Executive Board

Our Executive Board is in charge of organizing various activities for our chapter. We are always looking for motivated leaders to help plan our events and network with STEM professionals in the Baltimore area. If you would like to join our board, email us: awisbaltimore@gmail.com


Current Officers


 

Co-President: Jocelyn Reader, PhD


 
  •  Co-President: Jocelyn Reader
  • Professional Position
    • Research Associate, OB/Gyn & Reproductive Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine
    • Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Maryland University College
  • Professional History
    • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center
    • PhD, Human Genetics, University of Maryland School of Medicine
    • BA, Biological Sciences, Goucher College
  • Interests
    • Research: Investigating the role of receptors for inflammatory mediator PGE2 in breast cancer metastasis
    • Etc: Science education, STEM diversity, reading, learning random science facts
  • Contributions to AWIS
    • Vice President of Social Media: 2012-2015
  • Web Links

Co-President: Jessica Curtis, PhD


  • Co-President: Jessica Curtis, PhD
  • Professional Position
    • Scientific Executive, Spectrum – GLOBALHealthPR partner
  • Professional History
    • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Translational Gerontology Branch, National Institute on Aging, Baltimore, MD
    • PhD, Biochemistry, University of Minnesota
    • B.A. Biology, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN
  • Interests
    • Research: Metabolism, bioenergetics, and the influence of diet on healthy aging.
    • Etc. Teaching, hiking, biking, cooking
  • Contributions to AWIS
    • Vice President of Public Relations: 2013-2014
  • Web Links

Communications & Sponsorship: Lindsay Rizzardi, PhD


  • Vice President of Communications and Sponsorship: Lindsay Rizzardi, PhD
  • Professional Position
    • Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins Center for Epigenetics
  • Professional History
    • PhD, Genetics and Molecular Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • MA, Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington
    • BS, Marine Biology, University of Alabama
  • Interests
    • Research: Investigating how the epigenetic landscape regulates cell identity among different tissues (and specifically within the brain) both within and between individuals.
    • Etc: Mentoring, scientific writing and editing, outreach
  • Contributions to AWIS
    • Vice President of Communication and Sponsorship: 2015-present
  • Web Links

 Social Media: Aparna Shah, PhD


  •  Vice President of Social Media: Aparna Shah
  • Professional Position
    • Postdoctoral Fellow, Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University
  • Professional History
    • Postdoctoral Fellow, Pharmacology, University of Maryland, Baltimore
    • PhD, Pharmacology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
    • MS, Life Sciences, Sophia College for Women, University of Mumbai, India
    • BS, Life Sciences and Biochemistry, St. Xavier’s College, University of Mumbai, India
  • Interests
    • Research: Investigating the role of the microRNA system in regulation of dopamine signaling and motivated learning
    • Etc.: Teaching, outreach, scientific writing, art and music
  • Contributions to AWIS
    • Vice President of Social Media: Current

Public Relations: Akshata Almad, PhD


  • Vice President of Public Relations: Akshata Almad, PhD
  • Professional Position
    •  Postdoctoral Fellow, Neurology, Johns Hopkins University
  • Professional History
    • PhD, Neuroscience, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
    • M.Sc., Life Sciences, Ramnarain Ruia College, University of Mumbai, India
    • BSc., Life Sciences, St. Xavier’s College, University of Mumbai, India
  • Interests
    • Research: Understanding role of astrocyte Cx43 in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
    • Etc.: Teaching, scientific writing, editing, neuroscience outreach, art , hiking
  • Contributions to AWIS
    • VP of Public Relations: Current
  • Web Links

Programs: Isabel Martinez Ferrando, PhD



  • Vice President of Programs: Isabel Martinez Ferrando, PhD
  • Professional Position
    • Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University
  • Professional History
    • PhD, Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, Johns Hopkins University
    • Master in Forestry Engineering and Degree in Forestry Engineering, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
  • Interests
    • Research: Systems biology. Use of proteomics to study the underlying molecular mechanisms of disease. 
    • Etc: Natural products. Biodiversity, conservation and sustainability, Environmental sciences, Public Health, Art
  • Contributions to AWIS
    • Vice President of Programs: Current
  • Web Links

Programs: THIS COULD BE YOU!



