Team

Josie Sette

Board President

Josie Sette, MS, is a Regional Director for the Life Sciences/Biotechnology Initiative of the California Community Colleges System. She serves as the primary liaison for all community college faculty and administration staff that offer biotechnology programs in the Greater Bay Area, where she connects them to industry employers and the K-12 system. Josie holds a MS in Education from Indiana University. Josie joined the BABEC board in 2011 to persue her vision for BABEC to grow and become a leader of biotechnology teacher education and a strong partner of community colleges.

Bryony Ruegg

Board Treasurer

Bryony Ruegg, PhD, is Director of the Bio-Rad Explorer Program, where she …… Her favorite thing about her job is that she gets to make a difference in the lives of students and teachers and open up possibilities in the way in which they learn and teach science that would be otherwise closed. Previously Bryony worked as a research scientist, first at UCSF doing breast cancer research, then at Bio-Rad designing activities for the Explorer program. Bryony holds a PhD in biochemistry from the University of London. She joined the BABEC Board in 2015 because it allows her to directly support the teachers and make a difference to science education in her local community.

Debbie Clark

Board Secretary

Debbie Clark, BS, SSTC, has spent her entire 35 year career working as a public high school biology and biotechnology teacher. Her favorite thing about her job was working with students and creating a classroom environment where learning biology and biotechnology concepts was fun, interesting and engaging. Debbie holds a B.S in Fisheries and Wildlife from the University of Missouri, and a teaching credential from ____. Debbie joined the BABEC Board in 2016 because it provides her with an opportunity to stay engaged with science education especially in the field of biotechnology and to work with an amazing group of people.

Elaine Johnson

Board Member

Elaine Johnson, PhD, recently retired as the Executive Director of Bio-Link, the National Center for Biotechnology Education funded by the National Science Foundation. Currently she serves as the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the American Association of University Women – California. In both roles, Elaine has enjoyed making connections between funders and colleagues that support hands-on learning and workplace skills.  She holds a PhD in Education from the University of Texas, Austin. Elaine has been a member of the BABEC Board since its inception and has dedicated over 25 years to BABEC’s mission. She continues to serve on the BABEC board because she is committed to supporting teachers who need supplies and relevant bioscience curriculum in order to provide hands-on science labs for all students.

Jimmy Ikeda

Board Member

Jimmy Ikeda, BS, SSTC, teaches Biotechnology at San Mateo High School, where he is the Lead Teacher of the Biotechnology Career Pathway, and is also the Biotechnology Internship Director. The SMHS Biotechnology Program emphasizes a hands-on approach to teaching science.  People learn science by actively doing it and it is exciting to see the students actively engaged in the lab activities and topics being discussed. Prior to teaching biotech, Jimmy taught AP Biology and Life Science at San Mateo High School and Biology and Integrated Science at Francis Polytechnic High School in Los Angeles, CA. He has BA in Biology and Secondary Education, University of Northern Colorado. Jimmy joined the BABEC board in 2015, and enjoys serving on the board  to help promote Biotechnology education to as many students in the Bay area as possible.  I believe that Biotechnology education teaches students more than science, but important life and professional career skills that will help each student succeed.

Lori Lindburg

Board Member

Lori Lindburg, PhD, is the President and CEO of the California Life Sciences Institute. With over 20 years of experience in non-profit management, Lori has worked with the private sector, local governments, industry and organizations in the U.S. and Europe to develop workforce and entrepreneurial systems in growth industries that are inclusive of underserved communities. Having completed coursework for a Ph.D. in International Relations and Comparative Politics at American University in Washington, D.C., Lori served as a Senior Research Associate at the Brussels-based Migration Policy Lori Joined the BABEC board of Directors on 2012. Lori’s interest in serving on the BABEC Board is to sustain and expand its model for under-resourced classrooms, particularly those serving under-represented students, and to engage the life sciences industry in career-inspiring/-building interactions with students.

Nick Kapp

Board Member

Nick Kapp, PhD, is Professor in the STEM Division at Skyline College, where he is also the Director of the Biotechnology Program. He most enjoys witnessing those “A-ha” moments when the scientific process finally clicks for his students, and he likes collecting investigative toys in his lab such as fermenters and DNA analyzers.  Nick received a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has been teaching, working, and tinkering in molecular biology laboratories for the last 30 years.  Nick has been in the BABEC Board since 2015, and supports the work of BABEC because he wants to see the democratization of genetic engineering and synthetic DNA to students who typically do not see themselves as scientists.

Michelle LeFevre-Bernt

Board Member

Michelle LeFevre-Bernt, PhD, is the Biotech Pathway Lead Teacher at San Marin High School, where she enjoys getting to know and work with young people. Previously, she worked as a Senior Scientist at ProteomTech. Michelle received a PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology from the State University of New York Stonybrook, and conducted post-doctoral research at the Buck Institute and SUGEN. She joined the BABEC Board in 2015 because she strongly supports the mission and vision, and enjoys the opportunities to network with the broader biotech community through BABEC

Amanda Cherry
Paradise Valley HS
Phoenix, AZ

The curriculum materials are beautifully prepared and easy to understand-thanks for preparing such great resources that are easy to use.

Byron Gougoumis
Burton HS
San Francisco, CA

All Babec labs are well organised and modelled effectively with clear, helpful procedural instructions, easily transposed to the classroom.

Gianne Souza
Lincoln HS
San Francisco, CA

The online resources are SO well done! The best I have ever had. Very little modification to make them clear and easy to follow. I have done two BABEC lessons and they are so well made that they made teaching online fun again.

Heather Johnson
Burlingame HS
Burlingame, CA

When doing the BABEC labs I consistently hear students say they feel like "real scientists."

Marianne Gudmundsson
Glenbrook South HS
Glenview, IL

Well organized and scaffolded; flexible structure and can be used partially or as a whole. This unit can be used as is...superbly written and thought out...incorporates many skills and allows student collaboration and student choice/voice.

Rocky Ng
South San Francisco HS
South San Francisco, CA

Thank you for creating these curriculum materials. I am beyond grateful for the quality lessons, on-the-point figures/videos, and easy-to-navigate biotechnology curriculum.

Thi Ngo
Capuchino HS
San Bruno, CA

The level of support really made the whole process easier and encouraged me to continue incorporating biotech into my curriculum. Thank you for the live assistance during the labs and for responding to inquiries so promptly and with such urgency.

Anonymous Teacher

Really well thought out curricula. Great to see "old" activities that have been re-imagined with lots of consideration to NGSS.

Anonymous Teacher

This was the best educational workshop I have had the honor of attending, and I am so thankful.

Anonymous Teacher

Wonderfully executed. Strengthened my skills. Thank you!!

Anonymous Teacher

BABEC has such a strong positive impact on teachers and students - thank you for your amazing work!