Hassana Q. Shaw

Board Member

Hassana Q. Shaw is an elementary school teacher in East Orange, NJ. She has served as a teacher-mentor to many aspiring educators. Ms. Shaw also assists high school students as they navigate the college entrance process. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Education Leadership at Seton Hall University.

Despite my teaching success, there were still very few members of underrepresented groups majoring in biology, so I thought if more could be done to spur interest in STEM fields earlier in children’s learning life, then possibly more of them might join STEM fields. 


That is when I started offering weekend and summer programs for elementary and middle school students, and the rest, as they say, is history. SciTech2U was born to meet the need for highly qualified STEM majors, especially from underrepresented groups.

Our Board

Zainab Abbas

Chair, Founder, and CEO

Zainab Abbas is the Board Chair, founder, and chief executive of SciTech2U Inc. She received her B.S. from Knoxville College, and M.S. from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine.  Zainab lends her expertise to SciTech2U as the CEO, managing all day-to-day activities, budgeting, volunteer and instructor recruitment, program  and resource development. She also develops curricula and instructs most SciTech2U programs.

Patrick Gallagher


Patrick Gallagher serves as the current C0-Chair of

SciTech2U's Board of Directors.  He received his B.A. in Digital Media from the University of the District of Columbia. Along with his Co-Chair duties, Patrick assists SciTech2U in communications, including web presence, video production, and graphic design since he joined the board in 2020.

Kevin D. Bryant

Board Member, Director of Programs, Treasurer

Kevin D. Bryant currently serves as the Treasures of  SciTech2 Board of  Directors, and the Director of Programs. As Treasurer,  Kevin overseas all financial reporting aspects of  SciTech2U, and as Directors of Programs, Kevin assists in developing innovating OST and  after-,school programs, including funds development to support them.

Teherehma White

Student Member of the Board and Secretary

Teherehma White is SciTech2U's Student Member of the Board and serves as Secretary.

Hannatu Abbas

Board Member

Hannatu is an educator in the DMV region with over 15 years of experience in several local school districts. She initially began supporting SciTech2U by sending her children to camps from the inception of the organization. Today, Hannatu serves on the board to help foster enriching experiences for students from all over the region.  Hannatu has BAs in Sociology and Communications from Pennsylvania State University and an MS in Education from Johns Hopkins University. She enjoys sparking a love of learning and curiosity in all children.

Adea Mandulo

Board Member

Adea Mandulo is a Board member of SciTech2U.

Zainab Abbas, CEO


Ever since I started teaching adults more than a decade ago, I have always had a desire to create learning environments that made it easy for students to learn and to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups (racial and ethnic minorities) entering STEM fields. 


From day one as a biotechnology instructor at a local college, I noticed that there were very few students from underrepresented groups enrolled in my classes. I also had some students who were non-majors and who seemingly had little interest in learning biology.  Over the years, I was able to increase interest in learning biology in my classes among non-majors by exploring and refining ways to make learning easy and interactive, with some non-majors changing their majors to biology. 



Meet the Founder


Angela Sikes

Board Member

Angela Sikes is a highly-skilled 360-degree Brand Planner and Marketing Strategist with close to 20 years of experience in developing data driven, audience-centric strategies for some of the world’s most beloved Fortune 100 brands and held leadership roles for top tier media agencies including advertising (BBDO), multicultural (GlobalHue and Uniworld), digital (Organic and Digitas), experiential (Viva Creative), CRM (Havas Worldwide) and public relations (Edelman) agencies. She earned a MBA in Marketing from Lawrence Technological University and a B.S. in Economics from Florida A&M University and teaches undergraduate and graduate-level marketing and advertising courses at Georgetown University and Bowie State University.