Workforce Advisory Council

The National Professional Science Master's Workforce Advisory Council is represented by accomplished industry, academic, and graduate education leaders to further the connection between universities and employers in support of the Professional Science Master's degree.  Click here to view Workforce Advisory Council responsibilities.

Members of the Workforce Advisory Council:

Todd E. Arnold, Ph.D.
Managing Director, Mount Sinai Genetic Testing Laboratory—Connecticut
Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology, Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. Todd E. Arnold is the Managing Director, Mount Sinai Genetic Testing Laboratory—Connecticut: a state of the art, high throughput nucleic acide sequencing facility. The laboratory is an extension of the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences and the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. His team of scientists and bioinformaticians generates and analyzes sequencing data enabling researchers and clinicians to gain a better understanding of the biology of cancer and inherited diseases as well as to improve the accuracy of diagnoses, apply the most appropriate therapeutic regimens, whereby achieving optimal patient outcomes.

Previously, Dr. Arnold was the Vice President of Research and Development, at 454 Life Sciences, a Roche Company, where his team designed instruments, reagents, and software for the high throughput nucleic acid sequencing and analysis market. Prior to joining 454 he was the Director of Product Development and Applications Support for Healthcare at CUNO, Incorporated, a 3M Company. He and his team developed filtration and separation media for bioprocessing, pharmaceuticals, and membranes for diagnostic applications. Dr. Arnold is an inventor on eight issued patents. He is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Connecticut in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology. He also serves on the scientific advisor board of BioArray Therapeutics and participates as a member of multiple healthcare, genomics, and bioscience career initiative advisory boards in Connecticut. As a post-doctoral fellow, he studied RNA stability at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Arnold earned his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Georgia where he studied gene expression in terminally differentiated mammalian cells. His B.S. degree in Biological Sciences is from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Dan Kalafatas 
Executive Chairman, 3Degrees

Dan Kalafatas is the co-founder of 3Degrees, a long-time renewable energy provider. Through its offerings, 3Degrees accelerates the world's transition to a renewable energy economy. Dan is currently the Executive Chairman of the 3Degrees Board of Directors and focuses on 3Degrees' long-term corporate strategy. He served as CEO from the company's founding until January 2015.

Under Dan's leadership as CEO, 3Degrees successfully entered the utility green pricing, REC, carbon, and more recently, community solar markets. As a result of these efforts, the U.S. Department of Energy has recognized 3Degrees with its Non-Utility Green Power Supplier of the Year award eight times.

In 2007, Dan co-led the formation of 3Degrees, a spin-off of the 3 Phases Energy Services' division he co-founded and ran from 2002 through 2007. Dan’s professional experience also includes work as a management consultant at Carlisle, Fagan, Gaskins & Wise (CFGW) and at Carlisle & Company from 1996 to 2000, where he served clients in regulated industries. Prior to this, he worked in corporate finance at JP Morgan.

Dan co-founded the Renewable Energy Business Network (REBN) in 2002 and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Northern Arizona University's Masters in Climate Science and Solutions program, as well as the National Professional Science Mater's Association. Dan also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Mark Day School.

A native of Massachusetts, Dan holds a B.A. with honors in Economics from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. with a certificate in Public Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Kevin Lothridge 
CEO, National Forensic Science Technology Center

Kevin Lothridge, Chief Executive Officer – Mr. Lothridge is an accomplished forensic scientist and business leader with 30 years of experience in the international forensics industry. As CEO of NFSTC, he has transformed the organization from relying heavily on grant-funding to a robust, competitive contract-driven business with annual revenues exceeding $30 million. To accomplish the organization’s long-term strategic goals, Mr. Lothridge diversified the board of directors to represent the broader scope of NFSTC’s capabilities, structured and continues to refine the business model, and works to bring in large-scale, multi-year programs and contracts that support the company’s mission. During Mr. Lothridge’s 20 years with NFSTC, he has opened up numerous new business lines, diversified revenue streams, and positioned the organization as a thought-leader within the scientific and forensic communities.

