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

Alexandra Brown

Alexandra Brown is the Director of STEM Curriculum & Content at STEM Fuse. As a former science and engineering teacher, Alex utilizes her background in classroom teaching and creative design to develop course materials and professional development for STEM Fuse's K-12 content. When she's not designing curriculum, Alex can be found exploring foodie favs around the U.S. or dominating in N64 Mario Party. Of all the educational technologies she currently works with, 3D CAD and game design are Alex's jam!

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

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.

Mark Tibbles

Mark Tibbles is the Managing Director of Strategic Stage Ventures, LLC. and a former Owner/Partner and Director of Intuitive Technology Group, one of the nation’s leading Symantec Partners, holding the coveted National Premier Partner status, providing endpoint management, security and staffing solutions. Intuitive Technology Group (ITG) received a prestigious #2 ranking in Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal 2012 and #16 in 2013 Fast 50 Companies and The 2012 (#461) Inc. 500 List and 2013 (#764) Inc. 5000 List of America's Fastest Growing Companies. Intuitive Technology Group was sold in 2017. Prior to that, Mr. Tibbles was President and Founder of Minnesota based PRC Consulting, Inc. beginning in 1998. PRC Consulting specialized in the management and implementation of IT projects for Fortune 1000 companies. PRC was sold in 2013. Mr. Tibbles has spent most of his career as a serial entrepreneur, business owner and Corporate Director and is an active venture investor in and advisor to Technology, Life Science and Medical Device companies. Other companies on which Mr. Tibbles serves as a Member of the Board of Directors are OppSource, Appfluencer and Imricor Medical Systems Inc. Additionally, Mr. Tibbles maintains Board Observer status with Cardialen, Inc. Previous Boards include Ativa Medical, Inc. and NuAx, Inc. On a personal note, Mr. Tibbles has visited over 80 countries; travel and adventure are his passion!

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.

Stephanie Spaan

Stephanie Spaan, Regional Sales Manager and Director of Professional Development at STEM Fuse, is passionate about helping schools integrate STEM into their core curriculum areas as well as helping teachers provide highly engaging course materials. Stephanie embodies the company’s motto of “Curricula by Teachers, For Teachers.” Formerly an elementary, middle school, and university instructor, Stephanie enjoys the camaraderie of working with teachers all across verticals to help students become more creative and better problem solvers.

Thomas Tulp

Thomas Tulp is the CEO and Founder of Semper Augustus Consulting, LLC, which provides advice and consulting services to top tier domestic and international banks and financial service companies on matters that include legal entity structuring, financial market structure, regulatory compliance, electronic trading, sales & trading systems design & integration, operational efficiencies, and financial reporting. He is a venture investor and Board Advisor in a portfolio of early and mid-stage business enterprises including medical devices, renewable energy, and real estate. Mr. Tulp’s experience includes over 30 years in financial services. He retired from Morgan Stanley (MS) as a Managing Director after spending 20 years in roles that included serving as Global COO for Morgan Stanley’s fixed income Interest Rate & Currency Division, COO Municipal Securities & Public Finance, Head of Municipal eCommerce, bond underwriter, and trader. In his eCommerce role, he was a founder and Board Member of TMC Bonds, which is currently a global leader in multi-product fixed income trading, sales, distribution, portfolio analytics, and automated decision strategies. In his various roles, his oversight included etrading, Legal & Compliance, Quantitative Strategies, Analytic Modeling, IT, Operations, Regulatory & Financial reporting Tax Matters, Regulatory Relations, and Vendor Management. Mr. Tulp currently holds the following FINRA securities registrations: Series 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 24, 52, 53, 63, 79. Prior to MS, Mr. Tulp served as a Vice President and trader at CS First Boston, Institutional Broker and Partner at Cantor Fitzgerald, Senior Vice President at S&P JJ Kenny, and began his career as a Senior Financial Analyst at Cablevision Systems Corporation. Mr. Tulp holds a BS (Finance & Economics) and MBA (Finance) from the University of Bridgeport.

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!