BOARD OF DIRECTORS - STEM ACCESS FOR GIRLS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Woman Founder Claudia Gourdet headshot

CLAUDIA GOURDET

Board Chair

“In order to create change within ourselves and the community, we need to start at the root of the problem; for me, that’s through education.”        -Claudia Gourdet

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Brett McNaught

Finance Director

Brett  McNaught joined the Board of STEM Access Access for Girls in 2019. Brett is an alumni of the National Urban Fellows Executive Leadership Program and the Miami Foundation Miami Leaders Program where he attended the FIU High Potential Leader Program. Before Brett’s current position as the CEO of Educate Tomorrow, he was an officer of buildOn where he led their International programs from 2005-2012 overseeing the construction of over 1,000 classrooms for more than 40,000 children in rural Haiti, Nicaragua, Senegal, Mali, Malawi, Niger, Nepal and India. Brett served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa from 2001-2003. Brett has an M.S.Ed in Community and Social Change from the University of Miami. He is currently a board member of Hope for Haiti. He is co-chair of the Education and Employment Committee for Helping Our Miami Youth (HOMY). In 2018 Brett received the Child Welfare Champion award from the Florida Department of Children and Families for his work on increasing college access and success for former foster youth statewide through the Positive Pathways program.

Wendy Joseph

Secretary

Wendy Joseph joined the board of STEM Access for Girls in 2019 as the Secretary. Wendy Joseph is a Child Welfare/Higher Education Professional. She is currently a College Coach at Miami Dade College and has worked in the field of child welfare for 14 years. Her experience with case management, residential care, and clinical work has allowed her to have a deeper understanding of the underrepresented students with whom she works. 

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Sandra Seymour Obas

Officer

Sandra Seymour Obas joined the STEM Access Board in 2019. Sandra is skilled in performing advocacy work for culturally diverse youth and adolescents through the educational sector. She is most interested in the opportunities to serve students impacted by the dependency system and those who have experienced homelessness in their transition to higher education.

Sandra has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Florida and a Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Florida International  University. Sandra supports the mission of increasing the retention and completion rate of students by bridging support-service programs throughout college/university campuses throughout the state.

Woman Board member Sandra Obas