Gwyneth Packard is a Senior Engineer in the Oceanographic Systems Laboratory (OSL) at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) where she writes control code for the REMUS family of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). AUVs are untethered vehicles operating with little or no communication link back to an operator while underway. Gwyneth’s work is focused on improving vehicle decision making; increasing the vehicle’s self-perception, survivability, and the vehicle’s ability to adapt to its environment.
As a bi-racial woman in engineering, she has always worked to improve representation of women in traditionally male-dominated fields, and to increase representation of under-represented minorities throughout STEM fields. She connected with the cultural and diversity centers at every step in the path that led her through Physics, Physical Oceanography, and Computer Science. She has her B.S. in Physics from Pennsylvania State University, her Masters of Science in Physical Oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program, several years of industry work in Computer Science, and nearly eight years in her current lab.
She is currently serving as the Co-chair for the WHOI Committee On Diversity and Inclusion, serving as liaison for WHOI’s membership in the Institute for Broadening Participation, and generally supporting these goals in her Department, Institution, and community.
Joseph E. Santucci, Jr. is Senior Counsel at Schwartz Hannum PC. Prior to joining the Firm, Joe was a Partner at Morgan Lewis in its Washington, DC office from 1993 until 2015.
A nationally-renowned labor and employment law attorney, Joe has extensive experience advising clients with collective bargaining, labor and employment counseling and litigation, and arbitration. During his legal career, he has negotiated national, industry and local collective bargaining agreements in a variety of industries and with most labor unions. Joe has served clients in the energy, transportation, food service, shipping, technology, manufacturing, and government contracting industries.
Joe was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as a conferee to the White House Conference for a Drug-Free America. He has also served as Associate General Counsel for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in Washington, DC, as an attorney and advisor to the National Labor Relations Board, and as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center. Joe has been consistently named by Legal 500 as a Leading Lawyer for Labor-Management Relations. Best Lawyers in America© named him the 2016 Labor Law - Management "Lawyer of the Year" in Washington, DC, and Best Lawyers in New England© named him 2017 Labor Law - Management "Lawyer of the Year" in Boston MA. He is a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Joe is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Joe serves on the Board of Directors of the Maria Mitchell Association, a not-for-profit organization located in Nantucket, MA, that is devoted to honoring and promoting the legacy of Maria Mitchell, the nation’s first female astronomer. Joe also serves as the Board’s Clerk.
Katherine Rhode earned a Bachelor's degree in Physics at Sonoma State University and then worked as a team member on a number of space telescope missions, first at NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center and then at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. She then returned to school to earn an M.A. in Astronomy at Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in Astronomy at Yale University, where she was awarded the Dirk Brouwer Memorial Prize for her dissertation research. From 2003 to 2006, she was an NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow with a joint appointment at Wesleyan and Yale. Dr. Rhode joined the faculty at Indiana University (IU) in 2007 and is now an Associate Professor of Astronomy. In 2009, she was awarded an NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant to support her research on the formation of galaxies and their stellar populations. Dr. Rhode and her Ph.D. and undergraduate students at IU study the origin and evolution of galaxies with space- and ground-based telescopes, especially the WIYN 3.5-m Observatory, which is partly owned by IU. Dr. Rhode currently serves on the Board of Directors of the WIYN Observatory and the Maria Mitchell Association.
Mareshia Donald, PhD is a Program Manager at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research. While pursuing her graduate degree at Brandeis University, she served as Programming Director for the Women in Science Initiative, where she advocated to bring the issues women encounter in the STEM fields to open forums. Dr. Donald is delighted to further Maria Mitchell’s legacy in education and scientific curiosity through service on this committee.
Pat Michaelson is a recently retired professor of English and Gender Studies; she specialized in 18th- and 19th-century British novels and, especially, Jane Austen. She and her husband, Joel Bowman, have spent summers on Nantucket since 1992. Since 2012 or so, she has volunteered for the MMA by giving tours of the historic Maria Mitchell House. Round about 2014, she and Jascin Leonardo Finger started thinking about a celebration in honor of Maria’s 200th birth anniversary, which came to fruition in the first MMWISS symposium, in 2018. As an educator and mentor to her own students, Pat especially admires Maria’s extraordinary commitment to higher education for women and the care and energy she devoted to her students. As a Quaker, Pat admires Maria’s no-nonsense attitude, including to her own fame, and her persistence in her studies of the skies. Maria’s letters are a constant inspiration.
Education and Training: University of California, Berkeley Chemistry A.B., 1969
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena Chemistry Ph.D., 1974
Research and Professional Experience:
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor, Emory University, 1986-Present.
Chair, Chemistry Dept., Emory University, 1991-1994, 2003-2006.
Visiting Professor, Yale University, 2001.
Visiting Fellow, JILA
Visiting Professor, James Franck Institute, The University of Chicago, 1983-1984; Professor, IIT 1982; Associate Professor, IIT 1977-1982; Assistant
Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1974-1977.
Fellowships: Visiting Fellow, Magdalen College, Oxford University 2011, Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, 1977-1981.
Honors: Alexander von Humboldt Research Award 2018, Dudley Herschbach Prize
(Theory) 2013, Elected Member International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences, 2013, Festschrift Issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry, 2013, Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2005; Fellow, American Physical Society, 1989.
Publication record: 524 peer-reviewed publications. As of July. 2019, H-index79 and more than 25,000 citations.
Grant Support: Roughly $8M in total from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, NASA, American Chemical Society, etc.
