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Sept. 25 from 5:30-8 p.m.
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
2 Riverside Drive, Roanoke, VA

Join us for a panel discussion "Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)." We'll hear from Virginia Tech alumnae who are navigating the challenges and excelling in these male-dominated fields.

Our alumni panelists for the discussion are:

Ashley Flora

Flora graduated from Virginia Tech in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in biological sciences. She also graduated from the Carilion School of Medical Technology in 2007. Her career then started at Carilion Roanoke Memorial as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. In 2009, she began working at the Salem VAMC as a medical laboratory scientist. Flora has recently transitioned to her current role of role as research compliance officer. Her interest in STEM took off after spending two summers at an all-girls camp for girls interested in science and math at Clarkson University in New York.

Teresa Martinez

Teresa is the co-founder and executive director of the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, she earned her bachelor’s and her master’s degrees in fisheries and wildlife sciences from Virginia Tech.

For much of her 30-year professional career, Teresa Martinez has worked throughout our entire National Trails System. From 1987 to 2007 she worked for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and resided in Blacksburg, Virginia.

In 2007, Teresa moved to Colorado to begin working on behalf of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. From 2007 to 2012 she worked for the Continental Divide Trail Alliance until it ceased operations. At that time, Teresa and three colleagues established the Continental Divide Trail Coalition of which she served as executive director.

Since 2011, she has served on the board of the Partnership for the National Trails System and currently serves as chair of the Federal Advisory Committee to aid the U.S. Forest Service in the development of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail. When not working on behalf of one of our National Trails, Teresa can be found exploring trails with her dog across the Rocky Mountain West by bike, horse, or on foot, or searching for the best green chile cheeseburger in New Mexico.

Jennis Zabinsky

Jennie Zabinsky, who has a master's degree in arts education and is a registered dietitian, is currently in her ninth year as the associate athletics director for sports nutrition in the Virginia Tech Athletics Department. She received her first undergraduate degree in sociology from Roanoke College while also playing basketball for four years.

She is a two-time graduate of Virginia Tech with an undergraduate degree in human, nutrition, foods and exercise (dietetics option) and a graduate degree in education with an emphasis in instructional technology. She is in her first year as an adjunct instructor, co-teaching an online course, Advanced Nutrition and Physical Performance, for the online masters of agriculture and life sciences program. 

Zabinsky resides in Christiansburg with her husband, Sam, and their twin boys, Kyle and Kaleb.

Mary Miller

Mary Miller is the director of the Regional Accelerator and Mentoring Program. RAMP is a joint effort of the Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council, the City of Roanoke, and Virginia Western Community College.  Currently, in its second year, RAMP works to identify and support the growth of technology companies in our region.

Before becoming the director, Mary was the president and founder of Interactive Design and Development, Inc. (IDD), an information technology firm in Blacksburg, Virginia. Under her 29 years of leadership and guidance, the company developed information technology solutions for Fortune 500 companies, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian.

Miller received her master’s degree in information sciences (MIS) and her Ph.D. in instructional design from Virginia Tech. She was recognized at the 75th Anniversary of Women at Virginia Tech as an outstanding woman alumna and was named the 2013 Outstanding Alumni for Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering.

She serves as chair of the Virginia 4-H Foundation Board and is a member of the National Bankshares Board of Directors.  

The discussion will be followed by a casual networking reception with fellow alumnae and university faculty with complimentary hors d'oeuvres, beer, and wine. The Women in STEM event is a chance for alumni to share experiences, build professional networks, and explore industry trends.

This panel discussion will be livestreamed.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Katie Lafon at 540-231-8706 or during regular business hours at least five business days prior to the event.


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