Executive Committee (in formation)

Steve Vinter, Executive Committee Chair
Steve Vinter is an Engineering Director at Google's office in Kendall Square in Cambridge, and has overseen the growth of the site from 15 software engineers to over 500 since 2007. Steve began programming in high school, received a Bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Michigan. After working a few years as a software engineer he moved to Massachusetts to study at UMass, Amherst, receiving Masters and PhD, studying distributed systems as the Internet was emerging. Steve has over 20 years of industry experience, working at a wide array of companies including BBN, an R&D Lab; Software.com, a startup; Tufts University as a lecturer; and Dun & Bradstreet Software developing enterprise software.

Steve serves as the chair of the Talent Working Group and Executive Committee member of the Tech Hub Collaborative; Board member of the Kendall Square Association; Overseer at the Museum of Science, Boston; and Advisor to MIT's OEOP program; member of Governor's STEM Advisory Council; member of Citizen School’s National Science and Technology Advisory Committee; and Board member of the Community Charter School of Cambridge.

Steve has focused on building products and services for hundreds of millions of users of mobile and cloud computing and is a passionate advocate for improving the way we inspire and educate students about computer science.

JD Chesloff, Executive Committee Member
JD Chesloff is Executive Director, MA Business Roundtable. As Executive Director, JD is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic framework and direction for MBR in partnership with the Chair, Executive Committee and Board of Directors. He works with MBR Task Forces and MBR leadership to develop its agenda on public policy matters – particularly in the areas of competitiveness, health care, education, and transportation and infrastructure – and convey those ideas to opinion leaders and policy makers to help inform their deliberations.

JD has worked in and around Beacon Hill (the State House) for more than 20 years. In the Legislature, he was the education issues analyst and Deputy Budget Director for the House Committee on Ways and Means.

He joined MBR in 2004 after serving as Legislative/Issues Director for the Early Education for All (EEA) Campaign, where he was responsible for developing and driving legislative support for EEA’s legislation and agenda which included the creation of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. He currently serves on the Department’s Board of Directors as Chairman. In addition, he is Chair of the Governor’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Advisory Council’s Executive Committee, and is a Trustee at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

JD holds a Masters in Public Affairs from the McCormack Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Public Policy and Telecommunications Writing from Syracuse University.

Heather Carey, Executive Committee Member
Heather Carey is Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the Education Foundation for the Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC). She works closely with the CEO on strategy, board relations and economic development issues impacting the technology sector. As Executive Director for the Council's Education Foundation, she works to increase awareness of computing education and improve connections between educators, students, policy leaders and industry. As SVP of Value Delivery, she was responsible for all programs, communities, research and policy.

Heather has been working in the association business for over 10 years including five years at MassnetComms as Associate Executive Director. Prior to her work in the tech sector Heather worked for School and Main Institute where she helped states and communities design and implement school to career initiatives. Heather also served as Senior Program Officer for Kids And the Power of Work (KAPOW), where she helped launch and grow a national business education partnership program between elementary schools and local businesses.

Heather has a BS in Elementary Education from the University of Hartford, and a Masters in Politics and Education from Columbia University.

Jim Stanton, Executive Committee Member

Jim Stanton is MassCAN Executive Director and a Senior Project Manager at Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC). Prior to Jim’s work on MassCAN he founded and developed the widely acclaimed Leadership Initiatives for Teaching and Technology (LIFT²) program. LIFT ² provided paid summer externships in a wide array of STEM industries and three graduate level courses for middle and high school math and science teachers. Forty corporate partners joined with the public sector to provide over $2M in stipends, course tuition, and funds for program coordination. In 2009 LIFT² was selected to participate in a National Teacher Externship retreat, organized by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, as one of ten “Best practice” externship programs in the country. 

Earlier in his career Jim served as Executive Director of the Cambridge Civic Assn. which recruited and provided year-round support to education reform candidates for School Committee and City Council, consulted for the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service on the Boston School Desegregation case, directed the Boston Citywide Parent’s Council under Judge Garrity’s Court Orders, directed national education research projects at the Institute for Responsive Education, and he also worked in the private sector as treasurer , technology director and later co-owner of a medium size insurance agency.

