Meet our board:

Faye Thompson                                                                                                                               

With more than twenty years of IT project delivery experience, Faye Thompson is a consultant coach and scrum master. With a focus on agile methodologies and continuous improvement, Faye has had a positive impact in the financial services, healthcare, advertising, automotive and aviation industries. Passionate about using innovative solutions to drive business value, she helps workgroups transform themselves into highly engaged and energized teams. In addition to Women in STEMM, Faye enjoys serving on the board of directors for the Central Ohio Agile Association.  She spends her free time volunteering as an emergency medical responder and public affairs coordinator for the American Red Cross, and hanging out with her husband and two dogs.

Jennifer Patritti Cram

Jennifer is a second-year doctoral student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at the University of Cincinnati. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience at The Ohio State University (OSU) graduating with research distinction. Jennifer has been involved in the efforts of retaining minority students in sciences as founding president of the SACNAS Chapter at OSU, as a scholar in Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program, by participating in various national conferences, and by leading discussions at the Ohio Latino Education Summit about building science networks for Latino students.  Jennifer is now an NIH Pre-Doctoral Training Fellow working in Dr. Nancy Ratner’s lab at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital studying the signaling mechanisms of peripheral nerve tumor formation in Neurofibromatosis Type 1 using mouse models.

Kristen Matter 

Kristen is a Patent Examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, working primarily with inventors who file patent applications without the assistance of a registered practitioner. She also assists the Office of Innovation Development providing education and outreach to independent inventors and entrepreneurs on public resources offered by the USPTO and Department of Commerce. Before coming to the USPTO in 2006, Kristen worked at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, as a research assistant in the Center for Injury Research and Policy.  She received her J.D. from Fordham Law School in 2012 and is registered to practice law in Ohio and Washington, D.C. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2003 and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering in 2005 from The Ohio State University.

Kathryn Warner


Kathryn Warner is a registered Patent Agent at the Denver office of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP and helps clients prepare and prosecute patent applications across various industries, including medical devices, mechanical, chemical and polymer arts as well as materials engineering and processing. She brings experience in advanced ceramic materials related to alternative energy systems, including fuel cells, petrochemical and catalytic applications, aerospace and automotive technologies.Kathryn leverages a background as an R&D engineer and inventor, with international experience, to understand the challenges innovators face in cultivating and protecting intellectual property.  Kathryn worked in R&D at Westinghouse Advanced Energy Conversion labs in Pittsburgh, PA and at Risø National Laboratory in Roskilde, Denmark.  Kathryn is co-inventor of U.S. Patent no. 5,908,713 entitled “Sintered electrode for solid oxide fuel cells” and was honored in 2017 by the USPTO with a Patent Pro Bono Certificate for her service supporting under-resourced independent inventors.

Kathryn holds an M.S. in Ceramic Engineering from The Ohio State University (Thesis entitled “Crystallization of the Y2Si2O3 intergranular phase in Silicon Nitride with ZrO2 Additions”) and a B.S. in Ceramic Engineering from Rutgers University.

Kathryn enjoys hiking and agility (with her Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever) and is a volunteer firefighter with Genesee Fire Rescue in Colorado.

Nicole Raab

Class of 2015 – B.S. Microbiology (Plant Pathology minor)
Bioanalyst contractor (through Astrix Technology Group) at Battelle
Columbus, Ohio
Interests: environmental science, conservation, laboratory management, hiking and camping, painting, cooking and baking, local music/food/art.

Cindy Conner

B.S. and Ph.D. in Ceramic Engineering from The Ohio State University, retired from Battelle in 2016 as a Senior Business Development Manager for Advanced Materials.  Prior industrial experience included Sales & Marketing, Technical Service, Manufacturing, and Research & Development of advanced materials at Corning, The Dow Chemical Company, OM Group, and PQ Corporation. Currently serves on the board of the Franklin County Alumni Club/Historian and previously as Membership Chair and is a mentor for the Ohio State Young Alumni Academy.  Interests include avid Ohio State football fan, traveling and history.

Jen Rudy

I graduated from Ohio State with a B.S. in pharmaceutical sciences (‘08) and a Pharm.D. (‘10). I have worked in community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, specialty & home infusion, as well as recent experience with managed care and value-based payment models. I currently work for Aetna Medicare Advantage. I live in Clintonville with my husband, two cats and a dog. In my free time I enjoy reading, volunteering at the Franklin county dog shelter, and hiking at one of our many amazing metro parks. I’m a 2018 fellow of the New Leaders Council – Columbus and I’m very excited to be a founding Board member of this Alumni Society!

Rachael Mauk  

I am a three-time OSU STEMM grad (Honors BS Physics & BS Geography 2008, MS Atmospheric Sciences 2010, PhD Atmospheric Sciences 2016). I currently work for the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center as a health policy researcher. I continue my dissertation research on hurricane climatology on the side. I volunteer as an usher for the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) and am also a member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra League.

Joy Lanham

Joy graduated in 2006 with a BS in Civil Engineering, focusing in the field of transportation. After 7 years working at a consulting company, she started her own traffic engineering firm. She served as a mentor in the Women in Engineering program here at Ohio State and currently serves as past president for the Columbus Chapter of WTS, a professional organization aimed at advancing women in the field of transportation.

Dwitiya Sawant

Dwitiya graduated in 2015 with a PhD in Molecular Genetics. Her thesis was on understanding the role of centrosomal proteins in breast cancer progression. She has mentored many undergraduates and has served as a judge at undergraduate forums during her time as a graduate student. Dwitiya is currently a post-doctoral scientist in the cardiovascular center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She studies pathways that lead to cardiac fibrosis. Dwitiya’s interests include hiking, traveling, Ohio State football.

Susan Kraner


I am a 1982 graduate of the Ohio State University with a B.S. in biochemistry.  I went on to study at the University of Pennsylvania, where I received my Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1989.  I have worked in scientific research my entire professional life, and currently am working as a Scientist III at the University of Kentucky Sanders Brown Center on Aging.  I am working under the direction of Dr. Chris Norris to develop new approaches to treat neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease and traumatic brain injury.  We have identified a prominent neuroinflammatory pathway activated in many of these diseases and are testing new pharmaceutical agents that block this pathway in animal models, with a goal of moving to clinical trials in humans.
Kathleen Cox Amiott

Class of 1980 – BS Metallurcal Engineering
NSK Corp.
2 adult children
4 horses 2 dogs 2 cats
Hobbies: crafts – painting, crocheting, jewelry making, leatherwork etc.
Enjoy musicals and plays when I get the chance.

Pamela Burton


Pam graduated from The Ohio State University with a BA in Psychology (‘90) and graduated from Ohio University with a M.Ed. in Computer Education and Technology (2009). She currently works as a Learning Management System Administrator and PC Training Manager at the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Pam volunteers as a local coordinator for the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) – High School Student Program. She also enjoys traveling with her husband, long distance running, listening to jazz and watching Ohio State Basketball/Football.