Who We Are

Louis Kiphen, President – A graduate of the University of Texas with a degree in Electrical Engineering. His past experience includes systems engineering in both the private sector and in civil service with the U.S. Air Force. He is currently a Software Design Engineer at SAP engaged in services innovation and data science projects. He helped found Science for Georgia to improve awareness of the historic improvements in quality of life driven by evidence-based policy, to highlight where policy makers have fallen short, and to create discussions around what we can do right now to implement better evidence-based policy.

Allison Halterman, M.Ed., Executive Vice President – As an Instructional Designer with a background in adult learning and technology in education, Allison brings a passion for education, research-based methodologies, organizing many details, and visual design. She currently works in digital learning development. She helped found Science for Georgia to promote a more science accepting future for younger generations.

Jaime Souza, MPH, Vice President – Jaime holds a Master of Public Health degree in Global Health from the University of South Florida. She currently works in global health advocacy and logistics. She has a background in drug discovery research looking for new drugs to treat devastating parasitic diseases. She helped found Science for Georgia to advocate for evidence-based policy and freedom of information.

Brandy E. Wade, PhD, Director – Brandy graduated from Emory University with a PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology. She is a postdoctoral research fellow at Emory University where she studies cellular mechanisms that cause Pulmonary Hypertension. She is passionate about science communication and helping to take technology from the research lab to the clinic where they can best help people. She helped found Science for Georgia with the hope of encouraging communication between scientists and policy makers because policy built on unbiased evidence is the foundation of effective change that is in the public interest.

Catherine Nguyen, MPH, Treasurer – Catherine holds a master of public health in global epidemiology from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. She recently completed a fellowship at the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Previously, she served as a health educator with the Peace Corps in Cameroon.

Natsumi Miura, Secretary – Natsumi graduated from University of California, Riverside with a mechanical engineering degree background. She is currently working in the automotive industry as a design engineer. She helped found Science for Georgia to promote the use of scientific evidence in decision making processes and to encourage communication between the public and scientists.

Andrew Tsai, Director – Andrew graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in Computer Science, and currently works in software development with the broadcasting and entertainment industry. While the world of music, movies, and the arts have always held a place in his heart, with March for Science he can finally contribute to and foster what had once been, and still is, his passion: science. He helped found Science for Georgia share that passion with the public, and encourage those in government and positions of power to understand why science is so essential to understanding and confronting the myriad problems that plague our world today.