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.
Maureen Garrett, Director of Development, joined CuriOdyssey after serving as Development Director for Peninsula Bridge, a 13-year college access and completion program for underserved students on the peninsula since 2012. She was involved in all aspects of revenue generation to fund significant program expansion by developing and deepening relationships with new and existing investors. Maureen directs all facets of revenue generation for the organization including the current capital campaign underway to create a world-class science and wildlife campus designed specifically for children to learn about the power of science and to create positive change now and in the future. Maureen graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration/Public Affairs. While at USC, Maureen completed a White House fellowship during her senior year.
Julie Saltzman Kellner (she/her), Director of Finance and Operations, comes to CuriOdyssey after 11 years as the Managing Director of Berkeley’s Aurora Theatre Company. Prior to that, she served as General Manager and then Producing Director at American Theater Company in Chicago. Julie holds a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre from Loyola University and a Masters of Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago where she was a Paul Berger Graduate Fellowship Nominee. While at Aurora, Julie founded the Berkeley Arts Connect internship program in partnership with UC Berkeley, Chaired the Berkeley Cultural Trust, was a member of Theatre Bay Area’s Theatre Services Committee and a Board Member of the Downtown Berkeley Association.
Lee Cauble, Manager of Volunteer Engagement, joined CuriOdyssey in 2005 with a background in college administration, counseling, leadership development, and volunteer recruitment and coordination. Previously, she worked at Santa Clara University as a University Advisor and at College of Notre Dame as Director of Student Life. She has a degree in English from Occidental College and a master’s in Student Personnel Administration from The Ohio State University. Lee is passionate about supporting her community and has volunteered thousands of hours for local schools.
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.
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.