The leadership team at the Stowers Institute is dedicated to fulfilling the mission of our founders by making a significant contribution to human health through world-class research.
Head of Science Communications
Head of Media Relations
Senior Manager of Research Development Support
Senior Science Writer
Project Manager, Office of Scientific Leadership
Director of IT Applications and Development
Chair, Board of Directors
Stowers Institute for Medical Research
B.A., Biology, Phillips UniversityMasters in Health Administration, School of Medicine at Washington University, St. Louis
Richard Brown serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research; Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer of Stowers Resource Management, Inc.; Chair of BioMed Valley Discoveries, Inc.; and Chair of American Century Investments.
Vice President of Finance
B.S., Accounting, Kansas State UniversityMBA with a finance concentration, University of Missouri-Kansas CityCPA
Kim Chee joined the Stowers Institute in 2021 as the Vice President of Finance. Before joining the Institute, Chee held a variety of finance and accounting roles in multiple large corporations in Kansas City, most recently at Corbion. While at Corbion, Chee was a Finance Director, responsible for the financial and accounting aspects of Corbion North America as well as Risk Management and Corporate Tax. Prior to Corbion, she worked at Grundfos Pumps, Hallmark Cards Inc., and Black & Veatch.
Chee is a CPA with several accomplishments to her name, one of which was being named a 2018 Honoree for CFO of the year from the Kansas City Business Journal. She received a B.S. in accounting from Kansas State University and an MBA with a finance concentration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Chee was born and raised in Malaysia.
The Graduate School of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research
M.D., University of Kansas
Dr. Betty Drees was appointed as the President of The Graduate School of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Spring 2018. She served on the Board of Directors of the Graduate School prior to appointment as president. She is on the faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine where she is Dean Emerita after serving thirteen years as dean (2001-2014) and acting provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs (2007-2008). She is a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics at the UMKC School of Medicine. She is a board-certified endocrinologist who practices at Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, MO. She is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies, and is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and the American College of Endocrinology. She is the 2020 president of the Kansas City Medical Society. She has been recognized by Ingram’s Magazine as one of Kansas City’s Most Accomplished and Successful Women (2008) and as an Icon of Education (2019).
Drees has served in multiple regional and national roles in education, including the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, Chair of the Governance Council of the American Medical Association’s Academic Physician Section, and Chair of the Missouri State Medical Association’s Commission on Continuing Medical Education. She is currently the Program Director for the UMKC Fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism. She received teaching awards in the UMKC internal medicine residency and the endocrinology fellowship in 2018 and 2019. She was co-Principal Investigator on a learning collaborative project funded by the NIH on building institutional capacity for health equity.
Drees received her medical degree from the University of Kansas and did her residency training in internal medicine and fellowship in endocrinology at the Kansas University Medical Center. Following her fellowship, she did postdoctoral research training in the Veterans Affairs Career Development Program. She has received funding through the NIH and the Health Forward Foundation on diabetes prevention projects. She was the Principal Investigator for the Kansas City site in the Enhanced Lifestyles for Metabolic Syndrome (ELMS) Multi-Site Trial funded by the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund. She is active in community service in diabetes, including serving as facilitator for a diabetes ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) funded by the Missouri TeleHealth Network. This project provides outreach to primary care providers to meet professional development needs. She is the immediate past president of the Community Leadership Board of the Kansas City area American Diabetes Association.
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Stowers Resource Management and Stowers Group of Companies
B.A., Drury University J.D., University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
Charles German was appointed Co-General Counsel of the Stowers Group of Companies in 2020. Before joining Stowers, Charles was a founding shareholder of the law firm of German May PC. As a trial lawyer, his primary practice areas have been internal and governmental investigations, corporate governance, biotech, capital markets, and professional liability. German served as outside independent counsel for BioMed Valley Discoveries from 2018 to 2019, and is an adjunct professor of corporate litigation at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.
German earned a B.A. from Drury University and a J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, and served as the law clerk for Honorable William R. Collinson of the Western District of Missouri. He has served as a director and board chair at The Midwest Innocence Project and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. He was a founder and chair of the Kansas City Metropolitan Homelessness Task Force, a multi-disciplinary, inter-governmental entity that is now a permanent section of the Mid-America Regional Council. German has also been a board member of Drury University and of the Missouri Lawyers Trust Account Foundation. His past awards include the LAWMO Coburn Community Service Award, the KCMBA Deans of the Trial Bar, KCMO Legal Leader of the Year, Missouri Lawyers Media ICON Award, and the Downtown Council Urban Hero Award.
