, STEM-UP NetworkBilita “Bili” Mattes, D.Ed.

Executive Director, STEM-UP Network

Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Harrisburg University of Science & Technology

Bili Mattes has over twenty-five years of progressively responsible experience in higher education administration, academic outreach, and program innovation and development.

Bili will soon be celebrating her 15-year anniversary at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology where she currently serves as Provost and Chief Academic Officer.  Harrisburg University is a young STEM-focused institution of higher education built on a competency-based and technology-integrated educational model.  As Provost, she is responsible for all aspects of academic and student affairs at the university to include development of all new academic programs and approvals; recruitment and supervision of faculty; oversight of curricular, academic policy, and student success.  Prior to being appointed Provost, Bili served HarrisburgU as Associate Provost for Strategic Markets and was responsible for academic outreach, as well as program development at the University.  This included being responsible for credit offerings targeted at adult learners and working professionals, non-credit continuing professional education, contracted training, training grants and distance learning.

Bili is the Executive Director of STEM-UP Network, a social enterprise powered by HarrisburgU that supports the recruitment and advancement of women in STEM professions through leadership development, a strong and growing network of woman professionals, and mentoring programs.  The STEM-UP community is expanding to Philadelphia and Maryland and beyond.  

Bili received the 2018 Moxie Award from the Women in Technology Group of the Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania in recognition of the STEM-UP Network’s contributions to gender equity in STEM professions.  The Network and University were also recognized by Insights Into Diversity Magazine last year with its Inspiring Program in STEM Award.  Most recently, Bili was named a Woman of Influence by the Central Penn Business Journal.

Prior to joining higher education, her professional background was in training and development within business and industry; with 14 years of experience as an instructor. Bili has been recognized over the years for many innovative contributions to her institutions, adult learners, and continuing and professional education and training including awards from the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA).  Bili was recognized for her contributions to continuing education in Maryland through a Proclamation issued by the Governor’s Office in 2005.

Bili has her undergraduate degree in international relations and cross-cultural communications from The American University in Washington, DC; a graduate degree from the University of Maryland in international business, and she earned her doctorate degree in adult education in 2008 from Penn State.

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Beverly Magda, Ph.D., Associate Provost, Strategic Partnerships, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

Beverly Magda, Ph.D. is the Associate Provost, Strategic Partnerships at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. She focuses on partnership development with other academic institutions and corporations. Previously, she served as Associate Dean, Faculty Director, and Associate Professor of Technology Management and Systems Engineering Management at Georgetown University. Prior to moving into academia full-time, Beverly spent over 20 years in the technology field leading projects focused on enterprise-wide systems initiatives and organizational systems change. Her experience in managing projects from a systems level combined with her research led to publications and presentations regarding organizational systems change. Dr. Magda taught at Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, and Hood College at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Beverly holds a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the George Washington University. She also holds a Master of Science in Telecommunications Management, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer & Information Science. Dr. Magda is a member of EDUCAUSE, INCOSE and serves on the boards of a community college and non-profit organization.

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Yvonne M. Dunst, Program Coordinator, STEM-UP Network and Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

Yvonne is currently a Program Coordinator for the STEM-UP Network and Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.  She has been involved with the STEM-UP Network since its inception, coordinating and managing our programs and events.  

As a former general manager for a new model car show production company, her experience in event management spans over 20 years and has included virtually every aspect of public event planning, coordination, and execution.  She brought those talents to the STEM-UP Network and Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (HU) with enthusiasm and focus on the STEM-UP Network’s mission of advancing women in STEM.

Immediately prior to joining HU, Yvonne worked for Penn State University as an Administrative Support Coordinator supporting multiple entities which provide funding and business support services to emerging tech-based startups and existing manufacturers in the state of Pennsylvania.

Yvonne is a mother of two grown children–her son, a 2013 Shippensburg University graduate who is a computer programmer; and her daughter, a Penn State University graduate of PSU’s science department who also works for HU.  


STEM-UP Network Advisory Team

  • Aiesha Ahmed, MD, MBAVP, Chief of Neuroscience, Spectrum Health
  • Angela ChurchillSenior Director of Marketing, Operations & Analytics, Comcast Business
  • Sheri CollinsSr Director, Office of Corporate Relations, Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
  • Oralia Dominic PhD, MS, MA – Medical Policy Research Analyst, Highmark
  • Sharon MinnichVice Chancellor of Administration and Finance, Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE)
  • Sue Mukherjee PhDChief Strategy Officer & Senior Associate Provost, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Ramona Pereira-ChakkaPrincipal, Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • Julie SnyderChief Information Officer, General Government Delivery Center, PA Office of Administration
  • Meghan Steele Senior Director, SLED East, Cisco
  • Cynthia TraegerCEO, Pacific Siren International
  • V. Reid WalshDeputy Secretary, Human Resources and Management, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Contact us at [email protected].

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