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.

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, Operations Manager, oversees the operations of DHA's core business arenas and client services. With a background in planning, communications, and project management, 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 PhotoBrian Garrison, Project Assistant, provides support with data management and analysis for ongoing projects at DHA. Brian arrived at DHA with a decade of research and teaching experience, including four years as the Research Coordinator for the Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-regulation at Rochester Institute of Technology. More recently, he served a year with Washington Reading Corps as a literacy tutor and family engagement coordinator. Outside of DHA, he teaches Psychology and enjoys poetry as a writer, editor, and community volunteer. Brian earned his BS in Psychology from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York and his MA in Behavioral Neuroscience from University of Waterloo in Ontario.