"Let's get this submarine in the water!" Mrs. Carts says. She's having fun using her engineering skills to help the KIDS kids make their design concepts a reality.
Chairperson- Paola Addamiano-Carts is a Virginia Tech grad (BSME) who worked in the aerospace industry as a Design Engineer for Pratt & Whitney and Engineering Manager for EG&G Pressure Science (now part of Eaton). In 2014, she and her son attended a SNAME student conference where they learned about the International Submarine Races. After thoughtful investigation, they decided to enter the race as part of their home school curriculum. That first entry, Il Calamaro, was such a wonderful learning experience that they sought to share it and similar hands-on learning opportunities with more people. Hence, Kids Into Discovering Science was born.
Vice Chair- Luigi Leblanc is an electronic engineer and public health professional with over 14 years of experience in Telemedicine/Telecommunications technologies. He has served as the technical manager for many projects that require the collaborative efforts of healthcare providers, application developers and systems engineers. Luigi has led health information technology research initiatives that focus on patient self-management of their diabetes and hypertension through personalized web portals, combining social networking concepts, e-learning, online collaborations, and Electronic Medical Records and Patient Health Records. He is a Certified Professional in Health Information Technology and sits on various state-wide advisory boards on MSOs and the Health Information Exchange (HIE) and is a Commissioner for the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC). With a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering technology from Hartford University and a master’s degree in public health from the Howard University College of Medicine, Luigi possesses a two-tiered background as an engineer and a public health professional. He is currently Vice President of Technology at ZaneNet, a health information technologies company.
Secretary- John Hayes attended Capitol College (now known as Capitol Technology University) and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics Engineering Technology in 1989. He joined the US Naval Reserves in 1985 while in college and served 10 years as an Electronics Technician in avionics, mostly at Andrews Air Force Base and Keflavik, Iceland.Upon graduation from college, John worked for 10 years for various defense contractors, mostly focusing on advanced combat system integration on aircraft carriers, LHD Class (Amphibious Assault) and LPD-17 Class (Amphibious Transport Ship) Navy warships.For the past 16 years, he has worked as a Supervisory Patent Examiner for the US Patent & Trademark Office, and supervises 12 patent examiners in the specialized data processing art. In his years volunteering with KIDS, John has served as submarine steering system mentor, drive train mentor, assisted with propulsion and was the adult lead for the Team America Rocketry Challenge team.John is scuba open water certified and was a pilot for KIDS's 2015 submarine, Nautilus.
Treasurer- Kiran “Ron” Sitoula is Vice-Mayor for the Town of Indian Head, Maryland. He is also a board member for Charles County Public Library. He has over 20 years of experience working with various not-for-profit organizations and is involved with various alumni organization. He is passionate about science and technology. An alum of Budhanilkantha High School in Nepal, he completed his undergraduate from Ohio Wesleyan University with a degree in accounting and completed his masters in database technology from UMUC. He currently works as an IT Specialist for the US Department of Treasury.
Project Manager- Jen Gertsman
Engineering Mentor- Martin Carts earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and currently works as Co-Manager at NASA Goddard's Radiation Effects Laboratory in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Development - Katharine Vincent wants to live in a world filled with innovation, books and movies that come bundled with 80% dark chocolate and a force field around her phone and MacBook Pro that repels sticky-fingered children. As a homeschool mom managing daily disasters, she has more than five years experience being education by her children, and tries to preserve the memory of her Bachelor of Science degree in International Studies, Economics and German. Fondly, she worked for the American Friends Service Committee, Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, The American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity International combined for more than ten years. These diverse places, the people she met along the way, and the teamwork accomplished help shape the person she is today. When she's not designing curriculum for her top students studying how to make the world a better place, you'll find her whipping up delicious hot lattes or chocolate, trying to figure out an escape to travel across the world in style, running barefoot on the beach with her pancake-loving children, or dodging the question "why?" for the billionth time.