February 1, 2007
AIBS is pleased to announce that Samantha Romanello Katz joined the staff in January as director of the Education and Outreach Office. Susan Musante, the outgoing manager and head of the office, has left AIBS to work on community education projects near her Virginia home in the Shenandoah Valley. She leaves AIBS a broad portfolio of successful and respected programs to build upon.
Until moving to the AIBS headquarters office, Katz was based in Colorado, working on education and training activities for several organizations: Science Environment for Ecological Knowledge, the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, and the Long Term Ecological Research Network Office. She holds a BA in English and a BSc in environmental studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo; an MSc in curriculum and instruction from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale; and a PhD in natural resources from Ohio State University.
Katz has extensive knowledge, training, and experience in coordinating science and environmental programs, including project management and facilitation; budgeting and leveraging projects; sourcing, scheduling, and managing trainers; and designing and developing curricula. She has nine years of experience in leading and supervising workshops in science and environmental education program development at the local, state, and national levels; six years in teaching at the college level; and five years in university administration. In 2000, she was a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow. During her year at the Department of Commerce, she was special assistant to the chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on education-related affairs. She helped to coordinate and focus a national education program for NOAA and worked closely with the chair and executive director of the NOAA Science Advisory Board to develop, plan, and execute top-level government meetings.
Additional staffing for the AIBS Education and Outreach Office will be provided by Abraham Parker until March 2007, when he moves to another job, and by Sharon Potter, who is also the Webmaster for the AIBS education Web site, ActionBioscience.org.