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Candidate Bios

President-Elect [duties]

Secretary [duties]

Treasurer [duties]

Board of Advisors (three positions open) [duties]

Candidates for President-Elect

  • Beth Kinne (VT 1991)

    I am running for president elect in order to continue my involvement in and contribution to the NYSC legacy, which has given me countless good memories, life-long friends, and even some personal enlightenment. I was a 1991 delegate from Vermont and, much to my surprise, was chosen to be president of the NYSC class of 1991. I returned on Staph in 1992, 1994, 1995, and finally in 2000 as the Assistant Director: Programming. In 1999 I also worked for the NYSF as Deputy Program Director to develop the pilot international program, the Youth Science Camp of the Americas. In 2001 I was elected to the NYSCAA Board of Advisors. For the past few years, I have been less involved in the NYSC/NYSF/NYSCAA due to the requirements of law school and frequent time spent abroad. However, this July I will return to the States for good, and wish to become highly involved again in the development of the NYSCAA. As President Elect, my main focus will be further enhancement of the post-camp value of the NYSC experience by continuing the development of localized reunions and mentorship programs, and strengthening collaboration between the NYSCAA and the NYSF. Given my prior experience with the NYSC programming, familiarity with the NYSF board of directors, and understanding of many of the long-standing issues that the NYSCAA faces in developing the alumni network and improving services to alumni, I feel I am well-prepared to continue the work of past presidents, and break some new ground in the development of the organization. I would be honored to have your support.

Candidate for Secretary

  • Terran Lane (KY 1990)

    It has been a little over a year now since I was elected to the NYSCAA secretary position. It has been a fun and hectic year, in many ways. I have enjoyed working with everybody in the NYSCAA on projects from reunions to the newsletter to alumni relations. The year has flown by and, while we've gotten some of what we wanted accomplished, there is so much left to do that I don't want to give up yet! In the upcoming year, we're aiming to add some new features to the NYSCAA Web site, including an interactive calendar that will let individual alumni schedule and announce events, and support for dynamic, local-area mailing lists. We want to make it easier for NYSC alumni to get in touch with others in their areas and to schedule local reunions. We're also working on bringing a mentoring program up to speed. And, of course, there are all of the current responsibilities as well -- making sure that everybody has a fantastic reunion, trying to keep everybody in touch, and coordinating with the Science Camp itself and the National Youth Science Foundation. Overall, it has been a great year and I hope to have another one working with all of you!

Candidate for Treasurer

  • Liwen "Lee" Mah (CA 1989)

    Before starting school at Boalt Hall in Berkeley, I had the fortunate opportunity to be a Unit Leader in 2002, ten years after I had last been on Staph. Despite my high expectations, the summer surpassed those expectations. The delegates of course were as unique and inspiring as we have come to expect every year. What continues to impress me most, though, is how Staph, alumni, and the West Virginia community are perennially able to produce magic. I was gratified to discover that this group effort was as strong in 2002 as I ever remember it being.

    For any group effort to succeed, trust, a shared understanding, and leadership are critical. NYSC alumni know and respect each other both as scientists and as human beings. NYSC alumni also have a shared understanding, not only of four bizarrely wonderful weeks in the woods of the Monongahela, but also of a passion for science. I hope to see the alumni association strengthen its sense of community. By building on the foundation of trust and shared understanding, we should support each others' endeavors, honor each others' achievements, stimulate each others' curiosity, and encourage the latest generation of bright minds. We should celebrate each others' lives. By continuing to provide ways for alumni to connect with each other and with camp (such as reunions), and by creating new ways too (such as blogs or conferences), the alumni association can provide an invaluable and relevant service to its members.

Candidates for Board of Advisors (BOA)

  • Semele (Halkedis) Heller (PA 1986)

    Science Camp was an amazing experience, and I'm looking forward to taking a more active role in preserving the NYSC legacy through the alumni association. I served as NYSCAA secretary for several years in the 1990s, so I have a good understanding of the NYSCAA and the BOA role. I believe I can contribute to our growth and development as an organization.

    Most of my work experience is in project management, and I was most recently employed at eBay. However, I'm currently taking a break from my career to be a full-time mom to my son George, who was born on Thanksgiving Day 2004. Serving on the BOA is a great opportunity for me to use all those project management skills I've temporarily put on hold (although, come to think of it, motherhood requires all those skills as well!).

  • Kathy (Hewitt) Giori (MN 1982)

    Kathy was a 1982 NYSC camper from Minnesota. She now lives in Palo Alto, California and works in San Francisco at Sputnik, Inc.

    My interest in joining the board of advisors is to help with existing initiatives and brainstorm new ideas to help keep an active and connected network of NYSC alums going strong.

  • Steven Allison-Bunnell (Staph)

    Steven Allison-Bunnell is the senior producer and writer for Eduweb as well as their science and natural history maven. His combined experience in science, media, and computer technology mean that he approaches every project with equal dedication to accuracy, creative storytelling, and the desire to push the limits of available tools. Recent projects include Build-a-Fish for the Shedd Aquarium and Pest Detective on the PestWorld for Kids Web site. As a scientist, he has studied the decorating tastes of sea urchins and sequenced cow DNA. He made award-winning films when modeling clay and plastic model parts were high-tech, and helped found New Media pioneer, Discovery.com, when the hottest web browser was Netscape 1.0. His first usable computer was a Commodore VIC-20 and he remains a geek in recovery. In developing Eduweb's science projects, he finds that while it was indeed a great excuse for roaming the back halls of the Smithsonian for a couple of years, a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University affords an indispensable perspective on the nature of the scientific enterprise.

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