PATRICIA A. ACKERMAN, Ph.D. is a retired Ohio public school administrator, university trustee emerita, and past member of the Ohio Board of Regents. During 35 years of service in K-12 education, she championed the unique needs of underachievers by creating alternative programs, co-authoring a textbook series and leading professional education organizations at the local, state and national levels. Dr. Ackerman is the national coordinator of the Black Lemonade Project, BLACK Lemonade for All, and serves both Chalkdust Education Foundation and IndeedWeCode as executive director.
MICHELLE D. WALTON has been an elementary and middle school educator since 1992. She was one of the first African American National Board Certified Teachers in the State of Ohio. In addition to serving as a master teacher and leader, she currently teaches mathematics in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights [Ohio] City Schools. Ms. Walton has presented workshops at the district, local, state, national and international levels. She has traveled abroad studying the educational systems in Europe and Asia, along with several African nations. Ms. Walton is the President of Chalkdust Education Foundation.
IndeedWeCode is about coding, but so much more. Having observed the camp in person, our girls are developing their career potential as IT ambassadors, as well as self-assured leaders and entrepreneurs.
MICHELLE E. WILSON is a highly accomplished Senior IT Consultant with 20+ years of diverse experience as a programmer, business analyst, project manager and application developer. Her experience with the full life cycle of application/project development, creating application specifications, and developing and performing test plans/scenarios is significant. Furthermore, her successful integrating of applications is essential to young women in STEM fields. Particular areas of her expertise include developing and implementing proprietary applications using various technologies, and creating technical and training documents. As a cyber security expert, she is skilled in data loss prevention (DLP) technology and methodologies, complex issue identification and resolution, and Agile/Scrum project management and software development. Her proven success in taking initiative, establishing solid rapport with customers, and driving solutions that meet and exceed customer requirements has enabled her to provide exemplary service to an array of Fortune 500 companies, federal government entities, local and state governments.
STEPHANIE GANDY is a Web Developer and Graphic Designer. She attended Cuyahoga Community College to learn Graphic Design and landed a job with a local magazine company. Seeking a more challenging career, she attended We Can Code IT bootcamp. She learned the neccessary skills to become a professional in Software Engineering. Coding made perfect sense because technology has always been her passion and she could utilize her knowledge in design. Stephanie has assisted with the CLE Teen Hack project, a website competition involving 5 local high schools and have taught various workshops across the greater Cleveland area.
LILLIE HUNTER is a phenomenal volunteer who serves IWC in a variety of logistical support roles including recruitment, data collection, and interface with partners, service providers and parents.
The "cheerleaders" provide our campers with relatable experiences, advice, and real life stories about STEM careers and opportunities; all while motivivating us to do our best. Not only are they successful African American women, they inspire each individual to challenge herself to continue to invest in her future. Getting involved and mastering the computer languages will allow us to excel in this thriving technological world.
Head "Cheerleader", Cynthia Calhoun
NASA Glenn Research Center
Ayonna B. Donald
Demolition Compliance Officer - City of ClevelandCleveland, OH
Educator (Former Apple Employee)
Western International School of Shanghai
Richmond Heights City Council
Richmond Heights, OH
Dr. Brandi P. Jones
Vice Dean for Diversity & Strategic Initiatives
Associate Professor of Engineering Education Practice
Viterbi School of Engineering
University of Southern California
Senior IT Consultant
Seven Hills, OH
Software Engineering Lead
NASA Glenn Research Center
Benefits Innovation Group
Lt. Colonel Tiffany Rivera
Mechanical Engineer/Chief of Strategic Communication for Air Force Programs & Resources
United States Air Force
Dr. Ruth Washington
Executive Director for Faculty and Graduate Student Retention, Inclusion and Success
Kent State University
Michelle E. Wilson
Senior IT Consultant/Systems Analyst
Co-Founder of IndeedWeCode
Dr. Monique Wilson
College-wide Dean & Executive Director, IT Cuyahoga Community College
The junior cheerleaders are a collection of high school graduates who have previously attended the camp.
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH