Membership Committee


The Membership Committee has responsibility for the following membership areas in the FDP:

  • Receiving, evaluating and recommending requests for additional affiliate membership
  • Encouraging increased federal participation and membership
  • Facilitating the transition process for new FDP phases
  • Updating and overseeing Executive Committee nomination/election procedures
  • Supporting Emerging Research Institution (ERI) full participation in FDP activities
  • Monitoring attendance and participation
  • Assuring vendor participation complies with FDP policy

We are an operational committee reporting directly to the FDP Executive Committee (see Organizational Chart).


Current Activities/Initiatives

  • Member Information Compilation/Database Update
  • Committee Website Standardization
  • Federal Engagement
  • Faculty Engagement
  • Communication Committee Liaison
  • On-Site Meeting Registration
  • Member Onboarding


Committee Members

Name Organization
Maria Koszalka (Co-Chair) National Science Foundation
Larry Sutter (Co-Chair) Michigan Technological University
Jeanne Hermann-Petrin (Co-Chair) University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Lisa Akin Texas A&M Engineering Exp. Station
Terry Alford Arizona State University
Susan Anderson College of Charleston
Lynette Arias University of Washington
Kristi Billinger Texas A&M University
Glory Brown Florida A&M University
Kathy Kawamura University of California, Los Angeles
Laura Kingsley University of Pittsburgh
Katherine Kissmann Texas A&M University
Michael Kusiak University California
Susan Lasley Duke University
Vicki Marvin Texas A&M Engineering Exp. Station
Jean Mercer University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Jennifer Morehead Farmer Regenstrief Institute
Debra Murphy Arizona State University
Missy Peloso University of Pennsylvania
Melissa Spragens University of Massachusetts Medical School
Courtney Swaney University of Texas, Austin
Julie Thatcher Institute for Systems Biology


Resources for the Research Community


FDP Meeting Session Slides and Meeting Summaries

All meeting presentations and summaries can be located at the FDP Previous Meetings webpage.


Committee Contact Information

Please contact the Membership Committee at with any questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns. Questions related to the FDP website can go to