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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.



Scott Herness, Ph.D.

Vice Provost for Research and Dean of The Graduate School

Montclair State University


Tim Born, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Padnos College of Engineering and Computing

Grand Valley State University

Financial Officer

Bryant Weber, B.S.

Portfolio Manager

Utah Retirement Systems


Gerald B. Grunwald, Ph.D.

Dean of the Jefferson College of Biomedical Sciences

Thomas Jefferson University

Vice President for Marketing and Outreach

Ray Hoobler, Ph.D.

Director, Professional Master of Science and Technology Program

University of Utah

Vice President for Member Benefits

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

Vice President for Publications

Linda Strausbaugh, Ph.D.

University of Connecticut (Emeritus)

Immediate Past President

Courtney H. Thornton, Ed.D.

Associate Vice Provost for Academic Personnel and Policy

North Carolina State University


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

Director, Professional Science Master's

Rice University

Amber Bloechle, M.S.

GIS Online Director in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science

University of West Florida

Natalie Bosecker, M.S.

Director, Illinois Professional Science Master’s program

University of Illinois

Mark Jakubauskas, Ph.D.

Director of Science Programs, Professor

University of Kansas, Edwards Campus

Kristin Kuter, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Saint Mary’s College

Avril Robertson, G.Cert. H.Ed., M.Chem., Ph.D.

Professor, Director of Biotechnology and Professional Science Master’s Degree Programs, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

The University of Queensland, Australia

Inge Wefes, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of the Graduate School

University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus

Jennie Willis, Ph.D.

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

Colorado State University