For the love of science, education, and outreach
Kelly Derham | Development Coordinator
Kelly started with Science Connected by writing about her own graduate research involving elephants and trees in South Africa. As the development coordinator, she writes grants and participates in fundraising activities. Originally from the Bay Area, Kelly now teaches biology and anatomy in Philadelphia and is committed to both formal and informal science education. She also enjoys traveling, running, and playing frisbee with her dog.
Shayna Keyles | PR Coordinator And Project Manager
Shayna is the managing editor for Science Connected. Since 2016, Shayna has worked with the organization as a way to bridge her passions of understanding the natural world and creating honest, exciting writing. Shayna also serves as an acquisitions editor at North Atlantic Books. Outside of office life, she experiments in the kitchen, doodles furiously, plays board games, and plays outside. You can follow her on Twitter @shaynakeyles.
Kate Stone | President and CEO
Kate grew up on a steady diet of science and nature documentaries. Her academic and professional background has focused on the realms of journalism, education, and science communication. She is driven by her passions for universal STEM education, social benefit, and public outreach initiatives.
Kathryn Kohut | Treasurer and CFO
Kathryn is passionate about travel, foreign languages, cultures, and social sciences. At the age of seven, she wanted to be an anthropologist—before most kids knew what one was. Kathryn’s nearly 20-year career in the education field has centered around teaching and directing English programs, serving in numerous leadership roles including Executive Director, Academic Director, and School Director. She has worked with prominent international education organizations, such as the US Department of State and the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to develop programs which incorporate language learning and practical application for students. Kathryn brings her nonprofit leadership experience to the board, after serving as the first Executive Director of EnglishUSA, an established national 501(c)(6) membership organization of over 400 intensive English programs.
Michael Stone | Secretary and Tech Advisor
Michael is passionate about blending the playful nature of games with research, education, and lifelong learning. At the age of 14, he built himself a computer. Later, he graduated from the University of the Pacific with honors and a degree in computer science. He has worked in the public and private sectors, including at Sandia National Laboratories and Metaweb Technologies. He helped to reinvent Google Search as part of the team that built the Knowledge Graph. He now works on tools and systems for YouTube Gaming, pausing now and then to make waffles.
Steven Spence | Director and Photographer
As a teenager, Steven dreamed of becoming an astronomer. He founded a high school science club, won a science decathlon at the local university, and spent countless nights outdoors learning constellations. Steven soon realized professional astronomers spend more time immersed in mathematics and physics than actually observing the sky. He turned to computer programming instead. A highlight was learning C from an engineer who programmed a Voyager camera platform. For fun, Steven learned German, did an exchange year abroad, and eventually wound up living in Germany. Since 2000, he has worked as an IT Manager for B2B and Enterprise Integration at Hewlett Packard. Between 2012 and 2015 he served as Secretary on the Board of Directors for EDIFICE.org. Steven serves in his community at the local music school.
Jonathan Trinastic | Director and Environmental Policy Advisor
Jonathan combines his expertise in the physical sciences and psychology with a passion for sharing the wonders of science with a general audience. In addition to conducting peer-reviewed research in physics with a focus on renewable energy materials, he writes for Nature’s Scitable Network and organizes outreach events in his community. Jonathan is currently engaged in a career mixing science and policy and looks forward to using his background to inspire interest in research and science education through Science Connected. He is the project lead for our STEM Education Resource Center.