Our team is passionate about creating opportunities for young women from historically excluded groups and encouraging them to be trailblazers in the fields of neuroscience and neurology

Executive Team

Our executive leadership sets the overall strategic direction for WiN, as well as oversees the day-to-day operations—including program implementation and development, fundraising initiatives, and spearheading partnerships with other organizations, institutions, and individuals to support these efforts.

  • Judi Nudelman

    Judi Nudelman

    Founder and Board President

    Judi Nudelman entered the computer field in 1962 when few women were professionals in the corporate and STEM worlds. Throughout her thirty year career at IBM, Judi broke new ground. In 1971, when her first son was born, she was the first working mother in a Houston location of 1,000 people. Judi encountered obstacles as a working mother and as a woman who spoke “truth to power”. Using her organizational skills and IBM’s support structures, she confronted obstacles and moved up the career ladder to positions in national and regional headquarters and in management positions. Since retiring in 1991, Judi has continued to use her experience and skills to establish new organizations and assist people. In 2018, Judi’s husband Harvey, a respected Neuroscientist, passed away after a battle with the rare neurodegenerative disease, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). Judi founded Women in Neuroscience to honor his memory and inspire more women to join the battle against brain disease. She has used her organizational skills, experience, and personal network to fund and establish a strong internship model to “build a diverse community of female leaders in neuroscience and neurology."

  • Tara Levy

    Tara Levy

    Interim Executive Director

    Tara Levy is an experienced trainer and consultant on nonprofit leadership and management. She has served nonprofits as a staff member, board member, and volunteer, so she brings a holistic and informed perspective to her work in the sector. Tara is currently serving as WiN’s Interim Executive Director.

    Tara specializes in change management—helping organizations plan and pivot through succession planning, strategic planning, organizational dynamics, stakeholder engagement, and board development. She got to know WiN when she facilitated our first strategic planning process, and she has stayed engaged as a thought partner and supporter, making her a natural champion for WiN’s transition.

    Tara is an attorney and holds a J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. with Special Honors from UT’s Plan II Honors Program. She is a graduate of the Leadership Austin class of 2005 and served on their Board of Directors. When she’s not supporting nonprofits professionally, she and her son are often volunteering with them—especially through Generation SERVE, where she has also served on the board and where her son is now a teen lead.

  • Emily Morris

    Emily Morris

    Director of Programs

    Emily Morris Pickens, MBA, MT-BC is the Executive Director of Women in Neuroscience (WiN). Selected for the inaugural role in late 2020, Emily brings to the table a strong background in Neurologic Music Therapy and Business, as well as a lifelong passion for service, volunteerism and advocacy. This unique blend of skills, experience, and ethos make her a natural fit to advance the organization’s mission of women’s STEM empowerment.

    When she’s not working, you can find Emily singing, getting lost in the Green Belt, roller-skating, binging old seasons of Survivor, cooking delicious, healthy food, or reading the latest Harlan Coban novel.

  • Katie Bell-Moore, CFRE

    Katie Bell-Moore, CFRE

    Fund Development Manager

    Katie Bell-Moore is proud to be the first Fund Development Manager for Women in Neuroscience. She brings years of nonprofit experience with a focus on donor-centered fundraising and board relations. Prior to joining WiN, she spent five years with the Ann Richards School Foundation where her passion for equity in education was ignited.

    Katie, a graduate of Leadership Austin’s Emerge Class of 2021, continues to be involved in local community issues. She served on the Hays County Food Bank board for four years, including two years as President, and currently serves on the grants committee for the Austin Community Foundation Women’s Fund. Katie and her husband have three boys who keep them busy, however, Katie still finds time to satisfy her passion for books.

Board of Directors

Our board is responsible for providing governance and oversight, including setting policies, approving budgets, and ensuring the organization's compliance with legal and ethical standards. Additionally, they serve as WiN ambassadors, helping to raise awareness and support for our mission and goals.

  • Socar Chatmon-Thomas

    Socar Chatmon-Thomas

    Broker/Owner, Elegant Estates by Audition; past chair, Austin Board of Realtors; Director, Texas and National Association of Realtors; parent of WiN intern

  • Gail Kaplan

    Gail Kaplan

    Entrepreneur; retired legal recruiter; Harvey and Judi's niece

  • Emily Morris

    Emily Morris, MT-BC, MBA

    Director of Programs

    WiN Ex-Officio Board Member

  • Tara Levy

    Tara Levy

    WiN Interim Executive Director

    WiN Ex-Officio Board Member

  • Judi Nudelman

    Judi Nudelman

    Founder and Board President

    Retired IBM Manager; Leader, CurePSP Central Texas Support Group

  • Jim Walb

    Jim Walb

    Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair

    Retired Wall Street senior executive; past chair, UNICEF NY Metropolitan Chapter; co-founder, Leadership Equality Academy; board advisor, Classvisa

  • Micky Marinelli

    Micky Marinelli, PhD

    Associate Professor of Neuroscience, UT Austin; Associate Professor Department of Neurology, Dell Medical School, WiN Founding Mentor and Lab Host

  • Kaelin Rubenzer

    Kaelin Rubenzer

    WiN Alumni; BS In Neuroscience from UT Austin; Neuroscience Researcher at UT; Program coordinator and instructor for LLWF

    • Mary Abreu, PhD

      Mary Abreu, PhD


      Neuropharmacologist; Retired from leadership roles across the spectrum of drug development

      • Z. Leah Harris, MD

        Z. Leah Harris, MD

        Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Professor of Pediatrics, Dell Medical School; Physician-in-Chief, Dell Children's Medical Center; Director, Dell Pediatric Research Institute

        • Derek Eckert, CFP

          Derek Eckert, CFP

          Investment Advisor and Managing Director, Syntropy Wealth Management; Past Board Member, Texas Sierra Club

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