April 8-24, 2016


Jonathan Frederick
Director, North Carolina Science Festival

Jonathan Frederick began his career in Tampa, Fla., as an educator at a major aquarium. In 2001, he moved to North Carolina to develop the first residential environmental education program in N.C. State Parks history. Most recently, he served as science programs manager for Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. Favorite historical science figure: George Washington Carver

Todd Boyette
Director, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
Co-Founder, North Carolina Science Festival

Todd Boyette became Morehead’s fifth director in July 2006. He previously served as president/CEO of The Health Adventure in Asheville, N.C., and Imagination Station in Wilson, N.C. He is a past president of the North Carolina Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative. Favorite historical science figure: Marie Curie

Denise Young
Director of Education and Planning, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
Co-Founder, North Carolina Science Festival

Denise Young is responsible for Morehead Planetarium and Science Center’s educational programming, including planetarium shows, summer camps and adult classes. She served as Morehead’s first full-time outreach educator for two years before accepting her current post in July 2004. Favorite historical science figure: Jane Goodall

Marissa Hartzler
Statewide Programs Coordinator, North Carolina Science Festival

Marissa joined the Festival team in September 2013 and is responsible for the Festival’s K-12 programming. Previously, she served as executive director of the Schiff Natural Lands Trust in Mendham, N.J., and as program director of Duke Forest. Favorite historical science figure: Arthur Holmes

Jeff Hill
Director of Advancement, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

Jeff Hill leads Morehead’s development activities and guides guest relations, marketing, graphic design and membership. Morehead hired Jeff in 2002 as its first marketing director. He also served as Morehead’s interim director, February 2005-July 2006. Favorite historical science figure: Galileo

Taylor Alfonso
Student Assistant, North Carolina Science Festival

Taylor is a UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate (Class of 2018) from Tampa, Fla. This is her first year with the Festival team. She is studying biology and economics, and she serves on the community government for her residence hall. Favorite historical science figure: Charles Darwin

Kenan Fellows

Allison Stewart
Kenan Fellow, North Carolina Science Festival

Allison is a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate and a third-grade teacher at Frank Porter Graham Bilingue in Chapel Hill. She says that science has always played a significant role in her life, dating back to her childhood dreams of being a marine biologist. Allison is passionate about engaging her students with science through project-based learning and will do anything and everything to find an excuse to discuss the solar system with her students and show the International Space Station livestream in class. Favorite historical science figure: Albert Einstein