Our Team

Kendra Klemann

Board Member, Co-founder, Executive Director of Leadership Team

Kendra is currently a student at North Carolina State University studying Civil Engineering and Spanish. She is also heavily involved in the theater community at NCSU and loves to work backstage. She co-founded Engineering Opportunity as a way to increase accessibility in STEM. She used to work as a camp counselor for track out and summer LEGO robotics camps and quickly realized how expensive the robots and the enrichment camps can get and wanted to ensure that these opportunities were accessible to all. After a few years working as the volunteer coordinator, she is now the executive director of the Leadership team and serves as the leadership team liaison to the Engineering Opportunity Board of Directors.

Lauren Siegel

Co-founder, Board Member

Lauren Siegel is a recent graduate of NC State University and passionate about disability justice and accessibility in education. She loves working with children and teens interested in Computer Science and Engineering and developing projects that spark their interest in STEM. In her free time, Lauren can usually be found listening to music or spending too much time on Twitter.

Sol Khaitas

Assistant Director, Partner Coordinator

Sol is a part-time Hebrew teacher and student starting medical school in the Fall of 2020. She graduated from NC State in 2019 with degrees in Biochemistry and English. In her free time, she enjoys reading and volunteering at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. While at NC State, she became involved in Engineering Opportunity because of her love for teaching and working with kids. She has served as Assistant Director and Partner Coordinator for the last two years and is looking forward to seeing the organization grow.

Selene Schmittling

Curriculum Director

Selene is a PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at NC State. She has been a teaching assistant for several undergraduate and graduate classes. She enjoys tutoring K-12 students in Math and Computer Science, as well as college-level engineering courses. She taught English As Another Language to adults in another life. Today when she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her family and her buddy, Vector, the cutest robot ever. She is a big kid who enjoys building with Legos and Lego Robotics. Engineering Opportunity provides the perfect excuse to do both! After volunteering at workshops for approximately a year, she was excited to take the position of Curriculum Director.

Hayden Lawrence

President, Web Coordinator

Hayden is a Software Engineer working at Salesforce in Raleigh. He graduated from NC State in 2018 with degrees in Computer Science and Political Science. He joined the organization while a student at NC State in 2017. He became a lead volunteer and the webmaster and was a founding member of the board of directors.

Geneva Klemann

Volunteer Coordinator, Board Member

Geneva is retired from Wake County Public Schools where she worked as a Teacher Assistant in Special Needs. She graduated from University of Louisville many years ago with a B.S. in Political Science. Geneva has always been a committed volunteer from serving on YMCA and Little League Boards when her children were young, to being Team Mom/Room parent of all things while they were in school. She is particularly honored to serve under and in the same organization as her daughter, Kendra.

Shannon Rigsbee

Marketing Coordinator

Shannon is a recent graduate from NC State. Her background is primarily in veterinary medicine, where she has worked in various settings for several years. She was majoring in Animal Science and Agriculture Business Management, and has developed her skills in grant development and marketing through previous internships and her major.

Brandon Whittington

Board Member

Brandon Whittington is a Software Engineer who works with the IBM Blockchain Solutions team to build enterprise grade supplychain solutions for the food and shipping industries. He has a very positive outlook on the potential impact blockchain technologies will have on future technology solutions. He has been very active in promoting STEM education in underserved populations. Building the E-LinCS collaboration project between Elementary schools, University Professors, Students and Technology companies Brandon brought his passion for Teaching and Technology together.