Clark “Corky” Graham, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer/Founder
Dr. Clark “Corky” Graham is the Founder and CEO for LET’S GO Boys and Girls. His goal in creating this program is to inspire and support underserved children to become professional scientists and engineers.
Dr. Graham retired from Northrup Grumman in July 2008 after serving as a Senior Vice President in the shipbuilding sector and Technical Director of the Zumwalt Destroyer program. He also held the position of President, Vice President of Engineering, and Senior Program Manager at Litton Marine Systems. Before his career at Litton, he served in the US Navy where he attained the rank of captain and worked in various engineering projects. He is a recipient of the David Taylor Gold Medal from the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers as well as the Gold Medal from the American Society of Naval Engineers.
Margaret Shea-Moore, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer
Margaret Shea-Moore serves as Chief Operating Officer for LET’S GO Boys and Girls. She manages the day-to-day operations, including the management of a team of highly effective functional and regional directors.
In addition to consulting as COO for LET’S GO, Margie works for Avila Consulting LLC, where she provides scientific and operational consulting services to social entrepreneurs. Her work experiences include the startup of a scientific services division for a technical staffing company, a start-up medical device company focused on stroke rehabilitation and 14 years in academia. Margie received her Master’s degree (Etholgy/Nutrition) and Ph.D. (Neuroscience) from the University of Maryland, College Park and her Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada. As Research Leader in charge of the Center of Excellence (USDA), and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Purdue University, she has experience with research team building, research programs, and designing university level courses.
Jon Anderson, Senior Advancement Officer
Jon serves as our Senior Advancement Officer and looks forward to building many productive partnerships with corporations, foundations and individual donors for Let’s Go. In joining the team, Jon brings over ten years of marketing experience with Fortune 100 consumer products companies, ten years of senior management experience in cause marketing for international non-profit organizations and fifteen years’ consulting experience with a broad range of corporate clients developing and implementing relationship marketing strategies.
His academic training includes undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology from Loyola University of Chicago and an MBA in marketing from the Babcock School of Business at Wake Forest University.
Jon is a long-time long-distance runner (twenty-five marathons), who has recently decided to take up swimming in order to save his knees for his favorite pastime, golf. Other interests include spending time with his wife, Nancy, staying in touch with their five children and keeping track of their twenty-three grandchildren.
Ogeyi Akuma-Ukpo, STEM Scholars Program Assistant
Ogeyi Akuma-Ukpo earned her first degree in Mass Communication from RS University of Science and Technology in Rivers, Nigeria. She then relocated to Maryland and completed her diploma in Medical Assisting from All State Career School in Baltimore, MD and later her Master’s in Healthcare Administration from the University of Maryland University College. Ogeyi has worked in a few healthcare institutions in Baltimore and supported resources for efficient healthcare delivery.
Ogeyi is building the capacity of LET’S GO by developing resources, establishing partnerships and creating systems that support improvement and expansion of STEM learning experiences for LET’S GO STEM Scholars. She hopes to promote diversity, inclusion and acceptance in STEM in the Baltimore area and beyond. Ogeyi enjoys music performance, cooking and spending time with family and friends in her free time.
Jacqueline Baldini, STEM Director
Jacqueline has been working on the LET’S GO Boys and Girls, Inc. team since 2011. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy with a concentration in Land Use from the University of Maryland, College Park, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She loves the hands-on connection to STEM concepts in education. Teaching students a holistic approach to learning, and connecting this learning to real world examples, is what she strives to get across in the curriculum. She is passionate about quality STEM programs, working to create easily accessible activities for instructors to inspire their students.
Deborah Chin, CAE, Special Projects Director
Deborah is a Certified Association Executive with over 15 years of experience in nonprofit management and strategic development. As Special Projects Director, her responsibility extends into a variety of areas including developing new funding sources for the LET'S GO STEM programs in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, marketing and communications, special events, and new mission-driven initiatives to build organizational capacity such as web site development and collective impact. Prior to joining LET’S GO, she served in simultaneous positions as Senior Vice President, Strategic Development and Chief Administrative Officer at The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) while also serving as the Treasurer of The ERISA Industry Committee PAC.
Deborah earned her CAE credential in 2008 and is an American Society of Association Executives' Diversity Executive Leadership Program Scholar (Class of 2014-2016). She currently serves as a member of the ASAE Research Foundation Development Committee and is a past chair of the CAE Community Outreach Committee. She also coaches association executives and study groups in preparation for the CAE certification exam.
