School of Science Advisory Board

The School of Science Advisory Board welcomes two new members:

Melissa Stafford-Jones

Melissa Stafford Jones is the Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region 9.  Region 9 includes California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, tribal nations, Guam and the outer Pacific Islands.  Melissa was appointed to her position by President Obama in November 2014.

Prior to her appointment as Regional Director, Melissa was President & CEO of the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (CAPH) for eight years.  While at CAPH, Melissa lead the organization’s work to advance public policies that support the essential role of the safety net and improve access to care for low-income and uninsured patients.  In particular, Melissa was involved in the implementation of health reform in California, particularly related to coverage expansion, delivery system transformation and re-structuring of health care financing and payment systems. Prior to her appointment as President & CEO, Melissa led CAPH’s state and federal legislative program for six years as Vice President and Director of Policy. 

Before 2000, Melissa was Regional Vice President with the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California, held the position of Senior Research Analyst for the Nevada State Legislature and also served on the administrative leadership team at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in the mid 1990s.

Melissa holds a Masters degree in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Saint Mary’s College of California.   She is married to husband Chris, also an SMC School of Science alum and now a high school science teacher.  They have two children, Douglas and Juliet, and the family is avid Saint Mary's basketball fans.

Charles Wilson

Charles Wilson '68

Charles Wilson is a native San Franciscan and a graduate of Sacred Heart High School.  He attended St. Mary’s College of California and graduated cum laude with a BS in Chemistry in 1968.  He obtained a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry in 1973 from Stanford University under Henry Taube (Nobel Prize 1983).  After working for 8 years on the East Coast for Corning Glass, ARCO Chemical, and Air Products and Chemicals, he returned to the West Coast to work for Chevron’s downstream research company in the field of Catalysis, retiring as a Senior Consulting Scientist and Unit Manager of Catalysis for Chevron’s Energy Technology Company in 2014.  He has been very active in the North American Catalysis Society, chairing its national meeting in San Francisco in 2009.  He is the holder of more than 20 US patents in the field of Catalysis.  He is now an industry consultant.  His hobbies include opera, cooking, and wine tasting.