Meet Our Staff

fehmi.pngDr. Fehmi Damkaci –

Dr. Damkaci is an experienced 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. He 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. Dr. Damkaci has received several awards such as the Gold Medal for Scholarly Activities and Research, the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Mentorship, and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.

kaylee2.pngKaylee May –
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).

ClaireMadigan_PicClaire Madigan –
K-12 Program Coordinator 

Claire Madigan 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.  Claire manages our student staff at the annual Genius Olympiad hosted by SUNY Oswego. Claire manages our advertisements and websites for Terra, Terra Fairs, ASCASU, IRC, and IJHSR.

Rick_HeadShotDr. Richard Beal –
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.

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STEM Engagement Coordinator  

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.

george-wolfe-320x213George Wolfe

George Wolfe works with ACASU and has 40+ years of teaching, curriculum writing, and leadership experience. His teaching career started in Zaire, Africa where he taught Biology, Chemistry, Political Economics and Physical Education in the Peace Corps. Since then, he has taught in the Western NY region, spending 20 years in the Rochester City School District. In 2005, George moved to Loudoun County, Virginia where he was the founder and director of the Loudoun County Academy of Science. His contributions to education have been extensive, serving on multiple advisory boards including the Cornell Institute of Physics Teachers, the Cornell Institute of Biology Teachers and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics SportSmarts curriculum project. He has received numerous awards throughout his teaching career including the NSTA Presidential Excellence Award, The National Association of Biology Teachers Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for  New York State, The Shell Award for Outstanding Science Educator, and was inducted into the National Teaching Hall of Fame in 2005.