Board Candidates

Board of Director Voting Opens Monday, October 18, 2021!

Continue below to learn more about each candidate before placing your vote.

President-Elect of the Board of Directors Candidates

Charla Lambert

Title: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer

Institution/Company: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Ethnicity/Race: Alaska Native (Haida & Tsimshian)

How long have you been a SACNAS member? Lifetime member; 7 or more years

General Board Member Candidates

Jani C. Ingram

Title: Regents’ Professor

Institution/Company: Northern Arizona University

Ethnicity/Race: American Indian/Native American (Navajo)

How long have you been a SACNAS member? Professional member; 7 or more years

Dena Smith-Nufio

Title: Program Director

Institution/Company: National Science Foundation

Ethnicity/Race: Chicano/Mexican American/Mexican

How long have you been a SACNAS member? Lifetime member; 7 or more years

Alberto "Beto" Vasquez

Title: Academic Coordinator

Institution/Company: UC San Diego Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment & Teaching Excellence (CREATE)

Ethnicity/Race: Chicano/Mexican American/Mexican

How long have you been a SACNAS member? Professional member; 3-6 years

Ruben Michael Ceballos

Title: Assistant Professor of Biology/Director UA Host-Virus Evolutionary Dynamics institute (HVEDI)/Director – Minority Institution Research Collaborative (MIRC)

Institution/Company: University of Arkansas

Ethnicity/Race: Other; Odami/Tepehuano, White, Chicano

How long have you been a SACNAS member? Lifetime member; 7 or more years

Austin J. Shelton, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor of Extension & Outreach and Director

Institution/Company: University of Guam Center for Island Sustainability and Sea Grant

Ethnicity/Race: Native Hawaiian/Indigenous Pacific Islander

How long have you been a SACNAS member? Lifetime member; 7 or more years

Ingrid Montes-González

Title: Professor Department of Chemistry

Institution/Company: University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Campus

Ethnicity/Race: Puerto Rican

How long have you been a SACNAS member? Lifetime Member; 1 – 3 years

Student Board Member Candidates

Lauren W. Yowelunh McLester-Davis

Title: Graduate Research Assistant

Institution/Company: Tulane University

Ethnicity/Race: American Indian/Native American (Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin)

How long have you been a SACNAS member? Student member; 1 – 3 years

Cristhian Gutierrez Huerta

Title: MD/PhD Student

Institution/Company: Medical College of Wisconsin

Ethnicity/Race: Chicano/Mexican American/Mexican

How long have you been a SACNAS member? Student member; 3 – 6 years

Manuel Mora

Title: Graduate Student Researcher

Institution/Company: Molecular Biology Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program (MBIDP) UCLA

Ethnicity/Race: Chicano/Mexican American/Mexican

How long have you been a SACNAS member? Student member; 3 – 6 years

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
It is the policy of SACNAS not to discriminate against any individual or group for reasons of race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, sex, pregnancy or related medical conditions, age, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, physical or mental or sensory disability, genetic information, military status or any other consideration protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. SACNAS is committed to providing equal opportunities in all activities including application for Board service.

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
Diversity and inclusion are more than just words to SACNAS. They are integral parts of our history, culture, and identity. They are the principles that founded our organization, guide our strategic path forward, and help us fulfill our mission. We continually seek to build and maintain a Board of Directors that reflects the rich diversity of our organization and country. We look for and celebrate diverse voices, experiences, backgrounds, and talents to help us approach our work fearlessly, spark creativity, drive innovation, improve constantly, and celebrate our successes. Simply put, everyone is welcome at SACNAS. We believe that an inclusive organization is one where our employees, volunteers, and board members feel empowered to be their full, authentic selves.