Speakers

The nation’s leading clinical research professionals are presenting at Onsemble
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Chad Adams

Chad Adams

UACC Assistant Director, Cancer Clinical Research, University of Arizona Cancer Center

Chad Adams

UACC Assistant Director, Cancer Clinical Research
University of Arizona Cancer Center

Chad Adams works as the Assistant Director for Cancer Clinical Research at the University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC), an NCI comprehensive cancer center. His responsibilities include overseeing the administrative, operational and financial management of clinical research. Mr. Adams has 20+ years working in operational management of which 17 years have been in the Healthcare Industry. Mr. Adams is the administrative chair of the UACC Clinical Research Oversight Council, Scientific Review Committee, DSMB, and is a member of the UA Research Operations Advisory Board. Prior to joining UACC, Mr. Adams has worked in leadership roles with several other research organizations.

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Chad Adams
Bishoy Anastasi

Bishoy Anastasi

Director of Clinical Research Finance, UCLA Dean’s Office

Shane Baker

Shane Baker

Manager, Systems Administration, Forte

Shane Baker

Manager, Systems Administration
Forte

Shane is a Senior Systems Administrator with Forte Research Systems. Prior to joining the Forte team in 2012, Shane spent eight years supporting a wide variety of business systems for a large multi-state health care organization. Currently, Shane leads the systems administration team which is responsible for the implementation and ongoing maintenance of the various Forte products. Shane is a Red Hat Certified Systems Administrator, but he speaks Windows, too. Shane is a private pilot and in his free time can often be found taking friends and family on scenic flights around Madison.

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Shane Baker
Kanai Bhavsar

Kanai Bhavsar

Application Specialist, UCLA

Kanai Bhavsar

Application Specialist
UCLA

Kanai Bhavsar is an Application Specialist for the Clinical Research Information Systems (CRIS) team at UCLA. He received his Bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus on International Business and Global Economy at University of California, Irvine. He worked in the financial field for 11 years where he managed multiple teams servicing client-based investment portfolios. Kanai later received his Master’s in Health Information Technology from the University of South Carolina where he transitioned into the healthcare field. Before coming to UCLA, he led the Cerner – Patient Portal implementation at University of South Carolina’s Family Medicine Clinics. At UCLA he worked on the OnCore implementation which included user training and onboarding. Kanai currently leads end user support for the OnCore system within the CRIS team.

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Kanai Bhavsar
Pat Black

Pat Black

Manager, Business Operations, Office of Clinical Research, Fox Chase Cancer Center

Pat Black

Manager, Business Operations, Office of Clinical Research
Fox Chase Cancer Center

With more than 15 years of experience, Pat’s leadership has spanned several of the nation’s first institutions. She is currently the Business Manager for Fox Chase Cancer Center’s Office of Clinical Research, one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals! Leadership roles at other institutions include the Children’s Hospital of PA (the nation’s first children’s hospital); and the Univ. of PA’s Wharton School (the nation’s first business school). Pat received her MBA in General & Strategic Management (Temple University’s Fox School of Business), and her BBA in Management and Marketing, (University of PA’s Wharton School of Business).

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Pat Black
Beth Brownson

Beth Brownson

Senior Project Manager, Forte

Beth Brownson

Senior Project Manager
Forte

Beth Brownson is a Senior Project Manager at Forte with 9 years of software project management experience. She has been with Forte for almost 3 years and enjoys helping organizations implement OnCore, system integrations, and legacy data migrations to meet their goals.

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Beth Brownson
Oscar Cano

Oscar Cano

CTMS OnCore Coordinator, Fred Hutch

Oscar Cano

CTMS OnCore Coordinator
Fred Hutch

Oscar Cano is the CTMS OnCore Coordinator at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The CTMS Program Office supports the enterprise instance of OnCore utilized by the University of Washington, Fred Hutch and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Oscar started working with the CTMS Program Office in 2017. He brings 11 years of experience working in IT support desk environments and has a great wealth of knowledge in coding, report development and data management systems. His input was integral in developing tools for the data migration strategy that allowed the CTMS Program Office to meet crucial go-live targets on a tight timeline.

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Oscar Cano
Sunita Cherian

Sunita Cherian

Senior Business Analyst, University of Michigan

Sunita Cherian

Senior Business Analyst
University of Michigan

Sunita Cherian is a Senior Business System Analyst on the OnCore CTMS team at the University of Michigan. Sunita is currently working on the migration of Oncology trials from a legacy system into OnCore. In this role, Sunita works closely with Forte BOS, Clinical Trial Support Unit Finance and Calendar Review Analysis Office team members to manage the multiple hand-offs during the course of migration. Prior to jumping into the world of clinical trials, Sunita has over 15 years of experience implementing HR software and interfaces for large, enterprise size companies. Sunita holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Eastern Michigan University and is a Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).

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Sunita Cherian
Amanda Childs

Amanda Childs

OnCore Trainer, UCDenver

Amanda Childs

OnCore Trainer
UCDenver

Amanda Childs is the OnCore Trainer for the University of Colorado, Denver, joining the OnCore team in 2017. Since then, she has worked in various capacities, including updating the in-person training, assisting with on-boarding new departments and institutions, and aiding in the development of new institutional centralized processes for amendments, start up, and Epic integration. Previously, she has worked extensively in non-profit program management, successfully managing several programs for oncology patients in the greater Denver area. Making a difference is where her passion lies and what ultimately lead her to the University of Colorado research program. With this in mind, her goal is to improve and optimize the experiences of end users.

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Amanda Childs
Denise Clutter Snyder, MS, RD, LDN

Denise Clutter Snyder, MS, RD, LDN

Associate Dean for Clinical Research, Duke University of Medicine

Denise Clutter Snyder, MS, RD, LDN

Associate Dean for Clinical Research
Duke University of Medicine

After spending time in public health and clinical nutrition, Denise resumed research work at Duke as a project manager in 2000 where she managed several NIH funded trials involving an array of diet and exercise interventions with breast, prostate and colorectal cancer survivors. She has co-authored more than 50 publications and presented at national conferences. In 2008, Denise created the Research Management Team (RMT) to support the School of Nursing’s research faculty. In 2009, RMT received support from Duke’s CTSA to leverage the group’s services for the School of Medicine and became the home for the REDCap EDC implementation. For the past 5 years, Denise has been the Associate Dean for Clinical Research for Duke University School of Medicine. In this role, she leads the Duke Office of Clinical Research (DOCR) a support office of expertise in coverage analysis, study logistics, data management, regulatory oversight, workforce innovation and guidance for clinical research operations for Duke as a site.

