NISE Board of Directors

  • Christopher Baker

    President (At Large Representative #1: 2017-2019)
    Christopher Baker has worked as a science educator and traveled internationally lecturing on computer and networking technologies during his tenure at Argonne National Laboratory's Division of Educational Programs. For the past 17 years, Christopher has been the owner and senior consultant for NetSpec Inc., an IT consulting company working with school districts and businesses in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. (cbaker@nise.us)
  • Tanya Katovich

    Vice-President (North Cook County Representative: 2016-2018)
    Tanya Katovich has two passions: chemistry and teaching. Over the past twenty years, she has taught high school chemistry and enriched her knowledge by participating in a variety of partnerships offered at the university level including at Duke and Northwestern. She has worked as Teacher Fellow for Northwestern, co-taught workshops for high school teachers, and helps coordinate the annual GEMS conference (STEM conference for 5th/6th grade girls). She currently teaches in a 1:1 classroom and incorporates flipped learning. (tkatovich@nise.us)
  • Carol K. Baker, Ed.D.

    Secretary (South Cook County Representative: 2017-2019)
    Dr. Carol Baker taught Physics for a public, suburban high school for 17 years before becoming an district level administrator were she served 10 years as the department chair for science and music curriculum. She is currently the Superintendent of Lyons District 103. She has experience as an officer on a state-wide non profit, science organization as well as serving as a director or advisor on several state and national organizations. Dr. Baker was a memeber of the NGSS Writing Team. (ckbaker@nise.us)
  • Mike Heinz

    Director (DuPage County Representative: 2016-2018)
    Mike Heinz is a public school teacher with 23 years of experience teaching high school science in the Chicago suburban area. Mike is a Department Chair of Science at Downers Grove North High School, National Board Certified Teacher, and Golden Apple Fellow. Mike has lead science teacher training workshops for over 10 years in cooperation with Fermi Lab and Flinn Scientific. (mheinz@nise.us)
  • Elizabeth Martinez

    Director (Kane County Representative: 2017-2019)
    Elizabeth Martinez taught middle school science for 29 years, mainly in the Chicago suburban area. She has been a department chair and curriculum leader at the local level, has helped and continues to develop NSF supported curricula, and presents professional development workshops at local, state, and national forums. Currently she is lead curriculum specialist for IMSA Fusion. (lmartinez@nise.us)
  • Deanna Mazanek

    Director (Lake County Representative: 2017-2019)
    Deanna Mazanek is the Department Chair of the Science, Careers & Tech Education at Grayslake Central High School. (dmazanek@nise.us)
  • Lauren Rentfro, Ed.D.

    Director (Will County Representative: 2016-2018)
    Dr. Rentfro was a public high school science teacher for 12 years and a public elementary school administrator for 9 years, before becoming a university professor 4 years ago. He has served as the Director of Children's Ministries at his church for the past 4 years and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Three Rivers Educational Partnership of the Three Rivers Manufacturers Association for the past 2 years. (lrentfro@nise.us)
  • Patrick Schlinder

    Director (At Large Representative #2: 2016-2018)
    Patrick Schlinder has been in business for over forty years serving the science educators of Illinois from kindergarten through college level as the Founder and President of The Scope Shoppe, Inc. and Midwest Territory Manager for Flinn Scientific, Inc. Pat served as a regional director for the Illinois Science Teachers Association from 2007 through 2009 and he also sat on the board of directors for The Friends of Atwood, Rockford, Illinois. (pschlinder@nise.us)

More Info

  • About NISE

    NISE strives to provide professional development for suburban / urban K-16 science teachers in the Chicago area. [more]
  • Bylaws

    NISE is an Illinois / federal non-profit corporation formed in 2014. The current NISE Bylaws are available here in PDF format. [more]