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VOLUNTEER BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 
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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 cofounded 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 Estela Brown, B.A. - Director, Vice-President

Christina Estela Brown is a proud born and raised Miamian, with a passion for the intersections of science, policy, the environment and human behavior. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Florida International University in Earth Systems Science with a concentration in Natural Resource Science and Management. Her research focuses on the economics of water in South Florida.


In 2017, she cofounded 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 as a Ph.D. candidate, 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 as an undergraduate at Florida International University, graduating with honors (she also received a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and a Certificate in Environmental Science). She worked as a freelance writer, writing on science and culture, after the birth of her first son. Subsequently, with several scientific and non-scientific publications to her name, she worked for five years as an agriculture specialist, trainer, and researcher for the United States Department of Agriculture (later becoming Customs and Border Protection). 

She was also the lead Scientist and Director of Education and Community Engagement for Urban Paradise Guild (UPG) from 2015-2017. Then in 2017, she cofounded the March for Science Miami (MFSM), a nonprofit advocacy group promoting science through - communication / literacy / policy - and helped spearhead the first MFSM Rally-Expo in coordination with over 400 satellite marches worldwide.

Theresa 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 a J.D. candidate at the University of Miami, where she is also an editor on the law journal Jotwell and an intern in the Environmental Justice Clinic.

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. Theresa grew up in the South Florida area, where she met Stephen Woodey and together they raise 5 children in the Miami area.

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Ella Gomez - Marketing and Design

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 currently a junior at the University of Florida. She graduated in 2018 from Broward College with her AA, while simultaneously receiving her high school diploma. She was 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.

 
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Richard Martinez, B.S. - Volunteer Coordinator

Richard Martínez graduated in 2016 from University of Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in Sports and Exercise Science and He is currently in the process of applying for his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Martinez is a physical therapist technician at the Miami Institute for Joint Reconstruction (MIJR). Prior to working with MIJR, he was involved with a nonprofit called Conductive Education Center of Orlando, where his role as a program assistant essentially helped students with motor disabilities and cerebral palsy. On April 22nd 2017, Martínez embarked on a journey with the March For Science Miami advocacy group, in which he stood in solidarity with thousands of participants marching through the city of Miami, in an effort to promote science and evidence-based policies throughout South Florida.



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