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STEM ADDS LEADER: Lori Flippin to Push Great Lakes Learning Growth

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By: Dave Rogers

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Lori Flippin, moves to STEM leadership at GLBA.

Lori Flippin had a good day last Wednesday.

Not only did she win the national Athena Award at the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting, the Great Lakes Bay Alliance (GLBA) announced she had been named as the leader of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) initiative in the region.

"Lori will lead our 8-county regional STEM collaborative working on programming, curriculum, and partnerships among education, business, and non-profit organizations," said GLBA President and CEO Matthew Felan.

Lori will start in this role on April 3rd. She currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Essexville-Hampton Public Schools. She served as homeless education liaison for the district with the Michigan Department of Education.

Lori received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Michigan Technological University and a Master of Arts in Secondary Education from Saginaw Valley State University.

The goal of the STEM Impact Initiative is to build the workforce of tomorrow through comprehensive science, technology, engineering, and math education to meet the growing needs of our current employers and to attract new jobs and businesses to the Great Lakes Bay Region, added Mr. Felan.

Ms. Flippin will be responsible for leading the 8 county STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Math) collaborative that brings education, business, and funders together to further advance STEM education efforts in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

In 2014, leaders from business and education joined forces under the leadership of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance to launch the STEM Impact Initiative. The long-term goal of the initiative is to increase the number of students who are interested in and prepared to pursue STEM-related careers in the Great Lakes Bay Region. In 2015, the Great Lakes Bay Region was designated as a national STEM Ecosystem by the STEM Funders Network.

"The Great Lakes Bay Region continues to move forward in an aggressive manner in STEM education," said Matthew Felan, President & CEO of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance. "Lori Flippin will be leading one of the most dynamic STEM regions in the United States. We believe Lori's leadership, background, and passion for STEM will pay major dividends for students and businesses across the Great Lakes Bay Region."

Ms. Flippin has served as Assistant Superintendent of Essexville-Hampton Schools since 2012. Lori has also worked as Assistant Principal of Essexville Garber High School from 2007-2012 and has extensive classroom experience teaching Physics, Physical Science, and Chemistry from 1993-2007. Ms. Flippin earned her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Michigan Technological University. She also earned a Master of Arts in Secondary Education from Saginaw Valley State University.

"The day the job posting came out for the Great Lakes Bay Region STEM Leader, I knew it would be Lori," said Matt Cortez, Superintendent of Essexville-Hampton Schools. "When someone is in love with STEM education and is as masterful a leader as Lori, you know they are headed for great things. While it is heart-breaking to lose such a wonderful colleague and leader, she has moved forward into a position to make education better for our regional student population."

Lori received the 2017 ATHENA Award, instituted to recognize the accomplishments of women who have attained and personified the highest level of professional excellence in business. "Lori is a great role model for our community and extremely deserving of this prestigious award. We look forward to seeing the positive impact that she will have on the Great Lakes Bay Region as she takes on this new role." said Mike Stodolak, Senior Vice President of Independent Bank and 2017 Chairman of the Board for the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce.

# # # Bay Area Chamber of Commerce

Since 1882, Our Bay Area Chamber of Commerce has been the premier business leadership organization providing cutting-edge, value-added services to all members of the Bay Area business community, including the Great Lakes Bay Region. We serve as an ambassador for our community and a liaison between business and other sectors of the community.

Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance

The mission of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance is to encourage, support and celebrate regional collaboration and initiatives that will improve the economic vitality and quality of life in the Great Lakes Bay Region. The Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance is comprised of 48 Board Members who represent Bay, Isabella, Midland and Saginaw counties.


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