Meet Our Team

Our staff and board are dedicated to supporting educators, inventors, and entrepreneurs who wish to change the future through innovation. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us.

Program Staff

Christina “Tina” White

Director, Young Inventors’ Program
Director, Northern New England Regional Invention Convention

Tina has dedicated her career to educational non-profit organizations, directing college access and STEM programs for students in grades K-12. She is inspired by those who seek to learn for the sake of learning and is an advocate for educational equity. A graduate of Brown University, much of Tina’s work has focused on supporting under-represented students. Prior to her current position of director of YIP, Tina joined the Academy as the Assistant Director of the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) program, sponsored by the US Army, Navy and Air Force. Through this premiere national STEM competition for students and teachers from across the US, Puerto Rico and the DoDDS Schools of Europe and the Pacific, she provided platforms for networking, career exploration and professional-development, and steered 21st century skill development to prepare students for undergraduate and graduate pursuits.

Tina’s path as an educator began with her service as an AmeriCorps*VISTA for Campus Compact of New Hampshire. She then joined Breakthrough Manchester at The Derryfield School where she served as administrator and College Bound Coordinator for eleven years, in addition to teaching upper school environmental science electives, academic advising and coaching. She continued to support elementary age students in underserved schools as an Impact Manager at City Year New Hampshire. In these roles, Tina trained professional and pre-professional teachers, designed curriculum, provided college counseling to families, and managed operations of a non-profit organization.

In addition to her professional work, Tina volunteers around her community and teaches skiing as a PSIA certified instructor. She enjoys spending her free time with her family, running and playing in the beautiful outdoors of New Hampshire.

Vanessa Johnson

Business Administrator

Vanessa is the Academy’s Business Administrator and oversees finance, human resources, and other operations. Her background in both science and finance serves her well as she provides support to our STEM programs. Over a decade of experience working for non-profits has taught her how to position an organization to have meaningful impact towards the mission. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Science in Wildlife Ecology. Contact:

Sara Munro, MPA

Communications & Public Relations Director

Once a practicing research biologist, Sara’s work at the Academy focuses on communications, public relations, fundraising, and community engagement. Through her background in community health, youth services, and housing, she is keenly aware of barriers faced by underserved populations such as poverty, disability, New American status, food insecurity, and homelessness and strives to ensure that all students learn how they may find their own STEM pathway to success. Sara works across Academy programs to manage promotions, social media, media relations, webinar hosting, and special events.

Outside of her work at the Academy, Sara works with entrepreneurs to help them start and grow their businesses by leveraging digital communications and developing brand voice and messaging. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Master of Public Administration from The University of Vermont. Contact:

Program Board of Directors

Sheldon Apsell, Chair

Dr. Sheldon Apsell co-founded MicroLogic, Inc. in 1977 and served as Chief Executive Officer, President and Chief Technology Architect. He also created the iSite system for the monitoring and management of fleets of construction equipment dispersed throughout the world. Dr. Apsell is a successful entrepreneur with over 30 years’ experience having founded several technology companies including: co-founder of Kronos, Inc.; development of LoJack, the industry standard for stolen vehicle recovery systems; and Lifeline, a personal emergency response system. He served as the Director of Product Development at Aritech Corporation and developing and introducing to the alarm industry the first sensor independent multiplex system at Eikonix, where he was the Senior Staff Scientist. Dr. Apsell has brought to market more than 50 consumer and industrial products. Dr. Apsell is a world-class Physicist and is widely recognized through his research and work in technology, national security and business. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned a Ph.D. in Physics from Brandeis University.

Robert Dimatteo

Bob is Founder, former Chairman and CEO, and Member of Board of Directors of MTPV Power Sources. MTPV Corporation was established to continue research, development, and commercialization of his innovations in Micron-gap ThermalPhotoVoltaics technology (MTPV). Bob and his team founded the field of MTPV, a means of directly converting heat or sunlight to electricity, based on their pioneering work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Toby Kusmer

Toby is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in the Firm’s Boston office. He focuses his practice on all aspects of intellectual property law, both U.S. and international.

