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.
Quest Advisory Board
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
Michael Carter, Physicist, retired Program Director for DoD Technology Programs, professional photographer, and Director, Livermore Lab Foundation
Gary Dreifuerst, retired Electrical Safety Officer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Martha Gausman, retired Assistant Superintendent, Modesto
Larry Lagin, Bay Area artist, President East Bay Holocaust Education Center, retired scientist and fusion research project manager
Don Lewis, Electronic music pioneer, Don Lewis Music
David Lunn, retired Water Resources Manager, Zone 7 Water District
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
Don Sweeney, retired Project Manager, Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
Pam Whitman, Senior Research Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Monika Witte, retired Engineering Division Leader
Gina Bonanno, retired Physicist, Pedrozzi Foundation Committee, Livermore Planning Commission
Donald James, author, retired Associate Administrator for Education at NASA
Glenn Kubiak, retired Deputy Director for Operations at LBNL, and former senior manager/scientist at Sandia National Labs
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
Sharon Parker, Center to Support Excellence in Teaching at Stanford University
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
Michael Trevino, Educational Planner, former Director of Undergraduate Admissions for the UC system
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
Joel Bowers, retired Deputy Associate Director for Operations, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Chris Gates, retired Senior Project Engineer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Valerie Morrow, Urban and Regional Planning, retired Senior Facility manager, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jasmine Noriega, Transportation Engineer at California Dept of Transportation
OUTREACH AND COMMUNICATIONS
Barbara Doggett, retired Senior Administrator
Bob Gausman, Consultant, Educational Technology, Livermore Commission for the Arts
Kiran Guleria, former Education Program Manager, Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Jose Hernandez, Former NASA astronaut, founder/CEO Tierra Luna Engineering
Nadine Horner, External Relations Officer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Susan Houghton, Founder, Sunflower Hill, and Communications and Development Consultant, The Houghton-Covey Group
Janice Keller, retired Senior Administrator
John Marchand, Former Mayor of Livermore
Tom O’Lenic, CEO, Buzzkill Labs, Board of Directors, GenTegra, LLC
Lynda Seaver, Public Affairs Director, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Eric Weiss, Vice-President of Engineering, Workday
Advisory Board Meeting Sets Stage for 2021 Goals
On December 3, 2020 we held our bi-monthly meeting to set stage for Quest Science Center activities in 2021, with the overarching focus of Creating an Impactful Science Center. We’re especially excited to increase the impact of our programs through our participation in a year-long OF/BY/FOR ALL program created by Change Network as we seek to become organizationally representative OF our diverse communities, with programs that are co-created BY our communities, and that are welcoming FOR ALL.
The 2021 high-level goals we agreed to are:
- Minimum of one signature informal learning program that:
- Enriches middle school students from Tri-Valley to San Joaquin County
- Demystifies Tri-Valley technology and innovation industry
- Becomes a trusted source for science in the news and our everyday lives
- A pilot downtown indoor/outdoor presence that is freely accessible to families
- A Board of Directors, Advisory Board, volunteers and student interns that represent our regional demographics
Welcome to our first-time participants:
Donald James (Retired NASA Director of Education)
Larry Lagin (visual artist and retired scientist)
Don Lewis (DonLewisMusic)
Jasmine Noriega (Ca. Dept. of Transportation)
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
Monya Lane is a retired mechanical engineer whose tenure included overseeing the development of innovations in advanced manufacturing, bioengineering and data science as the associate director of Engineering at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Throughout her 35-year career she held a variety of energy, environment and national security project and program management roles in service to the nation. As the senior leader of Lawrence Livermore’s largest organization, Lane managed a diverse collective of 1,600 employees in providing the necessary engineering, science and technology to ensure the success of the laboratory’s missions. Earlier in her career she was the one of the system engineers on the team responsible for designing the NIF laser. Known for her “can-do” attitude, Lane brings nonstop energy and a track record for building successful teams to Quest where she is, once again, leading the effort to “create something bigger than ourselves.” She is an active participant of Innovation Tri-Valley, a collective of business leaders, educators and elected officials dedicated to championing the Tri-Valley. She also serves as chair of the Livermore Commission for the Arts and sits on the Board of Trustees for UC Merced as liaison to the Tri-Valley region. An avid tennis player, Lane still competes in local tennis leagues and was on a team that made it to the national competition in Las Vegas in 2018.
“Teaming up with colleagues to bring Quest to our region is the perfect way for me to ‘give back’ and help demystify the science and technology around us. I’m excited by the opportunity to create “questing” experiences that build practical skills and confidence to engage in our increasingly complex world.”
Founder & CFO
Alan Burnham lives for all things chemistry. He is a professor, consultant and mentor with more than 50 years of experience as a chemist and 250 professional publications to his credit. During his 31 years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory he worked on a variety of energy and national security projects before becoming the chief technology officer for American Shale Oil. He has consulted with numerous oil companies and serves as adjunct professor in the Energy Resources Engineering Department at Stanford University. A visionary who cares about his community, Burnham originated the idea for Quest, his second nonprofit startup, after serving as the founder and CEO of Partners for Change Tri-Valley, which provides life-skills training to lift people out of poverty. Burnham is passionate toward all levels of teaching, whether serving as an adviser to postdocs, teaching a class to graduate students, tutoring middle schoolers or introducing basic science concepts to grade school students. He often can be found tinkering in his or fellow board member Vaughn Draggoo’s garage, where they have built a number of pop-up exhibits to encourage young minds to pursue science and to promote Quest.
