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Staff and Board

Board Profiles

  • Project SEED Staff and BoardEdmund Day
    Physics Professor (retired), Emory University, Atlanta, GA
    Edmund Day taught for Project SEED in East Palo Alto, CA, and New Haven, CT, while completing his Ph.D. at Stanford in the 1960s. During that time he also helped with programs in New York and Pennsylvania. Recently retired, he hopes to have more time to spend participating with the professional development component of the program.
  • Project SEED Staff and BoardSusan Johntz
    Board Certified Psychiatrist
    Adjunct Professor, Drexel University
    Psychiatrist, Norristown State Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

    Susan Johntz is a psychiatrist and former administrator of the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. A parent of an elementary school child, she is interested in the application of Project SEED’s teaching methods to more communities and other disciplines.
  • Project SEED Staff and BoardWayne Patterson
    Professor of Computer Science, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
    Wayne Patterson was one of the founding instructors for Project SEED in Michigan in 1969 while completing his Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Michigan. He worked with the program for 10 years before leaving for academia as a computer science professor and university administrator. Following a three-year term on loan to the National Science Foundation working on higher education in developing countries, he recently returned to Howard University and is involved in numerous national and international education efforts.
  • Project SEED Staff and BoardArun Sood
    Professor Computer Science and Co-Director, International Cyber Center, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
    CEO, SCIT Labs, Inc., Clifton, VA
    Arun Sood has held academic positions at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI; Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge; and IIT, Delhi. He is founder and CEO of SCIT Labs, Inc., a university spin-off with the objective to commercialize SCIT technology.
  • Project SEED Staff and BoardAlexander Sanders, Jr.
    President Emeritus, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
    Alex Sanders is the former chief judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals and was the 19th president of the College of Charleston. He is one of the five founders and current president of the Charleston School of Law.
  • Project SEED Staff and BoardBrian Stecher
    Associate Director, Rand Education, The Rand Corporation, Santa Monica, CA
    Brian Stecher joined Project SEED in 1969 while a graduate student at the University of Oregon. He worked as an instructor and local director until leaving the program during the 1980s to complete a doctorate in education statistics from UCLA. Since then he has been a researcher at ETS and the Rand Corporation.
  • Project SEED Staff and BoardOrlando Taylor
    President DC Campus, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington, D.C.
    Orlando L. Taylor is currently President of the Washington, D.C., campus of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a Senior Fellow at The Association of American Colleges and Universities. He is the former Vice Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School at Howard University. He served earlier as Dean of Howard’s School of Communication and Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs. He is also a member of a number of other boards and national associations.



Staff Profiles

  • Project SEED Staff and BoardHamid Ebrahimi, CEO and National Director
    Hamid Ebrahimi began teaching with Project SEED in 1970 while a graduate student in mathematics at California State University at San Jose. After completing his Masters, he worked at the Stanford Linear Accelerator and was admitted to the PhD program in mathematics at U.C. Berkeley. Because of his commitment to the work of Project SEED, he soon joined the program full time. He has taught mathematics at every level from kindergarten to graduate school, and served as a consultant in mathematics and mathematics education to school districts and universities across the country. He has also designed and implemented employee training programs for major corporations. Because of his expertise in the field of mathematics education, Hamid was invited to testify before committees of both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives and has been a panelist and presenter at numerous conferences.
  • Project SEED Staff and BoardHelen Smiler, National Projects Coordinator
    Helen Smiler began teaching with Project SEED while a graduate student in mathematics at the University of Michigan. Since then she has taken on a variety of training and leadership roles with Project SEED sites in New Jersey, Ohio, Washington DC, Oregon and California. She is now the National Projects Coordinator and director of the Northern California program. With Etta R. Hollins and Kathleen Spencer, she coauthored the chapter “Benchmarks in Meeting the Challenges of Effective Schooling for African American Youngsters” in Teaching Diverse Populations (Hollins, King and Hayman, 1994).
  • William GleeWilliam Glee, Senior Projects Facilitator
    A mathematics graduate from Alabama State University, William Glee has worked for Project SEED since 1983 as a Mathematics Specialist, Training Supervisor, and Project Director in Dallas. As Senior Projects Facilitator, he focuses on support for local project sites, teaching demonstration lessons, and providing professional development for teachers at various sites around the country. He is a presenter at national and regional conferences of the NCTM and other educational organizations.
  • Project SEED Staff and BoardMa’shell Backus, Business Manager
    Before joining Project SEED in 2009, Ma’shell Backus held various business office positions including Human Resources Assistant, Full Charge Bookkeeper and Business Manager. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Towson University.
  • Tim DavidsonTimothy Davidson, Indiana Director
    In addition to directing Project SEED’s Indianapolis activities, Tim Davidson is a member of the national professional development team and a presenter at both local and national conferences. A mathematics graduate of Marian University, Tim has been with Project SEED since 1995.
  • Dan MulliganDaniel Mulligan, Michigan Director
    Joining Project SEED in 1990, Dan Mulligan has served as a math specialist, supervisor, and project director. He has also worked extensively in the Indianapolis and Baltimore County programs, and has international teaching experience. A member of the national professional development team, he provides teacher training in districts around the country and presents at both local and national conferences. Dan is a mathematics graduate of Beloit College, with a concentration in secondary education.