Biographies for Board of Directors Election


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Candidates for President

Judi Nath
Lourdes University
Sylvania, OH

HAPS member for 23 years

Attended 3 HAPS national meetings and 2 regional meeting in the last 3 years

HAPS Service

  • Cadaver Use Committee (2001 - 2003)
  • Central Region Director (2007 - 2009)
  • Curriculum & Instruction Committee (2006 - 2014)
  • Executive Director Search Committee (2009)
  • Foundation Oversight Committee (2009 - 2012; Chair 2009-2010)
  • Nominating Committee (2004 - 2005; 2009 - 2010)
  • Secretary (1999 - 2001)
  • Steering Committee (2009 - 2010)

HAPS Presentations at Annual Meetings and Regional Meetings by Year

  • Presented HAPS Synapse! More Than You Bargained for: RAAS and the Transcending Role of ACE Inhibitors (HAPS 30th Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, 2016)
  • Presented How to Turn Today's Challenges into Tomorrow's Successes: Teaching Science in 2014 (HAPS Central Regional Meeting, Apple Valley, Minnesota, 2014)
  • Presented Thinking Outside the Box: An Introduction to the Visual Format (HAPS 25th Annual Conference, Camosun College, Victoria, British Columbia, 2011)

HAPS Institute Participant

  • Was a student in HAPS-Institute Course: Using Cadavers to Teach Anatomy & Physiology

HAPS Article in HAPS Educator

  • Wrote an Article for the HAPS Educator: A Case Study Examining the Temporal-Spatial Relationship of Polymyositis-Dermatomyositis in a Northwestern Ohio City (2001)

     What is my interested in serving in this position? I am interested in serving as HAPS President-Elect to continue the trajectory of an organization at the vanguard of science education. As a leader in the organization, my main goals include positioning HAPS at the forefront of new developments in the teaching and learning of anatomy and physiology, and communicating to the world about the educational and scientific advances in our discipline.
    In my career as an A&P educator and author, HAPS has been my most engaging professional membership. Every year I look forward to attending regional and national meetings not only because I find them energizing, but also because they are wonderfully collegial.
     Since joining in 1994, I have attended nearly every annual conference (I've only missed one), as well as four regional conferences. Throughout these two decades, I have been involved as much as possible, serving on and chairing committees, holding two elected board positions, presenting at conference, enrolling in a HAPS-I course, and contributing to the HAPS Educator. As a volunteer organization, HAPS is dependent on the service of one another, and in every capacity I've served, it's been a pleasure. It is my intention to steer the organization in a manner congruent with our mission as we navigate the ever-changing educational climate. My predecessors are doing an excellent job, and I aim for a seamless transition, picking up where they left off and carrying us positively forward.
     In short, I have experienced numerous aspects of this organization and have knowledge of how it functions, the purpose for which it exists, and I share a common vision with anatomy and physiology educators. Now, I am in the happy circumstance of having adequate time to devote to the role, and I look forward to helping advance the mission of this organization. I appreciate the opportunity to work with the membership to ensure a sustainable professional society that suits the needs of the membership at large and our scientific community that exists worldwide. I respectfully request your consideration as the next HAPS President-Elect.

Candidates for Secretary

Christine Eckel
Associate Professor of Biology
Carroll College
Helena, MT

HAPS member for 17 years

Attended 3 HAPS national or regional meetings in the last 3 years

HAPS Service

  • Western Regional Director: 2004 - 2008 (two terms)
  • Chair, Cadaver use Committee: 2002 - 2004;2009 - 2012
  • Cadaver Use committee: 2000 - 2017
  • Steering Committee: 2004 - 2008; 2008 - 2012
  • Membership Committee: 2015 - Present
  • Helped draft the first HAPS Cadaver Use Position Statement in 2001. 
  • Helped draft the first HAPS Accreditation Position Statement in 2005.
  • Co-wrote and presented a poster at Experimental Biology in 2006: Eckel CM, and Martini R. Who is teaching undergraduate Anatomy and Physiology? A faculty and course profile for 2005 - 2006. FASEB J. 20(4): LB6, 2006
  • Instrumental (as a board member) in creation of the HAPS Institute.
  • Presented a workshop on anatomic pathology of the heart; HAPS Annual Meeting. Calgary, Alberta; 2005.
  • HAPS Liaison to the American Association of Anatomists; 2004 - 2006
  • Contributed cover art for the HAPS Educator.