Jim was a member of the 2008 Task Force that rewrote the Massachusetts K-12 Instructional Technology Standards and was a member of the Governor’s Readiness Committee on Teacher Recruitment, Retention and Quality. Currently, Jim is a member of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, the Tech Hub Collaborative Talent Working Group and serves on the Teachers21 Board of Directors.


Task Force Directors

Joyce Malyn-Smith, Standards Task Force Leader
Joyce Malyn-Smith is Managing Project Director for College and Career Initiatives within the Teaching and Learning Division of Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC). Nationally-recognized as an expert in STEM career and workforce education and development, she brings extensive experience in standards development / assessment and scenario learning to the MassCAN Project.

Malyn-Smith is Principal Investigator for the NSF-CISE–funded Computational Thinking (CT) in America’s Workplaces project and the NSF-ATE–funded New Media Enabled Technician project. She is a member of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s STEM Operations Board. A published author and frequent conference speaker, Malyn-Smith is coauthor of “Preparing Tomorrow’s STEM Workforce through Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers” (PDF) and “Computational Thinking for Youth in Practice” (PDF). 

Malyn-Smith's prior responsibilities in STEM areas include: ten years as Principal Investigator (PI) for the National Science Foundation’s ITEST (Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers) Learning Resource Center, 15 years as PI of various NSF Advanced Technological Education projects, and Directorship of the U.S. Education Department’s Information Technology Career Cluster. She was a key standards developer for the National School-to-Work Office’s Voluntary Industry Skill Standards projects. Following 10 years as a Boston Public School’s teacher, Malyn-Smith served as Director for Occupational Instructional Design for Boston Public School leading the system’s transition to competency-based vocational education.

She holds an Ed.D. from Boston University, a M.Ed. from Boston State Teacher’s College, and a B.S. from InterAmerican University in Puerto Rico.

Sarita Pillai, Curriculum Task Force Leader
Sarita Pillai is a Senior Project Director at Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC). Drawing on her background as a computer scientist and technology developer, Sarita's role at EDC involves managing national projects that focus on the creation of powerful technology-based resources for educators and youth, with a special focus on the needs of diverse learners. In particular, she specializes in program and resource development aimed at engaging underrepresented youth in STEM education and future careers by working with young people and placing them at the center of design and development efforts. She has worked extensively with middle and high-school aged youth in the development of a wide variety of digital STEM resources, including digital libraries and web-based multimedia products. She is PI on several NSF-funded projects including the Gender & Science Digital Library projects, the FunWorks STEM exploration portal for youth, the Girls Communicating Career Connections multimedia series on science and engineering careers, and the Middle School Portal and SMARTR projects that provide STEM resources for middle grades educators and students. She is also co-PI of the NSF ITEST program’s Learning Resource Center which supports hundreds of grantees across the country involved in STEM workforce development projects.

Rebecca Lewis, Professional Development Task Force Leader
Rebecca Lewis is a Project Director in the Pathways to College and Careers (PCC) unit at Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC). She leads an effort supported by NASA to develop a curriculum for a middle school computer science curriculum; working with scientists from MIT and informal educators, she is conceptualizing and developing a web- and paper-based curriculum that brings together computer science with mathematics and physics content as well as introducing space science to middle school students. In addition, Ms. Lewis has extensive experience supporting PCC’s corporate education initiatives. She led a collaborative team of science educators, evaluators, and program developers in reviewing and making recommendations to the Amgen Foundation on how to strengthen, evaluate, and scale its high school biotechnology lab program. From that effort, she received funding from the Foundation to revise and strengthen the curriculum for the program. As project director for the Ford PAS program, she has collaborated with a leadership team to manage and promote the Ford PAS program as it has grown from a curriculum development and teacher training effort to a national school change model, engaging the business community in transforming teaching and learning. Ms. Lewis has worked on the Ford PAS program since 2001, contributing her science content knowledge, teaching experience, and skills in research and materials development. She has worked with content experts, teachers, and higher education and community-based organization partners to write curriculum materials and develop and provide training and professional development. She directed the development of two major science curriculum projects as part of Ford PAS. Drawing on her doctoral work in curriculum, an MAT in biology, and a BS in agriculture, Ms. Lewis has developed a wide range of STEM and interdisciplinary curriculum materials, created a hands-on guide for teachers on how to integrate gender equity into existing science curricula, and assisted in the development of classroom scenarios and working papers on math and science education.