Meet the Team

I'm the Manager of Public and Youth Engagement here at the Peabody Museum, where I supervise events, camps, volunteers, and most importantly, EVOLUTIONS! I have a B.A. in Biology and Psychology, M.A. in Science Education, PhD in Social Foundations of Education, and have worked with science museum youth programs for, well just say a long time. I like science, teaching about social and environmental justice, playing with my dogs, and binge watching sci-fi shows on Netflix, but my favorite thing to do is work with all of the outstanding students in EVO. These are truly some of the most talented and inspiring young adults I have ever met. The Peabody Museum is a great place to learn about lots of different topics, and even at my age, I still learn new things every day.

Alana Ladson is the Program Coordinator for EVOLUTIONS. She graduated from St. John’s University in Queens, NY with a degree in Psychology.Alana has been at EVOLUTIONS for about 5 years. Additionally, she completed a service year with Americorps through City Year, helping to educate and enrich the learning of 3rd-5thgraders in Brooklyn. Alana is also an accomplished artist and loves to draw and paint. In her spare time, she nerds out with reading, video games, anime and manga!

AnnaKhairi is a recent graduate from Syracuse University that double-majored in IM&T and TransMedia. During her time there, she’s had the opportunity to be a team member of the school’s F1 race team and traveled across the states to participate in cool tech workshops at companies like Twitter, Google, and Adobe. She had previous experiences interning at a couple of media agencies, including one located in WTC 3, NYC. Outside of this, she’s nerdy about fashion, STEM, and media editing! As an EVO+Sci.CORPS alum, she is excited to be back with the Sci.CORPS team as the coordinator for the program. She looks forward to getting to know everyone and seeing all the exciting projects they are working on.

My name is Jonah Nazier Galan. Currently I am a junior attending the University of Bridgeport with a double major in Psychology and Human Services. I am an Evolutions Alum who is currently a Supervisor for the Sci.CORPS program! Some fun facts about me is that I am left-handed, I am currently in the works of creating a poetry book and I am left-handed.

Hi my name is KymaniLindo. I am a sophomore at the University of Connecticut and I am also Sci. Corps supervisor. I spend most of my time doing schoolwork and or figuring out ways to challenge myself weekly. I do this so every week is fresh and exciting and full of new energy.

My name is Akua and I am a graduate student at Yale pursuing an MA in African Studies. I have a B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavior from the University of Notre Dame. I was born in Ghana but I've been living in Virginia since I was six years old. It is my second year teaching at EVO and every encounter with my EVO students fills me with so much goodness. I am so glad to have joined the team!

My name is Blanca Tallaj and I am an EVO teacher, and this is my second year teaching. I am a junior at Yale University studying Psychology and Education. In my free time, I listen to KPOP (BTS is her favorite group), play with my dog, and dance! I look forward to meeting all of the students this year and learning from them!

Mel DeBlasio is a sophomore at Yale University studying Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology on a pre-medicine track. A graduate of EVO and NHPS, Mel works with students across the district through EVO, the New Haven Urban Debate League, and the Boys andGirls Club of New Haven. She also volunteers with Yale New Haven Hospital and HAVEN Free Clinic, and works as a Campus Tour Guide and EMT. In her free time, she loves to watch TV, cook, and spend time outdoors