Board of Directors
Erika Ebbel Angle
For the Science from Scientists’ founder and Executive Chairman of the Board’s biography, see her staff profile .
Colin Angle guides the strategic direction of iRobot. One of the world’s leading authorities on mobile robots, Angle is an industry pioneer with more than two decades of experience. Under his leadership, iRobot is at the forefront of the growing robot industry, delivering home and military robots that are making a difference. Angle’s keen sense of business strategy is a driving force behind iRobot’s successful identification and execution of expansion opportunities. With Angle’s guidance, iRobot has formed key strategic partnerships, building on decades of expertise from each partner to create new and innovative robot solutions.
Angle’s leadership and vision for the future of robots have been recognized with numerous professional awards. He has been named CEO of the Year by the Mass Technology Leadership Council, a Mass High Tech All-Star, one of Fortune Small Business Magazine’s Best Bosses and New England Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young with iRobot co-founder Helen Greiner. Angle sits on the board of directors of Zeo Inc. and is active on the Robotics & Intelligent Machines (RIM) advisory board. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Computer Science, both from MIT.
Jim Ellard is Chief Executive Officer of New England Biolabs, Inc. (NEB), a world leader in the development and production of reagents that enable biotechnology research. He started his career at NEB as a bench scientist working to overexpress and purify enzymes essential for the manipulation of DNA. In 1990, he created NEB’s Marketing Communications department and has more than two decades of experience in marketing, business development, brand management and strategic planning in the Life Science industry. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Active in business and community affairs, he serves on the Board of BioHelix Corporation, Ocean Genome Legacy, Save One Life, Science from Scientists and is also a member of the Advisory Council for The Trustees of Reservations.
Patricia A. Haddad
State Representative Patricia A. Haddad represents the Fifth Bristol district in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. The Fifth Bristol district includes the towns of Dighton and Somerset and parts of Swansea and Taunton, all in the Country of Bristol.
Ms. Haddad was educated at Mount Saint Mary’s Academy and holds a B.S. from Bridgewater State College. Before becoming a legislator she served as an educator. She currently serves in the SouthCoast Business & Professional Women’s Association, the Drug-free Schools Advisory Council, the Boy Scouts of America, the Moby Dick Council, the Weir Economic and Industrial Revitalization Corporation and the Health Access Collaborative. Ms. Haddad holds public office in the Somerset Playground & Recreation Commission, the Somerset Democratic Town Committee (Vice-Chair), and the Somerset School Committee (Vice-Chair, Chair).
In the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Ms. Haddad serves on the Ways & Means Committee, the Health Care Committee, and the Medicaid Committee. She has previously served as a member of the Human Services & Elder Affairs Committee and the Natural Resources & Agriculture Committee. Ms. Haddad has held special appointments on the Special Committee on Local Aid, the Legislative Commission on Public Housing, the Special Task Force on Local Government, the Special Task Force on the Economy and Workforce Development, the Special Task Force on Medicaid, the Council of State Governments and the Eastern Region-Conference Committee on Energy and the Environment.
Richard J. Merrill
Richard Merrill received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Minors in Political Science and Math from the University of Michigan. He holds an M.A. in the Teaching of Science and an Ed.D from the Teachers College at Columbia University. Richard Merrill has served as a lecturer at California State University, Deputy Director of the San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair, Inc., and Director of the Northern California Western Nevada Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. He has also served as a Curriculum Specialist for science and various other curriculum areas, Executive Directory of Chemical Education Material Study, and a Chemistry Teacher at various educational institutions in California.
Richard Merrill was a board member of the California Science Teachers Association from 1971-1974. He was the Chairman of the State Conference Planning Committee in 1976 and served in several different positions for the Elementary School Science Association of Northern California from 1974-83 including Secretary from 1976-1981, and President in 1983.
Between 1980 and 1982, Richard Merrill was the Director of the National Science Supervisors Association. He has also been part of the Advisory Committees and Executive Committees for a variety of other organizations including the National Science Teacher’s Association, the Science Framework Committee in the California State Department of Education, the American Chemical Society, and the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California at Berkeley.
Richard Merrill has numerous publications and was the recipient of several awards including the Regional Catalyst Award for Excellence in High School Chemistry Teaching from the Manufacturing Chemists Association in 1976, and the Margaret Nicholson Award for Distinguished Service to Science Education, given by the California Science Teachers Association in 1990.
Judd Rottenberg is a principal at Long’s Jewelers. A third generation jeweler, Judd has been with Long’s Jewelers for nearly 20 years. After receiving his degree in Marketing and Retailing from Syracuse University, he continued his education by receiving his graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America. Since the science of diamonds and gemology is ever changing, Judd continued his education by receiving a Certified Gemologist degree from the prestigious American Gem Society. He served on the board of directors of the American Gem Society in 2007.
Joshua Seftel’s love for science started at a young age. He was a Pre-Medical Sciences major in college, and his first job out of school was as a high school physics teacher. Meanwhile, Josh discovered a passion for filmmaking and made his first documentary, the Emmy-nominated “Lost and Found” (1992), about the plight of Romania’s orphaned and abandoned children. He hasn’t stopped making films since, including “Taking on the Kennedys” (1996) and “War, Inc” (2008) starring John Cusack, Marisa Tomei, and Ben Kingsley. Josh also directed the first season of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” and helped develop the Emmy-nominated PBS children’s show “Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman.” He has long been committed to public broadcasting and is a frequent contributor to “Nova Science Now.”
Isa Kaftal Zimmerman
Isa Kaftal Zimmerman has been a Superintendent of Schools, a High School Principal and Assistant Principal, a junior high school teacher and Division Director of the Technology in Education Program and Associate Professor at Lesley University. As principal and superintendent she was a pioneer in bringing technology to schools for instruction and productivity in MA and she started the MASS (Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents) Technology Task Force. She was also chair of Commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Educational Technology Advisory Council (ETAC) for two three year terms.
She was Senior Fellow at the UMass Donahue Institute and the UMass President’s Office. In that capacity she oversaw the mounting of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) annual Summit from 2006 to 2008 (although she participated in the first five and attended all since), created and oversaw the website, led the development of a state STEM plan outline and networked stakeholders. She also oversaw the CITI (Commonwealth Information Technology Initiative) K–12 program.
In her current work, as the principal of IKZ Advisors, she continues to be a resource for people in MA, and around the world, who are interested in STEM education. She was lead consultant to Wheelock College’s Aspire Institute in proposing a new way to prepare Pre-School to grade 3 educators to teach STEM. She served on Governor Patrick’s Readiness Project, the Secretary’s and Commissioner of Education’s 21st Century Task Force and now on the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, serving on the Operations Board.