Kandace Couts Shields, Washington DC STEM Director
Kandace Couts Shields is a native born of the DC, Maryland, and Virginia Area. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biochemistry from Virginia Polytechnic State and University with a minor in Chemistry. Upon graduation she worked for three years in the biopharmaceutical field as a Microbiologist, helping to ensure environment sterility and the quality of the manufacturing process of pharmaceuticals.
Called to teaching, as she spent many childhood years in her mothers and grandmothers classrooms, she went back to school to receive an M ed. in Elementary Education with a certification and license in Elementary Montessori 6-12 years. She has taught Lower Elementary Montessori for three years within the DC Public School system and now recently joins the LET'S GO Boys and Girls Team, bridging her background in Science and Education. She is passionate about exposing young children to STEM as this work incites the imagination and creativity of children and develops the whole child (both academically and socially).
VaShaun Davis, Assistant Instructor
VaShaun Davis is an Assistant Instructor in Washington, DC. He coaches the FBR Nation Robotics Kings and Queens FIRST LEGO League robotics team based at the FBR Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington. This team is the first DC-based FLL robotics team from LET’S GO to participate in a FLL tournament—a milestone for LET’S GO and for VaShaun.
He began his journey as a STEM Scholar, inspired by a LET’S GO presentation on neutral buoyancy at Covenant House where he was studying to earn his GED high school diploma. He later joined LET’S GO as a Jr. STEM Assistant and was promoted to Assistant Instructor in 2019. As an assistant, he developed workforce skills such as: time management, curriculum development, and data management. Those skills are all tools that will aid him on a career path to becoming a physical education teacher and a basketball coach.
Since becoming an Assistant Instructor, he developed the qualities of a leader including being reflective, analytical, compassionate, and confident. He has also become a certified observer for The PEAR Institute: Partnerships in Education and Resilience at Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital. The certification demonstrates VaShaun's understanding of the dimensions of success required for students to excel in informal STEM learning environments.
In addition to his work with LET’S GO, VaShaun continues to pursue a Associates Degree in Physical Education at Prince George’s Community College with the intention of completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education. Reflecting upon his experience, VaShaun stated, “It gives me great joy to say this past February (2019) marks two years within the LET’S GO organization.”
Debbie Dininno, Baltimore Area Director
Debbie Dininno is a founding member of LET’S GO Boys and Girls. She currently serves as the organization’s Baltimore Area Director and provides functional support in Robotics, Engineering, Math and Technology to the LET’S GO team. She is driven by a passion to train, equip, and mentor leaders of all ages to use STEM to change lives in Baltimore. This passion, combined with her unique skill set, allows her to build collaborative relationships with community members at all levels, from students to organizational leaders. These relationships result in programs customized to fit each partner’s needs, with her guiding hand ensuring successful implementation. She has also been a part of creating professional development trainings and curriculum materials for LET’S GO Boys and Girl’s FIRST LEGO League (FLL), Jr. FLL, NXT and EV3 robotics, Scratch, and Code.org programs.
Debbie received her Masters of Science in Educational Technology - Special Education from Johns Hopkins University. She began her career as a special education teacher in Baltimore County and has worked for nonprofits over the past 15 years. She first observed the life-changing potential of STEM while coaching FLL with her sons. Over the next ten year, she went on to coach numerous teams through Techbrick. In her spare time she loves to run, garden, cook, and spend quality time with her husband, her two teenage boys, and her friends. DoS Observer Certified.
Jon Kozesky, Development Director
Jon joins Let's Go Boys & Girls with over 15 years of experience in development and fundraising in both the public and private sector. Jon started his career in politics working in the Ohio Statehouse, and later in the office of U.S. Congressman Steven LaTourette, as well as then-United States Senator, and former Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
After leaving Capitol Hill, Jon pursued his passion of helping neighborhood nonprofits secure the resources they needed to best serve their constituents. This passion led to his founding of Jon Thomas Consulting, a boutique nonprofit management and development firm serving organizations across the United States and throughout the Caribbean in streamlining their processes and maximizing their revenue growth.
For his efforts in assisting the nonprofit community, Jon was recognized by Cleveland Magazine as a 2020 25 Under 35 award recipient, as well as a 2017 recipient of the Greater Akron Chamber's 30 Under 40 award. In his personal time, Jon is a champion competitive sailor and is a self-described "adrenaline hunter", having skydived and bungee jumped on 6 of the 7 continents.
Jackson Malkus, AmericCorps National Capital VISTA Office Manager
Jackson Malkus is serving LET'S GO Boys and Girls as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. As the D.C. region Transition Coach, his role for LET'S G0 is to build the infrastructure necessary to support STEM scholars as they transition from middle to high school.
