Meet the Staff

Tom DeRosa PictureTom DeRosa
Executive Director & Founder

Tom is the Director and Founder of Creation Studies Institute (CSI), a national creation ministry whose mission is to reach the church community with the truths of Creation, and also founder of The Creation Discovery Museum. He is an author, teacher and a sought after speaker. Tom has been recognized as an award winning science teacher who has taught all grade levels including college. He is certified in many areas of science including Chemistry, Biology and General Science. He is noted for his enthusiasm and his passion for teaching. Tom has a strong academic background in Chemistry and he has taught Chemistry and Physics, for over 30 years, in both public and parochial schools. He also holds a Masters degree in Education from Florida Atlantic University.

Tom was a dedicated and deceived evolutionist but he is now a creationist, because of what Jesus Christ did for him. He has first-hand knowledge of how the Creation Message has a dramatic impact on lives. He is committed to break down those barriers in other people’s lives and to fill believers with the knowledge that will allow them to do the same. It is Tom’s desire to use his knowledge in Science to show others that Faith and Science DO mix, that they complement one another in a beautiful symbiotic relationship. Tom has published an easy-to-understand book entitled, “Evidence for Creation,” that attests to this very truth. He has also written the book, “Evolution’s Fatal Fruit: How Darwin’s Tree of Life Brought Death to Millions,” which shows how through the theory of evolution, Darwin lied to the world and caused millions to lose focus as to our origin, and the love of our Creator, the Lord Jesus Christ.

In 1988, Tom DeRosa founded Creation Studies Institute. Tom holds the office of Executive Director of CSI. The mission is to reach the world with the truths of creation. Since its inception, it has encouraged fellow Christians to get involved with hands-on personal experiences such as Fossil Floats, Dinosaur Digs, Everglade's Worship Under The Stars, Creation Expositions, Science Workshops, etc.


Pastor Steve RowittPastor Steve Rowitt, Ph.D.
Technical Advisor
Pastor Steve has been an Ordained Minister of the Gospel since 1982. He has worked for 20 years in the medical laboratory as a Certified Medical Technologist (Licensed Clinical Laboratory Supervisor, Retired).  He has a B.S. degree in Health Sciences, a Th.M. (Theology) and a Ph.D. in Health Sciences. He has served the Lord as the Senior Pastor of Biblical Alternatives Fellowship as well as the Chief Technical Advisor for the Creation Studies Institute. All that he is, and all that he has achieved, is due solely to the grace of God found in the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth.  >>Read Dissertation

Joanne Rabolli PictureJoanne Rabolli

Joanne started out as a volunteer for CSI for 10 years accomplishing the design and building of our Creation Museum with the help of many volunteers. For the past 14 years, Joanne has been a guide on our Fossil Floats. She has been teaching various types of classes since 2006. Joanne’s fossil exploration experience has allowed her to develop as well as teach many of CSI’s children’s workshops and programs for after-school, homeschoolers, camp, VBS, and church groups. Joanne is a valuable human resource for Creation Studies Institute and is reaching the next generation with the truths of creation.

Along with home schooling her 3 children, Joanne has much experience in teaching groups of children. For 9 years she organized and taught for her 4-H Club along with training the all the other club's members for 10 years after that. Joanne has also taught at Palm Beach Community College’s Summer Youth College program for 4 years.


Johnny MauryJohnny R. Maury-Evertsz, M.Sc.
Teacher and Hispanic Outreach Coordinator
He is a chemical engineer with a Master of Science from University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and has fulfilled all academic requirements towards a Ph.D. at North Carolina State University. He has worked as a graduate research assistant and has experience assisting in teaching college undergraduate and graduate courses for 13 years. He currently works for Creation Studies Institute assisting with the academic programs and leading the Spanish outreach efforts.

Johnny was born in Barranquilla, Colombia and has been married since 2014. He has a passion to reach English and Spanish-speaking communities with God’s plan of salvation through Jesus Christ and the truth of God’s creation.


Maria Ordonez Media DepartmentMaria Ordonez

Graphic Designer/Web Developer
Maria has been with CSI since 2006, she started as a volunteer in the media department. It didn’t take her long to realize her passion for the Creation message and her gifts for making Christ known through art and code. She is now responsible for creating all of CSI’s marketing pieces and for developing and maintaining the website.

She has been happily married for several years and is a mother of a beautiful girl. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. Her main purpose in life is to use her skills and talents for the furthering of the Gospel.

Mary Grace Cortes- BookkeeperMary Grace Cortes

Mary Grace is the bookkeeper for Creation Studies Institute. She is a very detail oriented person and enjoys using those skills to the best of her ability. She volunteers with CSI events and is always willing to serve. She loves the Lord and is grateful for the opportunity to serve Him through CSI. Mary Grace is married and the mother of two beautiful daughters.