Make You Think, Inc is a nonprofit aiming to provide adults with accessible opportunities for education in science, history, and other related areas. It was established by a small group of people who had, for years, served as volunteers to put on science lectures for several organizations.

 

These volunteers want to ensure programs exist to keep lifelong learning available, accessible and fun.

Make You Think, Inc is a nonprofit aiming to provide adults with accessible opportunities for education in science, history, and other related areas. It was established by a small group of people who had, for years, served as volunteers to put on science lectures for several organizations.

 

These volunteers want to ensure programs exist to keep lifelong learning available, accessible and fun.

Board of Directors

Scott Frey
President

 

It’s critical that the general public is involved with science and feels science is important

Problem solver and technology consultant by trade, Scott has served on a number of boards for a variety of non profits over the years:

  • Madison Area club of Printing House Craftsmen,Vice President (1989) – brought together an early digital printing trade show
  • Wisconsin Off Road Bicycling Association from 1994-2005 worked with Chris Kegel to form entity this from 50 members to near 5000 and 14 chapters across the state
  • International Mountain Bike Association State Representative from 1996-1999
  • Governors Trail Council 1997
  • Columbia Area Mountain Bike Advocates Director at Large

Volunteer for other organizations – most notably and continually since 2008 – for OMSI, Nerd night, and then Science On Tap – to bring science education t an adult audience.

Sam Louke
Vice President

You can’t trust atoms,
they make up everything

 

Sam is a retired Chemical Engineer from the high tech industry and has been volunteering at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, for OMSI Science Pubs, and for Via Productions’ Science on Tap for many years. In addition, he has played the trombone since 5th grade; is the current board president and a performer with the Oregon Symphonic Band; and plays in orchestras and jazz bands around the region.

 

Travis Peters

Treasurer

Enjoy life and pursue
goals with vigor

 

Travis is back in school after 20+ years of accounting and operations in hospitality and enjoying learning many new things in accounting, human resources, and systems science.  Raised by a scientist and a psychiatric nurse, he can’t stop analyzing whatever is on his mind.  In his not so copious free time he is a lover of games, science fiction and fantasy, and he also serves on the board of Oregon Science Fiction Conventions Inc. as Treasurer to promote that passion.

 

Rita Nygren

Secretary

If you don’t write it down,
it didn’t happen.

 

Rita’s specific favorite dinosaur is SUEtheTrex, who live tweets D&D games from the Chicago Field Museum, but she’s also recently learned about several species of dwarf herbivore dinosaurs that evolved when the European continent had turned into island ecologies and wants to know more, and feels she can’t possibly be the only one.

Volunteering with science lecture series continuously since 2008, through OMSI and Via Productions, she also has a day job as a technical project manager and data geek where she learns new tools pretty continuously. This might be a character flaw. Previous non-profit experience includes; 

  • Special Projects Director and Newsletter Editor for the Wisconsin Off Road Bicycling Association,  running a quarterly print newsletter for member accomplishments and managed several trail building projects, including Blue Mounds State Park
  • State Rep for Wisconsin for the International Bicycling Association, negotiated with state land managers and brought education to local volunteers on trail building and bike patrol
  • Director at Large for Wisconsin Bike Federation, doing advocacy for bicycle access and infrastructure
  • 500 Women Scientists PDX Podleader, advocating for women in science

Kris Gowen

Grants

 

Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity.

-Mae Jemison

L. Kris Gowen, PhD, EdM, is Director of Community-Engaged Evaluation and Instructor at the Oregon Clinical and Research Translation Institute, a Department of Oregon Health and Science University. She received her doctorate in child and adolescent development from Stanford University and her Master of Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is also the author of “Sexual Decisions: The Ultimate Teen Guide”, and loves to karaoke every chance she gets. In fact, she loves karaoke so much, she recently published a memoir/travelogue called “One Nation Under Song: My Karaoke Journey through Grief, Joy, and America”. Comfortable with being on stage, Kris has also been both a presenter and MC for Science on Tap many times over the years.

In addition to serving on the MYT Board, Kris is also on the Advisory Board of My Future – My Choice, an Oregon-based sexuality education program. She has previously served on the board of the Equity Foundation.

    Marti Dell

    Solicitor Minion

    Marti Dell has been practicing law for more than twenty-five years in the areas of real estate, business, and estate planning law. Marti’s experience includes working at two title companies, at small law firms, as a sole practitioner, at a large law firm in Florida as a real estate paralegal, and as in-house counsel.  Marti has lived in a variety of places around the world and enjoys gardening, genealogy, traveling, and living life to the fullest.

      Stephen Perry

      Flight Director

       

      Bias is a way in which we systematically get things wrong

       -Stephen Cave

      Stephen Perry is a technology enthusiast, passionate about all things Apple. With a background in theatre systems design and network engineering, Stephen volunteered as a minion for the NerdNite, and now Science On Tap, lecture series. He is also an FAA certified Civil Remote Aviator with UA(G) rating, and enjoys flying camera equipped sUAS (drones) to capture the Pacific Northwest from new perspectives.

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