Dwayne Sattler, Executive Director

Dwayne joined CEF as Executive Director in April 2017. He leads the industry-focused nonprofit’s efforts to inspire today’s students to become tomorrow’s STEM workforce. 

Prior to joining CEF, Dwayne served as the Associate Vice President for Policy at The Ohio State University, Office of Research. In that role, he directed corporate and public-sector partnerships for the Ohio Technology Consortium securing funding for research and STEM education programming.

Dwayne previously led industry economic competitiveness, workforce talent and community social responsibility efforts through his own consulting firm, Network Government Relations, LLC and the development of national workforce policy as the Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Training.

Dwayne earned his Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from The Ohio State University and Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Bowling Green State University.


Carolyne Banks, Coordinator, Outreach

Carolyne joined CEF in September 2016. As an Outreach Coordinator, she works on volunteer support, event planning, and outreach for the You Be The Chemist programs, with a focus on the Challenge. Prior to joining CEF, Carolyne worked as a legal assistant in the intellectual property department of a law firm.

Carolyne holds a Bachelor’s in Biological Science from Wellesley College. She is an avid, though not always successful, gardener.






Suzette (Bucher) Painter, Director of Strategic Partnerships & Engagement

Suzette joined CEF in August 2009. As the Director of Strategic Partnerships & Development, she works to plan, execute, and evaluate fundraising initiatives, donor relations, and the overall growth of support for CEF and the YBTC programs. Her favorite CEF event is the National YBTC Challenge, where she is able to meet with students and educators from all over the country to celebrate chemistry and the program’s success!

Suzette graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Communication Studies. She enjoys attending sports events and is a huge fan of the Baltimore Ravens and the University of Maryland Basketball Team.





Melanie Kadlic Meren, Communications Director

Melanie joined CEF in April 2018 to lead marketing, public relations, and communications to support partnerships that build the STEM workforce in local communities. Through promoting CEF’s You Be The Chemist programs, Melanie helps students in grades K-8 build a better orld through the science of chemistry.

Melanie is a communications and education policy and programs professional with 20 years of experience promoting meaningful learning experiences and educational systems. Her career began at the U.S. Department of Education at the dawn of No Child Left Behind, in 2002, managing PreK-12 initiatives. She then spent over 10 years consulting with organizations nationwide that advocate for and provide programs to prepare students for careers and life. Currently, she volunteers in Fairfax County, VA, to support the community’s investment in public schools.

Melanie holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Duke University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Albany, NY. As a child when visiting natural history museums, Melanie would write in a notebook the chemical formulas of rocks on display, with the intention of creating them at home.


Jackie Meyer, STEM Outreach Manager

Jackie joined CEF in August 2018 from the American Association of Chemistry Teachers where she worked to partner K-12 STEM teachers with local chemistry professionals. As the STEM Outreach Manager Jackie continues to foster relationships between professional chemists and K-8 STEM teachers across the country through CEF’s You Be the Chemist programs. She received her Master’s of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and her Bachelor’s in Political Science and Environmental Studies from the College of the Holy Cross.

Jackie previously created several environmental/STEM education and parks-based programs at the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation in Reno, NV where she began as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Jackie misses leading hikes and walks on a weekly basis for all age participants, but instead identifies the local flora and fauna (and always tries to have a fact or two at the ready!) for her friends and family when they make the mistake of venturing outside with her.




Kate Nagle, STEM Education Manager

Kate joined the CEF team in August 2018 to oversee the growth and development of STEM educational content for CEF’s signature You Be The Chemist programs. She cares deeply about inquiry-centered learning and STEM education and brings those passions to CEF. She began her career in education as the Science Program Specialist for the Model Asperger’s Program at the Ivymount School in Rockville, MD where she designed individualized curriculum, coached and taught for 4 years. She then went on to teach science at a Washington, DC public high school, also acting as the District Content Chair for Chemistry for all DC Public Schools high school chemistry teachers.

Kate earned her Master’s degree in Chemistry Education from Boston College as a Science Educator for Urban Schools Scholar grant recipient and a Bachelor’s of Art in Art Conservation Chemistry from Sarah Lawrence College. During her time at Sarah Lawrence, she conducted research with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, synthesizing Prussian Blue pigment from cow’s blood and cyanide to research its reactivity to ultraviolet light on the molecular level at the National Light Synchrotron at Brookhaven National Laboratory.



Ellyn Schuette, Program Outreach & Content Development Manager

Ellyn joined CEF in October 2016.  She leads the team that develops content for the You Be The Chemist Challenge, as well as providing volunteer support and outreach.  Before CEF, Ellyn worked as a forensic scientist for nearly ten years, performing research at a national laboratory and analyzing trace evidence cases at state crime labs.  She also spent an inspiring year in informal STEM education at both a science museum and an educational consortium.

Ellyn earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry from Penn State University, and her Master’s in Forensic Science with a concentration in chemistry from Michigan State University. She enjoys attending community festivals in the greater-DC area. Ellyn also enjoys visiting museums and singing – but luckily not at the same time!