Kristin Majda, M.S., M.B.A., President
Kristin Majda is a high school and college science educator and has led multiple schools in creating benchmark assessments and aligning curriculum to the state standards. She worked for four years as a technical writer in the computer industry prior to pursuing a career in education and possesses a BS in biology from UCSB with a minor in professional writing, and an MBA and MS in biotechnology from CSU Channel Islands. In addition to serving on the GCSN board since 2009, Kristin is an active member of the California Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); and serves on the operating Council of the Discovery Center for Science and Technology.
Debra Hammill, M.S., Vice President
Debra Hammill is a science specialist for Oak Park Unified School District.
Dana Grooms, M.S., Secretary
Dana Grooms teaches honors and AP biology at Thousand Oaks High School. She holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences, a Single Subject Teaching Credential, and a Master's Degree in Education from UC Santa Barbara.
Nathan Inouye, M.Ed., Treasurer
Nathan Inouye began teaching remedial college algebra as an instructor’s assistant and then served two years as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica providing elementary environmental education and youth development training. Upon returning to the U.S., Nathan began teaching secondary science in the Los Angeles area before spending over a decade working for Oxnard Union High School District (OUHSD), where he has taught a variety of science courses, started the AP Biology program at Adolfo Camarillo High School (ACHS), was the gifted and talented education (GATE) coordinator for over six years, and worked as the district's science resource teacher. Currently Nathan serves as the Science Coordinator for Ventura County Office of Education (VCOE). Nathan has served on the GCSN board since 2004.
Debbie Bereki, Ph.D., Past President
Dr. Debbie Bereki is a founding member of GCSN and has served on the board since its inception in 1993. Dr. Bereki earned her Ph.D. in science education from U.C. Santa Barbara and her B.S. in nutrition from U.C. Davis. She has more than 20 years of classroom experience teaching K-16 science courses and has been continuously devoted to improving science education by providing professional development for teachers, coordinating various outreach programs, and through her work with GCSN and numerous other professional organizations. She was the Coast Geological Society Earth Science Teacher of the Year in 1999 and earned the Amgen Award for Teacher Excellence in 1997.
Sharon King, M.Ed., Member at Large
Sharon King taught integrated science at Palisades Charter High School in Pacific Palisades, California before retiring in 2015. She has a masters degree in education and earned a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from MIT (the Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Prior to teaching, she worked as a research chemist, computer programmer, and stay-at-home mom. Sharon has served on the GCSN board since 2009.
David Sweet, Member at Large
David Sweet is a meteorologist for the National Weather Service and is also in charge of the diversity and outreach programs at the local forecast office in Oxnard, California. David has served on the GCSN board since 2003.
Brad Swopes, Member at Large
Brad Swopes teaches biology at Royal High School in Simi Valley. Brad has served on the GCSN board since 1994.
Kathy Simpson, Member at Large
Kathy Simpson teachers 7th and 8th grade science at Briggs School in Santa Paula.