DHA Team

David PhotoDavid Heil,
President of David Heil & Associates, Inc., is well known throughout the country as an innovative science educator, new enterprise developer, lecturer, author and host of the Emmy Award-winning PBS science series, Newton's Apple. He was the lead author on the award-winning program Discover The Wonder, which for five years running was the #1 selling elementary science curriculum in America. He is also the editor of the popular book Family Science, and more recently co-authored and edited a new publication, Family Engineering: An Activity & Event Planning Guide. David is frequently invited to speak at conferences and public events on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and the rewards of experiential learning.

Prior to establishing DHA, David was affiliated with the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI) for 13 years, serving as associate director from 1988–1996. While at OMSI, David initiated and administered many of the museum's nationally recognized education and outreach programs, and also developed hands-on exhibits for national tour. David has also taught science and enrichment programs in grades 7-12, conducted research in plant biochemistry and radiochemistry, and worked for five years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A native Oregonian, he is active in numerous scientific and educational organizations nationwide. He is a past member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Committee on Public Understanding of Science, is the past Director of Informal Science Education for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), served on the Board of Directors of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, the Keystone Center, and as Senior Science Advisor to the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Aspen Science Center in Colorado. In 2009 David was recognized with the NSTA Distinguished Service To Science Education Award

Mia PhotoKelly Riedinger, PhD, Director of Research and Evaluation, oversees the firm's full range of internal and external evaluations as well as ongoing research studies. In collaboration with other DHA team members and a broad range of public and private sector clients, she designs and implements front-end, formative, and summative evaluations and research investigations using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Her research interests focus on science teacher preparation and professional development as well as learning in informal science settings with a particular interest in learning conversations and the ways in which learners of all ages negotiate and construct identities as learners of science. She is active in numerous professional associations and societies and currently serves on the Informal Science Education Committee of the National Science Teachers Association. Prior to joining DHA, Kelly was an assistant professor of science education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington where she taught courses in elementary science methods and informal science education. Before that she served as a research associate on the NSF funded Project NEXUS, taught middle and high school oceanography and earth science and worked as an educator at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. Kelly earned a BA in Biology at Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH; a MS in Oceanography from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA; and a PhD in Education Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on science education from the University of Maryland in College Park, MD.

Mia PhotoMia Jackson, Associate, specializes in program and exhibit development, project management, and public outreach. She was the lead author on a new publication promoting parent and child exploration and learning titled Family Engineering: An Activity & Event Planning Guide (2011). At DHA, Mia has also worked extensively in the area of early childhood science learning, focusing on the development of young learner resources, such as curriculum kits and museum exhibit areas. Prior to joining DHA, Mia served as the Director of Programs and Exhibits at The Imaginarium Science Discovery Center in Anchorage, Alaska where she spearheaded significant growth and expansion of their offerings, including the launch of their nationally recognized statewide outreach efforts in science and public health. Earlier in her career, she worked for a range of non-profit organizations including the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Partners In Public Education, the Alaska Bar Association, and the Alaska Dance Theatre where she taught ballet. Trained in Elementary Education, Mia has been active in a variety of local, state and national educational initiatives, including serving as Affiliate Director of the Alaska Space Grant program, Chair of the National Educational Outreach Network (NEON), and an active member of the Informal Science Committee of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

Shannon PhotoShannon Weiss, Associate, specializes in the design and implementation of evaluation and market research projects related to DHA's core areas of emphasis in science, engineering, health, and environmental education; and institutional strategic and business planning. Her work serves a range of academic institutions, government agencies, corporations and non-profit enterprises including projects funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Prior to joining DHA, Shannon designed and conducted evaluations for Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, and the Pacific Science Center. Shannon received a BA in Art History from the University of Evansville in Evansville, IN; an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA; and was a member of the initial cohort of the University of Washington's IMLS funded New Directions in Audience Research Program.

Gayle Amorose, Business Manager, oversees the DHA office, coordinating project workflow, product design, event planning, human resources, accounting, business development and marketing. Prior to re-joining DHA, where she held the position of Project Coordinator a decade ago, Gayle managed two of her own successful businesses: interior redesign and staging, and private dog training. She also has experience working in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors in office administration, communications and marketing, writing and desktop publishing, and special event production. Gayle holds a BA degree in Broadcast Communication Arts from San Francisco State University.

Eric PhotoEric Wallinger, Project & Operations Coordinator, provides operational support and coordination for all of DHA’s core business arenas and client services. With a background in event production, communications, data management and publishing, he facilitates procurement and logistics for DHA as well as the firm’s affiliated nonprofits. He is certified as a LEED Accredited Professional for Operations & Maintenance by the United States Green Building Council and supervises the DHA office facilities. Prior to joining DHA, Eric served as Operations Coordinator at the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, CA. Eric holds a BA in English, and a certificate in Environmental Studies from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.

Aidan PhotoLauren Marallo, Project Assistant, supports the DHA research and evaluation team and the clients they serve through data entry, data management, data analysis and report writing. Lauren received her MA in Museum Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she researched arts integration with STEM learning in science center practice and participated in the IMLS funded New Directions in Audience Research Program. She also received a BA in art history and a certificate in Museum and Gallery Practices from Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA.