SCILS Center

The Louisiana Regional STEM Network is envisioned to be a system of STEM leadership entities strategically positioned across Louisiana, similar to the Regional Labor Market Areas (RLMAs) identified by the Louisiana Workforce Commission, where communities, parishes, multi-parish regions, and the state can achieve improved STEM education, opportunity, and advancement. 

Prompted by the vision of LaSTEM, leaders from Louisiana Tech and other higher education, PK-12, industry, and community organizations have collaborated to identify and develop strategies to help meet the critical STEM needs of our region. The STEM Collective for Innovative Louisiana Stakeholders (SCILS) will leverage comprehensive partnerships, a history of successfully securing resources, and a variety of unique and powerful materials and contracts to expand the impact of LaSTEM’s work. 

Leveraging resources to serve the region

  • PREK – Louisiana Tech Early Childhood Education Center – Cyber Summer Camp
  • Elementary – STEM NOLA at GSU, Cyber.ORG curriculum and national standards development; RARC and Drone Flight Curriculum Development – AE Phillips Laboratory School)
  • Secondary – Jumpstart Pathways with , GEAR UP Summer Learning with GSU, ULM, Delta and Louisiana Tech, Cyber ranges at BPCC, Development of Dual Enrollment opportunities at satellites and Asynchronous options through Coursera. ULM developed pre-educator pathway with Monroe City – Implementation ofSTEM pathway for cybersecurity. 
  • 2 Year Post Secondary – BPCC Louisiana Cyber Education Center with Cybint, Cyber Ranges, Center of Workforce Excellence in Cyber Technology. Delta IBM, AWS, Lumen (formerly CenturyLink) Unique Bridge Programs and Agreements like the General Dynamic Information Technology CAE.
  • 4 Year Post Secondary – Cyber Discovery Camps, GEAR UP One Day Builds with Near Peer Mentors and faculty; 1ST Cyber Engineering Degree, STEM Teacher Preparation in Computer Science through NOYCE; Cyber Ed. Certificate; GSU 2019 Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and Cloud Computing;
  • Adult and Life Long Learning for Personal Growth and/or Hirability (Certificates, Reskilling, and Upskilling)
    • COMPETE LA Opportunities through ULM, GSU, and Louisiana Tech
    • Cyber Education Certificate with Tech and
    • Union Parish Innovation Center – GED Preparation and Trainings
    • Coursera IBM, Facebook and Google Certificates and Hiring Consortia
    • Proposed Parent and Educator Trainings with Coursera as an extension of the LA GEAR UP Student Access Components
    • BPCC and Delta Agreements with IBM, Amazon, etc.


SCILS satellites

  • Centenary College
  • Bossier Parish Community College
  • Grambling State University
  • University of Louisiana at Monroe
  • Delta Community College
  • Louisiana Center for Afterschool Learning

Educational institutions

  • Bossier Parish Community College
  • Centenary College
  • Caddo Parish Schools
  • Grambling State University
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • Morehouse Parish Schools
  • Delta Community College
  • University of Louisiana at Monroe
  • Louisiana Center for Afterschool Learning

Non-profits and policy makers

  • National Girls Collaborative Project
  • Girls Who Code
  • Iteea
  • Discovery Education
  • Coursera
  • Cyber.Org
  • NASA
  • Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance and LA Gear Up
  • Union Parish Innovation Station

Industry partners

  • Monroe Chamber of Commerce
  • Lincoln Parish Chamber of Commerce
  • Caddo Parish Chamber of Commerce
  • Lumen (Formerly Centurylink)
  • IBM
  • KCS Railroad
  • GDIT
  • Amazon

Satellite coordinators and innovative leaders

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Sandra Harvey

Sandra Harvey is the Associate Vice Chancellor of Innovative Learning at Bossier Parish Community College. She oversees Veteran Educational Services and a variety of special projects. She serves on teams that support the intersection of education, technology, and innovation, such as the Louisiana Cyber Education Center, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Workgroup for Apprenticeship, and Tech by 20 Steering Committee. She is experienced in developing partnerships and is dedicated to creating workforce opportunities that impact the community.

