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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 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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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 a lifelong learner who has jumped willingly from an airplane at 11,000 feet; skied down the French Alps and across the Andaman Sea; lost count of how many times I've seen Bruce Springsteen in concert (+/-30); traveled throughout most US states and 23 other countries; and participated in 16 SLAS and ALA conferences. I earned a BS in Advertising from The University of Texas at Austin back when Stevie Ray Vaughan was a bar band, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, as a new millennium gift to myself. I live and work from my hometown of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Go Packers!
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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.
The middle of seven children, I was reared in Park Forest, IL, and graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelors degree in Economics. After college I joined The Lakeside Group as the Exhibition Manager for the Chicago International Art Exposition, a public fine arts tradeshow that was held annually at Navy Pier.
While taking time to rear our three children, I worked as a substitute teacher for Homewood schools as well as serving on successful local school referendum and fundraising volunteer committees. I currently live in Homewood with my husband. Two of our children are college graduates and the third is entering his senior year. Yeah, tuition payments coming to an end!
Since 2007, I have been part of the Corcoran Expositions team, working as Sponsorship Director on several different tradeshows. With several years of experience in strategic planning and project management. I also enjoy working as a fitness instructor, teaching spin, strength and cardio interval classes.
I have been the Exhibit Manager for SLAS and the former ALA for 10 years. However, I am best known as “The Voice” of the exhibit hall, not for my singing ability (which is fair), but for my penchant for using the PA microphone and being the MC for the Passport to Prizes giveaway. Away from the office I golf, bowl and occasionally take a stroll.
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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.
I love words. Always have and always will. Put words together into sentences...and sentences into paragraphs...and paragraphs into stories...well, it's just magic in my eyes when my words help someone learn something new.
That's why I love my role with SLAS so much. It's fun to contribute to the Society's overall educational mission by crafting engaging articles on the science of the many talented people in the SLAS community for the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood. And, I also get to dabble in graphics and video. I've been in the association communications world ever since graduating with a journalism degree from Northern Illinois University.
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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!!