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Key MESS Hall Staff

The MESS Hall is hiring!

 

 
Megan Pratt, Ph.D
Executive Director

Megan and her husband, Jerry Pratt, worked with a group of community members to found the MESS Hall in 2012. Megan formerly was the Education Outreach Coordinator for the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, where she started the Science Saturdays and I LOVE Science programs. She received her B.S. in chemistry from MIT and a M.A. in chemistry and a Ph.D. in neurobiology from Harvard. Her Ph.D. thesis research was on the binding site of anesthetics on a neurochemical receptor. She is active in the Pensacola community, having served 6 years on the Pensacola City Council, including as council vice-president.

 
Sarabeth Gordon
Education Director

Sarabeth has a B.S. in Biology from Florida State University and a M.S. in Pharmacology from the University of Washington. Her research interests focused upon molecular components of cardiac cells and the interaction with pharmaceuticals with those components. After graduate school, she focused on bringing hands-on science education to children through after school clubs, summer camps, and school-wide assemblies. She’s been a science teacher at a school in New Orleans as well. She loves keeping the fun and excitement in math, engineering, and science while developing interactive science shows and curriculum for programs and camps at the Pensacola MESS Hall.

 
Lara Greene
Public Programs Director

Lara has a B.S. in Biology from University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and a M.S. in Environmental Toxicology from Mississippi State University. She has 15 years of experience performing field and lab research in medical, ecological and environmental science for the military, universities, commercial and non-profit institutions. She’s pursued research on chemical defense for the military, pesticide metabolism, pharmaceutical research and environmental health and quality research. For the past 5 years she’s been volunteering in the school system, bringing hands on science to the classroom, helping out with science fairs, and assisting teachers in performing whole classroom science projects. She loves seeing the spark in a child’s eyes when they discover new things, learn a new skill or persist and accomplish an engineering project.

 
Tina Inman
Marketing Director

Tina has a B.S. in General Biology and a M.S. in Biology from the University of West Florida, with a focus on cell biology. She is a Northwest Florida native, with a passion for science communication and its intersection with the arts. Since 2015, she has shared the MESS Hall goal of fostering a community of critically thinking, scientifically curious citizens, of every age. She spends her free time scuba diving with her parents, lounging with her cats, or walking in the woods with her son, Joshua.

 
Lynn Backes
Elementary Educator

Lynn has a B.A. in Chemistry and a M.A. in Library Science, both from the University of Missouri–Columbia. She worked for thirteen years as a technical librarian at Monsanto in St. Louis. As her children entered school, she volunteered her time leading science lessons with second graders and participating in the I LOVE Science program for fifth graders in the S.S. Dixon elementary schools in Santa Rosa County. Lynn has been involved with the Pensacola MESS Hall since it opened in 2012, first as a volunteer and more recently as an educator. She has enjoyed the opportunity to interact with children (and families) through outreach, camps, and other programs.

 
Nicole Dickson
Program Assistant

Nicole Dickson has a B.A. in Theatre from the University if West Florida, and has an extensive background in public speaking, education and performance. While at UWF, Nicole received the OUR research grant to create a camp based Drama program for the UWF Theatre Department. After graduation, Nicole moved to Japan and created the Drama program for the prestigious Nishimachi International School in Tokyo. Before moving back to Pensacola, Nicole worked as an Education Specialist for Nauticus (maritime and science museum) where she created curriculum and performed various science shows with their outreach program. Locally, Nicole runs her own professional theatre company; Improbable Cause Mystery Theatre.