Board of Directors

Engage. Encourage. Educate

Candice Halbert

President/ Founder

Candice is a chemist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  She has experience in the pharmaceutical industry as well as the nuclear waste management industry. Candice is a mother of a seven-year-old son and enjoys traveling, hanging out with family and friends, and Zumba.

George Herron

Vice President

George is working on his 32nd year in engineering, project management, energy management, contract technical oversight, and nuclear safety at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Office.  He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University.  George serves as President of the Oak Ridge Chapter of Blacks in Government, STEM mentor at Vine Middle School, and usher and teacher at West Park Baptist Church.  In George's spare time he enjoys playing tennis, home and vintage car repairs, and watching MSU sporting events.  George is the father of two sons and a daughter.

Lakeisha Walker


Mrs. Lakeisha Walker has 17 years in the process engineering field. Originally in BWXT Y-12’s Enriched Uranium Operations, then as a Scientific Associate within the Neutron Scattering Sciences Directorate of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and now as Operational Support for the Materials Science and Technology Division at ORNL. Her knowledge includes experiential understanding of materials science, mechanical equipment design and troubleshooting, motion control and analysis software, technical writing, laboratory safety, work control, environmental protection measures, and project management.

In her current position, Lakeisha works closely with the fast-paced development of additive manufacturing processes. It is her desire to help the work control process become more agile to complement this growing manufacturing technique.

Lakeisha has been involved in education outreach for 15+ years. Serving as a mentor to ORNL summer interns, participating in STEM related activities within the local community schools, recruiting for diversity in STEM at ORNL, and serving as judge or on panels for high school and college level engineering competitions. She is a currently mentor for the Girls in STEM program.

Lakeisha is a wife of 20 years, mother of three, and a follower of Yeshua. Her hobbies are reading mysteries, watching Marvel movies, completing jigsaw puzzles, playing bass guitar, and quilting.

Lynnez Gray-Thompson


Lynnez is the CW Knoxville Morning Show producer. As a member of local media and a resident of Knoxville, she takes pride in connecting with East Tennessee communities and supporting local businesses, charities and non-profit organizations. Lynnez enjoys singing, traveling, reading and spending time with family. 

Troy Weston

 Troy practices law in Knoxville with Eldridge & Blakney, P.C. He is a trial lawyer whose practice focuses on civil litigation. Troy has a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee with a focus on advocacy and dispute resolution. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, podcasts, and a newfound love of cooking.

Clarice Phelps

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.