Our Board

The Science Communication Institute is guided by an independent board drawn from across the science communication spectrum — distinguished scientists, science educators, writers, marketers, science publishers, statisticians, study managers, regulatory specialists, engineers, research finance managers, patent attorneys and more. This board sets SCI’s direction and priorities, provides oversight and advice, and also (to the extent that board member schedules permit) contributes substantively to SCI’s content, structure, and growth. SCI’s 2019 board members and alumni are:


Board Vice-Chair Nissim Ezekiel is an international finance and business strategy consultant. During the 1990s he served as the director of corporate planning for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Washington, DC. After IFC, Nissim served as the executive director of the United Nations Commission on the Private Sector & Development, and as a member of the UN’s Task Force on Financial Mechanisms for Information and Communications Technology Development. He also served as a member of the EastWest Institute’s core team on the Gaza Project, and chaired the advisory board of Dalberg Development, which included consulting work for major multinationals and IGOs such as the Clinton Global Initiative.

Drienna Holman, MPH, is the senior project manager for the HIV vaccine evaluation program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Statistical Center for  HIV/AIDS Research and Prevention (SCHARP). Drienna has over 16 years experience in study and data operations management of HIV vaccine clinical trials. She has served the global HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) statistical and data management center at SCHARP since 2000, and the AIDS Vaccine Evaluation Group (AVEG) data coordination and analysis center at the EMMES Corporation in Potomac, Maryland, from 1995-2000.

Michael Hampson, MBA, is a director at the Raytheon Company where he leads the development of next generation defense avionics for future military platforms. Mike was also a director at the Boeing Company where he was responsible for new initiatives in Homeland Security and advanced renewable energy technologies. Previously, Mike spent over 20 years at Boeing and Rockwell International as an engineer and program manager developing advanced liquid rocket engines.

olsonEric Olson is a science writer and project manager at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. He has been active in nSCI projects for several years, and is currently the director of nSCI’s global Science Communication Network project.

jeffreyJeff Hoch focuses on water quality and policy issues both as an environmental professional and science writer. He has participated in water projects around the country, served as a member of the infrastructure design team for Spaceport America, and is principal researcher at a megalith geoarchaeological site in New Mexico.

Board Chair Glenn Hampson, MPA, is the founder and executive director of the National Science Communication Institute. Prior to nSCI, Glenn served as a senior project manager with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, communications director with the University of Washington, founder and president of Castle Pacific Publishing Company, managing editor and webmaster at the World Bank Group, associate editor for the Riverside Publishing Company, and Congressional field representative.

Board Alumni

magnoniDee Magnoni is the Research Library Director at the Los Alamos National Laboratory where she leads open access and data initiatives. Dee previously worked in both business and engineering libraries within corporate America and academia. Focusing on partnerships, Dee organizes summits and workshops that bring together diverse stakeholders for focused conversations. Dee is an active member of the Special Libraries Association and has served in numerous leadership roles.

ogburnJoyce Ogburn serves as the Dean of Libraries and Carol G. Belk Distinguished Professor of Library and Information Studies at Appalachian State University. Previously, she was the Dean of the J. Willard Marriott Library and University Librarian at the University of Utah, which included oversight of the university press. Joyce’s professional contributions include numerous national boards and committees for such organizations as the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, and the Scholarly Publishing and Resources Coalition (SPARC). In 2011-12, Joyce served as President of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

marissaMarissa Konstadt is currently pursuing an MBA at MIT Sloan. Most recently, she has worked managing communications and other projects for the University of Washington’s Institute for Translational Health Sciences. She graduated from Northwestern University with a BS in Communication, focusing on the ways scientists communicate, both to each other and to the public, and how that effects the trajectory of innovation. Marissa has volunteered for the Word Science Festival in New York, the Museum of Science in Boston, and has been active in a number of nSCI projects over the years.

noemiNoemi Rojas provides strategic communications counsel to the Medical Center of the Americas (MCA) Foundation. She is also the founder and executive editor of the foundation’s first-ever regional life sciences news publication, Synapse. Prior to joining the MCA Foundation, Noemi was a senior public relations specialist at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where she was in charge of the PR activities for the university’s life science academic units.

laurenLauren Carroll, MS, MPH is a research coordinator in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education at the University of Washington. She currently works on projects relating to interpretation of network visualizations and development of novel software for infectious disease data visualization. She holds a masters degree in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MPH from the University of Washington.

