Howell Foundation Announces New Appointments to its Executive Leadership Team

Howell Foundation Announces New Appointments to its Executive Leadership Team

  • Susan Baxter, Ph.D. and Stanley Maloy, PhD. appointed to Foundation’s Executive Leadership Team
  • Along with Chair Person, Carol Tuggey, and CFO, William Wurch, the Howell Foundation is on track to become a relevant research accelerator to benefit women’s health in our community.

The Doris A. Howell Foundation announced its new slate of Executive Directors with the appointment of Susan Baxter, Ph.D. as Vice Chair, and Stanley Maloy, Ph.D. as Secretary to the Foundation’s executive leadership team.  William Wurch, JD, CPA, LLM will continue as CFO and Treasurer for the organization.  Colleen Peterson, will step down from her executive capacities and return to chairing the Development Committee full time.

Susan and Stanley continue to play a key role in ensuring emerging undergraduate researchers get the funding they need to pursue a career that leads to a positive impact in women’s health.  Their contributions as former Executive Director for the California State University Program for Education & Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB), and Professor of Biology and Associate Vice President for Research & Innovation at SDSU respectively, has led to the award of 240 research scholarships so far, totaling near $400,000 to date for the CSUPERB program alone.  Both were invited to join the Board of Directors in 2020.

Our academic partners – the California State University System, University of California San Diego, and the Hahn School of Nursing at the University of San Diego – make it possible for the Howell Foundation to inspire careers focused on researching women-specific health issues to close the gender gap in women’s health research.  According to CSUPERB, 87% of students who receive support during their scientific development continue to pursue a career in science. Susan and Stanley were nominated to the Board of Directors in 2020.

In total, the Howell Foundation’s volunteer-based executive board and officers, with the support of the organization’s academic partners, have raised over three quarters of a million dollars to fund close to 350 research seed grants in the area of women’s health.  A significant number of our Scholarship Program awardees are creating an impact in our community today.   Inspired by Dr. Doris Howell, the Board seeks to bring awareness of the manner in which women’s health issues are diagnosed and treated.   To accomplish this goal, research NEEDS to include the female gender at the clinical and basic research levels.

“Serving on the Board of a Foundation like ours requires dedication and time.  I am incredibly honored and grateful to work with a Board that is fully committed to raising awareness on women’s health issues, starting with education.  The talent of our newly appointed Executive Officers to our executive leadership team will continue to strengthen our organization and the impact we have in our community”, comments Tuggey, Howell Foundation Chairperson. “I look forward to continuing my work with such a talented and capable group of professionals.”


About Susan Baxter, Ph.D.

Susan M. Baxter served as Executive Director of the California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) from 2007 to 2020. She managed CSU I-Corps, a National Science Foundation-supported entrepreneurship program for nascent academic entrepreneurs. For 20 years, she administered and managed the grants and awards programs, organized workshops and the annual CSU biotechnology symposium, developed new program opportunities, and acted as a liaison for the CSU with industry, government, philanthropic and educational partners, among then, the Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research.

She has over twenty years research and management experience in business, nonprofit and academic settings. She serves on the boards of at BIOCOM Institute, the nonprofit arm of the biotechnology industry association in southern California, BayBio Institute, and Histogen, a private regenerative medicine company.


About Stanley Maloy, Ph.D.

Stanley Maloy is Vice President for Research & Innovation at San Diego State University. He obtained a PhD in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the University of California at Irvine, did a postdoctoral fellowship in Genetics at the University of Utah, then moved to a faculty position at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign where he was a Professor of Microbiology for 18 years. He subsequently served as Director of the University of Illinois Biotechnology Center prior to moving to San Diego State University. He was Dean of the College of Sciences at San Diego State University from 2006-2017.

Research in Stanley’s lab focuses on the evolution of new infectious diseases, and the development of new vaccines and antimicrobials. He is the author of over 100 scientific publications and 10 books. He has organized numerous international courses and conferences in the US, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. He has received several teaching awards, Honorary Professorships, an Honorary PhD, and is an elected Fellow of the American Academy for Microbiology.

Stanley has served as President of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), one of the largest international scientific societies. He has served on numerous editorial boards. He has been a grant reviewer for U.S. and international funding agencies, and a member of federal advisory groups on biosafety and biodefense, research, health policy, and reforming graduate education. He has testified before the United States House Appropriations Committee about federal funding for scientific research.


Established in 1995, the Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research accelerates research for the benefit of women’s health. By offering first hand knowledge to cutting-edge researchinspiring careers and funding research for the next scientific breakthrough in women’s health and partnering with community researchers to conduct research that benefits the  underserved community, the Howell Foundation strives to make a long-term positive impact on women’s health for the sake of women, their families and the communities in which they live.

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