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

Committee Chair


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.

Stuart Levin, DVM, PhD

Veterinary Pathologist


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


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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



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


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

Lori Lee

Buck Liaison

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Event Producer

The Late Carole Bennett, EdD

Past Chair & Advisor


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

Dennis Bentley



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


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


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

Leonard Weingarten



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