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Regional News & Events

The Arizona CSO Project Team strives to empower the students elected to represent their schools as Chief Science Officers.


“As a team, we focus on clear communication and collaboration with our entire network.  The CSOs, advisors, mentors, sponsors, community partners and educational community must be involved to implement CSO on campus Action Plans and community STEM events.  Working together encourages us to acknowledge each other’s strengths and embrace diversity to better serve our CSOs in the highest regard.”

We continue to grow the Chief Science Officer Program in collaboration with CSO International.  The support from our sponsors and community partners has helped over 300 CSOs in our communities across the state.

The mentor program continues to thrive and we are working on special projects, including STEM camps with our rural and border town regions, the refugee communities and native American populations!  Science is a language and we are excited to share opportunities to learn with everyone.

Regional Leadership

Project Team

Kaci Fankhauser

Kaci Fankhauser

STEM Ecosystem Coordinator

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Kelly Greene

Director of Student Success

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Hope Parker

Training & Curriculum Specialist

Kaci Fankhauser

STEM Ecosystem Coordinator

Amanda Rincon

STEM Ecosystem Education Outreach

Cabinet Coordinators

Lori Dove

Lori Dove

Northwest Valley Cabinet Coordinator


Deilani Ferguson

Southwest Valley Cabinet Coordinator

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Mary Ann P. Cawley

North Cabinet Coordinator

Colleen Howard

Mesa Cabinet Coordinator


Tammy Doerksen

West Valley

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Ty White

Southeast Arizona

Donna Jagielski

Dr. Donna Jagielski

Pinal County Cabinet Coordinator

Joe Roselle

Dr. Joe Roselle

Central Valley CSO Coordinator

Regional Sponors

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The Chief Science Officers is a collaborative initiative of:


Kaci Fankhauser

STEM Ecosystem Coordinator

Kaci Fankhauser has served two AmeriCorps VISTA service terms with the Chief Science Officer Initiative, and now serves as the STEM Ecosystem Coordinator. She comes from a diverse educational background; she attended a Montessori school through 8th grade, completed the International Baccalaureate program in high school, and attended Arizona State University through Barrett, The Honors College to earn her degree in biology and anthropology. Early on in her ASU experience she stumbled into the realm of scientific research, and graduated with a poignant passion for interdisciplinary research and collaboration. Almost all of her professional experience is in animal science – she is unanimously recognized among friends and acquaintances for a love of all things furry, feathered, creepy and crawly – but her diverse educational experiences and passion for science outreach and hands-on learning has led her to focus her attention on more integrative and inclusive STEM education.