BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Caroline Attardo Genco, President and Treasurer
Caroline obtained her Ph.D. in 1987 from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, NY. She pursued a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta GA from 1987-1989, served on the Faculty at Emory University from 1991-1993, at Morehouse School of Medicine from 1993-1997, Boston University School of Medicine from 1997 -2015, and is currently the Arthur E. Spiller, M.D. Professor and Chair in the Departments of Integrative Physiology an Pathobiology at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Genco has and outstanding and distinguished history of excellence in biomedical research with more than 115 publications in scientific journals focusing on inflammatory diseases. Her research program is supported from extramural funds from the National Institutes Health (NIH). She also serves in an advisory capacity to the NIH. She has also worked with Pharmaceutical companies on funded research projects, as well as in an advisory capacity.
Dr. Genco has more than 25 years of experience in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral trainees (Ph.D., M.D.), and has considerable expertise in training minority students. She has been involved heavily in the mentorship of junior faculty. She has also served as the Chair for several nationally- and internationally-attended symposia, and has organized scientific meetings while securing both NIH and Industrial support.
Dr. Genco currently serves as President and Treasurer of the foundation.
Brandon M. Genco, Vice President
Brandon Genco graduated from Boston University in 2007 with a B.A. in Biology with a specialization in Marine Science. Through the university he had the opportunity to work in a variety of exotic field locations including the Tiputini Biodiversity station in the eastern Amazon. Following graduation, he worked in Belize on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System as a scientific diver measuring ecological function and effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas. After Belize he was employed by a private contractor under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association to monitor commercial fishing operations. During his 2.5 year tenure there, he worked directly on fishing vessels up and down the Northeastern Seaboard. After his time at sea, he worked with Massachusetts Department of Marine Fisheries on a variety of monitoring and fish reintroduction programs. During the summer of 2012 he continued his passion for field biology by participating in a research internship on abyssal ecology at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.
Through his varied experiences, he has learned to problem-solve and work efficiently with various shareholders and agencies and in resource limited situations.
He is currently in the masters program in the Department of Geography at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he works on large-scale patterns of Biodiversity and Ecological process in the context of Global changes.
Mr. Genco serves as the Vice President of the foundation and the Chair of Biking Operations.
William R. Dixon, Nonprofit Liaison
William Dixon grew up with both Christina and Brandon Genco in Atlanta, GA. He attended Boston University, graduating in 2006 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering.
Post graduation, Mr. Dixon took a job with oilfield service company Schlumberger, as a field engineer in the Middle East. After leaving Schlumberger in 2008, he took a consulting job with Appian Corporation working out of Washington, DC and London, England. Following Appian, he traveled for an extended period of time that eventually found him in Haiti assisting with the earthquake recovery effort. Noting the stark comparison between field operations of the nonprofits operating in Haiti and his time in the oil industry, Mr. Dixon decided to start Relief Labs International, a nonprofit focused on bringing efficiency and new technology to the disaster relief world. He is currently working full time on Relief Labs and is based out of Cambridge, MA.
Mr. Dixon currently serves as an at-large board member for the foundation.
Sarah Royal, Director of Public Relations / Clerk
Sarah Royal, originally from New Jersey, obtained a degree in Journalism from New York University in 2006. After spending a year working in Chicago, she has worked in the nonprofit field for the past four years in Portland, OR. Ms. Royal is a three-time published author and an active volunteer with various cycling-based organizations. She currently is involved marketing and communications work for a social entrepreneurial nonprofit that employs people with disabilities.
Ms. Royal participated in Christina’s first nonprofit cross-country cycling trip with the nonprofit organization Bike & Build in 2009, cycling from Boston, MA to Santa Barbara, CA. She also participated in the Chris Webber Memorial Ride (CWM) in December 2010.
Ms. Royal currently serves as the Clerk as well as an at-large board member for the foundation.
Jeremy Story, Director of Finance
Jeremy Story received his BBA in Accounting from Augusta State University in 2011. During his time at Augusta State, he was actively involved in Phi Beta Lambda. In addition to winning four National awards including first place in Accounting Analysis and Decision Making and Financial Concepts, he also served as chapter President during his junior year. Mr. Story was also involved in the study abroad program where he studied International Business in China, and Nonprofit Management in conjunction with a Habitat for Humanity Global Village trip to El Salvador.
After graduation Mr. Story co-led, with Christina and others, a cross-country cycling trip from Charleston, South Carolina to Santa Cruz, California, to raise money and awareness for affordable housing through Bike & Build. He recently obtained a Masters in Accounting at Georgia Southern University.
Mr. Story currently serves as an at-large board member for the foundation.
Elaine Walker, Director of Scholarships
Elaine Walker is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology at Emory University. She leads a research laboratory that is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health to study risk factors for major mental illness. Her research is focused on child and adolescent development and the brain changes that are associated with adolescence. She has published over 200 scientific articles and six books dealing with mental health and neuroscience. Dr. Walker also teaches graduate and undergraduate courses at Emory.
Dr. Walker graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri in 1979. In 1978-1979, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Southern California, and in 1980 she joined the faculty of Cornell University where she was Assistant then Associate professor. In 1985, Dr. Walker accepted a faculty position in the Department of Psychology at Emory University. Dr. Walker is the recipient of awards for her research, including a WT Grant Faculty/Scholar Award, two Career Development awards from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Zubin Memorial Award from the New York Psychiatric Institute, the Gralnick Award from the American Psychological Society, the Cattell Foundation Award, the Joseph Zubin Award for life time achievement in research, and the Scholar-Teacher award from Emory University.
Dr. Walker has served on the Board of the Atlanta Girls School and the Atlanta Youth Soccer Association, and is committed to supporting programs that promote the healthy development of young women. She and her daughter Carmen have been friends of the Genco family for over 20 years.
Dr. Walker serves as an at-large board member for the foundation.
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