ASPB Committees

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Board of Directors

Maureen McCann, President-Elect, Chair (2019-2022)

Judy Callis, President (2018-2021)

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)

Laura Wayne, Elected Member [elected by ASPB Council] (2019-2020)

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.

Board of Trustees

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.

Council

Judy Callis, President (2018-2021)
Maureen McCann, President-Elect (2019-2022)
Rob Last, Immediate Past-President, Chair (2017-2020)
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)
Laura Wayne, Elected Member [elected by ASPB Council]; Chair, Women In Plant Biology Committee (2017-2020)
Jose Dinneny, Chair, Membership Committee (2019-2023)
Gustavo MacIntosh, Chair, Committee On Minority Affairs (2017-2020)
Neil E. Olszewski, Chair, Publications Committee (2014-2020)
Erin Friedman, Chair, Education Committee (2019-2022)
Anja Geitman Chair, International Committee (2018-2021)
Nathan Springer, Chair, Science Policy Committee (2016-2021)
Carolyn Lee-Parsons, Rep to Council, Northeastern Section (2018-2021)
Kulvinder Gill, Rep To Council, Western Section (2017-2020)
Mike Axtell, Rep To Council, Mid-Atlantic Section (2019-2022)
Gustavo MacIntosh, Rep To Council, Midwestern Section (2017-2020)
Ashlee McCaskill, Rep To Council, Southern Section (2017-2020)
Andy VanLoocke, Rep to Council, Environmental and Ecological Plant Physiology Section (2017-2020)
Leeann Thornton, Rep to Council, Primarily Undergraduate Institutions Section (2018-2021)
Ruben Rellan Alvarez, Rep to Council, Mexico Section (2018-2021)
Sunil Kumar, Rep to Council, Ambassador Alliance (2019-2020)
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.

Constitution and Bylaws

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.

Education Committee

Erin Friedman, Chair (2019-2022)

Ashley Cannon, Early Career Representative (2019-2020)

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.

International Committee

Anja Geitman, Chair (2018-2021)

Pablo Bolaños-Villegas, Early Career Representative (2019-2020)

Zuhua He (2018-2021)

Jurandir Magalhaes (2017-2020)

Kranthi Mandadi (2016-2020)

Rubén Rellán Álvarez (2018-2021)

Bijay Singh (2016-2020)

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.

Membership Committee

Jose Dinneny, Chair (2019-2023)
Rishi Masalia, Postdoc Member (2018-2020)
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)
Kulvinder Gill, Rep To Council, Western Section (2017 – 2020)
Mike Axtell, Rep To Council, Mid-Atlantic Section (2019-2022)
Andy VanLoocke, Rep to Council, Environmental and Ecological Plant Physiology Section (2017-2020)
Gustavo MacIntosh, Rep To Council, Midwestern Section 2017-2020)
Ashlee McCaskill, 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)
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.

Minority Affairs

Gustavo MacIntosh, Chair (2017-2020)

Asia Hightower, Early Career Representative (2019-2020)

Thelma Madzima (2017-2020)

Miguel Vega-Sanchez (2016-2022)

Terri Long (2016-2022)

Cris Argueso (2018-2021)

Sona Pandey (2018-2021)

Crispin Taylor, Staff Liaison


The Minority Affairs Committee works to broaden participation in plant biology by members of underrepresented groups. It works to address issues of particular concern to underrepresented minority scientists and their supporters and to promote the inclusion of minority plant biologists in all aspects of the Society and the profession.

Nominating

Maureen McCann, President-Elect; Chair, (2019-2022)

Judy Callis, President, (2018-2021)

Rob Last, Immediate Past-President, (2017-2020)


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

Program Committee

Wayne Parrott, Secretary; Chair (2019-2021)

Maureen McCann, President-Elect (2019-2020)

Andrew Bent, Past Secretary (2019-2020)

Laura Klasek, Early Career Representative (2019-2020)

Gilles Basset (2016-2020)

Phil Taylor (2013-2021)

Stacey Harmer (2017-2021)

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.

Publications Committee

Neil E. Olszewski, Chair (2007-2020)

Craig Schenck, Early Career Representative (2019-2020)

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.

Science Policy Committee

Nathan Springer, Chair (2016-2020)

Rob Last, Immediate Past-President (2019-2020)

Jeffrey Chen (2017-2021)

Shandrea Stallworth, Early Career Rep (2017-2020)

Karen Koch (2019-2020)

Scott Jackson (2018-2022)

Carolyn Lawrence-Dill (2018-2022)

Rebecca Bart (2019-2023)

Tessa Burch-Smith (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.

Women in Plant Biology

Laura Wayne, Chair (2017-2020)

Katherine Murphy, Early Career Representative (2019-2020)

Kelly Marie Gillespie (2017-2020)

Grace Miller (2017-2020)

Li Tian (2015-2021)

Eva Farre (2015-2021)

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