The Research Triangle Park

Meet the People that Will Change STEM in RTP

By Author Aug 21, 2014
These are the four people that make up the US2020 staff in RTP

Remember that moment in The Avengers when the team assembles and finally starts working together? US2020 RTP is kind of like that, but without the initial conflict between Iron Man and Captain America. The Project Manager, Brett Brenton, and three AmeriCorps VISTAs have started working at “The Frontier,” a fitting name for a building that sometimes feels like the Wild West (we joke about needing to wear cowboy hats to work). Benefits: the Fidelity Food Truck Rodeo happens right outside our office every Friday.

Our fearless leader Brett Brenton comes to us after two years of being the Assistant Principal at Baileywick Road Elementary School. When Brett’s not making connections with every stakeholder in The Triangle, he plays awesome Spotify playlists for the office and surprises us with his knowledge of what the word “chirped” means.

Kelsie Martinez is the Knowledge Management and Technology Systems AmeriCorps VISTA. This means that at meetings, she’s taking notes like a fiend. When any of us has a question, we yell “Kelsie!!” and she almost always knows the answer.

Kelsie has an MA in Anthropology from Binghamton University, SUNY, and recently relocated to the Triangle. Subsequently, the rest of us spend a lot of time telling her all of the places she needs to eat and buy good beer.

Christine Abernathy is the Events Planning Team AmeriCorps VISTA. When you go to an event and there’s awesome food there, you can give her a hug.

Christine graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2012 with a BA in Political Science. Christine started a week after the rest of the VISTAs, so she will forever be the baby and have youngest child syndrome.

Hannah Strom is the Communications and Storytelling AmeriCorps VISTA. This is a fancy way of saying that Hannah gets to spend a lot of time on Twitter and call it work. 

Hannah graduated from Grinnell College in 2013 with a BA in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. Hannah’s pet project at the office is maintaining a giant list of “Brett’s Buzzwords” to track how many times he uses corporate jargon. The word “onboarding” currently has the most hash marks, followed closely by “one-off.”

Stay tuned for the Adventures of US2020 RTP as we bring high quality STEM mentorship to underrepresented students in The Triangle.