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Denise Clutter Snyder, MS, RD, LDN
Stuart Cotter

Stuart Cotter

Director, Product Success, Forte

Stuart Cotter

Director, Product Success
Forte

Stuart Cotter is Director, Product Success at Forte. In this role, he collaborates with our current customers to understand their challenges, and translates those challenges into solution-based enhancements to our product offerings. Prior to joining our Product Management team, Stuart worked as a Product Support Specialist at Forte on Allegro CTMS, where he worked alongside dozens of small- to mid-sized research sites to help them overcome their operational hurdles.

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Stuart Cotter
Erin Crist

Erin Crist

Project Manager, Forte

Erin Crist

Project Manager
Forte

Erin Crist is a Project Manager who partners with Forte customers to implement various products. Prior to joining the Forte team in 2015, Erin led customer-facing teams for a multinational technology company for four years. Erin holds a certification in Change Management and is a certified ScrumMaster (CSM). Leading and organizing a team of Forte cyclists, Erin participates in an annual bike ride fundraiser (Scenic Shore 150) in an effort to raise awareness and support for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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Erin Crist
Bethany DeFrancesco

Bethany DeFrancesco

Sr. Financial Analyst - Clinical Trials, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute

Bethany DeFrancesco

Sr. Financial Analyst - Clinical Trials
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute

Bethany DeFrancesco is a Sr. Financial Analyst for Clinical Trials. Bethany has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Stetson University. She spent 8 years working in clinical research at Sanofi Pasteur with a focus on vaccines for Global Clinical Immunology. Bethany began at Moffitt Cancer Center in 2014 as a temp in Research Finance and became a permanent member of the Research Finance clinical trials team in 2015. In her free time, Bethany enjoys reading, crafting, going to the beach, and taking her son to Disney.

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Bethany DeFrancesco
Katie Eddleton

Katie Eddleton

Associate Director, Office of Clinical Research, University of Florida

Katie Eddleton

Associate Director, Office of Clinical Research
University of Florida

Katie Eddleton, MPH is an Associate Director at the University of Florida (UF) Office of Clinical Research (OCR). She is responsible for redesigning the management process for health-related human subjects research under the direction of Brian Sevier, PhD, Director. Currently, Ms. Eddleton is focused on creating an efficient and streamlined process to reduce study start-up time and improve financial performance. Next, she will be focused on optimizing UF’s agility in responding to multi-site study opportunities. Ms. Eddleton has been with UF for 11 years and previously served as the co-director for UF’s PCORI-funded Clinical Data Research Network, OneFlorida.

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Katie Eddleton
Josh Fehrmann

Josh Fehrmann

CTMS Director, Biomedical Informatics Program at the University of Minnesota

Josh Fehrmann

CTMS Director
Biomedical Informatics Program at the University of Minnesota

Josh Fehrmann is responsible for the implementation and management of OnCore at the University of Minnesota (UMN). Josh leads cross-functional teams through various OnCore projects and manages the operational staff that conducts support, training, and maintenance of OnCore. He has worked in multiple research-support roles during his 19 years at the UMN and has worked directly with health data for approximately 12 years.

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Josh Fehrmann
Nick Fisher

Nick Fisher

Executive Director of Research & Business Administration, Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University & Barnes Jewish Hospital

Nick Fisher

Executive Director of Research & Business Administration
Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University & Barnes Jewish Hospital

Nick Fisher is the Executive Director of Research & Business Administration at the Siteman Cancer Center. Mr. Fisher has over 15 years of experience managing Siteman’s administrative operations and oncology clinical trials program. He was named Director of Clinical Research in 2013 where he was responsible for all clinical research operations and represented Siteman’s interests throughout the medical center. In 2015, Fisher became the Director of Operations at Siteman, taking on responsibility for all research administration operations at the center. Finally, he accepted the Executive Director role in 2017, assuming oversight of all research and business operations at the center. Fisher received his Masters of Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis in 2011.

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Nick Fisher
Rhodora Garcia

Rhodora Garcia

Report Writer - IT Analyst, Duke School of Medicine - Office of Research Informatics

Rhodora Garcia

Report Writer - IT Analyst
Duke School of Medicine - Office of Research Informatics

Rhodora Garcia has been a data analyst/report developer for the Duke School of Medicine – Office of Research Informatics since 2014. In addition to leading the data migration from multiple legacy systems to OnCore, she is involved in reporting and ETL development across a variety of systems and platforms. Prior to Duke, Rhodora worked in account management, data engineering, and analyst roles focusing on using data to improve marketing segmentation and customer retention for Fortune 500 companies.

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Rhodora Garcia
Rajan Gopalakrishnan

Rajan Gopalakrishnan

Director of Informatics, University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center

Rajan Gopalakrishnan

Director of Informatics
University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center

Rajan Gopalakrishnan is the Director of Informatics and IT at the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center. His team manages the Cancer Clinical Trials and Administrative Informatics applications that provide the clinical trial operations, regulatory and scientific review management functionalities. In addition Rajan also oversees the informatics functions at the Institute for Population and Precision Health. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Rajan has worked on the implementation of Public Health Disease Surveillance systems as well as Clinical Informatics transformation projects as a consultant. Rajan has worked for over 25 years in the IT industry and almost 12 years with Healthcare IT.

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Rajan Gopalakrishnan
Kathleen Granlund

Kathleen Granlund

Manager, Multi-Site Project Management Team, University of Michigan

Kathleen Granlund

Manager, Multi-Site Project Management Team
University of Michigan

Kathleen Granlund is the Manager for the Multi-site Project Management Team for the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center Oncology Clinical Trial Support Unit. Kathleen has 20 years of clinical research coordinating experience including pharmaceutical, contract research organization, non-for-profit sponsor, and academia. She is responsible for management of the team that performs coordinating center activities such study initiation, regulatory submissions, project management, central enrollment, site and stakeholder management, data quality management, and monitoring for multi-site investigator initiated studies.

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Kathleen Granlund
Anna Grant

Anna Grant

Manager of PRMS and OnCore Oncology, UNMC/Nebraska Medicine

Anna Grant

Manager of PRMS and OnCore Oncology
UNMC/Nebraska Medicine

Anna Grant joined the OnCore team at Nebraska Medicine/University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) as the Applications Sr Analyst in 2017. With a background of over 13 years in critical care Respiratory Therapy, Anna began her career in research as the Administrator for the PRMS office at UNMC where she was responsible for development and maintenance of the homegrown reporting database. After transitioning to her new role, Anna assisted in development, training and implementation of OnCore in Oncology, and continues to assist in the coordination, assessment and implementation of OnCore enterprise wide at Nebraska Medicine and UNMC.

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Anna Grant
Teri Grieb

Teri Grieb

Senior Director of Research, University of Michigan Medical School

Teri Grieb

Senior Director of Research
University of Michigan Medical School

Teri Grieb, Ph.D., serves as the senior director for research for the University of Michigan Medical School and the chief of staff for the Michigan Medicine research enterprise. In these roles, she partners with the Executive Vice Dean and Senior Associate Dean in advocacy for the research mission. As the chief business and administrative officer for the research mission, Dr. Grieb is responsible for the operational and fiscal management of the Office of Research and its reporting units. She assists with devising and implementing research strategy, leading continuous improvement and change management, and developing policies, guidance, and standard procedures for the research mission.

