(TOMS RIVER, NJ) -- Ocean County College will present a free, virtual panel discussion featuring four women leaders in the STEM field on Wednesday, March 31, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. The panelists will discuss their individual journeys to becoming leaders in their respective fields and will share their significant STEM successes as well as the challenges and rewards of being a leader.
The panel will be moderated by Pam Bogdan, Professor of Engineering at Ocean County College. Click here for the WebEx meeting. The participants include:
* S (Science) — Dr. Sylvia Riviello, Dean of the School of STEM at Ocean County College. Dr. Riviello earned her doctorate in Physical Chemistry from Bryn Mawr College and entered academia as an assistant professor of chemistry at Rosemont College. Several years later, she joined Lockheed Martin as an engineering manager, where she spent 10 years and assisted in the development of 4th generation materials for GPS and many communication satellites used for today’s cell phones. Before joining Ocean County College as Dean of the School of STEM, Dr. Riviello worked in the family business and spent several years teaching at Neumann University, Broward College and several two-year institutions.
* T (Technology) — Dr. Cheryl Cooper, Recognized Expert in Telecommunication and Information Technology Security at T-Mobile. Dr. Cheryl Cooper holds a doctorate in Computer Science and has 20 years of telecommunication and cybersecurity experience with Sprint and T-Mobile corporations. As an adjunct professor, she provides practical and academic instruction in cybersecurity. Dr. Cooper is founder and president of Women in Security Mentors, Inc., whose mission is to promote women and minorities in STEM careers. Recently she has been asked to speak about the security implications of COVID-19 and has been invited to speak and serve as a panelist at numerous cybersecurity, educational and technology conferences. She is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) under the governing body of ISC2.
* E (Engineering) — Cristy Richards, President & CEO of JAKTOOL. Cristy Richards oversees the quality and procurement departments, while leading healthcare and medical device new business development. Before joining JAKTOOL, she worked in academia and in large corporations supporting biologics and medical devices. She led multidisciplinary teams as the Product Development Engineering Manager for Osteotech, Inc. and as Principal Sourcing Engineer for Medtronic Spine and Biologics. She joined JAKTOOL in 2014 where she has matured the quality system to earn ISO certification and implemented ERP to streamline workflow and improve efficiency. Under her leadership, JAKTOOL has achieved 300% staff growth over four years with a revenue increase of 30% annually. Cristy holds a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers University, an MBA from Monmouth University, and is credited on numerous patents in the medical device industry
* M (Mathematics) — Tanya Moore, Intersecting Lines, Managing Partner. Intersecting Lines is a mission-driven organization dedicated to building capacity among individuals and organizations in order to promote greater equity and social impact in education, health and workforce development through analytics and impact evaluation. Her professional career has spanned the public sector and higher education where she was responsible for leading multi-agency collective impact initiatives focused on reducing health and education inequities and supporting college to career pathways. After earning a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and a Masters in Mathematical Sciences, she received her doctorate training in the field of Biostatistics at the University of California, Berkeley. Moore is one of the co-founders of the Infinite Possibilities Conference, a national event designed to support, promote and encourage underrepresented minority women in mathematics. She has been featured in Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise and O, The Oprah Magazine, and was recognized as one of the “STEM Woman of the Year” by California State Assembly member Nancy Skinner.