Herdeline Ardoña

Herdeline Ardoña is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Disease Biophysics Group at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University. She is originally from the Philippines, prior to moving to the U.S. for pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry at Johns Hopkins University. She is very passionate about participating in outreach activities that focus on science mentoring—especially for promoting science to children and encouraging more women to be a part of the scientific community.

Herdeline started as a volunteer for Women Accelerators in 2018 and is excited to join the team that keeps on inspiring talented women to succeed.

Kana DeLuca

Kana DeLuca

Kana DeLuca moved to Boston from Tokyo in 2015. She studied Government and International Relations at Clark University and returned to Tokyo to kick off her career in international real estate, facilitating business expansion for her clients.

Kana joined Lightstone Ventures as an Investor Relations/Operations Manager upon her move to Boston. She is excited to tap into the Women’s Network in Boston and to learn from and grow with the diverse, talented team at Women Accelerators.
Born in Tokyo and raised in California, Michigan, Singapore, and Tokyo, Kana is passionate about interacting with varied cultures, values, and networks. In her free time, Kana loves to go on nature walks with her husband and dog, snuggle with her kitties, tag along on her husband’s craft beer adventures, and to try out anything life has got to offer!

Gianna Iantosca

Gianna Iantosca is a Research Associate II at Jnana Therapeutics working on drug discovery and characterization of novel therapeutic targets. She received her bachelors from Emmanuel College with a distinction in the field of biology and a concentration in biochemistry. She has had experiences working in industry at Agios Pharmaceuticals and Navitor Pharmaceuticals where her focus was bringing therapies to patients with rare disease.

Gianna was inspired to pursue a career in science at an early age being a first hand witness to a family member with a rare disease. She was sparked to lean more about rare disease, which led to her education in biology and later career. She believes in order to be truly successful a person must be well balanced. She does this through her passion for fitness and well being, which include runs along the Charles. In the push to continue her career and be in a position to inspire others, she joins the team as event coordinator hoping to bring the values and insight that she learned along the way to young women!

Stephanie Puzak

Stephanie is currently a consultant working on various projects globally. She moved to Boston in 2018 after serving almost a decade in the United States Air Force as a cyber operations officer. Her specialties included test, analysis, and tactical communications.

Stephanie felt the need for strong female mentors, in both a male-dominated industry (cyber) and profession (military). When she separated from the military, Stephanie sought a way to get involved with the network of smart and talented women in Boston. She joined Women Accelerators in 2018 and is excited to be part of a team truly passionate about empowering and helping each other succeed.

Stephanie received her BS from the United States Air Force Academy and holds an MS in Applied Psychology from Sacred Heart University. On a personal note, Stephanie was on a sky diving team in college and enjoys all forms of adrenaline sports. She also enjoys travel, cooking and almost any outdoor activity with her man and blue heeler pup, Frank.

Huan Rui

Huan is a computational chemist at Amgen. She grew up in China where she studied bioinformatics at Huazhong University of Science and Technology. She moved to the United States in her early 20s to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Kansas where she embarked on her journey in computational chemistry. After finishing, she went on to the University of Chicago as a post-doctoral scholar to study membrane proteins involved in cell signaling. She likes physics and she hopes to understand how the world works with physics theories and computer simulations. She identifies as a gay woman and she is passionate about having more women and minorities in STEM fields.

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, going on hikes, and reading books about strong women. She hosts a monthly book club for queer ladies on the Autostraddle Social Club Boston chapter.

Meng Tao

Meng Tao was a Project Manager with Central Maine Healthcare and is currently volunteering at Mass General Hospital. Prior to moving to the U.S. to pursue her MBA in Connecticut and transition to the healthcare industry which she is very passionate about, Meng holds a BS and an MS in Electrical Engineering and IT and has multiple years of cross-industry work experience in both Germany and China.

Meng started volunteering at Women Accelerators in summer 2019. As a career-oriented woman, she is thrilled to be part of a team that promotes women’s advancement and growth.

