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NPSMA Board of Directors

To enhance the design and delivery of membership services for the PSM community, the NPSMA established its Board of Directors comprised of 11-15 members elected by and from the Association’s members.



Seema Freer, Ph.D.

Managing Director, Associate Professor, Professional Science Master’s University, College of Science and Technology

Temple University


Tim Born, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Padnos College of Engineering and Computing

Grand Valley State University

Financial Officer

Bryant Weber, B.S.

Larry H. Miller Group


Tait Chirenje, Ph.D.

Professor of Environmental Chemistry and Environmental Sustainability in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Stockton University

Vice President for Marketing and Outreach

Meghan Dovick, Ph.D.

Program Director, Professional Master of Science and Technology Program

University of Utah

Victor Ugaz, Ph.D.


Texas A&M University

Vice President for Member Benefits

Marcel Blais, Ph.D.

Associate Teaching Professor & Associate Department Head, Department of Mathematical Sciences. Coordinator of PSM Programs in Financial Mathematics and Industrial Mathematics

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Vice President for Publications

Dagmar Beck, A.B.A., B.A.

Director, Professional Science Master's

Rice University

Immediate Past President

Kristin Kuter, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Saint Mary’s College


Gerald B. Grunwald, Ph.D.

Dean of the College of Life Sciences and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Thomas Jefferson University

Suzanne Hicks, M.S.

Graduate Coordinator, Master of Science in Professional Science Program (MSPS)

Middle Tennessee State University

Max Houck, Ph.D.

Forensic Portfolio Innovator, Assistant Research Professor

Global Forensic and Justice Center, Florida International University

Meaghan Nappo, M.A.

Graduate Program Coordinator, Plant and Microbial Biology Department

North Carolina State University

Deborah Silver, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Professional Science Master's Program; Professor I; Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Jennie Willis, Ph.D.

Graduate Program Coordinator, Professional Science Master’s Degree Program in Zoo, Aquarium and Animal Shelter Management

Colorado State University