Board of Directors

The founding board members are uniquely qualified to bring this project to fruition. Among their other achievements, many of them are also parents. Their children range in ages from pre-school to post-college.

Tim Hebert, CEO of Atrion Networking Corporation , Warwick, RI, is one of the leading experts in the field of strategic technological solutions and leading edge technologies.  Under his guidance, Atrion Networking Corp. has received many accolades – including being a Best Place To Work Company, an RI Tech10 Award Winner,  an MSPmentor Top 100 Worldwide, a PBN Fastest Growing Private Company and many others.  Tim is also deeply involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) initiatives and education in Rhode Island and is a mentor for young students in Rhode Island’s Year-Up program

 

Bonnie Epstein received her undergraduate degree in Geology/Biology from Brown University and her Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. Her interests lie at the junction of science, art and education. As a principal investigator for the New England Aquarium (Boston), she helped develop, implement and evaluate programs and exhibits for informal scientific education for over seven years.  She also successfully wrote the Aquarium’s 2001 NSF grant-funded exhibit on jellyfish as environmental indicators (Amazing Jellies) and directed the New England Aquarium’s Newport Exploration Center – a small science museum in Newport, RI currently run by Save The Bay.  Her experience includes teaching at the elementary, high school and college level.  She currently teaches science at the Rhode Island School of Design.  She can be reached at bepstein(at)rimosa(dot)org.

David Kunitz is a highly successful Product Designer who combines a keen eye for aesthetics, the ability to elicit consumer insights, an understanding of global engineering & manufacturing processes and a leadership style that teaches, motivates and optimizes highly skilled creative teams. He has been providing the companies he has worked with, a broad range of quality design solutions. David developed toys and brands for companies such as Mattel, TYCO Toy, Hasbro Inc, that are not only fun and aesthetically appealing, but steadfastly entrenched in solid business principles. He promotes highly creative problem solving, concept generation and communication.

S.Smith_headshotSamuel Bowditch Smith received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design from the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. His background includes marketing, advertisement, with a lengthy career in both user interface and product design for a number of consumer electronics and toys. Since graduating in 2011, Sam has had the privilege to work as a toy designer for one of Rhode Island’s largest toy companies, and is an avid seeker of new technologies.

 

 

profiepicJuliette Casselman is a dedicated art educator with a Masters in Art Education from UMASS Dartmouth and a BA in history from UNH. She has been teaching in formal and informal school settings for over 10 years. Juliette has also taught for many non-profit educational organizations; for example, CityArts Providence where she created many works of public art including a clay tile installation at Kennedy Plaza in Providence. Other than her teaching experiences, Juliette is a working artist. Her work focuses on local salt marshes, native animals, and portraiture. She is currently the Education Director for RIMOSA and can be reached at juliettegc78@gmail.com.

Kim ArcandKimberly Kowal Arcand is the Visualization Lead for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, which has its headquarters at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  She studies the perception and comprehension of data visualization across the novice-expert spectrum and is active in the creation, distribution, and evaluation of large-scale science and technology communications projects. She is also an award-winning producer and director.  Check out Kim’s first non-fiction book “Your Ticket to the Universe: A Guide to Exploring the Cosmos” (co-authored with Megan Watzke) by Smithsonian Books, 2013.

Stephanie Norin is a business owner and event planner with a Masters of Business Administration from Johnson & Wales University. She has spend countless volunteer hours working with non-profit organizations and educational institutions close to her heart including Adoption Rhode Island, the Scleroderma Foundation, the Ashton School and the Wheeler School. As a parent, she looks forward to helping Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art realize it’s dream of obtaining a physical site!