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2024 Election—BOD Candidate Statements and Open Section Positions

1 March 2024 1,674 views No Comment
The ASA announces the candidates for the 2024 election. Voting begins April 1 and runs through April 30. Make sure to check your email for a link to the online voting system.

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Navigate to each race via the following links:
Running for President-Elect
Running for Vice President
Running for Council of Chapters Representative to the Board
Running for Council of Sections Representative to the Board
List of Section Positions

 

Running for President-Elect 2025

 

Denise Lievesley

Retired

The impact of my first JSM remains clear in my memory. I listened in awe to incredible statisticians who engaged me in discussions about developments in survey sampling and data quality. Since then, professional statistical associations have enabled me to grow as a statistician, explore different areas of application and theory, and contribute to the profession through voluntary work. I’ve made great friendships along the way.

I have been privileged to serve as president of both the International Statistical Institute and the Royal Statistical Society. It is an overwhelming honor to be a candidate for president of ASA. Being an ASA member has been rewarding, particularly when I represented international members on the ASA Board.

There are at least four ways I’d like to contribute to ASA as its president:

International
Leading a refresh of ASA’s international strategy and priorities, seeking an understanding of why statisticians and data scientists outside the USA belong to ASA, examining how ASA could enhance its role in the development of sound statistical work worldwide and better support statisticians in poor countries.

Trust
Reviewing how ASA champions trust in statistics, creating stronger links with responsible journalists and fact-checking organizations. Perhaps ASA can bring together statisticians from various fields to show us how we can protect the trustworthiness of our work.

Ethics
We have a responsibility to ensure data are used ethically and that we protect privacy. I want to support the work of the Committee on Professional Ethics to further develop training material to spread awareness of ethical issues arising in our profession.

Publications
ASA should continue [to] review its portfolio of publications and take advantage of new technologies in sharing timely and quality information.

I am fortunate to have entered such an important profession and to have had so much fun in my career. Being ASA president would be icing on the cake.
 

Jeri Mulrow

Westat

It is truly an honor to be nominated for ASA president. Founded in 1839, ASA is an international organization with members worldwide. I joined as a graduate student in the early 1980s. The ASA has provided me with many growth and learning opportunities over the years. As ASA president, I will work to continue to pay forward so other statisticians and data scientists will have their own opportunities to advance their technical knowledge, communication and collaboration skills, and leadership experiences.

ASA faces an evolving and challenging environment. We must continue to communicate the value of statistics and data science to our broader societies. We must advocate for equitable and representative data to make decisions. We must support statistical and data science literacy at all ages. We must support our current and future members. We must be both strategic and pragmatic as we move into the future.

It is always an exciting and very interesting time to be an ASA member. As with past eras, the ASA is facing new challenges to our membership, our conferences, and our fiscal well-being. But our world societies need sound statistical and data science advice, knowledge, and applications. The ASA is best positioned to promote and support these activities worldwide. It would be a great honor to serve ASA and to support strategic initiatives in statistics and data science to meet these challenges.

If elected, I will work to support activities that engage our next generations and inspire them to be advocates and principled practitioners of statistics and data science. To me, this means supporting statistical and data science literacy at all levels of education and adult learning and communicating our value to governments and individuals globally. I am proud to be an ASA member, and I hope to instill that in others.
 

Running for Vice President 2025–2027

 

DuBois Bowman

University of Michigan

I’m excited to be a candidate for ASA vice president as we continue to shape the future of the statistical sciences.

I look forward to working with colleagues and peers across the ASA as we position our field as a changemaker and influencer across a range of disciplines and key issues.

This is an exciting moment for statisticians to lead on some of our most pressing issues in society, including climate change, combating misinformation, and more. We are at a moment when there is unprecedented generation, storage, and access to data along with rapidly evolving technologies, including AI. We are experiencing an accompanying rapid emergence and evolution of analytic methods and activity across numerous disciplines. The confluence of these factors creates an important moment for statistics to lead. There is an enormous opportunity for statisticians to marshal the work across quantitative fields to push the boundaries of theories and methods that meet today’s data needs and to play central roles in collaborative teams to apply such methods.

I thrive in this nexus of partnership and team science, and my experience working in collaborative interdisciplinary environments will translate to the type of collegial leadership I hope to bring to ASA as vice president. Additionally, my time as president of ENAR (of the International Biometric Society), leadership on key task forces for the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, and numerous efforts within the ASA make me well positioned to hold the role of ASA vice president. I hope I have the honor of serving the organization and its membership in this capacity.

