STEM Fuse was born in my mind in February of 2008. It left my mind and hit a square, bar height, kitchen table in Sartell, Minnesota in 2009. It now consists of 11 employees and at least that many more contributing contractors along with a second office in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Things have changed and we have grown, but the original concept has not. We were founded with the simple goal of promoting and improving STEM education. We decided to do this by developing high quality, easily taught STEM curricula but with two major features:

  1. We must truly interest and engage students
  2. Our courses must be affordable and practical to implement

I am very proud to say that we are succeeding. We are now taught in over 5,000+ schools in all 50 States and five foreign countries! This didn’t happen because of one individual or even because of my original 2008 idea. This has happened because STEM Fuse is made up of a fantastically awesome, creative, fun, hard-working, dedicated, passionate team of people. We love what we do. We are lucky and we know it.

Carter Tatge - Founder / STEM Fuse, LLC

Carter Tatge

I am a relatively boring guy. My perfect day – my Ferris Bueller Day - would be: hanging out in a classroom full of curious kids either designing something on the computer or performing a “non-sanctioned” chemistry experiment, grab a Bobby Flay cheeseburger for lunch, find my 3 adult kids and head to Target Field to watch the MN Twins win, chase that victory with a strawberry shake, catch an episode or two of Modern Family and hit the hay being grateful for how lucky I am. I also have a passion for STEM education and believe we have just scratched the surface – of just about anything and everything

Eric Kannas

Head of Development and self-proclaimed funniest person at STEM Fuse. Avid fan of the Colorado Avalanche and Denver Broncos. 2011 Upper Central Midwest Tic-Tac-Toe Regional Champion.

Jake Roy

Regional Director, I enjoy hunting, fishing, golfing, cooking, and sleeping Sunday afternoons away.  My biggest weakness is my love of Minnesota sports teams.

JAKE TROMBETTA

My name is Jake Trombetta and I am the Chief Mathematics writer for Stem Fuse’s math courses. I have been teaching middle school math for 14 years. After teaching for a few years, I started to write and develop middle school math resources that engage students. Luckily after seven years of working on this project, I met the people at STEM Fuse. I am so excited to be part of a company that shares my passion for implementing STEM courses that motivates students in a teacher-friendly format. When I am not developing math courses, I enjoy spending time with my family (wife and dog) and being active outdoors playing golf, tennis, or riding my bike.

Kari Tatge

Hello! My name is Kari Tatge and I am the Director of Sales and Marketing for the East/Central Region for STEM Fuse Division. Since taking on this position in 2011, I have quickly built terrific relationships with teachers and schools across the nation. Whether it’s working with schools in my home state of Minnesota, attending CTE conferences in Texas, holding a training workshop in Nashville or helping a charter school in Florida, chances are if you haven’t heard from me yet…you will!

Kellie Tatge

I grew up in Alexandria, MN and currently work at the Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC). I have been part of ATCC as both a professor and a dean for the past 16 years. As an instructor, I taught Liberal Arts courses such as composition and public speaking. While in administration, I managed the Business, Business Technology, Design, Marketing, Liberal Arts, and Online/distance delivery divisions of the college. As part of the Minnesota State College and University system, I have had the opportunity to be part of the state board for credentialing, a Lumina initiative called the DQP, Distance MN, and Quality Matters. As part of the National Association of Professional Women, in 2008, I was named a “Woman of the Year” in the field of educational leadership. My educational background includes bachelor degrees in English and Communications from the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree in Communications from Saint Cloud State University, and a PhD in Management, with a specializing in Knowledge Management, from Walden University to be completed in 2014. In 2012, I was excited to start working with STEMFuse. I have enjoyed being a part of creating and organizing course curriculum, as well as working with transfer opportunities and state standards. The STEMFuse organization draws on my experience as an educator in a technical college, online and distance delivery manager, and on a personal belief that students should be challenged and given opportunities to explore career fields in order to benefit them personally, but also to strengthen our work force. At a time when student loan debt is at an all-time high, it is increasingly important for students to make smart choices and take advantage of opportunities to move forward in their career paths; STEMFuse is part of this.

Matt Willard

Dr. Matthew Willard serves as a senior advisor to the STEMFUSE academic team. Dr. Willard is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Sioux Falls and spent 7 years as a full time faculty member at the Business School at Colorado Technical University in Sioux Falls. Dr. Willard holds a PHD, MA, MS and BA from Stanford University and is currently a managing partner of The Funding Farm, a business development and consulting firm.

Tony Ennis

Tony Ennis brings a career featuring twenty years of progressive sales and marketing leadership experience. Tony dedicated much of his career to Jostens; America's leader in helping school and sports communities celebrate the story of their experiences. In 2013, Tony joined STEM Fuse as the Executive Vice President, Business Development. In this role, Tony is responsible for developing strategic alliances and partnerships with organizations that share a passion for education and with whom STEM Fuse shares a strong fit. Additionally, Tony has been a board member on the STEM Fuse board of directors since its inception. Also in 2013, Tony started Orion Sales Performance; a strategic sales consulting firm with a mission to help companies drive top line results by improving their sales effectiveness. Tony is a graduate of St. Cloud State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and was a member of Kappa Delta Pi honor society. He is a member of the American Marketing Association and the Business Marketing Association. Tony lives in suburban Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota and enjoys spending time with his kids, running, attending local concerts; and, he is an avid fan of the Minnesota Twins. Currently, Tony is the Executive Vice President, Business Development for STEM Fuse.

Tyler Tatge

Hi, my name is Tyler Tatge and I am the Northeast Regional Director of Sales and Marketing. My goal is to help as many schools as possible implement STEM skills and career opportunities into their K-12 school system. At STEM Fuse we make this possible by providing well developed curricula as well as customer service. I believe that building good relationships with educators and listening to feedback is important for STEM Fuse to continue to grow. I’m constantly looking for opportunities to present at conferences and classrooms. Promoting STEM education as well as helping with teacher development is the best part of my job! Prior to joining STEM Fuse, I attended college in St. Cloud, MN (Go Huskies!) and worked at a distribution center as a print machine operator and inventory control assistant. I enjoy watching and playing all sports, I like to stay active, my favorite season is Fall, my favorite food is anything you can put on a grill, and I truly have the best job in the entire world! Thank you so much for showing interest in our company and our cause. STEM Fuse looks forward to joining efforts with you as we inspire the next generation of innovators. If you ever have any questions/concerns/thoughts feel free to contact me at any time!