Executive Board


Fatma Pir Cakmak, Chemistry

The main contact person for this chapter both within Penn State and outside the university.

May be responsible for presiding over meetings, notifying the membership of upcoming meetings and events,appointing heads of committees, ex-officio a member of all committees, keeping contact with their work to the extent that may be advisable.

May authorize the withdrawal of funds for the treasury for the payment of obligations incurred by the chapter for such other purposes as the Executive Committee may approve, respond to the GWIS email alias, and conduct the activities of GWIS with consent of the membership.

The President shall serve for a term of one (1) academic year, and until his/her successor has taken office.



Nicole Famularo, Chemistry

May organize and run elections (unless the Vice President is running for office), authorize the withdrawal of funds, assist the President with correspondence duties, and assume the duties of the President when absent.

May be responsible for membership issues including recruitment, social events such as the Brown Bag Discussion series, and concerns of the membership.

If the President leaves office, the Vice President is expected to assume the presidential duties and an election will be held to fill the Vice Presidential position or the Presidential position if the Vice President decides not to permanently assume the position.

The Vicepresident/President-elect shall serve for a term of one (1) academic year, and until his/her successor has taken office.



Santina Cruz, Chemistry

May be responsible for the finances of GWIS including depositing revenue from membership dues and the Voices conference.

May record up-to-date membership lists and reimburse costs for various GWIS events.

May make a full account at each annual business meeting and on request at other meetings, (the accounts shall be audited annually), complete and submit the IRS form 990-N annually.

The Treasurer must be actively involved in all major financial decisions, fundraising and budget requests.




Karly Regan, Entomology

May collect all information generated by the organization and make it accessible to all GWIS members

May organize meetings and book rooms for events

May take minutes at all meetings, distribute them to the membership, and keep a current membership list



Public Relations

Karen Kemirembe, Entomology

Shall maintain the GWIS website

Help select the advertisement intern

Shall announce all GWIS events to the list serve and Penn State Community

Shall keep events updated in GWIS calendar







Latisha Franklin, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology








Hayley Knox, Chemistry



Anna Tremblay, Anthropology


Catherine Herzog, Biology


Community Outreach

Matt Fares, Chemistry


Xiaoheng Cheng, Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Biosciences


Girl Scout Workshop

Kyra Murrell, Chemistry


Alicia Altemose, Chemistry


Grad School 101

Kelsey M. Schlegel, Chemistry


Jennifer Miller, Chemistry


Women in STEM Week

Kirsten Saige Kelmelis, Anthropology


Joseph Dawson, Chemistry



Kathleen Krist, Chemistry


Executive Mentors

Jenna Reeger, Plant Biology


Kathleen O’Rourke, Chemistry


Faculty Advisors


Yvette Richardson,

Professor of Meteorology & Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, College of EMS


Kathleen Brown,

Professor of Plant Stress Biology, Plant Science Department