Office of Diversity and Leadership


Hannah Valantine, MDHannah Valantine, MD
Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine

Hannah Valantine, one of five children, was born in Gambia, West Africa. When she was 13 years old, her family moved to London where her father served as Gambia's ambassadorto the United Kingdom. Valantine attended an all girls' school before enrolling in London University to study biochemistry.

"I thought the five-year training for medicine was much too long," Valantine recalls. However, the young student quickly saw the value her biochemistry studies would have in the field of medicine and changed her course of study. More »

Jennifer ScanlinJennifer Scanlin
Program Manager

Jennifer Scanlin has been with Stanford School of Medicine and ODL for six years. She manages all logistics related to ODL programs and workshops, as well as serving as a resource for faculty participants.

A graduate of Arizona State University, Scanlin has always had an interest in medicine. "My mom has been in the medical field my entire life.

I wanted a job that exposed me to careers in medicine and kept me close to my home in Los Altos," she said. Scanlin, enjoys golf, reading, cooking and attending all things Stanford Athletics!

Jennifer Raymond, PhD
Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of Neurobiology

Lydia EspinosaLydia Espinosa
Program Coordinator

Lydia Espinosa is a San Francisco native who joined ODL after retiring from a 35-year career in the financial industry.   She brings to Stanford University the knowledge, experience and ability to work in a team environment, understand the diverse needs of people and to be able to anticipate different changes or trends happening in the workplace.  My thought is that there is most definitely a need for the types of leadership and networking programs that our office has to offer.  I am honored to be an integral part of this process and to witness how these efforts are most definitely working well for both the participants and the School of Medicine.

Caroline Simard, PhD
Associate Director for ABCC

Caroline Simard is responsible for the implementation of ODL’s Academic Biomedical Career Customization (ABCC) program for faculty flexibility.
Simard is passionate about building better workplaces for women and underrepresented minority talent in STEM fields through evidence-based solutions. Prior to joining Stanford, Caroline was Vice President of Research and Executive Programs at the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, where she led the creation and dissemination of solutions to further diversity in scientific and technical careers in industry and academia, working with leading technology companies and academic institutions. Prior to ABI, Simard was a Researcher at the Center for Social Innovation of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Caroline holds a PhD in communication studies from Stanford University. Her publications have focused on technical human and social capital, solutions to recruit and retain technical women, underrepresented minorities in STEM, the diffusion of best practices, open innovation, regional clusters of innovation, and social networks.

Outside of work, Caroline is known as a foodie who enjoys spending time with family and friends. 


Laure Aurelian, PhD
Senior Advisor for Faculty Development

Laure Aurelian was the first woman to earn a PhD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. With her degree in microbiology, she focused initially on virology, a burgeoning field at the time, and proceeded to major research efforts in immunology, and cellular and molecular biology with an emphasis on cancer and neuroscience.  While on the Hopkins faculty, and later as Professor of Pharmacology and Microbiology/Immunology at the University of Maryland Medical School, she authored nearly 300 publications in peer-reviewed journals and numerous book chapters. Her research was primarily supported by NIH grants and augmented by funds from private foundations and industry. She is the designated inventor on 14 U.S. and foreign patents, and has trained over 50 students and post-doctoral fellows, most of whom achieved independent academic careers. She continues to receive international teaching invitations, most recently in China. Laure has served on numerous NIH study sections, including those that review K awards and continues to function as a reviewer for NIH grant applications. Prior to coming to Stanford, Laure worked with investigators at the University of Maryland to develop grant proposals, while carrying on her own research. She was also the first woman to be awarded by the Maryland Academy of Science “I rapidly understood that being a woman scientist who also values family life is a serious career liability. This was the first of many important lessons about career development that I have constantly endeavored to share with young faculty,” Laure said.

Magali Fassiotto, PhD
Academic Research and Program Officer

Magali Fassiotto is responsible for the implementation and evaluation of ODL programs related to career advancement, leadership development, and diversity. She was born and raised in Honolulu and received her undergraduate degree in Economics from Harvard University. She received her Ph.D. in Business Administration (Organizational Behavior) from Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she served as a teaching assistant in MBA classes on organizational design, strategy, human resource management, and the global context of management.

Magali’s academic research has focused on the ways in which internal organizational practices can influence how organizations are perceived and valued in society. She is trained in quantitative methods, both experimental and non-experimental.

Prior to graduate school, she worked as a private equity consultant at Ernst & Young/Investor Group Services in Boston and a social science researcher at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge. Magali lives with her husband in San Francisco and enjoys running, cooking, and traveling with friends and family.


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