Meet the Award Presenters


The Champions for Biotechnology Education Awards Gala celebrates outstanding advocacy for, and contributions to, life sciences education in Massachusetts. Each year, MassBioEd honors an organization, an educator, a public advocate, and a school for their commitment to fostering science literacy and advancing life sciences education. We also award a student with a scholarship to be used towards their life sciences field of study. The Educator Award and Student Scholarship Award are supported by the Henri A. Termeer Foundation in honor of Henri A. Termeer and his commitment to scientific discovery and mentorship of aspiring and accomplished scientists. The Champions Gala is MassBioEd’s annual fundraiser, raising funds to support our programs to build a strong and diverse life sciences workforce.

Award Presenters

Belinda Termeer

President, C-Founder, and Member of the Board of Directors, The Termeer Foundation

Kendalle Burlin O’Connell, Esq.

Chief Executive Officer & President, MassBio

Kristin Goppel

Founder & Principal Consultant, Powers Strategies LLC

Vice Chair, MassBioEd Board

Ryan Mudawar

Vice President of Education and Workforce Programs, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

Sunny Schwartz

Chief Executive Officer, MassBioEd