Management Team

Adalene "Nene" Spivy

Executive Director

nenespiveyAdalene “Nene” Spivy has led the Children’s Science Center since 2010, during which the Center has served over 150,000 children, families and educators through community outreach programs and at its first operating site at Fair Oaks Mall that opened in 2015. Nene oversees all aspects of the Center operations and leads the effort to build the future science center on donated land in Dulles, Virginia. As an engineer, MBA, and non-profit leader, Nene brings a diverse range of experience including systems and process engineering, new product development, and general management for technology businesses; fundraising, advocacy, strategic planning, volunteer management, and board development for non-profits; and 14 years working in the children’s museum industry. Nene is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Fairfax, a past President of the Junior League of Northern Virginia, a past Chair of Fairfax County’s Community Action Advisory Board, and served in multiple board leadership roles with Discovery Creek Children’s Museum. Nene holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech and MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.  Nene lives in Vienna, Virginia with her husband and three children.

Jenn Brunner

Director of Advancement

jennbrunnerJenn Brunner serves as the lead professional responsible for raising both vital funds to bring the vision of a world-class children’s science museum to reality by managing a team of staff, volunteers and professionals to deliver outreach, fundraising and stewardship events, secure and maintain grants and sponsorships, and orchestrate annual fund and capital campaigns for each phase of the museum build out. Jenn is a non-profit executive with over two decades of experience raising funds for culture and arts organizations such as the Kennedy Center and National Symphony Orchestra, Long Wharf Theatre and the Washington Performing Arts Society among others. Jenn has worked with hundreds of volunteers, Board members and Development Professionals to raise millions of dollars in individual annual giving, major gifts, corporate sponsorships, government and private foundation grants, and special events fundraisers. Jenn holds a Bachelor of Music degree in arts management from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford and has worked extensively with non-profits in all aspects of fundraising, volunteer management, special events, and marketing.

Dorothy Ready

Director of Communications

dorothyreadyDorothy Ready recently joined the Children’s Science Center as a career marketing professional bringing over two decades of marketing and advertising experience to the Center.  Prior to the Children’s Science Center, Dorothy was the Unit Marketing Director at Chick-fil-A, Fair Oaks Mall, working directly with the owner to provide marketing plans, social media direction, and develop programs designed to create raving fans and surpass annual sales goals.  Before moving to Northern Virginia where she has lived for 17 years, Dorothy worked at Adams Outdoor Advertising located in the Hampton Roads area, where she worked directly with the President & CEO providing marketing support to all nine Adams’ divisions throughout the country by coordinating efforts of six Business Development Managers.  Dorothy is an active community leader serving as a Girl Scout leader, on multiple PTAs, nad on the Marketing Advisory Board for Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) of Fairfax County Public Schools.  Dorothy obtained a bachelor’s degree in Advertising from the Manship School of Mass Communication with a concentration in Advertising from Louisiana State University.

Dave Lin

Director of Experience

davidlinnAs Director of Experience, Dave Lin is charged with making all experiences excellent – specifically safe, friendly, educational, and fun.  Dave has significant experience in operations and management and has worked extensively with both children and adults in both formal and informal education settings.  He is a committed community leader, serving in roles ranging from coaching and administration of youth athletics to sitting on the boards of several non-profit organizations. Dave’s most recent professional experience was at the National Aquarium, in Washington, DC, as Director of Operations. Prior to that role, he worked as a General Education and Advanced Academic Placement Teacher with Fairfax County Public Schools, and he previously served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County, Illinois. His professional and volunteer career have given him a broad base of experience in organizational administration, management, fund-raising, event planning, and volunteer coordination.  Dave holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois, and a Master of Education degree in Elementary Education from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.

