INS Staff

Karen HeadshotKaren Graham, Executive Director

As executive director of the International Neuroethics Society, Karen Graham strives to actively engage and energize the Society’s membership, board and committees toward achievement of its mission, goals and strategy of promotion of the responsible application of neuroscience.

Karen’s background includes more than a decade on Capitol Hill, public relations in two associations (both non-profit and as a registered lobbyist). Most recently, Karen organized and managed public programs and events, designed educational materials, and promoted ongoing relationships with national health organizations for the Dana Foundation. 

Contact: or 301-229-1660.

Chelsea Ott, Communications Manager 

Chelsea Ott HeadshotChelsea is currently attending Seton Hall University School of Law where she intends to concentrate in health law. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and recently worked for The Greenwall Foundation.  Prior to working as Communications Manager for INS, she served as the Administrator from 2010-2012.





Elyssa Pedote, Administrator

Elyssa is currently a junior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Health and Societies with a concentration in Health Care Markets and Finance. At Penn, she is a member of the Women's Varsity Swimming and Diving team and was the recipient of the Class of ’81 Team Spirit Award in 2013. In her spare time, she volunteers teaching swimming lessons with the We Can Swim! program and is involved in the international children's charity organization, Operation Smile.