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Teri Grieb
Curt Hampton

Curt Hampton

Senior Business Systems Manager, Huntsman Cancer Institute

Curt Hampton

Senior Business Systems Manager
Huntsman Cancer Institute

Curt Hampton has worked in the healthcare industry on both the vendor and provider sides. After supporting EMR and CTMS systems for large healthcare organizations nation-wide, he has been the Senior Business Systems Manager at the Huntsman Cancer Institute for the past five years where he enjoys collaborating with his peers from other institutions. Curt has an MBA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and is a SOCRA Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP). In his free time, he enjoys doing ultramarathons, watching his daughter’s horse shows, coaching his son’s lacrosse team, and trying to take over the world. After we cure cancer, Curt wants to build houses and shingle roofs for a living. Other spectacular things: - Was charged by a 2000-lb bison on a trail in the middle of the night - Won a car in a radio contest - Has been skydiving - Has been bungie jumping - Skated as a junior toy soldier with the Disney on Ice Midwest tour for three weeks in elementary school - Participated in the first World’s Toughest Mudder competition - Survived a confrontation with a black widow spider - Drinks expired milk - SCUBA dives with sharks - Was a beekeeper - Has raised chickens - Can fit a whole Suzy-Q in his mouth - Applied to the astronaut training program. Twice - Has taken a picture with a tarantula - Has lived in Wisconsin, Colorado, Utah, and Texas - Knows all the words to There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow, theme song of Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, and sings it often when riding Disney transportation - Can drive manual transmission vehicles - Has seen the sunrise from Long’s Peak, a 14er - Can count to eight using only his fingers and toes - Swam in the Irish Sea - Lettered in curling in high school - Completed the Goofy Challenge (Disney World half marathon and full marathon on the same weekend) - Has walked on the Great Wall of China

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Curt Hampton
Kerry Hanko

Kerry Hanko

Project Manager, Forte

Kerry Hanko

Project Manager
Forte

Kerry is a Program Manager in the Project Management Office at Forte where she has worked for over 11 years. Kerry’s primary focus within the PMO is OnCore and Forte EDC implementations, especially those with validation services, and enjoys the challenge found in data migrations from legacy systems to OnCore. Kerry earned a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education at the University of Wisconsin and a Master’s degree in Management from Cardinal Stritch University. When Kerry isn’t devoting time to her Forte customers, she spends her free time remodeling her cottage in the Wisconsin northwoods or spending time with her grandchildren.

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Kerry Hanko
Beth Harper

Beth Harper

Workforce Innovation Officer, ACRP

Beth Harper

Workforce Innovation Officer
ACRP

Beth is the President of Clinical Performance Partners, Inc. a consulting firm specializing in enrollment and site performance optimization. Beth serves as the Workforce Innovation Officer for the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP). She has passionately pursued solutions for optimizing clinical trials and educating clinical research professionals for over three decades. Beth is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the George Washington University who has published and presented extensively in the areas of protocol optimization, study feasibility, site selection, patient recruitment and sponsor-site relationship management and clinical research professional competency. Beth received her B. S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas.

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Beth Harper
Gina Hawkins

Gina Hawkins

Coverage Analysis Intake Lead, UCLA

Gina Hawkins

Coverage Analysis Intake Lead
UCLA

In her role as Financial Coverage and Activation (FCA) Intake Lead for the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), Gina Hawkins leads a team of intake analysts responsible for initiating study activation for the Clinical Research Management System. Gina’s team also develops solutions for system improvements and provides guidance to assist the research community with study activation needs. In addition, Gina is responsible for enterprise budget development, coverage analysis, and financial review of contracts and consents for several research departments. Prior to joining FCA in her current role, Gina was a regulatory coordinator, satellite site liaison and screening quality assurance coordinator for the Hematology-Oncology division of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC).

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Gina Hawkins
Zach Hudson

Zach Hudson

IT Analyst II - Calendars, University of Florida

Zach Hudson

IT Analyst II - Calendars
University of Florida

Zach Hudson is a Calendar Builder at the University of Florida in the Office of Clinical Research since December 2017. He builds calendars and trains study team personnel. He has over 7 years of clinical trial experience working in Bone Marrow Transplant research as a Data Manager and Study Coordinator. Zach has experience building, reworking, and doing quality assurance on calendars. He also has experience integrating workflows and working with coverage analysis and budget teams to insure that calendars work for study teams and financial personnel. The University of Florida uses OnCore enterprise wide.

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Zach Hudson
Jason Jaszewski

Jason Jaszewski

Principal Administrator, Managed Infrastructure, Forte

Jason Jaszewski

Principal Administrator, Managed Infrastructure
Forte

Jason focuses on the technical details and operations of Forte Managed Infrastructure. Through collaboration with Forte technical teams, he helps design and implement robust infrastructure designed for managing Forte product environments for customers. Jason has over 17 years of technical experience through various roles spanning network operations, systems administration and information technology management.

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Jason Jaszewski
Diana Jin

Diana Jin

CTMS Training and Support, Biomedical Informatics Program at the University of Minnesota

Diana Jin

CTMS Training and Support
Biomedical Informatics Program at the University of Minnesota

Diana Jin is the OnCore trainer for the Minnesota Cancer Clinical Trials Network (MNCCTN). Diana creates training materials, hosts online OnCore trainings and webinars, and maintains OnCore access and minimal footprint requirements for the network.

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Diana Jin
Devin Johnson

Devin Johnson

Research Support Specialist, University of Arizona Cancer Center

Devin Johnson

Research Support Specialist
University of Arizona Cancer Center

My name is Devin Johnson and I am an undergraduate student at the University of Arizona going for a double degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics. I started as a student worker at the Cancer Center in 2017 and was given the opportunity to use my mathematics background in practice with administrative data through trend prediction and data analysis of OnCore statistics. I have a strong background in statistics and linear algebra, along with an engineering approach to solutions, such as the use of coding to analyze and display data more efficiently.

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Devin Johnson
Tesheia Johnson

Tesheia Johnson

Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer, Yale Center for Clinical Investigation

Tesheia Johnson

Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer
Yale Center for Clinical Investigation

Tesheia Johnson, MBA, MHS, is Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of YCCI and the Associate Director for Clinical Research for Yale School of Medicine, where she provides leadership and direction in clinical research. Her career has focused on the development of clinical research programs and support infrastructure. Prior to assuming her current position, she held positions as Assistant Dean for Clinical Research at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and Director of Clinical Trials at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has served as a consultant for several academic centers interested in establishing clinical research programs and as a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health. Ms. Johnson is nationally recognized for her expertise in the design and setup of clinical research programs. She has been an invited speaker at many national and international conferences on topics such as developing funding for central support for clinical research, staffing models for clinical and translational research, training programs for research professionals, clinical research regulation, and contracting and budget negotiation. She has served as Chair and co-Chair for several National Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Consortium Group/Committees. She sits on the external scientific advisory boards for the CTSAs at NYU, Washington University, Rockefeller, and the Universities of Washington, Florida, and Buffalo.

