Tam O'Shaughnessy, Ph.D.
Cofounder, Sally Ride Science
Executive Director, Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego

Dr. Tam O'Shaughnessy is cofounder of Sally Ride Science and executive director of Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego. Tam grew up in California and played professional tennis from 1971 to 1974. She later earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in biology from Georgia State University and a Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of California, Riverside.

Tam has written 13 science books for children, including six with Sally Ride. They received the American Institute of Physics Children's Science Writing Award in 1995 for The Third Planet. In 2015 Tam published Sally Ride: A Photobiography of America's Pioneering Woman in Space. It was nominated for the 2016 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature.

As a scientist and educator, Tam became concerned about the underrepresentation of women in science and technical professions. In 2001, Sally, Tam, and three friends—Karen Flammer, Terry McEntee, and Alann Lopes—founded Sally Ride Science to try to narrow the gender gap in science. Tam served as the company's chief creative officer, guiding creation of the Cool Careers in STEM and Key Concepts in Science programs. She was also chief operating officer from 2009 to 2013, chair of the Board of Directors from 2013 to 2015, and chief executive officer from 2014 to 2015.

The University of California, San Diego, acquired Sally Ride Science in October 2015 and named Tam executive director of the resulting nonprofit organization. Tam also serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

Karen Flammer, Ph.D.
Cofounder, Sally Ride Science
Director, Center for Digital Learning

Dr. Karen Flammer is the Director of the Digital Learning Center at UC San Diego Teaching Commons.

Karen is a third-generation physicist. She earned her B.S. in applied physics and Ph.D. in space physics at UC San Diego. While doing research in space and planetary physics, Karen became passionate about educational outreach and increasing girls' and minorities' participation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. In 2001, she co-founded Sally Ride Science with the goal of narrowing the gender gap in STEM.

Karen has more than 20 years of experience directing large-scale STEM outreach and professional development programs, most notably Sally Ride EarthKAM and the Sally Ride Science Academy. Sally Ride EarthKAM engaged more than 600,000 K-12 students from 80 countries in STEM by allowing them to photograph Earth with a digital camera on board the International Space Station. The Sally Ride Science Academy, a robust train-the-trainer professional development program, has reached more than 30,000 educators, giving them strategies and resources to encourage students' interest in STEM.

Edward Abeyta, Ph.D.
Director of Pre-Collegiate and Career Preparation Programs
Associate Dean for Community Engagement, UC San Diego Extension

Dr. Edward Abeyta is director of Pre-Collegiate and Career Preparation Programs and associate dean for community engagement at UC San Diego Extension. He has a B.A. from the University of New Mexico, an M.A. from the University of San Diego, and a Ph.D. in post-secondary adult education from Capella University. Edward has been recognized by UC San Diego and the UC Office of the President for his involvement in staff diversity and development initiatives. In 2008 Edward was selected to a two-year term as staff advisor to The Regents. He has served on the UC Diversity Commission, Post-Retirement Task Force, and The Regents' UC Commission on the Future.

Edward founded the University of California STEAM Channel. He is active in the San Diego community as a trustee of the San Diego Youth Symphony and a founding board member of the San Diego Urban Discovery Academy charter school. He is deeply involved in programs serving foster youth and veterans, and other youth development programs.

Morgan Appel
Director of the Department of Education and Behavioral Sciences, UC San Diego Extension

Morgan Appel serves as the Director of the Department of Education and Behavioral Sciences at UC San Diego Extension, serving as its chief administrator. Appel oversees a diverse array of professional development programming for programs for practitioners and clinicians. He served in the same capacity at the Division of Continuing Education UC Irvine Extension following a research appointment at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UCI. With expertise in education transformation and policy, Appel worked with a number of school districts and research institutes to explore the impacts of legislated and organically generated change agentry in PK-postsecondary.

A specialist in gifted education; arts integration; and the socioaffective domain, Appel teaches a variety of courses at both UC San Diego and UC Irvine. He is a widely published author and presenter at conferences and other venues. Appel lives in San Diego, California, with his wife Catherine and their dog Jonathan Fitzgerald.

