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Our Team

Jamboor Vishwanatha, Ph.D.
Jamboor Vishwanatha, Ph.D.Principal Investigator
Dr. Vishwanatha is the principal investigator of the National Research Mentoring Network Resource Center. He is also a Regents Professor and Vice President, and Founding Director of the Texas Center for Health Disparities at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. Additionally, he is the principal investigator of the NIH Specialized Center of Excellence in Health Disparities.
Toufeeq Ahmed, Ph.D.
Toufeeq Ahmed, Ph.D.Co-Investigator
Dr. Toufeeq Ahmed is the co-investigator and an Associate Director for the National Research Mentoring Network Resource Center. He is also Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics and directs the Education Informatics program at the Health Informatics Technologies and Services division of the Vanderbilt University
Medical Center.
Damaris Javier, M.A.
Damaris Javier, M.A. Associate Director, Program Management
Damaris Javier is the Associate Director, Program Management for the National Research Mentoring Network Resource Center.

As the Associate Director, Program Management, Damaris leads the strategic efforts relating to NRMN recruitment, partnership and presence at national conferences and meetings as well as manages project goals and deliverable, fiscal/ reporting matters and day-to-day activities.

Damaris holds a master’s in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and Mathematics, minor in Economics from the University of Vermont. Prior to joining the National Research Mentoring Network, Damaris worked in Residence Life for 3 years and thereafter served as the Director for the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. In this role, Damaris directed diversity programs for underrepresented populations interested in STEM and health professions and directed recruitment/retention initiatives for underrepresented medical students. Damaris has been blessed with working in communities that support her passion for access, retention, and student success.

Jay Johnson, B.S.
Jay Johnson, B.S.Web Developer
Jay Johnson is the Web Developer for the National Research Mentoring Network’s networking & mentoring platform, MyNRMN.

Jay Johnson is also the Principal Application Developer for Vanderbilt University’s Biomedical Informatics Mentoring Lab. He has led the development effort for MyNRMN for the past 5 years and has been a leader in education technology since 2006. Jay’s creativity and commitment to quality is evidenced in MyNRMN’s many useful features, including the new Guided Virtual Mentorship platform! When he’s not working on elegant solutions Jay can usually be found in his home studio writing and recording his own musical creations.

Katie Stinson, M.L.I.S.
Katie Stinson, M.L.I.S.Virtual Engagement Strategist
Katie Stinson is the Virtual Engagement Strategist for the NRMN Resource Center.

Katie completed both a Bachelors in Journalism with minors in English and Marketing and a Masters in Library and Information Science with an emphasis in Health Informatics at the University of North Texas. She is starting a PhD in Sociology at the University of North Texas in Fall 2019. Katie spent the first portion of her career working in advertising in the Dallas market before transitioning to health care to work in Graduate Medical Education at a Dallas community hospital.

As Virtual Engagement Strategist, Katie works to help manage recruitment, engagement, user support, and reporting of the NRMN’s virtual community, MyNRMN.

Alexis Short, B.A.
Alexis Short, B.A.Digital Communications Strategist
Alexis Short is the Digital Communications Strategist for the National Research Mentoring Network Resource Center.

Alexis obtained her degree in Emerging Media & Communications from the University of Texas at Dallas. Since graduating she has been involved in community based STEM initiatives such as TalkSTEM and TechfemmeEvolve. Her creative passions lie within graphic design, user experience, social media management and yoga in her free time.

As a Digital Communications Strategist, Alexis works on facilitating marketing initiatives, website development, digital design, user experience, and management of NRMN’s social media platforms. She is also the Editor in Chief for the National Research Mentoring Network’s Newsletter that is disseminated to over 18,000 individuals nationwide. Reach out to her for digital collaborations.