About ASMS

About Vice President for Programs

The Vice President for Programs serves a two-year term, followed by a two-year term as President, and a final two-year term as Past President. As Vice President for Programs duties include:

  1. Is vested with all the powers and shall perform all the duties of the President during the absence of the latter and shall have other duties as may, from time to time, be determined by the Board of Directors.
  2. Has sole responsibility for putting together the program for the Annual Conference of the Society, including: a) solicitation of program ideas from the Board of Directors, Coordinators of Interest Groups & Committees, and from other members as appropriate; b) selection of plenary lecturers, symposium topics, workshops, poster topics, tutorials, and other programs of special interest; c) assembles a slate of sessions topics and session chairs; and d) resolution of any issues regarding the program.
  3. Shares responsibility with the Vice President for Arrangements in the arrangement of meeting rooms, projection equipment, and all other amenities connected with the orderly conduct of the Annual Conference.
  4. Coordinates a Program Review Committee and works closely with the members to review abstracts and set the program.
  5. At the Annual Conference, supervises the conduct of the meeting, arranges for any special requirements for different parts of the program, and develops appropriate mechanisms for feedback on the quality of the Conference.
  6. Assists in training the incoming Vice President for Programs.

At the conclusion of a two-year term, the Vice President for Programs serves a two-year term as President, and two-year term as Past President. Duties as President include:


  1. Is the Chief Executive Officer of the Society presiding at all meetings of the members and directors.
  2. Oversees that all orders and resolutions of the Board of Directors are carried out, executes all bonds, mortgages, and contracts of the Society
  3. Has general superintendence and direction of all other officers and sees that their duties are properly performed.
  4. Is an “ex-officio” member of all committees except the Nominating and Audit Committees, and has the power, duties and management usually vested in the office of President in a corporation.
  5. Appoints all committees, except as may be otherwise provided.
  6. Shall administer the Distinguished Contribution, Biemann Medal, Hites Award and Research Awards including selection of anonymous committees for review of nominations or proposals and notification of awardees and applicants.
  7. Shall appoint coordinators of Interest Groups and encourage their activities and vitality.

Return to Board of Directors Election page to learn about other roles and their nominees.

Candidates for Vice President for Programs

VP Programs - Carlito Lebilla photo

Carlito B. Lebrilla

University of California, Davis

Candidate Statement 
I am most grateful for the impact ASMS has had on my career and my scientific journey. ASMS has provided me with a community that has both nurtured me and challenged me to do better. I want many to experience this community and its benefits including those from different educational and social backgrounds. I would like to make ASMS even more inclusive and the leadership to be truly representative of its diverse membership. But most of all, I want ASMS to still be the best scientific society with the best organized and technologically advanced meetings.

Carlito Lebrilla is a Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Davis. He was born in the Philippines and emigrated with his family to California, USA. He received his BS at the University of California, Irvine. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He was an Alexander von Humboldt as well as a NATO postdoctoral fellow at the Technical University in Berlin under Prof. Helmut Schwarz. He was a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Irvine under Prof. Robert McIver, Jr.

In his over 30-year academic career thus far, Dr. Lebrilla has researched nearly all aspects of mass spectrometry from building and designing high performance mass spectrometers, to studying fundamental ion-molecule reactions in the gas-phase, and developing bioanalytical methods for glycomic, glycoproteomic, and carbohydrate analyses. The work of his research group has led to revealing the role of human milk oligosaccharides in developing the gut microbiome of infants, new biomarkers for ovarian, lung, and colorectal cancers, and the role of food carbohydrate in nutrition and cell glycosylation in health and diseases. He has over 500 peer-reviewed publications and nearly 20 patents.  His works have been translated to consumer products in several startups he has co-founded including Infinant Health, InterVenn Bio, and BCD Bio (OneBio).

Dr. Lebrilla has organized many national and international meetings in mass spectrometry and particularly for ASMS. He has served on several committees and the executive board of ASMS. He has served and is serving on several editorial advisory board for mass spectrometry and bioanalytical journals. He is co-chief editor for Mass Spectrometry Reviews.

VP Programs - Richard Vachet photo

Richard Vachet

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Candidate Statement
During my almost 30 years as a member of ASMS, I have benefited tremendously from this amazing organization. I have also had the privilege to serve the mass spectrometry community through ASMS, and I hope to continue to do so. If elected Vice President of Programs, I would strive to maintain the vibrant and diverse community that is ASMS and help expand the positive impact that mass spectrometry is having in our world. 

Richard Vachet: B.S. in Chemistry (College of William and Mary); Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with Professor Gary Glish); National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow (Naval Research Laboratory with Dr. John Callahan). Dr. Vachet is currently a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has also recently served as Department Head in the Chemistry Department at UMass Amherst.

Prof. Vachet’s research interests include (i) the development and application of new mass spectrometry-based methods to study protein higher order structure and (ii) the detection and imaging of nanomaterial biodistributions in cells, tissues, and organisms. He has published 170 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and holds five patents. 

During his time as a member of ASMS, Prof. Vachet has organized numerous sessions at the annual ASMS conference, served as an Interest Group Coordinator, co-chaired an ASMS Fall Workshop, twice co-chaired the ASMS Sanibel Meeting, and taught short courses eight times at the annual meeting. He has been a member of the ASMS Education Committee, and from 2010-2012 he served on the ASMS Board of Directors as the Member-at-Large for Education. Prof. Vachet also helped establish with other colleagues the Advancing Mass Spectrometry conference series, which showcases the development and application of novel mass spectrometry methods in structural biology and biophysics. In 2019, he organized the Advancing Mass Spectrometry meeting at UMass Amherst. In other activity, Prof. Vachet has served on numerous review panels for the NSF and NIH. He has also served on the Editorial Board of JASMS and the Features Panel for Analytical Chemistry.