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World Science Festival Staff


  • Fran Reilly
    Chief Operating Officer
  • Melanie Armer
    Venue Producer
  • Laura Barnes
    Volunteer Manager
  • Adam Birnbaum
    Chief Technology Officer
  • Keith Blanchard
    Chief Digital Officer
  • Derek Breuer
  • Eli Chen
    Production Associate
  • Anna Cooper
    Production Associate
  • Erika Crown
    Senior Production Associate
  • Jeffrey Correa
    Director of Individual Giving
  • Aislinn Curry
    Operations & Production Associate
  • Sheetal Dhir
    Associate Producer
  • James DiGioia
    Social Media Manager
  • Peter Downing
    Producer, Outdoor & Special Events
  • Abigail Feder-Kane
    Director of Development
  • John Finen
    Director of Festival Production
  • Jennifer G. Fistere
  • Caroline Gelb
  • Daphna Goldstein
    Benefits and Payroll Manager
  • Robert Hand
    Festival IT Manager
  • Roy Hollier
    Production Supervisor
  • Beth Howard
    Creative Director, Media
  • Jason Kaiser
    Venue Producer
  • Sid King
    Venue Producer
  • Mike Leslie
    Venue Producer
  • Shelley Lewis
    Editorial Director, Live Programming
  • Kevin Lu
    Volunteer Assistant
  • Susan Magnano
    Associate Producer
  • Rosalie Maniscalo
    Travel Coordinator (Ground Transportation)
  • Clare Marash
    Institutional Support Coordinator
  • Deborah Mayer
    Manager of Production, Media
  • Nora McCarthy
    VIP Associate
  • Kacy McGill
    Catering Manager
  • Ben McGuire
    Logistical and Staffing Manager
  • Peggah Navab
    Production Associate
  • Krista Oplaat
  • Helen O’Rourke
    Volunteer Coordinator
  • Roxanne Palmer
    Staff Writer
  • Sarah Peavey
    Web Assistant
  • Melissa Radzimski
    Executive Coordinator
  • Taryn Rejholec
    Digital Content & Design Manager
  • Julie Rossman
    Senior Creative Coordinator
  • Stefanie Roth
    General Counsel
  • Laura Roumanos
    Festival Operations Manager
  • Memo Salazar
  • Claudia Santino
    Travel Manager
  • Sara Sarakanti
    Audience Services Manager
  • Maggie Seay
    Administrative Assistant to the CEO and to the Chairman of the Board
  • Dave Shelley
    Venue Producer
  • Rachel Spurrier
    Associate Director, Education Partnerships
  • Michael Squadron
    Program Producer
  • Laura van Straaten
    Senior Editorial Producer for Partnerships
  • Qunyh Thai
    Project Director
  • Lara Turchinsky
    Director of VIP Services
  • Jeff Wallace
    Business and Finance Manager
  • Suchan Vodor
    Venue Producer
  • Josh Zimmerman
    Assistant Manager of Media