Darryl Monteau is the SACNAS Native Initiatives Manager. She is a Kiowa, Apache and Comanche native originally from Oklahoma and currently resides in Kansas. Monteau has a Bachelor’s degree in American Indian Studies from Haskell Indian Nations University and a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas (KU). She is currently working on her doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration from KU. Monteau has worked in higher education for most of her professional career at colleges/universities (public and tribal colleges) in many areas that include academic affairs, student services, nonprofit organizations, and grant-funded initiatives. Her most recent work was with the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AiHEC) as a program coordinator for the Aseto’ne Network Project (NIH program) which was aimed at engaging tribal college students in biomedical and health research. She enjoys working with students, especially students of color, in navigating college and sharing information and opportunities to enhance their academic experience. Monteau is excited to be a part of the SACNAS and appreciates the vision of the organization, “achieving true diversity in STEM”.
As the Programs Coordinator for SACNAS, Sarah Sondossi’s responsibilities include managing application procedures, assisting with financial reconciliation, and overseeing the logistics of various programs like the Indigenous Marketplace and the annual SACNAS Pow Wow. Ms. Sondossi holds an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts from Cabrillo College and a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science from San Jose State University. She began her professional career in the private sector, working in the field of Human Resources. In 2018, Ms. Sondossi started working for SACNAS as Support Staff for the Programs department and she quickly realized she had been given an incredibly unique opportunity – to work alongside colleagues who not only recognize the value of the mission of the organization, but who work very hard to make that mission a reality. Due to her own passion for the advancement of science and the promotion of inclusivity, Ms. Sondossi felt that the mission of SACNAS aligned perfectly with her values, and she is very proud to be working with such a talented group of people at such an impactful organization.
Carly Nieminen serves as the logistics coordinator for all SACNAS programs and organized events, and is the main point of contact at SACNAS headquarters in downtown Santa Cruz, CA. Ms. Nieminen holds a BA in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to joining SACNAS, she worked as an Executive Assistant to the CFO and CNO at Watsonville Community Hospital. As a product of the Community College transfer system, Ms. Nieminen understands the importance of access to various educational outlets. She believes that inclusivity is essential to progress and is passionate about helping provide opportunities for minority students and professionals.
Ms. Poradiuk manages the SACNAS Student Programs. Ms. Poradiuk holds a Master’s in Public Administration from San Jose State University. Prior to joining SACNAS, Ms. Poradiuk interned with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and the City of San Jose. Through her work, Ms. Poradiuk is proud to make sure students from all backgrounds have equal opportunities and resources they need to achieve their academic and professional goals.
As the Director of Education & Leadership, Eben Lindsey coordinates and manages SACNAS’s array of leadership initiatives including the SACNAS Summer Leadership Institute and SACNAS-HHMI Advanced Leadership Institute. Mr. Lindsey holds a Master’s Degree in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and has a long-time interest in the intersection of science, policy and leadership. Prior to joining SACNAS, Mr. Lindsey worked on policy issues at the Naval Postgraduate School and served on the Secretariat of the Biological Weapons Convention at the United Nations. Mr. Lindsey is excited to be working with SACNAS because he believes that a diverse and representative scientific workforce is vital to a strong and prosperous nation.
Mr. Curiel manages the SACNAS Chapters Program. He attended his first SACNAS National Conference in 2010 as a community college student. After transferring to the University of California, Santa Cruz, he continued his SACNAS involvement as the 2012 UCSC SACNAS Chapter President. In 2014, Mr. Curiel earned his BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Before joining the SACNAS staff, Mr. Curiel worked as a STEM Professional Expert at College of the Sequoias, where he helped mentor students in an undergraduate research program. Mr. Curiel is passionate about promoting and increasing diversity in the sciences.