Darlene Cavalier founded the Science Cheerleader to unite the citizen’s desire to be heard and valued, the scientist’s growing interest in the public’s involvement, and government’s need to garner public support. The Science Cheerleader serves to get the conversation going, rally the troops, solicit views from all sides and change the tone of science and science policy in this country. She also founded SciStarter, a citizen science hotspot connecting millions of people to hundreds of formal and informal research projects. Cavalier’s the cofounder of ECAST, Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology.
Neuroscientist, Internet radio host, blogger, student mentor, and captain of a competitive bocce ball team made of scientists, John Ohab, Ph.D. has taken a most non-traditional path through the world of science. Consistent among these experiences is a passion for communicating science to the general public and an ability to mobilize citizens to participate in the scientific process. John sees his work with Science Cheerleader as an opportunity to continue this adventure and experience first-hand the many conduits through which citizen scientists can impact society. John’s a integral part of Science Cheerleader’s sister-site SciStarter.
Bart manages a lot of what most people never see on this site (and we all know that’s where the important stuff happens). In addition to running our events, he also helps us vet and interview prospective Science Cheerleaders. His behind-the-scenes role fits his rather off-beat career as an English major with stints at Walt Disney World and as a technical writing for a NASA defense contractor NASA, and space advocacy blogging..
Laura is the creative director and choreographer for Science Cheerleader in addition to being the founder of Going Pro Entertainment and an NFL cheerleading alumni herself. In 2011, Laura was crowned Ms. United States representing the Commonwealth of Virginia. During her reign, Laura modeled and represented her charitable platform of “Let’s Move” at a variety of events across the country. She continues to work closely with the Miss United States pageant and serves on the state and national pageant staff between professional choreography gigs for a number of pro and semi pro teams.
Mark is Science Cheerleader’s Space Guy and he has been a Space Guy all of his life. A NASA engineer at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Mark has spent most of his career in Mission Control Center-Houston as a Flight Controller for the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. He has had a life-long interest in spaceflight and views the space program as a catalyst for engaging minds of all ages in a deeper understanding of science, engineering, technology and mathematics. Wait until you see what Mark’s got brewing for SciCheer and our sister-site SciStarter.
Pamitha Weerasinghe joined the Science Cheerleaders as Program Development and Outreach Director in 2014. He brings a unique professional set of skills that incorporate his legal education, creative abilities and journalistic professionalism in order to further cultivate brand equity at Science Cheerleader.
Mike does his best to keep the Science Cheerleader site running smoothly. During the day, he teaches Computer Science to middle schoolers, provides web programming services, designs phone systems, researches voice synthesis and recognition, plugs in extension cords, and steps in wet paint. At night, he burns himself soldering, installing theatrical lighting equipment, and cooking in a cast iron skillet. He holds a degree in Philosophy from Bard College.