Chapter Officers

Chapter Officers 2021-2022

Vice President for  Membership – Anna Sberegaeva

Dr. Anna Sberegaeva is Program Analysts in the Program Coordination Office at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Before joining NIST, Anna held a position of Associate Program Officer at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on the Board of Chemical Sciences and Technology and the Board of Health Sciences Policy, where she was responsible for developing and managing project strategy and budget. Prior to that Anna was a postdoctoral fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education at the Naval Research Laboratory, working on organometallic catalytic conversion of carbon dioxide into chemicals and fuels. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Maryland College Park and University of Florida respectively.

Vice President for Finance – Barbara J. Natalizio

Natalizio-AWISDCBarbara J. Natalizio, Ph.D. serves as an advocate for Ph.D. career and professional development and has actively contributed to advancing these goals through numerous national roles. Currently, she serves as the Program Manager for Professional Development Hub (pd|hub), hosted by the University of Massachusetts Medical School, a national, multi-stakeholder initiative dedicated to advancing the professional development of graduate and postdoctoral scientists by building capacity for the spread of evidenced-based educational practices. Previously, Dr. Natalizio was a Science Program Administrator at the Rita Allen Foundation, Chair of the Board of Directors and Interim Executive Director for the National Postdoctoral Association, and a Program Officer with the Board on Higher Education and Workforce at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Prior to that, she worked in the Division of Graduate Education at the National Science Foundation as a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow. Dr. Natalizio earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and history from Montclair State University and her Ph.D. in molecular genetics and microbiology from Duke University.

Vice President for Programs – Maria Qadri

Maria Qadri, Ph.D. is a biomedical engineer who is passionate about STEM education, science policy, and science communication. Currently, she is the Scientific Communications Postdoctoral Fellow for the Knowledge Transfer and Outreach arm of the NSF-funded Center for the Advancement of STEM Leadership (CASL) Broadening Participation Research Center based at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). Her work in the office of Undergraduate STEM Education focuses on capacity building and professional development of STEM faculty leaders. Before joining AAC&U, Dr. Qadri worked in science policy and project management consulting at Ripple Effect, and as editorial staff at the American College of Radiology. Qadri earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and Quantitative Biomedicine in 2018 from Rutgers University as well as an M.S. from the University of Connecticut and a B.S. from the University of Hartford, both in biomedical engineering. 

Vice President for Communications & Mentoring Circles Co-Chair – Kristy Ortega Johnson

Kristy Ortega Johnson is a fifth-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 role of NMDA Receptors in topographic map formation and visual map alignment. Prior to coming to Washington D.C., Kristy received her undergraduate degree in Molecular and Microbial Biology from California State University – Stanislaus. Kristy is very passionate about science, networking, and empowering women of color to pursue a career in STEM. Kristy enjoys volunteering for organizations that empowers and mentors girls and underrepresented youth in STEM such as TechBridge Girls and Color in STEM. When Kristy is not working on her thesis project, you can find her on the ice learning to figure skate, hanging out with her doggies, and discovering new restaurants in D.C.

Mentoring Circles Co-Chair – Lila Hoachlander-Hobby

Lila received her B.S. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2019, where she majored in biology and minored in Spanish. After graduation she started working at the National Institutes of Health as a Postbaccalaureate Research Fellow. She has used this time to explore scientific interests in cellular and molecular biology, and is hoping to attend graduate school for a PhD in biomedical research. In graduate school, she is specifically interested in researching the role of chemotaxis (or cell motility) in metastatic cancer cells. Outside of the lab, Lila enjoys to play disc golf, make handmade pasta, and take care of her ever expanding succulent garden.

