Staff

CRS staffCRS Executive Director Teresa Barnett has a passion for providing teachers and students with support and resources. Her professional background includes journalism, editing, and photography, and she has served as founding board member and president of SchoolCARE, a non-profit organization which has raised and distributed over $2.3 million to support education in Albany since its inception in 2001. She has also served as program manager for the WriterCoach Connection program of the Community Alliance for Learning, placing volunteers in classrooms in Oakland, Berkeley, and Albany.

Her connection to science began over 15 years ago running elementary school Family Science nights, and presenting planetarium shows using space science materials from the Lawrence Hall of Science. She has a particular interest in efforts to integrate the teaching of science and writing, which CRS has learned is a priority for teachers.

Community in the Classroom Program Manager Heidi Williamson studied science at the University of Wisconsin and has worked on science education ranging from nanotechnology exhibit design and outreach to research on teaching and learning. In addition to her science communication experience, Heidi is skilled at Web design and database management.

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

Consulting Team

Nicki Norman co-founded CRS in 1997, drawing on her background in managing environmental regulatory projects and teaching classroom science enrichment. She now acts as a consultant to CRS in the areas of Resource & Professional Development and serves on the Board of Directors.

Grantwriter Lisa Wahl began working with CRS in 2006 and has assisted with both science and funding resource development. Her background includes 20 years as Executive Director at a series of 3 nonprofits and a Master's degree in education.

Adjunct Educators Susie Bellone and Sherry Johnson bring many years of elementary science and environmental education experience to their roles.

Nancy Morton provides skilled accounting support for CRS.

Board of Directors

Susan Kattchee, President, is the Environmental Services Manager for the City of Oakland. Ms. Kattchee has 25 years of experience in the field of waste reduction and recycling and 20 in local government. Ms. Kattchee 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. Ms. Kattchee also serves on the National Recycling Coalition board of directors.

David Pontecorvo, Treasurer, works as a consultant with foundations, individual donors, nonprofit organizations and public agencies to help them increase their organizational and program effectiveness. He previously served as Director of Programs for the East Bay Community Foundation, and as Program Director of La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley. David has a degree in Environmental Studies from UC Berkeley.

Anne Jennings, Secretary, co-founded CRS with 15 years of non-profit management and administration at the Exploratorium, where she administered teacher training programs, managed the volunteer program, and exhibit development and installation projects.  She has recently returned to the Exploratorium as Relocation Program Manager.

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.

Justin Curley is an attorney 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.

Lauren Luke is Diversity Pipeline Program Manager with The Bar Association of San Francisco. She holds a J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law, as well as an undergraduate degree in business. Lauren has extensive experience in education outreach, diversity recruiting, and community involvement. 

Nicki Norman co-founded CRS after six years assisting teachers to connect with science enrichment resources and teaching science curricula in K-5 classrooms in Berkeley.  She has 20 years of experience designing, funding, and managing complex environmental and regulatory projects involving diverse constituencies.   

Adela Pang is Managing Director, Financial Planning and Analysis with Kaiser Permanente. She is an experienced senior financial administrator with a dedication to community service. Adela has served in Director of Finance, CFO, and other financial leadership with several non-profit hospitals and medical centers.

Claudio Vargas B. is the Director of the Bay Area Science Project (BASP) at UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS). Claudio has led numerous professional development programs throughout the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Texas. He has designed and implemented K – 8 professional development programs that focus on developing teachers’ science content knowledge and expanding their teaching strategies, with particular emphasis on strategies that provide English Language Learners with access to the core curriculum.
Prior to joining LHS, Claudio worked for 10 years as an elementary school teacher and a science coach in the Oakland Unified School District. He spent the previous 15 years as a science researcher at the School of Pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco and at the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Minnesota.  

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