Advisory Council

photo1The CRS Advisory Council is a forum to explore the issues and needs around science education and how Bay Area formal and informal organizations can work together to bring about positive transformation of science education.  The Council works towards improving local science education by sharing perspectives and creating recommendations for action and policy.


It’s not hard to get kids excited about science – our challenge is getting teachers excited, and supported, about teaching science."
--Jennifer Sethasang, 4th-Grade Teacher and Lead Science Teacher, Oakland Unified School District

Members are able to generate perspectives about issues affecting local science education; coordinate with key educational organizations and individuals; share current information about activities; and generate recommendations and action ideas.

Community Resources for Science organizes the biannual meetings, once in the Spring and once in the Fall.  We strive to bring together representatives from K-8 Education: teachers, administration, principals; Informal Education and Professional Development Organizations: Lawrence Hall of Science, Chabot Space & Science Center, California Academy of Sciences, Exploratorium, etc.; University of California: faculty, administration; Scientist volunteers: Cal graduate students, Lawrence Berkeley Lab, Bayer Corporation; and Funders: selected key funders in local science education.

Current Advisory Council Members

Betsy Mitchell, Advisory Council Chair
GK-12 Coordinator, Berkeley Natural History Museums
University of California, Berkeley
Sylvia Algire
School Field Trip Manager
Steven Beckendorf
Professor Emeritus, Molecular & Cell Biology
University of California, Berkeley
Susan Bellone 
Science Educator, Retired Elementary Teacher
Nancy Blachman
Founder, and the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival
Ira Bletz
Senior Naturalist, Ardenwood Historic Farm
East Bay Regional Park District
Alyssa Bormann
Graduate Student
University of California, Berkeley
Beth Burnside
Vice Chancellor of Research, Emeritus & Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, Emeritus
University of California, Berkeley
Jose Castillo
Quality Control Analyst
Bayer Corporation
Caleb Cheung
Director of Education
Chabot Space and Science Center
Elysa Corin
Erin Creel
Graduate Student
University of California, Berkeley
Elizabeth Donald
Senior Scientist, Research and Development
The Clorox Company
Sarah Dozier
Science Coordinator
Alameda County Office of Education
Nikita Gibbs
3rd Grade Classroom Teacher
Markham Elementary School, Oakland USD
Roma Groves
Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary, Oakland USD
Eric Havel
Senior Education Manager
Chabot Space and Science Center
Sherry Johnson
Science Educator, Retired Elementary Teacher
Community Resources for Science
Jack Kirsch
Professor of the Graduate School of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of California, Berkeley
Annie Kohut-Frankel
Educator, Public Education Program
California Coastal Commission
Yasmin Kroll
‚ÄčDevelopment Manager
Science from Scientists
Debbie Lenz
‚ÄčTeacher on Special Assignment, K-8 Science
Berkeley Unified School District
William A. Lester, Jr.
Professor of the Graduate School, College of Chemistry
University of California, Berkeley
Clea Maston
California Academy of Sciences
Katherine Nielsen
Co-Director, Science and Health Education Partnership
UC San Francisco
Nicki Norman
Science Education Consultant
CRS co-founder
Dawn O'Connor
Alameda County Office of Education
Chris Parry
Director of Public Programs
California Coastal Commission
Alan Poon
Group Leader, Nuclear Science Division
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Erin Rhoades
Executive Director
Berkeley Public Education Foundation
Jan Robertson
K-12 Science Coach
Mount Diablo Unified School District
Bruce Simon
Associate Director, Gateways East Bay STEM Network
Cal State University, East Bay
Rebecca Smith
Co-Director, Science and Health Education Partnership
University of California, San Francisco
Sarah Soule
Manager of Teacher Education
California Academy of Sciences
Joanna Totino           
FOSS Professional Development, Co-Director; Bay Area Science Project, Co-Director
Lawrence Hall of Science, UCB
Claudio Vargas
Manager, Elementary Science
Lisa White
Assistant Director of Education and Public Programs
UC Museum of Paleontology
Liaisons to Advisory Council
Robert Bergman
Professor of Chemistry
College of Chemistry, UC Berkeley
Anne Jennings
Diana Vélez
K-5 Specialist
Lawrence Hall of Science
Phoebe White
Independent Consultant