Pre-Collegiate Outreach Programs Staff

We have several full-time professional staff who work year round to plan and support summer programs and other outreach activities. During our programs, we get the entire WPI community involved, utilizing our faculty and coaches to instruct, and our undergraduate students to serve as counselors.

Christine Banning

Operations Manager

Phone: 508-831-4106

Having served various roles at WPI since 2009, Christine now coordinates the technical details behind outreach programs. She holds a Master of Arts in Theoretical Linguistics as well as Bachelor degrees in Journalism and in Russian. Her spare time is filled with being a mom and playing various musical instruments.

Amanda Besaw

Administrative Assistant V

Amanda received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Worcester State University. She is very passionate about academics, and has been working in different sections of higher education since 2013. After moving up and down the East Coast for a few years, she is happy to be back in Worcester County. Outside of the office, Amanda enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs.

Ryan Meadows

Ryan Meadows

Assoc Director Summer Programs

Ryan has worked in higher education for many years, with emphasis in pre-college programs, student development, and residential life. She earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Sacred Heart University and two Bachelor of Sciences in Mathematics and Business Administration from Fitchburg State University. She is driven by a passion for education, both inside and outside of the classroom through exposure to educational resources and developing leadership skills. In Ryan’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and family.

Jenna Noel-Grinshteyn

Jenna Noel-Grinshteyn

Assoc Dir of Outreach Programs

Phone: 508-831-4900

Jenna's background is in secondary education where she always loved the interaction with students in the middle and high school grades. She has been in the Enrollment Management field for over 10 years. Jenna is passionate about her work in higher education because she is able to teach and mentor students who are looking to continue their education after high school. Here at WPI, she is constantly amazed by what the students achieve academically as well as socially that enables them to be the leaders of the future. Together with our students, our office helps to inspire young minds to consider fields of STEM for future studies. 


Suzette Santiago

Program Manager

Phone: 508-831-4900

Suzette has a background in Sales and Marketing communications, she joined WPI Summer Programs back in 2013. She is very passionate about outreach and community service.  During her spare time she volunteers at HighPointe Church co-leading a few ministries and spending time with her family.

Sue Sontgerath

Suzanne Sontgerath

Dir Pre-Collegiate Outreach

Phone: 508-831-4900

Sue is originally from Western Massachusetts but now live in the Worcester area. She is a WPI alumna with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and also holds a Master of Education degree from  Worcester State University. While working as an engineer,  Sue had some incredible opportunities which included working for companies that manufactured everything from space shuttle parts for NASA to carabineers for mountain climbing. After taking some time off to raise her children, she returned to WPI in 2008, which was bit like coming home.  Sue is very proud of the commitment WPI has made not only to a superb education for our current students, but also to educating younger K-12 students about the exciting opportunities in available in science and engineering. In my spare time,  she loves reading, hiking (especially in the awesome New England fall) or spending time on the Cape with her family.


Mass Academy's Summer Programs

Several other programs hosted at WPI are run through Mass Academy, including Intellect Quest.