Team

Jonathan Frederick, North Carolina Science Festival

Favorite Historical Science Figure: 

Laika
Jonathan Frederick
Director, North Carolina Science Festival

Jonathan 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.

Denise Woodward, North Carolina Science Festival

Favorite Historical Science Figure: 

Jacques Cousteau
Denise Woodward
Program Coordinator, North Carolina Science Festival

Denise started her career as an ecologist for NOAA in Silver Spring, MD. She spent the past eight years teaching middle school science in California and Florida. In 2016, she returned to her alma mater to continue spreading her love of science statewide through the North Carolina Science Festival.

Tamara Poles, North Carolina Science Festival

Favorite Historical Science Figure: 

Rosalind Franklin
Tamara Poles
Community Engagement Specialist, North Carolina Science Festival

Tamara began her career in informal science education and communication at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. When she moved to North Carolina, she used her skills to develop the museum’s first Teen TV program and curriculum and the virtual labs program. She now manages the science communication programs, IMPACTS for the NC Science Festival.

 

Crystal Harden, North Carolina Science Festival

Favorite Historical Science Figure: 

Katherine Johnson
Crystal Harden
Director of Programs and Strategic Initiatives, Chief Diversity Officer at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

Crystal oversees programming for Morehead Planetarium including their diversity initiative. She has served as an expert on mobile programs in science education for the US Department of State in Amman, Jordan. In 2013, she was awarded the Outstanding Informal Educator Award from the North Carolina Science, Math and Technology Center.  

 

Todd Boyette, North Carolina Science Festival

Favorite Historical Science Figure: 

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

Todd 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: 

Charles Darwin
Taylor Alfonso
Student Assistant, North Carolina Science Festival

Taylor 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: 

Carl Linnaeus
Jabari McNichols
Student Assistant, North Carolina Science Festival

Jabari 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.

Steve Mow, North Carolina Science Festival

Favorite Historical Science Figure: 

Carl Sagan
Steve Mow
Traveling Science Educator, North Carolina Science Festival

Steve is a UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate (Class of 2018) studying biology and chemistry. For the NC Science Festival, he helps develop and implement the Just Add Science roadshow. He also worked as a lab assistant in the McAllister Heart Institute, served as a teaching assistant for astronomy and was an active member of Student Government's Environmental Affairs Committee.

Jonathan Martinez-Ruiz, North Carolina Science Festival

Favorite Historical Science Figure: 

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

Jonathan 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.