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Meet the ASA Team

 

John Wood
John Wood
Interim Executive Director
Phone: 978-887-8833
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Vicki Best
Vicki Best
Director of Operations and Development
Phone: 978-807-5189
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Lyn Berg
Lyn Berg
Managing Editor, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith
Phone: 978-887-8833
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Becky English
Becky English
Membership and Outreach Manager
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Dana Oleskiewicz
Dana Oleskiewicz
Local Chapters Coordinator
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James Peterson
James Peterson
Editor-in-Chief, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith
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Sy Garte
Sy Garte
Editor-in-Chief, God and Nature
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Hannah Eagleson
Hannah Eagleson
InterVarsity ESN Liaison
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Randy Isaac
Randy Isaac
Executive Director, Emeritus
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Mark McEwan
Mark McEwan
Digital Content Specialist
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Patrick Franklin
Patrick Franklin
Book Review Editor, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith
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Arie Leegwater
Arie Leegwater
Book Review Editor, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith
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Derek Schuurman
Derek Schuurman
Book Review Editor, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith
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Sara Tolsma
Sara Tolsma
Book Review Editor, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith
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John Wood

John Wood

John is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at The King’s University in Edmonton. He completed his BA in Biology at North Park University, Chicago. MSc-Biology at Central Washington University and his PhD is from the University of California, Berkeley, in Stream Ecology and Insect Behaviour. Current research includes the behaviour of urban White-tailed Jackrabbits and campus sustainability. He and psychologist, Dr. Heather Looy, have explored our cultural blind spot toward accepting food insects - one aspect of Western exceptionalism. Before moving to Canada in 1989 John taught for 6 years at Simpson College, then in San Francisco. His professional work includes the development and review of undergraduate environmental science programs, and he is a reviewer for the ECO Canada national accreditation process for environmental science and environmental studies programs.

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Vicki Best

Vicki Best

Vicki L. Best joined the ASA in 2012 as Financial Manager and then in 2016, she assumed the leadership role as Director of Operations and Development. She possesses a wealth of experience as an accountant, financial officer, real estate manager and development professional, both in the business world and the not-for-profit sector. After a decade in a variety of corporate settings, she spent 16 years as the CFO for Covenant Christian Academy (CCA), a classical, Christian school in the Boston area. Her additional nonprofit experience includes executive leadership, institutional advancement, and accounting, budget and tax consulting for several faith-based organizations.

She continues work as Property Manager and Tax Consultant at CCA and as well as Treasurer at First Congregational Church of Hamilton, her home church, where she has served for 22 years. In addition, she serves on the board of directors of Wazee Foundation, an organization that serves the impoverished elderly in Kenya, Africa.

Vicki received a Bachelors in Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and Mathematics from Gordon College. She is currently working on a Masters in Nonprofit Management at Biola University. In her free time, she loves traveling with her family and enjoys participating in many sports including coaching girls varsity softball and girls middle school basketball.

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Lyn Berg

Lyn Berg

Lyn Berg earned a BS in elementary education from Gordon College and MEd from Rhode Island College. She taught in Rhode Island and Massachusetts before leaving teaching to raise her children. She returned to the workplace part time after her youngest child entered school: first as secretary at the First Baptist Church of Newburyport, and then as Managing Editor at ASA.

She enjoys volunteering at church, playing with her grandchildren, and doing puzzles.

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Becky English

Becky English

Becky English has over 30 years of business operations experience in the areas of real estate, valuation, and the mortgage industries. As the Assistant Vice President of Operations for MCS Valuations, formerly CoreLogic Collateral Solutions Rebecca was responsible for overseeing all aspects of valuations operations. Prior to joining CoreLogic, Becky was Assistant Vice President of Default and REO at Boston Federal Savings Bank managing all default related services including REO, foreclosure, workouts, collections and bankruptcy.

Becky earned a Master of Business Administration degree and an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Bentley College. She is an adjunct faculty member for Endicott College and the Van Loan Graduate School as well as a faculty member for the Mortgage Bankers Association School of Mortgage Servicing. She is a licensed Real Estate salesperson in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire and a member of the Salem Historical Commission. Becky lives in Salem, MA with her son CJ, loves to travel and is an avid baseball fan.

