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, served on the board of the nationally recognized 20Fathoms tech incubator, and contributes articles on STEM-related topics nationally. Barb has a Master's 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.

  • Ashley Mugnolo Communications and Operations Manager

    Ashley Mugnolo is the Communications and Marketing Manager for Newton's Road. She holds a BA from Michigan State University in Advertising Media and Management. After years of working in the agency world, Ashley transitioned to working on the client-side of marketing. As a mother of three, she found a perfect fit with Newton's Road to help bring STEM education and awareness to the area's youth. The daughter of an engineer, Ashley, has struggled with math anxiety her entire life and wants to help others overcome these struggles, bringing a broader awareness of the opportunities within STEM.  

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  • 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.

  • Emily Williams Community Outreach Manager

    Emily Williams is the Community Outreach Manager for Newton’s Road. She holds a BA from Northwood University and a MA from Davenport University. During her years at school, Emily experienced an outreach opportunity in Nicaragua and volunteered at programs such as Girls on the Run and Habitat for Humanity. Working in the healthcare industry over the past few years has developed her relationship building skills and strengthened her communication and organization skills. Emily comes from a long line of teachers in her family so she is excited to follow along a similar path by helping to empower youth through STEM opportunities. She is thrilled to build relationships with the community by driving STEM learning, sparking AHA! moments, and creating pathways to success.

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.

  • Don Howe Board Member

    Don is a passionate manufacturing leader with a demonstrated history of working in the mechanical or industrial engineering industry. He is skilled in Lean Manufacturing, KPI’s, Value Stream Mapping, Automotive/Aerospace Engineering, Quality and Project Management with an MBA and a MS in Operations Management from Kettering University. Don also serves as the Executive Chairman of the Grand Traverse Area Manufacturing Council, a long-time supporter of regional STEM education opportunities including Newton's Road. We are excited to have Don helping us execute our mission!

  • Cody Kangas Board Member

    Director of Industry Engagement and Interim Director of Career Services at Michigan Technological University. 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 spearheaded 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 on-campus conduit to MTU’s continued guidance, partnership and support.

  • Jay Meldrum Board Member

    Jay is the Director of the Keweenaw Research Center (KRC) at Michigan Tech University (MTU) and Liaison to the Grand Traverse Area of Michigan.  Jay has a BSME degree from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) and a MSME degree from the University of Michigan.  KRC is a research institute funded by contracts with the US Military and Automotive Industry who use its all-season,  rough terrains proving ground to test traction control and stability control technologies.  During Jay’s 24 years at MTU he has also been the Director of Sustainability, Faculty Advisor for the Alternative Energy Enterprise class, and Advisor to the Sustainability Demonstration House project.  

  • 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.

  • Christine Roberts Board Member

    Senior Vice President and General Manager of Poly’s Software and Services organization.  Prior to joining Poly in February of 2020, Christine was part of the executive team at Twilio running their Super Network.  Her passion for finding every opportunity to drive customer delight has led to over 25 years of experience in Engineering, Operations, and Product Management across Motorola, Google, Netflix, Twilio and now Poly.  She is an active proponent of engaging girls and under-represented minorities in STEAM and believes that exposing kids early, consistently and experientially is the key to making sure diverse views and innovation are represented in technical organizations. She has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and an MBA in International Business from DePaul’s Kellstadt GSB.  She and her family have recently returned home to Michigan following an 8-year stint in Silicon Valley.

  • 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.

  • Jason Slade Board Member

    Director Technical Academic Areas - Northwestern Michigan College. The NMC Technical Division boasts industry-driven education in eight disciplines and twelve specializations including automotive, construction trades, engineering technology, marine technology, manufacturing, surveying, welding, and unmanned aerial systems.  These programs serve over 300 students a semester across seven degree and fifteen certificate pathways--often in apprenticeships and other work-study options.  Connecting students with high demand careers in technology is what drives Jason, and explains why he's excited to serve on our Board. He has a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University.  Previously, Jason was a full-time faculty member in the NMC Technical Division, program coordinator and lead faculty for the Electronics and Electrical Program at Mott Community College, and an electrical engineer in the automotive industry focused on sensor technology. 

  • Rob Summers Board Member

    Director of Operations for AAR Mobility Systems. After training and supporting regional businesses in leveraging Lean Business Processes, Lean Manufacturing, facility layout, and other customized business improvement projects for several years, Rob is focusing his expertise on establishing a world-class production facility for AAR Mobility. In addition, Rob is the recent past 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 to have Rob’s support, expertise and perspective helping to guide our mission.