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Organizing Committee

The volunteer committee are all people who live, work, & play in local communities (like Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Rohnert Park, Novato, San Rafael, and others). We rely on each others' local connections to recruit exhibitors, sponsors, and marketing. This approach has been extremely important to the event's continued success! We strive to create an inclusive environment where shared experiences and enthusiasm create a sense of community; allow parents to see the enthusiasm of their children for STEM; and facilitate a sense of regional community that connects organizations, schools, and families.


The volunteer committee undertakes key activities, including:

  1. engaging nearly 100 exhibitors to provide hands-on science activities (exhibitors include corporations, nonprofits, government agencies, small businesses, schools, clubs, research institutions).

  2. marketing the event to youth in the North Bay with an emphasis on outreach to schools, especially in Santa Rosa and Roseland, and also including radio.

  3. providing internships for high school students with key exhibitors; experiences lasting 8 to 12 hours to job shadow in advance and then help with the company's exhibit during the event.

  4. developing resources for youth to deepen and sustain their STEM engagement after the festival (e.g., providing exhibitor's information, resources, and calendars on our website).

Partnerships: The event thrives on partnerships to provide STEM activities, sponsorships, and marketing; key partnerships include Sonoma & Marin Offices of Education, Career Technical Foundation of Sonoma County, City of Santa Rosa, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, Santa Rosa Junior College, Sonoma State University, the Buck Institute, and Cooperative Extension.

Funds: The event relies on volunteer labor, thus no personnel costs are requested. Expenses included the facility; marketing and outreach through flyers, social media, and radio; and event logistics/supplies. 

The Team

Steven Worker, PhD



I am a 4-H Youth Development
Advisor at the University of California Cooperative Extension. Email me at 

Lyman Black

Exhibitor Coordinator


I am a former engineer and a current business consultant. I coordinate all the exhibits for the NBSDD.

Dane Lancaster


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Founder and CTO at PacificXR focused on application of XR ML and AI for learning.

Mike Roa

Student Volunteer Coordinator

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I am a retired science teacher and currently a science and environmental education writer and consultant. I coordinate student volunteers.

The Late Carole Bennett, EdD

Past Chair & Advisor


In recognition of Carole Bennett the co-founder and long time committee chair of the NBSDD. A retired teacher at the Computer Science Department of Santa Rosa Junior College, her leadership, passion and hard work helped make the North Bay Science Discovery Day the success it is today

B. Gabriela Arango

Adult Volunteer Coordinator


PhD student at UC Berkeley in integrative biology, studying oxidative stress and hypoxia tolerance on sea turtles. Founded Crecer ConCiencia, a nonprofit that seeks to inspire scientific curiosity. 

Steve Kadar

Creative Guy


I am a retired-ish Disney Imagineer. At any Disney Theme Park you are listening to my work. I love science and building my own research projects.

Susan Magnone, PhD

Educational Advisor


I am a former associate school superintendent for Contra Costa County Office of Education.

Jessica Ruskin



Education Director at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center. 

Dennis Bentley



I am a water engineer and have enjoyed helping third-world countries improve their water systems. I help the committee with outreach.

Stuart Levin, DVM, PhD



I retired from the research
and development side of the pharmaceutical industry. 

Don Pierce, MD

Sponsor Coordinator


I am a retired Kaiser physician, and I have been on this project since the beginning.  I coordinate the donations and sponsors. 

Kerry Wininger


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I am the Outreach & Communications Lead at SSU's Center for Environmental Inquiry, and
coordinate UCCE Sonoma County's Sudden Oak Death program.

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