Student Leaders of FocuSStem NextGen

Developed by Teens for Teens



Katie Heath

Social Entrepreneur and dedicated STEM student, Katie Heath, is a senior at the Bloomfield Hills High School (BHHS) in Bloomfield Hills, MI.  Since the age of ten, Katie has volunteered at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit where she has worked at numerous health fairs and led patient activities.

Steering Committee at Karmanos Cancer Institute

Laura Zubeck, RN, BSN, MBA

Director of Patient, Community, and Nursing Education, and Volunteer Services; Karmanos Cancer Center

Michele Cote, Ph.D.

Associate Center Director of Cancer Research, Training, and Education; Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University

Larry Matherly, Ph.D.

Associate Center Director of Basic Science; Wayne State University and Karmanos Cancer Institute

Elisabeth Heath, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Associate Center Director for Translational Sciences; Karmanos Cancer Institute, Wayne State University

Joe Weertz

Educational Outreach Coordinator;
Wayne State University
Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Danny Inman

Program Coordinator Cancer Research, Training and Education; Karmanos Cancer Institute

Rouba Ali, MD

Director, Surgical Pathology Fellowship Program; Wayne State University and Karmanos Cancer Institute
NAAMA National President

Tamara Collins

Multimedia Manager
Marketing and Communications; Karmanos Cancer Institute

Mary Ellen Kearney

Corporate Relations Director; Karmanos Cancer Institute

Leslie Cortes

FocuSStem NextGen
Program Coordinator; Karmanos Cancer Institute


It is the mission of FocuSStem NextGen to provide equitable educational and impactful experiences for students who are underrepresented in the Medical Sciences to have exposures to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)-careers. FocuSStem NextGen does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, disability, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression and/or identity.

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