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Tesheia Johnson
Shree Kalluri

Shree Kalluri

Founder & CEO, Forte

Shree Kalluri

Founder & CEO
Forte

Inspired to create a company that makes a huge difference, Shree Kalluri founded Forte Research Systems, Inc. in 2000. Today, Shree continues to drive the company’s strategic direction and shape the culture that makes Forte a company that people and organizations seek out and stay with. Shree takes pride in the contribution that the company’s products make to the discovery of new cures through the work done at research organizations across the United States and beyond.

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Shree Kalluri
MaryAnn Kempker

MaryAnn Kempker

Computer System Validation Project Manager, Forte

MaryAnn Kempker

Computer System Validation Project Manager
Forte

MaryAnn Kempker is the project manager for computer systems validation at Forte. She is dedicated to ensuring the customer’s needs are met when validating their Forte product for compliance with FDA 21 CFR Part 11. She comes to Forte with over 17 years of experience in computer system validation in both the medical device and pharmaceutical industries and has a master’s degree in Quality Assurance.

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MaryAnn Kempker
Courtney Kennedy

Courtney Kennedy

Manager, Clinical Trials Applications, UNMC/Nebraska Medicine

Courtney Kennedy

Manager, Clinical Trials Applications
UNMC/Nebraska Medicine

Courtney Kennedy joined UNMC/Nebraska Medicine 10 years ago and is currently the Clinical Trial Application Manager. She evaluates and develops workflows associated with clinical research including; research recruitment, CMS required documentation, billing workflows, and Medicare Coverage analysis. Her previous role was as a Research Informatics lead on the UNMC/Nebraska Medicine, Epic team for 5 years. She has facilitated the integration of Epic and OnCore with research operational workflows in order to improve the safety of research patients, the ease with which data is documented and retrieved, and the efficiency of recruitment. Her priority is focusing on enhancing technology to improve clinical research workflows and improve patient access to trials.

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Courtney Kennedy
Beth Kettenring

Beth Kettenring

Director, OSP, Ochsner Health System

Beth Kettenring

Director, OSP
Ochsner Health System

Beth Kettenring is the Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Finance (OSP) at Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, LA. Ochsner is the largest private not-for-profit healthcare system in the region. OSP oversees study budget development, coverage analysis and contract negotiations along with research billing and financial management of industry and federal research funding. In addition to her OSP responsibilities, Beth manages the Research Division financials and prepares the annual Division budget. She also recently completed an MS degree in Research Administration from Johns Hopkins University.

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Beth Kettenring

Aimee Koon

Senior OnCore Coordinator, Ochsner

Aimee Koon

Senior OnCore Coordinator
Ochsner

Aimee Koon is the Senior OnCore Coordinator at Ochsner Health System. She has been a member of the Office of Sponsored Programs team since 2013, where she began as a post-award analyst. Aimee has been involved with the implementation of OnCore since day one at Ochsner. In addition to her daily duties as OnCore Coordinator, Aimee has been involved with many aspects of on-going implementation. Her most recent projects include the oversight of the review and input of all budgets and MCAs that were in place prior to go-live in preparation for an upcoming Lawson interface; and working with the pre- and post-award teams to create workflows that meet the needs of both teams.

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Ann Kreeger

Ann Kreeger

Program Manager, Forte

Ann Kreeger

Program Manager
Forte

Ann has twenty years project management experience with information technology and software implementation. She has been with the Forte Project Management Office for over 8 years, working with dozens of customers and several of the customer collaboration teams. Her “forte” focuses on implementation planning, integrations, and research financials. She is often heard saying, “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”

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Ann Kreeger
Renee Kurz

Renee Kurz

Associate Director of Statewide Clinical Research, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Renee Kurz

Associate Director of Statewide Clinical Research
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Renee Kurz, DNP, FNP-BC, AOCNP currently holds the position of the Associate Director of Statewide Clinical Research. She joined Rutgers University in 2012 and had held a variety of positions including Instructor at the School of Nursing and Associate Director of Nursing and Patient Education at the Rutgers Cancer Institute. She obtained her doctorate of nursing practice from Rutgers University, Master’s in Nursing from University of Medicine and Dentistry, Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Drexel University and Bachelors of Science in Nutrition from Rutgers University. Dr. Kurz holds board certification as a family nurse practitioner as well as an advanced oncology registered nurse. She has held positions as a nurse practitioner in gastrointestinal medicine and surgery at Rutgers Cancer Institute. She also was a palliative care Advanced Practice Nurse at JFK Medical center. Additionally, she has held numerous nursing roles in both inpatient and outpatient oncology. Dr. Kurz has presented abstracts and posters on various oncological/educational topics nationwide. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Faculty Preparation Scholar from 2010-2012 as well as received the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Humanism in Healthcare award in 2011.

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Renee Kurz
Kristen LaVasseur

Kristen LaVasseur

Business Systems Analyst, University of Michigan

Kristen LaVasseur

Business Systems Analyst
University of Michigan

Kristen LaVasseur is an analyst with the University of Michigan’s Calendar Review and Analysis Office (CRAO). She brings over a decade of experience in research financials (pre- and post-award), as well as coverage analysis knowledge to her current role, in which she works closely with both Clinical Trials Support Unit (CTSU) finance team members and CRAO colleagues, supporting end-users and helping to develop and implement OnCore workflows and best practices. She holds a Bachelor in General Studies degree from the University of Michigan.

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Kristen LaVasseur
Hillary Latham

Hillary Latham

Product Support Manager, Forte

Hillary Latham

Product Support Manager
Forte

Hillary Latham is a Manager on the Product Support team at Forte with over 15 years’ experience in software product support. She works with various customers answering product questions, providing technical support, and preparing for upgrades. Hillary also serves as a Zendesk Administrator and preaches the advantages of the Total Workday Control task management system using Microsoft Outlook. You can often find her dancing around the office.

