Staff Spotlight

Jeremiah Thompson 
Office Specialist Sr. 

Jeremiah was born in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Arizona in 2004. He received his B.A. in Theatre at Arizona State University. Jeremiah was a part of the Performance, (Dis)Orientation (Saturday Night Live-like sketches, songs, comedic drama and slam poetry that show real-life issues of campus life. Talented ASU students talk about dealing with new found freedom and independence, living with roommates and preparing for college-level courses), which was performed on all four campuses. Jeremiah has been involved with F.E.A (Future Educators of America) Dance club, Math club. Jeremiah was also a teacher for 8.5 years. Jeremiah is very excited to continue his career as the Office Specialist Sr. position to help develop and grow his skills in Business Operations. In his free time, Jeremiah loves to eat and try new foods, travel, dance, karaoke, and spend time with family and friends.

Susan Galpin 
Assistant Director, Administration

Susan achieved her Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Sociology from Arizona State University in 2003. In 2018, she graduated with a Master of Legal Studies from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. She is a proponent of lifelong learning as it enhances social inclusion, active citizenship and individual development. She also holds that civic engagement makes a difference in civic life by promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.
 
Currently, Susan serves her community as a member of the ASU Law Alumni Advisory Council and as a member of the City of Scottsdale Judicial Appointments Advisory Board. She also served on the City of Scottsdale Human Relations Commission that advocates and promotes all dimensions of diversity and works toward cultural awareness and unity.
 
Prior to her volunteerism in Scottsdale, she was a member of the City of Phoenix Office of Diversity, Brown Bag Lunch Series Board, whose mission it was to promote the value of cultural diversity for positive exchange among diverse groups. She also served as a Grants Review Panelist with the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture as grants were awarded to non-profit cultural organizations for education and community-based activities. She also participated in the Returning Students Program at Arizona State University as a mentor to students returning to academia, and served as a proctor with the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments program.
 
While Susan has worked in a corporate law department environment over the last fifteen years, she welcomes the opportunity to return to Arizona State University and the School of Social Transformation as a staff member at CGEST.

Jon Lefurgey
Administrative Assistant 

Jon Lefurgey was born in Hays, Kansas, where his father taught television production. Deciding to move from Hays, his family relocated to Virginia Beach where they lived for eight years. From Virginia Beach, his family then moved to Clifton Park, New York, where Jon began his career in higher education as a student solution center representative working for the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York.

When Jon’s parents retired to Arizona with his brother and his sister, Jon decided it was time to move to Arizona, as well, and leave winters behind in New York.

In keeping with his desire to remain in higher education administration, Jon accepted roles with ASU’s College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at the Polytechnic Campus and then with The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at the Tempe Campus working in their advising office for undergraduate students. He subsequently worked at Gateway Community College.

Now, we are pleased to welcome Jon back to ASU at CGEST. “I am looking forward to continuing my career in higher education,” Jon says, “and I am looking forward to working with the faculty and staff for The Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology.”

Sara Norton
Communication Specialist  

Sara is an Arizona native and a proud ASU alumna. She graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2013. She has enjoyed an eclectic career in marketing and has worked in a variety of fields from broadcast radio and nonprofit, to the music industry and higher education.

Sara is an avid reader (particularly memoirs) and listener of podcasts. She also loves to cook, play boardgames, travel, and explore Arizona (if the weather permits!) in her spare time. 

Manfred Reysser
Project Coordinator

Manfred was born and raised in a small city in Southern Germany. He studied Physics at Julius-Maximilians-Universität of Würzburg, Germany and spent one year as exchange student at State University of New York at Albany. He spent the majority of his professional life working at Intel, first at Intel Caribbean, Inc. in Puerto Rico and later at Intel Corporation in Chandler, Arizona. At Intel, he worked in Quality and Reliability Engineering and Program Management. Manfred was involved in many different projects large and small and he is thrilled to be part of the CGEST team. He has two adult sons and enjoys spending time with his wife. He is also active as a soccer referee in AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization).

Alexus Robertson
Assistant Director, Operations  

Alexus Robertson has worked in multiple roles at the Center starting as the Assistant to the Director and then Assistant Director, Administration. She has extensive business management and administrative experience. As a serial entrepreneur, she contains a variety of knowledge and expertise that helps support her current position. A graduate from New York University Tisch School of the Arts; she uses her theatrical background to creatively lead as Assistant Director, Operations. Containing a love of numbers she enjoys applying her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix to fulfill her fiscal oversight duties. To ensure a proper work life balance Alexus has taken up hobbies in sailing, karate, horseback riding, reading, and knitting.

Alexus is excited to be a part of a team that reviews intersectionality and uses culturally responsive methodologies to help enlighten young girls about alternative life opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. She wished she was exposed to COMPUPOWER and CompuGirls in her youth. The next best thing is to help other young girls experience the magic of the Center’s programs. With a passion to make an impact on the current generation, she diligently works to support the Center’s mission to inspire underrepresented youth to explore STEM fields.