your Board of Directors

Executive Committee

6 yr Cycle —Elected position during "even" years
2yrs of each—President-elect; President; Past President

Executive Director
3 yr Term with option to extend
Contracted position serving at pleasure of Executive Directors, reporting to the Board of Directors 

Elected position during "even" years

Elected position during "even" years

Board Member Representative to EC (BMRTEC)
Annually elected position by members of the Board of Directors

Meet the EC Committee

Elected Directors

Responsible for National scope
(4) Directors-at-Large
Elected every two years, half elected alternating years

Regional Directors
Responsible for specific Regional scope
(8) Regional Directors
Elected every two years, half elected alternating years

    • Even Regions elected during Odd yrs
    • Odd Regions elected during Even yrs

Meet your Elected Directors

Appointed Positions

Appointed Director
Responsible for select topics / representative of organizations
Voting member of the Board of Directors

Selected by Executive Committee from Appointed Officers

Appointed every two years, half appointed alternating years

Appointed Officer
Responsible for select topics / representative of organizations
Non-voting member of the Board of Directors
Selected by the President
Appointment based on need of NESTA

State Contacts
Selected by Regional Director & President
Non-voting member of the Board of Directors
Annual Appointment

The Earth Scientist Editor
Selected by President with approval of Board of Directors
Serves at the pleasure of President

Directors at Large

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Elizabeth Torres

Barceloneta, Puerto Rico

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Prior Profession:
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2018 Outstanding ES Teacher - Southeast Section

NASA Puerto Rico Space Grant Consortium for DOE

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Andrea Starks

Bartlett, TN

MS Science Teacher (8yrs)

Prior Profession:
MS English Language Arts, Social Studies (5yrs)

Development of meaningful and relevant activities in the MS classroom, Helping teachers cultivate rigorous and collaborative learning environments


2019 Outstanding ES Teacher - Southeast Section

2020 NSTA Robert E. Yager Excellence in Teaching Award

Andrea Starks

Bartlett, TN

MS Science Teacher (8yrs)

Prior Profession:
MS English Language Arts, Social Studies (5yrs)

Development of meaningful and relevant activities in the MS classroom, Helping teachers cultivate rigorous and collaborative learning environments


2019 Outstanding ES Teacher - Southeast Section

2020 NSTA Robert E. Yager Excellence in Teaching Award

Having felt lost as a student when it came to science class, I actively work to show all students that they can be successful WHILE enjoying science.
Teachers are the change agents-- we have to like it, love it, and want some more of it!

Kimberley "No-Jo" Norris-Jones

Columbia, SC

ES, Environmental, Chemistry Teacher

(15 years)

Prior Profession:
Army LTC (retired)

ESS advocacy & Beauty/Artistry of Earth


2019 SC ES-Teacher of the Year

Earth is the only rock we have to live on! We need to understand it in order to take care of it
It is why I have a passion to teach ESS-I want others to want to take care of our Home.

Diane Tom-Ogata

Honolulu, HI

High School STEM Capstone, Marine Science, Biology, Physics, Physical Science (16 yrs)

Prior Profession:
Early Childhood Education (8.5 yrs)
K-3 Elementary (2 yrs)

Integrated Culture/Place-base STEM


2018 Outstanding ES Teacher - Far Western Section
2019 Polynesian Voyaging Society STEM Wa'a Camp

Mother Earth. Out of respect for what she provides and nourishes all living & nonliving things, I'm constantly amazed at the multifaceted layers and intricacies of interconnectivity of what surrounds us... Komohana (West) where the sun enters the horizon... welcoming knowledge of place...

Appointed Directors

Rubin Observatory Liaison

Ardis Herrold

Oro Valley, AZ

Education Specialist, Vera C. Rubin Observatory

Prior Profession:

HS & part time college teacher (38 yrs)
geology, chemistry, astronomy, & ran district planetarium


Developing free online interactive astronomy activities (authentic data) for Rubin Observatory


Past President of NESTA & MESTA

Built/used radio telescopes w/ students—Radio Astronomy team (RATs)

 Professional Development (30+ years)

I'm an amateur astronomer with a Geology degree, so I love all things Earth & sky.
topics: astro imaging, fluorescent minerals, planetary geology, meteorites, National Parks of US & Canada. Most of all, getting people excited about the awesomeness of Earth Science!

