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Board of Director Members


HOSP is always interested in engaging like minded leaders in the STEM Education industry to join our efforts with students and teachers. If you are interested in serving as a Board of Director member, please contact Steve Alexander.

Our current Board of Directors are:

Aldon Corporation

Beginning in 1964, Aldon Corporation is celebrating over 52 years of experience in custom blending and packaging of chemicals for the educational, laboratory and analytical labs around the world. Aldon can provide over 7,000 laboratory chemicals to meet your entire laboratory needs.

Aldon also manufactures educational kits under its own Innovating Science brand. You will find kits in a variety of scientific fields. Categories including; AP Chemistry, AP Biology, Environmental Chemistry, Forensic Science, Green Chemistry, Life Science, Consumer Science, General Chemistry, Microchemistry fields and more. New products continue to be developed to go beyond the needs of a science classroom and the curiosity of students and teachers.

AquaPhoenix Scientific , Inc.

    AquaPhoenix Scientific is a manufacturer and distributor that specializes in providing custom solutions. Whether it is private labeling, custom packaging, chemical manufacturing, or product sourcing, we have the team in place to make business with us as simple as possible. We provide excellent products and service to a variety of niche markets. Our customers are located worldwide and range from Fortune 500 companies to small “one man show” businesses.

    Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.

    Bio-Rad Laboratories has played a leading role in the advancement of scientific discovery for over 50 years by providing a broad range of innovative tools and services to the life science research and clinical diagnostics markets. Founded in 1952, Bio-Rad has a global team of more than 6,500 employees and serves more than 85,000 research and industry customers worldwide through its global network of operations. Throughout its existence, Bio-Rad has built strong customer relationships that advance scientific research and development efforts and support the introduction of new technology used in the growing fields of genomics, proteomics, drug discovery, food safety, medical diagnostics, and more.

    Carolina Biological Supply Company

    Founded in 1927, Carolina Biological Supply Company supplies products for science educators worldwide. The company sells thousands of items – ranging from the simplest one-celled organisms to laboratory equipment – from a 1,100-page catalog. In addition, it has partnered with leading curriculum developers, like the National Science Resources Center (an organization of the National Academies and the Smithsonian Institution) and the Lawrence Hall of Science, to produce inquiry-based science curriculums that enable students to carry out hands-on science experiments in the life, physical, and earth sciences, as well as technology. Carolina publishes its complete catalog online, and provides free classroom activities and other resources for educators online.

    The company’s main facility is in Burlington, NC, where it has 15 buildings on a 48-acre campus that includes several springs, ponds and a greenhouse. Other offices include specimen collection and processing laboratories in Texas and Louisiana and a large distribution center a few minutes from the headquarters complex. The company has approximately 400 employees, many of whom have worked for the company for decades. The company is still privately owned by descendents of the founder, Dr. Thomas E. Powell Jr., a biology professor at Elon College.

    Carolina provides the materials that students and teachers to do science, including living and preserved organisms, laboratory equipment and supplies, and complete instructional kits. The company also publishes inquiry-based elementary and middle school curriculums, including nationally renowned Science and Technology Concepts Program™ (STC®, for grades K-8), GEMS Kits®, and Math Out of the Box®.

    CPO Science

    CPO Science was founded in 1994 with the vision of becoming a leader in secondary science education materials. The vision and passion at CPO Science continues to be on developing, producing, marketing, and selling high quality, inquiry-based teaching and learning systems. CPO Science offers a wide range of materials and services including innovative basal textbook programs (that integrate the student text, teacher support material, and hands-on equipment), supplemental curriculum, high-quality lab equipment, and nationally recognized professional development programs. The result is a true inquiry-based science curriculum that meets the requirements of today's standards-based system while maintaining in-depth learning - the hallmark of inquiry-based science.
    CPO Science brings concepts to life for students through a wide range of materials including basal textbook programs, supplemental curriculum, and hands-on lab equipment for teaching physical science, physics, earth science, and chemistry. CPO Science's supplemental materials build skills in three levels for grades 6-8, grades 7-11, and grades 11/12+. Designed to accompany each of our equipment modules, the curriculum comes with student activity guides, detailed teacher's reference materials and assessment tools.
    CPO Science, formerly known as Cambridge Physics Outlet, is based in Peabody, MA and is a division of Delta Education's publishing group and School Specialty, Inc.