Joanne Hayes-Rines, President

Joanne has more than 30 years’ experience as a business owner, consultant to independent inventors, magazine publisher and editor, and president of nonprofit organizations.  She was publisher and editor of Inventors Digest magazine and the president of the United Inventors Association of the USA and as such, she was active in fighting for the rights of the independent inventors.  Since her retirement from the world of inventors in 2007, she has been president of the Boston nonprofit in Boston, Friends of Christopher Columbus Park.

James Milliken

Jim is a graduate of the Whittemore School of Business, University of New Hampshire, and is a financial advisor with Modern Woodmen, a fraternal organization. Jim is very active in outreach in the New Hampshire community.

Michael Morris

Mike is CEO of Topcoder, the world’s largest technology network and on-demand digital talent platform with a global community of 1.5M+ design, development and data science experts, as well as Global Head of Crowdsourcing for IT-services leader Wipro. Second only to his commitment to family—and perhaps waterskiing—Mike has served in leadership roles at Topcoder since 2002. A gig economy expert, he speaks worldwide about cultivating a passionate workforce to drive the transformative nature of digital innovation across every industry imaginable.

Previously a General Manager/Senior Vice President at Appirio, Mike led their crowdsource offering (Cloudspokes) through the acquisition of Topcoder, and then managed customer, sales and services teams to solidify the Topcoder brand as the largest open workforce provider in the world. He was an integral part of Topcoder becoming a Wipro company through the acquisition of Appirio in 2016.

An active Boston College alumnus; guest lecturer at institutions like Harvard University, MIT, New York University and University of California Berkeley; and an engineer at heart, Mike continues to lead the open workforce revolution by empowering organizations with limitless software development possibilities and unprecedented access to Topcoder’s talented multinational technologists.

Subhash Minocha, Ph.D.

Subhash is a Professor of Biological Sciences and Genetics in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). During his tenure, he has been involved in teaching a variety of courses in Plant Physiology, Biotechnology, Genetics and Genetic Engineering; all topics that also encompass his research at UNH. He is also engaged in establishing national and international collaborations in research, teaching and outreach.

Subhash has been the Director of an STEM outreach programs called Project SMART for 30 years and the Director of Northern New England Junior Science and Humanities Symposium for over 15 years. At UNH, he has been the recipient of awards in “Excellence in International Engagement” (2013), “Distinguished Professorship” (2002), and “Excellence in Public Service” (1995). He has also received prestigious international fellowships from the Humboldt Foundation (Germany), the Norwegian Research Council, the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, and the Transfer of Knowledge through Expatriate Nationals (TOKTEN United Nations in India).

Subhahs earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Botany/Plant Biology from Panjab University and Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from University of Washington. He has about 115 peer-reviewed publications and three (edited) books to his credit.

Irene “Renie” O’Mara, Secretary/Treasurer

Renie has been the heart of the Academy of Applied Science from our inception as a “great idea” of Dr. Robert Rines. She transitioned from his intellectual property law practice to full-time Academy staff to oversee multiple STEM education programs, Dr. Rines’ research efforts, and services to help inventors and entrepreneurs secure their first patents. Recently retired, Renie finished out her career as director of the nationally recognized Research and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP) which is part of the U.S. Army’s STEM outreach initiatives.

Anthony Parkinson

Tony is Executive Vice-Chairman of Urbix Resources and sits on the executive boards of several companies and organizations. He was a Co-founder of Kronos, an Investment Banking Partner at Drexel Burnham Lambert, Senior VP Hasbro Inc., and a General Partner of the NY Islanders. A mentor, financial and business consultant involved in private equity, Tony finds himself increasingly immersed in championing new enterprise in evolving disciplines including nutraceuticals, solar power, water treatment, and medical innovations.He has a BA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from the Wharton Graduate Division in Finance and Accounting and was previously a Board Member of the Wharton School. In his spare time he is the coach of the state champion boys lacrosse team.

The people at the Academy of Applied Science are expert educators, entrepreneurs, mentors, and STEM professionals. Our staff and board encourage today’s youth to solve problems and find their own STEM pathway.