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Chi Chi Omega Chapter hosts a diverse group of sixth through eighth grade boys and girls, including our Emerging Young Leaders, for the annual S.T.E.M. Games III. In an effort to highlight the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s Launching New Dimensions of Service Educational Enrichment Target and to boost interest and academic performance in the STEM disciplines, this free half-day of highly interactive workshops ultimately challenged the middle and high school students to get excited for STEM.  


The games are designed to build teamwork skills, to challenge the students to work with their hands and minds, to think quickly and critically to solve problems, and to explore their talents and interests and learn about exciting STEM career opportunities.  For more information about S.T.E.M. Games  Annual Conference contact



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Workshop Presenters


Opening Speaker

Jimi Monix Dyson, Roche Diabetes Care, Inc.

Diabetes health and management has been a focal point in Jimi's life since she was a teenager. Both  her father and paternal grandfather suffered with this disease until their deaths. This fact, coupled with her love of science, promoted her passion to pursue a future as a STEM professional. Jimi received a Bachelor of Science and Technology Degree with a major in Biology from Jackson State University with honors, and received her Walden University with honors as well. Jimi currently works as a Senior Quality Engineer in the Global Quality Complaint Management division at Roche where she manages the meter test laboratory and software test laboratory.

Experts Panel

Career Panelists

Donna Schiele, Radio One, Inc.

Donna earned a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from Hampton University and later a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Indianapolis. She currently serves as a 7th and 8th Grade Read 180 Teacher and as an on-air personality for Radio One AM1310 the Light.


Ganesh Ram Sharma, Eli Lilly and Company

Ganesh earned a B.S. in Animal Science from Rutgers University in 2000 and a Masters degree in Public Health from the Fairbanks School of Public Health in 2013. He currently works as a Clinical Trial Analytics Consultant providing research information to drug development teams to contribute to the development of new clinical trials to make new drug therapies available to patients.

Takia Easley, Rolls-Royce Corporation

Takia earned her B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Alabama A&M University and a Masters degree in Project Management from Pennsylvania State University. She currently works as a Technical Program Manager leading a team to deliver unit cost reduction on critical parts while managing schedule, cost, and scope.

Chess Game

Critical Thinking

Johnson Controls Systems Team

Burgess Harris, Sales Engineer

Burgess has a BSEE degree from Hampton University and has worked at Johnson Controls for 4 and a half years as a Systems Sales Engineer. He currently designs and sells HVAC Systems for commercial buildings in the local Indianapolis area and across the Midwest.

Trent Renier

Midwest. Trent has a BSCE from Purdue University and began working for Johnson Controls as an Intern during his time at Purdue. He has been working full-time since graduating in 2013 as a Systems Designer on the engineering team.

Bill Playter

team. Bill has a BSAMT degree from ITT Technical Institute and has worked in the engineering field for 28 years, the last 8 years working at Johnson Controls. He currently works in the role of Systems Designer, creating hardware designs and documentation, software programming, and providing support for HVAC controls projects all around the central Indiana area.

Marilyn Striby

area. Marilyn has a BSME degree from Rose-Hulman and has worked at Johnson Controls for 3.5 years as a sales engineer. She currently focuses on working with building owners to make their facilities run safely and more efficiently.

Cara Roellgen, System Team Leader

efficiently. Cara has a BSEE degree from Rose-Hulman and has worked at Johnson Controls for 12 years in various engineering roles. She currently manages a team of engineers & technicians as the Systems Team Leader.

Videogame on Screen


Reginald McGregor, Rolls-Royce Corporation
Rayman Bazilio, Tinley Accelerated School
Students in a Science Class


Vince Epps, Shrewsberry & Associates, LLC

Vince Epps, MBA, CHMM, LEED®AP is the Director of Environmental Services at Shrewsberry & Associates, LLC based in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a graduate of Purdue University with a B.S. degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Science. He leads a group of professional environment scientists, geologists and engineers that work with government and private clients to prevent, cleanup and avoid degradation of our natural environment. He has over 20 years of professional environmental consulting and government regulatory agency experience.

Lisa Jeff, L'Acquis Ventures

Lisa has more than thirty years' experience as a mechanical engineer and engineering consultant. Lisa is registered in eight states and maintains credentials with NCEES.

Danita Lampkin, Eli Lilly & Company

NCEES. Danita has a Bachelor's of Science in Industrial Engineering degree from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Danita has worked for Eli Lilly Company locally for the last 3 years as a process engineer on their insulin production lines.

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