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CPEP is an award winning, not-for-profit organization founded in 1986 that has been recognized for education excellence with urban students. CPEP was designed and implemented to address the growing need to identify, inspire and ignite the desire of under-represented youths to pursue careers in Engineering. From our humble beginnings - operating from one school with 40 students - CPEP has grown to represent 13 school districts and 35 schools while directly touching the lives of over 1,000 students each year.

While the CPEP program expanded across the state, so too has our ambition and core focus. In order to better align our programs/curriculum with the ever-increasing need for the United States to build a robust pipeline of students pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, we have adopted a broader scope. We have moved from a primarily engineering focus to include the full breadth of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education disciplines.

Our Team

David Beam

Executive Director

E-mail David || 860.983.6988 || Bio

David is a beacon of CPEP's mission with his passion for mentoring the underrepresented youth and distinguished professional background in STEM.

Kathy Ciullo

Director of Operations & CFO

E-mail Kathy || 860.414.4350 || Bio

Kathy plays a key role in the fiscal and administrative operations of CPEP and supports the organization's strategic plan.

Lenore Gallagher

Senior Program Manager

E-mail Lenore || 860.897.4511 || Bio

Lenore manages the After School Program and the Summer Ventures Program in the Greater Hartford area. She is a retired teacher of 37 years and a past CPEP teacher.

Sade Owoye

Senior Program Manager

E-mail Sade || 860.655.8921 || Bio

Sade manages the After School Program and Summer Ventures Program in Southern CT and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the programs.

Rachel Hawkins

Programs & Communications

E-mail Rachel || 860.857.3446 || Bio

Rachel manages the overall communications strategy of CPEP and provides program support for the Program Managers.

Our Board

Michele Dischino

Board President – Executive and Program Committees 

Associate Professor SET-Technology and Engineering Education | Central Connecticut State University

Michael Reiter

Governance Committee

Additive Manufacturing Deputy Manager | Pratt & Whitney

Paula Canter

Governance Committee

Program Manager-Customer Support, Commercial, USA, VIP | Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

Ralph Phillips

Governance Committee

Transportation Supervising Engineer | CT Department of Transportation

Hank Gruner

Program Committee

Vice President of Programs | Connecticut Science Center

Kelvin Sims

Board Treasurer – Finance & Development Committees

Engineer | Paradigm Precision

Christopher Jelks

Finance Committee

Advanced Programs & Technology Military Engines Project Leader | Pratt & Whitney