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Board of Directors

Board Chair 

Dr. Jennifer Walters

Superintendent of Escondido Union School District

Escondido, CA



Board Secretary

Gary Kline

Attorney, Quarels and Brady Law Firm

Chicago, IL



Board Treasure

Sarah Linsley

Attorney, Quarles and Brady Law Firm

Chicago, IL




Brenda Jones, retired

Former Assistant Superintendent Education Services


Denton Texas Schools and District



Steve Briggs

Steve Briggs received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and spent the first half of his career in industry, most recently as Sr. Vice President for Corporate Research at Diversa. Previously he was President of Torrey Mesa Research Institute and before that he was Director at Pioneer/DuPont for several research areas including genomics. Briggs has been Co-editor of The Plant Cell; he serves on the Scientific Advisory Board, Keystone Symposia and the Board of Advisors, Plant Sciences Institute, Iowa State University; he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.


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