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!

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!

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 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 Meredith Triplet is currently a PhD student in the Chemistry department at UC Berkeley. Meredith works in the Groves Group studying how proteins interact and signal on lipid membranes.

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

Phoebe White, President, is Director of Special Projects at the Exploratorium, and 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.

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.

Diana Vélez​, Secretary, 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.

Justin Curley, Treasurer, 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.

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.

Maureen Dunne is Founder/CEO at a Bay Area educational technology company, with experience in data science, learning and developmental neuroscience. A Rhodes Scholar and National Science Foundation Fellow, Maureen received a Ph.D in Cognitive Sciences from the University of Oxford and post-doctoral training in Cognitive Neuroscience at MIT-Harvard, as well as an MA in Cog. Sci. at the Univ. of Chicago and an M.Sc. in Anthropology of Learning and Cognition from the London School of Economics.

Teresa Gonczy is an early childhood strategy and evaluation consultant, focused on systems level quality improvement bridging research, policy, and practice.  She studied science at Caltech, and has a bachelors in cognitive science from UC-San Diego and a masters in education policy at Harvard Graduate School of Education.  Previously Teresa was a high school math and science teacher, and helped to found a charter elementary school and a family-friendly makerspace.

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.

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 an independent advisor to life science companies and investment interests, and serves on two 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.

Lisa Wahl 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.