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Dr. Michelle Booze
Eastern South Dakota Chapter (formerly Sigma Delta Chapter)

Dr. Michelle Booze is New England born and raised, but has spent the last decade in South Dakota. She received her B.S. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of New Hampshire. Michelle received her Ph.D. in Reproductive Endrocrinology from the University of South Dakota. In October 2017, she completed a three year post-doc and moved on to a clinical lab position. Michelle is now an embryologist at South Dakota's only fertility clinic.

Michelle has a strong belief in the service side of being a scientist and how important it is to engage the public in all things science. Through her local chapter, Eastern South Dakota, Michelle has organized numerous science-based activities with kids of all ages, given presentations to college aged young adults about what it means to be a scientist, and has mentored several young women in high school and the undergraduate level to help them progress along their career paths.

Michelle and her Husband and Toddler live on a lake in the middle of the country where she enjoys gardening, fishing, and long walks taking in the South Dakota sunset

Dr. Amy Belfi
New York City Chapter (formerly Kappa Chapter)
Amy Belfi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at Missouri University of Science and Technology. She received her B.A. in Psychology from St. Olaf College, her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Iowa, and completed postdoctoral training at New York University.  Her research focuses on the behavioral and neural mechanisms underlying aesthetic experience, most specifically focused on music. She uses a variety of techniques to explore how we experience music, as well as poetry and visual arts, including functional neuroimaging, psychophysiology, and neuropsychological studies of patient populations. In addition to her scientific work, Amy has served as the Founding President of the GWIS Iowa City Chapter (2014-2015), the GWIS National Public Relations committee chair (2015-2016, 2017-2018), and GWIS National Vice President (2016-2017).

Dr. Gina Moreno
New York City Chapter (formerly Kappa Chapter)
Dr. Gina Moreno is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Originally from Houston, Texas, Gina graduated with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Iowa in 2015 and completed a fellowship in the Postdoctoral and Transition Program for Academic Diversity at New York University in the Department of Psychology in 2017. Her research investigates how decision making changes across the lifespan, how stress may modify the relationship between decision making and aging, and the underlying neural mechanisms related to these processes. Gina is currently involved in various diversity initiatives and is dedicated to promoting women in science. Gina has been involved with GWIS for many years at both the local chapter and national level. Previously, Gina served as National Liaison of the GWIS Iowa City chapter (2014-2015), GWIS Omega Chapter Committee Chair (2014-2016), and co-chair for the Connect Committee (2016-2017). Gina is currently serving as a national at-large representative (2016-present).



 Past President
 Dr. Stacey Kigar
 National Capital Chapter (formerly Omicron Chapter)

Dr. Stacey Kigar grew up in the Cincinnati area and received her BA in biology at the University of Chicago. She recently completed her Ph.D in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in neurodevelopmental sex differences and aberrant epigenetic events predisposing to negative behavioral outcomes. Stacey has recently left the midwest for the east coast to start an IRTA Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda, MD. She has been an advocate for disadvantaged youth for many years, and is passionate about promoting equality in STEM for all individuals. Stacey has been an active member of GWIS for 5 years, and has benefited immensely from the exceptional network of women in this group. In her spare time, Stacey enjoys playing tennis, finding new music, traveling, playing euchre, and is currently writing a book about the complex issues facing the field of obesity research with her best friend and non-science colleague.  

 Recording & Corresponding Secretary
 Dr. Sadiye Rieder
 National Capital Chapter (formerly Omicron Chapter)

Sadiye received a B.A. in Biology from Hanover College, IN in 2004. After working as a medical technologist, she attended graduate school at University of South Carolina, SC where she was trained as an immunologist.  In 2011, Sadiye received her PhD and landed her first post-doc at NIH.  At National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, her research focused on understanding T cell biology.  Currently, she works as a research scientist for MedImmune/AstraZeneca in the area of autoimmune diseases and inflammation. Sadiye is very passionate about empowering women in science, and dedicates her time to help build a better future for young scientists.


 Membership Secretary
 Dr. Mandy Pertzborn



Allison Didychuk
 Madison, WI Chapter (formerly Beta Chapter)

Allison grew up in Manitoba (Canada) and attended the University of Jamestown in North Dakota. She triple majored in Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Biophysics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she works on an early step in the assembly pathway of the spliceosome. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, baking, and biking with her husband. She has been a member of GWIS since 2013.

Dr. Jane Sharer Maier
 Minnesota MSP Chapter (formerly Xi Chapter)

Jane received her Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology from the University of Wisconsin in 1993. She worked most of her career in the area of drug metabolism research in the pharmaceutical industry, working for Eli Lilly Co., SmithKline Beecham, and finally the Pharmaceuticals division of 3M. Following the sale of her division from 3M, she has diverged into other interests, including communication of science to the public/science writing and science education.

  Fellowship Coordinator
Dr. Vicky Cattani
Research Triangle Chapter (formerly Rho Tau Chapter)

Vicky grew up in Argentina and did her undergraduate at the University of Buenos Aires, where she majored in Genetics and Evolution. She then moved to the US to attend graduate school at the University of Rochester, where she received her PhD in 2012. For her graduate work, she studied reproductive isolation and meiotic recombination in Drosophila species. Following her PhD, Vicky moved to New York University to do postdoctoral work at the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology where she was  a Charles H. Revson Postdoctoral Fellow in Biomedical Sciences studying the evolution of recombination in Caenorhabditis worms. Vicky then continued her southbound migration and is now a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, where she continues to study the causes and consequences of plastic recombination in worms and flies. Vicky started as a member of the Fellowships Committee in 2013 and has loved serving on the Committee ever since. 



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