 

Past Chapter Officers

2020-2021

President – Jennifer Blum

Vice President for  Membership – Anna Sberegaeva 

Vice President for Communications – Kelsey Sugrue

Vice President for Finance – Barbara J. Natalizio

Mentoring Circles Coordinator – Heather Bloemhard

Volunteer – Kristy Ortega Johnson

Volunteer – Lila Hoachlander-Hobby

 

2019-2020

President – Jennifer Blum

Vice President for  Membership – Anna Sberegaeva 

Vice President for Communications – Kelsey Sugrue

Vice President for Finance – Barbara J. Natalizio

Mentoring Circles Coordinator – Heather Bloemhard

 

2018-2019

President – Jennifer Blum

President-Elect – Rita Isabel Lechuga

Past-President – Megan Stine

Vice President for Programs – Meredith Goodrich

Vice President for  Membership – Federica Polato 

Vice President for Communications – Kelsey Sugrue

Vice President for Finance – Barbara J. Natalizio

Mentoring Circles Coordinator – Heather Bloemhard

 

2017-2018

President – Megan Stine

President-Elect – Jennifer Blum

Past-President – Leslie Jimison Hamilton

Vice President for Programs – Federica Polato

Vice President for Public Relations; Membership – Deborah Bouvier

Vice President for Communications – Kelsey Sugrue

Vice President for Finance – Barbara J. Natalizio

Volunteer – Meredith Goodrich

Volunteer – Rita Isabel Lechuga

 

2016-2017

President – Leslie Jimison Hamilton

President-Elect – Megan Stine

Past-President – Kristina Krasnov Miller

Vice President for Programs – Deborah Bouvier

Vice President for Public Relations; Membership – Jennifer Blum

Vice President for Communications – Kelsey Sugrue

Vice President for Finance – Barbara J. Natalizio

 

2015-2016

President – Kristina Krasnov Miller

President-Elect – Leslie Jimison Hamilton

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

 

2014-2015

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

 

2013-2014

President – Melissa McCartney

President-elect – Soo Kim

Past-president – Jodi Wesemann (replacing Lisa Nichols)

Vice President for Programs – Alka Prasad

Vice President for Public Relations; Membership – Shana Spindler

Vice President for Communications – Lee-Ann Hayek

Vice President for Public Relations; Social Media – Jodi Wittlin

Vice President for Finance – Marcia Holden

 

2012-2013

President – Lisa Nichols

President Elect –Melissa McCartney

Past President –Anissa Elayadi

VP for Finance – Marcia Holden

VP for Programs – Alka Prasad

VP for Communications – Soo Kim

co-VP for Public Relations – Callie Raulfs-Wang

co-VP for Public Relations – Romina R. Heymann

co-VP for Public Relations – Shana Spindler

 

2011-2012

President – Anissa Elayadi

President Elect – Lisa Nichols

Past President – Jennifer Hobin

VP for Finance – Marcia Holden

VP for Programming – Jamie Whitacre

VP for Communications – Heather Gorby

VP for Public Relations – Nicole Gibson

 

2010-2011

President – Jennifer Hobin

President Elect – Anissa Elayadi

Past President – Jodi Wesemann

VP for Finance – Marcia Holden

VP for Programming – Lisa Nichols

VP for Communications – Jodi Wittlin

VP for Public Relations – Nicole Gibson

 

2009-2010

President – Jodi Wesemann

President Elect – Jennifer Hobin

Past President – Natalia Melcer

VP for Finance – Marcia Holden

VP for Programming – Ana Ferraras and Ester Sztein

VP for Communications – Angela Grant

VP for Public Relations – Christina Fuentes

 

2008-2009

President – Natalia Melcer

President Elect – Jodi Wesemann

VP for Finance – Lenka Federkova

VP for Programming – Jennifer Hobin

VP for Communications – Angela Grant

VP for Public Relations – Joslyn Kravitz

 

2007-2008

President – Jodi Wesemann

President Elect – Natalia Melcer

Past President – Nancy Bakowski

VP for Finance – Lenka Federkova

VP for Programming – Ester Sztein

VP for Communications – Anne Fleckenstein

VP for Public Relations – Lisa Frehill

 

2006-2007

President – Jodi Wesemann

VP for Finance – Lenka Federkova

VP for Programming – Natalia Melcer

VP for Communications – Ester Sztein

VP for Public Relations – Afua Anim

 

2005-2006

President – Nancy Bakowski/ Jodi Wesemann

VP for Finance – Lenka Federkova

VP for Programming –  Jodi Wesemann

VP for Communications – Judy Keen /Ester Sztein

VP for Public Relations – Afua Anim

 

2004-2005

President – Nancy Bakowski

VP for Finance – Lenka Federkova

VP for Programming – Tsvetanka Zheleva

VP for Communications – Edith Richmond Schartz

VP for Public Relations –  Jodi Wesemann