Ms. Woodall not only advocates volunteerism to her students in the Tennessee Scholars Program, she is a volunteer herself in many community programs. Presently, she holds the office of councilor for the Nashville Section of the American Chemical Society. In her 19 years as an ACS member she has served as chair of the Nashville Section, public relations chair for two local sections (Memphis and Nashville), NCW coordinator for 19 years, government relations chair, Earth Day coordinator, membership chair, and strategic planning chair. She has served the National ACS for 16 years on the Committee on Community Activities and for 6 years on the Committee on Public Relations. She served as a volunteer mentor to help other start public relations committees. She is currently the chair of the Tennessee Government Affairs Committee of the ACS, the general chair for the 2010 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) regional meeting, the past chair of the Tennessee Science Teachers Association, past chair of the NSTA Life Members Advisory Council, member of the Tennessee ACT Policy Council, member of the Tennessee STEM Council, member of the Board of Directors of the Neurological Sciences Foundation, and member of the Alignment College Access Committee.
In the 19 years that Ms. Woodall has been a member of the ACS, she has been a volunteer as a public relations chair, NCW, Kids & Chemistry, tour speaker, and community organizer of chemistry events and is now a “chemistry ambassador.” She has given more than 100 professional development workshops on chemistry topics to various audiences from K-12 to the general public to counselors to legislators. She has written several articles for the news media and for “In Chemistry.”
Ms. Woodall has conducted more than 500 public speaking engagements in her career. In her position as director of Tennessee Scholars she speak to audiences at schools, conferences, community meetings, and the legislature, and to small and large venues in county, state, and national. Ruth has spoken on subjects of education, science, chemistry, physics, and workforce development.
Pete Yancone is science director of education at the Maryland Science Center (MSC). Leaving the Johns Hopkins University armed with an undergraduate degree in earth and planetary science and a secondary teaching certification for earth sciences and chemistry, Pete Yancone taught middle school earth and physical science in the Baltimore City Public School System in 1976, the same year the Maryland Science Center opened at its current location. The lure of indulging a curiosity about learning, along with a high regard for informal education at the new museum, proved irresistible and led to series of positions working in all phases of Science Center operations. Almost 35 years after joining the MSC team, now as senior director of education, the staff he leads provides the outreach, exhibit facilitation, and program development for the museum.