It is an honor to be nominated for Secretary of the Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS). Membership in HAPS has been an enormous asset in both my personal and professional lives over the last 17 years. HAPS members have become my true academic "family". Because of this, I have made a commitment to remain involved with the organization in any way I can; by serving on or chairing committees, attending the Annual Conferences, delivering workshops at the annual conference, contributing artwork for the HAPS Educator, contributing to discussions on the HAPS List Serve, or simply volunteering to serve in an ad hoc position to help wherever needed.

My greatest involvement with HAPS was to serve as Western Regional Director for two terms, from 2004 - 2008. This was an intense experience, as HAPS was dealing with one of its greatest challenges to date: the accreditation crisis of 2005, in which the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) threatened the livelihoods of hundreds of A&P instructors because of their very narrow definition of the qualifications necessary for an instructor to teach human A&P at the college level. In response, the HAPS board researched the degrees of A&P instructors nation-wide. This led to a poster presentations (co-written by myself and Ric Martini) at the Experimental Biology meeting in 2006. Creation of the HAPS Accreditation Position Statement, and the HAPS Institute are direct results of the board's efforts to aid instructors who were affected by the crisis.

It has been 9 years since I served on the HAPS Board of Directors. I am currently at a place in my career where I have the time, motivation, and energy to step back into the fold and serve in this capacity once again. My experience as a textbook author will aid me in recording clear and accurate minutes of all meetings. My prior experience in HAPS governance will provide me with historical knowledge to assist in making decisions that remain faithful to HAPS bylaws and organizational goals. it will be an honor and a privilege to help lead the organization into the future as we continue to strive to provide "Excellence in the Teaching of Human Anatomy & Physiology."

Wanda Hargroder
Associate Professor
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA

HAPS member for 14 years

Attended 2 HAPS national or regional meetings in the last 3 years

HAPS Service

  • Cadaver Use Committee, Chair
  • Membership Committee, Member
  • Board of Directors, Secretary Position 2009 - 2011
  • 2008 HAPS Annual Conference, Co-Chair, New Orleans, LA
  • HAPS member 14 years
  • Workshop Presentation Annual Conference
  • From the Eye of the Storm to the Eye of the Tiger, HAPS Educator 2008
  • Nervous System HAPS-Institute Instructor, 2010
  • Annual Conference Planning Committee 2006 - 2009
  • Attended nine annual conferences

Currently I serve as Associate Professor of Anatomy, Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies in Human Movement Science and Rector of the College of Human Sciences and Education at Louisiana State University. I have been a member of HAPS for 14 years and during that time, i have made numerous life-long friends and met exemplary colleagues. Throughout this membership, I have served in numerous capacities which allowed me to understand and really appreciate the organization we call HAPS. There are many devoted and loyal members all who could fill the vacant seal of Secretary. I am honored to have been nominated and if elected will try and give back to HAPS what it has given me.

As Secretary you serve on the Board of Directors which has always been the center of HAPS success. I would like the opportunity to once again serve this organization for I am confident the experience will enrich me both personally and professionally. HAPS Board of Directors is not dominated by any self-interest parties but a coalition of professionals who work extremely hard to make HAPS a family atmosphere yet continue to grow and offer its members a cadre of academic support that enhances all of its members not just a few.

Again, I appreciate your willingness to consider me a viable candidate and the good thing about this election, no one loses. Every person nominated will bring their skill own skill sets to the table and that is precisely what HAPS is a diverse group of people with one common goal...Quality Education.