 

Nandita Mitra

University of Pennsylvania

Would you be surprised if I told you that I was born and raised in a small town in the Colorado Rockies among cattle ranchers and former uranium miners? How about if I told you that I helped brand a calf when I was in third grade or that the nearest big box store was four hours and an icy mountain pass away? Or that, in that same small town, residents held a film festival in which all of Ingmar Bergman’s films were featured? As members of the ASA, you probably would not be surprised since we all bring something unique to our community which makes the ASA so special. The ASA brings together researchers who are inspired and motivated by the depth and nuance of data.

We seek to uncover hidden gems, think deeply about heterogeneity, and appreciate the complexity and richness of the world around us. I am proud to be a member of this association and am honored to be nominated to run for vice president of the ASA.

If elected vice president, I will collaborate closely with the president to focus on their proposed initiatives. I will bring my experiences in other leadership roles such as chair of the Statistics in Epidemiology Section of the ASA, chair of the Budget & Finance Committee of IBS, secretary of the Society for Causal Inference, and ENAR representative to the ASA to this new role with full dedication, enthusiasm, and energy. Most importantly, I would strive to encourage, support, and celebrate ASA members having an impact in the advancement of innovative statistical methods, making important scientific discoveries, improving human health, leading policy decision-making, mentoring the new generation of statisticians, and developing teaching innovations. I look forward to working with you in this capacity!
 

Running for Council of Chapters Representative 2025–2027

 

David Corliss

Grafham Analytics

ASA chapters have such an incredible ability to apply and promote statistical science at the community level, where members live and work every day. I am seeking to serve on the Board of Directors as the Council of Chapters (CoC) representative to promote the good work being done at the chapter level and to serve as a bridge between chapters and the national organization to empower, encourage, and promote the work of the chapters in the life of the ASA. My leadership as a chapter officer, including the CoC representative for the Detroit Chapter; my monthly Amstat News column, Stats4Good; and ASA leadership roles in recent years as chair of the Conference on Statistical Practice and COPSS representative; work with JEDI; and serving on the committee for the Statistics Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science provides the background needed for this important role.

The CoC representative serves as the board’s line of sight into chapter needs, accomplishments, and as a vehicle for chapter input into ASA programs, decisions, and resources. Top priorities will be:

  • Connecting members to ASA resources and supporting healthy chapters through recruiting and community outreach.
  • Outreach and development in industry and government sectors that are such an important part of many chapters and offer rich opportunities for growth.
  • Foster ASA partnership with other statistical societies and science organizations like American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Union of Concerned Scientists to promote the role of statistics and data science in society to build stronger communities and [a] better world.

 

Jessica Kohlschmidt

The Ohio State University, Nationwide Center for Advanced Customer Insights

I am honored to accept the nomination to serve on the ASA Board of Directors (BOD) as a Council of Chapters (COC) representative. Volunteering is a passion of mine, and I find great joy in supporting and connecting with individuals.

My commitment to ASA is evident in my efforts to revive and lead my local chapter, now serving as vice chair of District 3. I take pride in uniting individuals, fostering networking opportunities, and facilitating collective learning and growth. Providing guidance and assistance to chapters as they collaborate and engage in outreach activities has been a source of immense fulfillment for me.

A particular focus of my dedication lies in encouraging young minds to explore statistics. I have actively participated in outreach initiatives such as the Florence Nightingale Day event initiated by ASA and the Caucus for Women in Statistics (CWS) in 2018. This event celebrates women in statistics and data science while introducing hands-on statistical activities to young participants, aiming to promote statistical literacy and interest among them. We hope to expose young individuals to the myriad opportunities within our field.

In collaboration with Tomi Mori and members of ASA, CWS, and the Portuguese Statistical Society, I have played a key role in launching the International Day for Women in Statistics and Data Science. This global platform allows individuals to showcase their work to an international audience, fostering cross-cultural learning and promoting statistical practice, as well as leadership, for those involved in planning. We are planning for the third conference in 2024.

As a board representative, I hope to create a bridge for communication between the chapters, the COCGB, and the ASA BOD. I would like to continue to support chapters in their efforts. I am excited about contributing to the ASA BOD, leveraging my experience and passion to strengthen the ASA community and advance the field of statistics.
 

Running for Council of Sections Representative 2025–2027

 

Shuo Chen

University of Maryland School of Medicine

In today’s data-centered world, statistics and data science profoundly impact every facet of our lives, encompassing education, health care, e-commerce, and entertainment. Now more than ever, the ASA stands as the professional home for thousands of statisticians and data scientists, underscoring its significance in our rapidly evolving digital landscape.

