Faces of OSLN

OSLN’s core team manages the execution of its programs to meet defined objectives with emphasis on quality, timeliness and value of results. Additional OSLN team members serve in many roles both within the network and in their respective schools, districts and organizations.

All OSLN members are committed to helping the State of Ohio inspire and train the next generation of scientists and technology leaders.

Director

As the director of the Ohio STEM Learning Network and a STEM Relationship Manager for Battelle Education, Heather Sherman uses her insatiable curiosity and genuine love of people and problem solving to bring about solutions to important problems. When dealing with complex issues, she sees patterns and connections between people and ideas to find creative avenues to optimize results.

Heather loves to find creative ways to bring people together to optimize results. She is particularly proud of her work with the Geauga iSTEM Early College High School from its inception. Seeing the school develop thanks to the commitment of the founding team and the trust that the community had was one of the most rewarding moments of her career.

She has a BA in English from Roanoke College and an MBA from Franklin University. Recently she finished facilitating a highly selective professional development program for high school teachers, focusing on implementing blended learning in the classroom, known as the Trailblazer Teachers. She also received two teaching excellence awards from Franklin University, her former place of employment.

Senior Advisors

Dr. Stephanie Johnson is the Project Manager for Battelle’s work with the Army Educational Outreach Program. She aims to make the world a better place, especially for kids and those in need.

Stephanie’s proudest moment in her career came when she was teaching, back when she said she had “no idea” what she was doing. A student had to repeat the 2nd grade, but requested with his mother to be back in Stephanie’s classroom. His time with her was the first time he had actually wanted to come to school.

Stephanie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from The Ohio State University. She later earned her Master’s in Public Health and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of California. She also has her teaching license. She mentions that she chose these paths as part of her mission to make the world better, not because of their high earning potential.

David Burns is the director of STEM Innovation Networks at Battelle Education. He joined in 2008, doing instrumental work to establish and expand the Ohio STEM Learning Network and Tennessee STEM Innovation Network. He also helped to establish STEMx, a nationwide STEM education network linking over 20 statewide organizations across the United States.

David had a previous career in the restaurant and hospitality business, as well as working with the Disney Corporation on the EPCOT project. In his career in education, David worked as the Chief of Staff for Cincinnati Public Schools. During their restructuring project, David’s work was instrumental in opening 11 new high schools over two years.

David holds a BA in English and Education, and a master’s in English Literature from Northern Kentucky University. Before working at Battelle Education, he was the Executive Director of the Office of Transformation and Career Technical Education in the Ohio Department of Education. There, he pioneered state policy initiatives like STEM schools, STEM networks, credit flexibility, and stackable certificates.

Battelle management

Aimee Kennedy is Senior Vice President for Education, STEM Learning and Philanthropy. She directs Battelle’s efforts to foster innovative schools that prepare students for tomorrow’s career and college environment. Founded on the conviction that rigorous, hands-on learning should be available to every child, these efforts include Metro Early College, the Ohio STEM Learning Network, Tennessee STEM Innovation Network and the national STEMx network. Previously, Aimee was the Chief Academic Officer for Metro Early College. She first joined the school in 2007 as a classroom teacher. Aimee earned a bachelor’s degree from Malone College in Communications, a master’s in Education from the University of Akron, and recently completed a Ph.D. in Education Administration at The Ohio State University.

Core Team

  • Sam Bodary

    Sam Bodary

    Project Assistant
  • Rob Evans

    Rob Evans

    Communications Manager, Battelle Education
  • Julie Francis

    Julie Francis

    Education team support
  • Kelly Gaier

    Kelly Gaier

    STEM Relationship Manager
  • Leslie Vesha

    Leslie Vesha

    Manager, Philanthropy and STEM Learning
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