MMSA Staff

Executive Director

Ruth Kermish Allen

Ruth Kermish-Allen, Ph.D.

MMSA Title: Executive Director Ruth Kermish-Allen joined Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance as Executive Director in November 2014. She has extensive experience in STEM education research, project development, implementation, and evaluation. She has served as principal investigator for a variety of NSF, EPA, and USDA funded STEM education projects that integrated innovative technologies with place-based environmental education in K-12 classroom settings. Ruth began her career as a forest ecologist and then decided to merge her love of ecology with her passion for teaching as she completed an M.Ed. in science and environmental education at the University of Maine. She completed her Ph.D. in Environmental Studies with a focus in STEM ...
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Sue Allen

Sue Allen, Ph.D.

MMSA Title: Senior Research Scientist. Sue Allen is a Senior Research Scientist at the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, where ...
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Alexandria Brasili

Alexandria Brasili

MMSA Title: Research Associate Alexandria Brasili joined MMSA in April 2017 as a Research Associate. She holds a Master’s degree ...
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Stefany Burrell

Stefany Burrell

MMSA Title: STEM Education Specialist. Stefany Burrell joined MMSA in 2014 as a STEM Education Specialist. She holds a B.S ...
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Scott Byrd

Scott Byrd, Ph.D.

MMSA Title: Researcher Scott Byrd joined MMSA in January 2017 as a researcher.  He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from ...
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Cindy Caverly

Cindy Caverly

MMSA Title: Staff Accountant. Cindy joined MMSA in August of 2011. She is very happy to be working at an ...
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Natalie Chamberlain

Natalie Chamberlain

MMSA Title: Communications Specialist. Natalie joined MMSA in September 2017. She has a B.A. in English from the University of ...
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Perrin Chick

Perrin Chick

MMSA Title: STEM Education Specialist Perrin joined MMSA in March of 2016. She currently serves as the project manager on ...
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Rebecca Clark Uchenna

Rebecca Clark Uchenna

MMSA Title: STEM Education Specialist Rebecca combines her passion for conservation, science and education into a unique role at Maine ...
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Devon Colella

Devon Colella

MMSA Title: Technology Integration and Instructional Design Specialist Devon joined MMSA in November 2020. He graduated from the University of ...
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Kate Cook

Kate Cook, Ed.D.

MMSA Title: STEM Education Specialist Katahdin (Kate) Cook Whitt is a STEM Education Specialist at the Maine Mathematics and Science ...
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Lynn Farrin

Lynn Farrin

MMSA Title: STEM Education Specialist. Lynn Farrin is a STEM Education Specialist at Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, where she ...
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Susannah Gordon-Messer

Susannah Gordon-Messer, Ph.D.

MMSA Title: STEM Education Specialist Susannah joined MMSA in January of 2020 and primarily serves as a designer on STEMports ...
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Kate Kastelein

Kate Kastelein

MMSA Title: Research Associate Kate joined MMSA in November 2015. She has a B.A. in Humanities from the University of ...
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pearce kelley

Pearce Kelley

MMSA Title: STEM Education Specialist. Pearce joined MMSA in February of 2021 as a member of the STEMports project team ...
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Hannah Lakin

Hannah Lakin

MMSA Title: STEM Education Specialist. Hannah Lakin joined Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance in January 2016 as a STEM Education ...
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Gary Lewis

Gary Lewis

MMSA Title: Operations Director, Communications Coordinator & STEM Education Specialist Gary joined MMSA in December 2015.  Gary is a passionate, ...
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Rebecca Neville

Rebecca Neville

MMSA Title: Executive Assistant Rebecca started at MMSA in February 2020. In her role as Executive Assistant, she assists in ...
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Brittney Nickerson

Brittney Nickerson

MMSA Title: Research Associate Brittney joined MMSA in September 2019 as a Research Associate. She graduated from the University of ...
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Erin Simpson

Erin Simpson

MMSA Title: Program Assistant Erin joined MMSA in January 2020 as a Program Assistant. She completed her B.S. in Business ...
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Becky Tapley

Becky Tapley

MMSA Title: STEM Education Mathematics Specialist Becky is a STEM Education Mathematics Specialist at the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance ...
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Rhonda Tate

Rhonda Tate

MMSA Title: STEM Education Specialist Rhonda joined MMSA in January of 2019 as a STEM education specialist. Rhonda graduated from ...
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Cheryl Tobey

Cheryl Tobey

MMSA Title: STEM Education Specialist. Cheryl rejoined MMSA in May of 2019 after a 10-year hiatus. Cheryl is a STEM ...
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Sierra Toomey

Sierra Toomey

MMSA Title: Digital Media Specialist Sierra joined MMSA in November 2019 after graduating from Eckerd College with a B.A. in ...
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Brenda Wilkins

Brenda Wilkins

MMSA Title: Finance Director Brenda's first involvement with MMSA was as an accounting services consultant.  She came on board full-time ...
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Joyce Tugel

Joyce Tugel

MMSA Title: STEM Education Specialist Joyce Tugel is a K-12 STEM Education Specialist at the MMSA. Her work is primarily ...
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During this pandemic educators have been forced to reinvent the way they reach kids and all of us here at MMSA have been working hard to shift our programming, professional learning opportunities, and research to overcome this incredibly difficult challenge for educators across Maine and the nation.  

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