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After starting college as a pre-veterinary student, I soon realized I was too sensitive to take care of animals in potentially life-threatening situations and instead settled on the hustle and bustle of a marketing degree. I received my BS in Marketing and Management from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville, as well as my MBA and MS in Integrated Marketing Communications from Loyola University Chicago.
Around 10 years ago, I took the plunge and left the corporate world to join the Chicago Area Runners Association and have enjoyed a career in the association world ever since. I’ve worn many hats since then, from writing copy for websites, ads, and emails to building yearly strategic marketing and communication campaigns.
In my spare time, I enjoy running, reading, traveling (especially to my home state of Wisconsin), watching sports and learning as much as possible about science, particularly weather and tornados. And while my husband and I do not have children, we are owned by a basset hound and try to spoil her as much as we possibly can.
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I have over 8 years of experience in non-profit association management, 3 of which have been spent with SLAS. Our team is amazing! We are all dedicated to our mission and truly enjoy working together. There are many perks to my position but one of the greatest is that it allows me to interact with our members and volunteers. I am always learning something new and interesting from them.
I have a BA in Psychology and Associate of Applied Science Degree. When I am not at SLAS HQ, I can be found spending time with my husband and running after my two small children.
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I have been in the publishing industry for more than 15 years. I began as an editor in the pharmaceutical industry and then shifted into association publishing, working at the American College of Chest Physicians and the Society for Critical Care Medicine. Then, in order for my husband to pursue graduate school, we left the Midwest and moved to New York City, where I explored the world of trade publishing, working as an acquisitions editor for McGraw-Hill.
Chicago soon lured us back and we have settled in and started a family. Most recently, I have served as the managing editor of an annual medical licensing exam prep book, working with numerous medical experts, authors, editors, and reviewers to ensure timely and accurate publication.
I am thrilled to return to association publishing by joining SLAS to work with authors publishing exciting and innovative content in SLAS Discovery and SLAS Technology. It is an honor to be part of the team.
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I received my Bachelors of Science degree in Business, Service Operations Management from DePaul University and have spent my 23+ years in non-profit management in Chicago, Illinois. In 2003, I joined the Association for Laboratory Automation team, and ultimately SLAS after the merger, most recently as Chief Operating Officer.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three children. We are often found spending time outdoors including camping and hiking in the mountains. I am also an avid reader and gardener.
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My career has been diverse in its experience; I follow the paths that I find most interesting as I grow professionally. Previous to my work with associations I served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine working on English education and HIV/AIDS prevention. From there, I've managed a variety of programs around the globe, from refugee resettlement to child development and protection, to academic health programming. Growing up internationally gave me a strong ability to adapt to wherever I am, and allows me to speak English, Spanish and Ukrainian. I earned a BA in International Relations, Political Science, and Spanish from Virginia Wesleyan University, and an MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. Working with experts in the STEM fields has always been fun for me, and I am excited to be a part of the SLAS team working to advance science and technological innovation and collaboration.
When not at work I am usually out exploring or playing with my husband, two sons, cat and dog. As I'm the only female in the house I rule the roost, but can be easily bribed with chocolate, books, or sci-fi/fantasy games and adventures.
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I began in the association management business right after I graduated from Marquette University in '91, I worked on various member-based organizations before I took a break to stay home and have a few kids. When I decided it was time to jump back into the workplace, I was fortunate to find a place at SLAS. As Manager of Member Services, I get to wear a few different hats. I get to work with various volunteer driven committees to ensure we are focusing on offering the highest quality programming and services to our members in every stage of their career. I work with awesome volunteer judging panels on every aspect of the broad awards program that SLAS offers. My favorite part of my job is when we all get together at our annual conference and exhibition — catching up with members that I'm lucky to call my friends, meeting new members, and seeing the overall program come to life — it's always a crazy busy fun week.
The SLAS team is like a second family to me — and for that I feel extremely blessed. Outside of work, you'll find me with my husband and four kids — we love to travel and spend time together. All four play travel soccer, so if I'm not busy with work or home, you'll find me on the sidelines!
