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National Committees

National Executive Board

Dr. Gerard Putz, Board Chair & Treasurer, Science Olympiad President and Co-Founder

James Woodland, Board Vice Chair, Former Nebraska Science Olympiad State Director & 2015 National Tournament Committee

Sharon Putz, Board Secretary, Science Olympiad Executive Administrator

Jack Cairns, Science Olympiad Co-Founder, Emeritus 

Jennifer Kopach, Science Olympiad VP Marketing Communications

Mike McKee, Florida State Director, 2012 & 2014 National Tournament Co-Director

Steve Betza, Lockheed Martin

Advisory Committee

Phyllis Buchanan, DuPont Corporation

CeAnn Chalker, Wright State University, 2013 & 2017 National Tournament Co-Director

Tina Gilliland, Indiana University, 2006 National Tournament Director

Azania Heyward-James, Centers for Disease Control

Kelli Key, Texas Instruments

Dr. Peter Lu, Harvard University, Science Olympiad Alumnus

Harold Miller, New York State Director

Jon Pedersen, 2015 National Tournament Director, University of Nebraska

Dr. Sam Richie, University of Central Florida, 2014 National Tournament Co-Director

Fred Siegel, Claremont Graduate University, 2008 National Tournament Committee

Joe Simmons, Illinois Science Olympiad State Director, Ward's Science

Peggy Vavalla, DuPont Corporation

National Rules Committee Chairs

Karen Lancour - Life, Personal & Social Science

Mark Van Hecke & Dusty Schroeder - Earth & Space Science

Dr. Alan Chalker - Physical Science

Linda Wozniewski - Chemistry

CeAnn Chalker - Technology & Engineering

James Woodland - Inquiry & Nature of Science 

In Memoriam

photo: Tim Taylor

On November 6, 2014, Science Olympiad lost a 30-year veteran, Tim Taylor, to sudden illness. Tim served from his home state of Ohio as a teacher, coach, Event Supervisor and tournament committee member and at the national level as an Event Supervisor, Inquiry Rules Committee member, tournament committe member and long-time Advisory Committee member. In 1998, Tim was awarded the Science Olympiad Distinguished Service Award, and was an attendee of nearly every Science Olympiad Summer Institute on record, often serving as a presenter and mentor to new coaches. Many consider Science Olympiad to be a family, and Tim was certainly part of ours. Deepest condolences are extended to Tim's family, where he was a beloved son, brother and uncle. We are all blessed to have known a man of such high character who gave so much to science education.