Professional Service: Member Maria Mitchell Women in Science Symposium Committee 2018
Editor, Spectrochimica Acta A, 2011-present, Member, Review Committee Chem. Sci. Division, LBNL 2015; Member, PECASE selection Committee, 2015; Member, International Advisory Committee, Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences, Taiwan, 2013-present
Student Mentoring: Ph.D. advisor to roughly 25 students and advisor to roughly 20 postdoctoral reserach associates.
Curt Burwell is a Principal and General Counsel of Burwell Management Company, a general partner for numerous closely-held investment partnerships. Mr. Burwell has evaluated, structured, closed and monitored numerous equity and debt investments in commercial real estate and operating businesses. He has handled the diligence and legal work on over 100 real estate and corporate transactions, including acquisitions, deferred exchanges, leases, sales, loans and joint ventures. He has been a board member or observer at numerous private companies including Natural Food Holdings, LLC, the parent entity of Niman Ranch, Inc.® a leading producer of branded and private label natural meats and Sioux-Preme Packing Company, the leading processor of natural pork in the United States, Autonomic Materials, Inc. a leading innovator in self-healing technology applications and other private companies. Mr. Burwell holds a B.A. from the University of Illinois, a J.D. from Washington University Law School in St. Louis, and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School in New York. He serves as a member of the National Council for Washington University Law School, and he serves as a Trustee for the Convent of the Sacred Heart-91st Street. He is a former law clerk to the Honorable Barry S. Schermer, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for Eastern District of Missouri (St. Louis). He is a member of the MMA Board of Directors and serves as its treasurer.
Dr. Sarah Treanor Bois is the Director of Research and Education for the Linda Loring Nature Foundation (LLNF) on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. As a plant ecologist, her research has focused on a myriad of conservation and biodiversity topics including non-native invasive species, native shrub phenological response to climate change, coastal vulnerability and resiliency, management of sandplain grasslands, and rare species conservation. In her current position, Dr. Bois manages 108 acres of conservation land which consist primarily of sandplain grasslands, coastal heathlands, and coastal shrublands. Her position at LLNF marries her interests in research, stewardship, and education where she leverages research experiences into educational opportunities. Sarah received her PhD from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut where her dissertation research focused on invasive plant distributions in New England and efforts to prioritize species management.
Jascin N. Leonardo Finger has worked for the MMA since the late 1980s, becoming curator of the Mitchell House, Archives and Special Collections in 1999. While at the MMA, she taught first through eighth grade social studies at the Nantucket New School and for four years, the MMA and the Egan Maritime Foundation employed her jointly, sharing her as curator for both organizations. Ms. Leonardo Finger holds an degree in history with a minor in art history from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s degree in history with a focus on women and gender studies from Lesley University. Her master’s thesis is titled “The Daring Daughter of Nantucket Island: How Island Women from the Seventeenth through the Nineteenth Centuries Lived a Life Contrary to Other American Women.” Her master’s thesis was published in 2014 with the same title. Additionally, she has completed graduate work in preservation law. Under her curatorship, the Mitchell House and MMA were awarded an Architectural Preservation Award from the Nantucket Preservation Trust in 2012.
She is an active member of the historic preservation community on Nantucket. She is a past associate member of the Nantucket Historic District Commission, a member of the Nantucket Historic Commission, a member of the Historic Structures Advisory Board, a Trustee of the Historic Coffin School, and a member of the Nantucket Preservation Trust Award Committee.
Ms. Leonardo Finger is an originator of the Maria Mitchell Women in Science Symposium.
Shelley Dresser, is the MMA's Director of Natural Science and Engagement. Formerly Shelley taught Science, Math and Sustainability at the prestigious Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, MA. As the sustainability coordinator she helped students become mindful of how they use resources and more knowledgeable about the environment in an effort to connect students to the natural world and encourage a lifelong desire to be stewards of the environment so that the open space and a biologically diversity environment will be available for the future.
With a B.A. in Psychology from Queens College, a Masters of Forest Science from Yale University and a Masters of Education from Smith College, Shelley has a deep passion for education and the environment.
Prior to becoming a teacher, Dresser worked at the Council of State Governments as the Director of Environment and Energy Policy and started the Northeast Recycling Council, helping to spearhead recycling efforts by building markets for recycled material. She incorporated her knowledge and passion for the environment when she began her career as a classroom teacher, first at Full Circle School, a one room schoolhouse and then as a middle school science and math teacher at Eaglebrook School. Dresser fostered the sustainability program at Eaglebrook, incorporating her intense love of gardening into the program. The sustainability committee participated in a range of student-selected projects including windmill design, videography, dorm electricity conservation challenges, tree labeling, and recycling waste analysis. Most recently Dresser managed “Global Day,” incorporating art with natural materials, white water rafting, and visits to local sustainable businesses.
David Gagnon joined the Nantucket community from Brattleboro, Vermont in 2015 when he became the MMA’s third executive director. Before that time, David served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Organic Trade Association (OTA) in Brattleboro, VT, a role he took on in 2000. As COO, Dave managed fundraising and development, IT, HR, membership, facilities and finance for the organization. Prior to his work at OTA, David served as a co-Executive Director of the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center in Southern Vermont. Bonnyvale’s programs included research, summer camps, and citizen science, with a dynamic school out-reach program. Soon after completing his graduate work David founded TRI-S Environmental Consulting, advising clients and managing their environmental cleanup projects with a staff of twenty-five.
Dave has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts in Environmental Studies and a Master’s Degree from Yale University from the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.