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: 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

Wayne Capps
Community Outreach Specialist, North Carolina Science Festival

Wayne started his career in science education as an undergraduate volunteer with Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. He moved into part-time and full-time employment with Morehead, where he has worked with many programs, including Summer Science Camps, Middle School Science Club and Morehead Afterschool Program. Wayne has also served as a presenter and content developer for Morehead’s Science Stage and has presented live science demonstrations in venues around the state, ranging from the North Carolina General Assembly to the Azalea Festival. Favorite historical science figure: Stephen Hawking

Jerrod Powers
Student Assistant, North Carolina Science Festival

Jerrod is a UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate (Class of 2015). He began working with the Festival in its second year and plans to continue. He is studying Peace, War and Defense and balances his studies and his Festival work with his position in the University’s Air Force ROTC program. Favorite historical science figures: Orville and Wilbur Wright

Kenan Fellows

Denise Furr
Kenan Fellow, North Carolina Science Festival
Denise has been a high school science teacher in Wake County for eight years and became a National Board Certified teacher in 2012. She currently teaches all levels of chemistry at Wakefield High School. A mentor for initially licensed teachers and leader of the chemistry professional learning team at her school, Denise wrote and led events for the regional Science Olympiad. She has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in science education.