Sherrilynne Fuller, PhD, is a professor of biomedical and health informatics at the University of Washington’s medical school and Information School, co-directs the interdisciplinary Center for Public Health Informatics, and serves as senior advisor to the dean of university libraries.

Elizabeth Loftus, PhD, is a distinguished professor at the University of California Irvine’s  Department of Psychology and Social Behavior, Department of Criminology, Law, and Society, Department of Cognitive Sciences, and School of Law.

Jennifer Sterling is a leading marketing and branding expert whose work has won dozens of industry awards over the past 20 years. She is currently the president of Red Thinking, a leading Virginia-based marketing firm.

Jonathan Sullivan is an Internet, mobile and IT pioneer who has been involved in the digital world for over 25 years as an executive, strategic partner, evangelist, presenter, and avid participant.

Lori Weiman is a medical writer and the former vice president of public affairs for MedImmune, a division of AstraZeneca.

Dale Washburn is the founder and president of Washburn Communications, a Seattle-area writing and marketing firm specializing in communicating complex ideas to targeted audiences.

Richard Gomulkiewicz, PhD, is a professor of applied mathematics at Washington State University’s School of Biological Sciences. Richard’s research is broadly concerned with understanding how genetics, developmental and physiological processes and ecology interact to determine the evolutionary responses of organisms to their environments.

Alice Faintich is the founder and former president of The Word Doctor, an editorial services company in northern Virginia that provided technical editing and related services to a variety of national and international clients with a focus on international development issues.

Keith Beach, CPA, is the founder and president of the Jennifer Beach Foundation, a Seattle-area community-based advocacy organization helping women and children in need.

John Rennie served as the editor-in-chief of Scientific American magazine from 1994 to 2009. He currently teaches science writing at New York University and also makes numerous radio and television appearances.

Isabelle Ragueneau-Majlessi, MD, MS, is a clinical associate professor at the University of Washington’s Department of Pharmaceutics and director and co-author of the Metabolism and Transport Drug Interaction Database, the pharmaceutical industry’s first and most widely-used drug-drug interaction resource.

Britt Piehler, MBA, is the president of LabKey Software Corporation, which specializes in bringing proven commercial software design and development tools to bear on the computing problems scientists face.

Karen Syrjala, PhD, is a Member and the director of the Biobehavioral Sciences Department at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and co-director of the Center’s Survivorship Program.  At the University of Washington School of Medicine she is a professor in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department.

Robert Franza, MD, is a scientist, physician and professor with decades of experience in quantitative systems biology, IT, and entrepreneurial R&D. He currently serves as Affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington and as executive chairman of the board for MYOONET, Inc.

Sandra Wright is the CEO and president of WrightRobbins, a Seattle-based consulting firm that provides innovative, flexible and customized training programs to help companies stay ahead of the technology curve and get the most from their learning investment.

holtRenee Holt, RN, MBA, JD, is a clinical operations specialist at PATH. She formerly served as the director of regulatory affairs for the Fred Hutchinson Center Cancer Research Center and the global HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN).

Kymber Waltmunson, MA, MPA, CIA, CSM, CGAP, is the auditor for King County government in Washington state where she is responsible for supervising and executing a wide variety complex technical analysis projects. Kymber also serves on the board of the Association of Local Government Auditors and is a trustee for the Washington State Local Government Auditors Association.

Sharon Ritchey, MFA, is the owner and creative director of Home Row Editorial, a northern Virginia-based writing, editing, and content consulting company. Sharon has been involved in the publications industry for more than 15 years and has produced a wide variety of work for  journals, magazines, public relations firms, international corporations and more.

gomezRicardo Gomez, PhD, is an assistant professor at the University of Washington’s Information School where his research focuses on the social impacts of communication technologies. Dr. Gomez also has a particular focus on finding creative ways to communicate complex ideas and research results in everyday language. Before joining the University of Washington he worked with Microsoft Community Affairs and with the International Development Research Center in Canada.

randy2Randy Dahl is a freelance business development consultant with deep ties to the northwest life sciences community and venture capital market. In his corporate career, Randy has served as the regional vice president of the American Cancer Society.

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