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

Natalie Dussourd
  • Natalie Dussourd serves as the Coordinator for Education and Outreach within Towson University's Center for STEM Excellence. She received her B.S. degree in biology from SUNY Geneseo and an M.S. in biology from Eastern Kentucky University. Prior to joining the Center for STEM Excellence team in 2010, Ms. Dussourd spent two years as a National Science Foundation GK-12 Fellow while a graduate student in Illinois. As an NSF GK-12 Fellow, she acted as a science content expert for area middle and high school science teachers, and developed and implemented numerous hands-on, inquiry-based activities in the areas of biology, physics, chemistry, and earth science. It was during this time that Ms. Dussourd developed a passion for teaching inquiry-based science lessons to K-12 students. As the Coordinator for Education and Outreach, her duties include: teaching and presenting programs both on- and off-site to both K-12 students and teachers throughout the state of Maryland; revising the Center for STEM Excellence's existing curriculum, as well as developing and writing new curriculum for existing and future programs; leading professional development workshops for teachers throughout the state of Maryland; and acting as the lead laboratory assistant.
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 the 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.
Alicia J. Shaw
  • Alicia J. Shaw serves as the Project Coordinator for the ExPERT program within Towson University’s Center for STEM Excellence.  Ms. Shaw graduated from the University of Maryland College Park receiving a B.S. degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in the Biological Sciences.  She later received a M.S. in Education Administration from Trinity University, Washington DC.  Prior to joining Towson University, Ms. Shaw taught in the Prince George's County Public School system for eight years.  During this time she was the science department chairperson, and taught classes in biology, AP biology, anatomy and physiology, and microbiology.  At Towson University, Ms. Shaw works closely with teachers, research scientists and campus directors in order to organize summer research experiences for teachers in the labs of research faculty as part of the ExPERT program.  Additionally, she plans and coordinates professional development workshops to support teacher learning communities throughout the school year, and evaluation activities surrounding the ExPERT program.



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