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The Center staff provide a variety of services to fellows and scholars.

Leadership History


Woody Powell

Walter W. Powell

Sara Miller McCune Interim Director, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences

Phone: (650) 736-0104

Walter (Woody) Powell is the Sara Miller McCune Interim Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), the Jacks Family Professor of Education, and (by courtesy) Professor of Sociology, Organizational Behavior, Management Science and Engineering, and Communication at Stanford University. He has been faculty co-director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society since its founding in 2006. At PACS, he leads the Civic Life of Cities Lab, which studies civil society organizations in the SF Bay Area, Seattle, Shenzhen, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, and Vienna. He is also an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. He has received honorary degrees from Uppsala University, Copenhagen Business School, and Aalto University, and is an international member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Science and The British Academy. He has served on the board of directors of the Social Science Research Council since 2000.  With Bob Gibbons (MIT), he has led the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) summer institute on Organizations and their Effectiveness since 2016. He was also a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences in 1986-87 and again in 2008-09.


Sally Schroeder

Deputy Director

Phone: (650) 736-0114

Sally Schroeder is deputy director, overseeing the administration, budget, operations and fellows program. Schroeder joined the staff in 2013. At Stanford University since 1989, her previous positions include deputy director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Physician Faculty Scholars Program, deputy director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, and assistant director at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Schroeder has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Dana College in Nebraska.

Drina Adams

Drina Adams

Finance Associate

Phone: (650) 736-0154

Drina Adams is the finance associate.  Adams has been with the Center since 2010 and works to provide financial assistance to staff and fellows. Prior to joining CASBS, Adams spent 19 years in several administrative roles with Stanford Property Administration under the Controller’s Office. Adams holds a BS in business management from University of Phoenix. In her spare time she enjoys decorating and traveling to Panama with family.

Janzen Alejo

Executive Assistant

Phone: (650) 736-0104

Janzen Alejo is the executive assistant supporting the director and deputy director at the center, joining the staff in 2022. He graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and a Bachelor of Science in anthropology. A Southern California native, Alejo moved to the Bay area with AmeriCorps supporting afterschool education in East Side San Jose in 2019. He enjoys board games with friends as well as Dungeons and Dragons.

LiAnne Dick

Communications Associate

Phone: 650-497-7184

LiAnne Dick is the communications associate and supports communications activities.  She joined the staff in 2022. She has a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. LiAnne has experience as a marketing coordinator and public relations assistant for companies in Louisiana. She’s also the founder of a program that provides meals and other support services to those experiencing homelessness in a Louisiana city, and she continues to manage this program. In her free time she enjoys doing pottery and enjoying sunshine.

Christy Duignan

Christy Duignan

Special Initiatives Program Manager

Phone: (650) 736-0134

Christy Duignan is the special initiatives program manager, which entails organizing all of the Center’s workshops and social gatherings along with the symposia and other special events. Duignan joined the staff in 1996. She enjoys snow boarding, hiking and golfing in her spare time.

Mike Gaetani

Mike Gaetani

Communications Director

Phone: (650) 736-0119

As communications director, Mike Gaetani spearheads efforts to promote the Center’s fellows, projects and initiatives, events, accomplishments, and overall vision and mission. He has held previous communications positions with USC's Sol Price School of Public Policy, UCLA’s Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. His education background involves social science research, having earned a M.A. in international relations from USC and completed doctoral course work in political science at UCLA. Originally from the Boston area, Mike is a genetically-programmed Red Sox fan.

Jason Gonzales

Jason Gonzales

Information Manager

Phone: (650) 736-0178

Jason Gonzales is the information manager, joining the staff in 2015. In this role, he provides library services to the fellows and staff which includes retrieving materials from the Stanford library system, as well as fulfilling research requests on specified topics. He also maintains the Ruth H. and John G. Neukom Reading Room at CASBS, including the Ralph W. Tyler collection, the accumulated works of CASBS fellows. He earned an MLIS at San Jose State University and previously worked as a copywriter and editor in pharmaceutical marketing, a position he accidentally entered as the result of his research background. When he is not doing research and collection management, he spends much of his time playing drums and recording music.