Danny Hubbard

Dr. Danny Hubbard

Dr. Danny Hubbard is Professor of Chemistry and serves as STEM Coordinator to the Connect2Success project.  He is a member of the STEM Collective for Innovative Louisiana Stakeholders (SCILS) program.   Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to his appointment, Hubbard served as department head of Chemistry. Since joining the GSU faculty in November 1994 as assistant professor of Chemistry, he has authored and co-authored sponsored projects that support research, student training, and teacher development training projects total more than $5 million to the University. His research efforts on the synthesis and characterization of modified polyimides and polymer composites have contributed to research initiatives by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for many years. 

Lindsey Keith-Vincent

Dr. Lindsey Keith-Vincent

Dr. Lindsey Keith-Vincent serves as the Associate Dean of Research, Outreach, and Innovation in the College of Education at Louisiana Tech University. Keith-Vincent leads the Science and Technology Education Center (SciTEC), where she has the opportunity to collaborate with academic, community, and corporate colleagues across the nation to develop and support STEAM-focused initiatives in the PK-20 arena. In addition, she has co-labored with colleagues and helped facilitate recent partnerships with international organizations including Discover Education and Coursera to bring world-class, flexible learning opportunities to Louisiana residents of all ages. Vincent earned a BA in Secondary English Education, an MS in Adult Education, certification in Biology Education, and an EdD in Educational Leadership. Her interest in models of positive education inspired her to earn a certificate in Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, through Coursera.

Dr. Karen Soul

Dr. Karen Soul

Dr. Karen Soul serves as the Provost and Dean of Centenary College of Louisiana, a selective, residential, national liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church in Shreveport. In her role as Provost, she oversees the divisions of Academic Affairs and Student Development. She also serves as the College’s Co-Chief Diversity Officer and accreditation liaison. ‘Soul is a tenured Professor of Education and, prior to entering administration, taught full-time in the Department of Education where she planned and instructed undergraduate and graduate level courses. She continues to teach regularly. Before coming to Centenary College, Soul instructed undergraduate and graduate coursework as a faculty member in the College of Education and Human Service Professions at the University of Minnesota Duluth. In addition, she taught in both elementary and middle schools prior to entering higher education. Soul earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Anne Case Hanks

Dr. Anne Case Hanks

Dr. Anne Case Hanks is the Director of the School of Sciences at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She has a PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology focusing on Atmospheric Chemistry. Her current research includes STEM education in higher education.


Andrew Ganucheau

Andrew Ganucheau is the Director of the Louisiana Center for Afterschool Learning. Andrew has over 15 years of experience working in the afterschool communities of Illinois, Louisiana and Pennsylvania. Before coming to LACAL, Ganucheau coordinated after-school initiatives for three years at the Center for Prevention of Abuse in Peoria, Illinois. He was also the creator of the Mind over Muscle program, an afterschool program focused on improving academic and behavior success. In 2007, he received the Clyde Smith Scholarship from Bradley University for his work. A graduate of the Louisiana State University, Ganucheau also holds a Master’s degree in Human Development Counseling from Bradley University. 

Dr. Donna Johnson

Dr. Donna Johnson

Dr. Donna Johnson currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Academic Advancement and Partnerships for Louisiana Tech University where she oversees the Louisiana Tech Academic Success Center in Bossier City, the Tech Barksdale Program, and the Tech Shreveport Center. Johnson was formerly the Executive Director of Caddo/Bossier Partnerships and Military Outreach for Northwestern State University. Prior to working in higher education, she was a secondary English teacher in Texas and Louisiana public school systems. Through her career, Johnson has managed multiple university expansion and development initiatives, bolstered educational advancement in support of the DoD, and assumed teaching roles with Louisiana Tech, Northwestern State, Bossier Parish Community College, and Ashford University. Johnson has been active in service to the University and community through participation on various committees and work groups, including serving as President of Open Arms Adoptions, serving on the State Taskforce for Adult Learners, serving on the Louisiana Women in Higher Education (LAWHE) state steering committee, and serving on various committees with the Shreveport and Bossier Chambers of Commerce. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education from Wayland Baptist University, a Master of Education from Wayland Baptist University, a Master of Arts (English) from Northwestern State University, and a Doctor of Education from Louisiana Tech University.

