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Meet the Team

Upcoming Officers

Meet our ’21-’22 incoming officers here! Select the following link for the latest information on section elections and incoming officers.

Officer Roles

Click here for descriptions of each officers’ role (including appointed and elected officer positions).

Current Officers

Bob Newman, PhD

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Kirsten Schwarz, PhD
Past Chairperson

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Skylar Bayer, PhD

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Linh Anh Cat, PhD
Liaison to Policy Section

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Ajisha Alwin
Liaison to Student Section

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Elizabeth Cook

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Katherine Hannibal
2021 Chair-Elect

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Meghan Zulian
2021 Secretary-Elect

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Section Co-founders

Clarisse Hart (bio), Holly Menninger (bio), Bethann Garramon Merkle (bio), Molly Mehling (bio), Chris Chreese (bio)

Past Officers

  • 2020-2021: Bob Newman (chairperson); Skylar Bayer (secretary), Elizabeth Cook (chairperson-elect), Kirsten Schwarz (past chairperson), Ajisha Alwin (liaison to student section), Linh Anh Cat (liaison to policy section; bio)
  • 2019-2020: Kirsten Schwarz (chairperson), Skylar Bayer (secretary), Bob Newman (chairperson-elect), Annaliese Hettinger (past chairperson; bio), Linh Anh Cat (liaison to policy section), Emily Whalen (liaison to student section; bio)
  • 2018-2019: Annaliese Hettinger (chairperson), Jennifer Purrenhage (secretary; bio), Kirsten Schwarz (chairperson-elect), Bethann Garramon Merkle (past chairperson; bio), Skylar Bayer (liaison to policy section), Emily Whalen (liaison to student section)
  • 2017-2018: Bethann Garramon Merkle (chairperson; webmaster), Jennifer Purrenhage (secretary), Annaliese Hettinger (chairperson-elect), Kika Tuff (past chairperson; bio)
  • 2016-2017: Kika Tuff (chairperson), Annaliese Hettinger (secretary), Bethann Garramon Merkle (chairperson-elect; webmaster), Holly Menninger (past chairperson)
  • 2014-2016: Holly Menninger (chairperson; bio), Clarisse Hart (secretary; bio), Bethann Garramon Merkle (webmaster)