Enacting
Cultural
Transformation

Maydm is Made By Them

/’meid-’em/

Our Mission

Maydm provides girls and youth of color in grades 6 -12 with the skills, experiences, and connections to pursue careers in and change the face of STEM.

Our Vision

We envision a world where all students know that a career in STEM is possible for them; a world where all students can pursue their dreams as entrepreneurs, developers, engineers, professors, and more.

Our Values

Inclusivity

Quality

Boldness

Reflection

The Issues We Are Addressing

50%
Women in Science & Engineering Jobs
66%
People of color in science & engineering careers
100%
K-12 schools nationwide that teach computer science classes
0
Projected Growth Rate of STEM Jobs

Why It Matters

Our Approach to the Solution

Technical & Analytical Skills

Exposure Opportunities

Holistic Development

Internship Opportunities

November 2015
Our Beginning

After an experience in a classroom with very few girls and students of color, our Founder, starts Maydm to provide STEM programming for these traditionally underrepresented populations.

Meet Our Team

Christina Outlay

Director of Operations

Why Maydm

As a Black woman with an IT background in corporate and higher education, I am well aware of the challenges and opportunities that exist for women and other underrepresented groups in our industry. I am committed to showing our youth that a future in STEM is possible for them and provide them with the STEM knowledge, training, and opportunities with local employers to be successful.

Background

Christina brings a background in corporate IT, nonprofit leadership, program development, project management, and higher education to her role at Maydm. Her mission is to get more girls, minorities and low-income youth interested in computing careers. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and M.S. in Information Systems from DePaul University and a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of Illinois at Chicago, along with 12 years of IT corporate experience and 13 years of academic teaching and research experience. Christina was an Associate Professor of Information Technology at UW-Whitewater and nonprofit director prior to joining Maydm.

Outside of work, Christina is a married mom of four and a chronic overachiever who is constantly juggling multiple priorities. She is the President of the Sun Prairie Police Commission, board member for Ghana Code Club, past board member for Collaboration for Good, 2019 Madison Magnet Impact Award finalist, 2018 UW-Whitewater College of Business and Economic Service Award recipient, 2017 Brava Woman to Watch and 2013 UW System Outstanding Woman of Color in Education. She has been quoted in The Capital Times, Madison 365, and Wisconsin State Journal.

Christina Outlay

Executive Director

Rebecca Hildebrandt

Director of Operations

Why Maydm

I want girls and students of color to see their unlimited potential and be empowered with the tools to achieve their goals and dreams.

Background

Rebecca has a background in non-profit development and leadership with a focus on fundraising, collaboration, operations and relationship management. She has a passion for mission based work and connecting organizations and volunteers to the mission to allow for meaningful engagement. Outside of work, she has developed her leadership skills over the past 20 years as a youth hockey coach and community volunteer. Rebecca graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.

Rebecca Hildebrandt

Director of Operations

Melissa P
Melissa Pfahl

Development & Executive Assistant

Why Maydm

Maydm’s mission provides a clear goal for creating an equitable environment for students of color in the STEM community. To be a part of an organization that builds our youth up in an ever growing field is an honor. I want to see a world with a more diverse STEM field and where girls of color know that their dream career is possible for them.

Background

Melissa has a BS in Human Development and Family Studies and a certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Melissa worked as an early childhood educator for two years before entering the nonprofit world. Melissa is passionate about empowering students, specifically students of color in their education. She wants to help build an equitable environment for students of color to have careers in STEM and pursue their dreams.

Melissa Pfahl

Development & Executive Assistant

Carmelo
Carmelo Dávila

Outreach Manager

Why Maydm

As a first generation college graduate, I am aware that a college education is a great gateway to career advancement and upward mobility. This is why I am fully committed to supporting Maydm’s efforts to help young girls and students of color realize that a fulfilling career in STEM is something they can aspire to.

Background

Carmelo joined the Maydm team with several years of experience working in program planning and development, community outreach, and youth development. He is passionate about connecting young people with experiential learning activities, and is a true advocate of the “learn by doing” motto associated with this type of learning. As a first-generation Latino graduating from college, he is committed to supporting girls and youth of color in their quest to identify and pursuit a career path based on their vocational calling. Carmelo earned a BA from the Universidad de Puerto Rico, and a MS from Michigan Technological University.

Carmelo Dávila

Outreach Manager

Ben Pate

Program Manager – Summer & School Immersives

Why Maydm

Having both of my parents having been able to go to college and earn their degrees that is not always the reality for African American youth. Helping students of color reach the reality of getting a degree in STEM and be able to get fulfilling careers in their field is why I joined Maydm.

Background

I went to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for Community Engagement and Educational Development. The past 10 years I worked with youth from preschool all the way up to high school. I worked primarily in afterschool programs in Dane and Milwaukee County. I have a main interest in developing youth in whatever skill I can provide for them. I started in basketball and coaching which lead to the passion of working with youth to help them develop to where they want to be.

Ben Pate

Program Manager – Summer & School Immersives

Yannira Perez

Program Manager – Internship & Special Projects

Why Maydm

This year, I celebrated 30 years in the workforce. That was enough time to get me reminiscing of my career trajectory– its ups, its downs, and the in-between. The work I did while at Southern California Edison, kept coming to mind. And just like that, out of nowhere, came an opportunity to pivot. Maydm and I are a match!

Background

Yannira brings an extensive and varied program and project management experience attained and honed during nearly a decade with Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s larger electric power distribution companies. In her latter years with the utility, Yannira managed a portfolio of energy efficiency and conservation programs, actively engaging in their delivery to students in grades K-12, community colleges, and 4-year universities. Further, she served as the program’s statewide-lead, guiding her state-wide counterparts through regulatory and budgetary reporting and filings, evidencing program results, and advocating for their continuation. Beyond the office, Yannira and her family of four enjoy traveling and immersing themselves in their host countries’ culture. Yannira is also an avid reader who most enjoys works by Gabriel
Garcia Marquez. Recently, she has found a strong contender, Elif Shafak.

Yannira Perez

Program Manager – Internship & Special Projects

Anjali Gali
Anjali Gali

Computer Specialist

Background

Anjali is a student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, pursuing her BSc. Computer Sciences. She grew up in South India before coming to the United States for her higher education. Her focus lies in Computer Science Education and adapting current technologies in AR/VR for educational purposes. Based on her experiences as a Computer Science Student and STEM Major, she is passionate about creating curriculum that centers around girls and youth of color, encouraging them to find their corner in the STEM Industry and helping them bring their ideas to life.

Why Maydm

My journey into the STEM Industry began when I was encouraged by my teachers to pursue Computer Science, and has been propelled by my incredible female identifying and gender nonconforming peers and educators in the field. In working with Maydm, I am a part of the same support systems in my own community for other girls and youth of color, that allowed me to enter this industry. It is an honor to be able to serve the community that has given me the opportunity to learn these new technologies.

Anjali Gali

Curriculum Specialist

Board of Directors

Jeff Mack, Board Chair
First VP Private Banking, Park Bank

Ryan Zerwer, Treasurer
Forward Community Investments, President & CEO

Amy Carrick, Secretary
Owner & Partner, Mindful HR LLC

Anna Burish
Associate Director, The Burish Group | UBS Financial Services Inc.

Mark Gehring
CTO, ImageMoverMD

Gwyn Hughes
Math Teacher, Madison Metropolitan School District

Jeremy Wodajo
Attorney, Quarles & Brady LLP

Than Astin
Retired, Apple

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2019 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report

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