NAI Team

Jayde Stewart, Director

Jayde Stewart

Jayde Stewart is Interim Director of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).  Stewart is responsible for organizing and managing the partnerships with leadership from NAI member institutions; Fellows; Senior Members; and other organizations, including government and non-profit entities, to encourage and honor academic invention and innovation in support of the mission and goals of the Academy.

Stewart directs all programs of the NAI, including engagement, communications, operations, and program development, and works closely with the NAI president and board of directors to ensure the integrity of the organization and its mission. Before joining the NAI, Stewart worked as a program assistant in the merit review department at Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) in Washington, D.C., where she managed the reviewer database and various aspects of the peer review process, which included monitoring the scientific and technical review of comparative effectiveness research applications submitted for PCORI funding. Stewart earned a BA in health and societies with a concentration in public health from the University of Pennsylvania and an MS in entrepreneurship in applied technologies from University of South Florida (USF). She is a member of The Junior League of Tampa and USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy.



Kimberly Macuare, Ph.D., Assistant Editor

Kimberly Macuare

Kimberly Macuare, Ph.D., is assistant editor for Technology and Innovation, Journal of the National Academy of Inventors (T&I). She is involved in all facets of the journal’s work, including business operations, strategic planning, marketing, writing, and editing. She works closely with the authors, reviewers, and editorial staff to make T&I a central part of the NAI’s mission to promote invention and honor academic inventors. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in English and a doctorate in English with a specialization in medieval literature and economics from The Ohio State University.

Contact her for all questions regarding T&I, including submissions, opportunities for guest editorships, and journal sponsorship.



Lisa Velesko, MBA, Assistant Director of Programs and Development

Lisa Velesko is the Assistant Director of Programs and Development of the National Academy of Inventors. Lisa is responsible for the cultivation of members and partners to enrich the innovative network supporting the NAI. She develops initiatives to enhance funding of vital programs to further the organization’s mission. She manages the design, implementation and growth of all educational and membership benefit programs to both advance the societal impact of the NAI and create opportunities for members to actively shape the future of innovation. Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from SUNY Geneseo and a master of business administration degree with a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from the University of South Florida.

Contact her to inquire about support opportunities, partnerships, and educational programming.



Autumn Silas, Special Projects Manager

Autumn Silas is special projects manager for the National Academy of Inventors. She joined NAI in December 2018 and handles a variety of duties including managing and facilitating the annual meeting, workshops, events, and public functions. She serves as a primary liaison with a national program committee helping to plan and coordinate annual meeting speakers and other external constituents like potential sponsors and candidates for presentations. She has a bachelor’s degree in Event Management from the University of Central Florida.

Contact her for all questions regarding the NAI annual meeting including, sponsorship, speaking opportunities and registration.



Terrance Anderson, Administrative Specialist

Terrance Anderson

Terrance Anderson is administrative specialist for the National Academy of Inventors. He joined NAI in September 2015, and handles a wide variety of administrative duties including maintaining internal accounting records, assisting with invoicing and membership activities, conducting research, preparing reports and processing information requests. He has been working in the administrative role with the State of Florida for over 20 years, and for the past 5 years with the University of South Florida.

Contact him with your NAI invoice questions.



Chrissy Schreiber, Marketing & Communications Specialist

Christina Schreiber

Chrissy Schreiber is the Marketing & Communications Specialist for the National Academy of Inventors. She joined the NAI in May 2018 after graduating from the University of South Florida with a dual degree, and she serves as a liaison between the NAI and the public. Chrissy helps create the annual Activities Report, press releases, newsletters, and social media content. She is also responsible for helping to launch new NAI chapters and support the growth of existing chapters. She holds bachelor’s degrees in mass communications and music studies from the University of South Florida.

Contact her with questions about NAI communications or any other general inquiries.




Jacquie Burckley, Senior Member Coordinator

Jacquie Burckley is the coordinator for the Senior Members program of the National Academy of Inventors. She joined the NAI shortly after graduating from the University of South Florida with a degree in criminology with a research concentration. Assisting with the NAI Senior Membership nomination process, Jacquie provides guidance and support to all potential, current, and future NAI Senior Members; her role is to facilitate the growth and advancement of this brand new membership program. 

Contact her for any questions regarding the Senior Members program.