Justin Shaffer
Assistant Teaching Professor
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA

HAPS member for 1 year

Attended 1 HAPS national or regional meeting in the last 3 years

HAPS Service

  • Member of the Testing Committee and helped revise anatomy-only learning objectives
  • Member of the HAPS Educator Committee and reviewed article submissions
  • Presented a workshop at the 2016 HAPS Annual Meeting

I am excited to run for HAPS Secretary because I want to give back to HAPS, to further establish connections with the national community of A&P instructors, and to contribute to the HAPS mission, especially through educational scholarship. When I first started teaching human anatomy a few years ago, I sought out HAPS for guidance and adopted the HAPS learning goals for my high structure course. These goals were instrumental in guiding the development and success of my course. After evaluating the implementation of my course and student outcomes, I presented a workshop at the 2016 HAPS Annual Meeting. At the meeting, I met a wide range of faculty and had fascinating conversations about various strategies for teaching A&P. I would like to continue to develop these interactions and to share my teaching experiences with A&P community through this leadership position. I will also use my training and experience in evidence-based teaching methods and educational scholarship to help HAPS accomplish its goals of enhancing A&P instruction and to encourage innovation in educational scholarship. All in all, I am excited to give back to HAPS for all that it has done for me in my career thus far and what it will do for me in the future.

Candidates for Central Regional Director

Kathy Burleson
Senior Lecturer of Biology
Hamline University
Saint Paul, MN

HAPS member for 4 years

Attended 3 HAPS national and 1 regional meeting in the last 3 years

HAPS Service

  • Served on the HAPS Curriculum and Instruction Committee 2015-2017. For the C&I Committee, I have helped with revising the HAPS Learning Outcomes (LOs) for anatomy-only courses, drafted a survey of usage and helped lead a focus group at the annual meeting to determine how HAPS members use the LOs, and have been tagging EduSnippets to correspond with the LOs.
  • Presented a workshop at the 2015 HAPS Annual Conference in San Antonio and a Curriculum Committee focus group at the 2016 conference in Atlanta. I plan to present a workshop at the HAPS annual conference in Salt Lake City in 2017.

In the four years since joining HAPS, the organization has given me an enormous amount of professional and personal opportunities. The willingness of HAPS members to share teaching advice, collaborate, and mentor new professionals has helped improve my pedagogy, find collaborators for multiple research projects, and has given me the chance to contribute to both textbook revisions and the updated HAPS learning outcomes. Through sharing my enthusiasm for HAPS with the central region, working to identify new members, and encouraging current and former members to be involved at both the regional and national level, I can pay it back and pay it forward. My interest is in the development and promotion of innovative teaching in anatomy and physiology with materials and methodologies that engage our students, independent of the size or resources of the institution. And like many colleagues across the country who recognize the value and challenge of defining ways to meaningfully assess student learning in our courses and programs, HAPS is the primary way to connect and engage with faculty who are involved in this necessary work. The power of HAPS lies in its members, and nothing would please me more than to proudly serve as a liaison between the central region and the HAPS leadership.

Steve Kish 
Zane State College
Zanesville, OH

HAPS member for 14 years

Attended 3 HAPS national or regional meetings in the last 3 years

HAPS Service

  • Presented multiple workshops at multiple HAPS conferences.
  • Published a workshop summary on anatomy of the shoulder and hip joint, New Orleans annual conference.
  • Served on the Membership committee.
  • Served on the Curriculum & Instruction committee.
  • Currently serve as the Central Regional Director.

Being involved with HAPS has been a true blessing. From my first annual conference in 2005, to my election to the position of Central Regional Director in 2015, I have felt a true connection with the organization, as well as the many members i have come to know over the years. The friendly atmosphere, the wonderful people, the collegiality, and the wealth of knowledge available to members has truly made HAPS an organization that I am proud to be port of. Having spent the past two years as the Central Regional Director has been an amazing learning experience. It has provided me with a new appreciation on how hard our President, Executive Director, Regional Directors, and committee chairs work to provide the best resources to our members. To work with such a talented group of individuals dedicated to providing our members with the best resources available has been amazing. It has also offered me the opportunity to give something back. One of the highlights over the past two years has been nominating The Ohio State University to serve as the host institution for the 2018 HAPS annual conference. Hearing that Columbus, Ohio would be the destination for HAPS 2018, it felt as if I had accomplished something that would benefit members within the Central Region. However, there is still much to do to ensure that our members are getting as much out of HAPS as they possibly can. I would appreciate the opportunity to continue serving as your Central Region Director. If elected, I would continue to work not only to serve the membership of the Central Region, but the entire membership of HAPS. I hope that you will give me the opportunity to continue doing so. Thank you.

