Our Team

nlr_jordan_headshots_ga_bio_2016 (12)SMALLJordan Rose, Executive Director

Mr. Jordan Rose is executive director of the Georgia BioEd Institute, leading education and workforce initiatives to strengthen Georgia’s life sciences workforce pipeline. Mr. Rose is responsible for strategic and operational direction of GaBioEd to fulfill the organization’s mission to grow Georgia’s leadership in life science innovation.

Mr. Rose is a creative, lifelong learner who is passionate about promoting science literacy and building community partnerships. He has led formal and informal science education initiatives throughout the Atlanta area for sixteen years. As co-founder and co-director of the Atlanta Science Festival, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, he leads a citywide collaboration of more than 100 educational institutions, museums, corporations, and community groups to celebrate our region’s achievements in science and technology. Since 2014 the Atlanta Science Festival has reached over 150,000 curious children and adults at over 400 events at venues across the metro area.

Formerly, as Associate Director for Outreach at the Emory College Center for Science Education, Mr. Rose led numerous grant-funded initiatives to support K-12 teachers and students and facilitate university-community partnerships. Mr. Rose has managed educational outreach programs for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, and Emory University’s PRISM, an NSF Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education program, which awarded 90 graduate students fellowships to partner with 98 teachers in 43 local middle and high schools.

Mr. Rose received a Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience and a Masters in Public Health degree from Emory University. He enjoys playing soccer with his son, doing crossword puzzles with his wife, and trying to impress them both with his juggling.

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Darcie Cook, Equipment Depot Manager

Darcie Cook is an informal science educator with a focus on classroom outreach. She is passionate about students having the opportunity to learn laboratory science skills at a young age in their schools. In her free time, she is a doctoral candidate in the Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis program at Emory University.

Kathleen Varda, Grants Consultant

Kathleen Varda is an Independent Consultant who develops grant proposals for private foundations and corporations on behalf of local, regional, and national tax-exempt secular nonprofit organizations located in the United States.

Kellie Vinal, PhD, Writer

Kellie Vinal is passionate about science communications, and is active in the online #scicomm community. When she’s not posting to our social accounts, creating case studies and online content, or helping produce the Atlanta Science Festival, she is deciphering the molecular determinants of specific target site recognition and modification by the aminoglycoside-resistance A1408 rRNA methyltransferase family as a postdoctoral fellow in Microbiology & Molecular Genetics at Emory University.