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The Outreach Committee promotes the mission, values, goals, and business objectives of the NPA.

Interested in promoting the public image of the NPA while increasing your own personal network? This committee is always seeking outgoing, fun, and dependable individuals to increase the influence and visibility of the NPA through contacts with the media and professional societies. This committee is perfect for a “people-person.”


  • Promote resources, projects, policy issues, events, and related activities of the NPA, in consultation with all committees.
  • Develop and implement an annual marketing plan, in collaboration with the NPA Office & Marketing Manager.
  • Develop and implement an annual Outreach campaign to recruit and retain NPA members.
  • Cultivate relationships with news media and seek coverage of topics that support other committees’ work.
  • Cultivate relationships with professional societies, industry, and other groups interested in postdoctoral issues.
  • Expand member benefits through partnerships with organizations, businesses, and institutions.
  • Consult with the Resource Development Committee to ensure that the NPA website is an effective tool for communicating the NPA’s mission.
  • Consult with other committees and Officers to avoid project duplication and promote coordination.

Interested in volunteering?

Meet Our Outreach Committee Leaders


Jennifer Aumiller, M.Ed.
Outreach Committee Co-Chair

Jennifer Aumiller, M.Ed., has worked as the director of Career and Professional Development and Office of Postdoctoral Scholars at the University of Maryland School of Medicine since 2013. In her role, she manages postdoctoral affairs for the School of Medicine and directs career and professional development activities for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.


She received her bachelor's degree from Northern Illinois University and her master's degree in higher education administration from the University of North Texas. She started working at the University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Physiology in 2002 as the coordinator for the graduate program. From there, she went on to become the program manager for the program in neuroscience. During this time, she helped bring alumni career speakers to the Annual Neuroscience Retreat and began working with postdoctoral scholars within the neuroscience program. Since working in the Office of Career and Professional Development, she has developed and implemented individual development plans for all graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, and served as the local co-host for the 2015 NPA Annual Meeting at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.



Catherine Brooks Zander, Ph.D.
Outreach Committee Vice Chair

Catherine Brooks Zander, Ph.D., is originally from Vestal, N.Y., and currently lives in Birmingham, Ala. She is a research fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She works within the pathology department, under mentor X. Long Zheng, with a focus on the molecular interactions associated with the rare clotting disease, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP). Zander has a doctorate from The State University of New York at Binghamton in chemistry, where she studied the kinetics of transmembrane transporters. She has been part of the NPA since 2016.

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