Jackson completed his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with a minor in English from Salisbury University in Maryland. He is an experienced youth mentor and instructor who is assisting youth from under-resourced communities in Maryland and D.C., by ensuring they have equitable access to high-quality STEM learning experiences and opportunities.
Pam O'Neill, Accounting and Human Resources Manager
Pam serves as Accounting and Human Resources Manager for LET’S GO Boys and Girls. As owner of a small company specializing in back office needs, she provides LET’S GO with accounting, human resources, policy development, and organizational skills. Before starting her own business in 2015, Pam worked in the telecom, service and real estate sectors in accounting, human resources, sales, and marketing roles.
Pam received her BS and MBA from the University of Baltimore and earned her SHRM-CP certificate in 2011. Pam and her husband reside in Florida with one very spoiled dog. Her personal interests include traveling, boating, walking, reading, gardening, and cooking.
Ellin Rittler, STEM Scholars Program Coordinator
Ellin Rittler is responsible for our STEM Scholars Program that provides customized, targeted STEM enrichment experiences. She implements STEM Scholar events and develops processes for connecting high school STEM scholars to high quality STEM opportunities. She creates the quarterly STEM e-newsletter that highlights local STEM opportunities and educates families and youth on the value of pursuing a career in a STEM field.
Ellin attended Baltimore School of the Arts in Baltimore City before pursuing a degree in Environmental Science from the University of San Francisco. With a fellowship from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts, she then investigated marine policy and the socioeconomic value of sustainable food systems before working as a water quality scientist on an aquaculture farm in Virginia. Returning to Baltimore as a VISTA, she expanded STEM opportunities in the community and worked towards supporting an equitable and inclusive STEM workforce.
Marco serves as the LET’S GO IT contractor. Marco graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary (Dallas, TX) in 1988 and moved to Bel Air with his wife. He began working for Search Ministries as a Director of Publications and then pursued general marketing/communications work which he continues to provide. In 2003 he started TechBrick Robotics. This began as his primary contribution to homeschoolers in the region. By year seven TechBrick was hosting more than seven teams and offered Junior FIRST LEGO League. In 2012 TechBrick started a FIRST Robotics Competition team. At that time enrollment was opened to all students in the area, K-12 and enrollment soared. TechBrick was offered space at the STEM Education Outreach and Education Center on APG as a home base and enrollment went from 70 to 140 in one year.
Currently TechBrick hosts young engineers K-12 from 36 schools and home school groups in the region with 12 teams covering all four US FIRST programs. There are more than 60 mentors involved each week including parents a number of APG engineers and scientists.
Marco’s company, enktesis, provides a wide range of marketing-communications services to clients from more than 20 industries. Work includes web development, photography, video, radio, graphic design, book design and publishing, project management, event management, political consulting, and much more.
Mario R. Sto. Domingo, Ph.D.
Dr. Mario R. Sto. Domingo serves as the Outcome Evaluation Director for LET’S GO Boys and Girls. He designs and evaluates STEM programs, and writes reports for partner organizations. He is also involved in development of systems and procedures to assess the STEM yield from LET’S GO after school programs.
He received his Ph.D. in Human Services Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2006. Dr. Sto. Domingo also received master’s degrees in social psychology and international relations from Johns Hopkins University, the University of the Philippines, and the International University of Japan. He has experience evaluating educational programs and worked at UMBC as a program director and co-investigator of a NIH funded research grant. He also currently works at UMBC as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the psychology department.
Lauren serves as the Grant Writer and Development Consultant for LET’S GO Boys and Girls. Since joining the team in 2013, she has helped with developing and editing funding proposals to support the implementation of both ongoing and new LET’S GO programs in Baltimore, Washington D.C., Annapolis, and the surrounding areas. In addition to her grant writing, Lauren also helps review and edit curriculum manuals, status reports, and outcome evaluations for LET’S GO and their active partners.
Lauren also works full time for Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS). A product of the Anne Arundel County, Maryland public school system, Lauren began working for AACPS in 2008 as a switchboard operator. Since then, she has served a variety of administrative, project development, and web management roles including grant writer—where she helped develop close to $10 million in grant proposals. Currently, Lauren is AACPS’ Business and Communication Specialist in the Division of Partnerships, Development, and Marketing. Lauren graduated Cum Laude from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2011 where she combined her love of writing and science with a Bachelors of Science Degree in English and a Minor in Biology. When not working Lauren loves reading, baking/sewing, and spending time with her husband.
