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P20 Events


Visit ENGAGE! for a listing of the engagement and outreach activities happening on campus.     


The P-20 Center is located in 307 Lowden Hall, Northern Illinois University.

Email us at or call 815-753-1403.

Anne Kaplan Anne Birberick Anne Kaplan and Anne Birberick
The Co-Directors provide leadership for the P-20 Center and chair the P-20 Advisory Council.

Marilyn Bellert

Marilyn Bellert
Associate Director
Marilyn is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Center. Using her background in education policy and partnerships, she provides leadership for  P-20 projects.

Kristin BryntesonKristin Brynteson
Assistant Director

Kristin focuses on project management, evaluation, research, and communications for university-wide, P-20 engagement efforts.

Paulette Bowman Paulette Bowman
Administrative Assistant
Paulette provides administrative support for university-wide P-20 initiatives. Call Paulette first if you have a question about the Center or are looking for resources.

Mary Baker Mary Baker
SmartSpace@NIU Coordinator
Mary coordinates SmartSpace@NIU as well as assisting with project management and communications for university-wide, P-20 engagement efforts.

Gillian King-Cargile

Gillian King-Cargile
Gillian directs the STEM Read program and supports print and digital communications. 

Debbie PixtonDebbie Pixton
Debbie provides project management support on several P-20 projects, including the Northern Illinois Regional P-20 Network and STEMfest. She also supports digital and social communications for the P-20 Center.

STEM Outreach

Pati SievertPatricia Sievert
Director, NIU STEM Outreach

Pati orchestrates STEM Outreach activities throughout the region, including STEMfest, after-school activities, and many campus events.

Jeremy BensonJeremy Benson
Outreach and Engagement Associate/STEM
Jeremy dazzles school audiences with his presentations and organizes student and family STEM events at schools and on campus, including Saturday Science.

Pettee GuerreroPettee Guerrero
Outreach and Engagement Associate/STEM
Pettee dazzles school audiences with her presentations and organizes student and family STEM events at schools and on campus.

Center for Economic Education

Judith DymondJudith Dymond
Coordinator, NIU Center for Economic Education

Judith oversees economics education for teachers, manages the STEM Cafes, and provides expert support for STEM Outreach.