Meet the Board of Directors
Come rain or shine, our Directors are working on making
Vocational STEAM Works a better program for our kids, in the Board Meetings and out in the field.
John Ferreira has been the owner of a White Dragon Kung Fu School for over 30 years. He's also in charge of the payroll for that chain of schools.
John's worked with kids for close to 35 year, helping to build their self-confidence, self-reliance and respect as a mentor and friend.
In 2017 John started the
Sifu Ferreira's Self Reliance Camp for kids K- 8th grade. A camp that allows kids to push their limits with real world tasks, situations and problem solving.
Retired Business Owner
John Pacente started his career out of High School as a Mechanical Design Draftsman. His design and drawing abilities earned him the position of Process Engineer in a Investment Casting industry. He later opened a Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) shop. At his shop where they produced everything from waveguides for Hughes to Yamaha's prototype of their personal watercraft . John has keep up with his drawing skills which started back in 1970. When the new drawing program Auto CAD was released in the early 80's John returned to school to keep current in the field. Parametric Design is changing the drawing field again, not only in technique, but also in thinking. John has been teaching the Parametric Design program Fusion 360 to students for the past 3 year.
Vocational STEAM Works is a non-profit Corporation 501 (c) (3) that works with Students grades K-12. We also encourage Middle and High School students to work with younger children. VSWR (VSW's rocketry club) have students that are qualified to help Boy/Girl Scouts launch rockets for merit badges, or elementary school students with rocket science projects. This is a win, win combination, elementary school students enjoy being help by older students and the Middle/High School students can earn their Community Service Hours.
Note: Students wanting to earn Community Service Hours should volunteer for the positions that have an * (asterisk) in front of it.