The Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics

Towson University Center for STEM Excellence

Bioscience Education and Outreach Program

Meet the Staff


Dr. Mary K. Stapleton
  • Mary K. Stapleton serves as the Director of Biotechnology Education and Outreach within Towson University's Center for STEM Excellence. Dr. Stapleton received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Illinois, a M.S. in biology from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Ph.D. from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. Her graduate work in molecular ecology focused on genetic incompatibility in the context of avian mating behavior. Prior to joining USM in 2007, Dr. Stapleton worked as the Director of Education and Workforce programs at MdBio. While at MdBio, Dr. Stapleton managed the MdBioLab, a mobile bioscience laboratory for high schools. She also worked with academic and industry organizations to ensure students are receiving relevant training to prepare them for their entry into the bioscience workforce. At Towson University, Dr. Stapleton and her team work to engage, excite and educate students about science. She also works closely with middle and highs school science teachers, exploring ways to capture student interest and increase student knowledge in the classroom. She enjoys being able to combine her passion for teaching and her scientific skills to excite and educate students about the world around them.

Outreach Team

Yvonne Eder
  • Yvonne Eder serves as the Administrative Assistant for the Biotechnology Education and Outreach Program within Towson University's Center for STEM Excellence. She is currently working on her degree in Graphic Design at the University of Baltimore. Ms. Eder has been with Towson University for 10 years and has worked in higher education for over 15 years. She is an experienced photographer and artist. Ms. Eder is responsible for assisting with operation of the Maryland Loaner Lab and SciTech programs.
Henry O. Jackson
  • Henry O. Jackson serves as Laboratory Assistant within the Biotechnology Education and Outreach group at Towson University’s Center for STEM Excellence.  He is a Baltimore native and attended Fork Union Military Academy and then continued his education at Lincoln University studying Pre-Medicine.  Mr. Jackson completed his education by attending the Biotechnology Institute of Maryland.  Mr. Jackson spent the last twenty years of his career in finance; including investment banking, private placement services and professional money management.  In March 2008, Mr. Jackson joined the Education and Outreach team at Towson University.  Mr. Jackson’s duties include managing lab setup and maintenance, solution preparation, reagent testing, equipment repair, preparing and sending out Maryland loaner lab kits, and assisting in the setting up of SciTech lab activities.
Debra J. Phillips
  • Debra J. Phillips serves as a Laboratory Assistant in the Biotechnology Education and Outreach group at Towson University’s Center for Stem Excellence. As a lifelong Baltimore native, she attended Morgan State University where she majored in Early Childhood Education. Later Ms. Phillips worked in the Customer Service Industry for over thirty five years, managing all aspects of food service from fast food establishments to fine dining restaurants. She later attended the Biotechnology Institute of Maryland [BTI] where she acquired the biotechnical skills necessary for successful employment in the biotechnology field.  Her duties here include preparing and sending out loaner lab kits, lab maintenance, solution preparation, assisting in the SciTech lab setup and spreadsheet record keeping.
Christina Romano
  • Christina Romano serves as an Education and Outreach Specialist for the Biotechnology Education and Outreach Program within Towson University's Center for STEM Excellence. She received her B.S. degree in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina ‑ Wilmington and an M.S. in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining the Center for STEM Excellence team, Ms. Romano worked at the National Aquarium as the School Programs Coordinator where she implemented and developed classroom, outreach, and field-based programs for students from elementary through high school. She also worked with local nature centers and Maryland DNR to facilitate teacher professional development workshops focusing on the Chesapeake Bay and environmental education. Ms. Romano's duties at Towson University include teaching and delivering bioscience programs both on- and off‑site to K‑12 students and teachers as well as researching, developing, and writing new curricula for existing and future programs.
Kerri Younkin
  • Kerri Younkin serves as an Education and Outreach Specialist for Towson University's BioScience Education and Outreach Program. She received her BS in Animal Science from the University of Maryland College Park, MA in Leadership in Teaching from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and her MS in Environmental Studies Conservation Biology from Green Mountain College in Vermont. Prior to joining the BioScience team, Ms. Younkin redeveloped and taught courses in biology, microbiology, and zoology for Harford Community College, developed an ecology lab curriculum, developed and delivered a field education program for Maryland's 4-H/Operation Military Kids camp partnership, taught biology and environmental science courses for public and private schools, facilitated restoration student learning experiences, and conducted research. Her duties for the Center for STEM Excellence including managing the Maryland Loaner Lab program, developing and teaching bioscience programs on- and off- site for K‑12, developing and delivering professional development for teachers, and researching, developing and writing new curricula. Ms. Younkin is excited to share her passion for life sciences with students and teachers!



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