In 2003, he served as Acting Chief of the Investigative and Forensic Science Division of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). During this time, Mr. Lothridge instituted four new programs as part of the DNA Initiative (President’s DNA Initiative) for the national forensic science community. Prior to joining NFSTC, he served as chief forensic chemist and laboratory director for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department and the Pinellas County Forensics Laboratory.

Mr. Lothridge holds a bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science from Eastern Kentucky University and a master’s degree in Management from National Louis University. He has served as president of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) and is a Fellow with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and was awarded ASCLD’s Briggs-White award for excellence in 2015.

Susan A. McCartney, Ph.D. 
Director, Small Business Development Center

Dr. Susan McCartney is Special Advisor to the Provost for Economic Development. She manages the college’s Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Advisory Council, which includes leadership throughout the region. She also directs the Buffalo State Small Business Development Center. Each year the center provides one to one counseling to over a thousand entrepreneurs. Susan is a New York State certified business advisor. She is a specialist in strategic planning. She is a frequent presenter, ranging from keynote presentations to co-hosting a cable TV program. She serves on Buffalo State’s Professional Applied and Computational Mathematics Advisory Council.

Susan earned her doctorate and MBA from the University of Buffalo. She also has biology degree from Syracuse University. Susan’s community involvement includes the El Museo Board of Directors, Deamen College’s Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement Advisory Board, the County of Erie Minority and Women Business Enterprise Advisory Board, and several councils and boards focused on economic development.

Zahra MirAfzali, Ph.D., MBA 
Chief Executive Officer, Encapsula NanoSciences

Dr. Zahra Mirafzali is the chief executive officer at Encapsula NanoSciences. Founded in 2005, Encapsula NanoSciences is a specialty bio-nanotechnology company that provides patent due diligence and contract research and development services to biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies and also to government research laboratories. In addition to that Encapsula NanoSciences manufactures and distributes over 1000 different liposome based reagents for research to universities and research institutes in over 60 countries.

Dr. MirAfzali is the chairwoman of the advisory board for Master of Science in Professional Sciences (MSPS) at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). Encapsula NanoSciences has also provided many internship opportunities to MSPS students during the years. Doing an internship will allow the student to observe first hand the process of formulation and research in a biotechnology company.

Dr. MirAfzali holds dual doctorate degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Michigan State University and also a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Mirafzali is a classically trained pianist and in her spare time she enjoys doing fun things with her daughter.

Michael D. Moskal 
Sr. Vice President and Chief Information Officer, CUBRC, Inc.
Buffalo, NY

Mr. Moskal serves as the Senior Vice President of CUBRC’s Information Exploitation Sector and as the company’s Chief Information Officer where he is responsible for CUBRC’s C4ISR, Data Sciences and Information Fusion, and Public Safety, Infrastructure and Transportation Groups. Under his leadership, the Sector has greatly expanded its product and service offerings, resulting in significant increases in revenue for his business unit. As CIO, Mike is responsible for strategic management of CUBRC’s Information Technology systems and security systems. He has nearly 30 years of technical and management experience in the areas of chemical and biological defense and information sciences, has been awarded one U.S. patent, and has authored or co-authored over 30 technical reports or papers in the areas of Chemical and Biological Defense, Intelligence Data Analysis and Data Sciences.

Aside from his professional employment at CUBRC, Mr. Moskal is employed in a part-time, volunteer position as Director, Emergency Management for the Village of Depew, New York (Population 15,915). His primary responsibilities are the planning and coordination of municipal emergency service response activities during major emergencies and also leading recovery efforts after occurrence of natural and man-made disasters. Mr. Moskal previously held this position from 1983 to 1995 and was reappointed to the position in 2008.

Mr. Moskal holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from the State University of New York, Buffalo State College; and an MBA from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.