Michael Tillman

General Manager

miketillmanMichael Tillman supports daily operations and oversight of the STEM education team members at the Children’s Science Center Lab.  Michael brings decades of experience in designing, developing new businesses and implementing effective teams.  As an entrepreneur with deep roots in technology development, Michael has been a founding partner and Senior Executive of three different startup companies in the fields of Electronic Commerce, Electronic Payments, Data Security, and Software and Sensor integration.  Michael is also a social entrepreneur and helped establish Cue Camp Virginia, a non-profit camp for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Kids and their families.  Most recently, he has served as President of AcceleGroup LLC, a partnership formed to discover, invest in and commercialize usable research and development being performed in university or government research labs. Previously, Michael held executive positions at America Online, Compaq, Nortel and Verizon. Michael is an avid community volunteer serving as both an Assistant Scoutmaster and First Robotics League Coach in addition to two years of service to the Children’s Science Center.  Michael has a BS in Marketing Management from Virginia Tech.

Nancy Gustafson

Office and Program Administrator

Kathleen Ecker

Advancement Manager

Jamie Johnson

Accounting Manager

Andrea Palcic

Advancement Associate

Margaret Cartier

Advancement Associate

Melanie Read

Communications & Membership Coordinator

Board of Directors

Jill Corso McNabb

Board Chair

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Jill Corso McNabb is a brand and marketing strategist who helps companies discern, distill, and communicate their value to the marketplace. After more than 20 years working across the full marketing mix, Jill knows how to launch products that get adopted, create messaging that speaks to the target audience, and develop plans that drive revenue. Recognized for building innovative marketing concepts and delivering results, Jill’s brings a unique blend of creativity, analytical outlook and “get it done” attitude to all she does. As founder of Genki Strategy, Jill helps companies solve their marketing, communications, and business challenges. Previously, she held executive leadership positions at RxEngage Partners and RxAlly, both focused on advancing the role of pharmacists. Jill also held several roles at VeriSign culminating as the VP for global marketing for their largest business unit that managed the global infrastructure and registry services for domain names (.com, .net, .tv), value-added services, and Internet threat mitigation services. Jill worked in product management and product marketing for Bank One within the wingspanbank.com group, the first online-only bank. She also managed fundraising and membership programs for the University of Virginia Alumni Association and was a high school teacher in Western Japan. Jill is chair of the board of directors for the Children’s Science Center, past president of Junior League of Northern Virginia and a graduate of Leadership Loudoun. She holds an MBA and BA from the University of Virginia.

Craig Ridley

Vice Board Chair

Craig Ridley is an experienced entrepreneur and business strategist. He is co-founder and CEO of his most recent startup, data science and advanced analytics firm, ROUTE Inc. Craig is also co-founder and enabling partner of Eleccion LLC, a next-generation advisory firm to government, commercial and non-profit clients. He has over 28 years in venture startup, sales, operations, management, and M&A experience – having founded three previous startups and served in a variety of strategic growth and senior leadership roles for companies such as TASC (an Engility company), Unisys, Verizon (formally MCIWorldcom), BluChipz.com, and The Carpe Diem Group. Prior to co-founding ROUTE and Eleccion, Craig was vice president, business development for Allegheny Science & Technology (AST) and oversaw 5x revenue growth to $50m annually. Featured in nationally published articles and recognized in trade journals among industry leaders, Craig is also an expert in brand development and marketing. He has served as a presenter and panelist for the Department of Defense at conferences and industry events; and continues to support and serve on committees for business organizations, public schools, and charities with an emphasis on youth academics and athletics. Craig holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a marketing concentration from the School of Business and Economics at North Carolina A&T State University.

