GSS Advisory Council

The Governor’s STEM Scholars Advisory Council is made up of STEM professionals who have made a commitment to the program’s mission: to mentor, educate and inspire students in STEM in New Jersey.

Its primary role is as an admissions committee for GSS applicants, though members also offer feedback about the program for the purpose of improving its current and future programming. Council members volunteer their time at the quarterly conferences to serve in a mentoring capacity toward our scholars.


Dr. Regina Collins
Associate Director, Writing, Communications, and Outreach at the Albert Dorman Honors College, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Regina Collins, Ph.D., is the Associate Director of Writing, Communications, and Outreach at the Albert Dorman Honors College within the New Jersey Institute of Technology. In that role, she interacts with Honors scholars on student-produced publications including the Honors Newsletter and a yearly technology magazine, the Technology Observer. She also advises students conducting undergraduate research, assists in the creation of marketing and internal documents for the Honors College, and leads the committee that invites thought leaders to speak to Honors students. Regina also coordinates international student programs such as the Institute for International Education (IIE) Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP) and the IIE Global Experience and Training (GET) programs for undergraduate STEM students. Prior to her role in academia, Regina had a career in technical writing and received several awards from the Society for Technical Communication for her work at major software corporations. She received her PhD in Information Systems, MS in Professional and Technical Communication, and BS in Computer Science, all from NJIT.


Dr. A. Waseem Malick
Vice President (Ret.), Pharmaceutical and Analytical R&D, Hoffmann-La Roche Inc.
A. Waseem Malick, Ph.D is a retired pharmaceutical R&D executive with over 35 years of academic and industrial experience. He has had an extensive career in the industry previously serving as Vice President and Global Head of Pharmaceutical and Analytical R&D at Hoffmann-La Roche. Prior to his 32 years service at Roche, he was Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutics at Wayne State University, Detroit. His research interests include drug product development, formulation and drug delivery research. He has published 110 research papers, 169 abstracts and presented extensively in the area of drug delivery research. He was elected as fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) and has received several honors and awards. He has served on Board of Directors of non-profit organizations, Scientific Advisory Boards and has held adjunct appointments at universities. He is currently serving as a member of the New York University Science Dean’s Board of Advisors, Parenteral Drug Association Foundation Board and as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Rhode Island. He received his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and M.S. from Columbia University, New York.


Dr. Kate Merton
Lead, Integrated Evidence Team - Metabolic Franchise
Kate Merton, Ph.D., MBA, is currently an Integrated Evidence Team Leader at Janssen, the Pharmaceutical company of Johnson & Johnson (J&J). Dr Merton started her career at J&J in 2000 working in research in La Jolla, CA. After completing her graduate work Dr Merton returned to J&J in 2008 as a Scientist conducting research into cardiometabolic diseases before transitioning into Clinical Development in New Jersey. Dr Merton has also held roles in Marketing and External Alliances. Dr Merton has been a mentor to numerous young women interested in science and maths and has led mentoring programs within J&J.

Kate received her undergraduate degree in Pharmacology & Toxicology from King’s College London, England in 2000 and her PhD in Pharmacology & Toxicology from University of California, Irvine Medical School in 2008. Most recently Kate received her Global MBA from Duke University, Durham in 2013.


Dr. Kamana Misra
Director for Research and Development at Celvive
Kamana Misra, PhD, is the Director for Research and Development at Celvive, a company that currently focuses on the use of autologous stem cells for treating patients with spinal cord injuries. A neuroscientist, Dr. Misra has over 12 years of research expertise focusing on neuronal development and disease models. Additionally, she serves as a Scientific Consultant at The Foundation Venture Capital Group that provides pre-seed funding to competitively edged start-up life science companies. Dr. Misra is also President of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS), New Jersey chapter, an organization committed to helping and promoting women in STEM fields, including support for girls in high school pursuing STEM careers through annual scholarships. Dr. Misra has taught courses as Adjunct Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences, Rowan University and Course Director for Introduction to Scientific Research for Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science & Engineering, an award-winning program dedicated to supporting women interested in the S.T.E.M.


Sally J. Nadler, MA, SPHR
Manager – Workforce Development at PSEG Services Corporation - Human Resources
Sally has over 30 years experience in a diverse range of operational, technical, and managerial assignments within PSEG, where she is currently the Manager of Workforce Development in the Human Resources Department. In this role Sally is responsible for a cross section of talent acquisition pipeline initiatives for PSEG including the college relations function and diversity outreach programs, which include the company’s female, minority, veterans and individuals with disabilities hiring initiatives. Sally is also PSEG’s primary representative at the Center for Energy Workforce Development, where she sits on the Workforce Planning Advisory Board.

In her previous role as the College Relations Manager, Sally was responsible for building and managing the college recruiting function for full time and internship hiring needs, as well as developing and strengthening PSEG’s college relationships and partnerships. Under Sally’s leadership PSEG has been recognized as one of the “Best Places to Launch a Career” and a “Best Places to Intern” by Business Week Magazine.

In 2013 Sally was appointed by the governor to the NJ State Employment and Training Commission and was named the chair of the NJ State Energy Sector Partnership Council, SESP, where she oversaw the allocation of grant funding for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Training Programs. In 2014 Sally was selected to serve as a member of the Mercer County Workforce Investment Board, and most recently was appointed to serve on the NJ State Council on Gender Parity in Labor and Education.

She holds an AAS degree in Business Management from Middlesex County College, a BS in Management from Rutgers Business School, and a Master of Arts in Leadership from Bellevue University. Sally received her SPHR designation in December 2011.