Kellianne Richardson PhD

Co-Founder, Scientist

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Kellianne’s experiences in the laboratory lit a passion for natural sciences, technology and public service that have defined her career. Kellianne has insight into STEAM careers and a strong desire to empower youth to consider careers in the natural sciences by offering first-hand experiences of the wonders of outdoors. A lover of science and an award-winning community leader, Kellianne developed the leadership skills that would propel her to co-found Camp ELSO with Sprinavasa Brown in Winter 2014. Her interest in science stemmed from memories of “it being the only class where you get to get up, stretch and do something cool”.

Dr. Richardson’s research experience spans 11 years.  Her interest in human drug abuse and “all things related to the brain” propelled her from her hometown to Oberlin College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies with a Concentration in Education and Chemistry minor before pursuing her doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University in the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology. She has won several awards for presentation of scientific material and has taught students for VCU Department of Biology, VCU Graduate School Mentorship Program, Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth and the Orthotics and Prosthetics Assistance Fund (a DC-area non-profit). Most lecture topics usually ranged from General Biology to Forensic Science and were delivered to audiences with a wide range of capabilities (e.g., pre-teens, lay persons, professionals).

Kellianne’s desire to explore non-traditional STEAM careers and learn more advanced laboratory techniques have led her to hold a Licensing & Marketing Internship from NIH Office of Technology Transfer and work in a laboratory in central Virginia. She looks at this Camp ELSO (ad)venture as an opportunity to inspire a new generation of youth of color with interest in the sciences. Furthermore, she will contribute to project management efforts as well as educational contenting development, and share her story.