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Kathleen A. Bethel, Ed.D., CEO SARSEF
Dr. Bethel is our CEO of SARSEF and has served on the Board for 16 years. She is an administrator in the College of Engineering at the University of Arizona. She retired as a principal and educator in Sunnyside Unified School District where she was inducted into the Sunnyside Hall of Fame. She has a doctorate in education administration with an emphasis on leading the change process, and brings over 30 years of experience at the elementary- and middle-school level. She has been an advocate of science education in the Southwest region, and the importance of bringing underrepresented populations to the forefront in science. The Arizona Department of Education recognized her school as a “Benchmark School for Overcoming the Odds.” For the last decade, Dr. Bethel has served as the representative for Southern Arizona at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. She is on the Advisory Council for the nonprofit Society for Science & the Public. Dr. Bethel leads SARSEF’s educational programs to provide opportunities for students to learn and experience creativity, teamwork and problem solving in the field of science.
Liz Baker, M.S., Deputy Director
Liz Baker serves as Deputy Director of SARSEF, a nonprofit that empowers 95,000 K-12 students across Southern Arizona in STEM annually through free educational outreach involving critical thinking, problem solving, and inquiry-based research. She earned her Master of Science in Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology from the University of St. Andrews, and went on to become a Researcher for Koko the signing gorilla at The Gorilla Foundation. Liz got her start through science research competitions, where she won over $260,000 as a three-time winner at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Now, Liz serves on the International Science Fair Planning Committee and is a member of Rotary Club of Tucson and AAUW- American Association of University Women Tucson Branch. Through her work with SARSEF, Liz has received honors such as the Women’s Public Voices Fellowship, Women of Influence Education Champion, Tucson Hispanic Chamber’s 40 Under 40, Greater Tucson Leadership 2016, the Award for Excellence in K-12 STEM Diversity, and Grand Prize at SVP’s Fast Pitch.
Brooke Meyer, Director for Educational Outreach
Brooke is the Director of Programs for SARSEF. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary and bilingual education, and master’s degree in special education at the University of Arizona. Brooke is a retired public-school educator who worked with students in schools for more than 30 years. During this time, Brooke trained teachers in effective instructional strategies for students, teachers and parents in the field of choice-theory psychology. Brooke is an adjunct professor at Grand Canyon University, instructing in the master’s degree program for special education. Brooke has volunteered with Child Protective Services, and served on the board of an equine-therapy program for students and veterans in Sierra Vista, Ariz. Currently, Brooke provides educational outreach for all schools, students, teachers and parents for SARSEF. She coordinates the educational outreach programs that impacted over 33,000 students, many of them underrepresented students in areas of poverty this past year.