Beth Bush

Board Secretary

Beth offers executive-level leadership, strategy, marketing and operations management and expertise to build, transform, and generate results in a variety of diverse environments including high tech, start up, large enterprise, and major trade and professional member associations. For the past ten years, Beth has served as a member of the senior staff executive team for several large professional membership associations including the American College of Cardiology, American Institute of Architects, the American Academy for Physician Assistants, and the American Academy for the Advancement of Science. With each of these roles, Beth applied her business acuity and creative initiative to lead the development and implementation of integrated marketing and communications, strategic market management, operational improvements in customer service, support, and membership services and business development.  Beth also has enjoyed over 15 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry in various management and executive roles leading product management and development; overseeing marketing communications and branding, field marketing and events; and regional sales management and strategic account management. Beth led several major consulting projects in this space: the design, development, and implementation of a new product development process to enable one of the largest private telecommunications companies to move into the enterprise space; the business planning and execution of a Fortune 50’s migration to the cloud to support a product portfolio of unified communications, cloud services, and professional services.  Currently, Beth is applying her consulting, product development and strategy skills in her role as Senior Partner, Strategy at 2040 Digital, a full-service strategy consulting firm.

Corbin Neiberline

Treasurer, Internal Affairs Committee Chair

Corbin NeiberlineCorbin Neiberline is a Partner in KPMG’s Washington DC audit practice. He has more than 16 years of experience providing financial statement audit and performance improvement advisory services. Corbin has provided audit services to several large federal departments in accordance with the authoritative guidance promulgated by the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board and Governmental Accounting Standards Board. In addition to his audit and advisory work, Corbin serves a team responsible for developing data analytics capabilities within the firm and has spent three years on a global rotational assignment focused on the development of KPMG LLP’s global digital auditing techniques and supporting audit methodology. Using his strong Federal background and technical public sector industry accounting expertise, Mr. Neiberline has been able to provide meaningful insight in meeting accountability and reporting challenges within the public sector. He is a frequent presenter at professional conferences on data analytics and is an instructor for the Association of Government Accountants, professional certification exam. He graduated with a B.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Adalene "Nene" Spivy

Executive Director

nenespiveyAdalene “Nene” Spivy has led the Children’s Science Center since 2010, during which the Center has served over 150,000 children, families and educators through community outreach programs and at its first operating site at Fair Oaks Mall that opened in 2015. Nene oversees all aspects of the Center operations and leads the effort to build the future science center on donated land in Dulles, Virginia. As an engineer, MBA, and non-profit leader, Nene brings a diverse range of experience including systems and process engineering, new product development, and general management for technology businesses; fundraising, advocacy, strategic planning, volunteer management, and board development for non-profits; and 14 years working in the children’s museum industry. Nene is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Fairfax, a past President of the Junior League of Northern Virginia, a past Chair of Fairfax County’s Community Action Advisory Board, and served in multiple board leadership roles with Discovery Creek Children’s Museum. Nene holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech and MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.  Nene lives in Vienna, Virginia with her husband and three children.

Aaraj Vij

Youth Board Representative

As the Youth Advisory Board Chair, Aaraj represents the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) at monthly Children’s Science Center Board meetings. Aaraj Vij started his exciting journey with the Children’s Science Center as an intern with the Youth Leadership Council where he gained insight into the running of Family Science Nights, specifically helping younger students with the Fusion Science Players. A strong leader, Aaraj volunteered as a founding member of the Youth Advisory Board, a group focused on fulfilling the Children’s Science Center’s ‘For Kids, By Kids’ philosophy through student leadership and collaboration. The following year, he continued to serve as the vice chair of the YAB. This is his fourth year volunteering with the Children’s Science Center. Now, serving as the Chair of the YAB, Aaraj reviews applications to the YAB, coordinates with members representing Northern Virginia high schools on annual goals, and delegates tasks accordingly.  In his spare time, Aaraj loves to cook creative cuisine and work towards earning the rank of Eagle Scout.  Aaraj Vij, is a resident of Northern VA and a rising Junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

Amy Burke

Immediate Past Chair, Governance Committee Chair

amy burkeAmy Burke has extensive expertise with STEM education and research policy issues, and a decade of experience in the semiconductor industry. She assembled the STEM Advisory Council, a group of experts from the area’s business, government, and education sectors, to advise the Children’s Science Center on curriculum and exhibit content. Previously, she chaired the grants committee, where she oversaw several successful grant applications resulting in funding to support expansion of the Museum Without Walls program. She is President of Spinnovation, LLC, providing communications consulting to corporations and trade associations. Amy was Director of Government Relations for Texas Instruments, where her portfolio included STEM education, research, and workforce policy issues. From 2002-2005, she served as Manager of Government Affairs for the Semiconductor Industry Association. Amy holds an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.

