Staff

The DNALC's multi-disciplinary staff has experience in elementary, secondary, and collegiate instruction; biochemistry and molecular biological research; computer programming; design, photography, fine arts, and interior design; science journalism; public relations and development; and opinion research.

  • Administration
  • BioMedia
  • Education & Instruction

Valerie Meszaros

Administrative Assistant

I grew up on Long Island in Manhasset, lived for a while in Manhattan, and then moved to Huntington where I have lived for forty years. While earning a B.A. from SUNY New Paltz, I managed to do some traveling for which I developed a lifelong passion, enjoying the diversity of different cultures and natural environments.

Over time I worked for two major Manhattan law firms and on Long Island for a small firm handling radio advertising and a large telephonic communications corporation. I also spent some time working for a local newspaper where I learned some valuable skills in producing a publication. Subsequently I spent years editing, writing, and designing a series of self-healing books based on Taoist practices. Many of these books were translated into other languages and can be found in parts of Europe and Asia.

When not working, I facilitated groups for a mothers’ center, where I also published a newsletter and fundraised. I continued this type of rewarding endeavor for eleven years as a PTA board member where I enjoyed many friendships and learned many skills through years of interactions with children and their parents, teachers and administrators.

My husband is a retired concept design engineer who was born and raised in Hungary. As a young man, he played professional soccer for a Parisian team before moving to the United States. We have a son who attended the DNA Learning Center summer camps and introduced me to my future place of employment. He is a cellist and a world traveler who recently has found a career as an Urban Planner in a nearby township. He has many plans!

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is providing me with a wonderful working experience. With the DNA Learning Center as a large part of its educational outreach effort, our hardworking staff brings science education to children, teachers, and the general public. We interact with many middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities. Our reach is from Long Island, to across the United States, to many parts of the world. Some of our staff members originate from other countries. Working alongside them has provided me with more of the rich cultural education I have been interested in for so long.

My spare time is spent reading and writing, creating art, enjoying music, and hiking. My son and I have hiked many mountains including the Tour du Mont Blanc; it doesn’t get better than that.

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