Executive Staff

Dr. Erika Ebbel Angle — Founder & Executive Chairman of the Board

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Erika Ebbel Angle earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Boston University School of Medicine in 2012. Her research focused on the implementation of novel technologies in the discovery of biomarkers in Huntington Disease. She is a 2004 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she majored in Chemistry and minored in music. At MIT she was involved in virology, analytical chemistry, and molecular biology research. She was awarded 3rd place at the 2000 MIT Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium and was invited to be one of the youngest poster presenters at the 48th American Society for Mass Spectrometry Conference in Long Beach, CA in June of 2000. In 2003 she was nominated as a recipient of the United States Achievement Academy National Sciences Award, and has been inducted into two honor societies at MIT.

While attending Crystal Springs Uplands Middle and High School, she became interested in isolating natural antiviral products from an herb. Her project led to her involvement with many multinational companies and institutions, and she was the recipient of a number of awards including: the 3rd place Grand Award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in 1997, 1st place national winner of the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, 1999 Intel Science Talent Search Finalist, three-time winner of the California State Science Fair and the 1999 winner of both the California State Student and Project of the Year awards.

In 2002 Erika founded what would become Science from Scientists. She believes that it is possible to spark interest in science by involving students in hands-on projects. After learning that national math and science test scores among middle and high school students have declined in recent years, Erika decided to start a program to encourage student involvement in science research, science projects and science fairs by providing support and help to those interested. In 2007, Erika was selected by L'Oreal Paris as a Woman of Worth for her work with Science from Scientists and was featured on Lifetime TV. She is the host of “The Dr. Erika Show” an educational science TV show for children.

Erika has served as a commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women and is currently serving on a sub-committee of the Massachusetts Governor's STEM Council. Erika was Miss Massachusetts 2004 in the Miss America Scholarship Program. She has appeared on Nova and TLC in shows such as "The Secret Lives of Scientists and Engineers." She is CEO of Counterpoint Health Solutions, a Biotechnology start-up company aimed at discovering unique early prediction, disease progression and therapeutic biomarkers in diseases such as Huntington Disease. She was the CEO of Science from Scientists from April 2002-May 2013.

Dr. Alicia Bielik — Chief Operations Officer, Interim Executive Director

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Alicia earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry at Boston University in 2007. While at BU, her research focused on the quantification of sulfated carbohydrates in healthy and osteoarthritic cartilage using the technique of mass spectrometry. Alicia currently works for New England Biolabs, Inc. as the Glycobiology Product Manager. She focuses her efforts on the creation, purification and characterization of carbohydrate modifying enzymes. In her spare time Alicia enjoys traveling, running, and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Maureen Griffin — Chief Financial Officer, Instructor

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Maureen earned a Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. While at Penn, she developed a novel micro-mechanical technique called micropipette peeling to investigate the role of muscle cell adhesion in normal and diseased skeletal muscle cells. After graduating, Maureen worked full time as a post-doctoral researcher and then a staff scientist a SelectX Pharmaceuticals. She joined the teaching staff in 2008 and was excited to be made an executive staff member in 2009. Maureen also continued to consult part time for SelectX until her daughter's birth in 2009; now she is focused on Science from Scientists and, of course, her children. Maureen uses her spare time to read, blog, cook, and renovate her house.

Dr. Audra Kennedy — Program Manager Parent Engagement, Instructor

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Audra graduated from Boston College in 1994 with a B.S. in Biology and went on to earn her Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Her graduate research focused on the enteric nervous system and the neurons that control bile flow into the small intestine. Her favorite graduate school courses were Human Anatomy and Histology.

In addition to teaching science and volunteering in her children’s school, Audra is the vice-president of a local educational foundation that provides grant money to teachers for enriching educational programs. In her spare time, she can be found watching soccer and baseball games, training for an upcoming half marathon, and crafting with her children.

Amanda Schutt — Director of Development, Instructor

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Amanda earned her M.S. in Environmental Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012. Her research focused on benthic aquatic insect taxonomy, stream health bioassessments, and sedimentation issues in aquatic ecosystems. Amanda works as both an Instructor for Science from Scientists and as their Director of Development. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys gardening, baking, crafting, and camping with her Daisy/Brownie Girl Scout Troop.

Dr. Catherine Sukow — Lead Curriculum Developer, Instructor

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Dr. Sukow's interest in science education began when she was a teenager, with an extended visit to San Francisco's Exploratorium. In college, she had summer jobs in a similar, smaller, museum. She focused her Master's research at NCSU on the structure of metal silicides on silicon, and her Ph. D. work at Brandeis on the structure of crossbridged actin bundles. While volunteering in her childrens' schools, she was reminded how much fun it is to teach science, and is happy to be teaching now with Science from Scientists. In her spare time, she also enjoys yoga, choral and solo singing, and attempting a variety of international cuisines.

Norma Sullivan — Program Manager Professional Development

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Norma is a recently retired teacher. She has taught grades 4-8 in Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Georgia. However the last seventeen years, she has been a middle school math and science teacher in Newton, MA. She has participated in the Science from Scientists program for the last five years as a classroom teacher and currently working as a program manager for professional development for the Science from Scientists program.

Cortney Wieber — Interim Director of Education, Program Manager Curriculum and Vacation Programs, Instructor

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Cortney loves science, recycling, traveling and animals, especially bats! She recently returned to the Salem, MA area after spending a few months in India and completing her M.S. in Australia at James Cook University, researching the role of flying foxes as host reservoirs for zoonotic viruses. Before that, she spent many summers abroad gaining hands-on experience in wildlife rehabilitation in various countries around the world while getting her B.S. in Environmental Biology at Salem State University.

Aside from advocating for all animals, Cortney enjoys hiking and reading.

Beth Zylinski — Program Manager Web Solutions, Instructor

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Beth has always been interested in math and science and was inspired to pursue an engineering degree by her high school physics teacher. She earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and also a Masters in Engineering Management. While working in the engineering field, she was a quality and reliability engineer focused on testing integrated circuits and electronic chips. Beth enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, traveling and reading.

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