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Marlena L. Jones, M.S.

Acting Director
CASE, DC STEM Network
mjones@carnegiescience.edu

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 
CASE, DC STEM Network
kgrigoriants@carnegiescience.edu

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 7 years of experience in strategic planning, program management, strategic communications, and partnership building. Jessica Kerpez is the Program Associate of the DC STEM Network and CASE. Ms. Kerpez has a passion for 

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 
jkerpez@carnegiescience.edu

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 responsibility 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 preforming 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. 




Guy Brandenburg

Mentor Teacher
CASE

Mr. Brandenburg is a DC native and a veteran teacher of (mostly) middle-school mathematics in the DC Public School system. His math teams at John R. Francis and Alice Deal Junior High Schools have won a plurality of the MathCounts competitions held in DC for public, private, parochial, and charter schools over the past 23 years. He has also taught teacher workshops on use of technology in teaching math, has put together an original “Math On the Mall” tour inspired by the one invented by Dr. Florence Fasanelli, and has translated a dynamic geometry software package known as Geometrix from the French into English. Because of his interest in hands-on astronomy and science, he has built several telescopes from scratch, and about 5 years ago, he took over the weekly telescope-making workshop sponsored by the National Capital Astronomers, where he shows people how to grind, polish, figure, and aluminize mirrors, as well as make the rest of the telescope. He has also been having a good time as the lead teacher for the First Light Saturday program since 2006. Guy has been a mentor teacher for the CASE Summer Astrobiology for Teachers program and continues to provide professional development to STEM teachers as needed.