April 7-23, 2017

Team

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: Laika

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

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

Kara O’Dor
K-12 Programs Assistant, North Carolina Science Festival

Kara O’Dor joined the festival team in October of 2015 and assists with the Festival’s K-12 programming. Kara splits her time between the North Carolina Science Festival and a public elementary school where she works as the media and technology assistant. She’s spent most of her life as an arts educator, beginning her career at the age of 8 in a touring puppetry troupe. Favorite historical science figure: Nikola Tesla

Taylor Alfonso
Student Assistant, North Carolina Science Festival

Taylor Alfonso is a UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate (Class of 2018) from Tampa, Fla. She is studying economics and health policy and management, and serves as a member in the Autism Society of North Carolina and also as a Community Empowerment Fund advocate. Favorite historical science figure: Charles Darwin

Jabari McNichols
Student Assistant, North Carolina Science Festival

Jabari McNichols is a UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate (Class of 2018) from Brooklyn, NY. He is studying biology and environmental science, with the goal of becoming a wildlife biologist to travel the world, studying animals. Favorite historical science figure: Carl Linnaeus

Steve Mow
Traveling Science Educator, North Carolina Science Festival

Steve Mow is a UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate (Class of 2018) studying biology and chemistry. For the North Carolina Science Festival, he helps develop and implement the Just Add Science roadshow. He also works as a laboratory assistant in the McAllister Heart Institute, serves as a teaching assistant for astronomy and is an active member of Student Government’s Environmental Affairs Committee. Favorite historical science figure: Carl Sagan

Jonathan Martinez-Ruiz
Traveling Science Educator, North Carolina Science Festival

Jonathan Martinez-Ruiz is a UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate (Class of 2018) from Gaston, N.C., studying astrophysics and mathematics. For the North Carolina Science Festival, he helps develop and implement the Just Add Science roadshow. He also works for a summer program called ENC STEM as a teaching assistant where he works on bettering education in underserved areas of the state. Favorite historical science figure: Tycho Brahe