Dr. Erika Ebbel Angle — Founder & Executive Chairman of the Board
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
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.
Shannon Morey — Director of Education, Instructor
Shannon completed a MS in Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2013. She also received a BS in Chemistry from Michigan State University in 2010. Her graduate research focused on developing new synthetic polypeptides that will be used to form hydrogels. These biomaterials have applications in tissue engineering. Shannon enjoys traveling, hiking, and crafting.
Jerrad Pierce — Chief Program Officer, Instructor
Jerrad has degrees in Environmental Policy and Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tufts University, although he flirted with a major in chemistry and a career in software engineering. His academic interests include cartography as well as research in sustainable development and environmental policy with a focus on diffusion of technology.
Amanda Schutt — Director of Development, Lead 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 currently works at EarthShare New England coordinating fundraising for environmental and conservation non-profits. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys gardening, baking, and volunteering with Girl Scouts.
Beth Zylinski — Lead 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.