Robert "Rob" Bertin

Rob Bertin has nearly 20 years of experience litigating patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright cases throughout the United States, counseling clients on intellectual property (IP) and negotiating transactions involving IP.  Rob represents large and small clients in IP litigation through trial and appeal in the federal courts and the US International Trade Commission. He also advises clients on patent infringement and validity; conducts IP due diligence; drafts and negotiates license agreements and the IP provisions of M & A transactions; advises on licensing strategies and cultivating patent portfolios and on various other patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret issues.  Rob also advises early stage companies on sources of capital, business plans and management teams.  Prior to practicing law, Rob was an electrical engineer with IBM Corporation’s Federal Systems Division, where he designed circuits and packaging for logic, memory, and microprocessor chips. He also wrote proposals and technical studies regarding satellite systems and radiation-induced failure mechanisms in semiconductor devices. Rob has published papers and has been awarded two US patents for his work in these areas.  Rob is a past Chair of the Bar Association of DC’s patent, trademark and copyright section and a past and current board member of BADC. Rob was elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation by his peers and recognized by Super Lawyers is Washington, DC for IP Litigation each year since 2013.  Rob graduated from George Mason University School of Law, 1997, Juris Doctor, and Virginia Tech, 1991, Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering.  Rob lives in Great Falls with his wife and three children.

Fran Craig

Investing years of experience in Information Technology and software development, Frances (Fran) Craig reengineered her first company, Computer Strategies, a professional services organization into a COTS software product company, Unanet. Acquiring over 1000 customers, Unanet has achieved 20% year over year growth for the last ten years. Developing and supporting Unanet software entirely in the United States, Unanet collaborates with customers who contribute enhancement ideas. Unanet is committed to enhancing the customer experience.  In 1997, Fran designed the original concept of the web-based time sheet. Since 1998, Fran has established Unanet as a leading vendor of web-based Professional Services Automation software. She has led the company’s strategy and positioning, recruited the Unanet management team, board members and advisors, won key customers, and developed alliances. In 2015, Unanet released the one software, Unanet 10, for managing projects, people and financials. Unanet’s vision is to be the market maker and market leader for software for professional services organizations.

Gary Crum

Crum_150608ScienceCenter01088_WebGary Crum is Founder and President of LHT Ventures, LLC, where he provides strategic direction, business development, and operational guidance for the company which develops restaurant concepts and franchises. Before entering the food service industry, Gary was a results-driven leader in the telecom/IT industry, with 15 years experience in sales, marketing, business development, and operations management at a global level in both start-up environments and Fortune 50 multinational corporations including MCI and Nortel. Gary’s volunteer efforts include serving as founding co-chair for the Five Guys Franchisee Committee, and, at a community level, Gary has been involved with a number of local schools working with business students and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) groups. As a guest speaker, Gary enjoys sharing his entrepreneurial knowledge and experience with students. He also volunteers his time to the local Vienna athletic programs and has served in a number of coaching positions over the years.

Dr. Jim Egenrieder

STEM Advisory Council Chair

J Egenrieder-croppedDr. Jim Egenrieder, Director of Qualcomm-Virginia Tech Thinkabit Labs, is a teacher, professor, researcher, scientist, engineer and farmer. He designs, develops and provides ongoing support (and develops funding) for STEM education and workforce programs in the Washington, D.C. area, primarily in Northern Virginia through a partnership between Arlington Public Schools and Northern Virginia Community College’s SySTEMic Solutions program, and through Virginia Tech’s Office of International Research in Education and Development. He develops collaborations and partnerships engaging other regional school systems, and allied higher education, non-profit, Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development, and industry partners. Jim is also on the Natural Resources faculty of Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability, a Fellow and President Emeritus of the Washington Academy of Sciences, and an Educator in Residence at the NIA Center for Integrative STEM, a consortium of eight Tier 1 research universities supporting graduate research and education at NASA Langley, led by Virginia Tech.

