Team SciTech

Jeremy Babendure, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Dr. Jeremy Babendure is the Executive Director of the Annual Arizona SciTech Festival Initiative and Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. The annual festival includes over 450 collaborators, 500 events and draws over 300,000 participants. Prior to his work in Arizona, Jeremy received his doctorate in in […]

Susan Farretta

Director of Programs and Education

On August 26th, Arizona SciTech today announced the appointment of Susan Farretta as their new Director of Programs and Education. Experience in project management, education and STEM integration makes Farretta uniquely suited to manage Arizona SciTech’s STEM initiatives. A technology industry veteran with over 17 years of experience at Motorola and ON Semiconductor, and a dedicated […]

Marisa Ostos

Festival Assistant Director

Marisa has a passion for STEM, education, and equal opportunity for all. Intrigued by the idea of a statewide STEM initiative, she started with the Festival during its very first season as a student intern through Arizona State University. Now in her 6th year with the organization, Marisa holds the position as the Assistant Director, with […]

Don Ruedy

Tucson Market Liaison, STREET Team Lead

Don Ruedy serves as executive emeritus- Southern Arizona, with the Arizona Technology Council and assists with the coordination of Festival events in Tucson. He is a retired engineering executive from Raytheon (Hughes) where he served for 37 years in many management positions including Founding Director of the Knowledge Center Southwest. He continues to serve on […]

Shiena Amigo

STREET Team Lead

Shiena Amigo is a current student at Arizona State University pursuing a degree in Graphic Information Technology. Her love for volunteering has led her to understand the problems nonprofits face. She hopes to help AZ SciTech activate, engage, and retain their volunteers by creating Amigofy, a gamified CRM as a tool to solve volunteer retention for nonprofits. […]

Carmen Cornejo

Hispanic Community Outreach

Longtime STEM supporter Carmen Cornejo has joined the AZ SciTech Festival’s team to promote the participation of the Spanish speaking and bilingual communities. She has extensive experience as mentor and donor for the Carl Hayden Robotics Team which named a robot to honor her in 2009. Her company, Critical Mass Communications, LLC, has provided marketing […]

Michele Peters


In November 2015, Michele Peters was asked by Dr. Jeremy Babendure to join the AZ SciTech Festival team in a new initiative as their writer to interview and write articles that highlight the Festival, its sponsors and participants. Keenly interested in the AZ SciTech Festival since its inception, the collaboration was a natural fit. Peters […]

Kathleen Szczepaniak

STREET Team Lead

Kathleen Szczepaniak is a World History, American Government, and Economics teacher at three Phoenix high schools. She has been a teacher for 21 years. Szczepaniak is currently working on her Masters Degree in Technology Integration. In 2013, she was chosen the APS AzTEC Awards 2013 Volunteer of the Year for her volunteer work during the Arizona […]

Debbie Gubernick

STREET Team Liaison Volunteer

Debbie Gubernick is an enthusiastic supporter of learning and education. As a writer for AZ SciTech in Tucson, Gubernick keeps up on and immerses herself in community issues that count. She blogs on Agents of STEAM and is also active with Arizona STEM Adventure and the Kuiper Circle Community Outreach Committee. Gubernick has been involved […]

Jessica Hauer

STREET Team Lead

As the Envision Energy Coach, Jessica Hauer leads Tempe Union High School District’s Innovative Energy Solutions and Sustainability Project, a program designed to impact student achievement in STEM, provide a healthier learning environment and conserve district resources. She is also an adjunct faculty member of Rio Salado College in STEM Education and Professional Development. Jessica earner a B.S. in Environmental […]

Cindy Ruedy

STREET Team Liaison Volunteer

Cindy Ruedy has assisted her husband Don at numerous AZ SciTech events from its start in 2012. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Phoenix and spent over 15 years in the aerospace industry at Hughes/Raytheon. She has a passion to help young people realize the importance of a STEM education. Three of […]

Al Maag

Strategic Consultant; Social Media Team

After a unique career spanning four decades, Al retired in 2013 as chief communications officer for Avnet, Inc., a Fortune 500 company and one of the world’s largest technology distributors. Prior to joining Avnet in 1998, he ran his own public relations and communications consultancy, had served as director of advertising and communications for Molex, […]