Foundation Staff

Peter Abair, Executive Director

PeterPeter Abair is Executive Director of the MassBioEd Foundation. He leads a committed group of educators and professionals committed to delivering best-in-class educational programs in biotechnology and guiding tomorrow’s life sciences workforce. He is the past Director of Economic and Global Affairs at MassBio, where he provided consulting services to companies looking to locate to or grow in Massachusetts. He managed MassBio's global partners programs, and led the development and publication of MassBio's annual economic analysis of the life sciences industry. Prior to joining MassBio, he served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in several economic development functions including Director of the Massachusetts Department of Economic Development, Massachusetts Office of Business Development, and Associate Director of the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development. He also served as Director for Government Affairs and Parent Information at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education. He has served in the administrations of four governors and began his career on the Washington, D.C. staff of the late Congressman Silvio O. Conte.  Peter holds a B.A. in History and International Relations from Boston University and a M.A. in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


Michelle Mischke, Director of Biotechnology Education Programs


Michelle joined the MassBioEd team in March of 2014 as the Director of Biotechnology Education Programs. She came to the organization with extensive research, teaching, and administrative experience. She taught a range of undergraduate biology courses at MIT and was a course coordinator and content developer for 7.00x, the first large online biology course offered by edX. While at MIT, she was involved in K-12 science outreach and education programs. Michelle holds a B.A. in both Biology and Chemistry from Colorado State Universty and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Prior to joining the Department of Biology at MIT, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University.  Michelle joined MassBioEd to refocus on life sciences education and to work with teachers to improve science literacy and encourage student interest in the life sciences and biotechnology. 


 Whitney Hagins, BioTeach Instructor and Curriculum Specialist


Whitney joined MassBioEd in 2013 as BioTeach Mentor and Program Coordinator. She serves as a mentor to BioTeach schools and supports MassBioEd teacher professional development and curriculum design programs. Whitney holds a B.A. and M.S. in Biological Sciences from Mount Holyoke College and a M.A.T. from Duke University. Before joining MassBioEd, Whitney taught for 33 years, most recently at Lexington High School, where she taught all levels of biology and served as the department head. She has co-authored two high school biology textbooks as well as developed curriculum for several scientific supply companies. Whitney has presented over 200 workshops on all aspects of biology and teaching at local, national and international venues. 


 Maggie Keeler, BioTeach Instructor and Curriculum Specialist

mkMaggie joined MassBioEd in 2016 as BioTeach Mentor and Program Coordinator. She serves as mentor to BioTeach schools and supports MassBioEd teacher professional development, curriculum design and corporate volunteer programs. Maggie comes to the foundation with a diverse career in science and education, which encompasses research in behavioral ecology and conservation biology, instruction at the middle school and high school levels, and teacher mentoring in technology integration and life sciences. She has presented numerous workshops on biology and technology integration both locally and nationally. Maggie holds a B.S. in Biology from Davidson College and an M.S. in Biological Sciences from Tufts University. 


kmKretsy joined MassBioEd in June of 2018. She is dedicated to working with teachers and students to drive forth education in science. In her role, Kretsy works directly with the Director of Biotechnology Education Programs to help coordinate all aspects of the BioTeach Program. Prior to coming on board, Kretsy worked at Science Club for Girls, helping to increase STEM engagements for girls in grades K-12 in the Greater Boston Area. Kretsy holds a B.S. in Middle School Education with a focus in General Sciences from Fitchburg State University.



 Mark Bruso, Manager of Labor Market Research

mbMark joined MassBioEd in October of 2015. In this role, Mark is dedicated to performing insightful labor market research to facilitate MassBioEd’s role as the go-to source for biopharma workforce development information; aiding current students, higher education administrators, and industry partners. Before coming on board, Mark worked in AmeriCorps for one year and then moved on to the University of Detroit Mercy. While there, Mark earned his M.A. in Economics; prior to that he earned his a B.A. in History at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.




Megan joined MassBioEd in May of 2016. She is dedicated to building MassBioEd's corporate partnerships within the life sciences industry. In this role, Megan supports fundraising efforts and manages corporate  programs. Megan came from Lemelson-MIT where she supported the InvenTeams program for high school students. Prior to coming on board, she also served as the liaison for international students and host families at Kaplan International College. She graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Resource Economics from the University of New Hampshire in 2010.