Committee Members

Sarah Gualtieri

Communications Committee

Sarah lives in New York with her family, including her kool kid Evan. She worked as a graphic designer before pursuing a Master of Arts in Integrated Marketing and Communications. During the pandemic she started her own business as a photographer and videographer for food and beverage brands. She is bringing her social media and marketing experience to […]

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Barbara Drake

Research Committee

Barbara was born in the Pacific Northwest and raised in Arizona. She currently resides in Northeast Ohio with her family, where she graduated from Hiram College with a degree in Psychobiology. After receiving her masters in exotic animal management & behavior with an emphasis on animal neurology, she worked in the Zoology field at the […]

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Blake Ivers

Research Committee

Blake Ivers grew up in Michigan and has always had an interest in the healthcare field. He graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI with a bachelor’s degree then earned his master of science degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. During the course of his education Blake was involved with […]

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Shannon Thol

Research Committee

Shannon Thol was born and raised in Colorado and has lived all over the United States. She has a BS in biochemistry from Colorado State University, a Masters of GIS from Pennsylvania State University and a PhD in biology from MIT. Shannon has extensive research experience, having studied everything from protein biochemistry, to reptile ecology, to ecosystem […]

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Katie Maher

Summit Committee

Katie grew up and currently lives about 25 minutes outside of Chicago.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and her master’s degree in Child Development from Erikson Institute.  She has worked at a therapeutic day school in various roles for the last 14 years.  When she’s not working at the school or […]

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