About AWIS

AWIS Staff

Janet Bandows Koster

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, koster@awis.org
Janet Bandows Koster has served as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) since July 2006. She has over twenty-five years of experience leading organizations in both the United States and overseas, with particular expertise in global gender and workforce issues. In addition to her newest book, Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce: Beyond Best Practices, which addresses work/life integration and satisfaction issues faced by those in STEM careers, Ms. Bandows Koster has authored numerous reports and presented at professional meetings about issues at the nexus of gender and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Ms. Bandows Koster holds degrees in international relations, as well as an MBA. She is a Certified Association Executive, a member of the American Society of Association Executives, and a member of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives.

Cindy Simpson

Chief Business Development Officer, simpson@awis.org
Cynthia Simpson, M.Ed, CAE, is the Chief Business Development Officer of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). Ms. Simpson is responsible for initiating and overseeing all business development aspects for AWIS, with an emphasis on corporate and institutional partnerships. In addition, she has presented over one hundred workshops on topics of importance to women in STEM at universities, corporations, and professional societies. Ms. Simpson has coauthored various publications, including “Mentoring Postdoc Women from an Institutional Perspective,” in the book From Ph.D. to Professoriate, and “Work-Life and Childcare Resources for Postdoc Women,” in the Advancing Postdoc Women Guidebook. Both books are published by the National Postdoctoral Association. She is a graduate of Syracuse University with a B.S. in business management and earned an M.Ed in curriculum instruction and design at George Mason University. She is a member of both the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives and the American Society of Association Executives.

Meredith Gibson

Chief Operating Officer, gibson@awis.org
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.

Heather Metcalf, PhD

Director of Research and Analysis, metcalf@awis.org
Heather Metcalf, PhD, is Director of Research and Analysis 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.

Andrea Lucy

Program and Administrative Associate, lucy@awis.org
Andrea Lucy is an Air Force veteran from both active duty and the reserves. On active duty, Ms. Lucy served as a command post controller with STRATCOM, providing commanders with information to initiate global strike missions or send emergency action messages to strategic nuclear forces. She then transitioned into the reserves after her enlistment and continued to serve as a dental technician. While in the reserves, she also worked part-time as a veterans’ benefits advisor, while attending college full-time. Ms. Lucy graduated in 2014 with a BAS in technology management and accolades as an Outstanding Graduate Award Finalist. During her senior year, she coauthored an international research paper on cross-cultural psychology that was accepted to the 22nd and 23rd Congresses of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP) conferences. In Ms. Lucy’s free time, she volunteers as a Girl Scout troop leader. She currently serves as the program and administrative associate at AWIS.

Lori Devine

Program Associate and Business Development, devine@awis.org
Lori Devine is a member of the AWIS business development team, where she works on product development, marketing, and building strategic corporate partnerships. A graduate of California State University, she has worked for several large nonprofits and has spent time addressing issues like poor air quality and the underfunding of our national parks. She has also lobbied members of Congress about the Citizen’s United ruling and its implications. In addition to a passion for politics and advocacy, Ms. Devine is a serial entrepreneur and is the founder of Living Seawall LLC. She currently holds a provisional patent and is working toward licensing her environmentally friendly technology for commercial application. She is excited to bring her experience in market analysis, business development, and real-world insights to the AWIS community.

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