Anthony J Weinhaus
Assistant Professor
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

HAPS member for 11 years (2007 - present)

Attended 4 HAPS national or regional meetings in the last 3 years

HAPS Service

  • Presented 3 posters and 3 workshops over 11 years of attendance at HAPS
  • 2008 Student Grant Award recipient
  • 2008 - HAPS Educator Editorial Committee member
  • 2007, 2008, 2015 Contributions to HAPS Educator
  • 2012 Attended HAPS-Institute class entitled "BI 698: Human Embryology"

     I serve as the Director of the Program in Human Anatomy at the University of Minnesota. As such, I am the course director of both a Principles of Human Anatomy course for undergraduate/pre-professional students.
     We are very proud of our courses as they prepare pre-professional students to be successful in their chosen careers.
     Attendance over the years at the HAPS conferences has been an invaluable tool for keeping the teaching of anatomy up-to-date, imaginative and effective.
     Attendance at the meeting provides the opportunity to present research, exchange information and ideas. This also is an invaluable tool towards improving the quality, imagination and effectiveness of my teaching in the Human Anatomy course.
     I am interested to serve HAPS in order to continue to maintain and improve the Society for the future. For the current and for future members to receive the same benefits that I have received over the years.

 Candidates for Southern Regional Director

Rachel M.P. Hopp
Lecturer in Biology
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY

HAPS member for 11 years

Attended 3 HAPS national or regional meeting in the last 3 years

HAPS Service
  • HAPS Board Member, Southern Regional Director (2015 - 2017)
  • Attrition Task Force (2016 - 2017)
  • HAPS Educator Committee (2014 - 2017)
  • National Conference Planning Committee for San Antonio Conference (2013 - 2015)
  • Animal Use Committee (2006 - 2008)

HAPS Publication and Presentations:

  • Presenter, "Metacognition - Maximizing Student Potential to Learn." HAPS Regional Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, FL (2016).
  • Co-Presenter of a Workshop, "Metacognition - Getting Students Involved in Their Own Learning Process." HAPS Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA (2016).
  • Contributing author to a publication in the HAPS Educator, "Determinants of Student Success in Anatomy and Physiology: Do Prerequisite Courses Matter? A Task Force Review 2016." (Spring 2016)
  • Co-Presenter of a Workshop, "Hypothesis Driven Learning: Student Led Short-Term Research Studies in Physiology using Human Subjects." HAPS Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX (2015).
  • Presenter of a workshop, "Critical Thinking via the Scientific Method: Student Led Short-Term Research Studies in Physiology using Human Subjects." Southern Regional Meeting in Fort Worth, TX (2013).
  • Author of a publication in the HAPS Educator, "A Success Story: Chemistry before Anatomy & Physiology I." (Fall 2009).
  • Presenter of a Poster "Identifying Factors Which Lead to Success in Anatomy and Physiology I." HAPS Annual Conference in Austin, TX (2006).

The first national HAPS conference I attended was in 2006 in Austin, TX. I was thrilled to find such a welcoming and professional organization. I learned many useful tips to take back to my classroom.  I also presented a poster on factors related to student success in Anatomy and Physiology I at that first conference.  The poster generated interest and so I followed up with a survey to HAPS members and then a HAPS Educator publication in 2009.  Fast-forward to 2017, I am currently serving on the HAPS Attrition Task Force related to prerequisites for Anatomy and Physiology.  This is one of the most awesome things about HAPS, you find colleagues with common interests like student success and make progress!

My HAPS related interests have also diverged into student led research projects, metacognition, and mentoring teaching assistants.  I have presented or will be presenting on each of these topics at annual conferences.  Furthermore, one of these areas of personal interest has gone beyond HAPS into community service.  While preparing for the metacognition workshop with my co-presenter I gained a lot of resources to help not only my students, but also the residents of the Family Scholar House (FSH) in Louisville, KY.  The FSH is where single parents and their children live while they attend a local university.  The students come from difficult situations and I am humbled to support them with study-skills workshops based on research in metacognition.

