Board of Directors

Lee Grodzins, Co-President and Founder of Cornerstones of Science

Lee Grodzins launched Cornerstones of Science in 1999, following his retirement from the Physics faculty at MIT where he had worked since 1959. In 1987, he founded Niton Corporation, a company that develops and markets instruments to measure toxic elements in the environment (four of its instruments have won R&D 100 Awards given to the year’s 100 most innovative technical products). Grodzins was a founding member of the Union of Concerned Scientists, as well as a Guggenheim Fellow and Senior von Humboldt Fellow. Author of more than 150 technical papers and holder of more than 50 patents, he is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Grodzins received his B.S. from the University of New Hampshire and his Ph.D. in Physics from Purdue University. More details about Lee.  The Lee Grodzins Postdoctoral Award.

Chris Goodwin

Chris Goodwin works for the Goodwin Motor Group, a five-dealership automobile group owned and operated by the Goodwin family for more than 80 years. Prior to working for the family business, Goodwin practiced law for ten years, first in Maryland and later in Maine. He is involved with numerous local nonprofits, including the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, Maine, where he is the most recent former President; Maine State Music Theater, operating summer musical theater out of Bowdoin College’s historic Pickard Theater; and Community Ice, seeking to build a community ice arena to serve the greater Brunswick and Midcoast Maine regions. Goodwin became involved with Cornerstones of Science through his relationship with founder Lee Grodzins, as the two worked together to transition Cornerstones from a program of Curtis Memorial Library to a separate non-profit entity. Goodwin lives in Brunswick, Maine, with his wife, Alyssa, and two children, Hazel and Felix.

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Lanning L. Levine

Lanning L. Levine is currently the Senior Vice President, Human Resources at American Science and Engineering who develops, manufactures, markets, and sells X-ray inspection and other detection products for homeland security, force protection, public safety, and other defense applications in the United States and internationally.

He joined AS&E in 2011 and in 2013 was promoted to lead human resources as Senior Vice President. Mr. Levine has previously lead human resources in organization including Medisense, C.R. Bard, and Brooks Automation. He also founded Cyberspace Mining, an HR software company that automatized and prioritized high volume resume and served as CEO from 1999 – 2003. Additionally he founded, a free online super aggregator of job postings. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Boston University and did advanced studies in international executive management at Babson College and human resources management at University of New Hampshire.

Steve Weems

Steve Weems

Steve Weems joined the Cornerstones of Science Board of Directors in 2019 and became treasurer in 2020. Currently, Steve is the Executive Director of the Solar Energy Association of Maine (SEAM), a broad coalition of solar energy interests advocating for the development of solar energy projects of all sizes and types, as a key component of the clean energy infrastructure necessary to decarbonize Maine’s economy. SEAM’s work is both educational and policy-oriented, working with legislators, as an intervenor in regulatory proceedings, and on other fronts to improve the policy and economic framework for solar energy.

Steve is the managing Director of Polaris Associates, a consulting and financial packaging firm he founded in 2008. Polaris focuses on business and organizational development, community development, and project financing. Previously he founded CEI Capital Management LLC (CCML, 2003), where he served as Managing Director. CCML specializes in the use of the federal New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program to finance major projects in low-income areas, with specific provisions to benefit the people living in those areas.

Steve has held other key management positions in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. These include President and COO of Schiavi Leasing Corporation, a turnkey provider of commercial modular space;  Executive Vice President & COO of Resource Conservation Services, an organic materials recycling company; Vice President of Corporate Lending for a subsidiary of the Bank of Boston; co-founder and Executive Vice President of the Maine Development Foundation, a statewide 501(c)(3) economic development corporation; founder and Supervisor of a Division of Economic Planning & Analysis at the former Maine State Planning Office. He has served on numerous boards and commissions including recent service as a Trustee of Bigelow laboratory for Ocean Sciences and the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, which is redeveloping the former Brunswick Naval Air Station. A transplanted “flat-lander,” Steve has lived and worked in Maine for 46 years.


Francis Eberle

Francis Eberle

Francis Eberle, PhD, is a leadership and organizational advisor, speaker and author. Francis believes that people development is business development. He helps leaders who want to grow in both public and private social enterprises, especially those who want to do something special.

After spending more than 25 years as an executive for non-profits and start-ups, Francis is uniquely positioned to help organizations collaborate and identify opportunity. He has successfully partnered with leaders and teams to improve their skills, solve complex problems, conduct research, grow financial and programmatic resources, and engage partners to work together toward common goals. He offers individual coaching, team development, and analytics for organizational performance improvement.

Francis is the co-author of three books, as well as the author of several policy briefs and the standards readiness tool for state boards, among other publications. He has presented widely on leadership, organizational development, education policy, and reforms in science and engineering education.

Eberle received a Bachelor of Science from Boston University, a Masters from the University of Connecticut, and a PhD from Lesley University. He has also taken Leading and Non-Profit Management courses from Harvard Business School of Executive Management.