Flora Stone Mather Center for Women

Office: Tinkham Veale University Center 248
Phone: 216.368.0985
Fax: 216.368.0977



Heather Clayton Terry

Associate Director of Women in Science & Engineering & WISER Student Adviser
(216) 368-6858

Heather C. Clayton Terry, MPA is an advocate, coach and an adviser for women and minorities in pursuit of STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) degrees and/or professions in industry. She currently works for the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and acts as the Associate Director for Women in Science and Engineering. She advises the WISER (Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable) student group and provides individual coaching to women and minorities who need help navigating male dominated fields. Her focus is on helping people find their voice through leadership, mentorship and outreach programs. Heather is a native Clevelander and first generation college graduate who has worked as a Project Manager for National Institutes of Health grants as well as worked as the Francis H. Beam, Jr. Fellow for the Saint Luke’s Foundation of Cleveland, Ohio. There she provided $2.4 million in support to local nonprofit organizations. Prior to that, Heather spent six years managing programming initiatives for the Cleveland Public Library as well as taught adolescents in programs such as the NASA Workforce and Economic Division - Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) Program.


Heather holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master degree in Public Administration from Cleveland State University. She earned a graduate Nonprofit Management Certificate from Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, holds an Emotionally Intelligent Leader and a Women in Leadership Certificate from Weatherhead School of Management at CWRU. She is a vocational auto-mechanic, an internationally acclaimed vocalist and published ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) writer with more than 12 compilation features under her belt! She received the NEO 25 Under 35 Movers and Shakers Award through the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club & Inside Business Magazine. She graduated from the Cleveland Bridge Builders program through the Cleveland Leadership Center and is a member of a several Cleveland community committees: Board Development Committee for the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland and TECH CORPS Northeast Ohio Regional Steering Committee. She is also a national committee member for the Science, Technology, and Engineering Accessibility for Disabled Youth (STEADY Academy) Advisory Board based out of the World Institute on Disability.


She is a passionate advocate for women and minorities in STEMM, women of color access initiatives, proud spokesperson and endometriosis educator as well as a real estate entrepreneur.



Chakira Smith

WISER President and Leadership Coordinator

Chakira Smith is an undergraduate student studying Medical Anthropology and Sociology. She plans on pursuing a Masters in Public Health. Chakira is the President of WISER, a member of Alpha Chi Omega, a Civic Engagement Scholar, and a CCEL Serves Leader. When not participating in these activities, she enjoys reading, watching Netflix, and spending time with her friends.

Gwennyth (Gwen) Evans

WISER Mentor Programming Coordinator



Gwen Evans is a graduate student in the BS/MS program studying Civil Engineering, with a focus in structural engineering.  She recently completed her undergraduate studies, graduating with a BS in Civil Engineering and a BA in English from Case Western Reserve University.  On campus, she is involved in Young Life and the American Society for Civil Engineers.  Off campus, she works for a restoration engineering firm, where she helps repair historic facades (and climbs up the side of buildings.) In her free time, Gwen enjoys yoga, drinking coffee, and traveling (around Cleveland and around the world.)



WISER students are able to gather and meet in their own WISER room. Centrally located on campus, the room is set up for conversation, napping, and working. The lounge also has computers and a printer available.