2024 Board of Directors

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Lily Troia

Lily Troia, Chair

Independent Consultant

Lily Troia is a scholarly communication librarian and research services expert with a background in digital solutions, multi-level research enterprise development, metrics and copyright, open access, and data preservation/digital archiving. She most recently worked at Digital Science, connecting research organizations in the US with actionable, sustainable tools and processes focused on innovation, translational impact, and cross-organizational collaboration. Lily provides consultative support to key leadership and stakeholders to strategize around technology and data that align with mission, actionable use, increased efficiency, and decision-making. She has worked in the research sphere for years, with previous positions at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (College of William and Mary and Harvard University’s Office of Scholarly Communication, as well as extensive engagement with global funders, universities, policy organizations, national labs, publishers, and more.


Shawna Sadler, Vice Chair


Shawna heads up Outreach & Partnerships at ORCID, building strategic relationships worldwide and exploring new opportunities for adoption and growth. Previously, Shawna was ORCID’s Engagement Manager for the Americas continuing the adoption and integration of ORCID in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Shawna joined ORCID in 2019 with a long history of introducing ORCID to research communities in Canada, Australia and the United States. In her spare time, Shawna can be found snowboarding, mountain biking, and trying to keep up with her quickly growing children.

Vanda Grubišić, Ph.D. Director of NOAA's Global Monitoring Laboratory

Vanda Grubišić

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Vanda Grubišić, Ph.D. is the Director of NOAA’s Global Monitoring Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado.  Vanda is a research meteorologist and experienced scientific leader; she has led major international observational field campaigns to study the atmosphere. She is one of the world’s leading scientists in the field of mesoscale meteorology, which is the study of atmospheric phenomena with typical spatial scales between 6 and 600 miles, including thunderstorms, downslope windstorms, land-sea breezes and squall lines. Vanda previously served as director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s (NCAR) Earth Observing Laboratory, where she was responsible for its scientific strategy, administrative processes and procedures and budgetary planning for more than 10 years. The laboratory’s accomplishments under her leadership include the successful development of novel observational technologies, reconstruction of the NCAR aviation building and safely returning to field campaign operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. She also managed NCAR’s Research Aviation Facility, which supports airborne scientific investigations with two aircraft based at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport near Boulder in Jefferson County. Prior to joining NCAR in 2011, she was the Full Professor and Chair of Theoretical Meteorology at the University of Vienna, Austria – the first woman to be appointed a full professor of any geoscience discipline in the more than 600-year-long history of that university. 

Michael Becker, Secretary

Argonne National Laboratory

Dr. Becker is a Protein Crystallographer with the NIH-funded General Medical Sciences and Cancer Institutes Structural Biology Facility at the Advanced Photon Source (GM/CA@APS) of Argonne National Laboratory, where he is also the Lead of the GM/CA@APS User Program.  He has more than 15 years of experience at Argonne National Laboratory, and previously 9 years of experience at Brookhaven National Laboratory, where he rose to the level of Associate Biophysicist in the Biology Department and was Co-Spokesperson of NSLS beamline X25.  These positions were preceded by postdoctoral research in protein crystallography in the Department of Biological Sciences at Purdue University in West Lafayette, and at the Max Planck Institut für Biochemie in Martinsried, Germany.  He obtained his Ph.D. on picosecond laser spectroscopy in photosynthesis in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Washington in Seattle, and obtained a B.A. with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry at the University of Delaware.  He has broad experience and interest in science, scientific user facilities, and outreach, with a strategic eye towards research on zoonotic and vector-borne diseases and the One Health approach to sustainability.  He is a member of the American Crystallographic Association, the American Chemical Society, the Protein Society, and the Wildlife Disease Association.

Jason Benedict, Past Chair

University at Buffalo

Jason received his BS in Chemistry from Arizona State University in 2001 and his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2007 from the University of Washington working under Professor Bart Kahr where he received training in crystal optics and X-ray diffraction. In 2008, Jason began his post-doctoral studies at the University at Buffalo under the guidance of Professor Philip Coppens that involved time-resolved X-ray diffraction. Jason began his independent career in the Department of Chemistry at the University at Buffalo in 2011 and currently holds the rank of Associate Professor. Jason’s research seeks to develop advanced in situ X-ray diffraction techniques to achieve a molecular level understanding of the physical processes that occur in stimuli-responsive nanoporous materials. Jason is a co-PI of NSF’s ChemMatCARS, a world-leading beamline for advanced crystallography at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Labs. Jason is a Fellow of the RSC and serves or has served, often in leadership positions, in a number of organizations including NUFO, APS SAC, WNYACS (former chair), APSUO (former chair).


Bradley Lokitz

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Brad Lokitz is the User Program Director and researcher at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Brad started working at ORNL in 2007 as post-doctoral researcher at the Spallation Neutron Source before joining the Macromolecular Nanomaterials Group at CNMS in 2010 as a staff scientist.  In addition to his role as a researcher, Brad has been a part of the CNMS user office since 2015 and became the User Program Director in 2018.  His experience as a research staff member, user, and user facility administrator allows him to consider the many challenges and opportunities that are inherent to user facilities from multiple perspectives. Brad received a B. S. degree in Chemistry from Millsaps College, a Ph. D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Southern Mississippi, and an MBA from the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Brenden Heidrich is the Director of the Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF),

Brenden Heidrich

Idaho National Laboratory 

Dr. Brenden Heidrich is the Director of the Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF), led out of the Idaho National Laboratory (INL).  As the NSUF Director, he focuses on building a program to enable nuclear energy researchers to access national capabilities to further their endeavors.  He previously served as the NSUF Chief Scientist for Irradiations and the Irradiation Testing Department Manager for the Nuclear Fuels and Materials Division at the INL.  Before moving to the INL, Dr. Heidrich was a research professor at the Radiation Science and Engineering Center at the Pennsylvania State University where he taught reactor physics and nuclear security and was a licensed senior reactor operator. 

Dr. Heidrich’s career has been focused on the design, operation, and utilization of research and test reactors to perform research, education, and outreach. Beyond his leadership role with the NSUF, he also assists the Department of Energy in research reactor infrastructure areas.  He is a licensed professional nuclear engineer in Idaho and Pennsylvania.

Dr. Heidrich learned nuclear engineering in the US Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, serving onboard the USS Enterprise nuclear aircraft carrier.  Later he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Nuclear Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, and doctoral degree in Energy and Mineral Engineering from Penn State. He serves on the Professional Engineering Examination Committee and the executive committees of the Isotopes and Radiation and Human Factors Instrumentation and Controls Divisions of the American Nuclear Society.

Kevin Fournier

National Ignition Facility

Kevin Fournier is the User Office Director at the National Ignition Facility (NIF); he is responsible for all aspects of successful fielding of cutting edge high-energy-density experiments at the facility, including soliciting and evaluating proposals for the highest scientific quality experiments, scheduling experiments to use the facility optimally, helping experimental teams design their experiments to the facility’s capabilities, managing the facility’s review process for experimental readiness, and planning strategically for new facility capability. Kevin manages all communication to the constituencies that are the major users of the facility including the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA’s) Stockpile Stewardship Program users, the international academic community that participates through the NIF’s Discovery Science program, and other federal agencies that perform experiments under the National Security Applications program. Prior to leading the User Office, Kevin ran LLNL’s National Security Applications Program (2005 – 2015) and implemented radiation effects testing plans for several DoD agencies at the NIF and elsewhere. Kevin is an experienced researcher who has led experimental campaigns and computations collaborations at facilities around the world. In his role now as part of the NIF’s Senior Management Team, Kevin provides a voice that is an advocate for best practices that enhance the users’ experience at the facility.

Jennifer Greenamoyer

Independant Consultant

Jennifer Greenamoyer is a science communications and advocacy consultant. She was most recently the American Institute of Physics’ principal government relations liaison, working to assist AIP’s Member Societies with development and implementation of government relations initiatives. She regularly represented AIP to Congress and other policy makers to forward science policy interests and works with the S&T community to influence policy developments and lobby for appropriations. In addition, she managed AIP’s Congressional and State Department fellowship programs. Jen received her MSC in Oceanography and Master of Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island. She began her career working for the Environmental Protection Agency helping with the development of regulations in the Office of Water and the Office of the Administrator. At EPA, she also conducted training for EPA staff on regulation development and worked on small business regulatory relief. While on Capitol Hill, Jen worked as professional staff for the House Committee on Small Business where she specialized in regulations, primarily pertaining to environmental and labor issues. Before joining AIP, Jen worked for the Sea Grant Association as Director of External Affairs where she was responsible for working to secure annual appropriations and monitoring legislative developments.

