Our Program Leaders

Meet our Program Leaders

Liz (Baker) Bowman, M.S., CEO

Liz serves as CEO of SARSEF, a nonprofit on a mission to create the next generation of critical thinkers and problem solvers through science and engineering. With an emphasis on equity, SARSEF programs emphasize each student’s ability to solve a real-world problem using STEM research. SARSEF engages over 100,000 Pre-K-12 students in Arizona each year.  Liz began her own scientific career as a SARSEF participant, leading to international recognition at seven science fair competitions resulting in over $260,000 in prizes. This research experience led to her Master’s degree in Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology from the University of St. Andrews, and career highlights including serving as a Researcher for Koko the signing gorilla and Deputy Director of SARSEF. Now, Liz serves on the Board of Rotary Club of Tucson and is a member of Charter 100 Arizona, AAUW- American Association of University Women Tucson Branch, and the International Science Fair Planning Committee. An advocate for equal opportunity in STEM education, Liz has been recognized with honors such as Tucson Hispanic Chamber’s 40 Under 40, Women of Influence Education Champion, Greater Tucson Leadership 2016, and WISE’s Award for Excellence in K-12 STEM Diversity.

Brooke Meyer, Director of Education and Innovation

Brooke is the Director of Education and Innovation 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.

Kim Erdelyi, Director of Corporate & Community Engagement

Kim Erdelyi joins SARSEF as the new Director of Corporate & Community Engagement. Ms. Erdelyi has a degree in Communications and several years of experience in fundraising and outreach for both corporate and non profit organizations. With her passion for assuring that our youth have every opportunity to learn and explore their world she will enhance SARSEF’s  ability to further improve the lives of children in Southern Arizona.

Margaret Wilch, Director of Research

Margaret joins the SARSEF staff as Director of Research following a 26 -year teaching career at Tucson High Magnet School. From 1995 to 2018, Margaret developed and directed the THMS Research Methods Program, creating a research community that collaborated with dozens of UA research labs, supporting and guiding students through the research process and to the regional science fair. From 1999 to 2018, one or more of her students attended the International Science and Engineering Fair. In addition to the Research Methods Program, she developed and directed Science and Nature in Tandem with Youth (SANITY), a field-based research experience for students at the Southwestern Research Station in Portal, AZ and also started the CTE Bioscience Program at THMS. Margaret received a Bachelor’s of Special Studies in Biology from Cornell College, a MS in General Biology from the University of Arizona and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Arizona College of Science in 2012. As Director of Research at SARSEF, Margaret will provide educational outreach and support to area high school teachers and their students, helping students to identify tractable research questions and feasible methodologies. She will also connect students with appropriate mentors through a central highschool outreach lab at the University of Arizona.

Catherine Langham, Office Manager

Catherine is the Office Manager for SARSEF and loved every minute of her first Fair last year! She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and spent four years teaching science and physical education at her home-school co-op in North Texas. Her son has twice been a participant in Racing the Sun, SARSEF’s newest program. Catherine has two decades of experience in Office Management in the private sector, and her goal is to support SARSEF moving forward to reach and teach Southern Arizona’s children the critical thinking and problem-solving skills they will need for their future.

Every Child. Thinking Critically. Solving Problems.

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