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Donna Hylton 

Board of Directors Chairman | President | CEO

Donna Hylton is a community leader with over 30 years of experience. She began her technology career in college while working as a Data Center Coordinator in New York City. She has worked as an end-user database specialist, programmer, systems team leader, and information systems manager before making the transition to academia. She worked as a Professor and the Program Coordinator of the Computer Information Technology Systems and Management Information Systems degree programs at Middlesex Community College for 25 years  the college until her retirement in July 2022.

In 2017 Donna took a sabbatical leave from Middlesex Community College to attack the problem of the underrepresentation of women, girls, and people of color in STEM. Out of this community endeavor, Donna founded the STEAM Train non-profit organization that works to move generations of under resourced and underrepresented populations to STEM. Today, Donna serves as STEAM Train’s President/CEO and she is joined by a Board of Directors who are STEM professionals.

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Donna earned her undergraduate degree in Administrative Computer Systems from Hofstra University, in Hempstead, Long Island, and her master’s degree in Computer Information Technology with a concentration in Management Information Systems from Central Connecticut State University. She has also earned a second master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.

 

Donna and her husband Pastor Paul Hylton have served in Christian ministry at Shiloh Christian Church since 1988. Working alongside her husband, who is the church’s Senior Pastor, Donna serves as Pastor of Administration and Counseling. Donna sees the sum total of her work in academia, the community, and the ministry as a part of God’s purpose and plan for her life and, as such, she strives to do it all with excellence and humility, so that He would be glorified. (James 1:27)

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The STEAM Train will benefit from the support and experience of an especially talented Board of Directors
who were recruited to ensure that the organization benefited from range of key viewpoints, had access to critical
specialized knowledge and represented important constituents.

 

Together the Directors add expertise from the fields of science, engineering, physics, mathematics,
information technology, community engagement, education, law, and financial management.

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E. Wayne Rose

Technology Education Officer | Board Member

Wayne was the former Information Officer at Bowie State University. Prior to arriving, Wayne held several positions to include: IT Specialist and IT Business Manager for the Naval Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS) where he also led a satellite project (2003-2011), and also served as Regional Director of Information Technology, the Americas for Swissôtel Hotels and Resorts (1994-2003).

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Laurie Robinson

Chief Financial Officer | Board Member

Laurie, now retired, worked at  Verizon as an Engineer. Prior to her transition to Verizon, Laurie worked at AT&T as an Electrical Engineer for over 25 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a MBA degree in Finance from Quinnipiac University.

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Michael Turner

Treasurer | Board Member

Former Vice President, of Manufacturing & Engineering for Perdue Agribusiness Inc, and division of Perdue Farms Inc., and it’s over 60 diverse manufacturing facilities in the US. Mike enjoys mentoring and giving back to the youth. He served as a AAU Girl’s basketball coach for seven years. Many of his players receiving college scholarships, and three being drafted into the WNBA

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Maggie O'Hanlon

Secretary | Board Member

Maggie hails from Boston, Massachusetts. She is currently a sophomore at Wesleyan University, pursuing a joint degree in American Government and Environmental Science. She will be working for STEAM Train this year as a participant in Wesleyan’s Nonprofit Board Residency Program. At Wesleyan, she is also involved with the Center for Prison Education and the Foster Care Support program. 

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Mukshud Ahamed

Board Member

Mukshud, a Middlesex Community College graduate, holds a B.A. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Wesleyan University. Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology at Stony Brook University, he worked on antibiotic-resistant bacteria treatment with Dr. Erika Taylor and studied plant innate immune systems at Yale University under Nicole Clay. Committed to STEM accessibility, Mukshud advocates for inclusive exposure and training.

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Deboala Bamgbose

Board Member

Chemical Engineer that works as an Air Pollution Control Engineer at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (the Agency), where she has extensive knowledge of federal and state environmental regulations. She has a master's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park and is licensed as a professional engineer in the State of Connecticut.

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Genieva DePass

Board Member

Litigation and enforcement associate Genieva DePass joined Ropes & Gray’s Washington, D.C. office in 2017. Genieva’s practice includes anti-corruption, internal investigations, financial fraud investigations and complex civil litigation. She maintains an active pro bono practice representing victims of domestic violence in partnership with the D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project. 

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Mukshud Ahamed

Board Member

Mukshud is graduate of Middlesex Community College and received his B.A. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Wesleyan University. Mukshud is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Molecular and Cell Biology from Stony Brook University. 

 

He previously worked under the guidance of Dr. Erika Taylor developing novel ways to treat antibiotic resistant bacteria. Prior to that, he worked under the guidance of Nicole Clay ya Yale University studying the plant innate immune system. 

 

Mukshud firmly believes in giving back, and ensuring that exposure and training in STEM is accessible for everyone. 

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Deboala Bamgbose

Board Member

Chemical Engineer that works as an Air Pollution Control Engineer at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (the Agency), where she has extensive knowledge of federal and state environmental regulations.


She has a master's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park and is licensed
as a professional engineer in the State
of Connecticut.

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Deboala Bamgbose

Board Member

Chemical Engineer that works as an Air Pollution Control Engineer at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (the Agency), where she has extensive knowledge of federal and state environmental regulations.


She has a master's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park and is licensed
as a professional engineer in the State
of Connecticut.

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in memoriam

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barbara hammond

Barbara was a statistician/programming professional. She worked at EverSource as a Market Research Analyst, Statistician, Human Resource Analyst, SAS programmer.

 

In 2001, Barbara gained employment with Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) in Wallingford, CT as a SAS Programmer. There she worked on clinical trial data analysis and programming in various therapeutic areas. 

In January 2021, Barbara passed away. She will be greatly missed. 

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