Harold I. Sharlin (CEO)
CEO, Dr. Harold I. Sharlin, served as the organization’s Executive Director for more than 20 years. A former electrical engineer, history of science professor and author, Dr. Sharlin developed the volunteer program, recruited volunteers, raised more than $1 million in grant money, and nurtured relationships with more than 15 local schools. There were some years when he single-handedly ran the organization, managing recruitment, funding, and program logistics himself. Dr. Sharlin’s engaging personality, energy, and vision have sustained the organization over the long term and have helped to establish RESET as a successful program, respected for its invaluable contribution to DC-area schools. Dr. Sharlin serves as RESET’s CEO and continues to be actively involved with RESET. He currently manages RESET’s PreKindergarten program and is the Chair of the Board of Directors.
John W. Meagher (Executive Director)
John Meagher has served as RESET’s Executive Director since 2007. Mr. Meagher worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for 32 years and served as Director of its Wetlands Division from its inception in 1990 until 2005. Mr. Meagher is a former member of the Federal Senior Executive Service, the topmost cadre of federal agency executives. At EPA he supervised a staff of 35 and managed a nationwide program with a budget of $35 million a year. Mr. Meagher started volunteering at RESET in early 2007 and later that year accepted the position of Executive Director. Mr. Meagher has presented hands-on science curricula to elementary school classes in Washington, DC, Annapolis, Maryland, and Arlington, Virginia. He holds a B.S. in civil engineering and an M.A. in environmental engineering, both from Manhattan College, New York.
Roberta S. Goren (Volunteer Coordinator)
Roberta Goren began working as RESET’s Volunteer Coordinator in the summer of 2002. A retired Microbiologist, Ms. Goren is a former supervisor of the Microbiology Laboratory at DC General Hospital. As the critical liaison between teachers and volunteers, Ms. Goren is responsible for assigning volunteers to their classrooms, making arrangements for field trips, and managing many of the administrative responsibilities of the organization. Ms. Goren also serves as a volunteer for RESET at least two programs per year.
(Development and Communications Director)
Lyndi Schrecengost, RESET’s Development and Communications Director, is a freelance writer and marketing consultant. She has worked for RESET since 2000, and currently manages RESET’s grant program, as well as its outreach and recruitment communications. Specializing in the areas of education, health, and advocacy, Ms. Schrecengost has helped many clients establish a compelling brand identity and has executed multifaceted marketing campaigns. In addition to more than 20 years of professional experience, Ms. Schrecengost has a B.A. in Communication Arts, a M.A. in Literature, and professional certification from the University of Denver’s Publishing Institute. She has received writing and scholarship awards at both the academic and professional level, including a Silver Inkwell Award for marketing copywriting.
(Volunteer Education Skills Developer)
Professor Sherri Kohr has worked with RESET since fall 2013. An adjunct professor at George Mason University, Ms. Kohr teaches future elementary school teachers how to present hands-on science in the classroom. As RESET’s Volunteer Education Skills Developer, Ms. Kohr provides training and mentoring to RESET volunteers, observing them in the classroom and providing feedback and mentoring. She also participates in four RESET training seminars a year. Ms. Kohr has worked in the education field for 30 years. She also serves as the STEM Coordinator at a private school in Fairfax County where she develops STEM curriculum for Grades K–8 and plans a yearly STEM project for the entire school. In addition, she works with Fairfax county homeless youth at area shelters assisting them with homework and school related issues.
• BOARD OF DIRECTORS
RESET’s 10-person Board comprises current teachers, former educators, active volunteers, and business professionals. Board members oversee staff and programs, review financial reports and tax filings before they are submitted, and establish partnerships with organizations that support RESET’s mission. In addition, the Board initiates and approves policy changes, the annual budget, hiring decisions and salary changes. A Board subcommittee developed the instruments used for assessment/evaluation. The Board also developed and approved a five-year operating plan. The Board, which meets monthly, approves risk management measures, including RESET’s liability insurance coverage limits and policy.
