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.

Erik MacIntosh, North Carolina Science Festival

Favorite Historical Science Figure: 

Archimedes
Erik MacIntosh
Program Coordinator, North Carolina Science Festival

Erik started his career at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center as an undergraduate back in 2007. In 2014, he moved to Silver Spring, MD to work for NOAA’s Office of Education before returning to his alma mater in 2017 to continue spreading his 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 at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. At the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, she developed 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.

 

Kim Moore, North Carolina Science Festival

Favorite Historical Science Figure: 

Gertrude B. Elion
Kim Moore
K-12 Programs Assistant

Kim has spent her career as a R&D scientist in the pharmaceutical industry. Throughout her career she has also volunteered in school classrooms and science nights, developing hands-on experiments and demos in order to engage children to develop an enjoyment of science.  She is thrilled to now be a Program Assistant 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 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 NC 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.

Taylor Alfonso, North Carolina Science Festival

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.

Jabari McNichols, North Carolina Science Festival

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.

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.

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.

Celeste Ortega-Felix, North Carolina Science Festival

Favorite Historical Science Figure: 

Rachel Carson
Celeste Ortega-Felix
Student Assistant, North Carolina Science Festival

Celeste is a UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate (Class of 2021) from Charlotte, NC. She is studying psychology and studio art, with the goal of becoming a clinical psychologist or an art therapist. She has seen the NC Science Festival spark up families’ excitement in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg library branch where she volunteered during her high school years and now enjoys working with the team who has brought the fun of science to Charlotte and all of North Carolina.