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Dana Oleskiewicz

Dana Oleskiewicz

Dana Oleskiewicz offers comprehensive business management in environmental protection with 30 years of outreach experience in science. She is self-employed serving as Administrative Director with the Water Management Association of Ohio (WMAO) offering coordination within five divisions on membership development, financial and budget oversight, fundraising, event planning, program administration, and marketing and communications. Her area of specialization is in organizational development, collaborative decision making, citizen science, and lake ecosystems.

She received a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Aquatic Ecology, both from Kent State University, Ohio. Career accomplishments include publications, invitations to present nationally, successful grantseeking/major donor solicitation, and professional awards. She also volunteers with Girl Scouts, is Treasurer of the Musical Arts Association of Kenston, and Chair of her church’s Evangelism Team.

Dana joined the ASA in November 2018 as the Local Chapter Coordinator.

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James Peterson

James C. Peterson

Formerly holding the R. A. Hope Chair at McMaster University and serving as the president of the Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation, James C. Peterson (PhD Virginia) is now the Schumann Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Benne Center at Roanoke College, the ethicist for Lewis Gale Hospital, and a professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. An ordained pastor, he is a Fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation, and has been a clinical and research fellow in genetics funded by the National Institutes of Health. Besides other works, he has published two books with Eerdmans on human genetic intervention: Genetic Turning Points and Changing Human Nature. Invitations to lecture have come from universities including Oxford, Queens, British Columbia, Toronto, Harvard, Northwestern, and confessional colleges from Calvin to Wheaton. The International Society for Science and Religion founded at Cambridge, has elected him a Fellow.

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Sy Garte

Sy Garte

Sy (Seymour) Garte Ph.D (Biochemistry) is Editor-in-Chief of the ASA magazine, God and Nature. He is Visiting Professor at Rutgers University, and has been: Division Director at the Center for Scientific Review, NIH; Interim Vice President for Research, Uniformed Services University; Professor at University of Pittsburgh, Rutgers University, and New York University.

Dr. Garte serves as Vice President, Washington DC Chapter of ASA. He’s been a Moderator and speaker at ASA annual meetings, and has published in Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, God and Nature, and the Biologos Blog.

During his scientific research career, Dr. Garte published over 200 peer reviewed papers. He is recipient of numerous grants, given numerous presentations, and is author of 4 books (and one in press). Dr. Garte has been on several advisory boards, including for the John Templeton Foundation. He is Lay Leader of the Rockville MD United Methodist Church.

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Hannah Eagleson

Hannah Eagleson

Hannah Eagleson is the Student/Early Career Track Coordinator for ASA and the Associate Director for InterVarsity’s Emerging Scholars Network (ESN), a 4000 member network that supports Christian scholars across the arc of their early careers. Dr. Eagleson launched the Annual Meeting Student/Early Career Track in 2017, with a generous grant from Fuller Seminary’s STEAM Grant Project. A collaboration of ASA and ESN, the track features internationally renowned speakers such as Katharine Hayhoe, Jennifer Wiseman, and Robert Kaita. Hannah is also the editor of Science and Faith: Student Questions Explored (Hendrickson 2019). Field-tested with students and campus ministers before publication, the book offers an approachable introduction to key questions from expert scientists and theologians and easy-to-use discussion questions for each article. Contributors include Greg Cootsona, Gerald Rau, Robert Kaita, Ciara Reyes-Ton, and Ruth Bancewicz. Dr. Eagleson is also Project Director for the Ithaca Roundtable for Science and Religion, an initiative of Christian study center Chesterton House in collaboration with The Roundtable on Science and Religion project funded by the John Templeton Foundation.  Hannah holds a PhD in English literature from the University of Delaware and an MA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, where she studied classic texts influential in the history of science. She is also working on a children’s novel about a dragon who gave up fending off knights some time ago and now sells tea in eighteenth century London.

