Our Team

Dr. Patricia Ackerman

Founder

A retired Ohio public school administrator, university trustee emerita, and past member of the Ohio Board of Regents. During 35 years of service in K-12 education, she championed the unique needs of underachievers by creating alternative programs, co-authoring a textbook series and leading professional education organizations at the local, state and national levels. Dr. Ackerman is the national coordinator of the Black Lemonade Project, BLACK Lemonade for All, and serves both Chalkdust Education Foundation and IndeedWeCode as executive director.

Michelle Walton

Co-Founder

An elementary and middle school educator since 1992. She was one of the first African American National Board Certified Teachers in the State of Ohio. In addition to serving as a master teacher and leader, she currently teaches mathematics in the Cleveland -University Heights [Ohio] City Schools. Ms. Walton has presented workshops at the district, local, state, national and international levels. She has traveled abroad studying the educational systems in Europe and Asia, along with several African. Ms. Walton is the President of Chalkdust Education Foundation.

Michelle Wilson

Co-Founder

A highly accomplished Senior IT Consultant with 20+ years of diverse experience as a programmer, business analyst, project manager and application developer. Her experience with the full life cycle of application/project development, creating application specifications, and developing and performing test plans/scenarios is significant. Furthermore, her successful integrating of applications is essential to young women in STEM fields. Particular areas of her expertise include developing and implementing proprietary applications using various technologies, and creating technical and training documents. As a cyber security expert, she is skilled in data loss prevention (DLP) technology and methodologies, complex issue identification and resolution, and Agile/Scrum project management and software development. Her proven success in taking initiative, establishing solid rapport with customers, and driving solutions that meet and exceed customer requirements has enabled her to provide exemplary service to an array of Fortune 500 companies, federal government entities, local and state governments.

Stephanie Gandy

Instructor

A Web Developer and Graphic Designer. She attended Cuyahoga Community College to learn Graphic Design and landed a job with a local magazine company. Seeking a more challenging career, she attended We Can Code IT bootcamp. She learned the neccessary skills to become a professional in Software Engineering. Coding made perfect sense because technology has always been her passion and she could utilize her knowledge in design. Stephanie has assisted with the CLE Teen Hack project, a website competition involving 5 local high schools and have taught various workshops across the greater Cleveland area.

Lillie Hunter

Ombudsman

A phenomenal volunteer who serves IWC in a variety of logistical support roles including recruitment, data collection, and interface with partners, service providers and parents.

Cynthia Calhoun

Head Cheerleader

Aerospace Engineer
NASA Glenn Research Center
Cleveland, OH

Ayonna B. Donald

Cheerleader

Mechanical Engineer/Attorney 
Demolition Compliance Officer – City of Cleveland
Cleveland, OH

Yokia Fuller

Cheerleader

Educator (Former Apple Employee)
Western International School of Shanghai
Shanghai, China

Eloise Henry

Cheerleader

President
Richmond Heights City Council
Richmond Heights, OH

Dr. Brandi P. Jones

Cheerleader

Vice Dean for Diversity & Strategic Initiatives
Associate Professor of
Engineering Education Practice
Viterbi School of Engineering
University of Southern California

Kimberly King

Cheerleader

Senior IT Consultant
Acumen Solutions
Seven Hills, OH

Rochelle May

Cheerleader

Software Engineering Lead
NASA Glenn Research Center
Cleveland, OH

Dawn Mayes

Cheerleader

Architect/Account Executive
Benefits Innovation Group
Cleveland, OH

Michelle Norvell

Cheerleader

Patient Navigator
University Hospitals
Cleveland, OH

Lt. Colonel Tiffany Rivera

Cheerleader

Mechanical Engineer/Chief of Strategic
Communication for Air Force Programs & 
Resources United States Air Force
Washington D.C.

Dr. Ruth Washington

Cheerleader

Executive Director for Faculty and Graduate 
Student Retention, Inclusion and Success
Kent State University
Kent, OH

Michelle E. Wilson

Cheerleader

Senior IT Consultant/Systems Analyst
Co-Founder of IndeedWeCode
Washington D.C.

Dr. Monique Wilson

Cheerleader

College-wide Dean & Executive Director, 
IT Cuyahoga Community College
Cleveland, Ohio

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