K-12 STEM Education & Outreach Staff

Faith Dukes, K-12 STEM Education Program Director

Faith started combining her passions for science and education as an instructor with Science from Scientists while working on her PhD thesis on waste remediation using photocatalytic semiconductors. She went on to develop educational programs as the Education Coordinator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Museum before transitioning to Washington, DC as an American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science Technology Policy Fellow. During her time as a Fellow, she served at the National Science Foundation in the Education and Human Resources Directorate.

Jacari Scott, K-12 Program Administrative Assistant

Jacari Scott has been actively working in research administration since 2012. Prior to joining the Lab, she was a Scholar Service Coordinator at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute. She has supported the Workforce Development, Sustainability, and Government and Community Relations Offices during her time at the Lab. Ms. Scott is a Bay Area native and enjoys raising her three daughters.

Joe Crippen, K-12 Program Office Manager

Joe Crippen prides himself on almost four decades of service to his country. Joe began his time at the Lab after serving in the United States Army for twenty years. As a long-time staff member, Mr. Crippen is quite knowledgeable of the history and protocol of the Lab, and applies his expertise to providing logistical and operational support to the Government and Community Relations Offices and K-12 team. Joe became a first-time Grandfather in December of 2020 and spends time with his family and traveling.

Elina Rios, Program Coordinator

Elina is a California native. She was most recently the Youth Development Coordinator at Chabot Space and Science Center managing 200 high school students in their teen volunteer program. She spent five years as a wildlife biologist before transitioning to the field of science communication and outreach coordination. She has led science communication and professional development workshops for adults and teens in both English and Spanish. She has a degree in biology with an emphasis in ecology and environmental science from Mills College. Elina serves as the Berkeley Lab SAGE Program Coordinator.

Alisa Bettale, Content and Instruction Coordinator

Alisa joins the Lab with five years of teaching experience as a high school physics teacher. Other than physics, she also taught engineering and 8th grade Earth science, and was actively involved with various extracurricular STEM clubs. She has experience developing physics curricula offering engaging and accessible lessons to diverse learners. She is passionate about creating exciting and inclusive STEM activities to help inspire students in pursuing a career in STEM. Alisa holds a Master's in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, a MS in Astronomy from San Diego State University, and a BS in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University.

Jeremy Snyder, Digital Multimedia and Communications Specialist

Jeremy Snyder first came to Berkeley Lab through the SULI internship program, which evolved into a position at the Molecular Foundry and now his current role on the K-12 team. He brings with him a passion for communicating science through visual media and photography. He has pursued those interests through his undergrad degrees in Biology and Geology at Pomona College, and down the length of the Amazon on a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship about river science.

You can see more of his photography and science communication work on his website.

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