Newly Elected PDA Leadership

At the BSD PDA Steering Committee, new leaders were elected in several positions:

John Leonard, PhD was elected President. He served as Vice-President over the past year and is also a myCHOICE liaison for postdocs. 

Kristy Hentchel, PhD was elected Vice-President. Kristy is also the new Co-chair for Outreach in the Teaching & Outreach Committee and a member of the Public Affairs Committee.

Aurelie Desgardin, PhD is the new Chair of the Welcome / Orientation Committee. The outgoing chair, Maggie Pruitt, PhD, did a great job organizing and expanding the committee over the past year. Aurelie will continute her work.

Kyle Dolan, PhD, previous Chair of the Public Affairs Committee and co-lead organizer of FoR Chicago, is stepping into a new role as the Social Media Committee Chair.

Allison Zajac, PhD, is the new Policy Committee Chair and she is also working with the Symposium Committee on Fundraising.

Vanessa Leone, PhD, stepped down as Policy Committee chair.  Over the past year, she worked with Postdoc Affairs to move forward on the stipend supplement increase which was recently announced.

Kristina Martinez, PhD stepped down as PDA President and Teaching & Outreach Co-chair. We thank Kristina for her service and leadership, especially for her work in outreach with a local South Side school district.