The Team

Steven Worker, PhD

Committee Chair

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

Dennis Bentley

Advisor

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

Steve Kadar

Creative Guy

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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.

Don Pierce, MD

Sponsor Coordinator

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

Leonard Weingarten

Advisor

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I have developed and managed programs that help students have a positive introduction into the work world. 

Patty Alushin

Educator Outreach

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I coordinate the communications to school districts. I am a retired pharmacist from CVS in Novato.

Lyman Black

Exhibitor Coordinator

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

Stuart Levin, DVM, PhD

Veterinary Pathologist

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I recently retired from the research a
nd development side of the pharmaceutical industry. 

Mike Roa

Educational Advisor

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

Kerry Wininger

Advisor

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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.

B. Gabriela Arango

Advisor

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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. 

Diane Gasson

Parent Advisor

I am a Mom, NUSD Trustee and business professional.  I share my parent perspective and provide support to our great team.   

Susan Magnone, PhD

Educational Advisor

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

Claire Spafford

Outreach and Website

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I am the Science Educator at the Buck Institute.   I spread the word about the NBSDD through our outreach events.

Carole Bennett, EdD

Past Chair & Advisor

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I am the former committee chair for NBSDD. I retired from teaching in the Computer Science Department at Santa Rosa Junior College.