Jacinta M. Behne, M.A., Guthy Jackson Charitable Foundation

TITLE:  Executive Vice President of Administration and Operations

FOCUS AREAS: Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) Spectrum Disease.

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PROFILE: Jacinta M. Behne is the Guthy Jackson Charitable Foundation’s top staff member and serves as the executive vice president of administration and operations. She has been with the foundation since 2008. Ms. Behne’s foundation bio shares the following:  

Mrs. Behne’s career in education and management spans three decades and multiple platforms from university lecturer to education researcher. She received her Bachelor of Arts with licensing in Secondary Education at Washburn University, Topeka, KS; licensing in Gifted Education at Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS; and Master of Arts in Communication at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. Her specific expertise is in program development, budget management, and translating complex science content for public venues. Mrs. Behne served as a NASA contractor for many years in the area of education and public outreach. During that period, she worked with three launch teams and collaborated with NASA centers and staff, including researchers, engineers, and public information officers. As such, she refined processes and protocols for reaching out to learning communities and the public through the World Wide Web, national conferences, print materials, and media applications. In her work with The Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation (GJCF), Mrs. Behne works to build a team-driven infrastructure dedicated to curing Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO), a misunderstood and often misdiagnosed disease by: a) funding critical path research and b) connecting global communities of researchers, industries, and patients. Mrs. Behne is a member of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), and serves as a solicited reviewer of NASA education products and as a presenter at annual conferences. She has published several articles on the importance of building and delivering effective education and public outreach programs to ensure successful community engagement.

Behne is also a co-founder and executive vice president of the All Greater Good Foundation, established in 2007 with Dr. Katja Van Herle. This foundation’s goal is “education and outreach programs that focus on public health issues and epidemics, as well as to fund basic science research pertinent to these issues.” Her All Greater Good Foundation bio shares:

Jacinta M. Behne is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the All Greater Good Foundation. Mrs. Behne's career in education and management spans three decades and multiple platforms from university lecturer to education researcher. She received her Bachelor of Arts with licensing in Secondary Education at Washburn University, Topeka, KS; licensing in Gifted Education at Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS; and Master of Arts in Communication at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. Her specific expertise is in project management and translating complex science content for public venues. Mrs. Behne served as a NASA contractor for many years in the area of education and public outreach. During that period, she collaborated with NASA centers and staff, including laboratory researchers, engineers, and public information officers. As such, she refined processes and protocols for reaching out to learning communities and the public through the World Wide Web, national conferences, print materials, and media applications.

Mrs. Behne is a member of the American Society of Curriculum Designers (ASCD), the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and serves as a solicited presenter at annual conferences, including the NAA (National Afterschool Association), NSTA, an the annual NASA Discovery Program Mission Conference. She has published several articles on the importance of building and delivering effective education and public outreach programs to ensure successful community engagement.

She has co-authored articles about multiple sclerosis and neuromyelitis optica.