SACNAS Elects New Members To National Board Of Directors, Including 7th Woman President

SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science) announces the election of five new members to its national Board of Directors, including President-Elect Dr. Healani Chang, who will be the 4th consecutive woman president and the seventh woman president in the organization’s 50-year history. 


Healani Chang, DrPH  
Program Director and Associate Research Specialist Faculty
University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa   


General Board Members Elect 

Elena Hernandez-Ramon, PhD  
Director of Premedical Program
National Institutes of Health

Shannon Manuelito, EdD  
Residential Biology Faculty  
Maricopa Community Colleges and Estrella Mountain Community College

Romie Morales Rosado, PhD  
 Line Manager and DEI Lab Level Co-Chair
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


Student Board Member Elect  

Lorissa Saiz 
Graduate Research Assistant and PhD Candidate
University of Houston 


New board members begin their term in January 2024 with current SACNAS President, Dr. Charla Lambert. SACNAS' past women presidents were Drs. Pamela Padilla, Sonia Zárate, Maggie Werner-Washburne, Marigold Linton, and Maria Elena Zavala. 


For 50 years, SACNAS has served as an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanics & Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership within STEM. Today, the organization serves a growing community of over 28,000 supporters including 10,000+ members, and more than 144 student and professional chapters throughout the United States and territories, including Puerto Rico and Guam. SACNAS influences the STEM diversity movement through STEM outreach and advocacy, the promotion of STEM leaders, and the SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference.  Learn more about SACNAS at sacnas.orgInstagramTikTokYouTubeFacebook, or X/Twitter.




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