Barbara Byrd Keenan, FASAE, CAE joined the Endocrine Society as CEO in 2014. Prior to joining the Endocrine Society, Keenan was the Executive Vice President/CEO of the Institute of Food Technologists and Feeding Tomorrow as well as staff head of the International Food Science Certification Commission. During her decade plus tenure there, the Institute won over 25 awards for education, publishing, advocacy, marketing, design and scientific achievement.
2016 marks her 40th year of association management experience and 30 years of CEO experience, having previously served as CEO with the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals International and Community Associations Institute. She also has held senior positions and consulting relationships with the American College of Preventive Medicine, the American College of Cardiology and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. She is the recipient of the ASAE Key Award — the highest honor in association management and is the 12th woman to receive it since its creation in 1960. She holds a BS and MS degree from Old Dominion University in Virginia, where she was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award.
Robert C. Bartel, MS is the Chief Innovation Officer for the Endocrine Society and the staff leader for its ongoing Knowledge Integration (KI) Initiative. He joined the Society in 2004 and served as Director of Education until 2015. In that role, he was responsible for design, delivery, and evaluation of all educational activities, and concentrated efforts on growing staff capacity in biomedical content and educational design. Today, Bartel serves as the Society’s lead content strategist, integrating programs and services across departments and committees, improving quality, efficiency and member experience. He is a staff champion for nurturing a culture of innovation among members and staff, and leads the staff Product Innovation Team, which is charged with identifying new product ideas for testing and implementation, as well as assessment of existing programs and services.
Bartel spent his undergraduate years at University of Rhode Island in a comparative endocrinology laboratory studying hormone action in fishes relevant to commercial fisheries and aquaculture. He subsequently served in the United States Peace Corps in Fiji, where he was a rural fisheries extension officer, and developed curricula and taught at the post-secondary level. Rob later attended the University of Michigan, where he earned a Master’s degree studying thyroid hormone action in the nervous system during amphibian metamorphosis. Prior to joining the Endocrine Society, he worked as a laboratory scientist for Intronn, Inc., a biotechnology company developing novel human gene therapies.
Mila Becker, Esq. oversees the Government & Public Affairs Department, which manages the Society’s public policy agenda and advocacy efforts. Her work includes developing strategies to improve policies that will impact clinician payment, quality of care and research funding as well as global advocacy related to endocrine disrupting chemicals. She also serves as liaison to the Clinical Affairs, Research Affairs, and Advocacy & Public Outreach Core Committees.
For the last 20 years, Becker has worked in government relations for non-profit health related organizations. Prior to joining the Society in July 2013, she spent ten years at the American Society of Hematology as the Senior Director for Government Relations, Practice, & Scientific Affairs. Before that, she worked as a senior lobbyist for AARP where she was responsible for prescription drug and other high priority health issues, and she was Director of Public Policy for Partnership for Prevention, a coalition dedicated to disease prevention and health promotion. She holds a BA in political science from Northwestern University and a JD from Georgetown University Law School.
Meegan De Cagna, MS, CAE joined the Endocrine Society as chief strategic partnerships officer in November 2015 and leads the Development and Strategic Partnerships business unit. De Cagna heads up strategic global growth through the development of programs and key relationships with Society supporters such as corporations, foundations, and allied organizations, among others.
Prior to joining the Society, De Cagna worked at the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), where she served as the vice president for student engagement and director of leadership for AAPA’s Center for Healthcare Leadership and Management. She also spent 18 years working in non-profit and for-profit marketing roles, including 10 years as chief marketing officer of a $100 million privately held educational enterprise she helped to build. De Cagna earned a Master of Science in Health Communication degree from Boston University, and holds an executive certificate from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business and three executive certificates in global marketing strategy, branding, and development from the Thunderbird School of International Management. She is a member of the American Society of Association holds the Certified Association Executive designation.
Elizabeth Kan is the staff liaison to the Executive Committee, Council, Nominating Committee and the Committee on Governance Affairs. She oversees the Call for Nominations for the election of Officers and Council, working closely with the Nominating Committee. Kan also works closely with the President-Elect to select the candidates to fill the committee vacancies each year. Additionally, she manages the committee review process that is conducted every year by the Committee on Governance Affairs. Other governance-related responsibilities include orienting the newly-elected Officers and Council members, preparing staff for the staff liaison role, and most recently, developing and implementing a leadership training program for new committee chairs. Kan works closely with the leadership to identify and coordinate collaborations with other international organizations.
