Current Committee Members

  • Kent Holsinger (2024), Chair
  • Charles Bush, Grad Student Representative (2025)
  • Larry Hufford (2024)
  • Janice Coons (2025)
  • Maia Thomas (2025), Probono Professional advisor
  • John Pascarella (2026)
  • Austin Mast (2026)
  • Brenda Molano-Flores (2024), President, ex officio
  • Allison Miller (2025), Treasurer, ex officio
  • Heather Cacanindin, Executive Director, ex officio

Investment Committee

About the Committee

The Investment Committee meets three to four times per year to oversee investments of the Society and to determine the long-term investment strategy for the Society. Committee members will also be involved in reviewing performance of the investment management company and periodically reviewing and adjusting the investment policy guidelines for Board approval. Each year, new members join the committee as the same number of members rotates off. This committee is chaired by a member serving their third year on the committee.


This committee has one student as part of its composition. The student representative on this committee actively learns about the BSA investment strategy and gains a lot of insight into how the society manages their investments. A student on this committee may have previous knowledge on investment portfolios and thinking about the market, however this is not required. The ideal student representative for this committee should be willing to learn eough about investments to participate in the discussions and decisions of the committee.

Member Criteria

Committee membership is open to all BSA membership categories: emeritus, retired, professional, affiliate, postdoc, student, developing nation. It is preferable that members of the committee have previous knowledge on investment portfolios and thinking about the market, however this is not required. Committee members are expected to participate and be engaged in committee activities and have a genuine interest in the mission of the committee.

Time Commitment

At least three meetings per year, with one meeting normally taking place during the Botany conference. Members serve three-year terms, except for student members whose terms are for two years.

Interested in Applying?

Those interested in being considered for committee service should complete a short application (200 words or less) that includes a statement of interest highlighting your expertise, experience, and interest in serving on this particular committee. Applications are accepted December 1 – February 1 and will be reviewed by the Committee on Committees. Committee appointments are typically made in May to begin in July. Questions about committee membership? Send an email to

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