The ASA’s strength is rooted in its members. Being an active member in several ASA sections—including imaging, biometrics, and mental health, to name a few—I consistently engage in a variety of activities sponsored by these sections, such as webinars and conferences. These engagements have been instrumental to my professional development. I am committed to sharing these experiences with the new generation of statisticians and data scientists, both in person and through media channels, to assist them in finding the sections that best align with their interests and needs. Through various channels, we aim to enhance the visibility of ASA sections and attract a diverse and inclusive group of new members. I will further advocate for enhanced communication and collaboration among the sections for challenging and important topics like modern AI research and brain science. I am enthusiastic to contribute efforts toward our professional community. Thank you for considering me to serve as the Council of Sections (COS) representative to the ASA Board of Directors.
 

Sharina Person

University of Massachusetts Medical School

I am a PhD-trained biostatistician with 25 years of experience. My research interests include randomized controlled trials, coordinating center operations and methods, quality assurance, and statistical modeling, particularly in large-scale collaborative research studies. Additionally, I am interested in the areas of health equity and diversity, equity, and inclusion. I am a co-developer and the director of the Diversity Engagement Survey, a reliable and valid instrument for assessment, evaluation, and external benchmarking of institutional engagement and inclusion, which has been implemented nationally and internationally. I have a strong commitment to training and mentoring of learners of all levels. Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of leading 24 statistics courses (eight unique courses with multiple administrations) reaching over 500 students. Additionally, I have mentored 52 students to receive doctorate-level degrees and 11 master’s-level degrees. I have also informally mentored seven junior faculty and served on the teaching faculty of several training grants, including an intensive capacity-building project for new investigators in Brazil.

Serving in the ASA has allowed me the opportunity to connect with other statistical professionals nationally and internationally and further hone my skills. It has also afforded me the opportunity to help elevate the perception of statistics both locally and nationally. I would welcome the opportunity to continue to serve this organization.

Section Positions

    Bayesian Statistical Science

    Chair-Elect 2025
    Candace Berrett, Brigham Young University
    Antonio Lijoi, Bocconi University
    Program Chair–Elect 2025
    Sally Paganin, The Ohio State University
    Donatello Telesca, University of California, Los Angeles
    Secretary/Treasurer 2025–2026
    Andee Kaplan, Colorado State University 
    Qiwei Li, The University of Texas, Dallas
    Council of Sections Representative 2025–2027
    Marco Ferreira, Virginia Tech
    Michael Pennell,The Ohio State University

    Biometrics

    Chair-Elect 2025
    Ana Ortega Villa, National Institutes of Health
    Andrew Spieker, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Secretary/Treasurer 2025–2026
    Dipankar Bandyopadhyay, Virginia Commonwealth University
    Cesar Torres, US Food and Drug Administration

    Biopharmaceutical

    Chair-Elect 2025
    Abie Ekangaki, Premier Research
    Steven Novick, Takeda
    Program Chair–Elect 2025
    Inna Perevoskaya, GlaxoSmithKline
    Satrajit Roychoudhury, Pfizer
    Publications Officer 2025–2027
    Kyle Wathen, Cytel Inc.
    Meijing Wu, Sanofi
    Council of Sections Representative 2025–2027
    Jennifer Gauvin, Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp
    Hiya Banerjee, Eli Lilly and Company

    Business and Economic Statistics

    Chair-Elect 2025
    Beth Andrews, Northwestern University
    Lars Vilhuber, Cornell University
    Program Chair–Elect 2025
    Yao Zheng, University of Connecticut
    Andrew Martinez
    Secretary/Treasurer 2025–2026
    Mariana SaenzAyala, Georgia Southern University
    Tom Roderick, Flamelit Consulting

    Statistical Computing

    Chair-Elect 2025
    Tiffany A. Timbers, University of British Columbia
    Kun Chen, University of Connecticut
    Program Chair–Elect 2025
    Raymond K. W. Wong, Texas A&M University
    Benjamin S. Baumer, Smith College
    Council of Sections Representative 2025–2027
    Achraf Cohen, University of West Florida
    Haim Bar, University of Connecticut

    Statistical Consulting

    Chair-Elect 2025
    Aleka Kapatou, American University
    Ryan Peterson, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus
    Publications Officer 2025–2026
    Daniel Zhao, University of Oklahoma
    Daryl DeFord, Washington State University
    Council of Sections Representative 2025–2027
    Li Zhang, University of California, San Francisco
    Liam O’Brien, Colby College
    Executive Committee at Large 2025–2027
    Ming Wang, Case Western Reserve University
    Achraf Cohen, University of West Florida
    Amy Crisp, University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville

