Teresa Coons is the Executive Director for the John McConnell Math and Science Center of Western Colorado. She works with volunteers and staff to “create enthusiasm and excitement for math and science”. Her undergraduate degree is from Colorado State University in physical sciences, and she holds a Ph.D. in immunology from the University of New Mexico. Her research career has spanned the disciplines of basic and clinical research, most recently focusing on occupational and environmental epidemiology, including health-related impacts of mining industry operations in the western United States.
Teresa holds an Adjunct Faculty position at Colorado Mesa University. She is active in the Grand Junction community, having served two terms as a member of the Grand Junction City Council (and one term as Mayor), nine years on the Mesa County Board of Health, and eight years on the Grand Junction Housing Authority Board. Teresa is a 4th generation Coloradoan, raised in the Denver area. She and her husband Frank have two adult daughters and three grandchildren.