A French native having spent part of my childhood in Canada, I followed my Dutch boyfriend to Belgium 16 years ago. A wedding and 3 kids later, we are still fond of living at the heart of Europe in the land of comics, chocolate and nonsense!
I love travelling and sharing the world with my family, skiing, and of course, to not betray my roots, sipping a glass of good wine whilst enjoying a good novel or movie!
I have worked with associations for the past 10 years, helping organizations grow and achieve their ambitions. I tremendously enjoy working with volunteers and feel humbled by their dedication to a greater cause and their natural leadership within their industry. SLAS is no exception to that, and I'm very excited to work with the European leadership to offer the best in education and peer-connectivity experience to the SLAS community in Europe.
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I am thrilled to join the SLAS team after 20+ years in the association management arena. I look forward to putting my experience and passion to work helping the SLAS community grow across the globe, achieve more as individuals and collaborators, and make a positive impact on life sciences discovery and advancement. I sleep well at night knowing the work I do can help others do their work even better.
I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and am happy to say I’ve used that degree every day (sometimes just to spot that annoying typo on a restaurant menu, a TV news broadcast, or in a movie’s credits). I also spent 9 years managing a graphic design and communications firm and I get excited when well-written words are paired with exciting and effective graphic design to create a message you just can’t ignore.
I find my Zen outdoors (especially in the mountains), so whenever possible I head outside to ski, hike, or just walk and breathe. I’ve visited all 50 states and numerous countries and can’t visit enough obscure museums.
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I have been working in association management for over 25 years in a variety of organizations. During my career, I worked as the Executive Director for AUTM for nine years where I spent much of my time guiding the organization through strategic plan creation and implementation, program assessment, international growth initiatives, forging strategic alliances and advocacy on behalf of the profession of technology development. I received a Bachelor's of Science in Interpersonal and Public Communications from Central Michigan University. I have been a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) since 1995 and a Certified Association Executive (CAE) since 2005. I am active in my professional societies — ASAE and Association Forum.
I am thrilled to be part of the SLAS team. I consider myself very lucky to work with such a stellar group of people.
When I am not working my husband and I enjoy biking, traveling, the arts and eating. We have two teenage children that still keep us busy.
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I grew up in rural southern Illinois and moved to Chicagoland where I earned a BS in Finance from Northern Illinois University – College of Business. I have spent the last five years providing administration support at healthcare IT and educational publishing companies.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two little girls. When we aren’t busy with after school activities, we spend our time together with our large extended family and friends.
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I've led an exciting and varied career at the interface of science, technology, and business. Before SLAS, I led a team at Novartis helping scientists wrangle their data. I've also worked in a start-up developing neuroprotective treatments for military applications, a contract research firm, and in two Boston-area biotechs making molecules at the bench. Along the way, I finished a chemistry degree at UMass Amherst (Go Minutemen!), a Ph.D. at UNC-Chapel Hill (Go Tar Heels!), and finally a postdoc at Scripps (Go...Scientists?). Please find me on LinkedIn, ORCID or Google Scholar.
I look forward to asking questions and learning from the wealth of expertise SLAS members bring to us!
Off the clock, I enjoy spending time with my wife Jess, my tiny daughter Maia, my dog Hiro and cat Jolie. Hobbies and interests include adventures, video games, music performance, American football, weightlifting, dark chocolate and cold-brew coffee.
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After graduating with a degree in sports management from Central Michigan University, I moved to Chicago to take a job with the Chicago Blackhawks which began my journey into the world of association management and to SLAS. I have always loved sports and still do, but soon started looking at other career fields where my skills would translate. I stumbled onto association management and was hired by ALA in 2006 and the rest is history. I love my job with SLAS mostly because I love the people I work with and for. Every day is fun and I enjoy coming to work and interacting with so many wonderful people.
When I'm not at work I love being active out of doors; rain, shine or snow I'd rather be outside than in. I love traveling, exploring the world and meeting new people. Reading is my go-to activity in my downtime. And finally, I LOVE cats!!