Leadership

Board of Directors

In addition to their scientific and technological acumen, the Quest board members have a long and distinguished history of leadership, education outreach, community building, volunteerism and fundraising. These accomplished retirees of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories-California began their effort to establish a downtown science center as a way to pay it forward — sparking in young minds the same curiosity, energy and exploration that once inspired their chosen careers.

Monya Lane
CEO

Alan Burnham
Founder and CFO

Vaughn Draggoo
Secretary

Jay Davis
Director

Rick Stulen
Director

Staff

Kathy Young
Chief Operating Officer

Caleb Cheung
Chief Learning Officer

Quest Advisory Board

EDUCATION WORKING GROUP

Joanna Albala, LLNL Science Education Program Manager

Ann Brown, Education & Outreach Associate, Zone 7 Water District

Nathan Brumley, Supervising Librarian, Youth Services, Livermore Public Library

Gary Dreifuerst, retired Electrical Safety Officer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Chris Gates, retired Senior Project Engineer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Nan Ho, Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, Las Positas College

David Lunn, retired Water Resources Manager, Zone 7 Water District

Eugene Mizusawa, retired Founding Director of Innovation Studio at Athenian School

Mark Newton, Board of Directors, Asante Africa Foundation, retired Electronics Engineering senior manager

Dennis O’Brien, retired Chief Electronics Engineer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Tom Parham, Senior Research Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

David Rakestraw, Physical chemist and biosecurity program leader

Bruce Simon, Institute for STEM Education, California State University East Bay

Don Sweeney, retired Project Manager, Large Synoptic Survey Telescope

Michael Trevino, Educational Planner, former Director of Undergraduate Admissions for the UC system

Pam Whitman, Senior Research Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Ann Willoughby, AAUW and Expanding Your Horizons

Monika Witte, retired Engineering Division Leader

 

STRATEGY

Michael Carter, Physicist, retired Program Director for DoD Technology Programs, professional photographer, and Director, Livermore Lab Foundation

Nan Ho, Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, Las Positas College

Tom Manger, IT Consultant and President of Robot Garden makerspace

Eugene Mizusawa, retired Founding Director of Innovation Studio at Athenian School

Lynn Naylor, CEO, Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group

Randall Pico, Senior Engineering Superintendent

Bruce Simon, Institute for STEM Education, California State University East Bay

Adam Tobin, Executive Director & CEO, Chabot Space and Science Center

Eric Weiss, Vice-President of Engineering, Workday

John Williams, retired Electrical Engineer, IBM

Lee Younker, Geoscientist and retired senior manager, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

June Yu, Executive Director National Laboratory Programs, UC Office of President

 

OPERATIONS

Joel Bowers, retired Deputy Associate Director for Operations, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Barbara Doggett, retired Senior Administrator

Valerie Morrow, Urban and Regional Planning, retired Senior Facility manager, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

 

COMMUNICATIONS

Amy Aines, Communications consultant, co-author Championing Science

Gina Bonanno, retired Physicist, Pedrozzi Foundation Committee, Livermore Planning Commission

Bob Gausman, Consultant, Educational Technology, Livermore Commission for the Arts

Martha Gausman, retired Assistant Superintendent, Modesto

Susan Houghton, Founder, Sunflower Hill, and Communications and Development Consultant, The Houghton-Covey Group

Lynda Seaver, Public Affairs Director, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Lee Younker, Geoscientist and retired senior manager, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

 

FUNDRAISING:

Kiran Guleria, former Education Program Manager, Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center

Nadine Horner, External Relations Officer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Tom O’Lenic, CEO, Buzzkill Labs, Board of Directors, GenTegra, LLC

Quest Advisory Board Holds Annual Strategy Retreat

Event brings together diverse community members

 

On October 17, 2020, we held our annual (virtual) strategy retreat with our Advisory Board, and we were grateful and excited to see 30 diverse and engaged community members. The spirit of everyday exploration in science and technology is evident in our region.

A special thank you to our first-time attendees:

Jose Hernandez, former NASA astronaut, CEO Tierra Luna Engineering

Sharon Parker, Stanford Center to Support Excellence in Teaching

Glenn Kubiak, retired Deputy Director Operations, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Jim Berry and Victor Wong, Robot Garden

And thank you to the new Advisory Board members who were unable to attend. We look forward to having your talent on board!

Rafael Valle, Puente Project, Las Positas College

Don Lewis, Don Lewis Music in Pleasanton

Thomasin Dewhurst, Artist and Art Instructor, SF Bay Area