Sandra Jones

Sandra JonesSandra Jones is Managing Director and North America Pipelines Market Lead at Accenture, where she leads the practice area advising a portfolio of gas and liquids businesses with large pipeline, storage, gathering and processing plant assets. Sandy specializes in the transmission and distribution functions, processes and IT systems, overall operating model design, and workforce strategies.

Sandy joined Accenture in 1991 in the Utilities practice, after serving as a test engineering assistant for General Electric’s Power Generation, Combustion Design Engineering Unit from 1989-91.  At GE, Sandy participated in Jack Welch’s Workout Program and facilitated a competitive prototyping effort between engineering design teams for the development of a new combustor design that would run at the lowest level of emissions to date.  Sandy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Distribution from Clarkson University and her MBA from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Keith Krut

Keith Krut contributes to strategic decision-making and organizational alignment in the federal government by integrating Human Resources with quantitative analysis and other corporate planning functions.  A lifelong learner compelled by cross-functional perspective, Keith has sought out roles in public and private sectors, in the US and abroad, and has led teams across human resources, IT, marketing, and research. Currently, he is working to enhance strategic workforce planning and analytics capabilities at NASA. Previously, he helped build new capabilities in data science, business analytics, customer analytics, and data-driven human capital strategy at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Before joining government service, Keith led HR research, metrics consulting, and marketing strategy teams for a decade at CEB, discussing progressive strategies with executives at the world’s leading organizations.  Keith holds an M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and a B.A. in English Literature from Wake Forest University.

Chris Powell

Advisory Board Chair

ChrisPowellChris Powell is passionate about the application of technology and science to create solutions that allow people to better understand the spatial, temporal, and structural relationships of data. As Chief Technology Officer for NT Concepts, he focuses on developing strategies to support the horizontal integration of geospatial technology, software engineering, and data analytics into solutions that help customers analyze and visualize their information. He has developed custom solutions for a number of enterprise architectures across the Federal government and commercial industry. He is an active member of the geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) community and serves as co-chair of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) Emerging Technologies Subcommittee organizing events to identify and introduce new innovations to government and industry.  He proudly volunteers for the “Homes of Hope” Program with YWAM which stands for “Youth With a Mission in San Pedro, which builds homes for families in need living in Dominican Republic, and also at a local FCPS elementary school where he has demonstrated how children can use maps and cartography. Chris holds a BA in Geography, a Cartographic Certificate, and an MS in Geographic and Cartographic Science from George Mason University.

Russ Reeder

Russ is a 23+ year tech and branding exec. His hi-tech background ranges from start-up ventures to Fortune 500 giants like Oracle and his first programming job at Mobil Oil. Russ has managed high-growth global organizations that have transformed industries and consistently drives customer centric performance and innovation at scale.

Prior to OVH, Russ helped startup a civic engagement social network and polling platform, icitizen. By enabling everyone’s voice to be counted, icitizen is helping bring accountability to elected officials and increase civic engagement. Prior to that, Russ led the premium cloud hosting company, Media Temple (mt), where he was responsible for the company’s brand, strategic direction, culture, and operational execution. Russ also led the sale of Media Temple (mt) to GoDaddy where he stayed on the GoDaddy executive team to help transform GoDaddy and prepare for their IPO.

Before Media Temple (mt), Russ led the growth of LibreDigital, the leader in digital publishing, and helped run the process to sell RR Donnelley. Russ also led NxTV to the forefront of the direct to consumer Internet TV and Internet video-on-demand. Russ started his management career at Oracle where he helped lead and grow Oracle Applications Group for companies over $1 billion in revenue.

