Our People

Meet our team of scientists, educators, entrepreneurs, designers, and dreamers.

Executive Director
X Ann Reid Ann Reid Executive Director

Ann became the executive director of NCSE in 2014. For 15 years she worked as a research biologist at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, where she was responsible for sequencing the 1918 flu virus. She served as a Senior Program Officer at the NRC's Board on Life Sciences for five years and most recently, as director of the American Academy of Microbiology.


Director of Teacher Support
X NCSE Director of Teacher Support Lin Andrews Lin Andrews Director of Teacher Support

Lin joined NCSE in 2019 after teaching biology for 18 years. While Lin misses teaching, joining the NCSE team has been an opportunity to help drive a solid science foundation for students all over the nation and gives her the chance to help teachers navigate the often turbulent waters of overcoming misconceptions in biology and climate science.


Deputy Director
X NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch Glenn Branch Deputy Director

Glenn has been at NCSE since 1999, serving as deputy director since 2002. He received the Evolution Education Award for 2020 from the National Association of Biology Teachers.


Director of Operations
X Astrid Broertjes Astrid Broertjes Director of Operations

Astrid Broertjes joined NCSE in May 2022. She previously worked as a manager and bookkeeper at Recycle for Change, a nonprofit in Richmond, California, and before that at the East Bay Express. She immigrated to the U.S. from Amsterdam by way of Canada. Astrid lives in Vallejo, California, with her cat, Trudy.


IT Specialist
X NCSE IT Specialist Stuart Fogg Stuart Fogg IT Specialist

Stuart has been with NCSE since 2007. He works part time on IT at NCSE and part time teaching Physics and Computer Science at Diablo Valley College. He holds a B.A. in Physical Sciences from U.C. Berkeley.


Program Coordinator
X NCSE Program Coordinator Heather Grimes Heather Grimes Program Coordinator

Heather Grimes joined NCSE in 2021 after working in various roles in higher education administration. She received her bachelor's degree in anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has done field research in Central America studying the dialects of capuchin monkeys. She lives in western Massachusetts with her spouse, cats, and flock.


Curriculum Specialist
X NCSE Curriculum Specialist Cari Herndon Cari Herndon Curriculum Specialist

Cari Herndon joined NCSE in 2021 after teaching middle school science for nine years. She earned her master's degree in secondary education from DePaul University and is passionate about creating inclusive science curricula. As part of the Supporting Teachers team, Herndon designs curricula aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards that provide teachers with the tools to help students overcome misconceptions about climate change and evolution.


Office Manager
X Nina Hollenberg Nina Hollenberg Office Manager

Nina has been with NCSE since 2001. She assists staff, engages with NCSE donors, and manages the office. Nina has worked as a graphic designer, production artist, and web programming consultant for technology and software companies, including Adobe, Oracle and Sun Microsystems. She worked for several years in the pre-press and printing industry.


Director of Development
X Deb Janes Deb Janes Director of Development

Deb joined NCSE in 2017 to lead its fund development efforts. Prior to NCSE, she held fund development and communications leadership positions in environmental, policy, investigative journalism, and community-focused nonprofits. Deb began her career as a newspaper reporter. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oregon.


Teacher Support Partnership Specialist
X Wendy Johnson Wendy Johnson Teacher Support Partnership Specialist

Wendy joined NCSE in 2023 after teaching science for 16 years. She earned a bachelor's degree in biology education at Hope College, and a master's degree in biological sciences and a doctoral degree in curriculum, instruction, and teacher education and ecology, evolutionary biology, and behavior at Michigan State University. She is passionate about supporting science teachers and ensuring that every student has access to high-quality science education.


Director of Communications
X Paul Oh Paul Oh Director of Communications

Paul joined NCSE in 2018 after stints at a variety of non-profits specifically concerned with education, including the Teaching Channel, where he was a senior director overseeing editorial content and leading social media, and the National Writing Project, where he managed projects involving interest-based learning. Even earlier, he was a classroom teacher and a prize-winning reporter at a local newspaper.


Teacher Support Partnership Specialist
X Blake Touchet Blake Touchet Teacher Support Partnership Specialist

Blake has taught middle school, high school, and undergraduate biology and environmental sciences in Louisiana, most recently serving as Science Master Teacher for Lafayette Parish School District. He earned a B.S. in secondary biology education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a M.S. in biology from Mississippi State University, and completed his Ed.D. in educational leadership, concentrating in curriculum, at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has worked on state and district committees for developing curricula, assessments, and mentoring science teachers. His research interests include understanding teacher and administrator knowledge and acceptance of socially but not scientifically controversial topics such as evolution and climate change.


Director of Fun
X Buster Yamamoto Reid Buster Yamamoto Reid Director of Fun

Buster Yamamoto Reid was born in Oregon in June of 2015. He is, at heart, an empiricist, working daily to figure out how to maximize the number of scritches and snacks he can score. When he is not at work, he enjoys agility training, playing on the beach, and watching Giants baseball.