Meet the Officers

 

Shelly Jones


  • WiSTEM position: President 

  • Role on campus:  Neuroscience PhD candidate
  • shellyResearch: I study the cellular circuitry underlying the sense of smell.
  • Why are you in women in stem? I’m in Women in STEM because I’m passionate about promoting diversity within STEM fields and helping create an inclusive community.
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM: reading, singing Taylor Swift to my cat, traveling

 

Chan Voong


  • WiSTEM position: Vice President WiSTEM_pic_2

  • Role on campus: Project Manager, Data Science to Patient Value Initiative
  • Research: Health Data, Data Analytics and Informatics
  • Why are you in women in stem? I am passionate about creating an inclusive community where women can learn from each other.
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM: eating, sleeping, yoga, rock climbing

 

Kimberly Wellman


  • WiSTEM position: Secretary WiSTEM_pic_1

  • Role on campus: Molecular Biology predoctoral student 
  • Research: I study RNA regulation in human hormone biosynthesis. My project looks at how a specific RNA-binding protein destabilizes mRNAs to buffer the production of aldosterone. 
  • Why are you in women in stem? I’m in Women in STEM because I get to work alongside amazing scientists to host events that I could never dream of doing by myself. Our activities are fun, informative, and make a tangible impact on the Anschutz community. 
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM: 1) COFFEE, 2) board games, 3) being in nature

 

Amber Baldwin


  • WiSTEM position: Treasurer

  • Amber ThomasRole on campus: Professional Research Assistant in the RNA Bioscience Initiative
  • Research: I study RNA systems biology and RNA binding proteins in the context of human steroidogenesis and disease.
  • Why are you in women in stem? I have a passion for educating others about science and encouraging younger students to be more involved in STEM.
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM: 1) Play with my adorable boston terrier, 2) Visit breweries and try different beers throughout Colorado, 3) Hiking and camping

 

Jessica Ponder


  • WiSTEM position: Community Engagement 

  • Role on Campus: Senior Professional Research Associate, Division of Hematology
  • Jessica PonderResearch: I study the mechanism of action of novel antileukemic compounds designed using a molecular scaffold derived from Feverfew (Tanacetum spp.) flowers.
  • Why are you in women in stem? I am passionate about using my position as a woman in STEM as a powerful force for good in the community.
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM: I like to spend my weekends exploring Colorado with my husband and two girls, I am an avid urban gardener, and I enjoy mindfulness/yoga practice.

 

Sara Espinosa


  • WiSTEM position: Co-Outreach coordinator WiSTEM_piC_4

  • Role on campus: Molecular Biology PhD candidate in the Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics Department
  • Research: I am studying the structure and function of the U1 snRNP in human and yeast models trying to determine how the mechanism for U1 snRNP based alternative splicing that can lead to disease.
  • Why are you in women in stem? I joined WiSTEM to help increase diversity in STEM and promote inclusivity within the Anschutz campus as well as the local community!
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM: Reading, sleeping, and cooking

 

Allison Phelan


  • WiSTEM position: Co-Outreach coordinatorWiSTEM_pic_3

  • Role on campus: Graduate Student in the Biomedical Sciences & Biotechnology Master’s Program
  • Why are you in women in stem? I love the opportunity this group has given me to collaborate with other academics, scientists and individuals in the community to support and connect with other women in science. I have a passion for exploring the unknown and I hope to engender the growth of this passion in young women! I strongly believe that expanding racial, ethnic and gender diversity in STEM fields will enhance creativity, problem solving, and thus overall success in scientific advancements. I hope to spread the belief that increasing diversity and inclusion, to facilitate the rapid progression of STEM fields, has the potential to result in worldwide improvements to the quality of life.
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM: Hiking & camping in the mountains, playing & coaching lacrosse, and cooking (specifically any & everything from Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook).

 

Kendra Prutton


  • WiSTEM position: Engagement OfficerWiSTEM_pic_5
  • Role on campus:  Toxicology PhD Student
  • Research: My research seeks to better understand neurogenesis in people with Down syndrome through neural differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells.
  • Why are you in women in stem? WiSTEM is a positive and inclusive environment where we can subvert stereotypes and share experiences. I believe that the most powerful and effective means of encouraging young women to pursue and succeed in STEM is to lead, represent, and prove. And this campus is the perfect place to do it!
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM: Going to the gym, hiking, and trying new foods!

 

Allison Porman


  • WiSTEM position: Head of Mentorship Program

  • Role on campus: Postdoctoral Fellow in the Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics DepartmentAllisonPormanUpdated
  • Research: I am studying breast cancer and how a long noncoding RNA called HOTAIR targets specific genes to induce heterochromatin formation and cancer metastasis.
  • Why are you in women in stem? I love supporting women in science and making improvements to the current way that science functions. I am proud to be involved in a group that does such amazing things to connect women in STEM across campus, throughout the local community, and nationally!
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM: Dancing, being in nature, and seeing live music

 

Kim Callahan


  • WiSTEM position: Webmaster/Historian8O6A9833-Edit-2
  • Role on campus: Molecular Biology PhD student
  • Research: I study RNA regulation of human steroidogenesis. My project focuses on the role of an RNA-modifying enzyme in the production of the hormone aldosterone.
  • Why are you in women in stem? I’m in Women in STEM because I want to help create an environment where anyone is confident to pursue their passion. I love the network of support this group has created, and hope I can help it thrive.
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM:  Crocheting, juggling, and looking at pictures of cute animals online until I can get a pet of my own

 

Ashley Bourke


  • WiSTEM position: Co-Founder

  • AshleyBourkeRole on campus: PhD Candidate in the Pharmacology program
  • Research: The overall goal of my work is to understand how neuronal proteins make it to the correct subcellular location, in the appropriate quantities, at the right time, and how neural activity coordinates this process.
  • Why are you in women in stem? Being involved in WiSTEM facilitates my goal of becoming a stronger advocate for the advancement of diversity in STEM fields. The motivation for starting the WiSTEM group originated from discussions with college friends and realizing the gender disparity in our experiences with career support from advisors. To put it simply, I started the WiSTEM group at CU Anschutz because I want to see more women being supported and succeeding in STEM. 

  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM: Snowboarding, rock climbing, and knitting with my cats.