Susan Sauer Sloan 
Director, Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable, National Academies

Susan Sauer Sloan joined the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on May 27, 2008 as Director of the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR). GUIRR provides a platform for leaders in science and technology from government, academia, and business to discuss and take action on scientific matters of national importance. She is a member of GUIRR’s Executive Committee and an ex-officio member of the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) Executive Committee. The FDP is a semi-autonomous activity convened by GUIRR that works to streamline the administration of federally sponsored research and reduce administrative burden. She also served until recently as an ex-officio member of the University Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP), a GUIRR project that was spun off in July 2015 as an independent non-profit organization. Sloan serves on numerous external advisory boards, including the Association for Public and Land-grant Universities’ Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity (APLU-CICEP), National Professional Science Master’s Association (NPSMA), and George Washington University’s Research Advisory Board. She is also an elected Council Delegate to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Section on Societal Impacts of Science and Engineering (X).

Before assuming her current role, Ms. Sloan served a six-month appointment as Executive in Residence at the Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education (CASEE) of the National Academy of Engineering and, for the six and a half years prior, as Chief Executive Officer of the Global Wireless Education Consortium (GWEC), a university-industry membership organization committed to the development and incorporation of current wireless technology curricula in academic institutions worldwide. Earlier in her career, Ms. Sloan worked as Corporate/Foundation Relations Consultant to the National Science Foundation and its Division of Undergraduate Education, as a faculty member and Associate Director of the Master of Health Science (MHS) in Health Policy program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, as Director of Communications for Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and as Senior Program Associate for the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Sloan got her start in Washington, DC, working as a staff assistant to Representative Timothy E. Wirth (D-CO), U.S. House of Representatives. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Oregon in Eugene.

On a volunteer basis, Ms. Sloan is active in FIRST Robotics. FIRST is an acronym for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. She has served as chair of the Maryland Regional Planning Committee, co-chair of the DC Regional Planning Committee, member of the Advisory Board for the National Capital Region (MD-DC-VA), and judge. Her volunteer involvement with FIRST spans 14 years.

Linda Strausbaugh, Ph.D. (Chairperson)
Director of Strategic Initiatives, NPSMA

Linda Strausbaugh serves as Director of Strategic Initiatives at the National Professional Science Master's Association. She has been involved in local and national PSM initiatives for more than a decade.  She was the project director for UConn’s Alfred P. Sloan Foundation award to establish its multi-track PSM programs and for its NSF S-STEM award to provide scholarships for qualified PSM students.  The founding director of UConn’s PSM in Applied Genomics, she has worked closely with scientists and leadership from the non-academic sector, and coordinated research experiences, internships and employment opportunities for close to one hundred students.  Linda has both designed and offered “plus” professional development training in laboratory management, communication, and leadership. At the national level, Strausbaugh was a member and chair of the Council of Graduate School’s National Advisory Board, participated in the PSM Stakeholder’s Group, and made presentations to the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council task force on Masters in the Natural Sciences, and the FASEB Board of Directors for Science Policy.  Dr. Strausbaugh also participated in workshops for the NPSMA, BIO International, state system-wide events, and CGS Dean’s Conferences.  For more than 30 years she has directed externally funded research projects in genetics and genomics, and served as the head of the genetics graduate field of study for most of that time.  

Michael Teitelbaum 
Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School, formerly with Alfred P. Sloan Fund

Michael S. Teitelbaum, a demographer, is Senior Research Associate in the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School. Until 2011 he was Vice President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in New York. Among other prior roles he has been a faculty member at Princeton University; University Lecturer and Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford; and Vice Chair and Acting Chair of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform.

His recent research has focused on patterns and trends in science and engineering labor markets; causes and consequences of very low fertility rates; and processes and implications of international migration. He is the author or editor of 10 books and a large number of articles on these subjects, most recently Falling Behind? Boom, Bust and the Global Race for Scientific Talent (Princeton University Press, 2014; and The Global Spread of Fertility Decline: Population, Fear, and Uncertainty (Yale University Press, 2013).

He was educated at Reed College and at Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. In 2013 Science Careers (Science magazine) named him as its Person of the Year for “dedicated, imaginative, and surpassingly effective work on behalf of early-career scientists.”

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