SRT-STEM Personnel

Clifford W. Houston, Ph.D.

Dr. Houston serves as the holder of the Hermann Barnett Distinguished Professorship in Microbiology and Immunology, and Associate Vice President for Educational Outreach. In this latter role, he oversees the activities of the Office of Educational Outreach, which encompasses the SRT-STEM Centerís educational activities specifically directed toward teachers as well as a portfolio of educational programs that include hands-on, project-based, and immersion programs for pre-K to 12th grade students as well as professional development workshops and conferences for teachers. Dr. Houston served a two-year appointment as Deputy Associate Administrator in the Office of Education at NASA Headquarters. During this period, he provided day-to-day guidance for three primary STEM-focused divisions: elementary and secondary education, higher education and informal education. Dr. Houston was honored for his work in a White House ceremony with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring in a White House Ceremony in 2000. Dr. Houston earned his PhD degree in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Prior to joining the UTMB faculty, he served as a James W. McLaughlin Postdoctoral Fellow at UTMB.

Marguerite Sognier, Ph.D.

Dr. Sognier holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the UT Health Sciences Center in Houston. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Southeast Regional T-STEM Center and Director of Educational Outreach at UTMB where she leads the effort to develop and implement novel, exciting educational programs focused on promoting interest in science, technology, engineering and math among students, educators and the community. She also serves on the faculty at UTMB. In addition to her work at UTMB, she works at the Johnson Space Center in the Biomedical Engineering for Space Exploration Lab. Her research focuses on the development of new state-of-the-art technology for medical applications in space and on Earth. Dr. Sognier can be reached at

Terry Talley, Ed.D.

Dr. Talley holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in science from the Mississippi University for Women and an Ed.D. in Curriculum, Instruction and Administration from the University of North Texas. Dr. Talley joined the SRT-STEM center as co-Director for Education Outreach upon her retirement with 20 years in public education. Terryís career began as a secondary science teacher working with students in grades 6-9 for 14 years. She later served as Dean of Instruction, science teacher specialist and eventually supervisor for science in two large north Texas Independent School Districts. Terry Talley was also an instructor in the College of Education at the University of North Texas. Currently, she holds the roles as the Program Manager and Mentor/Coach for the Galveston County Regional Collaboratives BTIM Program, serving novice math and science teachers in the Greater Galveston Area. Dr. Talley can be reached at

Monique Micheaux-Gordon, Ed.D.

Dr. Micheaux-Gordon supports the work of the Southeast Regional T-STEM Center (SRT-STEM) in Galveston, TX. She has completed undergraduate degrees in mathematics and physics and graduate degrees in chemistry and curriculum and instruction. With teacher certification in mathematics, physics, and chemistry, she taught in public schools for over 20 years. Currently she is working as a consultant with several STEM organizations. Monique is the Galveston BEST Robotics Hub Director and STEM Curriculum and Instruction Specialist. Dr. Micheaux-Gordon can be reached at

Stephanie Brierty

Stephanie is a T-STEM education specialist at the SRT-STEM Center in Galveston, TX. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in materials science and engineering from Georgia Tech. Prior to joining the center Stephanie was an education specialist at Transformation 2013 T-STEM Center out of ESC Region XIII in Austin. Stephanie also worked at National Instruments where she ran their K-12 Program and worked with such partners as LEGO, FIRST, and Project Lead the Way. She is excited to be bridging her engineering and education passions to integrated STEM education. Her focus is on engineering, technology, and online learning. Stephanie can be reached at