• Cheryl Moeller
    Cheryl Moeller
  • Vicki Coaty
    Vicki Coaty
  • Jeannie Badger
    Jeannie Badger
  • Bethany Juhnke
    Bethany Juhnke
  • Norm Tiedemann
    Norm Tiedemann
  • Kendra McConnell
    Kendra McConnell
Cheryl Moeller

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

Vicki Coaty
Programs Director

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 with Volcanic 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.

Jeannie Badger

Jeannie Badger
Lead Programming Trainer

 jeannie@hightechkids.org

Jeannie coordinates programming training for all Minnesota programs. During the season, she also supports the Minnesota FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Junior programs. Jeannie 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.

Bethany Juhnke

Bethany Tourek
FTC Program Assistant

bethany@hightechkids.org 

Bethany will be supporting the Minnesota FIRST Tech Challenge program. Bethany recently completed her Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Human Computer Interaction at Iowa State University, after completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, also at ISU. She volunteered with FIRST LEGO League in Iowa as a yearly volunteer and then as a member of the Iowa Championship Planning Team for three years. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Minnesota.

Norm Tiedemann

Norm Tiedemann
Programs Assistant

norm@hightechkids.org

Norm supports the Minnesota FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST LEGO League programs. He has been involved with the FLL program since the Pilot year in 1998 as a parent, Referee, Head Official, volunteer Volunteer Coordinator and all around Go-to Guy. Norm has many secret skills and can often be found in the theater designing lighting for local community and high school theater groups. Norm graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a degree in electrical engineering.

Kendra McConnell

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.