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.

  • Nicole McGinty Program Manager

    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 two sons' love for hands-on STEAM learning and has dedicated much of her free 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 and judge. Nicole has a BA from the Colorado Institute of Arts and owned and operated a commercial interior design consulting firm in Denver, CO before becoming the COO of Birch Haus kitchen and bath design in Traverse City.

  • Annalisa Wiesner Business Liaison Intern

    A Traverse City native, Annalisa was a 2013 recipient of a Newton's Road scholarship to the Engineering Scholars Camp at Michigan Technological University Summer Programs.  She is now 7 credits away from holding a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech and is taking a semester to work for Newton's Road before hopping on a plane and completing her Senior Design Project at Oslo Metropolitan University in Oslo, Norway! Following her trek to Norway, Annalisa hopes to move back to the Traverse City area as a fresh engineer and continue to help build a strong, flourishing community in whatever job she lands. Innovation, attention to detail, compassion and adventure are in her DNA.