Staff

 
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Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

Courtenay Carr Heuer

Courtenay Carr Heuer is a Co-Founder of Scientific Adventures for Girls. She has experience in both the private and public sectors. She spent five years in non-profit management for the Center for Citizen Initiatives in San Francisco, administering a US State Department Small and Medium Enterprise business management training program for Russia-based business owners in the US. She also worked for the non-profit, the Intercultural Institute of California providing English and job training to immigrants to the US. In the private sector she worked as a trade specialist for Sovereign Borders Solutions and also for JBC International in Washington DC, where she was responsible for lobbying Congress on international trade issues. She also served as a manager at Accenture, in Talent and Organization Management. Courtenay has her B.A. degree in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and her M.A. degree in Commercial Diplomacy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She has served as a Board Member on the San Mateo Mother's Club and the Oakland Nahodka Sister City Association.

Chief Operations Officer

Sri Srinivasan - biography forthcoming

Program Management Team

Rachel Anderson, Director of Programs
Rachel is a SAfG Head Teacher. She is a graduate of the University of California - San Diego, trained in ecology, behavior and evolution with a side of physics. She worked for three years in veterinary hospitals as an animal technician and practice manager and spent seven years as a science program coordinator for the Denver Zoo, designing, delivering and evaluating standards-based educational programs for children and adults. 

Madeline Carpenter, Program Manager

Madeline graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Education. Throughout her career as a student and as a working professional, she has always been most passionate about working on the issues that affect women and girls. Madeline is dedicated to making sure that every child in each of her classes feel welcomed and accepted so that they may go on to be confident and capable scientists (and/or consumers of scientific information)! 

Mariana Diaz, Program Associate

Mariana grew up in Sacramento and graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Management and a minor in Education. Her background includes working in environmental education at an outdoor school in Sonora and in Yosemite National Park! She's a strong believer of hands-on learning and creating a safe, fun learning environment for all students. In her free time she enjoys bird watching, IDing wildflowers on leisurely hikes, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.

Jennifer Almendarez, Program Assistant (bio forthcoming)

Head Instructors

Sonia Rawal
Sonia has worked with children for over 30 years. She received her early childhood teaching credentials and has been teaching at Dandelion Co-op nursery school in Berkeley for eight years. She is a strong proponent of inquiry-based learning and project-based learning.

Maddie Carpenter
Madeline graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Education. Throughout her career as a student and as a working professional, she has always been most passionate about working on the issues that affect women and girls. Madeline is dedicated to making sure that every child in each of her classes feel welcomed and accepted so that they may go on to be confident and capable scientists (and/or consumers of scientific information)! 

Karen Gamas (bio forthcoming)

Mariana Diaz
Mariana grew up in Sacramento and graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Management and a minor in Education. Her background includes working in environmental education at an outdoor school in Sonora and in Yosemite National Park! She's a strong believer of hands-on learning and creating a safe, fun learning environment for all students. In her free time she enjoys bird watching, IDing wildflowers on leisurely hikes, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.

Assistant Instructors

Jennifer Almendarez (bio forthcoming)

The Institute for STEM Education at California State University STEM Scholars

The Institute for STEM Education at CSUEB places STEM majors interested in elementary school science education in SAfG classrooms as assistant instructors.