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2017 NPA Board Election Results Announced

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October 4, 2017


The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) has elected five individuals to the Board of Directors for the three-year term of service beginning on January 1, 2018: Stephanie Eberle, M.Ed.; Josh Henkin, Ph.D.; Barbara Natalizio, Ph.D.; Shakira Nelson, Ph.D.; and Kristen Scott, Ph.D. This will be the second term of service for both Henkin and Natalizio. Scott will begin serving her term on November 1, 2017 to complete the term of Chantelle Ferland-Beckham, Ph.D., who stepped down in June.


The directors were elected from a field of seven candidates during the 2017 election, which ran from September 8, 2017 through September 25, 2017. The newly elected directors will join the following members of the Board: Andrew Bankson, Ph.D.; Tullia Bruno, Ph.D.; Tracy Costello, Ph.D.; Juliet Moncaster, Ph.D.; Yvette Seger, Ph.D.; and Jana Stone, Ph.D.


Stephanie K. Eberle, M.Ed., is assistant dean of BioSci Careers (formerly the School of Medicine Career Center) at Stanford University. They have been a counselor and educator for over 20 years, working with graduate and postdoctoral trainees for the majority of those years. In that time, they have counseled trainees on issues of academic, personal, professional, and career development issues. Eberle teaches sector-specific courses, including those in business, policy, communications, law, and biotechnology. They also teach career counseling theory and practice courses at both Stanford University and the University of San Francisco. 


At Stanford, Eberle collaborated with faculty, staff, and trainees to create an original IDP form and process for Biosciences trainees. They were asked to present on this process at various conferences and it has been used as a model for other career educators. They further presented at Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), and various other organizations on negotiation, counseling technique, and measuring learning objectives in career programming. They also serves as a consultant for major corporations on human factors and diversity at work issues.


Eberle raised money for various charities as charity programs chair at the Mountain Pacific Association of Colleges and Employers (MPACE) and in other various nonprofit roles. Further, they have helped to create a career community for their trainees through connections with alumni, faculty, and employers. They are launching original certificate programs in three different sectors for their trainees this year, along with department-specific connections opportunities. Creating these opportunities for trainees, faculty, and campus and employer partners to understand each other is the highlight of Eberle's work.


Eberle holds an M.Ed. in community and agency counseling, as well as a double B.A. in psychology and sociology, with a minor in women's studies, from Ohio University.


After years of successfully mentoring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) job seekers, in 2014 Josh Henkin, Ph.D., founded STEM Career Services, a career coaching company aimed at helping STEM graduates launch and sustain careers outside of academia. He conducts workshops at conferences, universities and institutes across the country and provides career coaching to STEM graduates at all career levels. These efforts have earned Henkin a position on the NPA Board of Directors since 2015, where he sits on the executive committee and serves as the nonprofit’s treasurer. In addition, he is an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Career Development Center subject matter expert.


Concurrent with his work at STEM Career Services, Henkin is a program manager at The Tauri Group, a science and technology consulting company. At the Tauri Group, he builds and leads teams that provide a full range of technical and programmatic support to Department of Defense (DoD) vaccine and therapeutic development programs. He contributes a blend of management support, subject matter expertise, strategic planning, risk management and knowledge of the FDA regulatory landscape.


Henkin holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration, a Master of Science in nutritional sciences and a doctorate degree in cell and molecular biology, all from the University of Vermont.


Barbara J. Natalizio, Ph.D., is a program officer with the Board on Higher Education and Workforce at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Prior to joining the Academies, she was an AAAS Science and Technology policy fellow serving in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources, Division of Graduate Education at the National Science Foundation. During her postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, she became very interested in career and professional development for early career scientists. This led to her active involvement with the NPA as a member of the Board of Directors. These collective experiences have provided her with a comprehensive awareness of and appreciation for effective evaluation, assessment, and policy that enables her continued support of higher education reform and STEM workforce development at the national level. Natalizio received her Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and history from Montclair State University and her doctorate degree in molecular genetics and microbiology from Duke University.


Shakira Nelson, Ph.D., earned her doctorate degree in immunology and infectious diseases from Penn State University, and Master of Public Health in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. For four years, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, MD, in the Cancer Prevention Fellowship program. There Nelson focused her research on prostate cancer, using novel methods and technologies to identify biomarkers to be used in not only the prevention of prostate cancer, but understanding its etiology. Last month, she began a full-time position at the American Association for Cancer Research in Philadelphia, as a senior scientific program administrator. Her position focuses on planning and developing programs centered on different areas of cancer research, including bench science, prevention, technology innovations, and health disparities.


Nelson has been a long time member of the NPA, serving as both chair and vice chair of the Outreach Committee. In her role, she helped lead the planning and execution of National Postdoc Appreciation Week. She has also played a vital role in the development of the raffle and silent auction during the Annual Meeting.


Kristen Scott, Ph.D., is a research scientist in the laboratory of John Cleveland, Ph.D., at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute where she works to understand the fundamental differences between normal and cancer cell metabolism and how to exploit these differences for development of new cancer treatments. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from Florida State University before obtaining a Doctor of Philosophy degree in cancer biology from Wake Forest University.


Scott joined Cleveland’s laboratory to pursue postdoctoral training at The Scripps Research Institute, Florida where she was an active member of the Society of Research Fellows and co‑organized the regional Florida Biomedical Career Symposium while serving as career development chair. She then moved with Cleveland to Moffitt Cancer Center where she has been a leader in the postdoctoral community for the past several years. Kristen successfully co-led a campaign for the establishment of an Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, led the organization of the Annual Junior Scientist Retreat, coordinated the reorganization of the postdoctoral association into a more open and cohesive structure, and is currently pioneering the establishment of non-traditional experiential postdoctoral fellowships at her institution.


Current members of the Board who will complete their term are: Zoe Fonseca-Kelly, Ph.D., who was appointed to complete three months of the remaining term of Ferland-Beckham, Ph.D.; Marina Ramon, Ph.D.; and Kate Sleeth, Ph.D. We thank them for their service.


The NPA's executive director, Julie Fabsik-Swarts, M.S., CFRE, CAP, serves as an ex officio member of the Board of Directors.

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