Our Team

LEADERSHIP

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Providing the leadership and vision that drives the organization’s mission forward, Brian Gaines recently celebrated five years as the Chief Executive Officer of the MdBio Foundation. Brian joined the MdBio Foundation in 2012 after serving as Executive Director of the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation. Read more >

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The most recent addition to MdBio’s leadership team, Alejandro Cardemil oversees the organization’s partnership development and fundraising functions. Alejandro has dedicated his career to making a difference in the lives of children across the country, having spent more than twelve years with the non-profit organization KaBOOM! in a variety of roles prior to joining the MdBio team. Read more >

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A thought leader in mobile STEM education, Jennifer Colvin is MdBio Foundation’s Vice President of Education and provides strategic direction of Foundation education programs, objectives, and new initiatives. Jen has built and launched four successful mobile laboratory programs and was the founding member of the MdBioLab team in 2003. Read more >

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Overseeing MdBio’s community outreach events, brand, and digital engagement, Janeé Pelletier is MdBio Foundation’s Vice President of Communications & Events. Janeé joined the Foundation in 2016 bringing many years of communications and logistics expertise including the development and deployment of international road show events, complex technical exhibits, art installations, and conventions. Read more >

TEAM

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Kristin Diamantides is an educator on the Mobile eXploration Lab. She earned a B.S. in Biology and Neuroscience from Brandeis University, where she developed a passion for informal science education. Kristin gained experience teaching as a teaching assistant for an inquiry based sensory neuroscience course through Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. Her passion to spark youth interest in science led her to the MdBio Foundation in September of 2018. While out of the office, Kristin enjoys creating a cappella arrangements of pop songs and playing volleyball.

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Alec Duron serves as an educator onboard the Verizon explorer lab and coordinates local marketing and PR events for the Houston-based program. Passionate about engaging youth with programs that will inspire them, Alec is a graduate of Syracuse University where he interned for ESPN Radio and worked as a production trainee for the National Basketball Association. An avid sports fan, in Alec’s spare time he assists with marketing and fan engagement for the Houston Rockets basketball team.

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Emily Freeland is the Education Program Manager on the Mobile eXploration Lab. She earned an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction (Science Education) from the University of Maryland, where she worked with the MADE CLEAR Learning Science Research team studying climate change education. She earned B.S. in Marine Science (Biology) from Eckerd College, where outside of the classroom she served as a Boat Captain and Instructor for the Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team. Emily developed a passion for informal science education while teaching marine science education programs at various aquariums in Florida and she gained experience working in the formal education system serving as an AmeriCorps member in the City Year program in Orlando. The culmination of her education, experiences, and passion led her to the MdBio Foundation in May of 2017. While not at work, Emily prefers to spend her time beneath the waves SCUBA diving.

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Ali Main is an Event & Travel Coordinator for the MdBio Foundation. She holds a M.P.S. in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University and a B.S. in Music Industry & Management from Lyndon State College. Throughout her studies, she has coordinated many events ranging from community programs, concerts, and fundraisers to large-scale music festivals and indoor sporting competitions. In the summer, she directs a youth camp in Northern Vermont, providing high-school aged students the opportunity to learn about the entertainment industry. Her passion to educate youth and produce events led her to the MdBio Foundation in January 2017. Out of the office you will find her seeking out new musical performances or playing her guitar. 

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A native of Wharton, Texas, and a graduate of Wharton ISD, Desurae is deeply involved in the local community and a well-recognized advocate for youth education programs within the local area. Desurae has a passion for working with disadvantaged youth, serving as a program director for the Just Do It Now community center in Wharton, program mentor for Boys and Girls Club, assistant teacher, and camp counselor. Ms. Matthews has both a M.S. and a B.S. from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. In her free time, Desurae coaches multiple youth sports teams and also runs a nonprofit girls’ empowerment program in her hometown.

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Benedetta Naglieri is the Verizon Innovation Lab Education Program Manager. She received her PhD in molecular biology from Columbia University and worked as a post-doctorate researcher at the National Institutes of Health studying gene regulation.  She developed a passion for informal science education while volunteering as a science instructor. She has since worked with numerous organizations promoting STEM education including the Children’s Science Center in Herndon, Virginia and the Liberty Science Center. In her free time, she enjoys running and is a rabid fan of classic movies.

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Ericka Rodriguez handles all the program details to keep the Verizon explorer lab running, working out of MdBio’s Houston office. Ericka is a Texas native and a graduate of Houston Baptist University, where she is also currently working on her master’s degree in entrepreneurship. Ericka is passionate about kids, sports, and fitness. While in college, Ericka was an NCAA Division I sprinter and also served as a member of the HBU ambassador team, training and showing off HBU’s mascot, Wazika the husky.

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Regan Thomas leads scientific education onboard the Verizon explorer lab. Prior to joining the MdBio team, Regan served as a laboratory coordinator at Pennington Biomedical Research Center and a substitute teacher in the East Baton Rouge parish school district. Regan is currently finishing her Master’s of Health Administration at Franciscan University, and holds a B.S.in Biology from Our Lady of the Lake University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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A licensed Class A CDL driver, Jimmie Swain is responsible for delivering the explorer lab to and from schools each and every day. In his 15-year driving career, Jimmie has worked in logistics, cargo, and commercial driving and also transported the most important cargo of all: school children. He has a B.A. from Ashford University in San Diego and is also a graduate of Houston Community College.

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Joe oversees each of MdBio’s three mobile laboratory programs including two Texas-based programs, utilizing skills gained from three years teaching onboard MdBioLab and the Mobile eXploration Lab. Joe’s experience in the field of environmental science and passion for STEM education led him to MdBio Foundation in 2015. He received his M.S. in Environmental Science and B.S. in Biology from Christopher Newport University, where he researched hybrid striped bass aquaculture. He is an avid tournament fisherman and when not in the lab he is often searching local waterways for largemouth and smallmouth bass.

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