Kristen Wolslegel, MPA, Executive Director
KristenKristen is a faculty member in the Biotechnology Program at CCSF, and was as an immunologist at Genentech and UCSF before transitioning into the science education and nonprofit field.  She has a Master’s in Public Administration with a focus on Nonprofit Management, and completed a graduate fellowship at CalNonprofits, a statewide agency engaged in advocacy and policy development for California’s nonprofit sector. Her goals are to leverage her dual knowledge of biotechnology and the nonprofit sector to create sustainable partnerships in support of science education. Her community work involves serving on the Sausalito Sustainability Commission and the Bio-Link Depot Board of Directors.

Anne Gearhart, MS, Program Director
anneAnne joined BABEC/GeneConnection in May 2016 and has been active in the world of science education since the early 1990s. Her teaching practice across all age groups K-Adult has regularly included inclusion of students with special needs and adaptive curricula for non-native speakers of English. She has taught extensively at community colleges in the Bay Area, and is currently at Skyline College, working with Non-Majors Biology students. In 2011 she was awarded the Golden Bell for Excellence in Teaching by the Marin County Office of Education for her work at College of Marin. Anne earned MS in Botany from University of Maryland with additional graduate training in Ecology/Evolution. She is looking forward to contributing to BABEC, helping teachers with NGSS and having impact with local area students and beyond!

Ying-Tsu Loh, PhD, Program Director
ying-tsuYing-Tsu was a faculty member in the Biotechnology Department at City College of San Francisco for over 11 years, during which time she oversaw internship placement and success in the Bridge to Bioscience program for students with diverse backgrounds. She enjoys developing a curriculum that utilizes new technologies in the biosciences and is currently initiating a new Environmental Monitoring, Sampling, and Assessment program at CCSF. She received her Ph.D. from Purdue University, and enjoys hiking and the outdoors.

Rachel Freeman, AS/AA, Program Coordinator
Rachel Freeman is a recent graduate of City College of San Francisco. She is also a recipient of CCSF’s Stem Cell Technology certificate. She moved to San Francisco from her hometown, San Jose, CA in 2005. Imbued from birth with a passion for reading and an insatiable curiosity regarding the world around her, she found herself drawn especially to biosciences and education. Rachel enjoys getting people excited about science, hiking, and going to Burning Man (she has been 4 times).

Kitty Mei, B.A., Program Coordinator
After finishing her undergraduate studies at UCSB in 2014 with a B.A. in Global Studies, Kitty returned to San Francisco to begin her journey into the puzzling field of the sciences. Captivated by the progression of new and refuting discoveries made, she began pursuing her career path in science by taking classes at CCSF, obtaining necessary hands-on work skill and knowledge. Kitty loves puzzles and mysteries along with the occasional trips through the wonders of San Francisco hunting for Pokemon.

Danilo Gramajo, A.S., Program Coordinator
Danilo graduated from Laney college with an Associate of Science in BioManufacturing.  Danilo has an array of work experience as he has worked in the financial, customer service, biomedical, and biotechnology industries.  As a first generation and part of an underserved community, Danilo is looking forward to giving back to individuals and communities in similar conditions.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

Gina Woodman, AIPB, Bookkeeper
GinaGina has been providing bookkeeping services for individuals and small businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2006. She is a member of the Association of Professional Independent Bookkeepers and currently manages over 30 clients.


Lori Lindburg, PhD, President
loriLori is the Executive Director of the California Life Sciences Institute, where she manages CLSI’s workforce, entrepreneurship, and education initiatives, ensuring that they align with industry needs. She is also co-founder and chair emeritus of the Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes, a 42-state coalition dedicated to developing and scaling successful industry practices in life science education, entrepreneurship, and career development. With over 15 years of experience in workforce development, Lori has worked with the private sector, local governments, industry, and organizations to develop workforce systems in growth industries that are inclusive of underserved communities.

Bryony Ruegg, PhD, Treasurer
bryonyBryony is the Director of the Biotechnology Explorer Program at Bio-Rad Laboratories, which develops real world, hands-on science activities to help teach biology and biotechnology to high school and undergraduate students, as well as training teachers in these technologies. Bryony has been with the program since 2002, and is originally from the north of England. She came to the U.S. in 1999 to do postdoctoral research into breast cancer at UCSF, after completing a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of London and a molecular biology B.Sc. from the University of Glasgow in Scotland.

