Advancing the Art of Science Communication

Our Team

Jayne Mackta | Founder/Creative Director

Jayne has devoted her adult life to advocating for families affected by genetic disorders and promoting public understanding of biomedical research. Since her first job out of college with the Encyclopedia Americana where she reduced lengthy articles to single paragraphs, she has searched for the secret of saying more in fewer words. A fierce enemy of jargon, Jayne delights in coaching young editors in the art of deleting words that obscure meaning.

Bunny Jaskot | Program Coordinator

Bunny has more than 30 years of experience in the life science classroom and has held leadership roles in national and state professional development associations. She thrives on life-long learning experiences, especially collaborating with the creative, inspirational, and multi-talented “movers and shakers” at cSw.

Deb Gottsleben | Information & Digital Literacy Consultant

Debra is a 12 year veteran high school library media specialist & adjunct professor at Seton Hall University. Her expertise resides in helping students through the research process by finding and evaluating current, accurate, and reliable resources that best suit their needs. Debbie’s most recent interest is in using social media as a scientific communication vehicle to help patients find, manage, and access health resources.

Katherine Moldave | Science Communications Consultant

Katherine (Cathy) Moldave has been involved in science and science-related fields, first as a freelance science and technology writer and then as a manager at Merck AgVet and Merial Ltd. As an entrepreneur, she cofounded the animal health consultancy and clinical CRO AlcheraBio LLC and later Turnstone Animal Health, a strategic communications and business-development support organization. She’s mentored Rutgers animal science grad students, serves as a coach for companies presenting at the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor Investment Forum, and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs, for which she developed a book Contraception and Fertility Control in Dogs and Cats (2013). She has been a cSw communications mentor since 2016 and has assisted in the expansion of cSw’s program. Cathy is also involved in creating new opera and advocating on behalf of senior citizens. She has an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson, and, like cSw participants, a great deal of curiosity.

Akila Saravanan | Chief Editor

Akila, a senior at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North (NJ), is the Chief Editor at cSw. She has been involved with cSw for over two years as a writer and a team editor. Science is her passion, and Akila has competed at the State and National levels of the Science Olympiad competition. She is a captain for her school’s Science Olympiad team. Akila deeply cares about the environment and is the president of her school’s Environment Club as well as an active member of her district’s Green Team. Her hobbies include playing the violin, piano, and golf. Besides cSw, Akila also writes articles for Youngzine, an online current events magazine for kids.

Lucia Tian | Creative Team Manager

Lucia is currently a junior at High Technology High School (NJ), who is passionate about both science and design. She has been a part of the cSw Creative Team since freshman year. Outside of cSw, she is very involved in Student Council, Performing Arts Club, and Yearbook Committee, and enjoys photography, flute, video games, bullet journaling, and volleyball. Lucia is very excited to lead the Creative Team this year in using graphics to capture the attention of readers and further understanding of science.

Kelly Qiang | Social Media Team Manager

Kelly is currently a senior at High Technology High School (NJ), who loves to promote cSw and STEM. She hopes to use social media to raise awareness in ongoing scientific research as well as to promote the amazing articles that cSw creates. She believes in the transformational power of STEM and its growing importance in education. Outside of cSw, she is actively involved in VEX Robotics, Technology Student Association and varsity swimming.

Cathy Berse-Hurley | Digital Design Director

Cathy develops web, print, and product design for small businesses and non-profits at CBHstudio. She feels that design works best in a collaborative environment and is excited to learn from creative high school students. She contributes digital savvy and design expertise to help cSw engage with a growing audience and help readers make sense of emerging bioscience.

Erin Quinn | Web Designer & Social Media Team Manager

Erin, a senior at Biotechnology High School (NJ), is excited to be back as part of the cSw team for her third year! Following years of independent web design and computer science work, she loves that she is able to put her skills to work, especially at cSw. Outside of cSw, Erin is an advocate for young students learning more about STEM, and encourages them to do research outside of the classroom to develop knowledge in their interests. Erin is also the MAS JSA Director of Technology, the President of her school’s Environmental Club, the Secretary of her class council, and the founder of her school’s Health and Fitness Club.


Faculty Advisory Board

Erin Colfax

Erin Colfax is a science educator and research explorer, who has spent the past two decades conducting international research projects while traveling throughout the seven continents. Her passions include writing science poetry, gardening, and helping others develop their life passions. Erin’s interest in cSw is fueled by unpacking abstract science concepts and making them more concrete for everyone to understand.

Michael T. Roche

Mike has the pleasure of working as a science teacher and research advisor at one of the nation’s top ranked STEM schools. He served for six years as a board member for NCSSSMST, now NCSSS, the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools where he had the opportunity to visit and interact with many other STEM educators from across the nation who constantly experiment with ways to meet the needs of these STEM-focused students. His involvement with cSw helps to provide opportunities for his students to explore and develop their research skills and effectiveness as communicators.

Sarah Gross

Sarah is a National Board Certified English teacher at one of the nation’s top-ranked STEM schools. She received her undergraduate degree in English and Education and recently completed a Master’s degree in teaching Biology. She is a contributor to the New York Times Learning Network and her writing has appeared in Scientific American, Edutopia, ASCD, and The Washington Post’s Answer Sheet. Co-vice president of the New Jersey Council of Teachers of English and active in the National Council of Teachers of English, Sarah is passionate about helping her students become great science communicators and loves the opportunities provided by cSw.