Board of Directors
Dr. Jason Painter, Chair
Dr. Painter is the Director of The Science House at NC State University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in science education from East Carolina University and a doctoral degree in education from UNC-Chapel Hill. He has been with NC State since 2006 and has over 20 years of experience in K-12 STEM education, research, evaluation, and outreach. He started at NC State as the Executive Director of the North Carolina Science Olympiad in 2006 and has spent the last 7 years leading The Science House in the College of Sciences. The NC Science Olympiad is the largest STEM competition in North Carolina and The Science House provides statewide K-12 teacher and student programs to advance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Dr. Painter has received the National Outstanding Leadership in Science Education Award, the Herman Gatling Award for Outstanding Science Leadership in North Carolina, and the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education.
Lee Ann Segalla, Secretary-Treasurer
Since 2007, Lee Ann served as the Elementary Curriculum Officer and as Executive Director for AG, AP, and IB at Guilford County Schools. Previously, she oversaw elementary science education in Wake County schools. For more than a decade, she has been a strong advocate for teaching and learning that requires thinking across the disciplines.
After graduating from the Harvard Graduate School of Educaton, Dr. McCary has served as superintendent of Jackson County Schools, Chief Academic Officer of Guilford County Schools, Vice President of Education Services at Tetra Data Corporation, and as a School Change Coach in the NC New Schools Project. He is also a professor and author. Dr. McCary has a keen interest in education technology and in business-education partnerships.
Ben Owens is a physics and math teacher at Tri-County Early College High School in Murphy, North Carolina. After an 18-year career as an engineer with DuPont he left the corporate world in 2007 to become a STEM teacher in rural Appalachia. He is passionate about changing the status quo in education by better equipping students with the skills needed to be successful in today’s global, gig economy. He is the recipient of the 2017 Bridging the Gap Distinguished Teacher in STEM Education.
John Parker retired from 34 years in public education in 2006. Those years include 18 years as a high school mathematics teacher and 16 years as an administrator, including 5 years as a district superintendent. He earned his B.S. mathematics from Guilford College in 1972, his M.Ed. in mathematics education from UNC-G in 1974, and his Ed.D. in educational leadership from ECU in 2005. Two books convey his contributions to education and educational philosophy: Standardized Minds and Electric Dreams.
Dave taught middle and high school science, math, and music, and developed educational programs and materials before coming to CIBL. In 1999, he began working with the Duke University Center for Inquiry-Based Learning (CIBL) to help design the CIBL program and provide training in inquiry-based science teaching in K-8 classrooms. From 2002 to 2013, he directed CIBL.
After graduating from college, Carole began teaching middle and high school students at the Carolina Friends School. Carole returned to school eight years later to begin studying ways technology could be used to enhance and expand access to instruction. From 1992-2014 Carole worked at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics developing distance learning programs to serve students and teachers across North Carolina.
Don Wells holds a MAT in Biology from Wesleyan University and has taught middle and upper school biology for many years. He also has been a Middle School Principal and was Headmaster of the Carolina Friends School in Durham. He continues to work as a consultant to nonprofits and schools throughout the state.
Since completing her graduate degree at Duke University in 2005, Korah has taught biology at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, a residential STEM magnet school in Durham, NC. Her career thus far has included presenting at education conferences on both the national and international level, as well as developing successful STEM enrichment programs and curricula.