  • Vice President of Programs: THIS COULD BE YOU!
  • Professional Position
  • Professional History
  • Interests
  • Contributions to AWIS
  • Web Links

 Programs: THIS COULD BE YOU!

  •  Vice President of Programs: THIS COULD BE YOU!
  • Professional Position
  • Professional History
  • Interests
  • Contributions to AWIS
  • Web Links

Finance: THIS COULD BE YOU!

  • Vice President of Finance: THIS COULD BE YOU!
  • Professional Position
  • Professional History
  • Interests
  • Contributions to AWIS
  • Web Links

 Past President: Ekemini Riley, PhD


  •  Past President: Ekemini A. Udofa Riley, PhD
  • Professional Position
    • Senior Associate, Center for Strategic Philanthropy, Milken Institute
  • Professional History
    • Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Center for Vascular and Inflammatory Diseases, University of Maryland School of Medicine
    • PhD, Molecular Medicine, Concentration: Cancer Biology, University of Maryland School of Medicine
    • BA, Natural Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University
  • Interests
    • Research: Investigating the regulation and cytoprotective function of the stress response protein Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor type 2 (PAI-2).
    • Etc: science policy & communications, public health, learning new things, meeting new people, cooking, singing
  • Contributions to AWIS
    • President: 2012-2015
    • Vice President of Programs: 2011-2012
  • Web Links

Webmaster: Issel Anne Lim, PhD


  • Webmaster: Issel Anne Lim, PhD
  • Professional Position
    • AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, Big Data & Analytics Program, National Institute of Mental Health (NIH/NIMH/OSPPC)
  • Professional History
    • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dept. of Radiology, Johns Hopkins University
    • PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
    • SB, Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Interests
    • Research: Developing magnetic resonance imaging techniques to visualize the central nervous system and characterize neurodegenerative disorders
    • Etc: Policy, healthcare, strategic planning, program evaluation, web design, scientific writing and editing, graphic design
  • Contributions to AWIS
    • Vice President of Communications: 2012-2015
    • Webmaster: 2012-2014
    • Created and maintained website for AWIS Baltimore
    • Created and distributed AWIS Newsletter
  • Web Links


Previous Officers

Below is a list of previous officers for the chapter, listed by year(s) of service. 

Previous Years

  • 2014-2015
    • President: Ekemini Riley (nee Udofa)
    • VP of Communications: Issel Anne Lim
    • VP of Social Media: Jocelyn Reader
    • VP of Public Relations: Jessica Curtis
    • VP of Programs: 
    • Webmaster: Issel Anne Lim
  • 2013-2014
    • President: Ekemini Udofa
    • VP of Communications: Issel Anne Lim
    • VP of Social Media: Jocelyn Reader
    • VP of Public Relations: Jessica Curtis, Shirley Tan, Claudia Avalos
    • VP of Programs: Talmesha Richards
    • Webmaster: Issel Anne Lim
  • 2012 to 2013
    • President: Ekemini Udofa
    • VP of Communications: Issel Anne Lim
    • VP of Finance: Kim Schultz
    • VP of Social Media: Jocelyn Reader
    • VP of Public Relations: Jessica Curtis
    • VP of Programs: Janelle Jones, Talmesha Richards
    • Webmaster: Issel Anne Lim
  • 2011 to 2012
    • President: Kim Schultz
    • VP of Communications: Delia Silva
    • VP of Finance: Dawn Holt
    • VP of Social Media: Jocelyn Reader
    • VP of Public Relations: Shannadora Hollis
    • VP of Programs: Ekemini Udofa, Kirsten Kulcsar, Andrea Benedict
  • 2010 to 2011
    • VP of Finance: Kim Schultz