Committees & Committee Officers

STANDING COMMITTEES
Board of Directors*
Executive Committee Committee Members
Committee on Committees Committee Members Committee Description

OTHER COMMITTEES
Annual Meeting Program Committee Committee Members Committee Description
Development Committee* Committee Members Committee Description
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee* Committee Members Committee Description
Early Career Professional Development Committee* Committee Members Committee Description
Education Committee* Committee Members Committee Description
Election Committee* Committee Members Committee Description
Finance Advisory Committee* Committee Members Committee Description
Information Technology Committee* Committee Members Committee Description
International Affairs Committee* Committee Members Committee Description
Investment Committee* Committee Members Committee Description
Public Policy Committee* Committee Members Committee Description
Publications Committee* Committee Members Committee Description
Publications Ethics Committee Committee Members

HONORS AND AWARDS COMMITTEE
Cheadle Award Committee Committee Members Committee Description
Corresponding Members Committee Committee Members Committee Description
Darbaker Prize Committee Committee Members
Distinguished Fellow and
Emerging Leader Award Committee
Committee Members Committee Description
Donald R. Kaplan Memorial Lecture Committee Committee Members
Esau Award Committee Committee Members Committee Description
Graduate Student Research Award Committee Committee Members Committee Description
Grady L. Webster and Barbara D. Webster Structural Botany Publication Award Committee Members Committee Description
Kaplan Dissertation Improvement Award
in Comparative Morphology Committee
Committee Members
Moseley Award Committee Committee Members Committee Description
Pelton Award Committee Committee Members Committee Description

AD HOC COMMITTEES
Website Redesign (Ad Hoc) Committee* Committee Members

*These committees have students that serve as committee members. Click here for more information on student representatives on committees.
These committees currently have openings.
Years denoted below in paranthesis indicates the final year of service.

BSA Representatives to Other Societies

Standing Committees:

Board of Directors

  • Michael Donoghue (2023), President
  • Vivian Negron-Ortiz (2024), President-Elect
  • Cynthia Jones (2022), Past President
  • J. Chris Pires (2024), Secretary
  • Lucinda McDade (2022), Treasurer
  • Melanie Link-Perez (2023), Program Director
  • Imeña Valdes (2022), Student Representative
  • Ioana Anghel (2023), 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
  • Rachel Jabaily (2024), At-Large Director - Education

Executive Committee

(designated in bylaws)

  • Michael Donoghue (2023), President
  • Vivian Negron-Ortiz (2024), President-Elect
  • Cynthia Jones (2022), Past President
  • J. Chris Pires (2024), Secretary
  • Lucinda McDade (2022), Treasurer
  • Melanie Link-Perez (2023), Program Director

Committee on Committees

  • Vivian Negron-Ortiz (2022), President Elect, Chair
  • J. Chris Pires (2022), Secretary
  • David Tank (2022)
  • Chase Mason (2023)
  • Jenny Xiang (2023)
  • Brenda Molano-Flores (2023)
  • Chelsea Specht, DEI Chair (2023)
  • Wendy Clement (2024)

Other Committees:

Annual Meeting Program Committee

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

Development Committee

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

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

  • Chelsea Specht (2023), Chair
  • Adriana Hernandez, Graduate Student Representative (2022)
  • Janelle Burke (2023)
  • Charles Bush, Undergraduate Student Representative (2023)
  • Kadeem Gilbert (2023)
  • Keri Maricle (2023)
  • Madhav Nepal (2023)
  • Manya Singh, Graduate Student Representative (2023)
  • R. Shawn Abrahams (2024)
  • Ana Almeida (2024)
  • Rocio Deanna (2024)
  • Gretchen North (2024)
  • Adam Ramsey (2024)
  • Anna Monfils, PI PLANTS III
  • Melanie Link-Perez (2022), Program Director, ex officio
  • Michael Donoghue (2022), President, ex officio
  • Heather Cacanindin, Executive Director, ex officio

Early Career Professional Development Committee

  • Ben Blackman (2024)
  • Karolina Heyduk (2024)
  • Miranda Sinnott-Armstrong (2024)

