Our Program Office

The Program Office serves as the administrative home for the Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE), providing technical assistance, developing resources, and supporting program sites and participating teachers.  The Program Office manages communications and outreach and works alongside the Amgen Foundation to advance the ABE program.

The ABE Program Office is based at Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), a global nonprofit organization located outside Boston, Massachusetts. Learn more at www.edc.org.

Meet Our Team

  • Rebecca Lewis

    ABE Program Office Director

    Rebecca provides leadership for the ABE Program Office, overseeing all aspects of the program and managing Program Office staff. She is responsible for the conceptual leadership of the program, and for ensuring that Program Office activities meet the needs of the Amgen Foundation and ABE program sites. She manages program expansion and partner relationships, including finances.
    Key Tasks and Areas of Focus:
    • Leadership
    • Partner Relations
    • Program Expansion
  • Jessica Juliuson

    ABE Professional Development and Networking Director

    Jessica supports the ABE Program Office in overseeing professional learning experiences across the network, and supporting sites to engage in a global community of practice to innovate and improve the ABE program worldwide.
    Key Tasks and Areas of Focus:
    • Development of cross-network experiences
    • Strategic planning for professional learning
    • Capacity building for sites
  • Anne Curione

    ABE Program Office Assistant

    Annie provides technical assistance and administrative coordination to the ABE Program Office. She supports multiple areas of communications and social media, and is a key player in fostering ABE’s growing Community of Practice. At EDC, she supports the development of various technical tools and materials, including online courses and Drupal websites.
    Key Tasks and Areas of Focus:
    • Communications
    • Community of Practice
    • Technical support
  • Silvia LaVita

    ABE Program Office Coordinator

    Silvia supports the ABE Program Office in the overall coordination of the program. She also coordinates legislator visits to ABE schools and supports the content maintenance of the program’s marketing collateral.
    Key Tasks and Areas of Focus:
    • Program coordination and planning
    • Legislator visit coordination
    • Marketing collateral
  • Leana Nordstrom

    ABE Program Meeting Coordinator

    Leana supports the ABE Program Office in coordinating global and regional network meetings and events.
    Key Tasks and Areas of Focus:
    • Team Coordination
    • Event Planning
  • Sophia Mansori

    ABE Evaluation Director

    Sophia leads the evaluation efforts and activities of the ABE Program Office, supporting the Program Office and sites in documenting, understanding, and communicating the impact of ABE on teachers and students. Sophia works with staff to design and manage data collection on program implementation and outcomes, and to analyze and synthesize those data to support continuous program improvement.    
    Key Tasks and Areas of Focus:
    • Program evaluation
    • Continuous improvement
  • Jennifer Jocz

    ABE Evaluation Research Associate

    Jennifer supports the evaluation efforts of the ABE Program Office by helping to document and support the overall program evaluation as well as the evaluation activities of individual ABE sites. Jennifer can answer questions about data collection, reporting, and sharing of program outcomes.
    Key Tasks and Areas of Focus:
    • Program evaluation
    • Data collection
    • Outcomes sharing
  • Kristen Bjork

    ABE Content Development Director

    Kristen is the lead content developer for ABE. She provides research, teacher professional development, and instructional design.
    Key Tasks and Areas of Focus:
    • Biotechnology content knowledge
    • Curriculum development
    • Technology integration
  • Libby Boghossian

    ABE Content Development Associate

    Libby is designing and developing the curriculum for the ABE 2.0 program, in addition to refining and expanding the original ABE lab sequence. Libby can answer questions about the curriculum, and pedagogical best practices for implementing it.
    Key Tasks and Areas of Focus:
    • Curriculum Development
    • Teaching
  • Nevin Katz

    Technical Lead

    Nevin is the lead web developer for ABE. He applies both his programming and project management knowledge towards the development and maintenance of the ABE site, and helps the team make key decisions about ABE's web presence. Additionally, Nevin has helped to develop and facilitate two rounds of an ABE online course for AP biology teachers, which is geared towards helping them become acclimated to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
    Key Tasks and Areas of Focus:
    • Web Development
    • Technical Project Management
    • Online Course Design

Consultants

  • Tara Bennett Bristow

    Implementation and Technical Coordinator (and Director of ABE MAssachusetts site)

    In addition to being the site director of the ABE Massachusetts site, Tara is also helping new ABE program sites with implementation and technical support, and coordinating technical assistance from Alia Qatarneh (ABE Massachusetts) and Karin Steinhauer (ABE Greater Los Angeles Area). Tara is available to consult with new program sites on the design and implementation of PDIs, development of the ABE kit and loan program, and lab troubleshooting.
    Key Tasks and Areas of Focus:
    • Program Implementation
    • Technical Support
  • Karin Steinhauer

    Technical Consultant

    Karin Steinhauer has worked for many years in the fields of quality control, public health and veterinary medicine. She began working on the ABE program in 2005, and is currently the Pierce College site coordinator and senior lab technician for ABE-Los Angeles.
    Key Tasks and Areas of Focus:
    • Technical Support
Total Student Participation
Teacher Participation 2016-2017