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 (EDC), a global nonprofit organization located outside Boston, Massachusetts. Learn more at www.edc.org.

For general inquiries about ABE, email ABEInfo@edc.org.

For implementation support and lab technician troubleshooting, email ABEImplementation@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 Learning 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
  • 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
  • Kerry Ouellet

    ABE Managing Editor

    Kerry supports the ABE Program Office in communication efforts and coordination of various areas including the program websites.
    Key Tasks and Areas of Focus:
    • Program communications
    • Website design and management
    • Coordinating the ABE Volunteer Initiative (connecting ABE teachers and Amgen volunteers)
  • 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 Resources Manager

    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
  • Jennifer Yurof

    Online Resource Development Specialist

    Jen supports the ABE Program Office in the development and coordination of online resources to support and enhance the curriculum.
    Key Tasks and Areas of Focus:
    • Assist with conceptualizing, developing, and disseminating curriculum and professional learning resources to support capacity building for international ABE sites and communities
    • Support online communities of practice in virtual environments
    • Coordinate alignment and development of ABE resources with Harvard University's LabXchange program
  • 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
  • Amy Uluyurt

    Senior Administrative Assistant

    Amy provides administrative support to the ABE Program Office. She maintains records, makes travel and meeting arrangements, and processes invoices and reimbursements.
    Key Tasks and Areas of Focus:
    • Primary contact for the ABEInfo email account
    • Administrative support
    • Event planning and logistics coordination
  • 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


  • Tara Bennett Bristow

    Implementation and Technical Coordinator

    Tara helps new ABE program sites with implementation and technical support. She 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
  • Sara Großbruchhaus

    Master Lab Technician

    Involved with the German ABE team since program inception, Sara Großbruchhaus is lab technician and module developer of the ABE Germany site. She focuses on developing curriculum and module adaptations that support contextualized implementation in the European region. Within her PhD studies, which address program evaluation, she is responsible for the complete feedback loop from teacher feedback to module adaptations. Along with Patricia Schoeppner, she coordinates the European ABE implementation support.
    Key Tasks and Areas of Focus:
    • Technical Support for European ABE sites
  • Kristina Han

    Master Lab Technician

    Kristina joined the recently-established ABE Canada site and is the current Site Coordinator, Lab Technician and module developer.  Kristina will be working alongside fellow Master Lab Technician (MLT) Karin Steinhauer and Implementation and Technical Coordinator Tara Bristow, to ensure that ABE lab technicians have the support, resources, and guidance to effectively implement the ABE program. 
    Key Tasks and Areas of Focus:
    • Technical Support
  • Karin Steinhauer

    Master Lab Technician

    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. In addition to continuing in her existing role as the ABE-LA lab technician, Karin will be working with Tara Bristow, the Director of Implementation Support, to ensure that ABE lab technicians have all the support, resources, and guidance they need to help their program sites implement the program effectively.
    Key Tasks and Areas of Focus:
    • Technical Support
Total Student Participation
Teacher Participation for 2018-19 School Year