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Kirk Riley
Executive Director
(517) 708-4391

Kirk has served as Executive Director of ITEC since its inception in 2007. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of ITEC, including fund development, program development, building and maintaining community partnerships, and hiring and supervising ITEC staff.

Prior to joining ITEC, Kirk spent 15 years at Michigan State University in environmental engineering where he provided university-based technical assistance to government agencies, companies, and communities over contaminated site issues. Kirk was responsible for toxic waste cleanup education and risk communication. He secured more than $1 million in federal grant funding. Kirk has a Master of Science Degree from Michigan State University in Environmental Policy and Economics. Kirk also lectures at MSU.

Kirk-150x150 StaffShannon Fransen
Director of Education
(517) 708-4392

Shannon is responsible for overseeing a variety of educational programs, including 2020 Girls, and Techtronics. She is also responsible for curriculum design on upcoming programs, recruiting instructors, and scheduling courses and correspondence for our TechTransport bus project. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Integrated Science. Prior to working for ITEC, Shannon taught Technology for Warrendale Charter Academy, as well as Middle School Language Arts for schools in Nashville and Arizona.

Kirk-150x150 StaffJessica Martin
Educational Program Coordinator
(517) 708-4396

Jessica is the educational program coordinator for ITEC. She is responsible for the scheduling of educational programming, updating curriculum content and working closely with ITEC instructors to create fun and safe learning environments. Jessica also helps with recruitment plans and outreach events for ITEC’s programs. She graduated from Michigan State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Astrophysics and a minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. She also worked as a lead 2020 Girls instructor at Wexford Montessori Academy and Eastern High School for over a year.