Meet our Team
Sandy Marshall, Founder/CEO
Sandy Marshall has spent the past twenty years in nonprofit management, including work with the American Heart Association, Special Olympics and Easter Seals; she is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). Three years after creating the national cause marketing campaign, NASCAR Day, Ms. Marshall founded The NASCAR Foundation, which is now a $5 million organization engaging millions of fans annually. In her nearly ten years at NASCAR, she believes her most important work was in the STEM area of NASCAR. Engaging the company and sport with non-profits and making STEM exciting and relevant through motorsports. Due to her passion for helping nonprofits that have the mission and infrastructure to make great social change, she started Sandra Marshall and Associates— a consulting group focused on fueling social impact, www.smaimpact.com. While funding national STEM initiatives through The NASCAR Foundation, Sandy learned of the disadvantages that girls and women have in STEM majors and careers, and became committed to doing what she could to make a difference in her own community - Project Scientist had lift off! Personally Sandy had experienced gender stereotyping and a lack of role models as she pursued a STEM major in college and as a result changed majors. As a mother of two young girls with a passion for science, Sandy remains committed to changing the status quo for her girls as well as girls across the country. Project Scientist began summer 2011 out of Sandy’s guesthouse in Charlotte, NC. The organization is now on four University campuses serving over 800 girls annually. Ms. Marshall attended the University of Southern California, where she received a BS in Public Policy with an emphasis on Nonprofits. She has a certificate in nonprofit management from the University of California, Irvine. Sandy and her family currently split time between Laguna Beach, Pasadena and Charlotte.
Regina Ossey, COO
Regina Ossey joins the Project Scientist team bringing with her an extensive 14-year career in operations. She attended the Univeristy of Southern California, studying English Literature with an emphasis in Pre-Law. After completing an internship in Manhattan with Limited Brands, Regina launched on a different path by accepting a role in retail management. In this position, Regina led the company’s top 10% performing teams in Los Angeles and South Bay markets. After a few years of consistently impressive results, Regina was asked to lead operations for Victoria’s Secret as they expanded into the Hawaii, testing the company’s first overseas market. Regina led a team that generated more than $40 million in revenue during their first year. She was then promoted to General Manager, where she stayed for five years, eventually increasing their retail footprint across the islands.
After starting a family, Regina decided to relocate to Orange County where she took on training facilitation for the Stores of Excellence. After the birth of her second child, she took some time off to dedicate to family. Opportunity came knocking soon after, however, when UBER recruited her as Senior Operations Manager for their leasing division. In this role, Regina was instrumental in raising customer NPS scores more than 90 points in her first five months. She perfected her project management skills and earned certificates in Executive Leadership and Business Strategy from Harvard Business School. Although her personal experience at Uber was pleasant, she was introduced to the many disadvantages that women and minorities faced in the tech world. After UBER experienced a shift in culture and CEO, UBER’s leasing division was eliminated. This provided the opportunity for Regina to meld her passion and purpose by founding WeStayOut, a family concierge service that focuses on providing family experiences in place of tangible gifts. Regina’s time at Uber also fostered a personal goal to help create a pipeline for girls in STEM, which led to her searching for ways to make a difference. Regina found Project Scientist online and signed up as a parent volunteer chaperone. It was in this capacity that she met Sandy Marshall. They soon discovered an aligned vision on the future-state of Project Scientist and Regina was hired on as an Operations Consultant. Shortly thereafter, it was determined that she could better serve the company’s mission by joining the team. Regina’s excited to support our mission and can’t wait to put her skills and experience to work.
Kelly O'Brien, HR & Finance Manager
Kelly O'Brien has served on the Project Scientist team as our Office Coordinator, since 2016. Over her entire adult life, Kelly has lived her passion for education and for children. Working in education for more than 10 years, Kelly has taught Kindergarten, 4th grade, 6th grade and 8th grade. More recently, Kelly has managed administration and logistics for a property investment start-up. A Northern California native, Kelly moved to Southern California more than 15 years ago to pursue tertiary education. Kelly holds a single subject and multiple subject teaching credential; an MA in Education involving post graduate work at Chapman University and the National University; and a BA in English Literature with a minor in Deaf Education from California State University, Fullerton. A passionate athlete, Kelly believes deeply in fostering an active lifestyle from childhood. Kelly has coached children's soccer and softball and currently, leads a running group for children. Kelly and her husband have distinguished themselves as advocates for children and have elected to invest in an arts and healing program for children of incarcerated parents, founded in their belief that children of all socioeconomic backgrounds and life circumstances deserve equal opportunities to education and educational support programs. Kelly is a married, mother of two and lives in Laguna Beach, California.
Rebecca Sims, Program Manager
As a Kentucky native, Rebecca attended the University of Kentucky, where she received degrees in Natural Resource Conservation and Soil Science, and the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, where she completed graduate work in Plant Biology. Throughout college and graduate school, Rebecca coupled her coursework with outreach opportunities. Through these opportunities, she gained an expanded understanding on the issues that prevail in STEM education across all self-identifiers, particularly those related to gender. She became more aware that issues of gender and equity can affect students despite their aptitudes and interests in STEM fields. Rebecca is passionate about fixing these leaking pipelines early, and giving a young and diverse community an opportunity to explore their STEM curiosities and view a different future for themselves as she once had the opportunity to do. Rebecca is delighted at the opportunity to be a part of the amazing Project Scientist team where through advocacy, mentorship and education we can create a community where all children thrive!
Pia Grace Torres, Marketing & Communications Manager
Pia serves as the marketing manager for Project Scientist, advocating for girls and women in STEM in the community. She is passionate about philanthropy, and has been volunteering for different organizations since she was 6 years old. Her love for philanthropy paired with her zeal for communication led her to being the marketing manager for Project Scientist.
She began her communications career interning for a multitude of organizations, including Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach, FOX Broadcasting and FX Networks. While interning and studying at Long Beach State, she also led as the Long Beach chapter president of PRSSA, a professional organization dedicated to providing resources and opportunities for public relations students. She has been recognized as a leader in communications, winning the “OCPRSA Shining Star Emerging Leader Award” and the Long Beach State “Professional Promise in Public Relations Award.”
Pia is thrilled to have the opportunity to pair her love for philanthropy with her passion for communication to serve as Project Scientist’s marketing manager, aiding in Project Scientist’s mission to empower girls to follow their dreams.
Kimberly Lewis, Community Outreach Coordinator
Kimberly Lewis joined Project Scientist as the Community Outreach Coordinator in 2019. With a background in Business Management from Hardin-Simmons University, Kimberly builds business and client relationships for Project Scientist, and assists in site location management at the national level. She is an integral part of furthering the development of the connections with the organization’s investors, participants, customers and volunteers. Kimberly embraces the opportunity to share her enthusiasm for giving girls the ability to learn and grow through STEM.
Before joining Project Scientist, Kimberly worked as a catering and event coordinator, a representative in service industry, a legal assistant, tutored children with disabilities and interpreted for the Deaf. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Kimberly and her husband have become Laguna Beach locals. For the past seven years, Kimberly has spent her time investing in her children as a stay at home mom, raising three girls who now actively participate and enjoy all things Project Scientist. Hopefully, a dog will become a part of the family picture soon.