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Hillary Latham
Mike Lee

Mike Lee

Business Systems Analyst Senior, University of Michigan Health Information Technology & Services

Mike Lee

Business Systems Analyst Senior
University of Michigan Health Information Technology & Services

Michael Lee, MPH, CCRP is a Business Systems Analyst Senior for the University of Michigan Health Information Technology & Services. He began his career as a Data Clinic Research Coordinator and later as the OnCore Support Supervisor at Washington University in St. Louis where he gained valuable knowledge of clinical trials, as well as, experience in implementation and maintenance of OnCore. In his current role, he is responsible for supporting multi-organizational teams throughout the University of Michigan, by providing OnCore training, support, and project management. An interest in training techniques, data management, and previous experience with change management led to his involvement with the implementation of the OnCore system at University of Michigan. Mike received a Bachelor of Science degree at Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in Public Health from Saint Louis University.

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Mike Lee
Stephanie Lee

Stephanie Lee

Solutions Consultant, Forte

Stephanie Lee

Solutions Consultant
Forte

Stephanie Lee is a Solutions Consultant at Forte and previously served as a Product Support Specialist and subject matter expert for Forte Insights. Stephanie has over 12 years of combined experience in organizational leadership, education, health policy, public and private sector management, and program development and improvement. She is passionate about improving operational efficiencies and leveraging software as a tool for collaboration and organizational improvement. Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys practicing or teaching yoga, listening to opera, reading, and cooking.

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Stephanie Lee
Marissa Macri

Marissa Macri

Business Systems Analyst, UCHealth

Marissa Macri

Business Systems Analyst
UCHealth

Marissa Macri is the Business Systems Analyst for UCHealth Research Administration. In this role, her primary function is as the OnCore Epic integration project manager, supporting the implementation of RPE and CRPC across the UCHealth region. She collaborate closely with the University of Colorado, Denver OnCore Team on integration requirements, training and ongoing study activation and amendment processes. Marissa holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Tampa, CPC and CGSC certifications, Epic Revenue Cycle Certifications, and is currently completing a Data Science Specialization from Johns Hopkins.

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Marissa Macri
Mark Marchant

Mark Marchant

Director-Clinical Trials Administrative Office, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Mark Marchant

Director-Clinical Trials Administrative Office
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Mark began serving as the Director of the Clinical Trials Administrative Office (CTAO) in May 2016. Prior to returning to the School of Medicine, he spent 5 ½ years in the Department of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health in various administrative roles as a part of the Pharmacoepidemiology and Economic Research (PEER) Group. Mark began his research career in the Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology in 2004 where he worked in the Arthritis Clinical Intervention Program (ACIP) conducting Phase I-IV clinical trials. He holds a Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Science all from UAB. Mark is also a Certified Clinical Research Professional through the Society of Clinical Research Associates and a member of the Drug Information Association.

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Mark Marchant
Courtney Martin

Courtney Martin

Director, Clinical Research Information Systems, UCLA

Courtney Martin

Director, Clinical Research Information Systems
UCLA

Courtney Martin is Director of Clinical Research Information Systems (CRIS) at UCLA’s Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI), as well as Associate Director of Informatics at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC). In her role for the CTSI, she leads the team responsible for the enterprise-wide implementation of OnCore, a Clinical Research Management System (CRMS). The first phase of the project, branded locally as ResearchConnect, focused on system integration, eliminating redundancies and building the technical infrastructure (people, policy, process) needed to support the ever-evolving research landscape. Since the final wave of UCLA’s enterprise went live in March of 2018, focus has now shifted to optimization of workflows, as well as creation of the ResearchConnect Data Mart (RCDM) to facilitate analytics across the three key clinical research-related systems: the CRMS, the EMR and the webIRB. In her role for the JCCC, Ms. Martin first led the team responsible for the Cancer Center’s CRMS implementation, Velos eResearch, and later oversaw the data migration from this system into OnCore. Her joint appointment to both the CTSI and the JCCC affords her the opportunity to ensure that the unique needs of these stakeholders continue to be well-represented during the enterprise-wide transition to OnCore. She also oversaw the development of a Members’ application to manage and report on the Center’s membership and activities and a Data Mart to facilitate analytics in support of the Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) and other Cancer Center-specific reporting needs. Her team also provides guidance to Cancer Center members on the IT solutions available to them to meet their needs and develops custom solutions when needed. Prior to joining UCLA in her current role, Ms. Martin was an application developer, an LSAT instructor and an entrepreneur, first as an independent IT consultant for small business owners and later as a founder of one of the fastest-growing LSAT preparation companies of the 2000s. She received a BS in Computer Science from the University of Florida.

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Courtney Martin

Jeff McElray

Product Support Specialist, Forte

Jeff McElray

Product Support Specialist
Forte

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Jill McKinley

Jill McKinley

Implementation Support Lead II, Forte

Jill McKinley

Implementation Support Lead II
Forte

Jill has worked in software and IT support for 26 years since graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a psychology degree. As a Product Support Manager at Forte, she enjoys making technology more easy and relatable for real people and their priorities. Jill helps customers implement OnCore and conducts optimization site visits. When she’s not working, Jill loves to hike, bike and read.

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Jill McKinley
Rebeccah Mercado

Rebeccah Mercado

Clinical Research Manager, Pediatrics, University of Florida

Rebeccah Mercado

Clinical Research Manager, Pediatrics
University of Florida

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Rebeccah Mercado
Orla Mester

Orla Mester

Senior Vice President, Operations, Forte

Orla Mester

Senior Vice President, Operations
Forte

As the Senior Vice President of Services, Orla helps define the implementation strategy and support offerings for the Forte product family. She has 20 years of experience in leading high performing teams to meet delivery and support requirements for complex projects and programs. At Forte she leads a talented team of technical, functional and project management experts that strives to deliver world class service and support to all customers.

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Orla Mester
Liat Modiano

Liat Modiano

Manager, Business System Analyst, Yale Center for Clinical Investigation

Liat Modiano

Manager, Business System Analyst
Yale Center for Clinical Investigation

Liat manages the OnCore team, works closely with the Research Joint Data Analytics Team (JDAT), and provides ongoing support for data integration between OnCore, Epic and other systems. Prior to joining YCCI in July 2013, she worked for 4 years at Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center as an Integration & System Analyst and 8 years at the Yale Medical Group, Information Systems and Decision Support. Liat received her Bachelor’s degree in Management Information System from the University of Connecticut.

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Liat Modiano
Ryan Monte

Ryan Monte

Senior Product Marketing Manager, Forte

Ryan Monte

Senior Product Marketing Manager
Forte

Ryan is the Senior Product Marketing Manager for Forte’s OnCore Enterprise Research and eRegulatory Management System (eReg) products. In addition to assisting with the development of marketing and product strategy, Ryan is an active contributor to Forte’s educational resources, including webinars, blog articles, eBooks and more.

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Ryan Monte
Allie Moses

Allie Moses

OnCore Coordinator, Medstar Health Research Institute

Allie Moses

OnCore Coordinator
Medstar Health Research Institute

Allie Moses is the OnCore Coordinator for MedStar Health Research Institute and Georgetown University. Allie began working in research as an OnCore Support Specialist at Forte. After leaving Forte to move to Washington DC, she returned to the world of OnCore to work on the MHRI/ Georgetown implementation. At MHRI and Georgetown, Allie coordinates the OnCore enterprise rollout and leads the support and training for all users across both organizations.