Douglas Kiman

Administrative Assistant

Phone: (650) 736-0225

Douglas Kiman is the administrative associate at the center, joining the staff in May 2022. He previously held administrative positions at Wesleyan University and the French Department of Foreign Affairs. He has a BA in philosophy and MA in music history from Sorbonne University, and a PhD in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University. In his spare time, he likes playing tennis, listening to music, reading, and going to farmer’s markets.

Fatma Massoud

Library Assistant

Phone: (650) 736-0917

Fatma Massoud is the library assistant, joining the staff in 2019. She works closely with the information manager in library services at CASBS to fulfill requests from fellows and staff, and to retrieve materials from the Stanford library system. She holds two master’s degrees in computer science from Yarmouk University in Jordan, and Texas A&M University. Fatma previously worked for 10 years as an instructor in the department of computer science at Yarmouk University, and she has prior work experience in the South Bay public library system. She is currently pursuing an MA in Library Science at University of Arizona. Fatma enjoys drawing, painting, jewelry making, and other creative arts.

Barbie Mayock

Dining Program Coordinator

Phone: (650) 736-0140

Barbie Mayock is the dining program coordinator and oversees the dining program for fellows. Mayock joined the staff in 2014, and prior to working at the Center she was employed for 20 years at The Napkin Ring Catering, Inc.  A native Californian, she has been in the restaurant and catering field for more than 35 years.

Manuel Pulido

Facilities Coordinator

Phone: (650) 736-0141

Manny Pulido is facilities coordinator, joining the staff in 2021.  He has managed projects as a facilities coordinator at Apple, Facebook and non-profits.  He studied political science at SFSU and received his BA in theology at IABC.  He enjoys traveling with his family and playing sports.

Betsy Rajala

Betsy Rajala

Program Director

Phone: (650) 723-2070

Betsy Rajala is a program director, joining the staff in 2018. She helps to create and manage the many programs and workshops held at CASBS. She completed her undergraduate degree in political science at the University of Minnesota and is currently completing her PhD in political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder

Finance and Research Analyst

Phone: (650) 725-3580

Angela Schroeder is the finance and research analyst, joining the staff in 2015. She is responsible for financial management and sponsored project administration. Schroeder has significant experience in analyzing financial data, budgeting, forecasting, and creating financial reports in her past work capacities at an investment bank, a CPA firm, and an internet communications firm. She holds a BS in finance and business economics from the University of Southern California. In her free time she loves to spend time with her family and teach group fitness classes.

Wayne Thomas

Computing Support Analyst

Phone: (650) 736-0149

Wayne Thomas is the computer support analyst, responsible for end-user support, IT asset management and audio/visual technologies at the Center.  He joined the staff in 2022.  He has a BS in information technology from Western Governors University.  In his free time he enjoys the culinary arts, gardening and spending time with his family.

Zachary Ugolnik

Program Director

Zachary Ugolnik is a program director, joining the staff in 2020. He helps manage the many programs and projects at CASBS, including Creating a New Moral Political Economy. Zachary earned his PhD from the department of religion at Columbia University in 2018 and his master’s from Harvard University in 2009. He has taught courses in ethics, religion, and philosophy at Phillips Exeter Academy, Mount Allison University, and Columbia University, where he served as a Mellon Interdisciplinary Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE). He enjoys hiking and biking.

Quinn Waeiss

Program Director

Quinn Waeiss joined the CASBS staff as a program director in 2022. They help manage programs and projects at CASBS, including the Ethics & Society Review. Prior to joining the CASBS staff, they worked as an independent contractor with the Center and a mixed-methods research analyst at the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University. Quinn earned their PhD in political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. They enjoy a variety of creative pursuits, including painting, knitting, weaving, and embroidery.

Bruce Young

Bruce Young

Information Technology Manager

Phone: (650) 736-0146

Bruce Young is the information technology manager, responsible for end-user support and the overall hardware, software and networking needs of the Center. He joined the staff in 2017. He has a BA in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a MS in cybersecurity and information assurance from Western Governors University.