    Section on Statistics and Data Science Education

    Chair-Elect 2025
    Phil Yates, DePaul University
    Ulrike Genschel, Iowa State University
    Secretary/Treasurer 2025–2027
    Allison Davidson, Muhlenberg College
    Justin Post, North Carolina State University
    Executive Committee at Large 2025–2027 (two positions)
    Leigh Johnson, Capital University
    Matthew Beckman, Penn State University
    Alison Kleffner, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
    Abhishek Chakraborty, Lawrence University

    Statistics in Defense and National Security

    Chair-Elect 2025
    Elise Roberts, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
    Kimberly Kaufeld, Los Alamos National Laboratory
    Program Chair–Elect 2025
    Danny Ries, Sandia National Laboratories
    Ansu Chatterjee, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
    Publications Officer 2025–2026
    Maximillian Chen, John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
    Arthur Liu
    Council of Sections Representative 2025–2027
    Nicholas Clark, US Military Academy
    Mary Isangediok, Texas A&M University

    Statistics and the Environment

    Chair-Elect 2025
    Peter Craigmile, City University of New York
    Grace Chiu, College of William & Mary
    Program Chair–Elect 2025
    Lyndsay Shand, Sandia National Laboratories
    Mark Risser, Lawrence Berkeley
    Treasurer 2025 (Rotates to Secretary)
    Pulong Ma, Iowa State University
    Hossein Moradi, South Dakota State University

    Statistics in Epidemiology

    Chair-Elect 2025
    Jason Roy, Rutgers University
    Douglas Landsittel, University at Buffalo
    Program Chair–Elect 2025
    Bikram Karmakar, University of Florida
    Le Bao, Penn State University
    Secretary/Treasurer 2025–2027
    Andrew Spieker, Vanderbilt University
    Nicole Pashley, Rutgers University

    Statistics in Genomics and Genetics

    Chair-Elect 2025
    Kimberly Siegmund, University of South California
    Swati Biswas, The University of Texas, Dallas
    Program Chair–Elect 2025
    Eric Lock, University of Minnesota
    Yun Li, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Government Statistics

    Chair-Elect 2025
    Jennifer M. Ortman, US Census Bureau 
    Emily Molfino, US Census Bureau 
    Program Chair–Elect 2025
    Pushpal Mukhopadhyay, US Energy Information Administration
    Stas Kolenikov, NORC at the University of Chicago 
    Secretary/Treasurer 2025–2026
    Erica Marquette, US Census Bureau
    Julia C. Schedler, Rice University
    Publications Officer 2025–2026
    Kathryn Piscopo, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    Kyle Irimata, US Census Bureau

    Statistical Graphics

    Chair-Elect 2025
    Michael Kane, Yale University
    Program Chair–Elect 2025
    Huize Zhang
    Secretary/Treasurer 2025–2026
    David Kahle, Baylor University
    Council of Sections Representative 2025–2027
    Fred Boehm

    Health Policy Statistics

    Chair-Elect 2025
    Jason Brinkley, Abt Associates
    Hui Xie, University of Illinois

    Statistics in Imaging

    Chair-Elect 2025
    Jian Kang, University of Michigan
    Lexin Li, University of California, Berkeley
    Program Chair–Elect 2025
    Mark Fiecas, University of Minnesota
    Suprateek Kundu, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Statistical Learning and Data Science

    Chair-Elect 2025
    Yan Ma, University of Pittsburgh
    Jun Yan, University of Connecticut
    Program Chair–Elect 2025
    Jiwei Zhao, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Jingyi Jessica Li, University of California, Los Angeles
    Council of Sections Representative 2025–2027
    Sandra Safo, University of Minnesota

    Lifetime Data Science Section

    Chair-Elect 2025
    Michael Fay, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    Ruth Pfeiffer
    Program Chair–Elect 2025
    Esra Kurum, University of California, Riverside
    Lu Mao, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Secretary 2025–2027
    Abdus Wahed, University of Rochester
    Fei Gao, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Council of Sections Representative 2025–2027
    Shanshan Zhao, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
    Xianghua Luo, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

    Statistics in Marketing

    Chair-Elect 2025
    Jeremy Yang, Harvard University
    Gourab Mukherjee, University of Southern California
    Program Chair–Elect 2025
    Yingkang Xie, Washington University, St. Louis
    Mingzhang Yin, University of Florida
    Secretary/Publications Officer 2025–2026
    Bernard Kenneth Boakye, Wright State University 
    Jae Hyen Chung, Chinese University of Hong Kong

