ASPB Committees

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

Maureen McCann, President (2019-2022)

Wayne Parrott, Secretary (2019-2021)

Kent Chapman, Treasurer (2019-2023)

Christine Foyer, Elected Member [elected by ASPB membership] (2017-2021)

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

Gustavo MacIntosh, Elected Member [elected by ASPB Council] (2020-2021)

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)

Kathy Osteryoung (2016-2020)

Rick Vierstra, (2017-2020)

Julia Bailey-Serres (2017-2021)

Clara Woodall, 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.

Judy Callis, Immediate Past-President, Chair (2018-2021)
Maureen McCann, President (2019-2022)
Katayoon (Katie) Dehesh, President-Elect (2020-2023)
Wayne Parrott, Secretary (2019-2021)
Kent Chapman, Treasurer (2019-2023)
Christine Foyer, Elected Member [elected by ASPB membership] (2017-2021) 
Clint Chapple, Elected Member [elected by ASPB membership] (2019-2023)
Gustavo MacIntosh, Elected Member [elected by ASPB Council] (2020-2021)
Jose Dinneny, Chair, Membership Committee (2019-2023)
Miguel Vega-Sanchez, Chair, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (2016-2023)
Neil E. Olszewski, Chair, Publications Committee (2014-2020)
Erin Friedman, Chair, Education Committee (2019-2022)
Anja Geitmann Chair, International Committee (2018-2021)
Tessa Burch-Smith, Chair, Science Policy Committee (2020-2024)
Eva Farre, Chair, Women In Plant Biology Committee (2020-2023)
Carolyn Lee-Parsons, Rep to Council, Northeastern Section (2018-2021)
Judy Brusslan, Rep To Council, Western Section (2020-2023)
Mike Axtell, Rep To Council, Mid-Atlantic Section (2019-2022)
Gustavo MacIntosh, Rep To Council, Midwestern Section (2017-2021)
Nihal Dharmasiri, Rep To Council, Southern Section (2020-2023)
Emily Heaton, Rep to Council, Environmental and Ecological Plant Physiology Section (2019-2022)
Leeann Thornton, Rep to Council, Primarily Undergraduate Institutions Section (2018-2021)
Ruben Rellan Alvarez, Rep to Council, Mexico Section (2018-2021)
Rishi Masalia, Rep to Council, Early Career Plant Scientists Section (2019-2021)
Katy McIntyre, Rep to Council, Ambassador Alliance (2020-2021)
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.

Ken Keegstra, chair (2018-2021)

Bonnie Bartel (2018-2021)

Peggy Lemaux (2017-2020)

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)

Ashley Cannon, Early Career Representative (2019-2021)

Katelyn Butler, Early Career Representative (2020-2022)

Estelle Hrabak (2017-2021)

MariaElena Zavala (2017-2021)

Valerie Haywood (2015-2023)

Susan Bush (2017-2021)

Joseph Jez (2018-2022)

Tara Phelps-Durr (2018-2022)

Jonathan Gilkerson (2019-2023)

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)

Asia Hightower, Early Career Representative (2019-2021)

Brianna Griffin, Early Career Representative (2020-2022)

Danielle Ignace (2020-2023)

Anjali Iyer-Pascuzzi (2020-2023)

Adam Steinbrenner (2020-2023)

Cris Argueso (2018-2021)

Sona Pandey (2018-2021)

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.

Anja Geitmann, Chair (2018-2021)

Pablo Bolaños-Villegas, Early Career Representative (2019-2021)

Zuhua He (2018-2021)

Shanjin Huang (2020-2023)

Matthew Tucker (2020-2023)

Rubén Rellán Álvarez (2018-2021)

Dominque Van der Straeten (2020-2023)

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.

Jose Dinneny, Chair (2019-2023)
Ashlyn Wedde Postdoc Member (2020-2022)
Katy McIntyre, Graduate Student Member (2019-2021)
Clayton LaRue, (2019-2023)
Erin Sparks, (2019-2024)
Carolyn Lee-Parson, Rep To Council, Northeastern Section (2018-2021)
Judy Brusslan, Rep To Council, Western Section (2020-2023)
Mike Axtell, Rep To Council, Mid-Atlantic Section (2019-2022)
Emily Heaton, Rep to Council, Environmental and Ecological Plant Physiology Section (2020-2023)
Gustavo MacIntosh, Rep To Council, Midwestern Section 2017-2021)
Nihal Dharmasiri , Rep To Council, Southern Section (2017-2020)
Leeann Thornton, Rep to Council, Primarily Undergraduate Institutions Section (2018-2021)
Ruben Rellan, Rep to Council, Mexico Section (2018-2021)
Rishi Masalia, Rep to Council, Early Career Plant Scientists Section (2019-2021)
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.

Katayoon (Katie) Dehesh, President-Elect; Chair, (2019-2022)

Maureen McCann, President, (2019-2022)

Judy Callis, Immediate Past-President, (2018-2021)


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

Wayne Parrott, Secretary; Chair (2019-2021)

Katayoon (Katie) Dehesh, President-Elect (2020-2021)

Stacey Harmer, Secretary-Elect (2020-2021)

Jennifer Lewis (2020-2024)

Laura Klasek, Early Career Representative (2019-2021)

Jithesh Vijayan, Early Career Representative (2020-2022)

Enamul Huq (2020-2024)

Phil Taylor (2013-2021)

Shinhan Shiu (2018-2022)

Jean Rosenberg, Staff Liaison


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

Neil E. Olszewski, Chair (2007-2020)

Craig Schenck, Early Career Representative (2019-2021)

Amina Yaqoob, Early Career Representative (2020-2022)

Steve Theg (2016-2021)

Hong Ma (2017-2022)

Pamela J. Hines (2013-2023)

Lisa Ainsworth (2019-2024)

Nancy Winchester, 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)

Judy Callis, Immediate Past-President (2020-2021)

Shandrea Stallworth, Early Career Rep (2017-2021)

Erin Doody, Early Career Rep (2020-2022)

Jeffrey Chen (2017-2021)

Gustavo MacIntosh (2020-2024)

Scott Jackson (2018-2022)

Carolyn Lawrence-Dill (2018-2022)

Rebecca Bart (2019-2023)

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 (2015-2021)

Katherine Murphy, Early Career Representative (2019-2021)

Sabrina Chin, Early Career Representative (2020-2022)

Dianne Pater (2020-2023)

Sibongile Mafu (2020-2023)

Li Tian (2015-2021)

Jenny Mortimer (2020-2023)

Aruna Kilaru (2019-2022)

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