Our Story

WHO WE ARE

In 2016, STEM Sports® was derived and born from efforts that produced the first-of-its kind STEM BMX curriculum program for USA BMX, the world’s largest BMX racing organization. The STEM BMX curriculum, created in 2013, created new methods of STEM education to improve STEM literacy for elementary and middle school aged students throughout the United States.

Soon thereafter, STEM Sports® developed STEM Volleyball, which was then followed by STEM Basketball. STEM Sports® launched STEM Football, STEM Soccer and STEM Multi-Sport turnkey supplemental curriculum kits, in 2017. In late 2018, STEM Sports was granted the trademark registration for the logo and brand name STEM Sports by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

2019 began with a collaboration with Skyhawks Sports Academy, whereby Skyhawks became our exclusive youth sports program partner. With programs in 40 states covering 225+ locations, we’re proud to offer our curricula through Skyhawks’ youth skill-building experiences.

In 2020, STEM Sports® introduced Volume 2 of all existing curricula and launched STEM Golf, along with a STEM Multi-Sport program designed specifically for K-2 students. Also, we’re very pleased to have received the Accredited™ Educational Program bestowed upon us by STEM.org.

Spring 2021 saw the addition of STEM Baseball and STEM Softball to the curricula lineup.

Since inception in 2016, STEM Sports® has grown considerably with its curriculum being implemented in schools, after-school programs and camps across the United States. Our growth can be attributed to the ever-growing need for engaging and appealing STEM curriculum and STEM activities so that young students can see potential careers earlier in the educational path. Additionally, STEM Sports® is partnering and collaborating with entities that align with our mission and vision, such as STEMfinitySTEM SuppliesS&S Worldwide and ETR. Furthermore, the interest in STEM Sports® products has attracted the attention of international entities and their educational systems. We’re also proud to work alongside corporate entities such as Callaway Golf, HomeCourt, and Rawlings, to name a few.

STEM Sports® will continue to drive the importance of supporting young students throughout his/her academic journey by providing a product and service that is both educational and enjoyable as well as implementable-with-ease for everyone in the education space. Look forward to more inventive and unique programs such as STEM Hockey, STEM Lacrosse, STEM Tennis and others.

Head over to our curriculum page and learn more about our next-generation STEM Sports® curricula!

MEET THE TEAM

Jeff Golner

President & CEO

Golner is also the Principle Principal of Agency G, a full service creative, marketing and event production firm.  Successfully operating since November 2005, Agency G works with a wide range of businesses in sports, entertainment, service industries and not-for profit organizations.

Prior to venturing on his own, Golner enjoyed a long marketing, game operations and entertainment career with the Arizona Diamondbacks from 1997 to 2005, leaving as Senior Director of Game Operations. Golner produced close to 700 Major League Baseball games including playoff games and the four World Series games in 2001 that culminated with a Championship. Golner also served a three-year ticketing stint with the Colorado Rockies from 1994 to 1996.

Taylor Hedrick

Special Teams

Taylor is a Marketing and Advertising student in the Colangelo College of Business at Grand Canyon University. While at GCU, she is constantly involved in numerous activities including intramural beach and indoor volleyball, and sports business club. She has been helping and assisting with social media and marketing campaigns for STEM Sports® since October 2020. She is scheduled to graduate in Spring 2022 with her Bachelor of Science degree and expand her education with a master’s in marketing. In the future, Taylor plans on using her academic and professional experience in sports education to further her marketing and advertising career.

Andrea Kranitz

Controller

Andrea Kranitz, Integrative Business Solutions founder and lead consultant is a seasoned business and accounting management professional with a long and proven track record in streamlining business operations.

After attaining a degree in Accounting from Miami University in Oxford Ohio, Andrea started her career in public accounting and then moved on to private industry in various management and controllership roles, while earning certifications in both public and management accounting. She is also a Certified Advanced Quickbooks ProAdvisor.

Andrea is a graduate of Scottsdale Leadership Class XXVII and holds the position of Vice Chair, Resource Development on the Scottsdale Leadership Board of Directors.

Carli Kreuger

Visual Playmaker

Carli is a Phoenix-based graphic designer, illustrator, copy editor and brand strategist. She is also an adjunct professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University teaching Digital Design. She graduated in 2013 from the University of Montana with a degree in journalism. She’s worked for newspapers, the multifamily housing industry and the Heard Museum – which included working on children’s exhibitions and education. A lifelong sports fan and learner, she’s excited to help marry STEM education with athletics through visuals.

Sean Barton

Director of Curriculum and Strategy

Sean was hired in March of 2019.  He is responsible for the development and sustainability of the STEM Sports® curricula and strategic plan, in addition to providing budgetary, personnel, and operational support to the President & CEO.

Sean’s goal is to apply his professional and academic experiences to support and drive the mission of STEM Sports®, diligently serving students and educators in a vast and changing world.

Lawrence K. White

Chief Financial Officer

A creative senior financial leader with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, operations, negotiating and securing favorable debt instruments, improving cash flow, managing banking relations and investor relations in a high-growth environment.  Highly successful in building productive teams and developing top performing people.   A leadership style that creates positive change and delivers results.

Rachel Kissner

Curriculum Writer

Rachel started her educational career in Minnesota, where she was trained in Urban Education with an emphasis on Science and Biology. She relocated to Phoenix, Arizona in 2012 to teach science at Copper King Elementary School. During her teaching at Copper King, she pursued a Masters of Art in Education at the University of Arizona as part of the Teachers In Industry program; Rachel’s thesis research was on strategies to engage young women in physics and engineering. She spent her final two years at Copper King designing and teaching a specialized STEM academy on Water and Environmental Engineering; most notably, she designed an engineering curriculum for students.

Currently, she is teaching 7th and 8th grade Science and coaching Volleyball and Basketball at Timberline PK – 8 in Longmont, Colorado. She is also a valued member of the STEM Sports® team, writing and enhancing curriculum for grades 3 – 8.

Lauren Chiangpradit

Digital Media Captain

Lauren is a sports journalism student in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. She has been interning with STEM Sports® since January 2019. She writes the blogs for the STEM Sports® website and runs the company’s social media accounts.

She is graduating this coming December and plans to attend law school after her time at ASU. In the future, Lauren hopes to continue to work in sports writing contracts for a sports franchise.

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