Committees & Committee Officers

Standing Committees:

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Cindi Jones (2022), President
  • Michael Donoghue (2023), President-Elect
  • Linda Watson (2021), Past President
  • Rachel Spicer (2021), Secretary
  • Lucinda McDade (2022), Treasurer
  • Melanie Link-Perez (2023), Program Director
  • Michelle Gaynor (2021), Student Representative
  • Imeña Valdes (2022), Student Representative
  • Emily Sessa (2022), At-Large Director - Publications
  • Jennifer Cruse-Sanders (2023), At-Large Director - Development
  • Chelsea Specht (2023), At-Large Director - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Chris Martine (2021), At-Large Director - Education

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (designated in bylaws)

  • Cindi Jones (2022), President
  • Michael Donoghue (2023), President-Elect
  • Linda Watson (2021), Past President
  • Rachel Spicer (2021), Secretary
  • Lucinda McDade (2022), Treasurer
  • Melanie Link-Perez (2023), Program Director

COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES (6 appointed members; 3 year terms)

  • Michael Donoghue (2021), President Elect, Chair
  • Rachel Spicer (2021), Secretary
  • James McDaniel (2021)
  • David Tank (2022)
  • Chase Mason (2023)
  • Jenny Xiang (2023)

Other Committees:

ANNUAL MEETING PROGRAM COMMITTEE

  • Melanie Link-Perez (2023), Program Director (Chair)
  • Program Organizer of each Section
  • Chair, Local Organizing Committee
  • Representatives of Other Societies meeting with BSA

DIVERSITY, EQUITY and INCLUSION COMMITTEE

  • Chelsea Specht (2023), Chair
  • Jim Cohen (2021)
  • Anna Monfils (2021)
  • Muriel Poston (2021)
  • Roland Roberts (2021)
  • Adriana Hernandez, Student Representative (2022)
  • Maya Allen, Student Representative (2022)
  • Janelle Burke (2023)
  • Kadeem Gilbert (2023)
  • Keri Maricle (2023)
  • Madhav Nepal (2023)
  • Ann Sakai, PI PLANTS
  • Melanie Link-Perez (2021), Program Director, ex officio
  • Cindi Jones (2021), President, ex officio
  • Heather Cacanindin, Executive Director, ex officio

CORRESPONDING MEMBERS COMMITTEE (Past Presidents)

  • Linda Watson (2023), Past President, Chair, ex officio
  • Andi Wolfe (2022)
  • Loren Rieseberg (2021)

DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

  • Jennifer Cruse-Sanders (2023), At-Large Director - Development, Chair
  • Amy Litt
  • Edward Schneider
  • Ned Friedman (2023)
  • Peter Wilf (2023)
  • Joe Williams (2023)
  • Heather Cacanindin, Executive Director, ex officio

EDUCATION COMMITTEE (6 appointed members; 3 year terms)

  • Chris Martine (2021), Chair and At-Large Director - Education
  • Dori Contreras (2021)
  • Karolina Heyduk (2021)
  • Ben Stone, Student Representative (2021)
  • Ken Cameron (2022)
  • Susan Pell (2022)
  • Jorge Mena-Ali (2023)
  • Catrina Adams, BSA Education Director, ex officio
  • Phil Gibson, Editor, PlantED, ex officio
  • Kyra Krakos, Teaching Section Chair, ex officio
  • Rachel Spicer (2021), Secretary, ex officio
  • Cindi Jones (2021), President, ex officio

ELECTION COMMITTEE (3 appointed members; 3 year terms)

  • Linda Watson (2021), Past President, Chair
  • Chelsea Specht (2022)
  • Shannon Straub (2022)
  • Chelsea Pretz, Student Representative (2022)
  • Michael McKain (2023)
  • Rachel Spicer (2021), Secretary, ex officio

PUBLICATIONS ETHICS COMMITTEE

INVESTMENT COMMITTEE (3 members; 3 year terms)

  • Toby Kellogg (2022), Chair
  • Ian Gilman Student Representative (2021)
  • Maia Thomas (2022), Probono Professional advisor
  • Larry Hufford (2022)
  • Peter Crane (2023)
  • Ned Friedman (2023)
  • Kent Holsinger (2023)
  • Cindi Jones (2021), President, ex officio
  • Lucinda McDade (2022), Treasurer, ex officio
  • Heather Cacanindin, Executive Director, ex officio

PUBLIC POLICY COMMITTEE

  • Krissa Skogen (2023), Co-Chair
  • Tanisha Williams (2023), Co-Chair
  • Ingrid Jordon-Thaden (2021)
  • Mary Sagatelova, Student Representative (2021)
  • Norm Ellstrand (2022)
  • Scott Gevaert (2023)
  • Heather Cacanindin, Executive Director, ex officio

PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE (3 year terms)

  • Emily Sessa, BSA Director at large - Publications (2022), Chair
  • Laryssa Baldridge Student Representative (2021)
  • Maribeth Latvis (2021)
  • Sean Graham (2022)
  • Rupesh Kariyat (2023)
  • Thales Leasndro (2023)
  • Nora Mitchell (2023)
  • Pamela Diggle, Editor, AJB, ex officio
  • Theresa Culley, Editor, APPS, ex officio
  • Mackenzie Taylor, Editor, PSB, ex officio
  • Amy McPherson, AJB Managing Editor, ex officio
  • Richard Hund, AJB Production Editor, ex officio
  • Beth Parada, APPS Managing Editor, ex officio

TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE (3 appointed members; 3 year terms)

  • Mike Ballou, Student Representative (2022)
  • Alex Harkess (2022)
  • Matt Johnson (2022)
  • Jill Wergrzen (2023)
  • Rob Brandt, BSA Manager Technology Development, ex offico
  • Heather Cacanindin, Executive Director, ex officio

DISTINGUISHED FELLOW AWARDS COMMITTEE (6 appointed members; 3 year terms)

  • Michael Donoghue (2021), Chair
  • Allison Snow (2022)
  • David Lee (2023)
  • Ann Sakai (2023)
  • Cindi Jones (2021), President, ex officio


BSA GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH AWARD COMMITTEE (INCLUDING THE J.S. KARLING AWARD)
(9 appointed members; 3 year terms) 

  • Andy Crowl (2021)
  • Elliot Gardner (2021)
  • Jennifer Weber (2021)
  • Morgan Gostel (2022)
  • Tanya Livschultz (2022)
  • Richard Moore (2022)
  • Lisa Boucher (2023)
  • Jamie Kostyun (2023)
  • Elena Peredo (2023)
  • Norm Wickett (2023)
  • Heather Cacanindin, Executive Director, ex officio

    Additional Members as Needed
  • Nora Mitchell (1-Year term, 2020)
  • Madelaine Bartlett (1-Year term, 2020)
  • Hannah Marx (1 - Year term, 2020)
  • Lucas Majeure (1-Year term, 2020)
  • Cynthia Huebner (1- Year term, 2020)
  • Daniel Spalink (1-Year term, 2020)
  • Abigail Moore (1-Year Term, 2019)
  • Jason Cantley (1-Year Term, 2019)

CHEADLE AWARD COMMITTEE (3 appointed members; 3 year terms)

  • Jessical Budke (2022), Chair as Chair of D&S Section
  • Andrew Doust (2022)
  • Carol Wilson (2023)
  • Heather Cacanindin, Executive Director, ex officio

DARBAKER PRIZE COMMITTEE (3 appointed members; 3 year terms)

  • In partnership with the Phycological Society of America
  • Heather Cacanindin, Executive Director, ex officio

ESAU AWARD COMMITTEE (3 appointed members; 3 year terms)

  • Kurt Neubig (2021)
  • Cheng-Chiang Wu (2022)
  • Rebecca Povilus (2023)
  • Heather Cacanindin, Executive Director, ex officio

DONALD R. KAPLAN MEMORIAL LECTURE COMMITTEE (3 appointed members; 3 year terms)

  • Toby Kellogg (2021)
  • Madelaine Bartlett (2022)
  • Mark Olson (2023)
  • Heather Cacanindin, Executive Director, ex officio

MOSELEY AWARD COMMITTEE (3 appointed members; 3 year terms)

  • Fabiany Herrera (2021)
  • Chelsea Specht (2022)
  • Luiza Teixeira-Costa (2023)
  • Heather Cacanindin, Executive Director, ex officio

PELTON AWARD COMMITTEE (3 appointed members; 3 year terms)

  • Andrew Doust (2021)
  • Rob Baker (2022)
  • Yaowu Yuan (2023)
  • Heather Cacanindin, Executive Director, ex officio

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

  • Rosa Rodriguez (2021)
  • Hugo Cota-Sanchez (2022)
  • Carol Sinascalchi (2022)
  • Ceclila Zumajo, Student Representative (2022)
  • Johanne Brunet (2023)
  • Suman Nupane (2023)
  • Heather Cacanindin, Executive Director, ex officio
  • Melanie Link-Perez, Program Director, ex officio
  • Cindi Jones, President, ex officio

 FINANCIAL ADVISORY

  • Larry Hufford (2022), Chair
  • Laura Galloway (2022)
  • Jun Wen (2022)
  • Sandra Davis, (2023)

 KAPLAN DISSERTATION IMPROVEMENT AWARD IN COMPARATIVE MORPHOLOGY

  • Steve Weller, Chair
  • Sean Graham
  • Lena Hileman
  • Cindi Jones
  • Joe Williams

WEBSITE REDESIGN (AD HOC)

  • Heather Cacanindin, Chair
  • Marian Chau
  • Karolina Heyduk
  • Tanisha Williams, Student Representative
  • Min Ya, Student Representative
  • Rob Brandt, Staff Representative, ex-officio


Publications of the Society:

American Journal of Botany (deprecated)

Applications in Plant Sciences (deprecated)

PLANT SCIENCE BULLETIN


Representatives to Various Organizations:

AAAS COUNCIL

  • Cindi Jones (2021), President

AIBS COUNCIL

  • Krissa Skogen (2020-2022), AIBS Board member, BSA Public Policy Committee Co-Chair

ANNUAL INCORPORATION, STATE OF CONNECTICUT