Glen’s extensive financial management background includes more than 25 years of experience in helping non-profits and emerging growth and established companies mitigate risk, enhance revenue and sales and marketing effectiveness, and implement cost reduction and supply chain strategies. Glen has served as an auditor in public accounting for 5 years in his career where a majority of his clients were in the technology, software, oil and gas, and not-for-profit sectors.
Glen has been helping and advising Let’s Go Boys and Girls since 2010 on its financial management and reporting, including providing the architecture for the accounting system and its monthly and annual financial reporting package. He regularly participates in Board meetings and advises on financial management issues when needed.
A former long-time resident of Annapolis, Mr. Parrillo currently resides in State College, PA with his wife and three kids. Mr. Parrillo earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from The George Washington University.
James Arrison currently serves on the Board of Directors for LET'S GO Boys and Girls.
James was born a Philadelphia native in 1942, is a graduate of William Penn Charter School where he played varsity soccer and golf. He was accepted for admission to the Naval Academy and Cornell among other colleges and decided to enter the Academy in the summer of 1960. After his commission in 1964 he served on the USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22), PCF-80/81, USS Sampson (DDG-10) and USS Sellers (DDG-11) prior to commanding USS John Hancock (DD-981) and USS Ticonderoga (CG-47), and serving as Chief of Staff to Commander Carrier Group Eight during Desert Storm. Over his 27 years of active duty Captain Arrison was awarded the Bronze Star, three Legion of Merits, the Navy Commendation with Combat V as well as numerous campaign and service medals
Thomas J. Eccles
Admiral Thomas Eccles currently serves on the Board of Directors for LET'S GO Boys and Girls.
Admiral Eccles has four degrees from MIT: a bachelors in electrical engineering, masters’ in mechanical engineering and management of technology, and a professional degree of Naval Engineer. He became the Chief Executive Officer of Trident Maritime Systems (previously US Joiner-IMECO) on January 1, 2014. He has served 32 years in the US Navy and was the Chief Engineer for ships, submarines and aircraft carriers from 2008 to 2013. He was responsible for the design and construction of the first Virginia class submarines and the unmanned autonomous submarine Cutthroat.
Millard Firebaugh currently serves on the Board of Directors for LET’S GO Boys and Girls.
Firebaugh is a US NAVY veteran, who served as engineering duty officer for 34 years. He served for his first 8 years as the initial program manager for the SEAWOLF Program. He followed this up by serving nearly four years as a Deputy Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command for Design and Engineering and Chief Engineer. At the conclusion of his military career, he became the Vice-President of Innovation for General Dynamics, Electric Boat Corps. It was during this time that he became Chairman of the Executive Control Board of the National Shipbuilding Research Program. He is now a Professor at the University of Maryland College Park that consults in defense and energy technology. RET. Admiral Firebaugh holds a B.S. in Physics, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering, a Naval Engineer degree, and Sc.D. in Ocean Engineering, all from M.I.T. He is a recipient of the American Society of Naval Engineers' Gold Medal, the U.S. Navy Distinguished Service Medal, and is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Clark “Corky” Graham, Ph.D.
Dr. Clark “Corky” Graham is the Founder and CEO of LET’S GO Boys and Girls. His goal in creating this program is to inspire and support underserved children to become professional scientists and engineers.
Dr. Graham retired from Northrup Grumman in July 2008 after serving as a Senior Vice President in the shipbuilding sector and Technical Director of the Zumwalt Destroyer program. He also held the position of President, Vice President of Engineering, and Senior Program Manager at Litton Marine Systems. Before his career at Litton, he served on the US Navy where he attained the rank of captain and worked in various engineering projects. He is a recipient of the David Taylor Gold Medal from the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers as well as the Gold Medal from the American Society of Naval Engineers.
Robert W. Graham III
Robert W. Graham III currently serves on the Board of Directors for LET’S GO Boys and Girls. He also serves as Chairman on the Finance Committee.
He graduated from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. where he earned a Doctorate in Education and a Masters in English. He also earned a Bachelor of Science at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts. He has professional experience with Florida Council for Educational Change, Hillsborough Education Foundation, Partnership to Advance School Success (PASS), Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, Bailey Family Foundation, United Bank of Virginia, Pardoe and Graham Real Estate, Metropolitan Regional Information System, Inc., First Savings Mortgage, and Graham Development.
Henry Hopkins currently serves on the Board of Directors for LET’S GO Boys and Girls.