    Delta Education

    Delta Education was founded more than 30 years ago as a small company providing quality science materials as a response to the shift towards active investigation by students and teachers in the classroom. Tom Richardson, Delta's founder, started building kits for schools in his rec room, creating products that correlated with the curriculum.

    As teachers began to recognize the importance of inquiry-based science-students learning scientific methods through investigations-Delta Education met the growing need for materials by starting to build custom kits for school systems. As a result, Delta Education assumed a leading role in improving science instruction nationwide, with educational programs and resources that embody the best in inquiry-based science, providing teachers with opportunities to truly engage their students.

    In 2005, Delta Education became a division of School Specialty, an education company that provides innovative and proprietary products, programs, and services to help educators engage and inspire students of all ages and abilities. The new ownership gave Delta Education the leadership and support necessary to take the company to higher levels of performance, including the creation of a new division, School Specialty Science, which partners four science companies: Delta Education, CPO Science, Frey Scientific, and Neo/SCI together to create innovative science offerings from grades K-12.

    SS Science's philosophy is that inquiry based hands-on science is a method for teaching and learning that focuses on the use of activities and investigative equipment. This process involves students of all ages and learning abilities. Using inquiry-based science, students assume the proactive role of scientists by observing the environment around them, establishing the issues, asking questions, and conducting experiments to try out ideas and verify results. In addition, students using inquiry-based methods of learning develop important skills. For example, communication and collaboration are strengthened through classmates discussing, writing, reading, and even drawing together.
    Products and Services:
    Delta Education is the largest producer of curriculum-based K-8 science kits in the United States. In addition to Science, Delta also supports math instruction with quality hands-on materials. Delta Education supports teachers by offering programs that are research-driven, correlated to national and state standards, and support literacy and math initiatives. Programs include the Full Option Science System (FOSS), developed in partnership with the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley, and Delta Science Modules (DSM).

    Eisco Scientific

    Eisco Scientific is a manufacturer of science goods for education, research, and industrial use. Main product ranges include physics apparatus, chemistry supplies, lab-ware, biological models, and scientific consumables. Eisco is trusted to produce and deliver high quality products to distributors so that students and researchers through out the world can learn and study science though hands on applications.

    Frey Scientific

    Frey Scientific was founded in 1962 under the premise that teachers are special people, charged with one of the most important jobs in our country: educating our children so that our societies may continue to flourish and grow. With that in mind, Frey is known as a science supplier that meets the needs of those teachers focused on science and math education. Frey found that these teachers are always looking for great products at reasonable prices, and Frey is committed to delivering just that. Nearly 10 years ago, School Specialty, Inc., a large corporation with several educational companies in their portfolio, added Frey Scientific to their family of brands.

    In 2005, School Specialty acquired the Delta Education family of companies, which included Neo/SCI (see Neo/SCI bio). Together, Frey and Neo/SCI are implementing a vision that suits the K-12 science market, and which will center on the development of innovative, inquiry investigation curriculum modules to teach science.

    In addition to the product development efforts with Neo/SCI, Frey provides support for science and math teachers in a number of ways: by creating safe and exciting science labs; offering performance manuals designed to complement a teacher's classroom activities and increase student achievement in science; and providing the Premier Science middle school curriculum program, which is designed to meet national standards. These curricula are standards-based and are used as either comprehensive modules or to accompany other products and programs.
    Frey also supports School Specialty's corporate mission: As a member of the School Specialty family of companies, Frey Scientific is an education company that provides innovative and proprietary products, programs, and services to help educators engage and inspire students of all ages and abilities. As a member of School Specialty, Frey Scientific has distribution centers in Fresno CA, Salina KS, Grand Rapids MI, Southaven MS, Nashua NH, Lyons NY, Mansfield OH, Mt. Joy PA, and Greenville, WI.


