LvScience Leadership

Board of Directors​


Monya Lane is a volunteer member of the board of directors. She is a retired mechanical engineer from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where she led a variety of energy, environment, and national security programs. She eventually became the Associate Director for Engineering, where she led a diverse organization of approximately 1600 that provided engineering science and technology to ensure the success of the Laboratory’s programs and institutional goals. Much of the work involved the simultaneous integration of multiple technologies—from large-scale, complex applied physics systems to microscale engineering. She also currently chairs the Livermore Commission for the Arts, which advises the City Council about cultural arts needs, activities, facilities and programs, and is on the Board of Trustees at UC Merced.


Alan Burnham is a volunteer member of the board of directors. He is a chemist with 45 years of professional experience and about 250 professional publications. He worked for 31 years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on a variety of energy and national security projects. He was then Chief Technology Officer for American Shale Oil and led a pilot test project of in-situ oil shale retorting in Colorado. He has consulted with numerous oil companies and is currently an adjunct professor in the Energy Resources Engineering Department of Stanford University. He is also CEO of Partners for Change Tri-Valley, which seeks to lift people out of poverty through life-skills training and mentoring. He has substantial experience leading fundraising campaigns for non-profit organizations.


Vaughn Draggoo is a volunteer member of the board of directors. He is a retired physicist and technical manager with a more than 30 year career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His principal technical experience is lasers and optics with a particular emphasis in the construction, integration and operation of industrial scale equipment and facilities. He also serves as a docent at the Chabot Space and Science Museum, is a science mentor volunteer in Livermore schools, and is on the LJUSD Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee responsible for monitoring bond finances to ensure the public that the money is being spent properly.

Community Liason

David Kent is a volunteer member of the Board of Directors and serves as our Community Liaison Officer. He has a BA from the University of Colorado and has worked as an executive at Procter & Gamble, E&J Gallo, and The Wine Group LLC, where he was CEO. He subsequently set up a small estate winery in Livermore with his wife and daughters. He is past Chairman of both The Wine Institute and the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce and serves on the boards of the Tri-Valley Conservancy and AeroGrow International, Inc., a publicly traded indoor gardening company.