Nick Kapp, PhD, Secretary
nickNick is a professor at Skyline College, where he oversees the Biotechnology Program. His is currently researching ways to make biotechnology easier and more accessible, so that it can be performed in simple laboratory settings in a high school or grade school. Nick received his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and performed his postdoctoral work at The Scripps Research Institute. Nick is working closely with BABEC to develop a supply chain program whereby Skyline biotech students prepare materials and kits for high school science classes.

Edith Leonhardt Kaeuper, PhD
Edie is the Interim Associate Dean for California Career Pathways Trust at City College of San Francisco. Previously, she was faculty at CCSF, where she directed the biotechnology department. In 2004, the Community College State Chancellor’s Office honored her with its Instructor of the Year award for her work on Bridge to Biotechnology, a technical, skills-based certification program for entry-level lab assistant careers. In 2012, she received the Pantheon Biotechnology Education Award from Bay Bio for her work on CCSFs Bridges 2 Bio Sciences program. Prior to her work at CCSF, she was a faculty member at UCSF in the department of Radiation Oncology.

Elaine Johnson, PhD
elaineElaine is the PI and Executive Director of Bio-Link, a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education National Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences based at City College of San Francisco. She is nationally recognized as an innovator and leader in education for careers in biotechnology. Elaine specializes in creating partnerships between educational institutions and industry, and she promotes articulation to create career pathways. She participates in several ATE National Visiting Committees, and serves on the Advisory Board for the AAAS Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education. In addition, she is one of the hub leaders of the Community College Consortium for Bioscience Credentials Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training Grant and a mentor for the Mentor-Connect project.

George Cachianes
georgeGeorge has authored and has been teaching a two-year biotechnology program at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco since 1995. Prior to teaching, George spent 15 years doing research in molecular biology at Columbia University, UCSF, Stanford, and Genentech, Inc. George’s goal is to motivate students to pursue a career in science. His program emphasizes the applications, implications, and limitations of current technology. Many of George’s former students now work in the biotechnology industry and academic research labs. In his spare time, George enjoys traveling, backpacking, and white water rafting, and he is an ardent fan of the arts.

Jimmy Ikeda
jimmyJimmy has been teaching high school for over 28 years, the last 15 years at San Mateo High School. For the past 11 years, he has been the Lead Teacher of the San Mateo Biotechnology Career Pathway Program (SMBCP), a four-year biotechnology program for high school students, designed to introduce them to the latest developments in biotechnology. SMBCP was awarded the Pantheon Award for Biotechnology Education in 2010. He has started numerous summer science outreach programs to make science accessible to middle and high school students. Jimmy received the 2008 Amgen Award for Teaching Excellence and completed an IISME Fellowship at Stanford University School of Neuroscience. In his spare time, Jimmy enjoys traveling, fishing, and golfing.

Josie Sette
Josie is the Director of the Applied Biotechnology Center at Ohlone College, which serves to bridge the gap between education and employment advancement by offering services to meet the needs of industry, educators, students, economic and workforce development agencies, and government. Josie is the Deputy Sector Navigator for Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy, Life Sciences/Biotechnology Initiative, which invests funding and resources in life science and biotechnology education.

Michelle LaFevre-Bernt, PhD
michelleMichelle received her Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology from SUNY-Stonybrook. She did two post-docs specializing in cancer and neurodegenerative disease cell signaling at Sugen, Inc. and The Buck Institute for Age Research. She next developed protein-based cancer therapeutics at ProteomTech, Inc.  For the past ten years she has been  teaching Biology, Biotechnoloy and Chemistry at San Marin High School in Novato, where she is developing a Biotech Academy as part of the Northern California College and Career Pathway Trust. For the past two years she has been assisting as the PROBE coordinator in Marin and Sonoma Counties.

Debbie Clark
debbieDebbie has taught Biology and Biotechnology at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo for 32 years.  She also teaches at the UC Berkeley Academic Talent Development Program, where she has educated middle school students in biotechnology for the past 4 summers.  She has been a “cluster leader” with the East Bay Partnership since the inception of the program.  In that role, she supported teachers throughout the East Bay in implementing BABEC biotechnology curricula.  She teaches in a school district that is a state leader in early NGSS implementation, and has extensive experience with adapting lessons and teaching within the new NGSS framework.

In Memory of our wonderful board member:

Rachael WebsterStaff & Board