Board of Directors

The Science Factory is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors consisting of dedicated community members who are passionate about our mission and vision.



Julie Coren


Grant Writer, Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras


Carolyn DeMarco


Scientist III, Thermo Fisher


Jennifer A. Haynes, Ph.D.


Freelance Biotech Patent Agent


Monica Carega Houck, Ph.D.


Retired, Biochemist


Josh Marinacci


Senior Developer Advocate, Mozilla


Nancy S. Mills, Ph.D.


Retired, Professor of Chemistry, Trinity University


Kevin O'Brien


Owner, O'Brien Construction


Catherine Rainwater, Ph.D.


Retired, Professor of Biology - Our Lady of the Lake University


Brent Stone


Winemaker, King Estate Winery


Susan Thelen


New Student Orientation Event Coordinator, University of Oregon


Kevin Walters, J.D.


Accountant, Moss Adams LLP


Officers of the Board


Brent Stone, Chair

Monica Careaga Houck, Vice-Chair

Nancy Mills, Secretary

Kevin Walters, Treasurer



The Board of Directors is a volunteer, governing body that provides legal, fiducial and strategic oversight for the nonprofit organization. We seek individuals who are passionate about the community service the Museum provides and want to be a part of its success. Persons with wide knowledge of the Eugene-Springfield community or with experience in financial professions, sales, the media, fundraising or government are of particular interest. For more information, contact Tim Scott, executive director, at



Advisory Board


Hon. Ann Aiken Judge, U.S. District Court
Phyllis Brown, M.D.

Former Chief of Staff - Sacred Heart Hospital

Lynn Dierking, Ph.D.

Professor in Free-Choice Learning, Department of Science &

Mathematics Education, College of Science - Oregon State University

C. Edward Gerdes Director of Industrial Sales and Sourcing, Hummingbird Wholesale
Nancy Golden, Ph.D. Chief Education Officer, Oregon
Mauizio Paparo Owner & Executive Chief, Excelsior Ristorante
Jean Phelps Former Executive Director, Relief Nursery
Hon. Kitty Piercy Former Mayor, City of Eugene
Geraldine Richmond, Ph.D. Professor, Chemistry and Materials Science Institute - University of Oregon
Sarah Cheesman, Ph.D. Development Director, Ophelia's Place


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