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Dr. Melissa Mullen Davis, Chair

Chapter-at-Large (formerly Omega Chapter)

Originally from New Jersey, Dr. Melissa Mullen Davis earned her B.A. in Chemistry and Spanish from Colby College and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University.  Currently, Melissa is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Millersville University of Pennsylvania where she teaches Chemistry and Biochemistry.  Her current research focuses on regulation of gene expression as a response to environmental stress.  She enjoys traveling, reading, and exploring Delaware and southeastern PA with her husband, two daughters, and dog.

Judy Artley

Boston Chapter and International Chapter

Judy Artley grew up in Indiana and lives in Massachusetts, USA. She combined her interests in botany, weather and science by majoring in Agricultural Meteorology for both her B.S (Purdue University) and her M.S. (Cornell University). She studied Computer Science at the University of Houston Clear Lake. Early in her career, she worked in earth resources remote sensing, and moved into systems programming and then computer systems administration. Currently, she supports e-mail, instant messaging and web conferencing for Raytheon Technologies. Judy joined GWIS while at Cornell. She is the US Vice President of the International Chapter and has served GWIS as national treasurer. She is a Massachusetts Master Gardener, a member of Toastmasters International, a singer with a community chorus and avid knitter.

Dr. Jane Sharer Maier

Twin Cities, MN


Dr. Jane Sharer Maier received her B.S. in Biochemistry/ Molecular Biology and Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a focus on xenobiotic metabolism. 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 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.


Dr. Michelle Booze

Eastern South Dakota Chapter


Dr. Michelle Booze is New England born and raised, but has spent over a decade in South Dakota. She received her B.S. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of New Hampshire and  her Ph.D. in Reproductive Endocrinology from the University of South Dakota. Michelle is an embryologist and the technical supervisor at South Dakota’s only fertility clinic laboratory. Michelle, her husband, two kids, four cats, and one dog live on a lake in the countryside of South Dakota.


Dr. Gazelle Rastegar

As the Founding Partner of Sophos Advisory, Gazelle brings two decades of healthcare experience in helping early stage companies with various corporate and business development initiatives.  She obtained her B.A in Molecular & Cell Biology at UC Berkeley, and her MBA at the University of Southern California.  After almost a decade at Agensys and Johnson & Johnson, she looked to combine her passion for finance with angel investing in the healthcare space. Gazelle lives in Los Angeles and is an avid skier and an occasional triathlete.

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