Peter McCloskey

Past head of the Electronics Industries Alliance (EIA), Mr. McCloskey became president in July 2006 of the National Science & Technology Education Partnership (NSTEP). Expanding his role as Chairman Emeritus, he is responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of NSTEP. His vision was to create a program that used the power of the internet to connect volunteer tutors with struggling students for tutoring and homework help. Mr. McCloskey spent his entire career in electronics, beginning in research and transitioning to the business side. He worked in the manned and unmanned space program for IBM and later became president of Farrington Electronics. He joined the association world as president of the Computer and Business Equipment Manufacturer Association (CBEMA, now ITI). He then spent 22 years as the president of the Electronic Industries Alliance and Chairman of the Electronic Industries Foundation (now NSTEP), becoming Chairman Emeritus in 1999.

Mr. McCloskey holds a law degree from Fordham University and is a member of the Bars of Virginia and the Supreme Court. He received his Bachelor of Science in Physics from Holy Cross College and was an officer in the Marine Corps during the Lebanon Conflict. In 1982, President Reagan appointed Mr. McCloskey to the Peace Corps Advisory Council. In addition to numerous other honors and awards, he was a recipient of the American Society of Association Executives Key Award in 1995 and the Electronic Industries’ Medal of Honor in 1998.

Mr. McCloskey is married to the former Louise Collins and has four children and fourteen grandchildren.


Patty Christian

Patty Christian handles day to day operations, communicates with students, tutors and teachers, analyzes program effectiveness, as well as develops usage reports for students, teachers, and tutors.  Since 1993, she has been privileged to live and work in some of the most remote areas of Alaska.  With an English degree from Dickinson College in 1988, she is also a certified teacher from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, with a special emphasis on teaching in remote and Native communities.  Raising and homeschooling three children 270 miles from the nearest school, library or grocery store, she realized the enormous potential of using the internet for educational resources and curriculum development.


Margaret Connelly

Margaret Connelly handles all finances and administrative details.  She is a Certified Public Accountant with over thirty years experience.  Margaret received her degree in Economics and Accounting from the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA.


NSTEP would like to acknowledge the invaluable contributions to Study Buddy of two of its earliest employees, Julie Cox and Gregg Martin. Julie and Gregg provided early direction, creativity and inspiration to the Study Buddy Program, which was indispensable