Chapter Officers

Chapter Officers 2022-2023

President – Cynthia Hurlbert

Cynthia Hurlbert is a Science Writer with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). There she writes for the Office of the Director. She has previously worked as a Technical Writer for the Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and as a Private Tutor in the Greater Washington DC area. She holds two Bachelor of Science degrees in Neuroscience and Microbiology from Furman University and Clemson University, respectively. She continued her educational opportunities at Uniformed Services University, studying Schistosoma spp. Cynthia is involved in Science Communication and Education and has pursued her passion for the subject both formally and informally.

President-Elect – Ambericent Cornett

First Sergeant (1SG) Ambericent Cornett is a respected Army Intelligence and Information Operations expert, multidisciplinary scientist, and STEM advocate. She represents the Association for Women in Science and is a second-term Governing Councilor for the Epidemiology Section of the American Public Health Association. Currently, Ambericent works in Program Management and Systems Security in the Intelligence industry, having founded a consulting firm to support local and federal governments. Her prior roles include Epidemiologist for NASA and the CDC, and a professor in Biology, Business, and Healthcare Administration in Texas. Ambericent’s academic credentials include a B.S. and M.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Houston – Clear Lake, a Master of Public Health from A.T. Still University, and an MBA from Our Lady of the Lake University. Her military deployments showcased her integration of epidemiology, biology, physiology, and cybersecurity, contributing significantly to mission success. Ambericent’s career, spanning over two decades, highlights her leadership in STEM.

Past-President – Kristy Ortega Johnson

Dr. Kristy Ortega Johnson received her Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine from The George Washington University. She currently works as a project manager at FNL managing projects in cancer biology. 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, you can find her on the ice learning to figure skate, hanging out with her doggies, playing tennis with friends, or discovering new restaurants in D.C.

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 Chan 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 – Teresa Murphy

Teresa Murphy is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at George Washington University in the laboratory of Dr. Rebecca Lynch. Her work focuses on utilizing broadly neutralizing antibodies for HIV cure strategies by determining fitness costs associated with viral escape from bNAbs to design combination treatments. While at GW, she has also volunteered as a representative on the Society of Biomedical Students organization e-board and as a graduate student senator on the GW Student Association. She graduated in 2019 from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s in biology, while specializing in immunology. Her career interests lie in health policy and infectious disease outbreak prevention and management. In her free time, she can be found hiking with her dog Baloo, horseback riding or watching Penn State football!

Volunteer – Elizabeth Hoffman

Dr. Elizabeth Hoffman works in health research policy for the federal government. She was previously a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow hosted by the Program Coordination Office at the National Institute of Standards & Technology. Before starting at NIST, Elizabeth was at the University of Virginia where she studied the dynamics of proteins involved in transcription and how they regulate gene expression in the model organism yeast. She was active in several local STEM outreach groups that hosted community events to make science more accessible, promoted science literacy, and worked to get politicians engaged with science. Elizabeth received her PhD in Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics from the University of Virginia and a bachelor of science in Biochemistry from The State University of New York at Geneseo. She is particularly interested in making the science ecosystem more inclusive and accessible, and in the convergence of science and art. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys going on long walks, making yeast art, and watching movies.

Volunteer – Paule Joseph

Dr. Paule V. Joseph works as a clinician-scientist for the federal government.  Dr. Joseph received an AAS in Nursing at Hostos Community College, a BSN from the College of New Rochelle, and a Master of Science with a specialty as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Pace University. She completed her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and conducted her PhD work at the Monell Chemical Senses Center. She then completed a Clinical and Translational Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. Her laboratory aims to understand neurological and molecular mechanisms underlying chemosensation (taste, smell & chemesthesis) and motivational pathways of ingestive behaviors how they might be different in individuals with obesity and alcohol and substance use disorders.  She is the director of mentorship for the African Research Academy for Women- an organization dedicated to growing the number of women in STEM fields in Africa.  In her free time, Dr. Joseph enjoys spending time with her family, meditating and reading.

Volunteer – Michele Wheatly

Michele Wheatly is Professor of Biology at Syracuse University. She currently serves on the External Advisory Committee of the ADVANCE Resource and Coordination Network and serves on the planning committee for the Community Convening 2022 in DC. She has experience as PI of two successive NSF-funded ADVANCE IT awards: In the footsteps of Katharine Wright: Promoting STEM women through Launching Equity Across the Dayton Entrepreneurial Region (2008-2016) and West Virginia University Program for retaining institutional diversity and equity (2010-2017). In her role as Provost at Syracuse University (2016-2020) she permanentized ADVANCE in Academic Affairs. An integrative biologist by training, her lab performed research on cellular and molecular biology of epithelial ion motive proteins. Her educational interests have included access of underrepresented groups to STEM careers and women in higher education leadership. Her higher education administrative roles have included Provost at two successive R1 Carnegie institutions (Syracuse University 2016-2020; West Virginia University 2010-2014), Dean of Science and Mathematics (Wright State University, 2002-2010) and Chair of Biological Sciences (Wright State University 1994-2002). She ascended the academic ranks at the University of Florida (1984-1994). Dr. Wheatly has 111 refereed journal articles and $29.4M in career federal funding.

Volunteer – Maria Qadri

Maria Qadri, Ph.D. is a biomedical engineer who is passionate about biomedical research, STEM education, and science policy. Currently, she is a management consultant at the manager level with ECS Federal, where she serves the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Insitute (NHLBI) at the NIH as the Scientific Portfolio Analysis lead. Before joining ECS Federal, Dr. Qadri worked in scientific communication and outreach in the Office of Undergraduate STEM Education at AAC&U, science policy and project management consulting at Ripple Effect, and as editorial staff at the American College of Radiology. Dr. 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. Additionally, she volunteers as the Director of Operations for the Journal of Science Policy and Governance. When Maria is not working, she can be found creating baked goods, knitting, and connecting with her friends in nature.

Past Chapter Officers

2023-2024

President – Kristy Ortega Johnson 

President-Elect – Cynthia Hulbert

Vice President for Finance – Barbara J. Natalizio

Vice President for Programs – Teresa Murphy

Volunteer – Elizabeth Hoffman

Volunteer – Michelle Wheatly

Volunteer – Paule Joseph

Volunteer – Maria Qadri

 

2022-2023

President – Kristy Ortega Johnson 

Vice President for Programs – Maria Qadri

Vice President for Finance – Barbara J. Natalizio

Vice President for Outreach – Cynthia Hurlbert

Mentoring Circles Coordinator – Elizabeth Hoffman

Volunteer – Michelle Wheatly

 

2021-2022

Vice President for  Membership – Anna Sberegaeva 

Vice President for Programs – Maria Qadri

Vice President for Finance – Barbara J. Natalizio

Vice President for Communications – Kristy Ortega Johnson

Mentoring Circles Coordinator – Kristy Ortega Johnson and Elizabeth Hoffman

 

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