The founding board members are uniquely qualified to bring this project to fruition. Among their other achievements, many of them are also parents. Their children range in ages from pre-school to post-college.
Tim Hebert, CEO of Atrion Networking Corporation , Warwick, RI, is one of the leading experts in the field of strategic technological solutions and leading edge technologies. Under his guidance, Atrion Networking Corp. has received many accolades – including being a Best Place To Work Company, an RI Tech10 Award Winner, an MSPmentor Top 100 Worldwide, a PBN Fastest Growing Private Company and many others. Tim is also deeply involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) initiatives and education in Rhode Island and is a mentor for young students in Rhode Island’s Year-Up program
Bonnie Epstein received her undergraduate degree in Geology/Biology from Brown University and her Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. Her interests lie at the junction of science, art and education. As a principal investigator for the New England Aquarium (Boston), she helped develop, implement and evaluate programs and exhibits for informal scientific education for over seven years. She also successfully wrote the Aquarium’s 2001 NSF grant-funded exhibit on jellyfish as environmental indicators (Amazing Jellies) and directed the New England Aquarium’s Newport Exploration Center – a small science museum in Newport, RI currently run by Save The Bay. Her experience includes teaching at the elementary, high school and college level. She currently teaches science at the Rhode Island School of Design. She can be reached at bepstein(at)rimosa(dot)org.
Ulysses Gallman is an outstanding teacher who made science both interesting and exciting for middle school students for 33 years. He has received numerous accolades for his work in the classroom, including the 1994 and 2000 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and the prestigious Milken National Educator Award. He is also a professional Disc Jockey and Videographer, who has owned his own company since 1982. He has been an “On-Air” personality for several local Rhode Island radio stations and is currently producing jazz instrumentals.
Pamela Crombie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Bryant University, and a Master of Science in Accounting and a Master of Science in Taxation at Suffolk University. She has extensive experience in the non-profit sector, having worked as an auditor specializing in performing audits of non-profit entities in Rhode Island, and as Senior Grants Accountant at City Year. She is currently Senior Accountant at The Grommet – a product launch platform for independent, small scale Makers. In the summer of 2014 they launched a new Wholesale Platform at the White House Maker Faire to connect these independent Makers with Main Street Retailers, supporting both and ensuring their success. In addition to her passion for making the world a more just, kind and creative, place, Pam is also an avid photographer.
Lily Benedict is a museum curator and educator whose interests lie at the intersection of art, science and history. Currently a curatorial fellow at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, she has worked at institutions including the Museum of Natural History in Providence, the MIT Museum, and the American Museum of Natural History. Lily received her BA in Anthropology from Cornell University and her MA in Public Humanities from Brown. A native Rhode Islander, she lives in Providence.
David Kunitz is a highly successful Product Designer who combines a keen eye for aesthetics, the ability to elicit consumer insights, an understanding of global engineering & manufacturing processes and a leadership style that teaches, motivates and optimizes highly skilled creative teams. He has been providing the companies he has worked with, a broad range of quality design solutions. David developed toys and brands for companies such as Mattel, TYCO Toy, Hasbro Inc, that are not only fun and aesthetically appealing, but steadfastly entrenched in solid business principles. He promotes highly creative problem solving, concept generation and communication.
Samuel Bowditch Smith received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design from the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. His background includes marketing, advertisement, with a lengthy career in both user interface and product design for a number of consumer electronics and toys. Since graduating in 2011, Sam has had the privilege to work as a toy designer for one of Rhode Island’s largest toy companies, and is an avid seeker of new technologies.
Juliette Casselman is a dedicated art educator with a Masters in Art Education from UMASS Dartmouth and a BA in history from UNH. She has been teaching in formal and informal school settings for over 10 years. Juliette has also taught for many non-profit educational organizations; for example, CityArts Providence where she created many works of public art including a clay tile installation at Kennedy Plaza in Providence. Other than her teaching experiences, Juliette is a working artist. Her work focuses on local salt marshes, native animals, and portraiture. She is currently the Education Director for RIMOSA and can be reached at email@example.com.
Kimberly Kowal Arcand is the Visualization Lead for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, which has its headquarters at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She studies the perception and comprehension of data visualization across the novice-expert spectrum and is active in the creation, distribution, and evaluation of large-scale science and technology communications projects. She is also an award-winning producer and director. Check out Kim’s first non-fiction book “Your Ticket to the Universe: A Guide to Exploring the Cosmos” (co-authored with Megan Watzke) by Smithsonian Books, 2013.
Ann Kaiser is a STEM Education Consultant and CEO of ProjectEngin LLC, a firm that provides professional and curriculum development services to support the inclusion of engineering in K-12 education. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science (B.S. Metallurgy and Materials Science) and the School of International and Public Affairs (Masters in International Affairs), Ann is a former metallurgical engineer with 16 years of experience in secondary education. As an engineer, her field of expertise was product and market development in the metals industry. As an educator, Ann’s main interest is in attracting creative, innovative young people to technical fields by exposing them to the possibilities and promises of engineering. Ann was named a Fulbright Distinguished Teacher in 2013, researching the implementation of Engineering Design projects as Performance Tasks in secondary physics classes in Singapore. She has been a presenter, organizer, and keynote speaker at numerous regional, national, and international conferences and is currently leading several middle school STEAM initiatives. Ann can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eliza Beringhause is a business owner of rental properties in Narragansett. She holds a Masters of Education in Health Promotion and was a faculty member at Bristol Community College where she taught Biology, Anatomy and Physiology and Health classes. Eliza worked for many years as a respiratory therapist and asthma educator in MA and RI. Eliza is also on the board of directors for United Neighbors of Fall River, which is a charitable organization dedicated to helping support the under-served in Southern Bristol County, MA.
Stephanie Norin is a business owner and event planner with a Masters of Business Administration from Johnson & Wales University. She has spend countless volunteer hours working with non-profit organizations and educational institutions close to her heart including Adoption Rhode Island, the Scleroderma Foundation, the Ashton School and the Wheeler School. As a parent, she looks forward to helping Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art realize it’s dream of obtaining a physical site!