ASPB Committees

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Philip Benfey

Christine Foyer

Maureen McCann

Beronda Montgomery

Phil Taylor, chair

Siobhan Braybrook

Katy McIntyre

Jason Williams

Mary Williams

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Gustavo MacIntosh, President-Elect, Chair (2021-2024)

Katayoon (Katie) Dehesh, President (2020-2023)

Stacey Harmer, Secretary (2021-2023)

Kent Chapman, Treasurer (2019-2023)

Clint Chapple, Elected Member [elected by ASPB membership] (2019-2023)

Elena Monte, Elected Member [elected by ASPB membership] (2021-2025)

Tessa Burch-Smith, Elected Member [elected by ASPB Council] (2021-2022)

Crispin Taylor, CEO (non voting)


The Board of Directors is the Society’s decision-making body; it has authority to act on all matters not reserved to the council or to the Society as a whole. The board of directors is charged with maintaining the activities of the Society in furthering the science of plant biology. Decisions of the board of directors require a quorum of six voting members and the majority of votes cast, unless otherwise directed herein.

Kent Chapman, Treasurer; Chair (2019-2023)

Ed Cahoon (2020-2024)

Chris McEntee, ad hoc member (2021-2022)

Erich Grotewold (2021-2025)

Jen Sheen (2021-2025)

Clara Woodall, CFO, Staff Liaison


The Board of Trustees shall oversee the investments of the Society, and shall prepare the annual budget for the board of directors’ approval. The trustees share with the treasurer the responsibility for the financial stability of the Society.

Brian Larkins, Chair (2018-2023)

Debby Delmer (2018-2022)

Machi Dilworth (2020-2024)

Rob Last (2020-2024)

Kent Chapman (2021-2023)

Allie Gaudinier (2021-2023)

Laura Wayne (2021-2024)

Crispin Taylor, CEO, Staff Liaison

Clara Woodall, CFO, Staff Liaison

Maureen McCann, Immediate Past-President, Chair (2019-2022)
Katayoon (Katie) Dehesh,
President (2020-2023)
Gustavo MacIntosh, President-Elect (2021-2024)
Stacey Harmer, Secretary (2021-2023)
Kent Chapman, Treasurer (2019-2023)
Clint Chapple, Elected Member [elected by ASPB membership] (2019-2023)
Elena Monte, Elected Member [elected by ASPB membership] (2021-2025)
Tessa Burch-Smith, Elected Member [elected by ASPB Council] (2021-2022)
Ruth Welti, Chair, Membership Committee (2021-2025)
Miguel Vega-Sanchez, Chair, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (2016-2022)
Steve Theg, Chair, Publications Committee (2016-2025)
Erin Friedman, Chair,
Education Committee (2019-2022)
Patricia Leon, Chair, International Committee (2021-2024)
Tessa Burch-Smith, Chair, Science Policy Committee (2020-2024)
Eva Farre, Chair,
Women In Plant Biology Committee (2020-2023)
Josh Gendron, Rep to Council, Northeastern Section (2021-2024)
Judy Brusslan, Rep To Council, Western Section (2020-2023)
Mike Axtell, Rep To Council, Mid-Atlantic Section (2019-2022)
Kathrin Schrick, Rep To Council, Midwestern Section (2021-2024)
Nihal Dharmasiri, Rep To Council, Southern Section (2020-2023)
Emily Heaton, Rep to Council, Environmental and Ecological Plant Physiology Section (2019-2022)
Karen Hicks, Rep to Council, Primarily Undergraduate Institutions Section (2021-2024)
Stefan de Folter, Rep to Council, Mexico Section (2021-2024)
Al Meyers, Rep to Council, Early Career Plant Scientists Section (2021-2023)
Asia Hightower, Rep to Council, Ambassador Alliance (2021-2022)
Josh Trujillo, Rep to Council, Early Career Representative (2020-2022)
Crispin Taylor, CEO (Non-voting)


The Council is the Society’s deliberating body; it provides leadership and guidance in setting the overall direction of the Society via the strategic plan. The council evaluates novel program, product, and service concepts in the context of the strategic plan and through its comprehensive sense of the Society’s directions and priorities, makes recommendations to the board of directors accordingly.

