Saras Chung, PhD, MSW
Executive Director, SKIP Designed
Dr. Saras Chung is Executive Director at SKIP Designed in St. Louis, MO, an independent think tank that co-designs system-level strategies with most affected community members and educators to foster educational equity. She also teaches as a faculty affiliate and adjunct professor at Washington University in St. Louis on topics of policy and services for children and youth using system dynamics. She has been a Thread Chair for Learning and Teaching and Editor-in-Chief of the Conference Highlights for the International System Dynamics Conference. Her writing has been featured in HuffPost and various academic journals. Dr. Chung obtained a PhD and master’s degree in social work from Washington University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Professional STEM Educator
DaNel Hogan has been a professional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) educator for almost two decades. She started her career as a middle and high school physics teacher and then served two years as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow with the U.S. Department of Energy. She is currently working as Director of The STEMAZing Project where she helps educators better engage students to make sense of the world using 3-dimensional science instruction. DaNel finds her creativity and imagination focused on #STEMontheCheap hacks that use inexpensive materials to teach STEM lessons. From programs serving early childhood educators to systemic, district-wide teacher leader programs and multi- and single-day professional development opportunities for teachers, DaNel embeds the Habits of a Systems Thinker into her work and continually seeks out new ways to cultivate systems thinkers.
Travis T Jones, CPA, CFE
Senior Manager in Accounting and Assurance at BeachFleischman PC
As a Senior Manager in Accounting and Assurance, Mr. Jones partners with organizations and conducts financial audits across the country. Locally, he donates his time and talents serving as Treasurer for the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl — Arizona’s premier college football championship game. In addition to board service, his experience as a father of young children and advocate of high-quality early care and education led him to be selected by Child Care Aware of America to serve as Arizona’s Parent Advocate alongside his wife, Amber, from 2017-2019. In this role, he and his wife met annually with congressional leaders at the United States Capitol advocating for laws that support paid leave and child care. Above all his contributions to the community and outward, he is most proud of his role as father to two incredible children and husband to one amazing wife.