Dr. Erika Ebbel Angle — Founder & Executive Chairman of the Board
Erika Ebbel Angle received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 2012 from Boston University School of Medicine. She holds a BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Erika is the CEO and co-founder of Counterpoint Health Solutions, a Biotechnology start-up company aimed at developing diagnostic tests and natural interventions to improve gut microbiome efficacy and prevent neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases.
In 2002 Erika founded Science from Scientists. She was CEO from 2002-2013 and is Executive Chairman.
Erika currently serves on the Massachusetts STEM Council Legislator Education Work Group and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education STEM Advisory Council. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts. In 2013 the Boston Chamber of Commerce selected her as one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Leaders” in Boston. Selected by L’Oreal Paris as a 2007 Woman of Worth for her work with Science from Scientists, Erika has been featured on Lifetime TV and Nova Science Now on “The Secret Lives of Scientists and Engineers.” She is the host of “The Dr. Erika Show,” an educational science TV show for children.
Erika served as a Commissioner for the MA Commission on the Status of Women. Erika was Miss Massachusetts 2004 in the Miss America Scholarship program. At age 11, she became interested in isolating natural antiviral products from an herb. She continued to purse this interest for the next 7 years, winning multiple state, national, and international science fair competitions.
Outside of work, Erika enjoys SCUBA diving, skiing and, a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, continues her lifelong passion for classical piano. She is married to Colin Angle, CEO of iRobot.
Dr. Alicia Bielik — Chief Operations Officer
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
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
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.
Warren Long — Director, Science from Scientists West
Warren recently retired from a long career of teaching high school science and chairing the science department at Drew School in San Francisco to join SfS and launch our program in the San Francisco Bay Area. He loved teaching all sciences but especially chemistry and earth science using hands-on labs and activities to enthuse students. Warren has also led teacher workshops on air pollution and atmospheric chemistry in California, India and China, plus recently organized and led teacher workshops on teaching lab chemistry in Tanzania. He graduated from Amherst College with a BA in biology and did graduate work at the University of California.
Warren loves the outdoors, especially bicycling, backpacking, sailing and hiking, as well as reading, gardening, woodworking, cooking and traveling and is active in community activities focusing on social justice and environmental issues. He and his wife Susan are long time residents of San Mateo and parents of a son and daughter who are now young adults.
Amanda Schutt — Director of Development, Instructor
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
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
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.
Dave Swindell — Executive Director
Dave has been a software and high technology professional for the past 35 years, having worked at large multinationals, through small technology startups. He specialized in software that modeled molecular structure and computational chemistry. While at Molecular Simulations in Burlington (now Accelrys), he managed the team that commercialized CHARMm; molecular mechanics software from the Harvard lab of Martin Karplus, who won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work. Dave also worked at the Internet pioneer BBN, where he managed CSNet, an early component of today’s Internet. In later years, he worked on projects involving hardware virtualization, systems management, and Software as a Services (SaaS) CRM systems. Dave has held roles ranging from individual contributor to software architect to engineering development director and has extensive experience managing complex projects, people, and budgets across multiple geographic regions, while still finding the time to coach his son's little league teams.
He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi from The University of Virginia in 1979 with a BA in Biochemistry and a BS Biomedical Engineering, and from Boston University in 1989 with an MS in Software Engineering.
Dave loves the water and is an avid kayaker, boater, and scuba diver and follows technology trends and home theatre. He is a long time listener of Garrison Keillor and a Prairie Home Companion. He and his wife Gail Goodman, who is the CEO of Constant Contact, live outside of Boston and have a son, Andrew, who teaches English in Thailand and Myanmar, and is pursuing a career in teaching.
Cortney Wieber — Director of Education, Program Manager Curriculum and Vacation Programs, Instructor
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
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.