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Allie Moses
Julie Murphy

Julie Murphy

Budget Analyst, Yale Center for Clinical Investigation

Julie Murphy

Budget Analyst
Yale Center for Clinical Investigation

Julie handles budget development and negotiations for non-oncology departments as well as invoicing and reconciling for industry sponsored trials. Prior to joining YCCI in September 2014, she worked for 8 years at the Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science as an Operations Manager and 4 years in the Department of Physics as an Assistant Administrator. Julie received her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Connecticut

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Julie Murphy
Susan Natoli

Susan Natoli

Senior Strategic Services Associate, Duke University

Susan Natoli

Senior Strategic Services Associate
Duke University

Susan has over 20 years of experience in clinical research in Academic Medical Center and Industry settings. While managing regulatory offices at UNC and Duke, she coordinated the regulatory process for multicenter studies, including those conducted under sponsor-investigator INDs. Currently she is a Senior Strategic Services Associate for the Duke Office of Clinical Research and is part of their OnCore implementation team. Post-go-live, she spends her time troubleshooting and continuing to define workflows across the enterprise.

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Susan Natoli
Carrie Nemke

Carrie Nemke

Senior Vice President, Customer Relationships and Marketing,

Carrie Nemke

Senior Vice President, Customer Relationships and Marketing

As Senior Vice President of Customer Relationships and Marketing, Carrie helps define the sales strategy across the Forte family. With a background in healthcare and clinical research, she brings an understanding of research operations to the relationship development process. In line with Forte’s core values, the customer relationship team focuses on a consultative approach to understand customer priorities, working with the Forte team to ensure we can fulfill commitments for all customers.

Carrie Nemke
Mike Neuenfeldt

Mike Neuenfeldt

Services Manager, Forte

Mike Neuenfeldt

Services Manager
Forte

Mike is Forte’s Services Manager, focusing on the continuous improvement and sustained excellence of both Forte’s Business Operations Services (BOS) and Madison, WI-based services. In addition, Mike cultivates new service offerings to meet the growing and changing needs of Forte customers, ensuring optimal research performance.

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Mike Neuenfeldt
Kathleen O'Malley

Kathleen O'Malley

Associate Director of Training and Education, Jefferson Clinical Research Institute at Thomas Jefferson University

Kathleen O'Malley

Associate Director of Training and Education
Jefferson Clinical Research Institute at Thomas Jefferson University

Kathleen O’Malley is the Associate Director of Training and Education for the Jefferson Clinical Research Institute at Thomas Jefferson University (TJU). Ms. O’Malley has designed and implemented comprehensive online and in-person clinical research educational programs, responsive to a broad spectrum of needs, and scalable to accommodate the rapid expansion of TJU and the Jefferson Health System. Ms. O’Malley collaborates with an interdisciplinary team to develop Standard Operating Procedures and training to support clinical research personnel and infrastructure. She has been instrumental in the successful implementation of multiple research systems.

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Kathleen O'Malley
Nancy Oshiro

Nancy Oshiro

Business Analyst, UCLA

Nancy Oshiro

Business Analyst
UCLA

Nancy Oshiro is a Business Analyst for the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at UCLA. Her role involves developing business process workflows around the information systems implemented for clinical research throughout the enterprise. Nancy’s position is within the Clinical Research Information Systems team, which is responsible for the implementation of OnCore and other supporting systems. Her work involves working with the end users to develop workflows that meet their business needs and to configure OnCore to support these processes. For over 25 years, Nancy has performed as a Business Analyst in various industries including employee benefit administration, medical billing, and campus housing. She has held positions as a Product Manager, Software Manager, Project Manager, and Software Engineer. In her spare time, Nancy enjoys volunteering for a therapeutic horseback riding organization, creating stained glass windows and crafts, hula dancing, and dirt bike riding.

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Nancy Oshiro
Renata Panchal

Renata Panchal

CTMS Manager, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Renata Panchal

CTMS Manager
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Renata Panchal is the CTMS Manager at Memorial Sloan Kettering. She has led the OnCore implementation from an operational standpoint since 2016, and currently oversees a team of four CTMS Analysts within the MSK’s Clinical Research Administration Office. Prior to this position, Renata has held several clinical research and manager positions within the MSK’s Department of Neurology, where she gained extensive experience in clinical research operations. She holds a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the Tandon School of Engineering at NYU and a B.S. in Biology from Maringa State University in Parana, Brazil.

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Renata Panchal
Paul Park

Paul Park

Senior Manager of Clinical Research Systems, City of Hope

Paul Park

Senior Manager of Clinical Research Systems
City of Hope

Paul is currently a Senior Manager of Clinical Research Systems at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Southern California, primarily responsible for implementing and administrating OnCore. He has 9 years of clinical research experience, 6 years of OnCore experience, and can proudly say he has completed an OnCore implementation in both the East and the West coast.

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Paul Park
Jeff Parks

Jeff Parks

Product Manager, Forte, Forte

Jeff Parks

Product Manager, Forte
Forte

Jeff Parks is a Product Manager at Forte on the OnCore team, where he collaborates with customers to understand their unique needs and works to translate those needs into effective software solutions.

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Jeff Parks
Makenzie Pick

Makenzie Pick

Solutions Consultant, Forte

Makenzie Pick

Solutions Consultant
Forte

Makenzie Pick is a Solutions Consultant at Forte who specializes in providing demonstrations of the Forte portfolio of systems. She previously worked on healthcare software implementations for three years where she focused on project management for major academic institutions across the country. Makenzie is passionate about helping organizations understand how software can be used to create efficiencies for staff throughout the healthcare and research realms.

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Makenzie Pick
Neelam Prabhu

Neelam Prabhu

Regulatory Manager and Study Start Up Specialist, Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

Neelam Prabhu

Regulatory Manager and Study Start Up Specialist
Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

Neelam Prabhu has almost 10 years of experience in clinical trials and pharmaceutical industry. She has worked in managing data for clinical trials and regulatory submissions of the clinical studies to the local authorities. Currently she is working as Regulatory and Study Start up Specialist for clinical trials at Georgetown University. Her duties and responsibilities in these roles are to make sure that the study start up process at their institution is efficient which will help them to open more studies and makes sure that her team submits and maintains regulatory aspect of these studies. To perform her job effectively she has been using Oncore since implemented at their institution.