Roxann Bedia
Operations Manager for the Department of Education and Behavioral Sciences, UC San Diego Extension

Roxann Bedia is the Operations Manager for the Department of Education and Behavioral Sciences at UC San Diego Extension, charged with budgetary oversight and supervision of instructional staff. Bedia has 20 years of experience in postsecondary education including service in teacher education, as a credential analyst, in financial aid, and student services.  She serves on the Board of Institutional Review for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing as well as a variety of committee assignments at Extension and on the San Diego campus.

Chris Leong
Chief Technical Adviser

Chris Leong is chief technical advisor for Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego. He began working as a student intern on NASA's Sally Ride EarthKAM program, created by Dr. Sally Ride to allow students around the world to capture images of Earth from space. Chris received a B.S. in computer engineering from UC San Diego in 2001. After graduation, he served as project advisor and programmer analyst for Sally Ride EarthKAM's mission control at UC San Diego until 2006. Chris then joined Sally Ride Science as vice president of technology, overseeing information technology and web development until the company's acquisition by UC San Diego in October 2015. He also served as technical lead for Sally Ride EarthKAM and another NASA educational outreach program, GRAIL MoonKAM. Chris is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Microsoft Certified Professional.

Margaret King

 Margaret King was senior science editor and writer at Sally Ride Science from 2009 to 2015, when Sally Ride Science became part of UC San Diego. Margaret helped create books and teacher guides that presented science concepts and profiled notable scientists with the goal of awakening students’ interest in science careers. Before joining Sally Ride Science, she worked at The San Diego Union-Tribune in a variety of editing positions, including as politics editor and editor of the “Quest” science section. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, with a double major in English and history and her master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.

Megan Lancaster
Program Manager for UC San Diego Pre-College and Career Preparation Programs

Megan Lancaster is a Program Manager for UC San Diego Pre-College and Career Preparation Programs where she focuses on planning, implementing, and evaluating academic and enrichment programs to meet the individual needs of students in preparation of collegiate and professional pursuits. Prior to working with UC San Diego Extension, Megan served as the Program Supervisor for the Viejas Tribal Education Center and also taught grades K-12 in the local public and private school districts. Megan received a B.A. in Social Science from San Diego State University and a Single-Subject Teaching Credential in Social Science, Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential, and M.A. in Education from Azusa Pacific University.

Maysoon Dong
Pre-College Programs Manager, UC San Diego Extension

Maysoon Dong is a Program Manager of UC San Diego Pre-College and Career Preparation Programs. She has worked for UC San Diego in a variety of different capacities for over 7 years. Prior to working with UC San Diego Extension, she was the Assistant Director of the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS) program at the Jacobs School of Engineering. She also worked in the Division of Biological Sciences as a Program Coordinator, developing and maintaining continuing education programs for professionals in the field of biotechnology. Maysoon received her B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from UC San Diego and received her M.S. in Economics from Boston University.

Jennifer Matthews
Graphic Designer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego

Jennifer Matthews is a graphic designer at the Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Physics at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. There she has been helping to illustrate and promote the efforts of geologists, glaciologists, seismologists, and other Earth science researchers for the past 15 years.  Her tenure at IGPP has also given her the ability to work with other departments and programs at Scripps and UC San Diego, notably Birch Aquarium, Scripps Director's Office, PRAGMA, and now Sally Ride Science.  Prior to joining the staff at IGPP, Jennifer served in a similar capacity at UC San Diego's San Diego Supercomputer Center for five years.

Quiana Oates
Program Manager, Education and Community Outreach, UC San Diego Extension

Quiana Oates joined UC San Diego Extension in 2019, continuing her career in higher education, where she has been working progressively since 2006. Quiana has earned a Bachelor of Science in Counseling Psychology from Columbia Union College and a Master of Public Administration from Washington Adventist University. She is currently a (2020) doctoral candidate in the Doctor of Business Administration program at the University of Maryland University College.

Quiana has worked for more than 12 years on college and university campuses, in the area of admissions, advising, student success, and retention, while developing strong mentoring relationships with a variety of students including first-generation and underrepresented students. Her areas of interest include test-prep, student success, retention, diversity and inclusion, and leadership development. In 2016 Quiana was inducted into Sigma Beta Delta, a scholastic honor society that recognizes academic achievement among students in the fields of business, management, and administration.