Every year, female mathematicians and scientists are invited to share their experiences and interest in math and science with the participants of the EYH Conference.


Dr. Jerri Alexiou is a board certified dermatologist practicing in Harrisonburg since 2001. Dr. Alexiou has a Bachelors of Science in biology from the University of Kentucky and her M.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. She completed an internship in internal medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Services and completed her dermatology residency training at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Alexiou lives in the Harrisonburg area with her husband, two daughters. She enjoys reading, hiking and exploring the Shenandoah Valley.

Dr. Linda Thomas, PhD, is the director of the School of Integrated Science at JMU. Dr. Thomas has Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida. She has a law degree from the University of Miami and a PhD in Architecture and Building Construction from Georgia Tech. In addition to creating and directing numerous engineering programs in higher education, she has served as an Active Duty Officer in the US Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps and Construction Manager for the Atlanta Committee for the 1996 Olympic Games.


The 2018 Morning speaker was Dr. Angela Jarrett, a Peter O'Donnell, Jr. postdoctoral fellow in the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin.

The 2018 Afternoon speaker was Ms. Marne Martin (Bachelor's degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, Masters degree in International Management from ESCP Europe in Paris France, and MBA from Krannert School of Management at Purdue University).


The 2017 Morning speaker was Dr. Cynthia Bauerle, JMU College of Science and Mathematics (Ph.D. Molecular Biology).

The 2017 Afternoon Speaker was Ms. Beth Mellott, Booz Allen Hamilton (B.S. Computer Science, M.A. Education).


The 2016 Morning speaker was Dr. Theresa Rutledge, Preston Memorial Hospital (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine)

The 2016 Afternoon speaker was Dr. Morgan Steffen, JMU Department of Biology (Ph.D. Microbiology)


The 2015 Morning Speaker was Dr. Shalyn CrawfordFour Star Equine Veterinary Services (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine).

The 2015 Afternoon Speaker was Dr. Kimberly F. Sellers, Georgetown University (Ph.D. Statistics).


The 2014 Morning Speaker was Dr. Melyni Worth, Foxden Equine (Ph.D. Equine Nutrition and Exercise Physiology).

The 2014 Afternoon Speaker was Dr. Caroline Lubert, JMU Department of Mathematics and Statistics (Ph.D. Engineering).


The 2013 Opening Speaker was Dr. Elise Barrella, JMU Department of Engineering (Ph.D Civil Engineering).

The 2013 Keynote Speaker was Dr. Crystal Brogan, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (Ph.D. Physics and Astronomy).


The 2012 Opening Speaker was Dr. Debra Warne, JMU Department of Mathematics and Statistics (Ph. D. Mathematics).

The 2012 Keynote Speaker was Dr. Alissa S. Crans, Loyola Marymount University (Ph.D. Mathematics).


The 2011 Opening Speaker was Dr. Carla Martin,  JMU Department of Mathematics and Statistics (Ph.D. Applied Mathematics).

The 2011 Keynote Speaker was Dr. Rebecca Goldin, George Mason University (Ph.D. Mathematics).


The 2010 Keynote Speaker was Dr. Kyle Myers, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (Ph.D. Optical Sciences).


The 2009 Keynote Speaker was Dr. Kathryn Thornton, former NASA astronaut (Ph.D. Physics).


The 2008 Keynote Speaker was Dr. Monica Neagoy (Ph.D. Mathematics Education).

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