LabX Staff

LabX is managed by an energetic and talented group of staff members who work with scientists, educators, and designers to produce cutting-edge programs. To contact a staff member, please email

Geoffrey Hunt, Director

Geoff is the Director of the new public engagement project, having started at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in July 2017. Before coming to the NAS, Geoff worked at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, first as the society’s Science Policy Fellow in the Office of Public Affairs before transitioning to serve as the Manager of Public Outreach at the beginning of 2012. In this role, Geoff led development of an online training program in science communication, managed funding programs that supported local outreach efforts, and organized outreach and communication-themed events throughout the country. Geoff graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University in 2003 with a degree in biochemistry, and received his PhD from Princeton University in 2009 for work on the effects of extracellular matrix proteins on embryonic stem cell behavior. In addition to (or as part of) his day job, Geoff has been known to perform the occasional science rap.

Keri Stoever, Program Officer

Keri is the Program Officer for the project. Keri was the Public Programs Manager of the former Koshland Science Museum and previously spent five years as a Research Associate with the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) working on environmental and toxicological studies. In addition to her time at NAS, Keri has worked to help the public connect with science through museum education positions with the Smithsonian National Zoo and the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center. Currently, she volunteers as an interpreter at the National Zoo’s Amazonia exhibit. Keri received her B.S. in Marine Biology from Stockton University and her M.A. in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University.

Rick Thomas, Associate Program Officer

Rick is the Associate Program Officer for LabX. Prior to joining the team, Rick designed educational exhibits meant to connect urban residents to natural spaces within their community. His exhibits have been featured at botanic gardens, natural history museums, science museums, and zoos across the country. Rick holds a B.S. in Ecology and a B.A in Humanities from UC San Diego, a Master of Environmental Science & Management from the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara and a Master of Science from the University of Washington.

Monique C. McIlwain, Administrative Coordinator

Monique is the Administrative Coordinator for LabX. Monique was previously the Manager of Operations and Technology of the Koshland Science Museum. Prior to joining the National Academy of Sciences, Monique worked in the office of the Prince George's County Planning Director of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.