Our family moved to Louisville in the fall of 2015. I teach Human Anatomy and Physiology at both the University of Louisville and Bellarmine University.  Prior to this I was a Professor in Biology at Houston Baptist University (HBU) where I taught a General Physiology course every year 1999-2015.  I also taught Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, General Biology I and II, Neuroscience and Cancer Biology courses.  My service at HBU included being the Pre-Dental Society faculty sponsor and the university’s Academic Assessment officer.

I am committed to the mission of HAPS and would be honored to serve another term on the HAPS Board as the Southern Regional Director.

Eric Sun
Associate Dean and Professor of Biology
Middle Georgia State University
Macon, GA

HAPS member for 15 years

Attended 3 HAPS national or regional meetings in the last 3 years.

HAPS Service

  • C&I Committee 2003 - 2004
  • Testing Committee 2007 - Present
  • Testing Committee Chair 2008 - 2009, Co-Chair 2009 - 2015
  • HAPS exam task force, 2016 - Present
  • Steering Committee 2008 - 2015
  • Regional Conference Co-Chair, Macon State College, GA 2009
  • Planning Committee, Annual Conference Atlanta 2016
  • Development of HAPS online exam
  • Recipient of the President's Medal in 2014
  • Presentations at HAPS Annual Conferences, 2010, 2012, 2015
  • Attending Regional Conference, Sarasota, 2001

Although I've been teaching Anatomical science courses since 1983, my association with HAPS began with my attendance at the 2002 annual meeting in Phoenix. I found a society dedicated to promoting the discipline, and committed to supporting individuals in the field. I was impressed with the high level of collegiality of its members and knew that this was society that I wanted to be involved in. That decision I made over 14 years ago has taken me on an incredible journey which has enhanced my effectiveness as an A&P instructor, built and fostered strong professional and personal relationships, provided opportunities to contribute to the discipline and help to grow a society I believe in. Since that first conference, I have attended over 15 annual and regional conferences, gave presentations and chaired or co-chairs committees. My most significant contribution to the society was my work as chair and co-chair of the Testing Committee which culminated in the development of a new online HAPS standardized exam. While I am honored to have been awarded the President's Medal for Exemplary Service in 2014 for that work, I have, in turn, benefited greatly from my involvement with the society.

I'm again honored to have been nominated for the Southern Regional Director position and see it as another opportunity to serve the society. As one of the Board members, the Southern Regional Director, plays an important role in helping with decisions that sets the direction of the society and serves as the liaison for HAPS members in the Southern region. I'm excited at the prospect of being in a leadership position to help HAPS continue its growth and feel that I will be a good advocate for our Southern regional members.

Chad Wayne
Instructional Associate Professor
University of Houston
Houston, TX

HAPS member for 4 years

Attended 4 HAPS national meetings in the last 3 years

HAPS Service

  • Served on Planning Committee for the HAPS 2015 annual conference (San Antonio, TX)
  • Presented a workshop at the HAPS 2014 (2), 2015, 2016 annual conferences
  • Presented a workshop at the HAPS Southern Regional conference 2013 (Ft. Worth, TX)
  • Taught 2 HAPS-Institute classes:
    • Physiology of Reproduction (2 Credit Hours, SP2014)
    • Female Reproductive Physiology (2 Credit Hours, SP 2014)

I joined HAPS in 2013 and found an academic home where I could develop my teaching skills and broaden my own understanding of the material in our discipline. I have found that HAPS is an exceptional environment for investigating different pedagogical practices and a great vehicle for reporting on their effectiveness. But it is also an environment where I could expand my knowledge of the body's structures and functions beyond my own area of study and beyond what I teach in the classroom. I have gained much through HAPS via the collegial exchange of knowledge as well as through the social avenues that HAPS promotes. My interest in serving as a Regional Director stems from a desire to serve my peers and to promote the same opportunities that I have had as a member. I hope to encourage participation in workshops to promote best practices and in the laboratory and classroom. I would also like to see more HAPSters sharing more about what they know about the systems we teach, so that we all will become more knowledgeable about the whole body and its functions. I hope to encourage strong professional development that not only serves our current membership but also attracts more faculty and students to our ranks. HAPS is a unique society that I would be honored to serve.