Mark Gelfand created STEM Synergy (and its predecessor the Gelfand Family Charitable Trust) because of a passion for science&engineering, as well as a desire to give forward. His mission is to see all students have access to the same kind of quality STEM education experience that he had in the United States. After witnessing deserving students achieve success at Yemin Orde Youth Village in Israel, he knew that if given the opportunity, students in developing nations could thrive and become scientists and engineers in their communities. He is also involved in helping build the industrial capacity of Ethiopian exports though TodayTomorrow Ventures.
Mark Gelfand earned his B.S. in Physics at Carnegie-Mellon University.
His motto: "Inside every child is a scientist"
Tsegaye Legesse serves as Treasurer on STEM Synergy’s Board of Directors. Tsegaye is the Accounting Manager in the National Institute of Health at FAES in Bethesda, MD.
Tsegaye is the founder of Hulu Financial Consulting that provides full spectrum financial services in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland. He brings over 17 years of finance and managerial experiences. He has been an Assistant Controller at SEIU Pension and Health Care Funds in Washington DC, as well as held managerial roles at Children’s Defense Fund, Cesar Chavez Charter Schools, John J Kirlin Engineering and World Vision International in Ethiopia.
Tsegaye received his BA in Accounting and MBA in Finance and Decision Sciences from the University of Baltimore / Towson. He graduated with great honor in Educational leadership from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.
Tsegaye earned his CPA (Certified Public Accountant) certificate in the US.
Kidist Gebreamlak serves as President on STEM Synergy's Board of Directors.
Kidist is a program specialist at the Center for Global Health Impact and the Institute for Leadership Impact at Southern Methodist University. Prior to this role, Kidist worked in project development at the Corporation for National & Community Service, and in consulting and program support for the World Bank Group. She also served as a research assistant at George Mason University and at the Institute for Security Studies.
Kidist earned her B.A. in International Development at George Mason University and her M.A. in Sustainable Development from the School for International Training. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Liberal Studies (D.L.S.) at Southern Methodist University. Her research focuses on human-centered design thinking for sustainable development in the context of sub-Saharan Africa.
Kidist loves Mediterranean cuisine, almost as much as she enjoys injera be wot (a traditional Ethiopian food).
Tewodros earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2017, at Bahir Dar Institute of Technology,
Michael earned his B. S. degree from Hawassa University in the field of Electromechanical Engineering.
He has worked as a HVAC system supervisor and in the FDRE Air Force UAV production department.
Eyob earned his B. S. in Electrical Engineering, at the Ethiopian Defense Engineering College. His academic specialization was in Electrical Equipment Design.
Eyob has more than 6 years of experience in the Ethiopia Air Force. His role in the EAF includes electronics and electrical specialist, electrical&electronics workshop supervisor, Avionics section head and electronics and electrical course lecturer. He also has two years experience working at Glitter Biomedical technology, where he installed and programmed PLC and Microcontroller-based machines.