A Special thanks to our Sponsors
And thanks to our facilitators
Dr. Josue Falaise began his 18 year career as an elementary school science teacher. Then he became a middle and high school biology and environmental science teacher. After his teaching years and time as an adjunct professor, he spent 14 years in the vice principal and principal positions.
Currently, he is the Interim Chief Academic Officer for the Trenton Public Schools in Trenton, NJ. He advocates for students through his daily leadership practices, increasing the capacity of administrators and teacher leaders, expecting excellence in professional practices and training staff and administrators throughout the state of NJ on various educational topics.
With each added year, his passion for learning and developing himself and the entire staff continues to grow. He aspires to increase digital citizenship and increase the number of staff and students telling their school’s and district story- because if they are not telling their own story, who will? Follow him on Twitter at @josuefalaise.
Jeff Weichert is a tenured faculty member in information technology. He has a BS from The George Washington University and a MS from Capella University as well as being a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Cisco Certified Network Associate. He has developed and coordinates several AAS and Certificate programs, including Cybersecurity and Security Systems Technology, and is responsible for maintaining curricula in adherence to National CyberWatch Center and Security Industry Association guidelines.
He is advisor to the MCCC Computer Club and the IT Networking & Cyber Security Club, and serves as site administrator for the Microsoft Academic Alliance, and the Microsoft IT, Cisco, VMware, and CompTIA Academies. Prior to teaching at MCCC, he was a principle technical trainer for the Human Resource Development Institute at the State of New Jersey and an analyst for the financial services group at a large insurance company. Outside of the academic area, he focuses attention on committee work, such as the Instructional and Professional Improvement Committee, and volunteer work as an advisor to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Trenton in developing youth-oriented STEM opportunities.
Alex Rivera is a Principal Community Organization Specialist for the City of Trenton, focusing on youth development. He has a B.A. from The College of New Jersey in Political Science and a Master’s of Public Administration from Arizona State University. Prior to his current position, Alex worked at Thomas Edison State University, the City of Phoenix, AZ, the City of Casa Grande, AZ, and the Alliance for Innovation, a non – profit that provides technical assistance to local governments. In his role with the City of Trenton, Alex has supported the development of and launched STEM focused programs and events.
Adam Porroni is a proud, born and raised Trentonian who cares about the growth of others and the impact of technology – and is very excited to be an organizer for this event. His roots in the city go back to his grandfathers, but his depth of knowledge in technology goes back to college, graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with two Bachelors and a Masters. After a health scare paused his training to become an officer in the USMC, he served in different levels of government in the security and justice fields.
He is now a speaker as well as a technical consultant for financial and professional service practices and runs his own firm serving local and international clients. He is also the founder of Code for Trenton, a community-driven technology organization that offers computer science and programming education and creates apps that serve the community, the city, and fellow service-focused organizations. He serves as an advisor or official board member to various non-profits and has been deeply involved in education advocacy, school safety, and open government initiatives.
Dr. Meimei Gao is a full-time faculty member in Computer Science at Mercer County Community College (MCCC). She received her first Ph.D. degree in China and her second Ph.D. degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). She teaches both Computer Science and Information System Technology courses at MCCC. She has developed and coordinates a new Mobile and Web Computing certificate program. Before joining MCCC, she was a software developer at Bloomberg L.P. and a STEM project coordinator at Essex County College (ECC). She also taught at Seton Hall University, ECC and NJIT.
Dr. Terry Voldase is a full-time faculty member in Computer Science at Mercer County Community College (MCCC). She received a BS and MS in Computer Science at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). She is currently at Walden University obtaining her Ed.D. Degree in Higher Education Leadership and Management. Terry is the Program Coordinator for Computer Information Systems, adjunct liaison, and Course Coordinator for general education Computer Concepts/Application courses. She teaches both Information Systems Technology and Business courses at MCCC. Terry is currently the Chairperson for the Curriculum Committee at MCCC and is the current President of the Community College Computer Consortium of New Jersey (4C). Prior to joining MCCC, Terry was a software engineer and software developer for AT&T for twenty-one years.