National Office Staff
Chief Executive Officer
STEM Equity Pipeline Project Director
Mimi Lufkin has over 26 years of experience as an educator and as an administrator
of local and state level projects in California and Pennsylvania. In California
Mimi’s career began in 1979 as high school agricultural education teacher. Over
the next fifteen years she was a teacher educator, an executive director of a women’s
microenterprise development agency and the director of development for a community
Mimi graduated from U.C. Davis with a BS in Animal Science and then attained a MS
in Agricultural Sciences from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis
Obispo and a MA in Educational Administration from St. Mary’s College.
In 1994, Mimi moved to Pennsylvania and became the Executive Director of the National
Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, a consortium of state and local education and
workforce agencies providing national leadership for equity in education and workforce
development. In this capacity she reviews and analyzes federal legislation, conducts
professional development activities and provides technical assistance to state and
local educational agencies focused on best practices for serving special population
Chief Operating Officer
Claudia Morrell is the Chief Operating Officer of the National Alliance for Partnerships
in Equity Education Foundation. Prior to her assuming the position, she was founder
and CEO for the Multinational Development of Women in Technology (MDWIT), an organization
founded in 2007 and that received a Governor's Citation in 2008. Ms. Morrell is
formerly the executive director of the Center for Women and Technology where she
worked for seven years and helped to build the organization from start-up to become
an internationally recognized organization at the University of Maryland, Baltimore
County. She is a skilled leader with record of accomplishment in creating and directing
innovative organizations and programs that have a demonstrated significant impact
in improving student outcomes. Her efforts to advance women and girls in nontraditional
fields through innovative programs has been highly successful and as a result she
and her work have received numerous awards. Ms. Morrell has expertise in initiating
and facilitating partnerships between private and public sectors and has been highly
successful at corporate, foundation and government-based fundraising. She also has
significant experience in the education arena. Ms. Morrell has a Bachelor of Science
degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a Master's of Science
degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a Master of Arts degree from
Loyola College in Maryland.
Director, Professional Development
Courtney Reed Jenkins, J.D., is an educational equity expert. For almost two decades,
she has worked to eliminate institutional barriers to the success of underserved
students. She developed innovative grassroots training programs for community-based
organizations and excelled in coordinating new programming in the non-profit sector.
She brought her program management and legal training to the Wisconsin Department
of Public Instruction. During the past decade, she has managed systems-change equity
grants related to gender in STEM classes and race in education. She served on the
Career and Technical Education team as the gender equity coordinator and as the
co-director of Wisconsin SkillsUSA. She is the author of numerous articles on gender
and race in education.
Manager of Finance and Administration
Joyce has over 20 years experience in the non-profit field. She worked for Chemung
Schuyler Steuben (CSS) Workforce Development in Corning, NY where she did a variety
of jobs including managing youth programs, monitoring awardees, managing the office
and eventually working in the finance office. Following 15 years at CSS, Joyce became
the Finance Manager at the Economic Opportunity Program (EOP) (a community action
program) in Elmira, NY. After moving from NY, she worked in the accounting offices
of various manufacturing businesses in Nashville, TN, Raleigh, NC and Morgantown,
PA. She has an AS in Human Services from Corning Community College, Corning, NY.
At NAPE she handles all phases of accounting, updates and tracks the national database,
manages NAPE State and Affiliate membership records and coordinates registration,
logistics and resource materials for all NAPE sponsored events across the country.
Virtual Learning Community Manager
Greg Nagy is a Web Communications Systems Engineer at the Center on Education and
Training for Employment (CETE) at The Ohio State University. He has worked in the
non-profit field for almost 10 years. He previously was the Director of Technology
for the National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education. Mr. Nagy
currently works for a variety of grant funded, educational projects at the center.
Besides the STEM Equity Pipeline Project, Greg also works on the KNOTtT Project,
a consortium of colleges/universities and school districts in Kansas, Nevada, Ohio,
and Texas that is transitioning 545 participants to teaching, while addressing the
national issue of teacher quality. Mr. Nagy performs a range of duties for these
projects including: developing and maintaining the project websites, providing training
and technical support via Live Meeting, coordinating the production of courses into
Moodle utilizing software, producing training videos, and providing technical support
to the project, his peers, and its members.
Nancy Tuvesson has worked for NAPE since 2002, first as administrative assistant
and currently as research associate. She is responsible for producing the biweekly
NAPE Update and monthly STEM Equity Pipeline Press. She also assists with special
projects, such as maintaining the NAPE Nontraditional Crosswalk, assisting with
writing reports and grants, and staffing the annual Professional Development Institute.
Nancy has more than 10 years' experience as a freelance copyeditor of scientific,
medical, and engineering publications. She earned her B.S. in finance from Lehigh
University and her M.B.A. from Drexel University.