NASA Liaison

Angela (Angie) Rizzi

Surry, VA

Outreach Coordinator, NASA Langley Research Center

Prior Profession:
MS Science & HS ESS Teacher (10 yrs)


Air Quality and Clouds

Contributing authorMy NASA Data

Mentor for student air quality investigations— student project presented at AGU
Webinar series: Investigating GLOBE Air Quality from the Ground, to Clouds to Satellites

I love Earth science education because it is an opportunity to help learners understand our home and to foster stewardship of our environment. In addition, it enables the integration of so many concepts that it is perfect for phenomena based instruction

ES Diversity & Equity Coordinator

Enrique Reyes

Austin, TX

HS Teacher
DC Geology, Aquatic Science, Biology

Diversity in ESS
Geoscience Education

I became an Earth Science educator because I have a passion & love for Earth Science that is uncommon in my community
Undeserved & minority communities do not get the same opportunities to engage in the geosciences, so I take it upon myself to expand those opportunities for them.

Website Coordinator

Elaine Bohls-Graham

Austin, TX

HS Science Teacher
Occasional adjunct professor

Prior Profession:


Geoscience curriculum

VaNTH Fellow - University of Texas—Austin

DIG Texas Blueprints - Lead teacher intern, contributor, website manager 

Earth, Wind & Fire (OnRamps) contributor - University of Texas—Austin

Native Austinite, a ranch child in western Travis County—many trips to different places instilled a passion for anything “geology” & the knowledge I would always be a geologist
My hope is that Geosciences will become recognized/respected as the 4th & most important pillar that it is—students of all ages will learn & love  our Earth.

Facebook Group Moderator

David Thesenga

Erie, CO

HS Science Teacher (24 yrs)

ES, Physics, Engineering, Robotics

Prior Profession:
Geophysical engineer

Big data & Data visualization


Einstein Fellow - Washington DC, NSF Geoscience Directorate

PolarTREC Teacher\Researcher, Ross Ice Shelf Antarctica

NAGT Earth Science Teacher of the Year

I have a passion for both understanding Earth systems that underlie massive datasets being produced, as well as encouraging/guiding development of curricula & best practices that help push forward a positive legislative educational agenda

Historian / Awards

Tom Ervin

LeClaire, IA

Grand Old Man of NESTA

Prior Profession:
High School Earth Science (37 yrs, retired)

Wordsmith, Editor skills, Meteorology, Astronomy, Fossils

Past President NESTA (2x)
Past President Iowa Academy of Science
Thomas B. Ervin Distinguished Service Award named
after "me".

My 8th grade science teacher (Mr. Fox) instilled in me a love for earth science, and I attempted to follow his example. Dr. Robert Yager, past president of NSTA, was my mentor and showed me that service within the science education profession was within my reach

Membership Coordinator

Joe Monaco

Highland, CA


Prior Profession:
ES teacher (37 years)


Geology & Astronomy


JOIDES Resolution;

Space Camp

I enjoyed all of the ESs since I was a child & knew whatever career choice I made, it would have to be in the ESs.

Appointed Officers

Calendar Keeper

Wendy Demers

New Orleans, LA

MS science teacher (20 yrs) - Retired 

ES, Physical & Life sciences

Prior Profession:
Early childhood/kindergarten teacher (12 yrs)

Professional development content & strategies in ESS topics
Maury Project, Project Atmosphere,
Iceland as member of a group of ES teachers

Many individuals consider ES a study of rocks, mountains & volcanoes. Growing up in New Orleans, where there are no rocks except those we purchase from other States, reinforces that limited perspective.
I enjoy expanding the knowledge base of students & educators to include ocean, atmosphere & our native challenges with our wetlands/coastlines

The Earth Scientist Editor

Peg Steffen

Iowa City, Iowa

Curriculum Writer

Prior Profession:
MS / HS Science teacher (25 yrs)

Program Manager—NASA & NOAA education (18 yrs)

Climate science, ESS, NGSS professional development


Designer/managerNASA Explorer School

NOAA National Ocean Service Education Coordinator

NOAA Planet Stewards project lead

A foundation of knowledge in ESS is critical for all of Planet Earth's citizens. The more recent emphasis for these disciplines in NGSS is an opportunity to engage more K-12 students. Teaching & learning, especially the ESS are a lifelong passion for me and I hope to spark that in others

Climate Change Liaison

Don Haas

Ithaca, NY

Director of Teacher Programming

Paleontological Research Institute

Prior Profession:
Professor of Teacher Education (10 yrs)

Science Teacher (9 yrs)

Climate & Energy education

Place-based, technology-rich geoscience education


Co-author: Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change
Co-authorThe Science Beneath the Surface: A Very Short Guide to the Marcellus Shale

In order to move wisely in this world and meet our civic responsibilities, we need to have good basic understandings of the Earth system & how humans influence that system. I'm passionate about working with people of all ages to foster those understandings & put them to use. The Earth & the study of it is also fascinating & beautiful

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