Besides, Meng likes to travel, explore the nature, learn different cultures, and take on new challenges.

Anna Welland

Anna currently serves as the HR Operations Manager at Platelet BioGenesis driving organizational design and scale-up of this startup. Her 20-year career of supporting and leading continuous improvement initiatives of human resources and finance functions include roles held at Cornell Medical College, MIT, NYU School of Medicine, Partners, The Gillette Company, among others. Anna is an active volunteer for Taproot and professional organizations she is also a member of. While Anna only recently joined WA she already feels a great sense of connection to the group and is looking forward to contributing her knowledge as well as learning from other great women.

Anna earned her MBA from Northeastern University and her BA from Clark University. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring Boston, networking, reading articles on every topic, and listening to live music.

Susu Wong

Susu Wong, MBASW17_0217_4x6web:  Susu is a co-founder of Women Accelerators (de la Femme) and also the founder of Tomo360, a digital marketing company focusing on helping small- to medium-sized businesses to promote their business.  She is also an adjunct Professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and a speaker for local business workshops.

She is passionate about helping women to succeed in business, the boardroom or wherever their career paths lead them.  Before starting Tomo360, she has worked in a variety of fields, including Fortune 500, healthcare, universities, and technology transfer.

Susu received her MBA with a focus in Management in Information Technology from Lesley University and a Bachelor of Arts from Magdalen College. She loves the great outdoors and enjoys participating in triathlons, snowboarding, swimming, and biking.  She is also a foodie that loves to explore different ethnic food.

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Former Volunteers

Kate Hardy

Kate HardyKate Hardy is a Director of Global Services at Arxspan in Boston, MA, coordinating and leading research data management software projects in the biotech, pharmaceutical, and academic research industries. She is passionate about connecting women in meaningful ways and believes that a strong community and social network can help women achieve their goals in all areas of life. She is excited to be working with the very talented people of Women Accelerators to help grow and strengthen their network,

Born and raised in New Hampshire, Kate moved to Boston in 2007 to pursue her Bachelor’s of Chemistry at Northeastern University. She has experience working as a research chemist for federal government agencies and biotechnology companies before making the move to the software technology industry. In her free time, Kate can often be found training for 10K and half marathon road races, practicing yoga, hiking, writing, reading, and playing video games. She especially loves winter days in the mountains on her snowboard, or leasurely summer days on sandy beaches.

Sneha Hariharan

Sneha Hariharan is currently a Field Application Scientist with PALL Laboratories. Sneha moved to the United States in 2011 to pursue Graduate Studies in Molecular, Cellular and Integrated Biosciences at Pennsylvania State University. She started her career in Boston in 2016 when she worked as a Research Associate with Rubius Therapeutics. She loves traveling, reading books and trekking.

She joined Women Accelerators later in 2017 after attending a couple of events with her colleague. After a few conversations with Susu, the co-founder of WA, she realized that she had found an organization whose goals and directions aligned with hers and wanted to contribute to its success. She hopes to help maximize the reach of this fantastic community of talented and driven women with the vision to set women, from all walks of life, up for success and to provide them with a much-needed support.

Angela Kaczmarczyk

Angela Kaczmarczyk received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley where she studied developmental biology and investigated regeneration of germline cells in crustaceans. After graduate school she moved out to Boston and taught molecular biology lab classes at Harvard University and scientific communications at the Broad Institute.

She currently works at Addgene as an outreach scientist. In her free time she enjoys outdoor activities, serving on the board of directors for BosLab, and volunteering at Women Accelerators.

For leisure, she likes to travel, try new things and watch movies.

Pragya Rampuria

Pragya Rampuria is a volunteer at Women Accelerators. She is currently working as a Scientist (contractor) at Pfizer, developing biotherapeutics. She completed her Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2015. She is excited to join this team at Women accelerators because this organization is a great place to connect with brilliant women, and to learn from their experiences.

For leisure, she likes to travel, try new things and watch movies.

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