External Advisory Board


image001-bagbyRachel Bagby
Supplier Quality Manager, Systemic Corrective Actions
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

Rachel Bagby is currently the Manager, Supplier Quality, Systemic Corrective Actions at Sikorsky Aircraft, a Lockheed Martin Company. She has been at Sikorsky since 2010 in roles of increasing responsibility that emphasize continuous improvement, Quality, component investigations and project management.  Prior to Sikorsky, Rachel joined UTC in 2008 as an Operations Leadership Program (OLP) Associate and rotated through UTC-Corporate, Otis-North America and Sikorsky-Stratford completing various Quality and Continuous Improvement projects.  In Rachel’s current role, she is responsible for establishing and executing plans to drive systemic corrective actions to improve Quality performance of the Sikorsky supply base.  Working closely with Supplier Quality organizations and Supply Management teams, Rachel leverages tools and best practices to lead supplier engagement and ensure corrective actions are effectively executed while significantly reducing Quality performance metrics.  Rachel holds a B.S.E. Biomedical Engineering and a M.B.A. the University of Hartford, 2005 and 2008, respectfully.
Elliot Ginsberg
President and Chief Executive Officer
 Information forthcoming!

image-sandra-ingaSandra Inga, Ph.D.
S.T.E.M. Physical Education and Health Director- pre K-12
Hartford Public Schools

Dr. Sandra Inga is employed with Hartford (CT) Public Schools.  A semiconductor engineer with Texas Instruments and Digital Equipment/Hewlett-Packard for more than 15 years, Sandra began her career in education in 1998 as a chemistry and biology teacher.  Currently, Sandra works in the Office of Academics/Curriculum and Instruction – as the S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics’) Director. Sandra is a passionate educator, who has taught chemistry and mathematics in Nigeria. Sandra serves as a trustee on the boards of the Connecticut Science Center and the Connecticut Invention Convention. She has presented at conferences on STEM-related topics, locally, nationally and internationally. In her spare time, Sandra enjoys tutoring students and engaging students in S.T.E.M.-related content/ careers.
Michael A. Rooke, Ph.D.
Northwestern CT Community College
Dr. Michael Rooke currently serves as president of Northwestern Connecticut Community College, and has served for over 10 years within the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities System.  Prior to joining NCCC, Dr. Rooke was Chief Academic Officer at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, and also served as Director of the Business, Engineering & Technologies Division at Manchester Community College.  From 1996-2003, he served as assistant and associate professor at the University of Hartford.  He holds a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Kansas State University, an M.S. degree in Educational Technology from Long Island University and a B.Sc(Hons) degree in applied chemistry from Nottingham Trent University, U.K.. While at Manchester Community College and Tunxis Community College, Dr. Rooke recruited and advised over 200 engineering and manufacturing students, assisting them with transfer to universities.  He now works closely with local businesses in the north-west corner of CT through the chamber to align the engineering and manufacturing programs at the college with local industry.

Cheryl Tokarski
Vice President of Programs
Director of the Mandell Academy for Teachers, CT Science Center
Cheryl Tokarski is currently the Vice President of Programs at the Connecticut Science Center. Mrs. Tokarski holds a BS in Electrical Engineering as well as an Executive MBA, both from UConn.  After a career in software development and project management working at GE, Dana Corporation and Pitney Bowes as well as running her own software consulting firm, Cheryl made the transition into education.  For seven years she taught Math and Computer Science in the middle and upper schools at Chase Collegiate School in Waterbury and served as the pre-K – 12 Math Department Chair for five of those years. In 2015, Cheryl joined the Connecticut Science Center as the Director of the Mandell Academy for Teachers – a perfect role that blended her passion for education with her strong business skills – and has now moved into the position of VP of Programs replacing Hank Gruner who recently retired from the position.