Board of Directors
Amanda J. Zellmer is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Occidental College. Her research focuses on using computational ecology to study how humans impact species and inform conservation and management. She received her PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Michigan and her Bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin. Amanda has two young kids and enjoys taking them out into nature to look for salamanders and other slimy things. In her free time, you can find Amanda out on the soccer field; she's a lifelong soccer fan. Since her undergraduate days, Amanda has advocated for women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields, visiting elementary school classrooms, supporting philanthropies that provide books for kids, and advising aspiring undergraduate scholars.
Liz Derr is an Education professional with 8+ years of experience working with immigrants, refugees, and international students in nonprofit and higher education sectors. She specializes in curriculum development, instructional design, and digital learning. Liz currently works as National Manager of Curriculum & Instructional Design for Upwardly Global, providing training and resources for skilled immigrant and refugee job seekers to launch their professional careers in the U.S. She earned her Master's degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Hamline University in her hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota and her Bachelor's degree in Linguistics from The Ohio State University, where she was a member of their national championship synchronized swimming team. In her spare time, she coaches synchronized swimming and teaches yoga. Whether in the classroom, online, at the pool, or in the yoga studio, Liz is passionate about lifelong learning and providing equal opportunities and access to quality educational experiences.
Laurie Nelson has a Masters in Teaching from Seattle University, and experience as an educator in the U.S., China & South Africa. She has worked as a charitable giving consultant at a financial firm. She has a great love and admiration for the work of non-profit organizations and served as Executive Director of Dwankhozi Hope. Laurie enjoys spending time with her family including her two adult children. In her free time she gardens, cycles and started a year-round hiking group so that she always has someone to hike with in the beautiful Pacific Northwest!
Hanna Song, Ph.D. is the Senior Director for Diversity at Caltech. She is passionate about achieving educational excellence through social justice and equity in STEM and beyond. Her research focuses on understanding the interaction effects of class and other demographic variables in achieving educational success and post-graduate outcomes. She received a masters and PhD in Higher Education Organizational Change from UCLA, masters in Policy, Organization, Leadership Studies from Stanford and her bachelor's degree in sociology from the UC Berkeley. Hanna has three young kids and enjoys exposing them to intentional fun learning experiences in all types of environments with diverse populations. In her free time, Hanna is invested in transforming lives in leadership programs, teaching statistics, evaluation & assessment, being active in nature, and trying new restaurants!
Ritika Kapadia is a Senior Product Lead at Microsoft based in the Seattle area. She has a Master’s degree in Computer Science and currently works on bringing new products to market using big data and AI technologies. Ritika is passionate about mentoring people, especially women. Over the past several years, she has successfully mentored men and women in their careers through a combination of behavioral research and sharing the lessons she learned the hard way in the industry. She founded “She will fly” to spread her mentoring success wider through hands-on workshops for women to help them rise higher in their organizations. Her gift is inspiring others to see the best in themselves. The work done by Boundless Brilliance is very close to her heart since she has a 3 year old daughter and is expecting another baby girl.