Our Leadership Team


Karina Davidson, PhD

  • Senior Vice President of Research, Northwell Health

  • Director & Professor, Institute of Health System Science, Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research

  • Donald and Barbara Zucker Endowed Professor in Health Outcomes, Department of Medicine, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell


Jerry Kim, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Management and Global Business, Rutgers Business School


Betty Diamond, MD

  • Director & Professor, Institute of Molecular Medicine, Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research 

  • Director, PhD Program, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

  • Professor, Molecular Medicine and Medicine, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Our Advisory Committee


Norman Anderson,



Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo,



Elissa Epel, 



Francisco G Cigarroa,



The MAVEN Advisory Committee serves to evaluate the content and implementation of the MAVEN educational trial.


Under the leadership of Dr. Nancy Spector, the committee of experts in the field will be charged with reviewing curriculum topics against current best-practices, and in response to MAVEN senior scientist, faculty and mentor feedback.


The Advisory Committee will review evaluative metrics relative to the scientific integrity of the trial such as recruitment, enrollment, randomization, attendance, attrition, and acquisition of data essential to analysis of trial outcomes, such as career satisfaction, scientific productivity and career ascension.


Nancy Spector, MD

Committee Chair

Our Administrative Support

Joan Duer-Hefele

Joan Duer-Hefele, RN, MA

Director, Clinical Reseach

Rachel Monane

Rachel Monane, BBA

Project Manager, Clinical Research

Our Mentors

MAVEN Mentors have been selected for their outstanding history of mentoring and their record of accomplishment as scientists and as science leaders.


Attendees will be aligned with mentors from similar areas within the sciences, and receive both individualized career coaching, support for expansion of their professional network and guidance in the implementation of a culture changing project at their institution.


Additionally, attendees will receive best practices in mentorship training to enhance their own ability to successfully mentor under-represented scientists.

Zen Stones

Our Program Officer

NIH, NIGMS, Division of Training

Shakira Nelson