with family and friends.

LOAN TRAN, Board Member

As Project Engineer and Project Manager, Loan Tran is part of CobbFendley’s Utility Coordination and Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) department. This includes utility conflict analysis and resolution, adjustment planning, utility design, develop small cell installations, and cost estimation for clients. Her exceptional service as a liaison for multiple TxDOT and CenterPoint projects has cultivated strong relationships with local government agencies, major utility owners, and developers throughout Houston.

Prior to joining Utility Coordination and SUE team, Loan specialized in Site Development for 5 years and was responsible for coordination with consultants (Architects, Structural, Architect Landscapes, and Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing), and clients pertaining to underground utility design, drainage studies, various reports (feasibility, SWPPP, SWQMP, and Geotechnical Reports), cost estimates, and site development design for clients such as Hanover, Weingarten, and Hines.

In her spare time, Loan enjoys giving back to the community by volunteering for Youth In Philanthropy (YIP) and at the Houston Food Bank. She mentored during her time in Site Development and currently serves as co-captain for CANstruction at CobbFendley. 

Loan holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Houston. She received her Associates in Science from San Jacinto College, where she was also part of the STEM program and received scholarships from the program.


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JEREMY WHITE, Board Member

Jeremy White is the Founder and  President of Restore Hope Consulting, which was created to address the on-going organizational needs of community helpers and healers and in so doing to restore some of the hope that has been lost in communities around the country. It provides guidance in strategic planning, grant-writing and fundraising, marketing and government relations. Services also include trainings, workshops and other motivational speaking engagements.

For nearly three years, Mr. White was the Special Assistant for Faith-based Policy Outreach/Associate Director for Outreach for the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. In this capacity, Mr. White served as the architect for the Bush Administration’s outreach efforts aimed at developing partnerships between faith-based and community organizations and Federal, State and Local government agencies in the provision of social services. Current government focuses have included efforts with the Obama Administration as well as bipartisan projects with Democratic and Republican elected officials and offices around the country.

Prior to working at the White House, Jeremy served as coordinator of youth programs at the Unique Learning Center, a faith-based academic enrichment program in Washington, DC. The 23-year old organization works wonders inspiring the city’s youth and equipping them with faith, love and hope along with the academic resources and tools necessary to succeed in life. Mr. White was responsible for tracking the academic progress of the high school students. He is still involved with the center and its students.

Jeremy is a graduate of Princeton University where he majored in public affairs, concentrating on urban revitalization and economic development in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and received a certificate in Spanish Language and Culture. He is currently a non-resident Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Program Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society.

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DAVID CROSS, Board Member

David Michael Cross, a San Diego Native received a full Music Scholarship to the University Of California San Diego. While David pursued his musical career which included writing songs, producing a music, he became increasingly interested in the IT Field.


While David began to shift from music to IT, he landed a job at the 3rd largest MSO, Cox Communications in San Diego, Ca. After 22 years of service, which included various management positions, and over a decade in the IT Department, David retired from Cox Communications. A short time later accepted a position as the Director of Information Technologies for the 3rd largest Casino in California - Pala Gaming Casino Resort & Spa.


After 7 years with Pala (and rebuilding their entire computer network from the ground up), David abruptly left Pala to care for his wife (Cynthia), who was diagnosed with breast cancer resulting in a double-mastectomy, and other post-opt medical complications. During Cynthia’s recovery from surgery, David created the first ever of it’s kind Mobile Medical App called Surgical Drain Logger. David’s Surgical Drain Logger App is currently available in the Apple and Google App Stores. Since September of

2013,  this  (FREE),  HIPAA  Compliant  App  has  been  helping  post-op  mastectomy patients all over the US, China, Russia, Canada, Austria, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Australia, Spain, and more!


David is currently the Office Manager, and IT Specialist for an organization called Toward Maximum Independence. An organization that for 31 years has been committed to helping individuals with developmental disabilities; an organization that firmly believes that disability never means inability. Toward Maximum Independence was recently nominated by the Temecula Chamber of Commerce as one of the Best Non-Profit Organizations of 2015.


David is a man dedicated to helping those less fortunate; he absolutely loves technology, is a self-proclaimed movie critic, and is happiest when he is spending time with family and friends…


Deitrick Franklin is an Engineer, Mentor, Recruiter, and Diversity & Inclusion Advocate. At Chevron Corporation’s (CVX) Energy Technology Company, he managed a Deepwater Support Center focused on Floating Structures Integrity Management. In his passion for D&I, he co-led Chevron’s Houston Intern Planning Committee, which develops educational, networking, and volunteering programs aimed at enhancing the Chevron summer internship experience, for 160+ Houston area interns. As the Georgia Tech Recruiting Team Lead  and mentor for Chevron’s Black Employee Network, Deitrick engaged in talent acquisition, and personally mentored 20+ interns to retain top talent.


Deitrick exemplifies the NSBE mission and has served as the Treasurer of NSBE Houston Professionals from Jan 2016 - July 2017. In addition, he was awarded Region 5 Professionals Member of the Year (2016-2017) and NSBE HP Volunteer of the Year (2014-2015). Deitrick is a native of Baltimore, MD, who received his B.S. (2012) and M.S. (2014) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and Georgia Institute of Technology, respectively. In his spare time,


Deitrick enjoys traveling, playing billiards, and making people laugh! Please connect with Deitrick Franklin on LinkedIn!


Silvia Garcia was born in Mexico in 1981. She attended Monterrey Institute of Technology for her bachelor’s degree in International Business. She also has a bachelor’s degree in Education.  After graduating with    her bachelor’s, she attended The University of Texas at Brownsville, TX where she obtained a master’s degree in Business Administration. 

In 2006, she organized and developed a business in logistics, Bulldog Trucking & Logistics Inc., in Houston, TX. In the beginning of 2015 the business expanded by opening a sister company, Bulldog Heavy Haulers LLC in order to meet the increasing demand for transportation and logistics services.

She was part of the San Jacinto College Upward bound Math and Science family from 2008-2012, serving the role of academic advisor. After that marvelous endeavor, she accepted a full time faculty position at Houston Community College, where she currently teaches business and logistics courses.

She is a proud member of the Diversity and Inclusion council. She is also a Goldman Sacks 10,000 small business graduate.

As an instructor, she sees herself as a facilitator, not as a dictator, and believes that each student deserves an education tailored to his or her strengths and needs to contribute to his or her success.

In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.


Former member of the Upward Bound Math and Science program with a passion to give back to students that wish to progress in their academic careers. Through the help of Dr. J and STEM Bridges program, Eduardo was able to study Electronic Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.


After obtaining his degree, he moved back home to Houston, TX, where he began work as an Electrical Engineer for Akurate Dynamics. He spends his free time with childhood friends, and programming. As a board member of the Stem Bridges program, he hopes to guide students onto a path of their passion and success, as others did for him.

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