Valerie Williams, PhD
Valerie is the Program Officer of The JEM Project with a passion for animal welfare and environmental conservation and research. She attended North Carolina State University for her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Zoology and Biotechnology.
Before joining the JEM Project, Valerie was a Breeding Coordinator at the Center for Aquaculture Technology directing programs related to the genetic improvement for multiple fish species. Within the same company, she first started as a postdoctoral fellow working in the R&D group using CRISPR-Cas9 biotechnology to implement gene-editing into finfish species. Her first professional job was helping build and manage a fish hatchery for Pacifico Aquaculture, producing the first ever ocean farm-raised Striped bass. Valerie enjoys all things fish, hiking, and is passionate about wildlife conservation.
Stephanie Cone, MD
Stephanie Cone is an MD and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and a B.A. in Spanish Literature from the University of Arizona. She earned her MD from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, AZ and trained in Pediatrics at the University of California Irvine and Children’s Hospital Orange County (CHOC).
Since 2014 she has been living and working in San Diego as an outpatient pediatrician in a private practice clinic seeing children from age 0-18, and in select Sharp and Scripps hospitals seeing newborns. She is fluent in Spanish.
When not working, Stephanie stays busy by caring for her two young sons, playing in a women’s soccer league, relaxing with crochet or needlepoint projects, or decorating cakes. Dr. Cone offers her expertise both as a physician and a mom to support The JEM Project’s mission to improve the welfare of women and children.