Staff

 
 
     
Cheryl Moeller
Executive Director
 cheryl@hightechkids.org 
Cheryl develops partnerships, expands financial support and plans growth for High Tech Kids.  She has worked in informal science education at the Bakken Museum, University of St. Thomas, and at STEM Ahead. In her engineering career, she has worked as a product engineer for Medtronic, VTC Inc and Honeywell. She is a member of Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), STEM Day at the Fair planning committee and Minnesota High Tech Association K-12 Committee. Cheryl graduated from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana with a degree in electrical engineering.
   

Vicki Coaty
Programs Manager

vicki@hightechkids.org
Vicki maintains correspondence with teams, coaches, and volunteers across all High Tech Kids programs. She determines training and event dates; plans event logistics, marketing, purchasing and web support. She also provides support to the Executive Director and Board of Directors. Vicki's tenure with High Tech Kids dates back to 2000 withVolcanic Panic! Since that time, she has participated as a coach, tournament director, judge, referee and FIRST Senior Mentor. Vicki graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Political Science. 
   

Bethany Juhnke
FTC Program Coordinator

 bethany@hightechkids.org 

Bethany will be supporting the Minnesota FIRST Tech Challenge program. She is currently pursing her PhD at the University of Minnesota in Mechanical Engineering. Her research explores the user experience of virtual reality systems for medical device design and operative planning. She completed her MS and BS degrees at Iowa State University, where she volunteered with the FIRST LEGO League program as a yearly volunteer and then as a member of the Iowa Championship Planning Team.

   

Jeannie Badger
FLL Program Assistant

 jeannie@hightechkids.org

Jeannie supports the Minnesota FIRST LEGO League program. She has been involved with the FLL program as a parent, Coach and tournament Design & Programming Judge.  She coached 9 teams in 7 years: many of those teams advancing to the MN FLL State tournaments. Jeannie has completed the EV3 Robotics Programming training course held by Carnegie Melon University's Robotics Academy.  She graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Business Management.

 

   

Kendra McConnell
Volunteer Specialist

 kendra@hightechkids.org

Kendra will be supporting the FIRST LEGO League program. She has been involved with the FLL program as a former participant, and an alumna of the GEMS program. Kendra has continued her involvement with the FIRST LEGO League program as a yearly volunteer since completing the GEMS program. She graduated from Seton Hill University with a degree in Creative Writing.

 

 
 

Norm Tiedemann
Programs Assistant

 norm@hightechkids.org