Our Team

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Christine Kovich

Executive Director

Christine has a Bachelor of Education from McGill University and International MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Canada. She is also Co-Founder of Harlem Biospace, a biotech incubator for early stage life science companies.

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Devin Elise Wilson

Operations & Communications Director

Devin graduated with a Masters in Arts Administration with an emphasis in Arts Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her Bachelors in Communication from the University of Southern California and subsequently spent two years as a second grade teacher with Teach for America.

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Aaron Neal

Elementary Curriculum Director

Aaron Neal graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University with a Masters in Neuroscience and Education. Before moving to New York, he earned his Bachelors in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Psychology at North Carolina A&T State University. 

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Aaron Kyle

Program Director

Dr. Kyle is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at Columbia University. He has spearheaded the formation of a global health technology program in the BME Senior Design course at Columbia. He feels strongly that engineering design is a foundational skill and could be taught to high school students. 


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Michael Carapezza

Program Coordinator

Michael graduated from Columbia University with a B.S. in biomedical engineering, focusing on medical imaging technology. After three years working in biomedical research laboratories, Michael joined the World Science Festival where he managed their digital education initiative and produced their science lecture series.

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Ziva Rubinstein

NY Bioforce Program Manager

Ziva is a Macaulay Scholar who graduated from The City College of New York with a B.S. in biomedical engineering and minors in chemical engineering, math, and language. Ziva started working in research laboratories as a high school student and continued to do so post-graduation, most recently helping in the development of a topical cure for skin cancer.

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Chelsea Brunner

Teacher & Scientist

Chelsea has an undergraduate degree in geology and a master’s degree in meteorite geochemistry. After spending a few years as a geologist, Chelsea moved to rural Japan in 2014 to teach English. Now she’s combining her passions by studying for her PhD in science education at Columbia Teachers College. She’s also working on her teaching certification to be an Earth Science teacher in New York high schools. She’s interested in all things science, with particular focus on motivating diverse groups of young people to participate in science, even if they don’t yet see themselves as scientists.


RebeCCA Green


Rebecca is a special education grade 5 science teacher at an East Village grade school. She recently completed her Masters in Elementary Inclusive Education with a dual certification in Teaching Students Labeled with Disabilities at Teachers College, Columbia University. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. Her interests lie in connecting kinesthetic and multi-sensory pedagogy approaches to academic concepts.


Henry Love


Henry is working toward his Doctorate in Psychology with a concentration in Human Development and Emotional Regulation at City College. He received his Masters in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University with a focus on school choice and education equity as it relates to communities of color. Prior to that, he spent three years teaching in Harlem and Brooklyn elementary schools. During college, Henry participated in a study abroad Astronomy and Astrophysics program through the University of Chicago’s Paris Centre.


Brittanie Muhammed

Teacher & Scientist

Brittannie Muhammed is a graduate of the Neuroscience and Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She previously earned her bachelors in Developmental Psychology at Trinity University in Washington DC. As a researcher, she is interested in childhood and adolescent social development, as well as, the effect of music (listening and playing) on memory and cognition, specifically with children studying STEM disciplines. Before moving to New York, she taught kindergarten and first grade in Washington, D.C. and has continued that work at various schools in New York City.


Olivia Peterkin


Olivia is currently studying Biology Education Grades 7-12 at New York University in the Steinhardt Teaching and Learning department. In the Child and Family Policy Center, Olivia works on a research team called playLabNYU, where she supports research on kindergarten students’ early civic engagement as well as early intervention research. She will graduate with a B.S. in Biology and an initial teaching certificate for middle and high school, and then she aims to pursue her PhD in education. Olivia is looking forward to meeting kids who love science just as much as she does, and as excited to learn as she it to teach!

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Erin Williams

Site Director

Erin is a NYCDOE 5th grade teacher. She received a graduate degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in Elementary Inclusive Education with a Dual Certification in General Education and Teaching Students Labeled with Disabilities. Erin graduated from Spelman College with a degree in Pre-Med Biology.