Aragon Burlingham, Executive Director, has served in executive management roles at a diverse range of Silicon Valley companies for more than three decades, successfully leading teams that have taken products from concept to production. Burlingham switched careers in early 2008 to focus on his life-long passion of enhancing math and science learning experiences for kids.
He founded the We Teach Science Foundation, pairing engineers and scientists with middle and high school students across the country for remote tutoring and mentoring, improving test scores, and bringing real-world relevance to the disciplines of math and science. Most recently, he was director of partnerships at Envision Learning Partners and is responsible for developing and growing a nationwide network of partners committed to “Deeper Learning” through their “High Quality Performance Assessment Systems.”
Burlingham earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California and a Master of Science in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University. He served on the CuriOdyssey Board of Directors from July 2019 to June 2020.
Joan Martel, Deputy Director, Director of Finance and Operations and HR, joined CuriOdyssey in 2005. Prior to joining the team, Joan was the CFO and co-owner of a database tracking software-company for alternative education providers and had worked in venture capital. She has over 20 years experience in finance and operations with start-ups and small to mid-sized companies. She graduated from the University of Texas with a B.S. in Geology with minors in geography and physics.
Nikii Finch-Morales, Director of Wildlife, oversees the care of CuriOdyssey’s wildlife. She started her career as a volunteer at the San Francisco Zoo’s Animal Resource Center (A.R.C.) from 1990 to 2005. In 1992, she trained to be an animal health technician for domestic and exotic animals at the Irving Street Veterinary Hospital in San Francisco. In 1996, Ms. Finch-Morales joined the CuriOdyssey staff as one of the full time animal keepers. In 2001 she was promoted to director of wildlife.
Patricia Jenkins, Director of Marketing and Communications, joined CuriOdyssey in 2013 after managing a successful marketing consulting business. She has worked with clients ranging from technology to commodities. She directed strategic marketing efforts for regional and national businesses and non-profits including the Arthritis Foundation, CitySearch and the San Francisco Design Center. Over 20 years, Patricia developed comprehensive marketing programs that included traditional advertising, social media, publicity, events and promotions. Patricia is from the Pacific Northwest, holds a business degree from the University of Washington, and does miss the rain.
Eric Maschwitz, Director of Exhibits, has been an exhibit and model fabricator for more than 10 years. His clients have included Yosemite National Park, Smithsonian, American Museum of Natural History, Target, Microsoft, and Pepsi. Most recently he spent six years as a team leader and fabricator in the Interactives division of Academy Studios, one of the premier exhibit design houses in the country. He also spent seven years as a carpentry instructor and activity coordinator at the Science Museum of Minnesota, designing and implementing science-based curricula.
Carl Oosterman, Director of Education, has been with CuriOdyssey since 2004. He develops and leads school, camp, and family programs; supervises education staff; trains and oversees education volunteers; and manages a year-round youth leadership development program. Carl holds a B.A. in Biology with a concentration in Teaching from San Jose State University. He has held a variety of programming positions including two and a half years at Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District as the community programs supervisor and 12 years with YMCAs throughout the Bay Area as a senior program director for youth, teen, and family programs.