eginning as a graduate assistant at the University of Houston, and later as a science teacher at our first Harmony campus in Houston, a principal in El Paso and most recently as our Dallas Area Superintendent, Mr. Ay is poised to continue the implementation of Harmony’s 2020 Strategic Plan as a 14-year veteran of Harmony.
Mr. Ay coordinated HPS T-STEM initiative statewide and adopted PLTW Pre-Engineering program at middle and high school level during his tenure as the Principal at HSA El Paso.
r. Oner Celepcikay is the Founder & CEO of CyberSecurityED.com, an educational technology company that focus on cybersecurity education and coding camps and curriculum. Dr. Celepcikay also teaches Data Science, Data Mining, Big Data Analytics, and Cybersecurity courses at University of Houston College of Technology, University of Houston Downtown, and Texas A&M Commerce. His main teaching and research fields are Data Science, Data Mining, Machine Learning and Regression. He received his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Istanbul University in Istanbul, Turkey, and his master's and doctorate degrees in Computer Science specializing in Data Mining.
Dr. Celepcikay worked at the University of Houston Educational Technology Outreach Department from 2000 to 2007, and is a member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence. Dr. Celepcikay has been with Harmony since the beginning including participation in recruiting students, running after school program, and grant writing for the first Harmony school. Dr. Celepcikay is current Chairman of the Board of Harmony Public Schools, the largest charter school system in Texas with a STEM focus with 56 campuses in Texas. He also served for 3 years with the appointment of the Texas Education Commissioner as the charter representative board member at the Region 4, which serves a seven-county area composed of 50 public school districts and 45 public charter schools, representing more than 1.1 million students and 1,500 campuses.
r. Stewart is an electronic engineering technologist, a certified teacher in the state of Texas, and a curriculum development specialist and trainer. During his career he has served in the Fort Bend ISD, and as a faculty member at the Houston Community College Northeast Campus. Currently, Mr. Stewart, is employed at Subsea Solutions. LLC, where he develops service curricular for subsea well equipment and subsea control systems targeting training of well completion, petroleum, and subsea engineers. Mr. Stewart's interest is empowering students by correlating critical-thinking academic skills with the hands-on implementation, integration, and translation of academic skills and activities to real world applications. Mr. Stewart serves as an advisory member on several committees in the cities of Houston and Sugar Land.
aisy Morales is the Vice President, Community Affairs at Community Health Choice(Community). She has overseen 500% growth at Community, created new market segments, and honed multi-cultural marketing for Community and within the local marketplace.
Daisy is a strategic leader in multi-cultural business practices. She has been a key catalyst for the growth of the Hispanic Health Coalition in Houston, helping redefine marketing to Latino audiences in this region. Daisy is the immediate past President of the Hispanic Health Coalition, capping many years of active service with them.
Daisy helps other organization in the community, within her industry grow, and thrive. She helps guide the investments her organization makes in other health and human services non-profits. Daisy collaborates with other leaders in the Greater Houston region, helping start new clinics in at-risk neighborhoods, and building capacity at other non-profits.
Daisy is passionate about the wellbeing of women and children. She volunteers with many worthy causes in the community, sometimes in formal leadership and other times simply working on the front lines, anonymously. Additionally, Daisy is involved with the Avenue 360 Health and Wellness Clinic, March of Dimes advisory committee. She is a former board member of The Good Neighbor Health Center and The Women’s Fund. Daisy is the past award recipient of the Houston Business Journal Women That Mean Business and Ford Motor Company Mujeres Legendarias ( Legendary Women).
r. Koc is currently chairman and associate professor of Computer Engineering Program at University of Houston - Clear Lake. After receiving his B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering, he worked in the industry for two years. Then, he joined Syracuse University where he received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Engineering. During his graduate study, Dr. Koc was at The Pennsylvania State University as visiting scholar. His research and teaching are in the areas of digital system design, embedded systems, and computer architecture. His research work is published in prestigious academic conferences and journals. Dr. Koc is also very active in professional service. He regularly reviews scientific papers for several academic journals and conferences. He has served as executive committee member for Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Galveston Bay Section at various capacities including chair, vice chair, and secretary; and he has been the counselor of IEEE Student Brach at UHCL. He regularly serves in science fairs for middle and high school students. Dr. Koc is the recipient of several teaching and leadership awards including IEEE-USA Professional Achievement for Individuals Award, UHCL Piper Nominee Finalist, IEEE Outstanding Student Branch Counselor Award and IEEE MGA Outstanding Small Section Award. He is a member of IEEE and ACM.
r. Kanlioglu is a research and development engineer at L3 Technologies. He has 20+ years of experience in engineering and education. He had a chance to work in diverse settings such as in industry, public schools and universities with different roles. He taught courses mainly in the STEM area and worked as a dean in a university administration where he specialized in student retention and success.
He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. He received his Ph. D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Houston. His research interests include Applied Electromagnetics, Wave Propagation and Antenna Design. Dr. Kanlioglu’s passion is using his expertise from higher education and industry in helping public education system to better prepare students for college.
s. Sherwood brings a track record of knowledge and community involvement to the Harmony Public School Board. Spending 10 years at Texaco, Ms. Sherwood held the position of Senior Research Librarian. During her tenure, Ms. Sherwood served as Co-coordinator of the Adopt-A-School STEM Program, as well as an initiative that teaches scientific methods through an invention process called, “Create SE Texas.”
As a parent, Ms. Sherwood was an active volunteer for Harmony Public Schools, serving as a PTO member and science fair coordinator, among other roles. Ms. Sherwood also volunteered for 15 years with the Boy Scouts of America as a Cub Scout Pack Den Leader, Pack Committee Chair and additional roles within the organization. Ms. Sherwood is currently a Youth Religious Education Administrator and teacher with Tapestry UU Church and volunteers with the Harris County Election Services as an Election Clerk.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University and Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
r. Nal is currently assistant professor of finance and accounting at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics he worked in various teaching positions for three years. He, then, joined the doctoral program in economics at Rice University in 2001 which he completed in 2008 receiving both Masters’ and Ph.D. degrees for his research in financial economics. His research is in the area of microeconomics of banking and supervision of financial institutions.
Dr. Nal has significant teaching experience at the college level in the areas of economics and finance over the last 16 years. In particular, he has keen interest in utilizing new instructional technologies in teaching principles of economics and fundamentals of finance courses to undergraduates in business schools. He strongly believes in online education and using the internet to help disadvantaged students bridge the educational gap.
Dr. Nal is active in professional service. He presented his research in finance at various professional conferences and also published in peer reviewed academic journals over the years. He is a member of CFA institute and held memberships at various professional organizations over the years including American Economic Association, Southern Economics Association, Southwestern Finance Association, and Mathematical Association of America among others.
Dr. Nal is also active in the Greater Houston community having volunteered and served in the boards of various faith-based or non-profit organizations related to interfaith dialog.