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E. Carmen Torres is the Associate Director, Donor Relations for Glaucoma Research Foundation. She joined the Foundation in August 2005 as the Development Associate. Carmen chose to leave the world of sales and private industry in 1991, to enter the ranks of non-profit professionals.


E. Carmen Torres
President of Board

Marsha Harrison
Vice President of Board

Frederick L. Moore,


Joy Alafia


As a vocational instructor, education center director, and project manager for fund development, Carmen served Goodwill of San Francisco, CET, and The National Audubon Society before joining GRF.

Her initial responsibilities included media relations, event production, and with Glaucoma Research Foundation board members Michael L. Penn Sr. and Bill Stewart, the creation and launch of the Foundation's Historic Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Glaucoma Awareness Initiative. During her work on the initiative, Carmen met BDIS Founder Frederick Moore, PhD.

In 2007, Dr. Moore approached Carmen to be part of the inaugural steering committee/ work group for the Scientific Empowerment Movement (SEM) Conference, and the rest as they say is history. In 2008, she was invited to become a member of the Board, and in 2010 was elected as the Vice-President of the Board, second to Dr. Tanya Moore, PhD.

As a Board member and active volunteer, Ms. Torres has helped produce four SEM conferences, and been a participant and speaker at two Infinite Possibilities Conferences. She strongly supports the goals of BDIS to empower underserved minorities and women in the STEM disciplines.

Carmen is a native Californian, from Monterey, and holds advanced degrees in Theatre Arts, specializing in acting, directing and critique. Her performance capabilities range from the classic Greek tragedies to modern realism. In addition to serving on the board of Building Diversity in Science, she is a key volunteer for Shanti Project, and is active in the Golden Gate Chapter of Association of Professional Fundraisers.



Marsha Harrison is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and over the past 20 plus years, has had an extensive and varied events, sales, and marketing background. Marsha started her corporate career with Marriott Corporation in a national and international capacity. From their she continued with companies such as Oakwood Worldwide, streamlinevents Inc, Pico Worldwide, and Jamestown Investment Properties.

Currently Ms. Harrison is a marketing consultant and content writer for organizations such as Nurse’s Children Foundation, Alameda Pediatric Dentistry, and Alameda County Healthcare Department’s Emergency Medical Services. Now with her focus directed toward supporting the healthcare industry and children’s programs, Marsha’s intention is to assist BDIS and their board in providing career paths for students within the STEM industry.

Ms. Harrison sits on the Executive Board for The Charles Reid Foundation and the Scientific Empowerment Movement. She has also chaired various committees for Meeting Professionals International and is acting Marketing Director for NCF.



Frederick L. Moore PhD, a native of Fairfield, California, is an optimistic survivor by nature. After experiencing frustration with his elementary and high school education, he began his pursuit of academic excellence at Solano Community College. Thereafter, Dr. Moore attended the University of California, Berkeley, and obtained his B.A. in in genetics with honors in 1996, and graduated
from the University of California, San Francisco, with a Ph.D. in thefield of human reproductive genetics in 2002.

Dr. Moore has received many academic accolades, including fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the Ford Foundation, but he is most proud of the Martin Luther King Jr. award, received for his humanitarian and community service work from UC San Francisco. Currently, Dr. Moore is cofounder and principal of PotentSci LLC, which is a book publishing and science educational consulting company.  In February of 2006, he co-edited and published a book titled, Finding Your North: Self-Help Strategies for Science-Related Careers (FYN). The goal of FYN is to help students discover their purpose in life, while utilizing science and medicine as a platform for the discussion.  He is extremely grateful for his blessings, and is committed to expanding outreach to people who are disadvantaged and/or want to achieve at their highest level.



Joy Alafia is the Director of Business Products for REBS®, a subsidiary of the California Association of REALTORS®. She is responsible for developing innovative products and services used to empower REALTORS® in their ability to serve their clients. Her employment history includes Intel, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, CVI Melles Griot and the Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI). Joy received her B.S. in Physics from Spelman College and completed training on global strategy and trade at Oxford University.



Tanya Moore, PhD a native of Berkeley, CA, received her doctorate training in the field of Biostatistics at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to attending UC Berkeley, Dr. Moore obtained a BS degree in Mathematics from

Spelman College and a Masters in Science and Engineering from the Mathematical Sciences Department at The Johns Hopkins University. After completing a postdoctoral HIV/AIDS research training program in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of California, Los Angeles she returned to her hometown to address the issue of health inequities.

Currently, Dr. Moore works for the City of Berkeley Public Health Department and is the lead of the Chronic Disease Prevention Program. Her efforts are focused primarily on reducing the rates of high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and diabetes in the African-American community in South and West Berkeley.

Tanya is also creator and co-chair of the Infinite Possibilities Conference, a conference designed to support, empower and promote underrepresented minority women mathematicians. The conference has been held on the campus Spelman College (2005) and North Carolina State University (2007). Dr. Moore is also one of the authors of Finding Your North: Self-Help Strategies for Science Related Careers.


Cory Nicholas , graduated with a BA degree in Molecular and Cellbiology (emphasis – Neurobiology) from UC Berkeley in 2000. After undergraduate school, Cory spent three years working as a research associate on Cancer Biology and Angiogenesis at a biotechnology company in South San Francisco called SUGEN, Inc. Subsequently, hewas admitted to the Biomedical Sciences graduate program at UCSF where Cory has been working on his PhD thesis research project forthe past five years in Dr. Renee Reijo Pera’s lab (now at Stanford). He studies Stem Cell and Developmental Biology and, specifically, has been investigating germ cell (egg and sperm) development from human and mouse embryonic stem cells. Cory also serves on the board of directors for BDIS and is a cofounder of the Cellthera research initiative and UCSF CNS (cell-based neuraltherapy and stroke) consortium investigating the use of embryonic stem cells to treat disabled stroke



Lily Khadjavi, PhD Director

Tanya Moore, PhD

Cory Nicholas, PhD

Craig Palmer

Advisory Members

June Behrendt

Ayanna Goring-Reed

Bill Stewart

Tom Young





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