Advisory Board

Execution of the Congressional App Challenge is overseen by, the Internet Education Foundation. We are grateful for the advice and support of our Advisory Board, who advise us on policy matters and assist us with reaching students from underrepresented communities.

  • KATHY M. DEERINWATER, Ph.D.,  oversees the program development, implementation, and reporting on all American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) special projects from the Native American Indian Virtual Science and Engineering Fair (NAIVSEF) to the Robotics initiatives. In addition, Kathy is the PI or program director on all research grant projects such as the National Science Foundation funded “Lighting the Pathway to Faculty Careers or Natives in STEM” project. The Special Projects and Research department also includes all AISES’ research and academic interests, government agency relations, and the Academic Advisory Council.

    Kathy has been a student member of AISES since 2007 and joined the AISES staff in October of 2014. She recently finished her Doctoral degree in Ecology at the University of California, Davis. Kathy is able to bring first-hand experience to her role in assisting STEM students interested in research and academia. Her expertise in research including experimental design, analyses, writing, and reporting enable AISES to develop a research program as well as effectively evaluate and improve its programs.

  • MONIQUE MORROW, M.S., MBA, is the CTO New Frontiers Engineering at Cisco. Monique has a track record of co-innovating with customers, that has transcended the globe from North America, Europe and Asia. Her specialties include: networking technology; Grid, cloud computing, Intercloud-Federation, Internet of Things; M2M Security and E-Health; Semantic web; Business Development

    Monique’s current focus is on the intersection between research – economics-technology to portfolio execution e.g. Circular and Exponential Economies as examples. 

    Under Cisco’s Office of the CTO, both as an individual contributor and manager, Monique built a strong leadership team in Asia-Pacific. Her specific geo-area targets were China and India. Monique’s role in these important regions drove Cisco’s globalization and country strategies and met all of her targeted goals.  

    Monique has consistently demonstrated the willingness and courage to take risks and explore new market opportunities for Cisco. These innate qualities are part of her DNA and are of great value to the company and all the global organizations in which she is involved.

    Monique is also a staunch advocate for women in technology, and was part of the top 50 most inspiring women in technology for Europe 2016, the Top Ten Influential IT Women in Europe 2014 and 2015 Digital Woman of the Year Finalist for Europe among many other accolades. 

  • JOSE ANTONIO TIJERINO is the president and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF), which inspires, prepares, connects and positions Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities. HHF also promotes Latino cultural pride, accomplishment and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns and initiatives reaching millions as well as conducts research. 

    Tijerino has led the 28-year-old nonprofit for 15 years and has developed an innovative, sustainable model for Latino talent by leveraging a network of 100,000 vetted students and young professionals. The LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) program he created 11 years ago has been recognized by The White House, Congress, Silicon Valley, Fortune 500 companies and the Mexican government for it’s impact. Tijerino is also co-executive producer of the star-studded Hispanic Heritage Awards, which are considered among the highest honors for Latinos, and the TV broadcast, which is currently broadcast on PBS. Prior to HHF, Tijerino worked as public relations director at Fannie Mae Foundation, marketing/public relations manager and as a spokesperson for Nike, and an executive at PR firms Burson-Marsteller and Cohn & Wolfe under Young & Rubicam umbrella.

  • MARK R. NELSON, Ph.D., MBA, CAE, joined the Computer Science Teachers Association as Executive Director in June 2015.  He is an award winning executive, teacher, and researcher. He has worked in education-related institutions and non-profits for most of his career. At the National Association of College Stores (NACS) he provided international thought-leadership on the future of course materials and co-founded an R&D subsidiary focused on emerging technologies in education.

    He became the first CIO for NACS and in 2013 his peers in the association industry ranked him among the most innovative association executives.  Previously Mark was an ECAR Fellow for the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research, contributing to more than a dozen research studies and articles.  Prior to that, Mark was a faculty member at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  His research interests focus on innovation and emerging technology management in non-profits and educational settings.  He earned a Ph.D. in Information Science, an MBA in Marketing, a BS in Computer Science, and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE).