Past Members

Thank you to the following people for their contributions to the initiative!


Thao Pham, PhD, (Former) Marketing Director, Postdoctoral Fellow, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University


Jill Wenderhott, PhD, (Former) STEM Circuits Coordinator – Evanston Campus, Postdoctoral Fellow, Materials Sciences and Engineering, Northwestern University


Blanca Gutierrez, (Former) STEM Circuits Coordinator-Chicago Campus, PhD Student, Driskill Graduate Program, Northwestern University


Kristoffer Myczek, PhD, (Former) Operations Manager


Caren Nassif, (Former) STEM Circuits Coordinator- MA Candidate, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University


Arianne Rodriguez, PhD, (Former) Symposium Coordinator


Maggie Chan, MSL, (Former) Treasuer & Fundraising Chair, Northwestern University


Valerie Fako Miller, PhD, (Former) Liason

Valerie served as a liaison from the University of Chicago Postdoctoral Association. She helped bring UChicago postdocs and speakers to ChiSTEM events including the annual IWD symposium. We are grateful for the work Valerie did regarding outreach and IWD!







Grace Bellinger, (Former) STEM Circuits Study Design and Implementation Director, PhD Candidate, Northwestern University

Grace was a vital part of the STEM Circuits initial organization committee. She organized the first STEM Circuits survey which provided valuable insight from our participants. Thank you Grace for your contributions to the Initiative!








Claudia B. Späni, PhD, (Former) Social Media Coordinator, Postdoctoral Fellow, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

During her time at Northwestern University, Claudia was a vital member of the Chicago Women in STEM Initiative. She is the founder of our blog and did an amazing job as our Social Media Coordinator on Twitter. Best of luck to her as she continues the work of the initiative in Switzerland. We will miss you Claudia!