Chief Executive Officer
In her capacity as Chief Executive Officer, Robert is leading the strategic refresh of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS), including market positioning, revenue expansion and diversification, partnerships, membership, research, and governance structure. Before coming to AWIS, Robert served as the first executive director of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE), leading the development of its first operational structure, bringing its signature CEO event to profitability, broadening the membership model, and strategically redesigning the partnership program to maximize mutual value. Robert loves to “speak geek” and has supported the national engineering and manufacturing communities through leadership roles at Eastern Michigan University’s Center for Entrepreneurship, Society of Manufacturing Engineers and Corporation for a Skilled Workforce. She is an avid advocate for the advancement of women in STEM careers, believing that it is imperative to bring the vast expertise of women to bear in solving the world’s grand challenges. Robert serves on the National Women’s Business Council.
Chief Operating Officer
Meredith Gibson is the Chief Operating Officer of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). In her current capacity, Ms. Gibson is involved in strategic planning, non-dues revenue generation, grant management, and membership engagement. Prior to joining AWIS, she oversaw development activities for the American Lung Association of Washington and was responsible for marketing project management for the University of Washington and the Sacred Heart Hospital System. Ms. Gibson is a graduate of the University of Washington, with a bachelor’s degree in international studies. She has traveled extensively and seeks to better understand cultural differences, in an effort to act as a better advocate and ally. She continuously pushes for scientific knowledge to become accessible to all, in the hope of broadening participation in the STEM community, both in the United States and abroad.
Chief Research Officer
Heather Metcalf, PhD, is Chief Research Officer for AWIS, where she leads empirical work on gender and the STEM workforce. She has undergraduate degrees in applied mathematics and computer science (Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 2003) and master’s degrees in computer science (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005) and gender studies (University of Arizona, 2007). Dr. Metcalf earned her doctorate from the UA’s Center for the Study of Higher Education (2011), where she studied science and technology policy. Throughout her career, she has applied her unique, interdisciplinary work to influence cultural, systemic, and policy changes in academic, industry, and public policy spaces and to train researchers and practitioners to build equity into their daily thought and work. Dr. Metcalf has research, policy, and programmatic expertise on myriad topics in STEM, such as: bias; intersectionality; educational and workplace cultures, policies, and practices; leadership; innovation and entrepreneurship; STEM pathways; and more.
Chief Marketing Officer
Shelley O’Brien joins AWIS as the Chief Marketing Officer. With our 50th anniversary approaching, Shelley will support our membership, chapters, and partners with stories, data, and tools to continue our mission of advancing women in science. Shelley spent her early career at Hewlett-Packard and AT&T learning multiple marketing disciplines including product marketing, channel marketing, executive positioning, and public relations. At AppSense (now iVanti), she led the North American Field and Channel Marketing Team in their efforts to drive demand on a limited budget. She was introduced to association leadership in 2017 at the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. Shelley’s career has spanned a variety of marketing disciplines at large enterprises, small software companies, privately held organizations, and member associations. However, one thing has remained constant: her sense of urgency in helping to solve problems for key audiences.
Director of Community Engagement
Alan Chewning comes to AWIS as Director of Community Engagement. Originally from Maryland, he graduated from the College of Wooster in Ohio with a Bachelor in History. He has spent the last 10 years in association management focusing on membership, fundraising and component relations. Prior to that, he worked in Boston in the world of affiliate marketing before a stint as a fundraiser in the higher education universe. Currently, he serves on ASAE’s Component Relations and Volunteer Management Council as well as the Community Engagement Committee with the Kentucky Chapter of the MS Society. Alan currently lives in Louisville KY with his girlfriend Ashley and their rescued shelter dog Peanut.
Operations and Database Associate
Elizabeth Scire, MPA serves AWIS as the Operations and Database Associate, assisting with operations, membership, and programs. She is a former science teacher and earned her Master in Public Administration at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington. She co-founded her university’s local chapter of Women in Science and Engineering and is passionate about advancing women in the sciences. She currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband and their daughter.
Contact us (non-finance inquiries):
Association for Women in Science 1629 K Street, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20006
Membership payments and donations:
AWIS Billing and Remittance 6181 Grovedale Ct. Alexandria, VA 22310-2553