Henry Hopkins was, until his retirement on March 31, 2008, a Vice President of T. Rowe Price Group and Vice President of T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., T. Rowe Price Investment Services, Inc., and Director of T. Rowe Price Trust Company. He also served as the Chief Legal Counsel in the Legal Department of T. Rowe since 1987 and was a Director of T. Rowe Price Group from 1987 to 2006. Prior to 1987 and since joining the firm in January 1972, Henry was an Associate Counsel in the Legal Department. Prior to working for T. Rowe Price, Henry was an associate counsel at the Baltimore law firm of Melnicove, Asch, Greenberg and Kaufman. Henry earned a B.A. from Trinity College in 1965 and received his L.L.B degree in law from the University of Maryland’s School of Law in 1968.
Robert Kavetsky is the President & Executive Director of Energetics Technology Center. Prior to joining ETC, Mr. Kavetsky was the Director of the National Defense Education Program at DDR&E, reporting directly to the Deputy Undersecretary for Labs and Basic Sciences. He was responsible for the development and execution of critical Department of Defense workforce initiatives. Previously he served as the Warfare Center Liaison for the Office of Naval Research, where he led the initiative to revitalize the science and technology community in the Navy’s Warfare Centers and launched the N-STAR program. Over his 32-year career in the Department of the Navy, he led efforts in the fields of hypersonic aerodynamics, undersea weaponry, and mine countermeasures.
Mr. Kavetsky is a member of ASME, NDIA, and ASEE. He is a two-time recipient of the Meritorious Civilian Service Award (2002 and 2006) and he holds one patent. Mr. Kavetsky is the principal author of “From Science to Seapower” as well as over 15 journal articles and publications.
Mr. Kavetsky is one of the leading experts on workforce issues currently threatening our national security. In 1998, he was instrumental in the creation of the Center for Energetic Concepts Development (CECD) at the University of Maryland. Mr. Kavetsky has created and implemented workforce development programs, including educational outreach activities at the K-12 level, scholarships programs at the undergraduate level, fellowship programs at the graduate level, and early career faculty programs. Mr. Kavetsky received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and MEA in Engineering Administration from the Catholic University of America.
Lawrence Kelly currently serves on the Board of Directors for LET’S GO Boys and Girls.
Kelly is a retired naval officer with major command at sea and ashore. He was a business executive with defense industry experience. He graduated with an MS from the University of Southern California and an AB from Harvard College. He was a director at Raytheon Company and led many engineering groups with titles such as Program Management and Ship and Combat System. He was also a director of Standard Missile 3 Ballistic Missile Defense Design at the Standard Missiles Company. From his endeavors, he is familiar with goal setting, team building, risk management, financial management, and sub-contractor management.
Rick currently serves on the Board of Directors for LET’S GO Boys and Girls.
Nina Lamba, Ph.D.
Dr. Lamba currently serves on the Board of Directors for LET’S GO Boys and Girls.
Dr. Lamba graduated in 1991 with a B.Sc. (Honors) degree in Applied Chemistry from Aston University, Birmingham, U.K. The degree program included a one-year internship in the R&D division of BP Chemicals in South Wales. In 1994, she was awarded a doctorate in Bioengineering from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, U.K. Following graduation, she joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware as a post-doctoral research fellow. Her research activities included polymer synthesis, studies of cellular adhesion to polyurethanes, and the interrelationships between infection and inflammation associated with biomaterials. She also co-authored the monograph “Polyurethanes in Biomedical Applications” (CRC Press, 1998) during this time. From 1999-2002, she was Director of Biomedical Technology for a small technology company in Wilmington, DE. In 2002, she returned to the University of Delaware, researching cationic polymers for infection resistant biomaterials, and rheological studies of ionomers. In 2003, she co-founded CCL Biomedical, Inc., a small company spinning out of University of Delaware, focused on developing antimicrobial compounds, and developing textiles for infection control and biodefense. She led the company through technology development, product optimization, and pre-pilot assessments. In 2014, she transitioned to the State of Maryland’s Department of Commerce, in the Office of BioHealth and Life Sciences. She has made significant contributions to the biomedical literature, including 1 book, 4 book chapters, and 8 journal articles, and is a patent holder. She is a Member of the American Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK).
Kourtney Klaiber, Previous Baltimore Area Director
LET’S GO lost an exemplary team member in October, 2015. Kourtney served as our Baltimore Area Director/Office Manager and Math Director. Kourtney was ambitious, enthusiastic and effective in each and every one of her roles. She is greatly missed by her LET’S GO colleagues, our partners and sponsors, the interns she managed, and the students she befriended and mentored.
In order to honor her legacy, the LET’S GO team worked with the Baltimore Community Foundation to set up a permanent charitable fund to support STEM education in Baltimore. To find more information about the fund, visit www.bcf.org and locate the "Give Now" button. Once you are on the giving page, search 'The Kourtney Klaiber Fund for STEM Education'.