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Brendan Delaney, Esq.
Hill, Frank & Delaney, LLC


Brendan Delaney, Esq., is a partner in the firm Hill, Frank & Delaney, LLC. He practices immigration law, specializing in the areas of self-sponsored immigration petitions, business immigrant and non-immigrant visas, and family immigration. Delaney has served as a lecturer for the NPA's international postdoc legal seminars since 2006. A native of Northern Ireland, Delaney received his undergraduate degree from the University of Ulster, and his juris doctorate from the Catholic University of America School of Law in Washington, D.C.

Richard Freeman, Ph.D.
Faculty Co-Director, Labor & Worklife Program
Harvard University



Richard Freeman, Ph.D., holds the Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics at Harvard University and serves as the faculty co-director of the Labor and Worklife Program at the Harvard Law School. In addition, he directs the Sloan Science and Engineering Workforce Projects (SEWP) at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and is senior professorial research fellow in labour markets at the London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance. He received the Mincer Lifetime Achievement Prize from the Society of Labor Economics in 2006 and received the IZA Prize in Labor Economics in 2007.

Diane Klotz, Ph.D.
Director of the Office of Training & Academic Services
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute


Diane Klotz, Ph.D., is director of the Office of Training & Academic Services at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute. In this position she oversees scientific career education and training programs for Sanford-Burnham's scientists-in-training. In addition to her program development role, she participates in institute-wide efforts in strategic planning with respect to education and training initiatives, serves as an advisor to executive leadership on education and training issues, and collaborates with institute leaders to develop training policies. She received her doctorate degree in molecular and cellular biology from Tulane University. As a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), her research focused on cross-talk between steroid hormone receptor and growth-factor signaling pathways, primarily in the female reproductive tract. Outside the lab, she was a member and the chair of the NPA Policy committee, and she subsequently served as a member and chair of the NPA Board of Directors. She remains active with the NPA as a member of the NPA Advisors. Prior to accepting her current position, she was the director of the Office of Fellows' Career Development at the NIEHS.

John Peck, M.A.
Associate Director, Human Resources and Postdoctoral Advisor
The J. David Gladstone Institute




John Peck, M.A., is the associate director of human resources and postdoctoral advisor at the J. David Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco, Calif., which focuses its research on cardiovascular disease, AIDS, and neurodegenerative. Peck is a charter member of the NPA, has served on the NPA Board of Directors, and has served as one of the organization's advisors since 2008. He also volunteers on governance committees as a past Board member.

Carol Manahan, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Education, Diversity and Inclusion Office
Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR)

Carol Manahan, Ph.D., is an associate director in the Education Office at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) in Cambridge, Mass. At NIBR, she is responsible for creating opportunities for drug discovery and development teams to improve their effectiveness. She joined the Education Office in October 2005 after completing an Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Policy Fellowship at the National Science Foundation (NSF). At NSF she served as the subject-matter expert on postdoctoral researchers for a group considering creating a survey to determine the contributions of postdoctoral researchers to the U.S. scientific enterprise. She also was a member of the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council committee, "Building Bridges: Fostering Talent in the Biomedical Sciences." She performed her postdoctoral research in dictyostelium chemotaxis at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (JHSoM) in the laboratory of Peter Devreotes. While a postdoctoral researcher, she served as the JHSoM postdoctoral association president and treasurer. The visibility of serving as the president of the postdoctoral association at Hopkins led to the opportunity to take her advocacy to the national level. She was one of the founders and is the founding chair of the NPA.



Victoria P. McGovern, Ph.D.
Senior Program Officer
Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Victoria P. McGovern, Ph.D., is a senior program officer at the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund (BWF) where she runs the program in infectious disease and a new multidisciplinary program bringing together population and bench based approaches in the life sciences. The Burroughs-Wellcome Fund is a private foundation dedicated to advancing biomedical sciences through its support of research and other scientific activities. McGovern is a charter member of the NPA and has been on the NPA Advisors since 2007. She has been involved in writing and producing career development materials for early career scientists since she was a postdoc herself, first with Science's Next Wave (now Science Careers), and later with resources like the BWF/Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) manual "Making the Right Moves" and the recently released "Excellence Everywhere-- a resource for scientists launching research careers in emerging science centers."


Beatrice Renault, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
New York Academy of Sciences




Beatrice Renault, Ph.D., is the chief scientific officer at the New York Academy of Sciences. She earned her doctorate in molecular biology at the University of Pavia in Italy and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Her distinguished career includes serving as the chief editor of Nature Medicine and as the publisher of the Nature Research Journals, overseeing six titles.


Alberto Roca, Ph.D.
Executive Director
DiverseScholar, a project of Community Partners
Editor & Publisher
Alberto Roca, Ph.D., is a first-generation Peruvian-American born in Houston, Texas. He received his doctorate in molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He was a President's Postdoctoral Fellow in the Biochemistry Department at the University of California, Irvine. While conducting biophysical and bioinformatic research, Roca was an active volunteer creating professional development and advocacy activities for a diverse audience. He received a Sloan Foundation grant to organize career sessions at annual conferences of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). In addition, he created the web portal as a resource for trainees and their stakeholder allies. He founded the SACNAS Postdoc Committee and served on the SACNAS Program Committee. He also co-founded the Diversity Committee of the NPA. He has co-organized many postdoc and diversity related sessions at the SACNAS and NPA conferences since 2003. He has been an invited speaker on minority postdoctoral issues at conferences such as the Compact for Faculty Diversity's annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring; the Howard University/University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Institute on Preparing for STEM Postdoctoral Experiences; and the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (COSEPUP) Second Convocation on Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience. In recognition of his achievements, Roca has received the UC-Irvine Chancellor's Living Our Values Award as well as the SACNAS Distinguished Service to the Society Award. Since 2010, he has been working full-time as a diversity consultant helping graduate students transition to postdoc training and helping grads/postdocs transition to professional positions. He accomplishes this by working with trainees directly as a career coach as well as by connecting institutional diversity stakeholders to job candidates. Beginning in 2011, Roca bridged the divide that exists between the minority and STEM blogging communities by profiling minority STEM bloggers on; curating the Diversity in Science Blog Carnivals; and by organizing sessions at the SACNAS, ScienceOnline, and LATISM conferences. Finally, his nonprofit, DiverseScholar (a project of Community Partners), was established in the spring of 2012 and represents the organization's targeted audience of doctoral graduate students, postdocs, and junior professionals as well as activities involving multiple areas of diversity. 

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