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Julie Fabsik-Swarts, M.S., CFRE, CAP
Executive Director

Raised in New York City, Julie Fabsik-Swarts comes from the athletics and nonprofit world.  She has worked for such prestigious organizations as The Pennsylvania State University, the U.S. Olympic Committee, Girl Scouts of San Diego and Imperial Counties, the Seattle Organizing Committee of the Goodwill Games, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania, and the American College. She was the executive director of an Olympic sport and ran a successful branch of a YMCA in Philadelphia. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards including Philadelphia Committee on City Policy, Women in Development and the National Association of Women’s Gymnastics Judges, PA.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from San Diego State University, and a Master of Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Additionally, she is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), a Chartered Advisor of Philanthropy (American College), and a certified nonprofit executive (LaSalle University).

In addition to her extensive experience as a nonprofit leader and fundraiser, Fabsik-Swarts is a national rated women’s gymnastics judge for USA Gymnastics. She is also certified to judge collegiate tumbling and acrobatics competitions. She is a certified master scuba diver and with her husband, Mike of 23 years, run an apple farm outside of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Samantha Black, Ph.D.

Program Associate

Samantha Black holds a doctorate in nutrition and animal sciences from North Carolina State University, where she also received her Master of Science in poultry science and a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences. She strives to improve professional development programs and standards, especially in higher education. Moreover, she is passionate about increasing nutritional literacy within the education system by advocating for policies that will expose children to the importance of nutrition and agriculture in the classroom. In her spare time, she enjoys working on arts and crafts projects, staying active with her dog, and exploring Washington D.C. with friends and family.

 Kryste Ferguson, M.Ed.
Manager of Membership & Special Projects

Kryste Ferguson has enjoyed working with the postdoc population since 2003. Currently she is the Manager of Membership & Special Projects for the NPA. Her responsibilities include active engagement with the NPA membership, leader of the NPA institutional policy survey and report, and working with NPA partners on various projects. Previously, Ferguson worked at the University of Pennsylvania Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs office as their academic coordinator for seven years. While there she tripled the number of career and professional development programs offered to Penn's postdoc population.

She holds a master's degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's degree from Westminster College. When not helping postdocs she keeps busy with her family and enjoying the great outdoors in western New York state where they reside.

Amy Wilson
Office & Marketing Manager


Amy Wilson holds the position of Office & Marketing Manager at the NPA, developing marketing strategies to increase the visibility of the NPA, along with performing daily administrative tasks. Prior to moving to the area, she worked in state government as both an administrative assistant and a social service analyst with the Department of Children & Family Services in Baton Rouge, LA. In 2005, she received a bachelor's degree in mass communication with a concentration in public relations from Louisiana State University.