Office of Public Relations and Outreach

OPRO is charged by Council with primary leadership for the society’s public outreach and media relations programs and is empowered to dispense funds allocated by Council for outreach programs as well as to utilize staff time for execution of these programs. It is recognized that much responsibility for public outreach resides with individual APS members, Council, and various APS committees, boards, offices, and divisions. It is the responsibility of OPRO to coordinate, enable, and nurture public outreach from various sectors of the society. OPRO will provide a forum for discussion of outreach opportunities and initiatives and a mechanism for funding special projects. OPRO will choose the highest priority audiences for outreach efforts, and periodically, will reassess these priorities.

Full NameOrganizationPositionTerm StartTerm End
Kevin OngTexas A&M UniversityDirector8/7/20218/5/2025103065
Ron R. WalcottUniversity of GeorgiaCouncil Liaison - Ex Officio8/17/20237/30/2024080743
Nikita GambhirFMC Stine Research CenterMember8/11/20227/30/2024232554
Jeannie Klein-GordonUSDA ARSMember8/8/20197/30/2024228146
Ying-Yu LiaoGreenlight BiosciencesMember8/17/20238/1/2026229079
Melissa MolhoThomas Jefferson UniversityMember8/11/20227/30/2024262350
Charlotte OliverColorado State UniversityMember8/11/20217/30/2024265198
Francesca Peduto Hand, PhDOhio State UniversityMember8/4/20187/30/2024203162
Waana KaluwashaLincoln University of MissouriPost-Doc/Early Career Member8/17/20238/5/2025231041
Mayowa S. AderojuNorth Dakota State University - Fargo, NDGraduate Student Member8/17/20238/5/2025280826
Danielle MikolajewskiWest Virginia UniversityGraduate Student Member8/11/20227/30/2024248693
Dominika Kuzlak-SwansonAPSStaff Liaison4/28/2021 272426