Board Experience

With my experience as a board member, Director, and Officer (see Service to the Profession and Community Service below), I am very familiar with board responsibilities, board ethical standards, and roles pertaining to budgets, strategic planning, oversight, and evaluation of the chief executive. I have completed training in board duties.

Diversity and Inclusion

American Chemical Society Committee on Minority Affairs (2012-2017).

Lighting the Pathway to Faculty Careers for Natives in STEM
I am co-PI and pro bono grant writer for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) on a successful submission to National Science Foundation. This project, “Lighting the Pathway to Faculty Careers for Natives in STEM,” has been funded at $1.5M over five years. This project began in September, 2014 and is providing career guidance, support, and mentoring to AISES undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars in the STEM fields who want to become faculty members at colleges, universities, and tribal colleges. There are already 50 young scientists participating in the project. There is a strong Chemistry presence among the 50 (seven in Chemistry; two in Chemical Engineering; two in Materials Science). I presented a Sci-Mix poster and a CHED talk about this project at ACS National in Boston in August of 2015.

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With aspiring future faculty, 2013

Outreach – Undergraduate Research
Nine undergraduate students, supported by NSF-REU, LSAMP, or the Department of Eduction, have obtained research training and experience in our group in the past three years. One of these students is currently in the PhD program at MIT, another is in medical school, four are seniors applying to PhD programs, and three are continuing toward the Bachelor’s degree. Of these nine students, four are women and seven are underrepresented minorities.

Advisory Board, Open Chemistry Collaborative in Diversity Equity (OXIDE), 2012-2018

Service to the Profession

Some recent examples

Chair, Board of Directors, American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES), 2011-2013 (and Board member 2007-2013)

Committee of Visitors, National Science Foundation Chemistry Division, 2007

Committee of Visitors, NSF Division of Molecular and Cellular Biology, 2011 & 2014

Board of Advisors, Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council, 2008-2013

Board of Directors, Telluride Research Center, Telluride, CO, 2005-2007

Regional Editor, Current Bioinformatics, 2007-present

Panelist, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) 2014.

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With ACS and Native chemists at the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) conference in Anchorage, 2012

Community Service

Currently I am the President of the Board of Directors of the North American Indian Center of Boston (NAICOB). I serve as a pro bono grant writer and am active in fundraising for NAICOB. NAICOB serves the Boston-area Indian community with programs in the areas of family service, health and wellness, substance abuse prevention, traditional healing, employment training, and job referral. NAICOB also promotes education, Indian culture, the preservation of Indian languages, and public awareness of Indigenous people and cultures.