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National Committees

National Executive Board

Dr. Gerard Putz, Board Immediate Past Chair & Treasurer, Science Olympiad President and Co-Founder

James Woodland, Board Chair, Former Nebraska Science Olympiad State Director & 2015 National Tournament Committee

Mike McKee, Board Vice Chair, Florida State Director, 2012 & 2014 National Tournament Co-Director

Sharon Putz, Board Secretary, Science Olympiad Executive Administrator

Jack Cairns, Science Olympiad Co-Founder, Emeritus 

Jennifer Kopach, Science Olympiad Executive Director, SVP Marketing Communications - Announcement 3/8/16

Steve Betza, Lockheed Martin

Peggy Vavalla, DuPont Corporation (ret.)

Annual Affirmation of Non-Discrimination by Science Olympiad Board (3/11/15)

National Office Job Posting

Executive Search Opens 6/15/16 for new position: Science Olympiad Associate Director, STEM Education - applications accepted until 8/15/16

Advisory Committee

CeAnn Chalker, Wright State University, 2013 & 2017 National Tournament Co-Director

Tina Gilliland, Indiana University, 2006 National Tournament Director

Dr. Ralph Cordell, Centers for Disease Control

Steve Lovaas, Colorado State Director, 2018 Science Olympiad National Tournament Director

Dr. Peter Lu, Harvard University, Science Olympiad Alumnus

Harold Miller, New York Science Olympiad State Director

Dr. Elizabeth Mulkerrin, Henry Doorly Omaha Zoo & Aquarium, Director of Education

Jon Pedersen, University of Nebraska, 2015 National Tournament Director

Dr. Kelly Price, Forsyth County Schools, Georgia Science Olympiad State Director

Dr. Forrest Schultz, University of Wisconsin-Stout, 2016 National Tournament Director, Wisconsin State Director

Fred Siegel, 2008 National Tournament at George Washington University Committee

Joe Simmons, Illinois Science Olympiad State Director, Ward's Science

PJ Simon, DuPont Center for Philanthropy & Education

National Rules Committee Chairs

Karen Lancour - Life, Personal & Social Science

Mark Van Hecke & Dusty Schroeder - Earth & Space Science

Dr. Alan Chalker - Physical Science

Linda Wozniewski - Chemistry

CeAnn Chalker - Technology & Engineering

James Woodland - Inquiry & Nature of Science 

In Memoriam

photo: Tim Taylor

On November 6, 2014, Science Olympiad lost a 30-year veteran, Tim Taylor, to sudden illness. Tim served from his home state of Ohio as a teacher, coach, Event Supervisor and tournament committee member and at the national level as an Event Supervisor, Inquiry Rules Committee member, tournament committe member and long-time Advisory Committee member. In 1998, Tim was awarded the Science Olympiad Distinguished Service Award, and was an attendee of nearly every Science Olympiad Summer Institute on record, often serving as a presenter and mentor to new coaches. Many consider Science Olympiad to be a family, and Tim was certainly part of ours. Deepest condolences are extended to Tim's family, where he was a beloved son, brother and uncle. We are all blessed to have known a man of such high character who gave so much to science education.