The Science Line began after Sara Jennings realized the untapped potential of combining Science, Technology and Fashion. After realizing there were very few ways to get started creating tech fashions as a beginner herself, she began developing a nationwide effort to connect those in the technology and science realms with fashion for the benefit of educating the next generation, making it not only accessible through workshops and kits but also by inspiring young girls to get into S.T.E.M. fields through S.T.E.M. fashion shows. In November of 2016, Sara ran her first S.T.E.M. fashion show at the Challenger Space Center of Arizona and launched The Science Line.
Prior to starting The Science Line, Sara worked at various non-profit organizations focused on changing lives, space and technology and education. Sara worked at the XPRIZE Foundation in prize development, developing various designs in the health, energy and transportation fields as well as in operations for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE. Previously, Mrs. Jennings worked for the Challenger Space Center of Arizona where she designed and taught science curriculum and coordinated the Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge. She also ran the NASCAR meets NASA, Night Rover Invention Experience where she developed a program for 1,200 5-6th graders to design and build solar powered rovers. She holds a level 2 certification for high powered rocketry, is an avid stargazer and worked at the Steward Observatory Mirror lab and SkyCenter as a student.
Sara Jennings is an advocate of the Space Frontier Foundation and previous board member and NewSpace conference chair. She is also a Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) alumni and former Vice Chair of SEDS-USA. Sara graduated from the University of Arizona with a dual degree in Linguistics and Communications.
Christina Heston grew up in Malvern, PA where she attended Great Valley High School. After high school Christina went on to attend Miami University (OH) where she walked on to the Universities Division I field hockey team as a goalie. The team went on to win several conference titles and one NCAA tournament appearance. Christina holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, was inducted into the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Fraternity her senior year, and graduated Cum Laude. Christina now works at L.F. Driscoll, in Philadelphia, as an MEP Estimator. Besides working she is currently a youth field hockey coach and an avid Crossfitter. Christina has also recently started a small business making and selling candles. As a woman in engineering she sees first hand the lack of female presence in S.T.E.M. fields, her M.E. graduating class had roughly 11 females, and she is currently the only female in her department. Christina is really excited to be working with The Science Line and truly believes in the positive impact it can have on the future of women in S.T.E.M.
Al Pizzica has 20 years of experience in strategy, management and operations in high technology fields and healthcare. This includes nuclear reactor and submarine operations in the U.S Navy, aseptic lyophilized vaccine manufacturing operations, electric space propulsion, and unmanned aircraft systems. Al is currently the CEO of AP Executive Management, a healthcare management consulting company. Al also has experience consulting for and investing in startup companies and enjoys consulting engineers and technologists in the ways of business and systems interaction. Al holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Cornell University and a Masters of Business Administration from Villanova University. Al is also an adjunct professor of Systems and Design Thinking at the Executive MBA program at the Villanova School of Business.
Kellie Gerardi is a space science strategist who has worked with a number of private organizations and government agencies to accelerate and communicate the progress of the commercial spaceflight industry. She serves as the Media Specialist for the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, the US trade association of leading commercial spaceflight companies, and serves on the Advisory Council of a number of organizations, including the Waypaver Foundation and Entrepreneurs For Hillary.
Kellie is an active member of The Explorers Club and a two-time Chair of the scientific organization’s acclaimed Annual Dinner. In 2015, she led an Explorers Club flag expedition to the Mars Desert Research Station, a prototype laboratory used by national space agencies to simulate deep spaceflight, where her crew spent three weeks in isolation conducting analog Martian field research and studying in situ resource utilization techniques.
An avid science communicator, Kellie has appeared on popular television shows such as ABC’s “The View” and “Nightline” and has been profiled in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, Popular Mechanics, and Vogue. She was named a 2015 Rising Talent by the International Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society, and her passion for space and exploration has resonated with tens of thousands of fans across social media platforms. Connect with Kellie on Instagram @kelliegerardi.