Elizabeth Vierling, chair (2020-2023)

Andrew Groover (2021-2024)

Eran Pichersky (2021-2024)

Crispin Taylor, Staff Liaison


The Constitution and Bylaws Committee is charged with maintaining and, as necessary, recommending updates to the Society’s constitution and bylaws. The committee’s recommendations are reviewed by the council and voted on by the board of directors, as described elsewhere in this document.

Erin Friedman, Chair (2019-2022)

Katelyn Butler, Early Career Representative (2020-2022)

Kathryn Parsley, Early Career Representative (2021-2023)

Valerie Haywood (2015-2023)

Susan Bush (2017-2025)

Joseph Jez (2018-2022)

Tara Phelps-Durr (2018-2022)

Jonathan Gilkerson (2019-2023)

Dior Kelley (2021-2025)

Ross Sozzani (2021-2025)

Winnie Nham, Staff Liaison


The Education Committee, through seminars, publications, lectures, or other appropriate means, shall promote and improve the teaching and public awareness of plant biology as a constantly expanding science.

Miguel Vega-Sanchez, Chair (2016-2022)

Brianna Griffin, Early Career Representative (2020-2022)

Kevin Cope, Early Career Representative (2021-2023)

Danielle Ignace (2020-2023)

Anjali Iyer-Pascuzzi (2020-2023)

Adam Steinbrenner (2020-2023)

Imara Perera (2021-2024)

Ramin Yadegari (2021-2024)

Crispin Taylor, Staff Liaison


The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee works to promote equity, diversion and inclusion in ASPB activities and to promote the careers and professional development of under-represented plant biologists in all aspects of the Society and the profession.

Patricia Leon, Chair (2021-2024)

Zakayo Kazibwe, Early Career Representative (2020-2022)

Kamal Kumar Malukani, Early Career Representative (2021-2023)

Shanjin Huang (2020-2023)

Matthew Tucker (2020-2023)

Dominique Van Der Straeten (2020-2023)

Åsa Strand (2021-2024)

Gabriela Toledo-Ortiz (2021-2024)

Crispin Taylor, Staff Liaison


The International Committee has as its function exploring and, where consistent with the strategic plan and Society priorities, developing relationships between ASPB and other organizations based outside the United States.

Brian Larkins, Chair (2018-2023)

Debby Delmer (2018-2022)

Kent Chapman (2021-2023)

Jerry Cohen (2021-2025)

Rob Last (2020-2024)

Crispin Taylor, CEO, Staff Liaison

Clara Woodall, CFO, Staff Liaison

Ruth Welti, Chair (2021-2025)

Ashlyn Wedde, Postdoc Member (2020-2022)

Sabrina Gilmour, Graduate Student Member (2021-2023)

Youngwoo Lee, Early Career Representative (2021-2023)

Clayton LaRue, (2019-2023)

Erin Sparks, (2019-2024)

Josh Gendron, Northeastern Section rep (2021-2024)

Judy Brusslan, Western Section rep (2020-2023)

Mike Axtell, Mid-Atlantic Section rep (2019-2022)

Emily Heaton, Environmental and Ecological Plant Physiology Section rep (2020-2023)

Kathrin Schrick, Midwestern Section rep (2021-2024)

Nihal Dharmasiri, Southern Section rep (2020-2023)

Karen Hicks, Primarily Undergraduate Institutions Section rep (2021-2024)

Stefan de Folter, Mexico Section rep (2021-2024)

Al Meyers, Early Career Plant Scientists Section rep (2021-2024)

Andrew Foudree, Ambassador Alliance rep (2020-2022)

Shoshana Kronfeld, Staff Liaison


The Membership Committee has as its function the maintenance and enhancement of the membership of the Society by continuing to address issues of recruitment of new members and retention of those presently enrolled, and to provide membership services and benefits that are consistent with the strategic plan and the council’s priorities and that meet the approval of the board of directors of the Society.