Kan has been with the Society since October, 2000. She has a B.A. in French and Spanish-American Literature from the George Washington University. Previously, she worked with an international company that focused on providing travel assistance and played a key role in establishing new offices internationally and standardizing procedures across all its subsidiaries.
Paul Hedrick, CPA joined the staff of the Endocrine Society in September 2010 as the Senior Director of Finance. After successfully leading the implementation of a new association management system and relocation of the Society's technical infrastructure to its new headquarters, Hedrick's title was expanded to Senior Director of Finance & Information Technology. His core responsibilities include accountability for the Finance and Information Technology operations; developing financial and operational direction, strategy and metrics tied to the strategy with CEO and leadership team; and the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve organizational assets and report accurate financial results.
In the planning area, his responsibilities include monitoring the implementation of strategic plan initiatives and leading the operational budget and capital budget process. His reporting responsibilities include overseeing the issuance of financial information and reporting financial results to Council. He also manages external relationships with the Society's investment advisers and banks. Risk management responsibilities include understanding and monitoring legal issues involving the organization; constructing and monitoring a reliable internal control system; maintaining appropriate insurance coverage; and maintaining relationship with external auditors. Hedrick works with the Finance and Audit Committee, as well as the Investment Subcommittee. He earned his B.S. from Virginia Tech, his MBA from George Mason University and M.S. in information systems technology from The George Washington University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant, and a Certified Internal Auditor.
Wanda Johnson has been with the Society for over 20 years and manages the Education, Science, and Professional Development department. The department is responsible for all of the Society's education programs, including an annual meeting & expo, ENDO, and 25 other educational activities each year. The department is also responsible for meeting logistics and professional development, including diversity & inclusion, trainee and early career activities.
Prior to joining the Society in 1992, Johnson worked in the banking field with her last position as Vice President/Treasurer with First Women's Bank of Maryland in Rockville, MD. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland University College in Paralegal Studies/Management Studies and has received her CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) designation in 1995 and her CAE (Certified Association Executive) designation in 2009. She was named a Fellow of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhp) in 2012.
Richard T. O'Grady, PhD, CAE joined the Endocrine Society as Chief Publications Officer in 2015. Dr. O'Grady has 25 years combined experience in nonprofit and for-profit scholarly publishing and executive management. Most recently, he was at the American Institute of Biological Sciences where he served as Publisher and CEO. During his tenure with AIBS, he co-founded the BioOne nonprofit publishing company in conjunction with the Institute, university and library partners to place more than 180 scientific journals in an online, subscription based/open access hybrid model. He transformed AIBS's monthly peer reviewed journal, BioScience, from print only publishing at a loss to online publishing at a profit with an open access option. He created a revenue program within the Scientific Peer Advisory and Review Services Division to review client grant proposals in medicine, biotechnology and advanced technologies and launched ActionBioscience.org, a bilingual website publishing peer reviewed articles in genomics, biotech and science policy. He also served as a Vice President at Taylor & Francis, managing 80 books and journals annually and specializing in business development and acquisitions.
Dr. O'Grady has broad experience as a Publisher and an Editor-in-Chief directing multi-journal programs in print and online, developing budgets, tracking performance, managing contractors and consultants, supporting editorial, production and sales teams and working with authors, EICs and editorial boards. He earned his BSc and PhD in Biology from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and his MSc in Biology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Amanda Perl has served as Chief Strategy Officer for the Endocrine Society since April 2015. In this role, she leads the team responsible for key organizational initiatives including global strategy, membership, competitive/business intelligence & member relations/customer service. She also contributes to the Society's leadership development and governance activities.
Prior to joining Endocrine Society, Perl served as the Vice President of Development for Feeding Tomorrow and Vice President of the International Food Science Certification Commission (IFSCC) for the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). In this dual role, she led Feeding Tomorrow's fundraising and development activities and oversaw the strategic direction for IFT's Certified Food Scientist program. Perl received both a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government (CLEG) and a BA in Public Communication from American University in Washington, DC. She has been an active member of the American Society of Association Executives for more than 15 years and was named one of the Association Forum's 40 Under 40 in 2014.