Advisory Board

Nina Trasoff is the chair of the UA Department of Psychology Advisory Board. She is a corporate communications consultant who has made Tucson her home since 1976. She came for her job as a reporter and news anchor at KGUN-TV, where she also wrote and produced dozens of documentaries, special series, and investigative reports on topics ranging from the special needs of children to the death penalty.  In 1983 she became public relations director and public affairs producer at KGUN, where she won numerous national and local awards for her work both on and off air. In 1985 she left KGUN to develop and direct the News/Communications department at the Arizona Health Sciences Center. While there, she served as spokesperson for the hospital when it became the focus of national and international attention for being the first to use an artificial heart as a bridge to transplant. In 1988 Ms. Trasoff formed her own company to handle the internal and external communications needs of her clients, something she pursued for 17 years before serving on the Tucson City Council, where for four years she focused on sustainable growth, revitalization of Downtown, integration of the fine arts in economic development planning, restructuring of the Land Use Code to enable adaptive reuse of old buildings, and fiscal responsibility. She has served on dozens of nonprofit boards during her years in Tucson. Currently, in addition to her service on the UA Psychology Advisory Board, she is on the UA Dance Advisory Board and the UA Arthritis Center Advisory Board.

Meredith Hay, Ph.D. is the former Executive Vice President and Provost of The University of Arizona. Currently, she leads an active cardiovascular and brain research laboratory at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Department of Physiology and the McKnight Brain Institute where she is a tenured Full Professor. She is also a Full Professor in the University of Arizona Department of Psychology. Dr. Hay is President and founder of a new Tucson biotechnology company, ProNeurogen, Inc - a biopharmaceutical company developing novel peptide-based therapeutics to treat cognitive impairment and brain injury caused by cardiovascular disease and trauma. Dr. Hay is actively involved in the Tucson community and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the YWCA, San Miguel High School of Tucson Board of Trustees, and is a Director for the Beacon Group and Sinfonia, Healthcare Corp., LLC. She is an active member on the Southern Arizona Leadership Council and has served of the Arizona Bioscience Advisory Group and the Working Board for the National Institute for Civil Discourse. Prior to coming to Arizona, Dr. Hay served as Vice President for Research at the University of Iowa. Dr. Hay, a Texas native, earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Colorado, Denver, her M.S. in neurobiology from the University Texas at San Antonio, and her Ph.D. in cardiovascular pharmacology from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio.

Elaine Nathanson has provided marketing, public relations, media relations and community relations services to a variety of businesses, organizations and government agencies. A native of Tucsonan and former journalist, Elaine has worked on nearly every topic and public issue, ranging from health care to environmental. In her previous position as Communications Director for Research Corporation for Science Advancement, she was responsible for communicating the programs and services of a national science and research foundation. She has a BA in Journalism from the University of Arizona and a MA in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. She holds the Accredited Public Relations (APR) designation and is a Fellow in PRSA, the highest measure of professional achievement in the public relations profession. She is president of the board of directors of the Educational Enrichment Foundation (EEF). In addition to owning public relations firms, Elaine was the director of public relations for Bolchalk Frey Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations and was the executive director of the Southern Arizona Water Resources Association and the Tucson Regional Water Council.

Adina R. Wingate is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Pima Council on Aging. She is a native Californian who has over 40 years’ experience primarily in national, regional and local non-profit organizations. She is a communications and strategic marketing specialist who is responsible for publications, content management, public relations, and putting together multi-media- partnerships. Active on boards, Ms. Wingate is currently the Chair of the UA Department of Psychology Advisory Board and also serves on the board of Handi-Dogs, Inc. in Tucson. In 2004, she was named a trustee of the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona (WFSA) and served one term. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University, she holds a BA in Art History cum laude.

Sara P. Weiner, Ph.D. has deep expertise in employee survey research and analytics helping executives and managers to make sound, data-driven business decisions about their workforce for over 25 years. She has published many articles and book chapters and has dozens of presentations at international conferences on the factors that lead to the attraction and retention of top talent and improved business outcomes. Sara serves as Principal People Science Advisor for Glint’s ongoing research and consulting on engagement and performance and previously was Principal Consultant on Glint’s People Science team responsible for thought leadership, content design, and consulting with senior executives using people-analytics. Previously Sara served as the North American Consulting Leader in IBM/Kenexa (now IBM Talent Management) leading a large team of consultants and research scientists working in the areas of employee opinion surveys and assessments. Before joining Kenexa in 2007, Sara spent 16 years on IBM’s Workforce Research team as an internal consultant to IBM’s senior leaders using employee survey data to inform talent and business decisions. Sara received her masters and doctorate degrees in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, her BA in Psychology from Purchase College, the State University of New York, and is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Emeritus Member Hal Movius is founder and president of Movius Consulting, in Charlottesville, VA. He is also senior consultant to the Consensus Building Institute, visiting executive lecturer at the Darden Graduate School of Business, consultant to the Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Virginia, and a research collaborator at Ethical Systems. Dr. Movius received his Ph.D in clinical psychology from the University of Arizona and his B.A. in history from Harvard College. An applied psychologist, Dr. Movius’ expertise spans the fields of negotiation, influence, emotion regulation, leadership, and organizational development. He is lead author of the book Built to Win: Creating A World Class Negotiating Organization and has authored or co-authored dozens of negotiation simulations and published papers, including articles the effectiveness of negotiation training, cross-cultural business negotiations, and dealing with difficult counterparts. He has also written, directed and produced short films on negotiation that are tailored to client contexts and challenges.  He has taught executive seminars on technology negotiation at Harvard Law School and many organizations have engaged Hal as a trainer, coach or consultant bringing his work to countries throughout North and South American and Europe.