Meet Our Staff

fehmi.pngDr. Fehmi Damkaci – info@terraed.org
Founder

Dr. Damkaci is an experienced Associate Professor with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. He is skilled in Grant Writing, STEM Retention programs, Program Development, Graduate Education Program Development and Management, Organic Chemistry, Research, Educational Leadership, and Teaching. Dr. Damkaci is a strong leadership professional with a Certificate focused in Higher Education/Higher Education Administration from Harvard University Graduate School of Education and a Certificate focused in Public Diplomacy, Leadership, and Management from Syracuse University School of Maxwell.

kaylee2.pngKaylee May – kmay@terraed.org
Marketing & Operations Director

Kaylee May is the primary contact for operation (i.e., Finance, Human Resources, etc.) and marketing inquiries as well as those related to the grant, scholarship, and fellowship programs. She is part of the management team at our regional science fairs, conferences, College Readiness Program, and annual Genius Olympiad. Kaylee also serves as the Program Chair for the Central New York section of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA CNY).

megan.pngMegan Scott – mscott@terraed.org
K-12 Program Coordinator 

Megan Scott is the primary organizer for all conferences customized educational trips. She is also part of the management team at our regional science fairs and College Readiness Program. She is organizing a new training program to engage educators and STEM leaders in their regional science & engineering fairs. Megan oversees the submissions of research papers to our new research journal, the International Journal of High School Research. Megan manages our student staff at the annual Genius Olympiad hosted by SUNY Oswego. Megan manages our advertisements and websites for Terra, Terra Fairs, ASCASU, IRC, and IJHSR.

Rick_HeadShotDr. Richard Beal – rbeal@terraed.org
Director of International Programs & Accreditation
 

Dr. Richard Beal is currently the Director of International Programs and Accreditation at Terra Science and Education and formerly worked at SUNY ESF from 1999 to 2018. He was also the Assistant Dean of K-12 STEM Education and Director of ESF in the High School and an Adjunct Associate Professor in Environmental and Forest Biology. Rick was the Director at Large of Environmental Science for the Science Teachers Association of New York. Rick received a B.S. degree in biochemistry from the University of Buffalo in 1991 and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the same institution in 1997. He was a Peace Corps teacher in Eritrea (East Africa) from 1997 to 1998 and a Fulbright Scholar in Cambodia Fall 2016. He specializes in University Teaching and Outreach, STEM Education, and University Partnerships and does extensive consulting in the Middle East on educational reform projects.

maryeileen.jpgMary Eileen Wood – trsef@verizon.net
Consultant 
An educator and nonprofit director with decades of experience in grassroots organizing, STEM advocacy, and science and engineering fair development, Mary Eileen has been the bridge in providing funding and educational support to our Terra Fairs network of regional science and engineering fairs. Her work at Terra has expanded to include our other educational programming such as MakerHallsSM, Genius Olympiad, Intel ISEF regional award sponsorship, and our new program, the Terra Fairs Fellowships.

Mike_PlunkettMichael Plunkett – intern@terraed.org
Intern 

Mike recently graduated from Le Moyne college with a Masters of Business Administration degree and also holds a Bachelors degree in Natural Resources Management from SUNY-ESF. Mike’s responsibilities for Terra include general help with science and engineering fairs, Genius Olympiad preparations, sponsorship outreach, and aiding in the editing of all Terra’s websites.

LaurenDevlin.jpgLauren Devlin – intern@terraed.org
Intern

Lauren is a current student at Le Moyne college studying Communications and Marketing. Lauren’s responsibilities for Terra include managing Terra’s social media pages, monitoring feedback and questions from followers, and advertising new and ongoing Terra programs.