Staff and Board

Newton's Road Northwest Staff

  • 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 University and a B.S. 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 is the Communications and Operations Manager for Newton's Road. She 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!

  • Jacob Ennis AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer

    Jacob Ennis is an United Way, Vista serving for the Americorps and recent graduate from the University of Michigan with a BS in Physics and minor in Computer Science. During his time at UofM and over the past few years he has been working in instrumentation for the CHARA interferometry array - an astronomy observatory just outside of Los Angeles. He has many experiences in STEM education and outreach through various student groups during his time in undergrad, and looks forward to bringing his experience and excitement for STEM to help Newtons Road. He will focus mainly on expanding and improving their Career Investigator - a tool to help Middle and High school students in the area learn more about STEM jobs in the region, encourage them to pursue these types of careers. A native Michigander, but new to the five-county region, he also looks forward to getting to know and help the community.

  • 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 with her kids, an event supported by Newton’s Road, before she had any understanding of about STEM learning or Newton’s Road!

Newton's Road Northwest Board of Directors 

  • Bill Myers Board Chair

    Chief Executive Officer at Promethient. Promethient's Thermavance technology enables conductive cooling and heating of transportation seating, furniture, medical devices and garments. In addition to providing personalized cooling and heating, Thermavance technology may be used in outdoor and indoor applications and its low power consumption enables extended range for electric vehicles. Bill holds a BS from Michigan Technological University and a MS from Oakland University, both in Mechanical Engineering. He has a wealth of professional experience across multiple technical industries. As the founder of Newton’s Road, and an advocate for STEM education in our region for over a decade, Bill’s vision and dedication to our mission has been critical to the success of our organization. He serves as the current Board Chair.

  • Greg Johnson Board Vice Chair

    Gregory H. Johnson (Col, USAF, Ret.) is a former air force officer and pilot, aerospace engineer, fighter/test pilot, and NASA astronaut. He is currently the Board Vice Chair for Newton’s Road and previously the Executive Director. He also serves on multiple boards in the nonprofit and space sectors and is a champion and advisor for innovation and STEM education in multiple networks including the Boy Scouts of America.

    While in the Air Force, Johnson flew multiple aircraft including the F-15E in combat operations. With NASA, Johnson served as the pilot and primary robotic arm operator aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour on the STS-123 and STS-134 missions.  After leaving NASA in 2013, Johnson served as Executive Director for the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the nonprofit that manages the ISS National Laboratory (ISSNL). The CASIS mission was to maximize utilization of the ISSNL by complementing NASA’s traditional projects and supporting engaging STEM education experiences on the ISS.  Greg has a B.S. in engineering and an MBA .

  • Mike Groleau Board Member

    Principal and Chief Analytics Officer at RJG. RJG is a recognized international leader in injection molding training, technology, and resources. Their global customers include companies in the automotive, medical, and general plastics processing segments. Mike holds a BS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a MS from University of Michigan, both in Materials Science. He has well over 2 decades of professional experience at RJG in many capacities. Mike brings deep knowledge and understanding of industry needs for STEM education, and focuses much of his philanthropy and volunteer time in support of meeting these needs in our community.  Mike is a long-time supporter of Newton’s Road and we deeply appreciate his continued dedication to this and many other important causes in our region.

  • Cody Kangas Board Member

    Director of Industry Engagement at Michigan Technological University. MTU is a leading public research university, home to more than 7,000 students from 54 countries around the world. Cody has a BA from the University of Michigan and a MS in Education from Michigan State University. He is the lead on corporate philanthropy, cultivation and stewardship for MTU, heads the MTU Corporate Council and builds partnerships in strategic areas. He formerly led MTU’s K-12 initiatives around the country, including Mind Trekkers. Cody spearheads the growing partnership between MTU and the Grand Traverse area in all of these capacities. Newton’s Road is thrilled to have Cody be our main conduit to MTU’s continued guidance, partnership and support.

  • Matt Olson Board Member

    TBAISD Assistant Superintendent of Professional Learning and Innovation. Matt has served Michigan public schools for 20 years as a teacher, athletic director, assistant principal and principal, Director of Innovation, and Superintendent. A graduate from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Matt went on to earn a Master of Arts in K-12 Educational Leadership from Michigan State University, an Education Specialist Degree in Education Administration from Oakland University, and is a graduate of the Michigan Leadership Institute Superintendents’ Academy.

  • Heidi Skodack Board Member

    Director of School Improvement, STEM & CTE at Traverse City Public Schools. TCAPS serves 40% of the K-12 youth in our TBAISD region and offers the area’s widest variety of high quality academic and extracurricular programs. Their 10,000 students across 300-square-miles of Grand Traverse, Benzie and Leelanau counties, in 11 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, 3 high schools and a variety of preschool classrooms. Before relocating to Traverse City, Heidi taught engineering, architecture and robotics for 15 years in the Farmington Public Schools. She holds a BS in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University and a MS in Career and Technical Education Administration from Ferris State University. We are thrilled to be able to more deeply leverage Heidi’s many years of STEM education leadership as she transitions from serving on our Advisory Council to our Board.

  • Rob Summers Board Member

    Senior Business Advisor at Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center. Rob leverages his 15 years of experience in manufacturing industries to provide contracted training and consulting services to clients, including Lean Business Processes, Lean Manufacturing, facility layout, and other customized business improvement projects. In addition, Rob serves as Executive Chairman of the Grand Traverse Area Manufacturing Council (GTAMC). Rob holds a BS from Michigan Technological University and MBA from The Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts. Newton’s Road is thrilled to continue have Rob’s support, expertise and perspective helping to guide our mission.