Board of Directors
Erika Ebbel Angle – Founder & Executive Director
Erika Ebbel Angle received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 2012 from Boston University School of Medicine. She holds a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Erika is the CEO and co-founder of Ixcela: The Internal Fitness Company, a Biotechnology company aimed at developing diagnostic tests and natural interventions to improve gut microbiome efficacy and health.
In 2002 Erika founded Science from Scientists. She is a member of the MIT visiting committee for the Dean of Undergraduate Education and part of the advisory council for the Dean for the School of Engineering at MIT. Erika is an Advisory Board member for Boston University School of Medicine’s BEST Committee and is a member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts.
In 2014 the Boston Business Journal selected her as one of the “40 Under 40″ business and civic leaders who are making a major impact in their respective fields in the Boston area. Her accomplishments have also been recognized by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Pinnacle Awards for Emerging Executive. In 2013 the Boston Chamber of Commerce selected her as one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Leaders” in Boston. Selected by L’Oreal Paris as a 2007 Woman of Worth for her work with Science from Scientists, Erika has been featured on Lifetime TV and Nova Science Now on “The Secret Lives of Scientists and Engineers.” She is the host of “The Dr. Erika Show,” an educational science TV show for children.
Erika served as a Commissioner for the MA Commission on the Status of Women. Erika was Miss Massachusetts 2004 in the Miss America Scholarship program. At age 11, she became interested in isolating natural antiviral products from an herb. She continued to pursue this interest for the next 7 years, winning multiple state, national, and international science fair competitions.
Outside of work, Erika enjoys SCUBA diving, skiing and, a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, continues her lifelong passion for classical piano. She is married to Colin Angle, CEO of iRobot.
Colin Angle – Chairman
Colin Angle is chairman of the board, chief executive officer and founder of iRobot (Nasdaq: IRBT). Angle’s leadership has transformed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology spin-off into a global leader in consumer robots. One of the world’s leading authorities on robotics, Angle is an industry pioneer with more than 25 years of experience. Under his guidance, iRobot is at the forefront of the growing robot industry, delivering home robots that empower people to do more.
Today, iRobot has sold more than 18 million robots worldwide, revolutionizing the way people clean. Angle’s vision for the future of robots and his keen sense of business strategy are driving forces behind iRobot’s successful identification and execution of expansion opportunities. Under Angle’s leadership, the company is at the forefront of developing new robotic technologies, and as a major player in the Internet of Things, iRobot is building an ecosystem of robots and data to enable the smart home.
Brian Cali co-founded Ironwood Pharmaceuticals in 1998, and is currently the Senior Vice President of R&D Strategy and External Innovation. In his current role, he is focused on helping the R&D organization advance an exciting pipeline of new product candidates, building on the science team’s core expertise in gastrointestinal disorders and the diverse functions of a family of signaling proteins called guanylate cyclases. Brian is passionate about the application of science to bring relief to patients in need, and to empowering high-functioning, cross-disciplinary teams. Before founding Ironwood, Brian was the Chiron fellow of the Life Sciences Research Foundation at Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. He holds a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and earned a B.S. in microbiology from Cornell University.
JD is Executive Director of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, an organization of CEOs and executives from large employers with the mission of making Massachusetts a better place to do business.
JD has more than 25 years of public policy experience, working as staff to legislative committees and the State Treasurer. He also was Policy Director for the O’Brien-Gabrieli gubernatorial campaign in 2002. He joined MBR in 2004 after serving as Legislative/Issues Director for the Early Education for All (EEA) Campaign. His work has helped establish the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, where he currently serves on the Board, and the STEM Advisory Council, on which MBR has a seat.
In addition, he is a Trustee at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and serves on the Boards of Science from Scientists, The Discovery Museums, the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, and the Advisory Board of ReadyNation.
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 Ocean Genome Legacy, the Institution for Savings, Science from Scientists and is also a member of the Advisory Council for The Trustees of Reservations.
Jill C. Milne
Jill C. Milne, Ph.D., co-founded Catabasis Pharmaceuticals, a company focused on developing therapies for patients affected by rare diseases. She currently serves as a member of the board of directors and President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to Catabasis, Jill was on the founding team of Sirtris Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company developing therapeutics for metabolic diseases. Jill started her career at Pfizer Global Research and Development, where she served as the worldwide head of the Drug Pfinder Program and was a founding member of the Pfizer Discovery Technology Center in Cambridge, MA. Jill is passionate about building organizations that are focused on making a difference. Jill was an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellow in the department of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology at Harvard Medical School. She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and a B.A. from Wellesley College.
Beth Murphy, Ph.D. is an independent science & STEM education consultant from Minneapolis, MN with expertise leading education programs and projects—especially those focusing on teacher professional development that can be easily applied to classroom practice, utilization-focused evaluation that empowers continuous learning and program improvement, and authentic collaboration between organizations based on shared values. She has experience working in K-12, out-of-school and college-level settings. Beth is passionate about supporting authentic partnerships with schools in order to provide exceptional learning experiences for students and teachers that develop STEM knowledge, skills and identity. Before starting her own business, Beth spent over 15 years at The Bakken Museum in leadership-level positions and six years teaching physics at the college level. She holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Rochester and a B.A. from Colby College.
Board of Advisors
Joanne Curley is the V.P of Project and Portfolio Management at Gilead Sciences, Foster City where she oversees the development pipeline across five therapeutic areas. She has been with the Gilead since 2005 and in that timeframe, the HIV portfolio, which she managed, expanded from 4 to 11 approved products. Today Gilead is the recognized world leader in HIV therapeutics. Prior to Gilead Joanne worked as a Formulation Scientist and subsequently as a Project Leader at Nektar Therapeutics, San Carlos, CA from 1996 to 2005. While at Nektar she worked on both respiratory formulations and long acting injectable formulations.
She received a BSc in Physics/Chemistry from Trinity College, Ireland, a PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering from U. Mass, Amherst and did a post doctorate at MIT and Harvard Medical School focused on long acting biodegradable formulations.
In addition to instilling a passion for science in kids, her other interests include raising 2 middle school aged kids, skiing, camping and traveling.
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.
Doron Markus is the Science and Engineering Coordinator for the San Mateo County Office of Education in Redwood City, CA. His 19 years of experience in education include teaching K-12 science courses in public and private schools in the U.S. and Spain. He served as a K-5 Science specialist, new teacher mentor, science curriculum writer and school administrator in Westchester County, New York. Doron earned a M.S. in Education Administration from the College of New Rochelle and an Ed.D in Instructional Leadership from St. John’s University in Queens, New York. He is also the Director of the San Mateo County Office of Education STEM Fair.
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.