JHPDA elections 2017-2018

We've profiled the candidates standing for executive positions on the JHPDA for the 2017-2018 term below. The positions open are Co-President (2 positions), Treasurer (1 position) and Secretary (1 position).
All SOM, SPH and SON Postdocs are eligible to vote in the JHPDA Election. Each Postdoc may vote once. 

Below, you'll have the opportunity to select two candidates for Co-President, one candidate for Treasurer, and one candidate for Secretary. Be sure to select "submit" at the bottom of the form. 

 JHPDA Executive Board Electoral Process:

We invited nominations for all four positions from Hopkins postdoc community in June 2017. After the closing date, we contacted all the nominated candidates to send in their election pitch for running for the JHPDA executive board. The following candidates accepted their nominations. As there is only one candidate standing for each position this year, these candidates will automatically be elected unless they receive greater than 50% vote "No".  

We have an uncontested election and believe all nominees will be excellent for their position, but it is your chance to show your support. If you disagree, please provide your reasoning in the voting form.

Voting will end at noon on Tuesday Aug 1st, 2017. Votes submitted after that time will not be counted. Newly elected officers will be announced at the monthly meeting on August 2nd and in the weekly bulletin

Contact us at postdoc@jhmi.edu if you have any questions or concerns regarding the 2017 election process.


 Rachel Mulheren for JHPDA Co-president 2017-2018

Since I started as a postdoc in 2015, I have been active in local and national postdoctoral affairs. As co-chair of the JHPDA Policy and Advocacy Committee, I have organized orientations for postdoctoral fellows, tax info sessions, and annual postdoctoral surveys. I am also an active member of the National Postdoctoral Association’s Advocacy Committee and recently authored an article in this organization’s monthly newsletter. Although there are over 1,000 postdocs at Hopkins, the results of our surveys have highlighted the unique circumstances and struggles of postdocs, for which I hope to advocate as co-president of the JHPDA
 Antje Arnold for JHPDA Co-president 2017-2018

My name is Antje Arnold and I am a post-doctoral fellow in the neuropathology department. I am trying to develop new cell models for pediatric gliomas with the aim to test the efficiency of novel therapeutic targets. Since August of 2016 I have been the co-chair of the JHPDA International Committee and volunteered for over one year before that. During this time I have greatly enjoyed engaging with students from around the world, learning about different cultures. I was organizing the monthly events for the International Committee such as wine tastings, movie nights, happy hours, tax sessions and much more. I am extremely honored to be nominated as Co-President for the upcoming election. During my time, I would like to focus on international outreach, cultural diversity, and women issues, to name a few. I have spent several years at Johns Hopkins University, which gives me strong qualifications and a unique perspective on subjects such as the international community, public relations and specifically, collaborating with the international office. I believe my experiences would be highly beneficial in highlighting and resolving issues that many international students face and would allow me to be a Co-President of the JHPDA, which students know they could rely on.

Sara Rego Partearroyo  for JHPDA Secretary 2017-2018

My name is Sara Rego and I am beginning my second year as a postdoc in the Department of Biological Chemistry. I joined the International Committee shortly after taking up my position with the aim of making international postdocs feel welcome and facilitating their transition.  In September, I became secretary of the committee. In this role, I maintained records of the committee’s activities, kept and distributed meeting minutes and helped plan and coordinate numerous events. During this time, I came to appreciate the important role of the JHPDA in creating a sense of community and advocating for our interests. I am very excited by the opportunity to continue to serve the JHPDA. I am organized, detail-oriented, and reliable. If elected, I will dedicate my efforts to fulfilling all the responsibilities of JHPDA secretary to the highest standard.

 Georg Oeltzschner for JHPDA Treasurer 2017-2018

My name is Georg Oeltzschner, and I’m a second-year postdoc in the Department of Radiology and Radiological Science. I have served as the Treasurer on the JHPDA Executive Board during the 2016-2017 term, and I would love to put my experience and knowledge of the processes to use in the same position in the 2017-2018 term. I’m still amazed by the efforts that numerous JHPDA members contribute to shape this organization that can so strongly advocate on behalf of postdocs, and can provide such a wide array of professional and social events. If re-elected, I will continue to dedicate my efforts to the trustworthy and precise management of the JHPDA resources in order to support the fantastic activities and community spirit that it fosters.