Gustavo MacIntosh, President-Elect; Chair, (2021-2024)

Katayoon (Katie) Dehesh, President, (2020-2023)

Miguel Vega-Sanchez, EDI Committee Rep (interim) [elected by ASPB EDIC]

Katelyn Butler, Early Career Rep [elected by ASPB Early Career Section] (2021-2023)

Eva Farre, Council Rep – [elected by ASPB Council] (2021-2022)


The Nominations Committee is charged with carrying out the annual nominations procedures, as described in Article VII of the Society’s constitution.

Stacey Harmer, Secretary; Chair (2021-2023)

Gustavo MacIntosh, President-Elect (2021-2022)

Wayne Parrott, Past Secretary; (2018-2022)

Jithesh Vijayan, Early Career Representative (2020-2022)

Cody Bekkering, Early Career Representative (2021-2023)

Shinhan Shiu (2018-2022)

Enamul Huq (2020-2024)

Jennifer Lewis (2020-2024)

Dan Chitwood (2021-2025)

Jean Rosenberg, Staff Liaison


The Program Committee, chaired by the secretary, shall plan, arrange, and publicize the annual programs of the Society.

Steve Theg, Chair (2016-2025)

Amina Yaqoob, Early Career Representative (2020-2022)

Srindhi Holalu, Early Career Representative (2021-2023)

Pamela J. Hines (2013-2023)

Hong Ma (2017-2022)

Lisa Ainsworth (2019-2024)

Nicola Patron (2020-2025)

Crispin Taylor, Staff Liaison

 


The Publications Committee shall supervise and report to the board of directors on all non-editorial aspects of the Society’s journals and other publications, including budget requests and printing contracts arranged by the editors and the headquarters office. The publications committee shall search and make recommendations to the board of directors on appointment of editors-in-chief of the journals or other publications, and shall review and make recommendations to the board of directors for their reappointment after each five years’ service. Members of an editorial board of a journal or other publication shall be appointed for up to five years of service by the publications committee on the recommendation of the editor-in-chief.

Tessa Burch-Smith, Chair (2020-2024)

Maureen McCann, Immediate Past-President (2021-2022)

Erin Doody, Early Career Representative (2020-2022)

Ka Man Jasmine Yu, Early Career Representative (2021-2023)

Scott Jackson (2018-2022)

Carolyn Lawrence-Dill (2018-2022)

Rebecca Bart (2019-2023)

Simon Gilroy (2021-2025)

Rod Wing (2021-2025)

Crispin Taylor, Staff Liaison


The Science Policy Committee shall explain the interests of plant science to the U.S. Congress, Executive Branch and the public. The science policy committee will provide comments to appropriate members and committees of Congress; coordinate interaction with officials in Congress and federal agencies; assist Society members in contacting and providing educational information to policy makers; develop a strategy and objectives for support of basic plant science and coordinate efforts with other plant science societies and related groups; and ensure Society public affairs efforts are consistent with applicable laws.

Eva Farre, Chair (2015-2023)

Sabrina Chin, Early Career Representative (2020-2022)

Maryam Rahmati Ishka, Early Career Representative (2021-2023)

Aruna Kilaru (2019-2022)

Sibongile Mafu (2020-2023)

Jenny Mortimer (2020-2023)

Dianne Pater (2020-2023)

Rebecca Roston (2021-2024)

Crispin Taylor, Staff Liaison


The Women in Plant Biology Committee has as its function the maintenance and enhancement of the status of women plant biologists by continuing to address issues of particular concern to women scientists and to promote the inclusion of female plant biologists in all aspects of our Society and profession.

Women in Plant Biology Biographies