Meet the Board:

Cynthia Harley: President and Treasurer

Dr. Harley is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul Minnesota. She is a neurophysiologist who’s research has focused on how simple nervous systems create complex behavior. She received her PhD from Case Western Reserve University and performed postdoctoral research at the California Institute of Technology and University of Minnesota. She is passionate about teaching (especially physiology) as she finds it a continual source of inspiration. Her goal in creating this foundation was to help reduce the gender gap in academia by helping women to overcome some of the difficulties created by the dual role of scholar and mom. Harley is mother to a 3 year old boy who was born just a few months prior to the start of her faculty position.

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Kriss Kemp-Graham: Vice President

Dr. Kemp-Graham has taught in higher education for over a decade. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Texas AM University-Commerce. Dr. Kemp-Graham has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh, a Masters Degree in Urban Affairs from Hunter College in New York, and PhD from New York University in School District Administration. Dr. Kemp-Graham is passionate about understanding numerous "WHYS?" Why does Race and Culture Matter in Schools? Why are students of color disproportionately represented in school discipline? What does social justice school leadership look like in action? What are some ways in which the School to Prison Pipeline and School to Prison Pathways can be dismantled? How can educators close the achievement gap? 

Dr. Kemp-Graham has been married for 24 years to Derek Graham. They have three children: Milan, 17, Siobahn 15, and Giselle 7. Dr. Kemp-Graham enjoys baking, scrapbooking and crocheting.

Elizabeth Malinich: Secretary

Dr. Malinich's scientific passion lies in the study of plant beneficial microbial communities as a method of addressing agricultural and environmental problems. She has a two year old boy, who was born three weeks after she defended her dissertation. She recently gave birth to a daughter. She is committed to the Academic Mama Foundation because too many people were astonished that she would attempt to have a family during her early academic career years. Being a Mama should be a boon rather than a bar to working in higher education.


Devon Hensel

Dr. Hensel is an Assistant Research Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine and an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. She attended graduate school at Purdue University and received additional postdoctoral training at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Hensel’s research expertise include adolescent romantic relationship development, adolescent sexuality, research methodology and longitudinal/complex data analysis. She is the mom of a nine year old girl, and a 20 month old boy, both of whom were born during her current faculty position. Dr. Hensel is committed to the Academic Mama Foundation because the support of community was vital to balancing being a new mama and an academic.

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Tina Jiwatram-Negron

Dr. Jiwatram-Negrón is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work, and Faculty Affiliate of the Office of Gender-Based Violence at Arizona State University. She received her PhD in Social Work from Columbia University, and completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan. Dr. Jiwatram-Negrón’s research and teaching focuses on different intersections of gender-based violence, including HIV, HIV risk behaviors (sex work, substance use), and related trauma/mental health outcomes. She specializes in developing and testing interventions to address GBV and associated risks among socially marginalized women, both domestically and internationally, in partnership with community organizations. She is a mom of an energetic and curious two year old girl, and is committed to the Academic Mamas Foundation as she believes in the collective impact that aca-mamas can have on one another by sharing their knowledge, support, and strength through the adventures and mistrials of motherhood and academia.


Katie Phillips

Biography coming soon!

Kateri McRae

Biography coming soon!