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Marlena L. Jones, M.S.

Acting Director

Marlena Jones, Acting Director of CASE, oversees all CASE programs. Throughout the school year she provides a variety of services to teachers, administrators, and students, including enhancing and implementing options within the biotechnology academy career pathway. Ms. Jones founded the CASE STEM kits program and she is responsible for the development and management of these free science inquiry based kits for classroom use. She serves as the instructor for several CASE teacher and student programs, including the Summer STARS, STEM Teacher Leader Cadre, AP Biology Collaborative. 

Prior to joining CASE, she was the Director of The Discovery Center for Cell and Molecular Biology at Catholic University of America. The Discovery Center is a science training facility for junior high and high school students and teachers. Since 1993, Ms. Jones designed and implemented several of their programs – including the “What If?” Laboratory afterschool program for students, the Gene Search Project for rising high school seniors, and was editor-in-chief of the newsletter, The Biology Discoverer. She was instrumental in the training of almost 20,000 student participants in the Discovery Series and Outreach Biotechnology Loaner Laboratory.

Ms. Jones received her Master of Science degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from Catholic University. In addition, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Science degree in General Biology with high honors from the University of Maryland College Park where she became a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She has extensive experience in teaching laboratory science at the college and high school levels.

Katia Grigoriants, M.A.

Strategic Partnerships Manager 

Katia works to increase access to high quality STEM learning opportunities in the District by creating and implementing the development, communications, outreach, and strategic plans through CASE and the DC STEM Network. Previously, Katia worked with other collective impact initiatives and at a small nonprofit creating and teaching violence prevention curricula to middle and high school students in Montana. She has a background in nonprofit management and collective impact and brings 8 years of experience in strategic planning, program management, strategic communications, and partnership building. She graduated from Marquette University with a Master's in Public Service and Nonprofit Administration. Katia was a 2012-2014 Trinity Fellow and a 2014 Education Pioneer DC Metro Graduate Fellow.

Jessica Kerpez, B.S.

Program Associate
CASE, DC STEM Network 

Jessica Kerpez is the Program Associate of the DC STEM Network and CASE. Ms. Kerpez has a passion for non-profit work and is fervent about spreading access to scientific resources and information for students. Through the DC STEM Network, she holds a variety of responsibilities involving research, coordination, and outreach to help support a high quality scientific education department.  

Jessica graduated from American University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, where she worked in the Molecular Biology Laboratory performing research on the genome sequence of plants. At her University, she also worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Biology department to help students learn the proper usage of scientific equipment as well as how to improve their research skills. Jessica has volunteered and worked at nonprofit institutions in the DC area, helping to teach students about Healthcare and Physiological Processes. She has also served as an Emergency Responder to environmental disasters in DC to provide shelter, food, and medical needs to those displaced from their homes.  

Jasmine Muse, M.S.

Science Educator
CASE, DC STEM Network 

As the Lead Instructor for Summer STARS and the Amgen Biotechnology Experience programs, she utilizes her chemical industry knowledge to increase hands-on biotechnology experience for educators and students. Currently completing a Master of Science degree in Physiology at Georgetown University, she looks forward to using this to enhance her science expertise. 

Prior to joining CASE, Jasmine was a Gas Chromatography Analyst at Exxon Mobil in Houston, TX.  She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Prairie View A&M University in Texas where she was a tutor and laboratory assistant.  In addition to conducting Health Care Policy Research at Massachusetts General Hospital, she recently served as a Team Leader and Volunteer Coordinator for Operation: Texas, which provided relief to Houston citizens affected by Hurricane Harvey.