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ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM Networking Conference Team:

Dr. Beatriz Zayas

Co-PI: Beatriz Zayas, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Toxicology, UMET (Puerto Rico)

Co-PI: Renetta Tull, Ph.D., Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development and Postdoctoral Affairs, UMBC (Maryland)

Co-PI: Carlos Padin, Ph.D., Interim Chancellor, UMET, former Dean, School of Environmental Affairs

Team Members: Molly Hardigree, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Sponsored Programs, UMET, Andrea Barrientos SotoBarrientos Consulting



Co-PIs, evaluators, and advisory board members, with consulting speakers. L-R: Renetta Tull, Beatriz Zayas, Frances Carter-Johnson, Angela Byars-Winston, Catherine Didion, Paula Rayman, Gilda Barbino, Jan Rhinehart, Molly Hardigree, Andrea Barrientos, Carlos Padin.

Co-PIs, evaluators, and advisory board members, with consulting speakers. L-R: Renetta Tull, Beatriz Zayas, Frances Carter-Johnson, Angela Byars-Winston, Catherine Didion, Paula Rayman, Gilda Barbino, Jan Rhinehart, Molly Hardigree, Andrea Barrientos, Carlos Padin.


External Advisors



Jan Rinehart

Jan Rhinehart, Executive Director, ADVANCE, Northeastern University

Jan Rinehart is Executive Director of the National Science Foundation funded ADVANCE Program at Northeastern University. As Executive Director of NU ADVANCE she works with faculty and administrators to diversify the faculty, create an equitable culture, and change institutional processes. She has over twenty years in higher education with most of her work focused on diversity in STEM fields. Prior to assuming the NU ADVANCE position, she served as Executive Director of the Rice University ADVANCE Program. She sits on External Advisory Boards for University of Maine ADVANCE, Prairie-View A&M University PAID, Louisiana Tech University PAID, and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County PAID. She initiated the Women in Engineering program at Texas A&M University in 1994 and served as WEPAN (Women in Engineering Programs and Advocates Network) President from 2002-2003. She was awarded the WEPAN Founder’s Award in 2011, the Rice Women’s Resource Center Impact Award in 2010; the Texas A&M Enhancing Diversity Award; and the Women’s Week Outstanding Staff award. She received her M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Texas A&M University and a B.S. in secondary education from Abilene Christian University. (Source:

CatherineCatherine Didion
, Senior Program Officer, National Academy of Engineering.

Catherine Didion is a Senior Program Officer at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Her portfolio is the Diversity of the Engineering Workforce program with a charge to provide staff leadership to the NAE’s efforts to enhance the diversity of the engineering workforce at all levels including the diversity of those being prepared to enter the future workforce. In addition to her duties at NAE, in March of 2007 Didion became the Director of the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Didion served as Executive Director for the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) for fourteen years (1990 to 2004). During tenure AWIS was awarded the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring and she was the principle investigator for 17 government and foundation grants. Didion is an internationally recognized leader and expert on issues of equity and gender in science and engineering. She has been an invited speaker on mentoring, networking, and women in science and engineering at over 200 conferences and has authored over fifty publications on women in science and engineering. She was the editor for Women in Science Column for the Journal of College Science Teaching from 1993-2002. Didion’s honors and awards include AAAS Fellow (2005); AWIS Fellow (2001); Drucker Foundation Fellow (2000); Texaco Management Institute Fellow (1999); Secretary of the US Air Force Inaugural Environmental Civic Leaders Tour (1996); and Certificate of Commendation and Distinguished Service, Embassy of the United States of America (1989). (Source:



Speakers for the October 2012 conference also served as active members of our team.



Evaluation Team


Angela Byars-Winston, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Angela Byars-Winston is an Associate Professor in the University of Wisconsin Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine. Her research interests include the examination of cultural influences on career development, especially for racial and ethnic minorities and women in the sciences, engineering, and medicine. Specifically, she has focused on testing the validity of theoretical models to explain and predict academic and career outcomes using social cognitive theoretical approaches. In 2010, Dr. Byars-Winston was awarded a multi-year R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health as Principal Investigator to measure and test critical factors in research training interventions for mentors of ethnically diverse mentees in biological science. She was recently selected as a Champion of Change by the White House through President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative for her research efforts to diversify science fields. (Source:


Frances Carter-Johnson, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Teaching and Learning Laboratory.

Dr. Carter-Johnson is a former Research Associate with Westat (an employee owned research corporation serving federal, state, and local government in Rockville, Maryland). She recently joined the Teaching and Learning Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she is responsible for evaluating several undergraduate education diversity initiatives. Her work at Westat focused on research and evaluation of large scale grant portfolios and projects in education and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Dr. Carter-Johnson is also amongst a select group of underrepresented evaluators who received specialized training and experience in culturally relevant and responsive evaluation through the American Evaluation Association (AEA). As a result, she designs, implements, and conducts culturally competent evaluations in academic, non-profit, government, and private research settings. Frances completed her PhD in Public Policy with a concentration in evaluation and analytical methods from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. As a result of years of academic and research support from agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the U.S. Department of Education, she is also repeatedly invited to provide funding, proposal, and application preparation training for undergraduate and graduate students.



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