National Leadership


Seema Freer, Ph.D.

Managing Director, Associate Professor, Professional Science Master’s University, College of Science and Technology
Temple University

President Elect
Tim Born, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Padnos College of Engineering and Computing
Grand Valley State University

Financial Officer
Bryant Weber, B.S.

Larry H. Miller Group

Tait Chirenje, Ph.D.

Professor of Environmental Chemistry and Environmental Sustainability in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Stockton University

VP Marketing and Outreach
Meghan Dovick, Ph.D.

Program Director, Professional Master of Science and Technology Program
University of Utah

VP Marketing and Outreach
Victor Ugaz, Ph.D.

Texas A&M University

VP for Member Benefits
Marcel Blais, Ph.D.

Associate Teaching Professor & Associate Department Head, Department of Mathematical Sciences. Coordinator of PSM Programs in Financial Mathematics and Industrial Mathematics
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

VP Publications
Dagmar Beck, A.B.A., B.A.

Director, Professional Science Master's
Rice University

Immediate Past President
Kristin Kuter, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Saint Mary’s College


Gerald B. Grunwald, Ph.D.

Dean of the College of Life Sciences and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Thomas Jefferson University

Suzanne Hicks, M.S.

Graduate Coordinator, Master of Science in Professional Science Program (MSPS)
Middle Tennessee State University

Max Houck, Ph.D.

Forensic Portfolio Innovator, Assistant Research Professor
Global Forensic and Justice Center, Florida International University

Meaghan Nappo, M.A.

Graduate Program Coordinator, Plant and Microbial Biology Department
North Carolina State University

Deborah Silver, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Professional Science Master's Program; Professor I; Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Jennie Willis, Ph.D.

Graduate Program Coordinator, Professional Science Master’s Degree Program in Zoo, Aquarium and Animal Shelter Management
Colorado State University

Workforce Advisory Council

The Workforce Advisory Council (WAC) serves a number of purposes in its advisory role to the NPSMA Board of Directors:

  1. To consult and advise the NPSMA on improving and expanding connections to industry and business;
  2. To provide a link to employers to facilitate internships and career paths for PSM students and graduates;
  3. To provide a link to corporations, government labs, and other science-based organizations to facilitate general support for the Association;
  4. To serve as a sounding board of economic and employment trends in industry and government affecting programs nationwide;
  5. To assist the NPSMA in the identification and solicitation of financial and other resources.

Diana Wolf

Finance Manager - Financial Planning Transformation, Starbucks

Sarah Hussain

Sr. at Fastly

Rick Davis

Davis Development Group formerly with Kellogg

Kevin Lothridge

Deputy Executive Director
Global Forensic and Justice Center, an FIU Preeminent Program

Jeff Conroy

CEO and Co-founder, embody, Inc.

Tom M. Lester

Ray Hoobler