Our Mission 

Our mission is to connect families with the instruction and tools to power early STEAM learning. 


Board of Directors


Erica Peterson Founder & President

Erica Peterson is the Founder of Science Tots and current Board President. Erica graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science. During her time at WVU, Erica gained some very important life skills while working in the laboratory- discipline and persistence. She hopes to empower the next generation to be problem-solvers and innovative thinkers through STEAM education. Over the past year, Erica has met with several families and educators in Western PA to learn more about the different needs in their communities. In order to touch the lives of more children, Erica's goal for Science Tots in 2019 is to partner with organizations in Washington and Allegheny County that are currently working to help families in need. She feels that together we can truly make a difference.


Julie Travaglini VICE- PRESIDENT

A leader in local non profit environmental education, Julie has spoken at conferences across the state about the importance of nature study in the early childhood classroom. Her undergraduate and graduate studies led her to positions with the Dawes Arboretum, The Cincinnati Zoo and The Outdoor Classroom. Currently the Education Program Director at Allegheny Land Trust, Julie gets to combine her love of nature and open spaces with creating hands-on interactive programming for all ages. Julie loves being a “teacher’s teacher” and running nature based workshops to increase educators’ confidence in bringing nature into their classrooms.

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Lindsey currently works at UnitedHealthcare as a Pharmacy Operations Audit Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA. She works part time as a Certified Pharmacy Technician in Allison Park, PA and has over 6 years of pharmacy and data analytic experience. Lindsey has a bachelor’s of science degree in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg (2015). Lindsey decided to continue her education and is in graduate school part time at Point Park University in downtown Pittsburgh, earning a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration of health systems management. In her spare time Lindsey likes to get involved with volunteer work specifically for non-profits.




Kayce spearheads the development and coordination of Science Tots programs, and hiring of Science Tots Educators.  Prior to joining Science Tots, Kayce worked with some of the nation’s largest events, including Sundance Film Festival, Maker Faire, AlphaLab Gear's Hardware Cup, and the Pittsburgh G20.  Kayce has also worked as a Therapeutic Support Staff  for children with Autism, providing Behavioral Management in the school, home and community.  In her spare time, Kayce loves doing yoga, trying new recipes, and spending time with her family.