Meet Our Leaders

Our Board

The PS Science Board of Directors provides oversight and strategic direction for all of our programming. Led by representatives from a variety of leading STEM fields, our board drives the innovation, improvement, and expansion of PS Science offerings. 


Our board members live and work in Southern California and are passionate about the communities PS Science serves. We invite you to read through their short bios below – you will be inspired!

Gen Yoshimaru –

Co-Board Chair

Educator and Advocate

Childhood Ambition: To be a teacher.

First Job: Working at Magic Mountain the year it opened.

Fun Science Fact: When I was 7, I discovered that you can squish Ice Plant and use the juice as ink. Be careful, though, it does not wash off easily!

If I were an element, I would be: Cu – Copper, because I also conduct heat and electricity easily.

PS Science because… Actively DOING science stimulates questioning, observation, reasoning, and risk taking, all of which are essential to innovation. The PS Science students of today are the innovators of tomorrow!

Alex Klyce –

Co-Board Chair

Technology Entrepreneur

Childhood Ambition: To not get caught

First Job: Paper Route (remember newspapers?)

Fun Science Fact: If you took out all the empty space in our atoms, the whole human race could fit in the volume of a sugar cube.

If I were an element, I would be: Krypton. Good for keeping Superman in line, and for lasers (pew pew).

PS Science because…  In our post manufacturing society, technological and scientific advancements need to be one of the pillars of our economy going forward. Many fewer factory workers, many more knowledge workers.

Roger Weaver

Educator/Non-profit Consultant

Childhood Ambition: To be an astronaut

First Job: Dishwasher in a coffee shop

Fun Science Fact: You can boil water in a paper cup by putting it in a blazing campfire.

If I were an element, I would be: Carbon, because it is the basis for all organic molecules; it is the source of all life.

PS Science because… Every child in America deserves a high quality science education and our planet’s survival depends on a scientifically literate population.

Babak Fardin

Ophthalmologist

Childhood Ambition: Astronaut

First Job:  Science Lab Technician

Fun Science Fact:  If you take all the blood vessels out of an average child and laid them out in one line, the line would stretch over 60,000 miles. An adult’s would be closer to 100,000 miles long.

If I were an element, I would be: Flourine and all the halogens in general… because life is about forming strong bonds.

PS Science because… The attack on science by politics in this historical moment is alarming and dangerous. We need to be proactive in making sure that all young students are exposed to and understand the importance of the fundamentals of science. We can no longer just assume it will happen, because unless we’re involved, it likely won’t.

Sharyar Baradaran

Periodontist

Childhood Ambition:  To be a doctor and fly a helicopter

First Job: Create a gutter around a tennis court to allow water to drain

Fun Science Fact: There are 206 bones in the adult human body and there are 300 in a child (as they grow, some of the bones fuse together).

If I were an element, I would be: Titanium. I use it every day in surgery placing implants in the jaw used as a foundation to rebuild lost teeth.

PS Science because… We are all scientists in some shape or form. Science leads to discovery for the betterment of mankind. Each young mind deserves a chance to explore science in their own way.

Heather Felix

Intellectual Property Marketer/Educator

Childhood Ambition:  Research Scientist

First Job: Babysitter

Fun Science Fact: The average human body carries ten times more bacterial cells than human cells.

If I were an element, I would be: Neon- because who doesn’t need more bright, fun light in their lives?

PS Science because… All kids deserve to have the joy of discovery and problem solving that comes from a hands-on science education.

Betsy Dill

Business Development

Childhood Ambition: Journalist

First Job: After School Babysitter

Fun Science Fact: Your nose and ears never stop growing.

If I were an element, I would be: Oxygen because it is able to combine with most other elements.

PS Science because… Science allows everyone to understand how things work, and what is possible.

Joan C. Martin

School Administrator

Childhood Ambition: To be a doctor

First Job: Nurse assistant, Muhlenberg Hospital

Fun Science Fact: A flea can accelerate faster than the Space Shuttle

If I were an element, I would be:  Silver (Ag). It is used in many cultures but is not as flashy as gold. It’s malleable, soft, ductile, lustrous. It is sensitive and easily tarnished when encountering sulfur.

PS Science because… watching kids delight in learning is a particular joy of mine. PS Science generates that delight CONSTANTLY.

Alisha White Madison

School Administrator

Childhood Ambition: To be a zoologist

First Job: Famous Amos Cookie Company

Fun Science Fact: Stomach acid is strong enough to dissolve stainless steel but our body protects itself by secreting an alkali bicarbonate solution. Our stomach lining is renewed every four days.

If I were an element, I would be: Calcium – I like being a building block for a health structure that enables the free flow of blood, our brain muscle to contract, and our heart to beat.

PS Science because… I want to be a catalyst on impacting and empowering our youth by providing a solid STEM foundation for them to excel.

Bud Jacobs

Educational Leadership

Childhood Ambition: World Travel

First Job: High School Teacher

Fun Science Fact: Skipping rocks on a frozen pond produces a beautiful, eerie echo sound.

If I were an element, I would be:  Iron.

PS Science because… Kids need to know the magic!

Leslie Aronzon

Philanthropist

Childhood Ambition: I wanted to be a nuclear scientist engaged in research, a lab rat.

First Job: Candy striper at Century City Hospital

Fun Science Fact: If you put Mentos candy in Coke, it will have a minor eruption full of fizz.

If I were an element, I would be: Either Platinum, 78 Pt, since it is super strong and has lots of uses or Plutonium, 94 Pu, since I can be a little explosive at times!

PS Science because… Science opens up the world to a child, and every child deserves to exploit their curiosity. Science is endless.

Jennifer Malin

Medical Director

Childhood Ambition:  To be a nurse

First Job: Teacher’s aide at a preschool

Fun Science Fact: If you stretched out all the DNA in the cells in your body it would measure 20,000,000,000 kilometers or 12,427,423,845 miles.

If I were an element, I would be: Helium

PS Science because… every child should get to experience the fun and excitement of science.

Parker Pearson

Software Engineer

Childhood Ambition: Astronaut

First Job: Ocean Lifeguard

Fun Science Fact: It takes a photon up to 40,000 years to travel from the core of the sun to its surface, but only 8 minutes to travel the rest of the way to Earth.

If I were an element, I would be: Calcium, because growing up my three brothers and I would collectively drink seven gallons of milk every week.

PS Science because… A strong science based education instills a powerful framework for questioning the world around us. It’s this skill of asking the right questions that has the power to change the world.