Our Team

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Jon Entine, Executive Director
Jon’s interest in genetics arose from a family history of breast and ovarian cancer, which led to the writing of two books on population genetics: Abraham’s Children: Race, Identity and the DNA of the Chosen People (2007) and Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We’re Afraid to Talk About It (2001). He's also written on the politics of food and farming: Let Them Eat Precaution: How Politics is Undermining the Genetic Revolution in Agriculture (2005) and Crop Chemophobia: Will Precaution Kill the Green Revolution? (2006); and on science and risk: Scared to Death: How Chemophobia Threatens Public Health. Jon has been a contributing columnist at hundreds of media outlets around the world. He spoke before the National Academy of Sciences and the Australian National Press Club on GMO safety. Before becoming a print journalist, Jon was a producer and executive for 20 years at NBC News and ABC News, winning 20 journalism honors, including a National Press Club Consumer Journalism Award and Emmys for specials on the reform movements in China and the former Soviet Union. He was head of documentaries and Tom Brokaw's long-time producer at NBC News. He studied philosophy in college and received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at the University of Michigan.
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Phyllis A. Ludwig, Chief Financial Officer
In 2002, Ludwig founded Ludwig Business Consultants, a woman-owned business enterprise located in the Philadelphia, PA region. She is an effective leader in the development, communication, and execution of strategic plans; an expert in implementing internal financial management reporting systems; experienced with external bank, government, tax, and audit relationships; and an entrepreneurial thinker skilled in empowering and encouraging others to perform their best. Prior to launching her firm, she spent several years in senior financial management positions with public and private companies and was an auditor with Arthur Andersen in the Washington, D.C., where she specialized in government contracting and not-for-profit organizations. Other specialty areas include manufacturing and distribution, call center operations, and professional services. Phyllis is a graduate of The Catholic University of America where she earned her degrees in Accounting and Economics. She received her Executive MBA from Temple University Fox School of Business where she was awarded the Dean’s Certificate of Excellence.
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Tim Barker, Managing Editor
Tim has been a journalist for more than two decades, serving as both an editor and a writer, covering a wide range of subjects, including Monsanto, biotechnology and agriculture. Past employers include the Orlando Sentinel and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He has won numerous writing awards during his journalism career, including a 2015 national feature writing award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers for a story on a sustainable farm located outside of St. Louis. He received his journalism degree from Oklahoma State University. He lives in Orlando.
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Phil Willson, Web and Technology Director
Serial entrepreneur and innovator, Phil is a University of Pennsylvania graduate with two decades of experience in the Internet space. In 1999, he founded the venture capital-backed company Incentify, which was a first-mover in the social networking segment. He is the Managing Principal of Ninjology, a digital consultancy with a focus on serving the small/medium market.
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Anne Neathurai, Human Genetics Editor
Anne is an English and pre-medical student at Vassar College. She is currently doing research on accessible localized hypothermia devices for spinal cord injury.
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Paul McDivitt, Food and Farming Editor and Social Media Coordinator
Paul McDivitt is a science and environmental writer with a Master's in journalism from the University of Colorado Boulder. He has been published by the Denver Post, Discover Magazine, Ensia, and several university science institutes. Check out his blog, The State of the Science.
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Ricki Lewis, Contributing Columnist
Ricki is a science writer with a PhD in genetics. She is the author of the only popular book on gene therapy, The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It (St. Martin’s Press, 2013); Human Genetics: Concepts and Applications (McGraw-Hill, 2018); Human Genetics: The Basics (Routledge Press, 2017); and has also published an intro biology book, two human anatomy and physiology books, an essay collection, and a novel about stem cells. She writes the DNA Science blog at PLOS and contributes regularly to Medscape Medical News. Ricki is an adjunct professor at the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College and is a genetic counselor. She is a frequent public speaker and has published thousands of articles, mostly about biotechnology and medical genetics, since 1982. www.rickilewis.com @rickilewis
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Andrew Porterfield, Contributing Columnist
Andrew has been a writer and editor for more than 20 years, and has worked as a public information officer for the Salk Institute and the University of California-Irvine. His articles haves appeared in ScienceNOW, Entomology Today, American Association of Pharmaceutical Science, Newsday, CBS News and San Francisco Chronicle. He has a BA in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and a MS in biotechnology from the University of Maryland. Andrew has also worked with a number of biotechnology and device firms, ranging from startups to Pfizer.
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Kristen Hovet, Contributing Columnist
Kristen is a science journalist, specializing in the areas of psychology, health, and the intersection of sociology and culture. Her focus is in bridging aspects of the humanities and science, and making science information accessible and meaningful to a wide variety of individuals. Originally from North Dakota, Kristen is currently based in Vancouver, Canada. She received her bachelor's degree in English from Simon Fraser University and is completing her Master's degree in Counselling Psychology. A lifelong learner with many interests, she has completed certificates in epigenetics, personalized medicine, physiology, genetics and evolution, Buddhism and modern psychology. Kristen is host of the Humans of Earth podcast. www.kristenhovet.com @kristenhovet
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David Warmflash, Contributing Columnist
David is an astrobiologist and physician. He has produced and edited educational materials on medical genetics, aerospace medicine, hyperbaric medicine, neurology and hematology. He is featured frequently on Discover Magazine’s The Crux and other online and print media. Since 2002, He has collaborated with The Planetary Society on three experiments that have flown in space designed to improve our understanding of the biological effects of deep space radiation.