Our Team

  • Barb Termaat Executive Director

    Barb Termaat is the Executive Director of the nonprofit Newton’s Road Northwest, serves on the board of the nationally recognized 20Fathoms tech incubator, and contributes articles on STEM-related topics nationally. Barb has a Masters in Math & Science Education from Harvard and a BS in Oceanography from University of Michigan College of Engineering. She is a former STEM master teacher in Germany and California, and led teams at tech companies before and after teaching. Most recently Barb led curriculum strategy and development for Cisco Networking Academy, a global technology education program. Barb and her family returned to Michigan in 2009 and reside in Elk Rapids.

  • Alex Anderson Communications and Operations Manager

    Alex Anderson holds a BA from Western Michigan University and a MA from Goldsmiths, University of London. Over the past five years Alex has had the opportunity to work in a variety of nonprofit arts organizations both in the United States and internationally. While working in New Hampshire she was able to enhance her marketing, development and outreach skills, along with learning more about theatre education and developing a theatre school day series program. While completing her MA and working in London, Alex expanded her ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously and utilized her highly developed interpersonal skills to make connections and build experience in the theatre industry. Returning back to Michigan, Alex was excited for the opportunity to work at Parallel 45 Theatre Festival, focusing on Outreach and Education, a sector she is particularly passionate about. Alex is delighted to be a part of the team at Newton’s Road, connecting families and students to STEM opportunities, and providing a path for them to become successful creative problem solvers!

  • Michelle Keene AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer

    Michelle Keene is a United Way, Vista serving for the Americorps and has recently joined the Newton’s Road team.  Michelle has an undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University and a post-graduate degree from the University of Arts, London (where she lived and traveled for two years).  Michelle has a passion for helping others, especially the youth in our area and has spent a large amount of time volunteering for several organizations in the last eight years.  In addition to three young daughters, Michelle has two sweet pups and a husband.  In her free time, she loves exploring new areas, boating with her family, and discovering hands on learning activities that create learning and growing opportunities for her children.  Fun Fact: Michelle attended Super Science Saturday designed and featured by Newton’s Road before she had any understanding of Newton’s Road!

  • Nicole McGinty Community Outreach Director

    Nicole McGinty co-founded Newton's Road in 2011 and has a long history of volunteering in the community. In particular, she was inspired by her children's love for hands-on STEAM learning.  Over the years, Nicole has dedicated much of her volunteer time to providing enriching learning experiences for all youth in Northwest Lower Michigan. She has served on many nonprofit boards in education and professionally, including Friends of SCI-MA-TECH and Newton’s Road. Nicole has also been a Cub Scout leader, an Odyssey of the Mind coach, and a mentor for FIRST Lego League and for FIRST Robotics teams. At robotics competitions, she has been an event coordinator, robot inspection manager and judge. Nicole has a BA from the Colorado Institute of Arts. She has owned and operated a commercial interior design consulting firm in Denver, CO and was previously the COO of Birch Haus kitchen and bath design in Traverse City.