David Adler, PhD in Physics
Washington DC 20016
David Adler retired from Fannie Mae in 2008. During his 24 years there, he worked as system and financial analyst, building simulation models, pricing mortgage products, and developing financial databases. Before joining Fannie Mae he was a consultant in the areas of regional economics and occupational health and safety. For the last five years, he has been the treasurer of his synagogue. David has Ph.D and MSIA degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University and has taught Physics.
Claudia Austin, First Grade Teacher, Montgomery County Schools
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Claudia Austin has been teaching first grade for four years. She received her B.A. degree in Early Childhood Education from Towson University in 2010, and a M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership: Special Studies in STEM Education from the University of Maryland in 2016. Ms. Austin was born in Brazil and she utilizes her Brazilian heritage to connect and inspire diverse students to pursue their dreams. Ms. Austin strongly believes that STEM education should be offered to ALL students regardless of their race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status.
Camille Davis, Postbaccalaureate Research Fellow, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
Bethesda, MD 20814
Camille Davis is a postbaccalaureate research fellow at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering as part of the National Institutes of Health. She received her bachelor of science in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015. Her current research, under the direction of Dr. George Patterson, focuses on engineering fluorescent proteins for super resolution imaging. Camille plans to attend medical school to become a physician-scientist.
Susan Girgis, Biologist and Software Engineer (Retired)
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Susan Girgis has spent 27 years in the technology industry, most recently as a Director of Engineering Operations at Cisco Systems. She has extensive experience in strategic planning and budget management, driving major initiatives across the organization. Ms. Girgis has a long-standing passion for STEM education and advocacy, and holds degrees in Biology and Computer Engineering. She currently lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland and has volunteered for RESET for two years, leading programs for second graders at Whittier Education Campus in northwest DC.
Susan Hesser, Consultant, Commercial Real Estate Agent
Annandale, VA 22003
Susan Hesser is a partner in the HRP Investment Group and a Commercial Real Estate agent. She has a BA from the University of Kansas and an Executive MBA in Management from Pepperdine. During Ms. Hesser’s corporate career she worked in IT development and management for Exxon, AIG (American General), Andersen Consulting (Accenture) and Verizon and was involved in leading edge development including the first real time online agent system for the insurance industry. She now sells commercial real estate and is part of an Investment start-up company. She is a member of AAUW and has been involved in many charities.
Anya Jones, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland
Washington, DC 20002
Anya Jones is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her PhD in experimental aerodynamics from the University of Cambridge, her S.M. in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT in 2006, and her B.S. in aeronautical and mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Ms. Jones teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in aerodynamics. Her current research focuses on experimental fluid dynamics of unsteady, three-dimensional, and separated flows with applications to micro air vehicles, flapping wings, high-speed rotorcraft, and wind and tidal turbines.
John W. Meagher
Fairfax Station, VA 22039
Lewis J. Mendelson, International Capital Market Consultant
Bethesda, MD 20816
Mr. Mendelson is an international capital market consultant with 32 years of experience at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in litigation and enforcement of the securities laws and in the regulation of investment companies and investment advisors. Internationally, over the past 20 years, Mr. Mendelson has played instrumental roles in formulating and implementing strategies for capital market development in emerging markets under a variety of World Bank, USAID and Asian Development Bank projects, with an emphasis on accounting oversight, legislative drafting, and training securities market regulatory bodies.
Adele Owolewa, Doctor of Pharmacy
Washington, DC 20015
Adeoye Owolewa currently practices in Washington, DC and Virginia as a licensed pharmacist. Mr. Owolewa enjoys his role as an intermediary between physicians and the community. He credits early exposure to STEM careers in middle school to leading him to become interested in pharmacy. He joined RESET in 2014 to have that same impact on young students. Mr. Owolewa currently volunteers with second grade students at Ross Elementary school in Northwest Washington, DC. In addition to volunteering at Ross, he is an active contributor to RESET’s Facebook page. Mr. Owolewa received his Doctorate of Pharmacy from Northeastern University in 2014.
Harold I. Sharlin, Chair
Washington, DC 20008