Dr. BethAnn McLaughlin (@McLNeuro; [email protected]) built her academic career studying mitochondrial and redox stress signaling in neurological injury and disease. She has received major research funding from the NIH, the DoD, the Dan Marino Foundation, the AHA and IARPA. Her career was sidetracked in 2014 when she experienced retaliation after being a witness in a Title IX investigation. Recently, the National Academy of Sciences gold ribbon panel revealed that her experience was all too common for women in science and medicine. The majority of women in these fields are sexually harassed, very few report, and the consequence of reporting is almost always retaliation. The rates of assault and harassment of those we seek to include most including people of color, LGBTQI and individuals with disabilities are far higher and even more devastating.
Dr. Eunice Neeley ([email protected]) is a graduate of UC Berkeley Public Health School and USCF Medical School. With expertise in creating policies for public health crises, Eunice is an accomplished medical trainee and outspoken advocate for transparency and accountability in funding from corporations and increasing the number of women and people of color in biomedical research. Eunice has provided global assistance to various public health agencies on gender equity issues. Eunice’s journey to community empowerment through advocacy was cut short when she stepped forward to report sexual misconduct during her post-doctoral research and residency training. Eunice aligned with MeTooSTEM early on in the founding of the movement. Her experience with sexual misconduct in academia with few visible consequences for criminal behavior is the norm for women of color who report illegal activity; her career remains derailed to this day. Yet, Eunice is delighted to be trailblazer and work with various stakeholders to ensure other women of color in STEM fields face less misogyny and racism than Eunice did, so that future women in STEM can be successful in their careers.
Dr. Angela Rasmussen (@angie_rasmussen; [email protected]) is on the faculty of the Center for Infection and Immunity at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health. She uses systems biology approaches to study how the host response to infection determines disease severity for highly pathogenic emerging viruses. Just as aberrant host gene expression can determine whether a patient will live or die from Ebola virus, inadequate or inappropriate institutional responses enable abusers to destroy lives and careers. Dr. Rasmussen has directly and indirectly experienced the extraordinary harm caused by sexual misconduct multiple times throughout her academic career. She is a member of the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director Working Group on Changing the Culture to End Sexual Harassment and proudly joined MeTooSTEM in 2019. Dr. Rasmussen is focused on advocating for and implementing institutional culture and policy mechanisms to enforce meaningful accountability and provide restorative justice to survivors.
Dr. Teresa Swanson (@SciSwany; [email protected]) received her PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Washington in 2016. She transitioned away from the bench to be able to focus her attention on improving the many issues within the research community that plagued her PhD. Dr. Swanson created a position as an outreach and communications specialist for a neighboring graduate program to help increase the diversity of opportunities available for graduate students. In January 2017, she co-founded the March for Science Seattle, which hosted approximately 30,000 science enthusiasts during its first march, and she continues to lead the organization today. Dr. Swanson joined the MeTooSTEM leadership team in 2018 as a voice for victims after her own experience with harassment and defamation.
Britteny Watson-Ivey (@BrittenyMWatson; [email protected])joined the MeTooSTEM leadership team in 2019, and serves as the organization’s business manager. She received her BA in public relations in 2009 from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she currently lives and runs a small business with her partner. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, running and gardening.
MeTooSTEM Speaking Team Members are trained counselors for sexual assault emergency services or medical doctors. Other members of the Leadership Team have primary roles in administration, advocacy, support and outreach. *Affiliations listed for identification purposes only.