Genius Gala

On May 2, 2022, Liberty Science Center celebrated the 10th Annual Genius Gala. Thanks to everyone who joined us! Click here to see photos from the event. You can also check out the recap below on the LSC blog, or make a donation at any time.



Genius Award Honorees

Hugh Herr

Bionics Trailblazer

Priyamvada Natarajan

Cosmic Cartographer

Robert Montgomery

Organ Transplant Pioneer



Strides in STEM Honoree

Marques Brownlee

Consumer Technology Influencer



Special Honoree

Abhimanyu Mishra

History's Youngest Chess Grandmaster


Gala Committee

President and CEO
Paul Hoffman
, Liberty Science Center

Corporate Chair
Gary D. St. Hilaire, President and CEO, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Innovation Chairs
Jennifer A. Chalsty, Director, Advisory Council, James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, John Hopkins University
Ralph Izzo, Chairman, President and CEO, PSEG
Josh S. Weston, Honorary Chairman, ADP

Co-Chairs
David Barry, President and CEO, Urby
Sheri B. Bronstein, Chief Human Resources Officer, Bank of America
The Cove JC – An Unrivaled Ecosystem for Discovery
Alma DeMetropolis,
Managing Director; Market Manager, J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Matthew D. Ellis, EVP and CFO, Verizon Communications
Richard M. Hodosh, MD, Former Medical Director, Atlantic Brain and Spine Institute
Steve and Kate Howe, Retired Chairman, EY
Bruce L. Levy, President and CEO, BMR Energy
Jeffrey M. Mandler, Co-Owner and CEO, Evolve Med Spa; Co-Founder and Past CEO, CarePoint Health
Laura Bilodeau Overdeck, Founder, Bedtime Math
Chirag Patel, Co-CEO and President, Amneal Pharmaceuticals
Al Reba, VP, Worldwide Cardiovascular, Bristol Myers Squibb
Carlos Rodriguez, CEO, ADP
Janet Truncale, Vice Chair and Regional Managing Partner, Americas Financial Services Organization, EY
Gregory Tusar, Head of Institutional Product, Coinbase
Susan Keating and Norman Worthington III, Chairman, Sangoma Technologies Corporation



Managing Trustees
Susan Mustokoff Akselrad, JD, Former Chief Employment Counsel for Solvay S.A.’s North American Companies
David Barry, CO-CHAIR, President and CEO, Urby
Christopher S. Boerner, PhD, EVP and Chief Commercialization Officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Sheri B. Bronstein, VICE CHAIR, Chief Human Resources Officer, Bank of America
Jennifer A. Chalsty, Director, Advisory Council, James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, Johns Hopkins University
Michael DeMarco
Alma DeMetropolis, VICE CHAIR, Managing Director; Market Manager, J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Robert J. Hariri, MD, PhD, Co-Founder and Vice Chairman, Human Longevity, Inc.; Chairman, Founder, and CEO, Celularity, Inc.
Richard M. Hodosh, MD, Former Medical Director, Atlantic Brain and Spine Institute
Stephen R. Howe, Jr. CO-CHAIR, Retired Chairman, Ernst & Young LLP
Ralph Izzo, Chairman, President and CEO, PSEG
Sam Khichi, EVP, Corporate Development, Public Policy, Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel, Becton Dickinson & Company
Bruce L. Levy, TREASURER, President and CEO, BMR Energy
Bob Lockett, Chief Diversity and Talent Officer, ADP
Jeffrey M. Mandler, Co-Owner and CEO, Evolve Med Spa; Co-Founder and Past CEO, CarePoint Health
W. Nevins McCann, JD, Partner, Connell Foley
Laura Bilodeau Overdeck, VICE CHAIR, Founder, Bedtime Math
Chirag Patel, Co-CEO and President, Amneal Pharmaceuticals
Marc Pavese, Partner and Director of Quantitative Research, Lord Abbett
Anthony T. Skiadas, CPA, SVP and Controller, Verizon Communications
Vijay Swarup, PhD, Director of Technology, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
Janet Truncale, Vice Chair and Regional Managing Partner, Americas Financial Services Organization, EY
Gregory Tusar
, Head of Institutional Product, Coinbase
Josh S. Weston, Chairman Emeritus; Honorary Chairman, ADP

Advisory Trustees
Brian Carlin, CEO, J.P. Morgan Private Capital
Michael Graham, COO, Fairview Insurance Agency Association
Michele Holcomb, PhD, EVP, Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer, Cardinal Health
Ganga Kannan, Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group
Minalkumar (Minal) Patel, MD, Founder and CEO, Abacus Insights, Inc.
Amit Rakhit, MD
, CEO, Sporos Bioventures
David Rosenberg
, CEO and Co-Founder, AeroFarms
Carolyn J. Slaski, CPA, Former Americas Vice Chair—Talent, EY
Thomas J. Stanton, III, Managing Director, Licensed Broker, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas
Mary Alice Williams, Broadcast Journalist and Author
John Willian
, Former Partner, Goldman Sachs
Jerome B. Zeldis, MD, PhD
, EVP for Research and Development, NexImmune Inc.

Honorary Chair Emeritus
William A. Tansey, III, MD, FACC, Cardiologist

Honorary Trustees
Susan A. Cole, PhD, Former President, Montclair State University
Hon. Steven Fulop, Mayor of Jersey City
Hon. Thomas H. Kean, Founding Governor
Ralph LaRossa, COO, PSEG; President and COO, PSEG Power LLC

Executive Staff
Christine Arnold-Schroeder, VP, External Affairs
Iowaka Barber, Chief People Officer
Tamour Kousha, EVP and CFO
Paul Marsh, VP, Marketing and Communications
Liza Reich Rawson, Head of Exhibition Development and Design
Ivory Williams, VP, STEM Education