Steering Committee

John Bowers
Title: Director of Partnerships
Associated Institute: Silicon Slopes

John is a leader and visionary strategist who employs creativity and innovation to amplify business. Intellectually curious, he is a goal-oriented self-starter with advanced problem-solving skills and leadership experience. He helps build relationships that bring people with varying backgrounds together to enable cohesive teamwork to achieve desired results.

Leilani Clegg
Title: Director of the University Transfer Center
Associated Institute: SLCC

Leilani is the Director, University Transfer and Articulation at Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, Utah. Leilani is responsible for providing 2x2 transfer articulation, university, and college transfer events, and managing all transfer partnership initiatives for SLCC students/alumni.

Nicole Hopkins
Title: Director of Cyber and Intelligence Partnerships
Associated Institute: 47G

Nicole Hopkins, Director of Cyber and Intelligence Partnerships at 47G, Utah Aerospace and Defense Association, also serves as Co-Chair of the Cyber and Intelligence Committee. In this role, she leads initiatives aimed at advancing Utah's deep-tech companies in aerospace while tackling crucial national security issues. Nicole is dedicated to raising awareness among students about cybersecurity and computer science opportunities, especially within aerospace and defense.

David Olivares
Title: VP, Technology
Associated Institute: Goldman Sachs

David is a Technology Fellow at Goldman Sachs leading the Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) Custody Engineering team in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is responsible for providing strategy and execution to help GS penetrate and grow a new client segment. Additionally, David is a frequent contributor to several diversity initiatives within GS.

Kim Mepham
Title: Regional Director, Talent Acquisition
Associated Institute: bioMérieux

As Senior Manager Talent Acquisition, Kimberly is an important member of bioMérieux Diagnostics' leadership. She is entrusted with maintaining the happiness of employees, whether it be through ensuring low burnout rates, creating a work environment employees look forward to, or company outings. Employees at bioMérieux Diagnostics rate their leadership an A-, ranking them within the Top 40% in Salt Lake City.

Cydni Tetro
Title: Founder and President
Associated Institute: Women Tech Council

Cydni is an entrepreneur, STEM advocate, speaker and influential leader. She is CEO of ForgeDX a tech company that bridges the digital and physical worlds. She was previously CEO and founder of venture-backed 3DplusMe, a 3D printing personalization software platform, that was acquired. She spent 5 years at Disney as an Entrepreneur in Residence in Imagineering driving technology commercialization across Theme Parks, ESPN, ABC and Interactive.

Helen H. Hu, Ph.D.
Title: Professor of Computer Science
Associated Institute: Westminster University

Helen is a Professor at Westminster University and the current Computer Science Department Chair. She is passionate about broadening participation in computing. Helen has spearheaded several projects to enhance K-12 computer science education in Utah and improve undergraduate computer science programs. She is the Higher Ed Alliance Co-Chair for the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and an author of a landscape report on computing education in Utah.