Address: 835 West Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13204

E-mail:     Phone: (315) 422-2902



Mon-Fri 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Weekends by appointment only!

Meet Our Staff


Founder - Dr. Fehmi Damkaci -

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.


Marketing & Operations Director - Kaylee May -

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).


K-12 Program Coordinator - Megan Scott -

Megan Scott is the priary organizer for all conferences. She is also part of the management team at our regional science fairs, College Readiness Program, and annual Genius Olympiad. Megan manages our advertisements and webpages.


Director of International Programs & Accrediation - Dr. Richard Beal -

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.


Consultant - Mary Eileen Wood -

Mary Eileen has been an essential asset to Terra this past year. She has been the bridge in providing funding and educational support to our regional fairs. She continues her work with Terra by supporting our other educational programming. 


Marketing Associate - Celina Rescott -

Celina is a Junior at Le Moyne College majoring in Communications. Celina Rescott aids the Marketing & Operations Director and the K-12 Program Coordinator with day to day tasks. She participated in the management of Genius Olympiad in 2017 and continues to aid in the planning of our upcoming events. Celina also manages our social media pages.

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