Meet The Team

Lisa Davis

Founder & Chief Strategy Officer

Lisa is an experienced senior executive and entrepreneur with a successful track record of delivering results across a variety of organizations. Lisa’s background in commercial real estate and venture capital saw her leading a number of start-ups and major expansions on a national, local, and regional basis.

Lisa was previously elected on a platform of change as a trustee of the Calgary Board of Education, one of the largest school boards in Canada with 120,000 students and a $1.4 billion budget.
Lisa also founded a highly successful early childhood and recreational program that doubled in size in its first 3 years. The unique community hub model she pioneered was recognized for its innovative programming.

Teresa Royea


Ms. Royea brings a wealth of educational experience and dedication to her upcoming role as the Assistant Principal at STEM Collegiate Junior High in Edmonton. Her journey in education has been diverse and impactful, serving in various capacities from teaching and counseling to leadership roles across different grade levels, spanning grades 7 through 12.
A graduate of MacEwan University and the University of Alberta, Ms. Royea obtained her Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.,) with a major in Career Technology Studies (CTS) and a minor in English. Complementing her undergraduate studies, she pursued a Masters Degree in Counseling (M.Ed.,), showcasing her commitment to fostering holistic student development. Prior to pursuing post-secondary studies in the field of K-12 Education, Ms. Royea owned and operated a very successful small business.
Thus far in her career as an educator, Ms. Royea has made significant contributions towards progressive initiatives in various school divisions, including Sturgeon School Division, Pembina School Division, and St. Albert Public School Division. Her active involvement in leadership programs, volunteer initiatives, and diverse school committees has established her as an integral member of the school community.
As a staunch advocate for mental health and wellness, Ms. Royea actively participates in running support groups, emphasizing the importance of a holistic approach within the school environment. Her multifaceted expertise, coupled with a compassionate approach, underscores her dedication to fostering a nurturing and inclusive learning atmosphere.
In anticipation of her upcoming role as the Assistant Principal of STEM Collegiate, Ms. Royea looks forward to championing student success, promote academic excellence, and providing unwavering support to students, staff, and the broader school community of STEM Collegiate.

Liana Appelt

Founding Superintendent

Liana Appelt is a seasoned educator with experience as a School Principal at all grade levels in Alberta and British Columbia. While pursuing a PhD in Educational Research at the University of Calgary (U of C), Liana taught in the Bachelors’ Program for the Werklund School of Education and later served her Alma Mater as a Provincially appointed member of the U of C Senate.

She is proud to be the Founding Superintendent of STEM Collegiate Public Charter School and looks forward to being part of its future growth. In addition to her leadership work at STEM Collegiate, Liana teaches as a sessional instructor in the Bachelor and Master of Education Programs at Vancouver Island University (VIU) as well as supervises several graduate students.
Liana is also an Adjunct Professor for the Department of Educational Studies in the Faculty of Education (Vancouver Campus) at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

Technology Advisory Committee

Made up of senior STEM experts from industry and post-secondary institutions, the Technology Advisory Committee contributes valuable insights on local and global trends and advancements. The committee also provides direction for curriculum content and design to ensure STEM Collegiate courses and outcomes align with post-secondary and employment pathways. If you are a senior STEM professional interested in helping guide the future of STEM Collegiate, please contact us.