Dr. Don Schillinger

Dr. Don Schillinger

Dr. Don Schillinger is the husband of Ammi and stepdad to Tara, Taylor, and Madison and grandfather (Doc) to Audrey, Sam, and Ella. He holds a Chase Bank Endowed Professorship and serves as dean of Louisiana Tech University’s College of Education. Schillinger earned his BS in Chemistry Education from the University of Central Florida and MS and PhD in Science Education with a concentration in Chemistry from The University of Mississippi. His research interests include STEM education, the integration of technology in learning environments, organizational and entrepreneurial leadership, and Positive Education. Currently, Schillinger serves on the governing board of Regional Educational Laboratories Southwest, a unit of the Institute of Educational Sciences, which conducts education research, evaluation, and statistics in support of a more evidence-based education system; co-director of UTeachTech, replicating the UTeach model of preparing STEM educators, first established at the University of Texas, Austin; and a member of Deans for Impact, a group of deans, leading nationally recognized teacher preparation programs, that are committed to improving student-learning outcomes by changing the way this country prepares teachers.

Angie White

Angie White

Angie L. White is a certified economic developer.  She oversees North Louisiana Economic Partnership’s (NLEP) administrative management, Workforce Program and TECHBY20 Program. White was hired in 2008 to develop a new workforce marketing program for NLEP. That role has given her a thorough understanding of workforce development throughout North Louisiana, the state, and best practices of communities outside Louisiana.  In October 2017, White began leading a coalition of 12 North Louisiana parishes through the ACT Work Ready Communities certification process, and for that work was named the 2019 ACT Workforce Champion for Louisiana. White serves on the workforce committee of the Northwest Louisiana Manufacturing Managers Council and the leadership team of TECHBY20, a networking group for technology-focused companies and professionals.  She sits on the Workforce Development Board for the City of Shreveport and is an active member of the Northwest Louisiana JumpStart team, which advises secondary education partners on career and technical education needs of regional employers. Personal volunteer commitments include Slow Food North Louisiana, Volunteers for Youth Justice, Public Relations Association of Louisiana, Red River Revel Music Committee, Food Bank of NWLA and the Centenary College Alumni Association. White is a Shreveport native and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Centenary College of Louisiana.  She earned her Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts in International Affairs from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  While in Washington, she spent 12 years at Emerging Markets Partnership in various roles managing private equity investments in Latin American infrastructure projects.

George Noflin

Dr. George Noflin

Dr. George Noflin, Jr., is a native of Jackson, Louisiana. He and his wife, Valerie Noflin, a Registered Nurse, are the proud parents of five children: Johnetter Sanders, Benjamin Chad, George Jerome, Stephanie Danielle, and Phillip Anthony Joseph. Over the past 30+ years, Noflin has become a knowledgeable administrator who is diligent, conscientious, and hard working.  He has served in the United States Marine Corps for a number of years where he received the United States Marine Corps Meritorious Award while serving for his country. He received an Associate of Arts degree from Southwest Mississippi Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Millsaps College, and his master’s and doctorate in Education from Mississippi State University.


Maria Yabut

Maria Yabut

Maria Theresa Yabut, Project Director and District Testing and Accountability Coordinator, holds an EdD in Educational Leadership (ABD) and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction with a Technology focus, and 18 years’ experience as a math teacher and administrator. Yabut, has provided leadership within the MPSD as the 21st CCLC Project Director (as evidenced by being selected to represent Louisiana and the 21st Community Learning Centers to the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) Convenings, March 2019.


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