    Medical Devices and Diagnostics

    Chair-Elect 2025
    Ja-An Lin, Illumina, Inc.
    Kai Qu, US Food and Drug Administration
    Program Chair–Elect 2025
    Wei Wang, US Food and Drug Administration
    Cristiana Mayer, Johnson & Johnson Vision

    Mental Health Statistics

    Chair-Elect 2025
    Samprit Banerjee, Weill Cornell Medicine
    Susan Shortreed, Kaiser Permanente
    Program Chair–Elect 2025
    Wenzhu Mowrey, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    Xinming An, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Council of Sections Representative 2025–2027
    Adam Ciarleglio, The George Washington University
    Linda Valeri, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

    Nonparametric

    Chair-Elect 2025
    Alexander Aue, University of California at Davis
    Lily Wang, George Mason University
    Program Chair–Elect 2025
    Hao Chen, University of California, Davis
    Ursula Muller, Texas A&M University
    Treasurer 2025 (Rotates to Secretary)
    Tianying Wang, Colorado State University
    Yang Feng, New York University

    Physical and Engineering Sciences

    Chair-Elect 2025
    Tuo Rui, Texas A&M University
    Arman Sabbaghi
    Program Chair–Elect 2025
    Chi-li Sung, Michigan State University
    Rakhi Singh, Binghamton University
    Simon Mak, Duke University
    Council of Sections Representative 2025–2027
    Li-Hsiang Lin, Georgia State University
    Annie Booth, North Carolina State University

    Statistical Programmers and Analysts

    Chair-Elect 2025
    Hanbo Qiu, Eli Lilly and Company
    Jeanhee Pak, Eli Lilly and Company
    Program Chair–Elect 2025
    Dhuly Chowdhury, RTI International
    Zeqing Lu, Eli Lilly and Company
    Council of Sections Representative 2025–2027
    Ying-Ju Tessa Chen, University of Dayton
    Jenny Zhou, BeiGene

    Quality and Productivity

    Chair-Elect 2025
    Shan Ba, LinkedIn
    Michael Pokojovy, Old Dominion University
    Program Chair–Elect 2025
    Qiong Zhang, Clemson University
    Yicheng Kang, Miami University
    Abdel-Salam Gomaa, Qatar University

    Risk Analysis

    Chair-Elect 2025
    Ekaterina Smirnova
    Yichuan Zhao, Georgia State University
    Program Chair–Elect 2025
    Rajeshwari Sundaram, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Yu Jiang, University of Memphis

    Social Statistics

    Chair-Elect 2025
    Ben Hansen, University of Michigan 
    Matt Williams, RTI International

    Program Chair–Elect 2025
    Cesar Montalvo, University of Virginia
    Xiaojing Wang, University of Connecticut
    Publications Officer 2025–2026
    Claire Kelling
    Joshua Snoke, RAND Corporation
    Council of Sections Representative 2025–2027
    Ruoqi Yu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Eli Ben-Michael, Carnegie Mellon University

    Statistics in Sports

    Chair-Elect 2025
    HaiYing Wang, University of Connecticut
    Charles South, Southern Methodist University
    Program Chair–Elect 2025
    Weining Shen, University of California, Irvine
    Hou-Cheng Yang, Edwards Lifesciences

    Survey Research Methods

    Chair-Elect 2025
    Sixia Chen, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
    Dan Liao, Columbia University
    Program Chair–Elect 2025
    Kristen Olson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    Yajuan Si, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Treasurer 2025–2026
    Daifeng Han, Westat
    Michael Robbins, RAND Corporation
    Publications Officer 2025–2026
    Emily Berg, Iowa State University
    Evrim Oral, LSUHSC School of Public Health
    Education Officer 2025–2026
    Jingchen (Monika) Hu, Vassar College
    Sahar Z. Zangeneh, RTI International
    Council of Sections Representative 2025–2027
    Cindy Yu, Iowa State University
    Stephanie Zimmer, RTI International

    Teaching of Statistics in the Health Sciences

    Chair-Elect 2025
    Prince Allotey, University of Washington
    Ivo Dinov, University of Michigan
    Amanda Ellis, University of Kentucky
    Brandon George, Thomas Jefferson University
    Council of Sections Representative 2025–2027
    Jacqueline Milton-Hicks, Boston University
    Melinda Higgins, Emory University
    Usha Govindarajulu, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

    Section on Text Analysis

    Chair-Elect 2025
    Ricky Rambharat
    Brandon Sepulvado

    This information was compiled from input provided by our sections. If any of this information needs to be updated, send an email to elections@amstat.org.

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