Friends and Allies of WEST

We have a Friends and Allies of WEST membership option. This option provides an opportunity to support WEST at a significant level: $500. This level of sponsorship can cover the cost of a speaker or catering for a workshop, and allows WEST to maintain flexibility in events that we produce. In exchange for this level of support, Friends and Allies of WEST are welcome to all events for the year, receive an invite to an exclusive networking event with the WEST board, and their names are listed on the WEST website.


Current Friends of WEST include:

  • Ali Farquhar, Principal, GTL Coaching and Consulting
  • Amy Mandragouras, Partner, Cooley LLP
  • Chesley Chen, Principal, Life Sciences, CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen)
  • Enith Morillo, President & Principal Consultant, Cadoret Global
  • Jackie Schumacher, Principal, DAS Consulting
  • Jo Viney, Co-Founder, President and CSO, Pandion Therapeutics
  • Karen Pappas, Managing Partner, Pappas & Pappas, & Career Strategist, CareerMode
  • Kristine McKinney, Vice President, Gene Editing Therapeutics, Moderna Therapeutics
  • Mariana Nacht, CSO, Cereius, Inc.
  • Monika Musial-Siwek, Director, Be Biopharma
  • Nicole Barna, Senior Vice President, Head of Human Resources, Codiak Biosciences
  • Patricia Hurter, CEO, Lyndra Therapeutics
  • Sandra Glucksmann, President and CEO Cedilla Therapeutics
  • Shelia Violette, Co-founder, Chief Scientific Officer, and President of Research Q32 Bio
  • Joseph Lehar, Scientific Advisory Board, Owkin
  • Jaclyn St. Laurent, Robotic Automation Manager, HighRes Biosolutions
  • Kellye Eversole, President, Eversole Associates
  • Chris Dwan, Freelance
  • Danielle Lauzon, Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Kate O'Brien, Principal & Founder, O'Brien HR Consulting


Join your colleagues and become
a Friend/Ally of WEST today!


Why Join?

"I am a Friend of WEST because I've greatly enjoyed my involvement with WEST over the last several years.  I not only get to network with my colleagues, I have made new friends and hired key personnel whom I met at WEST events. It's a unique local community with warm, friendly and driven people in science and technology."       
- Mariana Nacht


"I have been very fortunate in my career to have had a fabulous network of mentors, and I want to make sure that I afford the same opportunity to the next generation of female leaders. I have spent the past few years volunteering at a variety of WEST events - from workshops, to panel discussions, to signature award ceremonies. I am always humbled by the amazing array of talent, and nothing is more rewarding than seeing the increase in confidence and career progression of members who are part of our WEST community. I highly encourage others who are passionate about the cause to join us."  
- Jo Viney


 Hear what Friends of WEST Members have to say about joining.