      For more than 100 years, OHAUS has featured scales and balances at an economical price. Ever since the OHAUS Harvard Trip Balance set the standard by which the weighing industry would be measured, both products and the OHAUS name have been recognized as among the most reliable in the business.

      With vast experience in the design, development and marketing of scales and balances in the Laboratory, Industrial, Education, Retail, Food, Jewelry and specialty markets, OHAUS has earned its reputation as a trusted global supplier.  OHAUS connects the real world of measurement through with dependable equipment, engaging activities, and relevant technology which promises to provide students with meaningful, lasting experiences, and improve learning outcomes at all grade levels.

      The brand you can trust:

      • OHAUS offers a complete line of measurement solutions both mechanical and electronic, with a broad range of capacities suitable for all your weighing needs, and accuracy unique to particular grade levels ensuring that results are relevant and meaningful
      • OHAUS products have a solid reputation for enduring quality in the classroom. This high quality is not by accident, but a direct result of over a century of experience in the manufacture of weighing solutions designed specifically for student use
      • OHAUS' activities and resources are developed and tested by your peers in the classroom. They have been proven as engaging and effective through the every day experiences of students everywhere

      Swift Optical Instruments

      For over eighty years, Swift Optical Instruments has been a global leader in the manufacture and production of quality microscopes. Recently, Swift Optical introduced a new line of digital imaging products designed to meet the ever increasing, challenging needs of teachers and students.

      Swift Optical Instruments also partners with educators to provide hands-on workshop experiences and create innovative classroom resources. Our collaboration has included work with TERC, a well known, non-for profit mathematics and science company.

      "Doing is Learning… Seeing is Believing"

      Thermo Fisher/Fisher Science Education

      Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. With revenues of nearly $11 billion, we have approximately 37,000 employees and serve customers within pharmaceutical and biotech companies, hospitals and clinical diagnostic labs, universities, research institutions and government agencies, as well as in environmental and process control industries. We create value for our key stakeholders through two premier brands, Thermo Scientific and Fisher Scientific, which offer a unique combination of continuous technology development and the most convenient purchasing options. Our products and services help accelerate the pace of scientific discovery, and solve analytical challenges ranging from complex research to routine testing to field applications.

      Vernier Software & Technology

      When it comes to scientific data collection, Vernier Software & Technology provides the inspiration for students to measure, analyze and learn. David Vernier, a high school physics teacher, and his wife Christine Vernier founded the company in 1981. Vernier has mastered the development and production of affordable, easy-to-use data-acquisition products (probeware) for science classrooms and labs in over 120 countries.

      In addition to focusing on quality materials, the company is dedicated to creating a unique and comfortable work place, supporting the environment and providing excellent customer service. Vernier has been on the list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon for the last ten years and has steadily grown since its inception.

      Vernier’s customer service is second to none and comes across in the many unsolicited thank you notes the company receives from customers. Vernier offers a variety of workshops and training tools to assure that educators are using the latest methods in scientific investigation.

      Company Mission Statement

      • Vernier Software & Technology provides innovative, technology-driven classroom solutions for science and math educators.
      • We help teachers increase student's critical thinking skills through hands-on learning.
      • We encourage a healthy, team-oriented work place where everyone is motivated to respect others and our environment.

      The company provides award-winning tools for science and math education and has made a successful business creating technology that help students grasp complex math and science concepts.

      The U.S. Vernier office is located in Beaverton, OR and the international sales office is in Sarasota, FL.

      VWR International

        VWR, headquartered in West Chester, Pennsylvania, is a global laboratory supply and distribution company with worldwide sales in excess of $3.7 billion. VWR enables the advancement of the world's most critical research through the distribution of a highly diversified product line to most of the world's top pharmaceutical and biotech companies, as well as industrial, educational and governmental organizations. With 150 years of industry experience, VWR offers a well-established distribution network that reaches thousands of specialized labs and facilities spanning the globe. VWR has over 6,500 associates around the world working to streamline the way researchers across North America, Europe, and Asia stock and maintain their labs. In addition, VWR further supports its customers by providing onsite services, storeroom management, product procurement, supply chain systems integration and technical services.




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