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Neelam Prabhu
Goga Radakovic

Goga Radakovic

Administrative Director, Clinical Research Management Office, Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

Goga Radakovic

Administrative Director, Clinical Research Management Office
Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

Gospova “Goga” Radakovic has 18 years of experience in the management of clinical trials and more than 8 years of experience as a leader in the Clinical Research Office. She currently works as Administrative Director at Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Clinical Research Management Office, Washington, DC. In that role she is responsible for the executive oversight, management, planning and direction of all clinical research areas, including budget development, clinical research operations, regulatory affairs, data management and quality assurance. She works closely with the Medical Director and the Associate Director for Clinical Research on the development of the annual and long-term goals for the CRMO. Goga Radakovic was involved in implementation of OnCore at Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and she continues to work closely with Data Application team and OnCore Coordinator on increased utilization of OnCore.

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Goga Radakovic
Michael Rauwerdink

Michael Rauwerdink

Director, Software Engineering, Forte

Michael Rauwerdink

Director, Software Engineering
Forte

As Director of Software Engineering, Michael directs the development of Forte integration solutions. With his passion for connecting critical workflows across systems, Michael guides the development of innovative technical solutions that empower collaboration across research, clinical, and financial systems. Michael has nearly 20 years of experience in software engineering with a strong background in enterprise integration.

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Michael Rauwerdink
Seth Richards

Seth Richards

Supervisor of Research Finance - Clinical Trials, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute

Seth Richards

Supervisor of Research Finance - Clinical Trials
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute

Seth Richards is the Supervisor of Research Finance – Clinical Trials. He started working at Moffitt 11 years ago as a patient transporter in the hospital while attending the University of South Florida. After graduation, he started working in the Research Finance department and has progressed through the department over the past 7 years focusing on grants, shared resources, and now, clinical trials. Most recently he received his MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Analytics from USF last December. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, golf, doing anything on the water, and brewery hopping with his wife & dog.

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Seth Richards
Christine Ricklefs

Christine Ricklefs

OnCore Calendar Builder Program Manager, University of Colorado, Denver

Christine Ricklefs

OnCore Calendar Builder Program Manager
University of Colorado, Denver

Christine Ricklefs is the OnCore Calendar Builder Program Manager for the University of Colorado, Denver, starting her journey with OnCore in 2014 as one of the first Calendar Builders for the institution. She has contributed in various projects including building specifications, training new builders, aiding in development of centralized process for amendments, creating guidance documents, and preparing for the Epic integration. Her proudest achievement has been developing a comprehensive Calendar Builder Manual for the team that has defined the institution’s operating procedures for OnCore specifications. She has a Master of Public Health from the Colorado School of Public Health in Community and Behavioral Health.

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Christine Ricklefs
Shannon Roznoski

Shannon Roznoski

Director, Product Management, Forte

Shannon Roznoski

Director, Product Management
Forte

As Director of Product Management, Shannon guides the strategic planning and management of OnCore and Forte EDC. In her role, she acts as a strong advocate for 21 CFR Part 11 awareness and the adoption of industry standards to ensure Forte solutions meet the needs of its customer community. Shannon has extensive clinical data management and IT experience, and is a Certified Clinical Data Manager (CCDM) through the Society for Clinical Data Management (SCDM).

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Shannon Roznoski
Tracie Saunders

Tracie Saunders

Executive Director, Office of Human Research Services, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Tracie Saunders

Executive Director, Office of Human Research Services
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Tracie Saunders, RN, MS, OCN, CCRC has over 29 years of progressive clinical oncology and research operations experience. She joined the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey as Director of the Office of Human Research Services on August 4, 2014. She was most recently the Executive Director of Outpatient Oncology and Clinical Research Services for three years at University Hospital, in Newark, NJ where she directed clinical and research operations for its cancer program. Before University Hospital, she was the Executive Director for the Center for Clinical and Translation Sciences where she founded the Clinical Research Unit which was designed to accelerate the growth of high quality, high impact clinical research throughout the New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. Ms. Saunders has served as a member of UMDNJ’s Institutional Review Board and currently serves as a member of the CINJ Scientific Review Board (SRB) and the Human Research Oversight Committee (HROC) of CINJ. She holds a master’s degree in nursing and primary care from Rutgers College of Nursing, a BS from Rutgers College of Nursing, and an AS in nursing from Morris County Community College.

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Tracie Saunders
Rob Schuetz

Rob Schuetz

CTMS Product Manager, University of Hawaii Cancer Center

Rob Schuetz

CTMS Product Manager
University of Hawaii Cancer Center

Rob is the CTMS Product Manager at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center and is responsible for maintaining OnCore and implementing other Forte applications. Rob has four years of experience in clinical research and data management with a focus in clinical oncology and addressing disparities in under-served communities. His experience in the clinic has helped in training end-users and tailoring OnCore to meet the needs of community partners. Rob holds a CCRP Certification from SOCRA and a B.S. from The Ohio State University.

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Rob Schuetz
Brian Sevier

Brian Sevier

Director, Office of Clinical Research, University of Florida

Brian Sevier

Director, Office of Clinical Research
University of Florida

Brian Sevier, PhD, Director, UF Office of Clinical Research. He has served as a research administrator at UF for over 15 years, including university-wide and college level leadership in contracts & grants administration. Most recently he lead the UF Health Cancer Center’s Clinical Trials Office. He has held leadership and committee membership at the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) as an active member since 2005. He has managed complex grants and research agreements at the department, center, college, and university level. As the Director, he oversees the operations of the OCR, including institutional clinical research billing compliance, clinical research agreement negotiation and execution, and pre and post award financial management. OCR is also leading the enterprise-wide adoption of OnCore. He has also earned his bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees, during his 20+ years at the University of Florida.

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Brian Sevier
Stephen Shapiro

Stephen Shapiro

Training Specialist, Forte

Stephen Shapiro

Training Specialist
Forte

Stephen is a Training Specialist at Forte. He works mostly with OnCore and Forte EDC. He has a vested interest in just-in-time training materials, how to make classroom training more engaging, and general public speaking. Outside of work, he enjoys cooking, taking long walks, making music, and playing with his cat Carlos and dog Bandit.

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Stephen Shapiro
Jordan Smith

Jordan Smith

Product Support Specialist, Forte

Jordan Smith

Product Support Specialist
Forte

Jordan Smith works at Forte Research as a member of the Product Support Team. Over the past few years, Jordan has helped support various customers in their use all of Forte’s products. Some of his interests include support in customer Forte EDC implementations, supporting OnCore EDC and Forms use, and involvement in various customer collaboration calls. When not working at Forte, Jordan enjoys going on “Adventures” with his wife and three young children. Disc Golf is a family loved activity, and getting sleep (when his children allow it) is also considered a fun recreational activity.

