Yvonne Carr, Founder
Yvonne Carr, Founder of Women Entrepreneurs for Africa, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) Education for girls and women’s entrepreneurship.
As a Computer Information Systems major at the University of Houston-Downtown, and an active member of the Association for Computing Machinery, Ms. Carr served as a Judge for Texas High School Science and Engineering Fair for two consecutive years.
Additionally, Ms. Carr served as a Math Specialist for the District of Columbia Public Schools. During her tenure, she devoted her spare time tutoring and coaching children from low-income families. Ms. Carr completed the “Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science”(GEMS) program for teachers at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, in Maryland.
Ms. Carr also brings with her over fifteen years of international field experience in project/program management, stakeholder management and private sector development in Oil & Gas Upstream.
Ms. Carr is a graduate of Georgetown University McDonough School of Business in Washington DC and the University of Houston-Downtown.
Deitra Nealy-Shane, Director
Whether in a direct service position or when providing consultation, Deitra is passionate about improving the quality of education for children & families! While the majority of her work experience has been in urban settings, she has also traveled extensively to tribal and rural programs for professional learning & technical assistance work.
Deitra has a wealth of experience working with diverse populations and has served as an international play facilitation instructor in the Middle EastDeitra is a 2016 candidate for the Georgetown University Certificate in Early Intervention. She also holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction as well as a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management.
Her educational background is instrumental in supporting the early childhood organizations and school districts she supports in assessing, improving and monitoring administrative processes. Deitra’s most rewarding professional experiences have involved supporting administrators in refining their role as instructional visionary and lead learner.
Deitra has found that a shared vision of quality and rubric for assessing progress are essential to teacher self-efficacy & instructional effectiveness. When classroom staff clearly understand what is expected of them and receive individualized feedback and support, they are able to meet and exceed both local & national standards which resulted in transformational experiences for children and families.
Samuel Bayombi, Director
Mr. Bayombi is a Cybersecurity Consultant. He oversees the company Security Management efforts, creates and enforces internal policies, and ensures continued compliance across all departments both internal and remote. He supports safeguards information system assets and data by identifying and solving potential and actual security risks. Research security controls, vulnerabilities, enterprise and cloud risks, and develops effective strategies and control measures to mitigate all security risks.
Mr. Bayombi has more than 18 years of experience in IT, networking, security, and procurement. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Sciences from Strayer University and holds many networking and security certifications. Mr. Bayombi’s unique bi-cultural background, technical talents, and collaborative strengths have been great assets in both his professional life and within his community where he has led a number of volunteer projects to benefit non-profit organizations. Among those organizations close to his heart are the Malaria Awareness Fundraiser, Skills for Success, and Make a Wish Foundation. When he’s not working, Mr. Bayombi enjoys spending time with his family.
Dr. Michael Kaspar, Director/Advisor
Dr. Michael Kaspar is the Senior Policy Analyst staffing the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics desk for the National Education Association.
He is the founding director of the DC STEM Alliance and the DC Science Teachers’ Association with over 25 years of experience managing urban nature centers and supporting complex, multitask contracts for the federal government.
In his current position and, as the former Director of Science for the District of Columbia, his expertise encompasses science policy and curriculum development, educational testing and evaluation, and program and professional development.
He is an expert in informal science education and environmental education and has given numerous professional presentations at the local and national levels.
Dr. Kaspar has developed and authored numerous scientific articles and abstracts for peer-reviewed journals, popular magazines and newsletters, meeting summaries, and other publications. He taught environmental science, field biology, landscape design, and early childhood and elementary science methods.
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Women Entrepreneurs for Africa is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. EIN 47-479548