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YOUTH OUTREACH IN SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING MATH

Board of Directors

Engage. Encourage. Educate

Candice Halbert

President/ Founder

Candice Halbert is a scientific associate for the liquids reflectometer, a research instrument at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source facility. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Illinois State University in 2001 and a master’s degree in chemistry from Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in 2003. Before embarking on a career in neutron scattering at ORNL, she worked in the pharmaceutical and nuclear waste management industries.

In Candice’s work setting as a STEM professional, she is often the only woman in the room, and even more often the only person of color. To change this, she established Youth Outreach in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (Yo-STEM), a nonprofit designed to work with underserved demographics to address the lack of diversity in STEM fields.

Candice works hard to encourage, engage and expose students to STEM activities. Candice Halbert is a mother of a eight-year-old son, and enjoys traveling, hanging out with family and friends, and Zumba.

Clarice Phelps

Vice President

For the last 10 years, Clarice has worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a Research Scientist.  Previously she served 4.5 years in the Navy as a Engineering Laboratory Technician onboard the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).   She earned a B.S. in Chemistry at Tennessee State University.  Clarice loves reading, arts and craft projects, bike riding, youth outreach, and family - husband, daughter, and twin boys.  She lends her knowledge and skills to the Project G.R.A.D. summer institute and Knoxville career days and career fairs/expos,  She is a member of the Knoxville chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. where she has served as Vice President and chairs several signature programs.  She has spoken at several STEM related events through ORNL and AKA and plans to continue spreading the message about STEM related careers and opportunities for young people.


Kayla Phillips

Treasurer

Kayla is a Radiochemical Engineer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She supports both hot cell chemical processing and glovebox operations related to existing programs at the Radiochemical Engineering Development Center. Kayla graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Tennessee Tech University in 2017. Kayla was raised in Knoxville, TN and is a fifth generation employee at the lab. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Jacob, and two-year-old son, Hunter, as well as playing piano and Foosball.


Kiame Biandudi

Secretary

Kiame Biandudi is a native of Knoxville, TN and a lifetime lover of the arts. After studying at Berea College, Kiame returned to Knoxville in search of the perfect blend of advocacy for those without voices and art in any form. Years later, she found herself teaching at West High School in Knoxville, where she founded and facilitated TEA Mentorship Program, an organization designed to promote healthy self-advocacy and social, cultural, and political awareness through art and discussion amount upperclassmen preparing to enter into adulthood. As she continues to mentor young adults, Kiame has also recently been appointed President of Knoxville Area Urban League Young Professionals-an organization in which she also serves as Chair of the Education and Youth Empowerment Committee. Additionally, she is a voting member of grassroots organization, Alternate ROOTS.