Investigator and Dean of the Graduate School
Development and Regeneration,
Genetics and Genomics,
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Evolution and Model Systems; Laboratory Rotation; Thesis laboratory
Matt Gibson, Ph.D., is a developmental biologist and an Investigator at the Stowers Institute. Gibson joined Stowers in 2006 and was named Dean of the Graduate School in 2019.
Chief of Staff, Office of Scientific Leadership, and Vice President, Communications
Stowers Resource Management
B.A., English Literature and Economics, University of Virginia
Jennifer Pawlosky joined the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in 2021 as Vice President of Communications and became Chief of Staff for the Office of the Executive Director in 2022. With 30 years of experience in communications, public relations and marketing, Pawlosky has focused on science communications for the past 17 years. Prior to joining the Institute, Pawlosky was Executive Director of Communications at the Allen Institute in Seattle, Washington, where she oversaw internal and external communications strategy. Prior to her time at the Allen Institute, Pawlosky was responsible for development communications and marketing at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She has also led communications and marketing efforts for Arthur Andersen and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Pawlosky received a B.A. degree in both English Literature and Economics from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. A former board member for the Association for Independent Research Institutes, she currently serves on the government affairs committee and strategic communications committee for the organization.
President and Chief Scientific Officer
Development and Regeneration,
Genetics and Genomics,
Molecular and Cell Biology
Cell Biology; Evolution and Model Systems; Laboratory Rotation; Thesis Laboratory
Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, Ph.D., is the President and Chief Scientific Officer of the Stowers Institute. Alejandro joined the Institute in 2011, was named its Scientific Director in 2019, and named Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer in 2021. In 2023 he was named President and Chief Scientific Director.
Executive Vice President of Administration
B.A., Business Administration and Political Science, Westminster CollegeMLA, Philosophy, Baker University
George Satterlee joined the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in 2016 after serving in positions at two Kansas City area companies, Missouri Bank and Hallmark Cards, Inc. While at Missouri Bank, Satterlee served as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer and was responsible for the company’s human resource, organizational development, culture, strategic planning, and marketing efforts. Prior to his 17 years at Missouri Bank, Satterlee spent 15 years at Hallmark Cards, where he held a number of significant human resource positions within the manufacturing, corporate staffing, and field sales divisions.
Satterlee received a B.A. in business administration and political science from Westminster College and an MLA degree in philosophy from Baker University. He attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where he completed a three-year program in the Stonier Graduate School of Banking and the Wharton School Executive Leadership Program. Some of his civic activities include serving on committees for the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation, serving as an advisor to the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired, and serving as a mayoral appointee on the Kansas City and Vicinity Workforce Investment Board of the Full Employment Council.
Molecular and Cell Biology,
Neuroscience; Laboratory Rotation; Thesis Laboratory
Kausik Si, Ph.D., a developmental neuroscientist, is the Scientific Director for the Stowers Institute. Si joined the Institute in 2005, was appointed Associate Scientific Director in 2019 and Scientific Director in 2021.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
B.S., Finance, Emporia State UniversityMBA with a finance concentration, Avila University
Penny Spence joined the Stowers Institute in 2019 as Vice President of Finance and Treasurer and was named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2021. Prior to joining the Institute, Spence spent her career in finance and treasury roles at large, privately-held, multinational organizations including 14 years at Lockton Companies where she most recently held the position of Vice President-Assistant Treasurer. Early in her career, she held other finance roles at Hallmark Cards and Black & Veatch. Spence earned her Certified Treasury Professional designation in 2006.
Spence received a B.S. in finance from Emporia State University and an MBA with a finance concentration from Avila University.
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
B.S., English, Birmingham-Southern CollegeJ.D., University of Virginia School of Law
Joselyn Verschelden, J.D., first joined the Stowers Institute as Associate General Counsel in July 2021, and was appointed Vice President and Deputy General Counsel in August 2022. Prior to joining the Institute, Verschelden held the position of career law clerk for the Honorable Stephen R. Bough, of the United States District Court, Western District of Missouri. From 2018 to 2020, she also served as a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law where she taught Judicial Seminar. Preceding her time with Judge Bough, she worked at the firm of Rouse Hendricks German May, P.C.
Verschelden attended Birmingham-Southern College where she graduated cum laude with a B.S. in english. After receiving her juris doctorate in 2003 at the University of Viriginia School of Law, she clerked for the Honorable Ronald R. Holliger of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District.
Associate Investigator and Vice Dean of the Graduate School
Genetics; Laboratory Rotation; Thesis Laboratory
SaraH Zanders, Ph.D., a geneticist, joined the Stowers Institute in 2016 and is an Associate Investigator. In 2019, she became the first Vice Dean of the Graduate School of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research.