“Science impacts so many decisions we all make throughout our lives. I’m passionate about increasing scientific literacy and hope Quest inspires more people to work in this fascinating field.”
Vaughn Draggoo is a retired physicist and technical manager with a passion for science education. He spent more than 30 years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory working in lasers and optics, with an emphasis on the construction, integration and operation of industrial-scale equipment and facilities. Since taking on his “second avocation” as a Quest board member, Draggoo and Burnham have been pooling their ingenuity to create a number of pop-up exhibits to not only drum up support for a downtown science center, but to introduce scientific phenomena to inquisitive minds of all ages. Draggoo serves as a docent at the Chabot Space and Science Museum in Oakland and is an active mentor/volunteer in the Livermore schools, where his wife taught for 30 years. He sits on the Livermore Joint Unified School Unified School District’s Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee, responsible for monitoring bond finances to ensure the money is spent properly. An avid golfer, Draggoo proudly admits to putting his game on hold so he can design classroom experiences based on Next Generation Science Standards and help launch Quest.
“As its potential emerges, I am energized by what Quest will become – a place of learning, inspiration, community and inclusion.”
Jay Davis is a seasoned leader and nuclear physicist known for building new facilities, standing up government organizations and raising funds to advance science and engineering. While at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, he built accelerators for research in basic and applied science, culminating with the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry. His work enabled groundbreaking research in forensics, climate change, materials research and medical and biological sciences. After the first Gulf War, Davis served as a U.N. nuclear inspector in Iraq and as the first director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency within the Department of Defense. Closer to home, he has chaired the board of the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce and served on the boards of Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group, and the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. In 2019 he became president of the Rotary Club of Livermore. For five years he was president and chief fundraiser for the Hertz Foundation, where he secured millions to help fund graduate student studies in the applied physical, engineering and medical sciences. A retired windsurfer, biker and back-country skier, Davis now spends his free time as the self-proclaimed “chief sharecropper” and owner of the Davis-King Vineyard, home of Talking Bull Petite Syrah.
“After six decades as a student and practitioner of science, helping to build Quest and its program gives me the chance to experience again the awe and wonder of science — and to share it with others. I can hardly wait!”
Rick Stulen is a solid-state physicist with a 36-year career at Sandia National Laboratories, retiring as vice president of the Sandia-California site. He helped formulate and lead the Department of Energy’s largest public private partnership to create advanced semiconductor manufacturing technologies in partnership with Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley national laboratories. He spent four years in New Mexico leading Sandia’s Science and Technology portfolio before moving back to California as the senior executive in charge of the California site and laboratory program lead for Energy, Climate and Infrastructure Security. He is a visionary executive who excels at building partnerships and encouraging young minds to persevere and pursue science and technical careers. Always willing to take on new challenges and learn from any setbacks, Stulen is trying to perfect a 360 degree turn on a wakesurfing board (he’s “getting close”). A home coffee roaster and trained barista, he has a passion for sailing and often can be found on the San Francisco Bay.
“Helping others come together to explore the world around us through the lens of science is what I love to do. The journey to create Quest has been full of surprises, fun, learning and deeply gratifying.”
Nan Ho serves as Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at Las Positas College (LPC). One of her passions is to connect the talent at LPC with community, education, and industry partners to inspire and support all students in their academic and career pathways. Nan was a faculty member for more than 20 years at LPC, where she helped originate the Science and Engineering Seminar Series with Lawrence Livermore National Lab and the Undergraduate Science Research Poster Session, and was advisor to student clubs and Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society. Nan serves on the Board of Directors for the Bay Nature Institute and for the Las Positas College Viticulture and Enology Foundation, and the Institutional Biosafety Committees for Sandia National Laboratories and Daybreak Labs. She previously served on the Understanding Evolution Teacher Advisory Board for the UC Museum of Paleontology and the Oakland Zoo Docent Council Board. Nan earned her BS and MS from Stanford University, with additional graduate work at UC Berkeley. Nan received the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award, the Unity Award, Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Award, and is three-time recipient of both the Outstanding Teaching Award and the Chancellor’s Award.
Chief Learning Officer
As the Chief Learning Officer, Caleb heads up the effort to pilot new programs, establish partnerships, and build the infrastructure needed for a permanent facility in the near future. Previously, he was the Director of Education at the Chabot Space & Science Center and also worked for 21 years in the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), first as a middle school science teacher, then as the district’s Science Director. His career in OUSD focused on developing districtwide structures and regional partnerships for improving science education and implementing the Next Generation Science Standards. In 2005, he won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. From 2006-2009, served as a Commissioner and the Chair of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Caleb’s interests include growing rare cacti and performing magic.