Wise Wonderful Women of West Virginia
West Virginia University
Institute of Technology
Beckley, West Virginia
Jordan Bowen is a senior at West Virginia University Institute of Technology majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics.
Bowen’s responsibilities include research, K-12 outreach, and educational programs. She currently works with middle and high schools in Raleigh county, WV for the Carter After School Program. She was a counselor at Camp STEM in June 2017 and STEM Summer Academy for girls in July 2017 and 2018. In July 2018, Bowen was also the Program Leader for GIRLS (Girls Interested in Robotics Lego and Scratch), a summer camp held at Collins Middle School in Fayette County, WV. She was a volunteer in Fall 2017 to teach and help Girl Scouts get their Robotics badge. She also helped develop curriculum for the Google CS4HS course in 2017 and 2018.
Bowen wants to help bring West Virginia forward. She aims to train and prepare k12 teachers to bring more STEM-related projects and classes into middle schools and high schools. She also aims to inspire k12 children and get them interested in STEM careers.
She will be graduating in May, 2019, with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.
West Virginia Board of Registration for Professional Engineers
Charleston, West Virginia
Lesley Rosier-Tabor, P.E., is the Executive Director of the West Virginia State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and has served in this capacity for the last 16 years. Prior to taking this position in June of 2002, Lesley served for eight years as Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery, WV. Lesley is a 1992 civil engineering graduate of WV Tech and earned her Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from WVU along with completing her coursework for her PhD. She is a registered professional engineer in West Virginia.
Since her appointment as the first Executive Director of the WV PE Board, she has been committed to advancing the engineering profession. In addition to a number of outreach initiatives and pro-active enforcement efforts, she and her Board have worked diligently to increase the number of licensees as well as FE and PE examinees. She also led efforts to automate the state board’s office, developed and maintains the board’s website, and implemented new state-of-the-art technologies such e-government processing and online renewals. Rosier-Tabor continuously promotes licensure, ethics and professionalism to the engineering profession through annual presentations made to the state engineering schools, governmental agencies, and professional societies. She also coordinates annual Board meetings at the WV engineering colleges/universities, encouraging board members and faculty, students and administrators to meet and discuss important licensure issues.
Rosier-Tabor is actively involved with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and has served on at least one NCEES committee or task force for the last 15 years. Her NCEES committee appointments have included the Committee on Examination Policy and Procedures, the Computer-Based Testing Task Force, the Continuing Professional Competency Task Force, the Exam Administration Task Force, the Credentials Evaluation Advisory Group, USCIEP Advisory Committee, Member Board Administrators Committee, and more. In 2012, Rosier-Tabor was recognized regionally as the NCEES NE Zone “Enny” Distinguished Service Award Recipient. In 2013, she was recognized nationally by NCEES as their Meritorious Service Award Recipient.
In addition to her various NCEES activities, Ms. Rosier-Tabor has been an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers for over 30 years and has served several terms on numerous state and national committees including the Committee on Student Activities, Membership, Educational Activities, Faculty Development, Continuing Education, Professional Practice and Licensure and Ethics. She is a past president of the ASCE WV Section and has served in other elected leadership roles at the state level including Vice-President and Treasurer, in addition to long time faculty advisor and practitioner advisor of the WVUIT ASCE award-winning student chapter. Her efforts have been recognized at the society’s state and national level as she was named the 2000 WV Young Civil Engineer of the Year, the 2001 National Young Government Civil Engineer of the Year and in 2010 WV Civil Engineer of the Year.
Lesley is married to David Tabor, a fellow professional engineer, and they have a 12-year old daughter Paisley. In her spare time, their family loves to travel, enjoy outdoor activities, and Lesley volunteers much of her time at Mountain View Elementary and within her community. She served one year as Treasurer and three years as President of the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) of Paisley’s elementary school, served on several parent and administrative school-wide and community committees and was responsible for developing and conducting a two-year long STEM program for all 450+ students of the school which continue today even though her daughter has moved on to Hurricane Middle School. Last, but certainly not least, she is the proud coach of a very successful all-female First Lego League Robotics Team in Hurricane, WV. First Lego League Robotics Teams research real-world engineering problems and are challenged to develop a solution. They also design, build, program a robot to perform autonomous “missions” on a challenging playing field. Lesley has coached the Putnam Pink Ladies for 4 years and assisted these young STEM leaders of tomorrow in developing some award-winning critical thinking, team-building and presentations skills which has allowed them the honor to compete with their robot and succeed at the International level in recent years.
Collins Middle School
Oak Hill, West Virginia
Kimberly Shay Willard is a middle school math teacher at Collins Middle School in Fayette County. She is currently in her eighth year of teaching.
Shay teaches fifth and sixth grades, but has also taught eighth and fourth in the past. She runs Student Council at her school and is the assistant track coach. Willard attended a Math ITQ workshop at WVU Tech in the summer of 2017, where she was introduced to robotics. After implementing what she learned into her classroom, she assisted in a robotics camp entitled Girls Interested in Robotics, Lego and Scratch (GIRLS) this past summer.
As a teacher, Willard spends a multitude of time ensuring students not only learn about math, but also engages students in life lessons. Shay became a teacher to help shape young minds and develop academic success in students that will help mold them into productive and successful members of society.
Willard has an undergraduate degree in Behavioral Science with an applied concentration in psychology and sociology with a minor in criminal justice from Glenville State College. Her Masters of Education degree from Tarleton State University is in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on secondary education. Shay holds a WV teaching license with certifications in math, science, English, and social studies for fifth through ninth grades. She is also certified in English as a Second Language. Willard also recently completed the principal’s certification program through Marshall University.