Our Team

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Brian Gaines is the Chief Executive Officer of the MdBio Foundation. Brian joined the MdBio Foundation in November 2012 after serving as Executive Director of the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation. Read more >

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Jennifer Colvin is MdBio Foundation’s Vice President of Education and provides strategic direction of Foundation education programs, objectives, and new initiatives. Read more >

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Emily Freeland is the Education Outreach Instructor on the Verizon Innovative Learning Explorer Lab. She earned an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction (Science Education) from the University of Maryland, where she worked with the MADE CLEAR Learning Science Research team studying climate change education. She earned B.S. in Marine Science (Biology) from Eckerd College… Read more >


Chrysta Ghent is an instructor on the MdBioLab. She has a BS in Earth and Space Science Secondary Education from Towson University and is certified to teach Earth and Space Science in Maryland. After teaching in Baltimore City, she attended Penn State University to work on a PhD in Science Education and is continuing to work on her dissertation in informal education. Her passion for teaching and science led her to the MdBio Foundation and the mobile lab in the summer of 2016.

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Ali Main is an Event & Travel Coordinator for the MdBio Foundation. She holds a M.P.S. in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University and a B.S. in Music Industry & Management from Lyndon State College. Throughout her studies, she has coordinated many events ranging from community programs, concerts, and fundraisers to large-scale music festivals and indoor sporting competitions. In the summer, she directs a youth camp in Northern Vermont, providing high-school aged students the opportunity to learn about the entertainment industry. Her passion to educate youth and produce events led her to the MdBio Foundation in January 2017. Out of the office you will find her seeking out new musical performances or playing her guitar. 

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Benedetta Naglieri is the Verizon Innovation Lab Education Program Manager. She received her PhD in molecular biology from Columbia University and worked as a post-doctorate researcher at the National Institutes of Health studying gene regulation.  She developed a passion for informal science education while volunteering as a science instructor. She has since worked with numerous organizations promoting STEM education including the Children’s Science Center in Herndon, Virginia and the Liberty Science Center. In her free time, she enjoys running and is a rabid fan of classic movies.

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Dana Pauley is the Director of Development and Marketing and joined MdBio Foundation in July 2015. Her experience in development covers a wide array of responsibilities involving grant writing, annual fund work, special events, and major gifts for organizations including Planned Parenthood and the United States Naval Academy Foundation. Read more >

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Janeé Pelletier is MdBio Foundation’s Vice President of Communications & Events. Janeé joined the MdBio Foundation in August 2016, bringing many years of communications and logistics expertise including the development and deployment of international road show events, complex technical exhibits, art installations, and conventions. Read more >

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Joe Wilkerson is the MdBioLab Manager. Joe’s experience in the field of environmental science and passion for STEM education led him to MdBio Foundation in August 2015. He received his M.S. in Environmental Science and B.S. in Biology from Christopher Newport University, where he researched hybrid striped bass aquaculture. He is an avid tournament fisherman and when not in the lab he is often searching local waterways for largemouth and smallmouth bass.