Education Committee

  • Rachel Jabaily (2022), Chair and At-Large Director - Education
  • Ken Cameron (2022)
  • Susan Pell (2022)
  • Ioana Anghel (2023)
  • Kiana Lee (2023)
  • Jorge Mena-Ali (2023)
  • Helen Holmlund (2024)
  • Karen Wellner (2024)
  • Catrina Adams, BSA Education Director, ex officio
  • Phil Gibson, Editor, PlantED, ex officio
  • Kyra Krakos, Teaching Section Chair, ex officio
  • J. Chris Pires (2022), Secretary, ex officio
  • Michael Donoghue (2022), President, ex officio

Election Committee

  • Cynthia Jones (2022), Past President, Chair
  • Chelsea Specht (2022)
  • Shannon Straub (2022)
  • Chelsea Pretz, Student Representative (2022)
  • Michael McKain (2023)
  • J. Chris Pires (2024), Secretary, ex officio

Finance Advisory Committee

  • Larry Hufford (2022), Chair
  • Laura Galloway (2022)
  • Jun Wen (2022)
  • Sandra Davis (2023)
  • Alan Yocca (2023)
  • Lucinda McDade (2022), Treasurer, ex officio

Information Technology Committee

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

International Affairs Committee

  • Hugo Cota-Sanchez (2022)
  • Carol Sinascalchi (2022)
  • Ceclila Zumajo, Student Representative (2022)
  • Johanne Brunet (2023)
  • Suman Nupane (2023)
  • Shengchen Shan (2024)
  • Heather Cacanindin, Executive Director, ex officio
  • Melanie Link-Perez, Program Director, ex officio
  • Michael Donoghue, President, ex officio

Investment Committee

  • Toby Kellogg (2022), Chair
  • Maia Thomas (2022), Probono Professional advisor
  • Larry Hufford (2022)
  • Peter Crane (2023)
  • Cecilia Ezeanya (2023)
  • Ned Friedman (2023)
  • Kent Holsinger (2023)
  • Michael Donoghue (2022), 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
  • Norm Ellstrand (2022)
  • Michelle Gaynor (2023)
  • Scott Gevaert (2023)
  • Andrew Pais (2024)
  • Heather Cacanindin, Executive Director, ex officio

Publications Committee

  • Emily Sessa, BSA Director at large - Publications (2022), Chair
  • Sean Graham (2022)
  • Rebecca Barrone (2023)
  • Rupesh Kariyat (2023)
  • Thales Leandro (2023)
  • Nora Mitchell (2023)
  • Jordan Dowell (2024)
  • 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

Publications Ethics Committee

Honors and Awards Committees:

Cheadle Award Committee

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

Corresponding Members Committee

(Past Presidents)

  • Cynthia Jones (2024), Past President, Chair, ex officio
  • Linda Watson (2023)
  • Andi Wolfe (2022)

Darbaker Prize Committee

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

Distinguished Fellow and Emerging Leader Award Committee

  • Vivian Negron-Ortiz (2022), Chair
  • Allison Snow (2022)
  • David Lee (2023)
  • Ann Sakai (2023)
  • Michael Donoghue (2022), President, ex officio

Donald R. Kaplan Memorial Lecture Committee

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

Esau Award Committee

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

BSA Graduate Student Research Award Committee (Including the J.S. Karling Award)

  • Morgan Gostel (2022)
  • Tanya Livschultz (2022)
  • Richard Moore (2022)
  • Lisa Boucher (2023)
  • Jamie Kostyun (2023)
  • Elena Peredo (2023)
  • Norm Wickett (2023)
  • Liming Cai (2024)
  • Stephanie Conway (2024)
  • Cheryl Dunn (2024)
  • Helen Michaels (2024)
  • Heather Cacanindin, Executive Director, ex officio

Additional Members as Needed

  • Monica Carlsen-Krause (1-Year Term, 2021)
  • Shawn Krosnick (1-Year Term, 2021)
  • Lucas Majure (2-Year term, 2021)
  • Allison Miller (1-Year Term, 2021)
  • Nora Mitchell (2-Year term, 2021)
  • Daniel Spalink (2-Year term, 2021)
  • Cynthia Huebner (1- Year term, 2021)
  • Madelaine Bartlett (1-Year term, 2020)
  • Hannah Marx (1 - Year term, 2020)
  • Jason Cantley (1-Year Term, 2019)
  • Abigail Moore (1-Year Term, 2019)

Grady L. Webster and Barbara D. Webster Structural Botany Publication Award Committee

Kaplan Dissertation Improvement Award in Comparative Morphology Committee

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

Moseley Award Committee

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

Pelton Award Committee

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

Ad Hoc Committees:

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

 

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

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