Staff

 
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Co-founder and Executive Director

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.

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. 

Caroline Roma, Volunteer Manager
Caroline graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Biology and Environmental Studies. She taught science in Denver in middle school for five years. She's always had a passion for science and went on to teach middle school science for numerous years. She's passionate about leading young girls to share in her passion for STEM. In her free time she enjoys trail running, cooking with friends, and making jewelry.

Charlotte Young, Program Manager
Charlotte Young is a SAfG Head Teacher. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley where she studied Microbial Biology and English Literature. She is a great supporter of interdisciplinary skills and pursuing interests of all different types! Her field of interest has been primarily in medicine, specifically in Optometry and ocular diseases. She has also been a dance instructor for elementary school aged girls and ESL teacher overseas to medical professionals.  Her goal is to encourage scientific exploration and lively classroom discussions.  With each class she hopes to share her passion and love for science with her students, and hope they come away with a fascination for the wonderful world of science.

Madeline Carpenter, Program Assistant

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)! 

Taylor Parsell, Graphic Designer

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.

Rachel Anderson
Rachel 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. 

Charlotte Young
Charlotte is a graduate of UC Berkeley where she studied Microbial Biology and English Literature. She is a great supporter of interdisciplinary skills and pursuing interests of all different types! Her field of interest has been primarily in medicine, specifically in Optometry and ocular diseases. She has also been a dance instructor for elementary school aged girls and ESL teacher overseas to medical professionals.  Her goal is to encourage scientific exploration and lively classroom discussions.  With each class she hopes to share her passion and love for science with her students, and hope they come away with a fascination for the wonderful world of science.

Caroline Roma
Caroline graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Biology and Environmental Studies. She taught science in Denver in middle school for five years. She's always had a passion for science and went on to teach middle school science for numerous years. She's passionate about leading young girls to share in her passion for STEM. In her free time she enjoys trail running, cooking with friends, and making jewelry.

Meredith Triplet
Meredith received a Bachelor's degree in Math and Chemistry from Wheaton College and has recently obtained her PhD in Physical Chemistry from UC Berkeley. Her research explored how proteins in our bodies communicate and make decisions. She engaged in science outreach throughout her graduate career by teaching kindergarten classes throughout the bay area about how our amazing bodies can fight against germs that make us sick. Meredith is passionate about science, and is excited to share that passion with kids and families. 

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 (forthcoming)

Archaa Shrivastav
Archaa is a former elementary school teacher who graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor's in Elementary Education and a master's in Curriculum and Instruction. She has taught at schools in Chicago and Oakland and is passionate about co-creating educational opportunity with those furthest from it. She believes science can serve as a powerful catalyst to engage young children in making meaning of their world. 

Assistant Instructors

Gracielle Malana
Ria Gracielle is an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley where she studies Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis in Biochemistry. Before transferring to UC Berkeley, she lives in Long Beach where she found her passion in improving her hometown by volunteering on Sundays to cook and feed the homeless as well as interning at Saint Mary Hospital. Last summer, she passionately shares her love for science by being a part of SAfG as an Assistant Teacher. She is dedicated to make sure that every child has the confidence to be a scientist. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, hiking, and reading. 

Adesuwa Osunde
Adesuwa is a current sophomore at UC Berkeley  majoring in Public Health and is interested in learning science. She is a current assistant teacher at Sankofa and enjoys being able to make an impact in the lives of each girl she works with each session. Her prior experience involves working with children and she enjoys the working with this population. On her free time she enjoys surfing the internet and reading.

Sami Siteman
Sami is a senior at UC Berkeley, graduating this semester with a degree in Cognitive Science. She has worked with and taught children for many years, from being a camp counselor to a classroom teacher. She loves being able to share her love of science with SAfG students and to help them cultivate their own love for it. In addition to being a student and teaching with SAfG, Sami loves music, dance, and photography. She is a singer/songwriter and has released an EP and a single on all digital streaming platforms. She is so grateful for the opportunity to work at SAfG.

Oia Walker-van Aalst
Oia is a current junior student at UC Berkeley, studying environmental science and education. She has worked as an instructor in schools for various programs ranging from math tutoring to free SAT classes for over 7 years. She strongly believes that learning from students is one of the most important aspects of teaching, and hopes to continue to inspire and be inspired by the young scientists of SAfG!

Sarina Xin

Sarina is an industrial engineering and operations research undergraduate student at UC Berkeley.  She is originally from New York.  She has two younger sisters and three cats. Her favorite subject is math, and in her free time, she figure skates, dances, and hangs out with friends. She joined SAfG because she wants to pass on the kind of scientific opportunities she benefited from when she was younger and to show young girls that they can pursue a path in STEM too.

Anoushka Giri
Anoushka Giri is a mechanical engineering student at the University of California, Berkeley. Her love for engineering and science stems from hours working on science olympiad projects, robotics challenges, and helping to build theatre sets in high school! As an engineer, she is especially excited to explore all that is unknown in space, and build the cool technology that enables humanity to both reach and learn from all that lies beyond the stars. Being the only girl in her high school engineering class definitely opened her eyes to the gaps in representation for women in STEM, and she is therefore all the more excited to be a part of SAFG to help make a difference!      

Chenise Jackson (forthcoming)