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Randy Isaac

Randy Isaac

Randy Isaac is ASA Executive Director Emeritus, having served as the Executive Director from 2005-2016. He has a BS in physics from Wheaton College and a MS and PhD in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His career was at IBM from 1977-2005 where he became Research Vice-President of Systems, Science, and Technology. Having spent time in building computers, he is now the IT Consultant, helping the ASA office with technical support.

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Mark McEwan

Mark McEwan

As our Digital Content Specialist, Mark McEwan helps with the ASA website, social media, and online events. Mark and his wife, Krystal, live near Vancouver, BC, where he is working on his Masters of Theological Studies at ACTS Seminaries (Trinity Western University). In addition to being a certified electrician, Mark is qualified to teach physical sciences and mathematics at the secondary level. He occasionally guest lectures on science and faith at Trinity Western, local high schools, and Bible study groups. His academic interests include epistemology, languages, apologetics, and the fruitful interaction of science and theology. He feels called to serve Christ by encouraging responsible thinking in matters of theology, science, and especially with respect to interactions between the two.

Since 2016 Mark has worked with our sister organization, the Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation, and he joined the ASA team in May 2020.

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Patrick Franklin

Patrick Franklin

Patrick Franklin is an Associate Professor of Theology at Tyndale Seminary (Toronto, Canada). He has been a CSCA/ASA member since 2008, invited to be a Fellow of the CSCA/ASA in 2017, and currently serves as Book Review Editor for Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith. He is the author of Being Human, Being Church: The Significance of Theological Anthropology for Ecclesiology (Paternoster, 2016) and many academic articles and book chapters (including two articles and several reviews in PSFC). An experienced pastor, church leader, professor, and scholar, Patrick is passionate about encouraging and facilitating deeper dialogue between the scientific community and local churches and pastors. To this end, he is intentional about building relationships, networking, and providing opportunities to host genuine conversations and nurture ongoing friendships and partnerships.

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Arie Leegwater

Arie Leegwater

Arie Leegwater is Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus at Calvin College. He received his PhD (1967) in organic chemistry from The Ohio State University. From 1967-1969, he read history of science and philosophy at the Free University of Amsterdam doing post-doctoral study in history of science with Reijer Hooykaas.  He was coordinator of a Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship team on responsible technology (1983-1984), science editor for the Christian Scholar’s Review (1996-2003), participant in the John Templeton Oxford Seminars on Science and Christianity (University of Oxford, 1999-2001), and editor of PSCF from 2008-2011. He continues his work with PSCF as a book review editor.

Leegwater has published in various forums and given lectures in the USA, Canada, UK, The Netherlands, Germany, and South Korea, on religion and history of science themes. He is married to Boukje W. Feenstra. They have two sons as well as four grandchildren.

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Derek Schuurman

Derek Schuurman

Derek C. Schuurman studied electrical engineering and worked in industry for several years prior to entering the academic life. He is professor of computer science at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he currently holds the William Spoelhof teacher-scholar in residence chair. Prior to Calvin College, he taught computer science at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario and at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. His research interests began in the area of robotics and computer vision but more recently he has focused on topics relating faith and technology. He is author of the book Shaping a Digital World: Faith, Culture and Computer Technology published by InterVarsity Press.

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Sara Tolsma

Sara Tolsma

Sara Tolsma is professor of biology at Northwestern College in Orage City, Iowa. Her research efforts in cancer genetics and cell biology have been widely published in scientific journals and have received a number of awards. A Northwestern College alumna, she holds a doctorate in microbiology/immunology/virology from Northwestern University. Some of her research focusses include mayfly genetic variation, mycobacteriophage genomes, and the anti-proliferative effects of plant extracts and chemicals in those extracts on human tumor cells in vitro, She is also passionate about integrating science and Christian faith. She is an ASA Fellow and serves as a subject book review editor for PSCF. She has published a number of essays in Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought, which she co-edits, and she wrote a book with Dr. Jason Lief about the importance of engaging young people in conversations about science and faith. The 2015 recipient of Northwestern's annual Teaching Excellence Award, she was appointed to the Northwestern College Endowed Professorship in 2016. Sara is also co-author of Jesus Loves You and Evolution is True: Why Youth Ministry Needs Science (Fortress Press, 2019).

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