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volunteer Board of Directors and officers

 
 
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Amanda Maldonado, B.S. - Director, President

  Amanda Maldonado is a first-year graduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, studying Medicinal Chemistry, with a focus on drug design and discovery. She is from Miami, Florida, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Florida International University. She was awarded the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program at FIU and conducted research under Dr. Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh for the inhibition of bacterial topoisomerase.  
  In addition to conducting research at FIU, she was awarded a Summer Research Internship at the University of Kansas in 2016, where she aided in the design and synthesis of mechanistic probes under Dr. Ryan Altman. She is dedicated to the advancement of scientific discovery and ensuring that funding is available to the scientific community. 
  In 2017, she co-founded the March for Science Miami Incorporated, a nonprofit advocacy group promoting science in South Florida through communication/literacy/policy, and helped spearhead the first March for Science Miami Rally and Expo in coordination with over 400 satellite marches worldwide. Although she is currently located in Chicago, Illinois, Miami is her hometown and she continues to advocate for South Florida’s science policies as MFSM Public Relations Director.

 
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Christina Brown, B.S. - Director, Vice-President

Christina Brown is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Florida International University in Environmental Science and Policy. In 2017, she co-founded the March for Science Miami Incorporated, a nonprofit advocacy group promoting science in South Florida through communication/literacy/policy and helped organize the March for Science Miami Rally and Expo in coordination with over 400 satellite marches worldwide. She continues to serve on the Board as Communications Director.

 
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Theresa Pinto. M.S., C. Ph. - Director, Treasurer

   Theresa Pinto is an environmental biologist who studied the evolutionary ecology and genetics of endophytic fungi at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was the recipient of the George Carroll Plant Pathology Fellowship and served on the Graduate Programs Committee. Prior to that she studied parasexuality in asexual pathogenic fungi at Florida International University, graduating with honors (she also received a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and a Certificate in Environmental Science). With several scientific and non-scientific publications to her name, she worked for five years as an agriculture specialist, trainer, researcher for the United States Department of Agriculture (later becoming Customs and Border Protection). 
  Pinto then founded/operated Loudgirl Exchange, an eco-conscious children's shop and is also a children's book author. Pinto is dedicated to promoting scientific and environmental principles as a force for social change, especially where they intersect with education and child development, and is currently working on her Juris Doctorate degree at the University of Miami. She is concurrently the lead Scientist and Director of Education and Community Engagement for Urban Paradise Guild. 
  This year, she co-founded the March for Science Miami, a nonprofit advocacy group promoting science through communication/literacy/policy, and helped spearhead the first March for Science Miami Rally/Expo in coordination with over 400 international satellite marches. Throughout the years, she has continued to teach, lecture and present to learners of all ages across a wide range of institutions, including UC Berkeley, Recurso Micologia in Mexico, University of Florida, Florida International University, Miami Dade College, the Green Urban Living Center, and Ada Merritt K-8 Center. She continues to do so as Policy and Programs Director for MFSM. Pinto is married to Stephen Woodey and together they raise 5 children in the Miami area.

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Ella Gomez - Director

Ella Gomez is the founder and principal at Ella Arie, a design studio in Miami.  In 2017, she co-founded the March for Science Miami Incorporated, a nonprofit advocacy group promoting science in South Florida through communication/literacy/policy and helped spearhead the first March for Science Miami Rally and Expo in coordination with over 400 satellite marches worldwide. She currently sits on the Board as Marketing Director.

 
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Aeja Pinto - Recording Secretary

  Aeja Pinto is a high school senior currently dual enrolled at Broward College and will graduate in 2018 with her AA. She is a member of the college's honor society Phi Theta Kappa and the college debate team.

  A. Pinto is the social media assistant of cuSTEMized, a nonprofit organization based at Harvard University. CuSTEMized encourages young girls to pursue a career in the STEM fields. In addition, she is a co-editor and co-writer of cuSTEMIZED's book My Scientific Name (2016).  She is a volunteer pharmaceutical assistant at Memorial Regional Hospital, and surgical assistant at the Humane Society of Broward County. 

  In 2017, she joined March for Science Miami as the recording secretary, and helped spearhead the very first March for Science rally and expo in Miami in coordination with over 400 satellite marches worldwide.

volunteer committee chairpersons

Jack bagdadi chairperson of marketing and promotion 

Jack bagdadi

chairperson of marketing and promotion 

nicolle brito chairperson policy

nicolle brito

chairperson policy

ana driggs chairperson science literacy and education

ana driggs

chairperson science literacy and education

 
theresa pinto chairperson programs

theresa pinto

chairperson programs

christina brown chairperson communications

christina brown

chairperson communications

amanda maldonado chairperson public relations

amanda maldonado

chairperson public relations

advisory board and executive committee

bo surrency 2017

bo surrency 2017

wayne cribbs 2017

wayne cribbs 2017

ian white 2017

ian white 2017

ana driggs

ana driggs

bill jacobs

bill jacobs

richard martinez

richard martinez

grizel martinez

grizel martinez

jack bagdadi

jack bagdadi

nicolle brito

nicolle brito

emily arcia

emily arcia

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past board members

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