2017 Board of Directors

MSSEF Executive Committee

Chair
Timothy A. French, Esq.
Fish & Richardson P.S.

Vice Chair
Barnas G. Monteith
Tumblehome Learning, Inc.

Treasurer
Samuel L. Batchelder, Esq.
Goodwin, Proctor LLC

Assistant Treasurer
Jane A. Bell
Cabot Corporation

Co-Chair, MSSEF High School Committee
William F. Rigney
STEM Education Consultant

Co-chair, MSSEF Middle School Committee
Sandra H. Mayrand
UMASS Medical School (ret)

Members-At-Large

Rachel Connolly
WGBH and PBS LearningMedia

Nancy G. Degon
Region II Chair
Auburn High School (ret.)

Howard Harrison
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Christopher L. Lawson
Power-One, Renewable Energy Solutions
Phoenix, AZ

Dr. Megan E. Rokop
UMASS Boston

Rishi Shukla
Dock Square Equity
Roxbury, MA

MSSEF Honorary Director
Mary Ellen Stephen
Plymouth North High School (ret.)

Marvin C. Grossman
Management Consultant

Staff Officers of the Corporation

President & Chief Executive Officer
Cora Beth Abel
MSSEF, Inc.

Vice President of Corporate Development
Eleanor A. Tishler
MSSEF, Inc.

 

2017 MSSEF High School Committee

William F. Rigney, Co-Chair
STEM Education Consultant

Kristen Bellavance
Taunton High School

Nancy G. Degon
Region II High School Fair Chair
MSSEF Scientific Review Committee Chair
Auburn High School (ret.)

MaryAnn DeMaria
Millbury Public Schools

Stephanie Gill
Marlborough High School

Nicholas Guerin
Wachusett Regional High School, Holden

Howard Harrison
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Alex Hatzberger
North Attleboro High School

Kathleen M. Jones
TTT Mentor Program, Cambridge  

Kimberly Kamborian
GEMS Director

Karin Lebeau
Co-Chair, Middle School Fair

Dr. Malcolm Pringle
Boston College

Dr. Megan Rokop
UMass Boston

Jon Tyler
Westfield High School

Associate Members

Chris Angelli
Somerville High School

Althea T. Brown
Medford High School (ret.)

Dr. Chris Himes, Chair
Region 1 Middle School Fair
Professor of STEM Education
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Sebastian LaGambina
Somerville High School

Karen Martin-Myers
Upper Cape Regional Technical High School, Bourne, MA

2017 MSSEF Middle School Committee

Co-Chairs:
Karin Lebeau
Sandra H. Mayrand

Carol Barry
UMASS Lowell

Dr. Steven E. Bernacki (retired)
Raytheon Company/Draper Laboratory

Karen Bernacki

Kathy Berube
Worcester Public Schools

Karen Cristain
Douglas Public Schools

Ruth Crowley
Overlook Middle School

Nancy G. Degon
Auburn Public Schools (ret.)

MaryAnn DeMaria
The Bancroft School

Jeff Glick
Worcester Public Schools

Kelly Graveson
Douglas Public School

Chris Himes, Ph.D
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Lisa Greenwald
Westborough Public Schools

Erin McQuaid
Regis College

Kathleen Jones
TTT Mentor Program

Jeremy Mularella
Shrewsbury Public School

Dr. James Pelletier
Bristol Community College

William F. Rigney
MA STEM Consultant
Co-Chair, MSSEF High School Committee

Rachel Usher
Douglas Public School

Cora Beth Abel, President & CEO

Under Ms. Abel’s leadership, MSSEF has forged new partnerships with academic institutions, private foundations and government agencies as well as affiliated Regional Fairs and like-minded science education organizations. Her efforts over the last six years have strengthened the state’s year-long science fair programs and built greater awareness of MSSEF’s mission of inquiry-based learning for all students. She has led the successful pilot and seed funding of the Curious Minds Initiative, a strategic statewide plan to increase the number of Massachusetts schools and teachers that use the inquiry-based learning model and offer science fairs programs that inspire students’ interest in science through direct engagement in the real-world discovery process. Prior to joining MSSEF in 2006, she was a Founding Director and served as Vice President of MassBioEd, the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council’s (MBC) educational foundation, providing strategic direction and shaping policy to advance science literacy. She designed and led the BioTeach initiative, a dynamic model of early-stage workforce development, and oversaw a $9M-campaign that was launched at the Massachusetts State House. In the workforce arena, Ms. Abel developed an award-winning training program that opened entry-level opportunities in bio-manufacturing to underrepresented urban populations. She earned a baccalaureate in theoretical mathematics from SUNY-Buffalo and a master’s degree from Harvard University in Education & Design. She is the recipient of several national awards, including two design fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Eleanor A. Tishler, Vice President of Corporate Development

Ms. Tishler is responsible for all partner and sponsor relationships, and has built lasting and successful relations with over 100 loyal donors for over 15 years. She served as MSSEF’s first independent management professional in 1989, when the organization transitioned to an autonomous organization from its life-long affiliation with The Boston Globe. During her tenure, she was responsible for formalizing business operations, heightening awareness of the science fair program and significantly expanding the scope of sponsorship. After stepping down as Executive Director a decade ago, Ms. Tishler remained with the organization as Director of Corporate Development. Before joining MSSEF, she managed the corporate philanthropy program at Keyspan Energy (now part of National Grid), then a $1 billion diversified energy company. Her extensive experience in the non-profit sector includes work for United Way of Massachusetts, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Jobs for Youth, Speare Memorial Hospital and My Brothers Table.

Karin Lebeau, Events Manager

Ms. Lebeau is responsible for managing all logistics for both of MSSEF¹s statewide Science & Engineering Fairs that bring together the most talented young researchers and innovators in Massachusetts each year.  She brings to MSSEF eight years of experience in coordinating the Middle School Division event, which she co-chaired as part of her work at the Regional Science Resource Center (RSRC) at UMASS Medical School. Beginning this year at MSSEF, she will also oversee all administrative tasks for the High School Science Fair at MIT and the annual Massachusetts Delegation of students and teacher-chaperones that are selected to participate in the International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF). For the past two years, Ms. Lebeau served as the Director of the Central MA STEM Network.  Previously, she served as Interim Director of the RSRC, where she also managed a DESE-sponsored course for STEM teachers, ³Identifying & Developing Student Conceptions in Physical Science,” and served as the course manager for Board of Higher Education¹s @Scale Project, “Increasing Accessibility to Algebra & Geometry for ALL Students.”  Before joining RSRC, Ms. Lebeau  was a research associate at UMASS Medical School and was the lead co-author of a paper published in Current Biology  on chromosome dynamics in C.elegans.  Ms. Lebeau earned her BA in biology at Assumption College and an MBA at Nichols College, and is MTEL-certified in General Science and Communications & Literacy.

Elizabeth Kronberg, Executive Administrator

Ms. Kronberg joined MSSEF in 2013 and is responsible for managing and executing all administrative tasks for MSSEF. Her 20+ years of administrative experience includes companies in the insurance, mortgage and finance sectors in both MA and Chile. She also served as a residential supervisor in a school for special needs children. She earned her BS in Business Administration & Marketing at MCLA.

Other Professional Services

MSSEF retains the services of a Certified Public Accountant, legal counsel, bookkeeper, IT/computer team, and graphic designer on an independent contractor status. College interns are also engaged for special projects in support of administrative and programmatic efforts.