The CRS Team

Staff

CRS Executive Director Teresa Barnett has a passion for promoting education, and holds a Master’s Degree in political science. She joined CRS in 2009.

Her professional background includes journalism, editing, and photography, and she has served as founding board member and president of SchoolCARE, a non-profit education funding organization. She has also served as program manager for Community Alliance for Learning, placing volunteers in classrooms in Oakland, Berkeley, and Albany.

Teresa’s connections with science education began over 20 years ago running elementary school Family Science nights. Her favorite science activity is looking for constellations in the night sky.

Teacher Services Manager Corinn Brown has taught science in classrooms and science museums, and has managed projects and volunteers for museums, PTA’s and for CRS.

Corinn's love of science comes from the joy of exploring nature.  There’s nothing better than being outside with children (and adults) when they discover a worm in a compost pile or a fossil in a pile of rocks or identify a new bird in their own backyard. 

Program Manager for Education Outreach and Evaluation Michelle Fabros graduated from CSU San Bernardino with a Master's in General/Experimental Psychology. She's passionate about social psychology and research on underrepresented populations in STEM fields. She was formerly a CRS Project Coordinator for the 7th grade outreach program Be A Scientist. She loves working with mini scientists-in-training at science/engineering at science festivals. As a new Bay Area resident, she's excited about all the new places to explore and foods to try!

Senior Program Manager for Volunteer Recruitment and Education Outreach Traci Grzymala recently graduated with her PhD in Environmental Science from UC Berkeley. During her graduate studies, she investigated the evolutionary relationships of very small beetles. Her past experience includes creating and implementing classroom science lessons through the CRS BASIS program and serving as a NSF GK-12 fellow where she guided hundreds of fifth graders through outdoor science lessons. She absolutely loves the incredibly diverse and often unappreciated world of insects! Talking about bugs with students is one of her favorite activities!

Program Assistant for Education Outreach Stefanie Garcia received her BS in Physics/Biophysics from UCSD in 2012, and is currently finishing up her graduate program in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley with a research emphasis in radiation effects in semiconductor devices for oncology applications.  She enjoys teaching science concepts to K-12 students to show that interdisciplinary science can be fun, intuitive, and interactive.  Stefanie has been involved with CRS programs since arriving in the Bay Area for graduate school in 2014.

 

Communications Manager Tyler Chuck graduated from UCLA with a degree in Communications and from Loyola Marymount with a master's in Education.  Prior to working at CRS, he taught at Richmond High School as part of the Teach for America program.  From his experience working on music festivals and sporting events, Tyler is fascinated by the science of sound waves and the acoustic properties of space.  He also loves teaching tennis, playing the piano, and hiking trails around the Bay Area.

 

Project Coordinators

Project Coordinator Betsy Mitchell has been involved in science education since 2003, running education and outreach projects with the University of California's Berkeley Natural History Museums to connect scientists and the K-12 community through classroom programs, field activities, and teacher professional learning projects.

Campus Coordinator and Steering Committee member Erin Creel is currently a PhD student in the Chemistry department at UC Berkeley. Erin works at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis studying the conversion of carbon dioxide into fuels using only sunlight, electricity, and water.

Project Coordinator Darlene Yan has worked since 2002 in science education, namely space science and NASA public outreach and education at UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory.


Board of Directors

Diana Vélez​, President, is a professional development specialist and curriculum developer for FOSS (Full Option Science System) and the Center for Leadership in Science Teaching at the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley.  Previously she taught elementary school and was an instructional leader for the Oakland Unified School District.

Susan KattcheeVice President, is the Assistant Director, Department of Facilities and Environment for the City of Oakland. Susan previously worked for StopWaste.Org to develop the Irecycle@School program bringing high quality 4Rs education to ten school districts and over 37,000 Alameda County students.

Justin Curley, Treasurer, is a partner with Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He previously served as a law clerk for a federal judge in Seattle. Prior to law school, he earned his certified public accountant license as a financial auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Justin is a graduate of Duke University School of Law and the University of California, Berkeley.

Lisa Wahl Secretary, is a development consultant who previously held the position of Executive Director for three Bay Area non-profits serving people with disabilities. She worked with CRS from 2006-2010. Her M.A. is in Education and she is active in the field of assistive technology.

Robert Bergman is Gerald E. K. Branch Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Bergman is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  He has long been interested in developing nontraditional teaching methods and has participated in National Science Foundation sponsored programs to restructure the undergraduate chemistry curriculum.

Anne Jennings co-founded CRS and led the organization for 11 years along with Nicki Norman.  Her experience with non-formal science education and non-profit leadership were developed at the Exploratorium, where she continues to serve on the leadership team, currently as Director of Organizational Development.

Kristen Ratan is co-Founder of the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation which is building open source solutions to evolve how scholarship is created, produced and reported. She has a 20-year history working to accelerate advances in scholarly communication, holding leadership positions at the Public Library of Science (PLOS) and HighWire Press.

Rodney Turner is CEO of AYOXXA Biosystems. He has served an independent advisor to life science companies and investment interests, and on corporate boards. He served as Vice President of Corporate Business Development for Life Technologies Corporation from 2006 to 2014. He holds a BA in molecular biology and biochemistry from Rice University and has worked in bench sciences at research universities in the US and Germany, and has been involved in helping launch biotech companies in both countries.

Claudio Vargas is the California Math and Science Project, Early Implementation Project Director, with Oakland Unified School District.

Phoebe White, is Chief of Staff, Exploratorium. She has also served as a business consultant with operational leadership experience in the biotech industry, including senior management at LifeTechnologies, and consulting with Bain and Company. Phoebe holds a Ph.D in developmental genetics from Cambridge University and an MA in Physics and Philosophy from Oxford University.