President – Leslie Jimison Hamilton
Leslie Jimison Hamilton is a materials scientist, having earned her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from NC State University (2005) and her M.S. and Ph.D. in the same field at Stanford Engineering (2008, 2011) as a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow. She completed postdoctoral work in France in the Department of Bioelectronics at the Microelectronics Centre de Provence (BEL, CMP), and at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow. She is currently a senior scientist in the Research and Exploratory Development Department at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). At APL, she is a STEM Corps volunteer, acting as a mentor for high school and college-aged students. Leslie was a member of the AWIS Palo Alto chapter during her time in the Bay Area, and has been a member of AWIS DC Metropolitan Chapter since early 2013. She has been a participant in AWIS DC’s Mentoring Circles program since it’s introduction. She is currently serving on the board as President.
President-Elect – Megan Stine
Megan Jean Stine is a science educator, program manager, and aspiring coder who supports a strong foundation in STEM for all. She was trained as a cellular biologist, earning her B.S. in biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and her Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Medicine from Johns Hopkins University. During her postdoctoral fellowship studying the use of nanoparticles in the treatment of lung cancer, Megan worked as an adjunct laboratory instructor at a college in Baltimore, MD, then an online mathematics instructor for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. Since, she has worked as the Science Program Manager for CTYOnline, a freelance science writer, and a Scientific Program Manager for the NCI. Currently, Dr. Stine is a Program Officer for Science Education Outreach at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, where she manages the team’s outreach activities, promotes the department’s science education resources on social media, and leads the BioInteractive Ambassador program. She currently serves on the board as President-Elect.
Past-President – Kristina Krasnov Miller
Kristina Krasnov Miller is a Molecular Biologist by training with a background in Genetics, Neuroscience, Russian, and Health Policy. During graduate school at Johns Hopkins University, Kristina pursued numerous leadership activities including recruiting, community activism, and being President of the Graduate Student Association. Since completing her translational medicine studies of protein trafficking in the Cystic Fibrosis disease model, Kristina became a Technical Advisor in intellectual property law, pursued the National Academies’ Mirzayan Fellowship, worked as a Senior Science Policy Analyst for a cancer nonprofit, and was a contracting Senior Study Director for the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. Most recently, Kristina served as a Foreign Affairs Officer and AAAS Diplomacy Fellow at the U.S. Department of State, where she managed portfolios involving women in STEM; covered Europe, Eurasia, and Russia; and advanced public diplomacy through science. Presently, Kristina is a Senior Consultant in Deloitte’s Federal Health practice. Starting in 2014, Kristina was on the AWIS DC’s Board and is currently serving as Past President.
Vice President for Programs – Deborah Bouvier
Deborah is a neuroscientist with 13 years of scientific experience in the academic, biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. The main focus of her research is to understand human disease. Deborah holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCLA where, as a member of the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) program, she carried out independent research on the contribution of sex chromosomes and sex hormones to the sex bias in rodent models of MS and systemic lupus erythematosus. For her work, Deborah was awarded the Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology fellowship as well as the American College of Rheumatology/ Abbott Medical and Graduate Student Achievement Award. In 2007, Deborah joined Abbott Laboratories as a medical science liaison, educating the medical community about the current research in Vitamin D biology and chronic kidney disease. She was soon recruited back into academia as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania where she designed, organized and executed a 5 year NIH clinical trial looking at the effects of yoga practice on high blood pressure and cerebral blood flow.
In 2011, Deborah and her family relocated to the Washington DC area. While caring for her two small children, Deborah served 3 terms on the board of a local non-profit and assisted several other families in the creation of a Montessori cooperative preschool. Deborah joined AWIS in the summer of 2015 and immediately reaped the benefits of membership. She then decided to run for the 2016 DC chapter board to give back to the organization and support it’s mission to advance women in science. As VP for Programs, she will utilize her broad range of scientific experience and professional connections to research, design and provide top notch programs for the AWIS community. Her focus will be creating programs to meet the needs of our diverse membership as well as programs to advocate for women and to help remove the barriers preventing us from remaining in the STEM fields or returning to work in the STEM fields after time away.
Vice President for Public Relations; Membership – Jennifer Blum
Jennifer “Jen” Blum is an astrophysicist and graduated from Columbia University in NYC with a Bachelor’s degree in Astrophysics. In 2011, she was the first African American in five years to obtain her Ph.D. in Astrophysics at the University of Michigan. Her expertise was in black holes and she was a Rackham Science Award Fellow. She has been trained by multiple mentors, including Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, current director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan, and host of the TV series “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey”. Jen was a member of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) while at University of Michigan. She has been an AWIS DC mentoring circle leader for the last two years and has participated in Society of Women Engineers (SWE) conferences. Jen is currently a researcher for the Department of Defense. Her hobbies include professional voice acting in radio commercials.
Vice President for Communications – Kelsey Sugrue
Kelsey is a fourth year graduate student at the Institute for Biomedical Science at The George Washington University, where she is pursuing her Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine. She works at the Children’s National Medical Center where she is conducting her thesis research, focusing on the molecular mechanisms underlying congenital heart defects. Prior to coming to Washington D.C., Kelsey received her undergraduate degree in Molecular/Cellular Biology from Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame, a women’s college that instilled in her a strong sense of “girl power.” It was also during this time that she worked for two summers in the research labs at the Hillman Cancer Center at the University of Pittsburgh. As a result of these experiences, Kelsey has become very passionate about science and helping women in science find success and happiness in their education and careers.
Kelsey has been an active member of AWIS DC for two years as well as the Mentoring Circles Program. She enjoys sharing the excitement of science to non-science audiences, whether through Twitter (@Kelsey_Sugrue), her blog “Sketching Science,” or in the community by teaching middle school students through the Adventures in Science program. When she’s not in the lab working on her thesis project, Kelsey’s other hobbies include cooking, photography, running, and enjoying all the fun things D.C. has to offer.
Vice President for Finance – Barbara J. Natalizio
Barbara J. Natalizio, Ph.D. is a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow serving in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources, Division of Graduate Education at the National Science Foundation. Prior to the AAAS fellowship, Dr. Natalizio was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where her research focused on investigating messenger RNA export regulation and its effects on eukaryotic gene expression. There she became interested in issues related to career transitions for scientists as a member of the Executive Committee of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Postdoctoral Association. As a member of the Board of Directors of the National Postdoctoral Association, Dr. Natalizio advocates for the enrichment of the postdoctoral experience by supporting initiatives that provide professional development opportunities. Moreover, her transformative training at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science inspired her to help scientists become more effective communicators. Dr. Natalizio is passionate about channeling this enthusiasm for communicating with non-scientific audiences to advocate for improved science policy. She received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and history from Montclair State University and her Ph.D. in molecular genetics and microbiology from Duke University.
President – Kristina Krasnov Miller
President-Elect – Leslie Jimison
Past-President – Jodi Wesemann (replacing Soo Kim Jennings)
Vice President for Programs – Sherry Marts (replacing Allison Mathes)
Vice President for Public Relations; Membership – Ofelia A Olivero
Vice President for Communications – Mayra Montrose
Vice President for Public Relationships; Social Media – Sarah J. R. Staton
Vice President for Finance – Christine Burgess
President – Soo Kim Jennings
President-elect – Kristina Krasnov Miller
Past-president – Melissa McCartney
Vice President for Programs – Xiamin Su
Vice President for Public Relations; Membership – Eada Wallbank
Vice President for Communications – Mayra Montrose
Vice President for Public Relations; Social Media – Bethany Brookshire
Vice President for Finance – Heather Dean