Dr. Rachel Teasdale, President
"The Chico Science Fair is a great way for kids to explore their world through scientific investigation, as they challenge themselves and in science inquiries. Every year classmates, siblings, parents, teachers, and judges are inspired by the science fair entries and encouraged by the range and quality of projects."
Rachel Teasdale, PhD has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Geological & Environmental Sciences at CSU, Chico since 2004. Rachel has been a judge, presenter for the Chico Science Fair and recently joined the Board. Currently the Acting Director for the Gateway Science Museum, Rachel is actively engaged in preparing exhibits and science-based educational programs for kids, families, and visitors in northern California.
Dr. Roger Lederer
"Science literacy is of the utmost importance if the U.S. is to maintain its leadership in science and engineering. The Science Fair is an excellent way to introduce students to the world of doing science and I want to be a part of supporting that effort."
Dr. Roger Lederer, Professor Emeritus, has been affiliated with CSU, Chico for over 34 years as a Biology Professor, Department Chair, Associate Dean for the Graduate School, and Dean of Natural Sciences. During his tenure he obtained approximately $1,000,000 in grant money for the promotion of science education. Dr. Lederer was instrumental in creating the Center for Mathematics and Science Education, the Science Teaching Lab, the Masters in Mathematics Education, and the Masters in Science Education.
Susan Evers, DVM
"Our schools struggle with science education and the Chico Science Fair assists them in exposing students to the world of science."
I attended local schools and graduated from Chico High. I then attended CSU, Chico and graduated with a degree in Biology (and Spanish) with a Chemistry minor. I was accepted into veterinary school at UC, Davis and graduated with a DVM in 1981. I have been working as a veterinarian since 1981 and am married with 2 children.
Science has always been a part of my life and I feel it is my responsibility to expose students to the myriad of opportunities available and encourage them to consider a career in the science field.
Mr. Scott Johnson
“For the future well-being of our country, we are obligated to bring science into children’s lives early in their educational experience and sustain their interest for a lifetime of scientific inquiry and discovery.”
Scott D. Johnson works as a Senior Business Planner for Pacific Gas & Electric Co., specializing in management accounting services. With over 23 years of experience in the utility industry, he plans and reports on the financial and operational performance of the electric transmission construction and maintenance business throughout northern California. He gained a special appreciation for science from his wife, a food scientist and nutritionist.
Dr. Ron Roth
“The science fair encourages scientific inquiry, but more importantly promotes the characteristics of curiosity, creativity, logical thinking, and clear communication which are valuable in many aspects of life.”
Ron has been involved in engineering education for many years. He is a former department chair at Chico State where he has been teaching mechanical engineering since 1986. He has been judging science fair projects in Chico since 1996. He has taught engineering at Stanford, Fresno State, UC Berkeley, DeAnza College, San Jose State, and the University of Auckland in New Zealand.
Patti Haefner, Treasurer
"Liifelong science learning is vitally important. Even if we are not scientists, an appreciation and understanding of science can enhance much in our travels, work, and daily life".
Patti Haefner is a CMA with a BBA in International Business from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and an MBA from California State University, Chico. Patti’s a native of Chico and is the Controller for Western Woods, Inc. She enjoys backpacking, hiking and visiting native plant gardens.
Dr. Patricia Edelmann