Throughout his career and his life beyond business, Russ has been an attentive student of change and innovation. He sees the best opportunities as disruptive — the very best ones as those that promise to increase efficiency in large markets and improve lives. He continues to hone and apply a leadership philosophy first inspired by his grandfather and then his professional mentors. He owes much to his experiences as a dad, a triathlete and, simply enough, a human being just trying to do a better job whatever the challenge happens to be. More than anything, Russ is committed to helping others live happier, more productive lives. Read about his leadership philosophy on his blog, http://russreeder.com/h-e-a-r-leadership

Russ lives in Great Falls with his wife and three children.

Advisory Board

Chris Powell

Advisory Board Chair

Susan Carroll

REO, Inova's Eastern Region

Jim Cortina

Principal, Cortina Productions

Ashley Ellis

Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Loudoun County Public Schools

Mark Ginsberg

Ph.D., Dean and Professor, College of Education and Human Development, George Mason University

Melvin Greer

Managing Director, Greer Institute for Leadership and Innovation

Todd House

Manager, Economic Development, Washington Gas

Bobbie Kilberg

CEO, Northern Virginia Technology Council

Josh Konowe

Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer, Silent Circle

Paul Leslie

CEO, Dovel Technologies

Peggy A. Musgrave

Executive Administrator & Community Affairs, Integrus Holdings, Inc.

Patricia Nicoson

President, Dulles Corridor Rail Association (Retired)

Larry O'Reilly

President, O'Reilly & Associates; Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (Retired)

Dalia Palchik

Member, Fairfax County School Board, Providence District

Kenneth R. Plum

Member, Virginia House of Delegates, 36th District

Regina B. Schofield

Director, Corporate Engagement & Education Outreach, Battelle

Kevin Reynolds

President, United Bank

Ranjit Sidhu

President and CEO, National Council for Community and Education Partnerships

Linda Sullivan

President and CEO, Arts Council of Fairfax County

Robin Thurman

Director, Workforce and Industrial Base Development at Aerospace Industries Association

Justin Tsuchida

Founder, WiHome Integration

STEM Advisory Council

Jim Egenrieder

Ph D., Chair, Director, Thinkabit Lab, Virginia Tech

Lida Adestidou

Senior Program Officer and Director, The National Academies

Michelle R. Bond

Ph.D., Staff Scientist, Bethesda, MD

Denise Booth

Microbiologist and STEM Educator

Stacey A. Dixon

Ph.D., Deputy Director, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), Senior Executive, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Carla Easter

Ph.D., Deputy Chief, Education & Community Involvement, National Human Genome Research Institute

Maryrose Franko

Ph.D., Executive Director, Health Research Alliance

Lisa Friedersdorf

Ph.D., Deputy Director, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office

Ron Gird

Meteorologist and Outreach Program Manager, National Weather Service

Allan Hoffman

Ph.D., Physicist, Department of Energy (Retired)

Brian Jacoby

Vice President and Founder, Nova Labs

Mary Muldowney Jarratt

Robotics Instructor, The Potomac School

Paula MacDonald

Program Manager and Senior Policy Analyst, SAIC

Melissa Nord

Meteorologist, WUSA-9

Tinell Priddy

Ed.D., Principal, Academies of Loudoun

Odette Scovel

Science Instructional Supervisor, Loudoun County Public Schools

Padmanabhan Seshaiyer

Ph.D., Professor, Mathematical Sciences; Director, STEM Accelerator Program and COMPLETE, George Mason University

Donna Shackelford

President, Supernova Science Inc.

Zuzana Steen

University and Academy Relations Manager, Micron Technology

Catherine Croft Swanwick

Ph.D., CEO, Catlilli Games

Heather Tedesco

Ph.D., Psychologist and Parent Education Specialist

Myra Thayer

Science Coordinator, Fairfax County Public Schools (Retired)