Linda Isakson

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Linda Isakson is a communications, public relations, and outreach professional with over 20 years of public service. She is currently the communications manager for the Department of Energy, Office of Science, Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), overseeing EMSL’s website, social media channels, events, user engagement, and internal/external communications. In this position she advocates for the importance of user facilities in driving scientific innovation, implements projects that outreach to new facility users, and educates users on how to best leverage the resources user facilities have to offer individual researchers and research teams.

She started her career in state and local environmental compliance. She developed and managed municipal water quality programs, led communications for state oil spill and hazardous waste response, then made her way into the government-funded national laboratory system. Isakson has a M.S. in Ecology from University of Michigan and a M.P.A. from the Evergreen State College.

Tom Fitzgibbons Sr R&D Leader at The Dow Chemical Company

Thomas Fitzgibbons

Dow Chemical

Thomas Fitzgibbons is a Senior R&D Leader within the Analytical Sciences organization of the Dow Chemical Company. In this role he leads the Surface and Interface Characterization team as well as the external technology strategy for the global organization. He is a board member of the DuPont-Northwestern-Dow Collaborative Access Team at the Advanced Photon Source. He has been an avid user and advocate for national user facilities with experience at a number of different facilities.

Outside of Dow, he stays connected to the various synchrotron and neutron facilities through participation and leadership in the American Crystallographic Association, former chair and secretary of the Small Angle Scattering Scientific Interest Group. Thomas received his PhD from Pennsylvania State University in 2014 and a BS in Chemistry from University at Buffalo, State University of New York. His research interests include the use and development of analytical tools to extract the micro and nanoscale structure of complex materials to provide insight into the development of new materials and improved manufacturing operations.

Richard Leonard (Secretary)

State of Indiana

Mr. Leonard is Director of Federal Programs for the Indiana Innovation Institute. He leads capture & implementation of major federal programs by building teams across the region, state and nation. His focus is on areas of involving requirements in most need of innovative solutions. Prior to this he held research, program management, business development and line management roles at Battelle Memorial Institute. He started with Battelle in 1990 after serving in the US Army. In the last 26 years with Battelle he has held a wide range of positions ranging from Research Scientist supporting US Air Force acquisition programs, to DC based Program Manager on Battelle’s support to the post-9/11 Pentagon reconstruction, to Vice President for Battelle’s 1200 staff National Security Engineering and Software businesses. In 2012 he was selected to be Battelle’s Industry Fellow at the Eisenhower School finishing the school as a Distinguished Graduate in 2013. Following his graduation, he returned to Battelle and assumed a newly created position running the corporate Business Strategy group. As Battelle’s Vice President for Business Strategy he worked directly with Battelle’s corporate leadership to develop and manage the strategic plans governing the future direction of the company. In late 2014 Mr. Leonard was appointed President and CEO, Bluefin Robotics, a subsidiary of Battelle Memorial Institute and an MIT spinout specializing in undersea autonomous systems and batteries. He led a corporate turnaround and eventual sale of Bluefin to General Dynamics in 2016. In March of 2016 Mr. Leonard took over the newly created Battelle Ecology Business line and in April of 2016 also assumed the role of CEO for Battelle Ecology, Inc. (formerly NEON, Inc.) This business is currently focused on completing the Construction of the $450M National Ecological Observatory Network and transitioning the Observatory into Operations. Although headquartered in Boulder, CO his team includes over 600 staff spread across 21 states and Puerto Rico.

Jodi Muckelbauer (Treasurer)

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Dr. Muckelbauer is the Director of Structural Biology within the Small-Molecule Drug Discovery Group at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. Her group focuses on the structure/function relationship of proteins; delivering 3-dimensional protein structures in complex with drug candidates using structure to guide, optimize and speed up the drug discovery process. Her group at BMS are facility users – co-running a syncrotron beam line at APS and frequent users of beam lines at NSLS-II and ALS. Prior to this work, Dr. Muckelbauer was a Principal Research Scientist at DuPont Pharmaceuticals. Her research has focused on cloning, E. coli expression and purification of soluble decay-accelerating factor; cryoelectron microscopy of coxsackievirus B3/DAF complex; and structural determination and refinement of coxsackievirus B3 to 3.5 Å resolution. Dr. Muckelbauer holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Purdue University, and a B.S. Degree in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Oregon State University. She has served as Treasurer and Chair of the Industrial Macromolecular Crystallography Association, as well as a member of that Board from 2002-2015.


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