I'm Stella Kafka, (PhD Astronomy) -- I am the Executive Director (CEO) of the American Association of Variable Star Observers. Before my tenure at the AAVSO, I held positions at CTIO, Spitzer Science center/Caltech, Carnegie Institution of Washington/DTM and AIP Publishing. I am passionate for community building through science. I aspire to create safe spaces for women and minorities, and break unconscious biases that generate barriers for women the workplace and in life. The sky is not the limit …
Heather Goldstone is science correspondent for WCAI and WGBH Radio, and host of Living Lab Radio, a weekly radio news magazine connecting science and society. Heather earned a Ph.D. from the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography in 2003. Her reporting on science and the environment has appeared on NPR, PBS News Hour, The Takeaway, and PRI’s The World. In 2014, she was recognized for the breadth of her reporting with WGBH’s Margret and Hans Rey/Curious George Producer award.
Sheila David was a Senior Project Manager at the H. John Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment from 1997 to 2006. She managed a variety of projects with her committee members on such topics as the Hidden Costs of Coastal Hazards; Evaluation of Erosion Hazards; Integrated Management of the Tempisque River Basin in Costa Rica; and Dam Removal: Science and Decision-Making.
Sheila also served as Sr. Staff Officer at the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Academies of Sciences from 1976 to 1997. She worked with experts on such studies as The Restoration of Aquatic Ecosystems; Dam Removal in the United States; Sustainable Water Supplies for the Middle East; Glen Canyon Environmental Studies and some 30 other studies.
Sheila has served as an advisor and board member for the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) and as editor of AWIS Magazine. She is a founder of the National Academies annual program honoring women in science.
Denice Kronau retired in May 2014 as the chief diversity officer for Siemens AG, (Berlin and Munich) to pursue her full-time writing and speaking career. She is the author of “Falling in Love With Work” (non-fiction) and “The World is Decorated With Stars” (fiction). Prior to this Kronau has held several senior executive leadership roles within Siemens, such as the chief financial officer of Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, chief financial officer of Siemens USA and CEO of Global Shared Services. Her 32-year career has combined extensive shared services experience with senior leadership positions in Finance, IT, and Internal Audit not only for Siemens but also for companies such as Diageo PLC, Kraft Foods International, and Phillip Morris—both in the United States and in Europe.
Kronau grew up in upstate New York and has lived and worked outside of the US for twenty-five years. She and her husband have been on Nantucket part-time since 1994 and full-time since 2014. Kronau is currently serving as a member of the Town of Nantucket Finance and the Contract Review Committees and was recently appointed to the board of The Dreamland.
My name is Jocelyn Navarro. I am originally from Pomona, California, but decided to expand my horizons and attend Connecticut College where I majored in Botany and minored in Environmental Studies & Gender and Women's Studies. While at Connecticut College, I had the opportunity to study abroad at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. There, I developed a passion for plant ecophysiology and for learning about plant biodiversity. I then had the opportunity to apply the skills I learned in South Africa and was able to conduct research at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory where I researched the effects of earlier snowmelt and summer precipitation on a perennial herb, Ipomopsis aggregata. These experiences have solidified my passion for science and for creating an environment that is welcoming and inclusive for all women.
Celia Mulcahey is an undergraduate student studying Astronomy and Geology at Mount Holyoke College. Her previous research experiences include exploring the potential of Raman spectroscopy in the field of planetary geochemistry and understanding the evolution of early-type galaxies using the Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE). After her undergraduate studies, Celia plans to attend graduate school for Planetary Science with a focus in Planetary Volcanology. Celia attended the first Maria Mitchell Women in Science Symposium (MMWISS) where she was a notetaker during the salon breakout sessions and will be serving on the MMWISS Advisory Board. Besides her academic interests, Celia is passionate about building a community to advance and uplift women in science. She hopes to continue learning about programs that have a proven track record of supporting women in STEM so that she can implement them in her community.
My name is Bridgette Yang. I am a student at Colgate University in New York. At Colgate University, I am studying Biology and double minoring in Education Studies and Chemistry. After graduating from Colgate, I intend to obtain a Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH), and in Business Administration (MBA), then attending medical school or veterinary school. In addition to my academic interests, I enjoy working with nonprofit organizations, such and Maui Humane Society, and Morrisville Friendship Inn. I am also committed to learning about political issues, and finding ways to build solidarity and understanding between different social groups. Being born and raised in Hawaii, I’ve had the privilege of growing up surrounded by diverse, but unified, people. As part of the MMWOSS Advisory Committee, I am looking forward to being part of—and building—a community that is inclusive to all people.
Catherine Bischoff I am the STEAM coordinator for grades pre-K through 12. I teach physics and biology at the middle and high school levels at Rye Country Day School, a private school in New York. My fundamental goal as a teacher and administrator is to help students understand the world around them, develop a lifelong curiosity about how the world works and promote their natural inquiry skills. I am passionate about involving my students in local citizen science projects and exposing them to authentic research within and outside the classroom curriculum. I live in CT with my husband and twin teenage daughters.
Dr. Jackie MacDonald Gibson’s research addresses the science of environmental risk assessment and decision-making. Much of her research has arisen from questions raised by policymakers and communities, building on 13 years of experience in public policy prior to embarking on an academic career. She served for nine years at the National Research Council’s Water Science and Technology Board, where she was promoted to Associate Director. She also was a Senior Engineer and liaison to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy at The RAND Corp., a nonprofit public policy think tank. Research questions have spanned from understanding the impacts of water pollution on health in local U.S. communities to characterizing the environmental burden of disease across multiple pathways for the United Arab Emirates. Her recent research has focused on uncovering the health impacts of disparities in access to clean drinking water in the United States. She earned Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Engineering and Public Policy and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, an M.S. from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois, and a B.A. in mathematics from Bryn Mawr College.