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St. Petersburg Science Festival Steering Committee
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Festival Co-Chairs

E. Howard Rutherford, Director of Development, USF College of Marine Science

Theresa Burress, Science Librarian, USF St. Petersburg

Alison Barlow, Executive Director, St. Pete Innovation District


City of St. Petersburg

Tony Leno, Manager of Event Recruitment

Paul Stellrecht, Event Coordinator


Eckerd College

David Grove, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry


Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Jessica Pernell, Graphics Consultant (MarineQuest Liaison)

Kelly Richmond, Communications Director


NOAA Fisheries

Kimberly Amendola, Communications Specialist (Concessions Chair)
Allison Garrett, Communications Specialist


Ocean Conservancy

Catherine Bruger, Social Media and Community Engagement Coordinator (Social Media Coordinator)


Pathfinder Outdoor Education

Sherry Bagley Co-Executive Director (Marketing Chair) 


Pinellas County Schools

Julie Poth, Elementary Math & Science Supervisor

Lindsey Craven, High School Science Supervisor

Tom Doughty, Grades 6-8 Science Supervisor


St Petersburg College

Erica Moulton, STEM Center Director (Program Co-Chair)


USF St. Petersburg

David Rosengrant, Ed.D., Associate Professor of STEM Education (School Day Chair)

Kathy Blackett, Ph.D., Lecturer, Physics (Volunteer Co-Chair)

Kaya van Beynen, Librarian (Evaluation Chair)

Madhu Pandey, Lecturer, Chemistry

Meghan Abbott (Volunteer Co-Chair)
Sudsy Tschiderer, Office of External Affairs


USF College of Marine Science

Abdiel Laureano-Rosario, Ph.D. candidate (Jr. Scientist Program)

Loraine Martell-Bonet, Ph.D. candidate (Jr. Scientist Program)

Natalia Lopez-Figueroa, Ph.D. candidate (Jr. Scientist Program)

U.S. Geological Survey

Chris Reich, Deputy Center Director

Meaghan Faletti, Information Specialist


Community Members

Allen Loyd (Logistics)

Allison Stribling (Logistics Chair)

Sarah Weatherbee (Program Co-Chair)









Media Sponsors



“This event was designed to provide equal opportunity for enjoyment by all participants. If you would like to request any particular aids or services pursuant to disability laws, please contact the event planner at (727) 873-4332 or City of St Petersburg Community Affairs Division at (727) 893-7345 or (727) 892-5259 TDD/TTY”

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