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Jordan Smith
Tim Spinler

Tim Spinler

Elearning Developer, Forte

Tim Spinler

Elearning Developer
Forte

Tim Spinler is an eLearning developer and LMS administrator at Forte. He has worked within adult education and training for almost 20 years, including work within the telecommunications, health care, and insurance industries. He has focused on eLearning development for the last 10 years, including earning a Masters in eLearning Education from the University of Illinois. Tim strives to create online learning that is effective, efficient and fun. When he’s not creating new training, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids and playing punk music with his bands Cats on Leashes and Mono In Stereo.

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Tim Spinler
Trish Stamm

Trish Stamm

OnCore Support Analyst, University of Florida

Trish Stamm

OnCore Support Analyst
University of Florida

Trish Stamm is an OnCore Support Analyst and the primary OnCore Trainer for the University of Florida’s Office of Clinical Research. Trish received her Master of Education in 2010 from UF and has over ten years of experience in Clinical Research Administration. Since early 2017, she has been an integral part of UF’s enterprise-wide OnCore implementation. When she isn’t teaching OnCore classes, you can find her consulting with users about all aspects of OnCore. Trish’s personal interests include eating/cooking/talking about gourmet cuisine, traveling, and anything related to the Marvel Universe.

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Trish Stamm
Gevorg Stepanyan

Gevorg Stepanyan

Principal Coverage Analyst, UCLA Dean’s Office

Gevorg Stepanyan

Principal Coverage Analyst
UCLA Dean’s Office

Gevorg helps lead the centralized unit tasked with Medicare Coverage Analysis and budget development at UCLA. He is responsible for continued team training and development, as well as implanting optimization strategies focused on streamlining the budget development process. Gevorg was a lead research coordinator in San Francisco prior to joining UCLA’s Office of Clinical Research.

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Gevorg Stepanyan
Christian Stephens

Christian Stephens

Project Manager - Office of Research Informatics, Duke University School of Medicine

Christian Stephens

Project Manager - Office of Research Informatics
Duke University School of Medicine

Christian transplanted from Stony Brook, NY to North Carolina to attend the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Christian began his project management career at a digital publishing startup in the early 2000’s, where he was responsible for managing the creation and implementation of a full dental curriculum on a custom DVD for SUNY-Buffalo, UMDNJ, NYU, BU, UNLV, and UTHSC-San Antonio. In 2006, Christian started work as an EDI PM for LabCorp responsible for creating electronic lab interfaces between LabCorp and their most complex EMR vendors (Epic, Cerner, Allscripts, Siemens, McKesson, Meditech) and consulting for new vendors who were creating EMR’s. In 2011, Christian transitioned to Rex Hospital/UNC to begin Health Care project management in the patient care/HIM areas, working on installing medical devices into patient care areas, and deploying patient registration and finance tools. He began his enterprise wide project management with the ICD-10 conversion effort where he was the lead PM on a task force working with all UNC Hospitals, with full responsibility for all work-streams at Johnston Health in Smithfield NC. In 2014, Christian joined Duke Health Technology Solutions where he was the primary project manager for a Paperless Solution program initiated to assist Duke University Health System meet HIMSS Stage 7 paperless requirements for both Inpatient and Outpatient facilities. After successfully leading the team in the design and deployment of the paperless program, which helped Duke receive both HIMSS Stage 7 certifications, Christian transferred to the School of Medicine to lead the OnCore enterprise wide deployment. On May 2018, Duke completed the enterprise wide deployment of OnCore which included EMR and IRB interfaces, 600+ calendars built; 1200 users trained, data migration of 15,635 protocols, 191,417 IRB review outcomes (i.e. initial, Continuing Reviews, etc.), 176,527 subjects, and 263,520 enrollments.

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Christian Stephens
Cheryl Stibbe

Cheryl Stibbe

Project Manager, Minnesota Cancer Clinical Trials Network

Cheryl Stibbe

Project Manager
Minnesota Cancer Clinical Trials Network

Cheryl Stibbe, MA, RN, CCRC is the Project Manager for the Minnesota Cancer Clinical Trials Network. Cheryl is a nurse with over 20 years experience in clinical research at the University of Minnesota. She is currently working with 5 of the largest healthcare systems within Minnesota to facilitate access to cancer clinical trials to the greater Minnesota population.

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Cheryl Stibbe
Joe Stokes

Joe Stokes

Associate Director, OnCore CTMS Support, University of Florida

Joe Stokes

Associate Director, OnCore CTMS Support
University of Florida

Joe Stokes is an Associate Director for the Office of Clinical Research at the University of Florida. His professional roles have included stem cell transplant nurse, clinical research coordinator, and research team manager. Joe has led the OnCore operations at the University of Florida since 2009 – first for the cancer center and now for UF’s larger research enterprise.

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Joe Stokes
Susie Sykes

Susie Sykes

Clinical Research Administrator, University of Florida - Office of Clinical Research

Susie Sykes

Clinical Research Administrator
University of Florida - Office of Clinical Research

Susie Sykes is a Research Administrator at the University of Florida (UF) Office of Clinical Research. She has been a part of UF team for over 12 years. Susie is a member of the Pre-Award Financials team where she conducts billing compliance reviews and negotiates budgets and payment terms for clinical trials. Susie stays focused on helping with the development of workflows that help improve new processes with the research community within UF.

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Susie Sykes
Jon Tack

Jon Tack

Vice President, Product Management, Forte

Jon Tack

Vice President, Product Management
Forte

As Vice President of Product Management, Jon leads product strategy for Forte’s OnCore, EDC, Payments, Integrations, and Platform products. He also oversees the Forte product documentation function. Jon’s team is focused on delivering value-add solutions that customers can easily understand and adopt. Jon has over 10 years of experience driving collaborative, complex software development initiatives.

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Jon Tack
Wendy Tate

Wendy Tate

Director of Analytics, Forte

Wendy Tate

Director of Analytics
Forte

Wendy Tate, PhD, MS, is the Director of Data Analytics at Forte. Wendy’s work is focused on the analytical evaluation of clinical research administration, including the development and testing of quantitative methods to measure and assess protocol feasibility and workload. Her passion is to provide helpful and meaningful tools to clinical research professionals that streamline clinical research practices and better the clinical research enterprise as a whole. Prior to Forte, Wendy spent 15 years at the University of Arizona in various roles within human laboratory, human subjects protection, and clinical research roles, including leadership roles with the IRB and Cancer Center clinical trials office. She received her MS in Applied Biosciences from the University of Arizona in 2005 and PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences with an emphasis in Pharmaceutical Economics, Policy, and Outcomes and a minor in Epidemiology from the University of Arizona in 2016.

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Wendy Tate
Blake Taylor

Blake Taylor

Product Manager, Forte

Blake Taylor

Product Manager
Forte

Blake Taylor is a product manager at Forte, with a current focus as a product manager for the Forte Insights platform. With two years experience working at Forte and eight total in a product management role, Blake is passionate about creating products that delight end users, enable teams to be more efficient and deliver high value to institutions. Blake has collaborated with various Forte customers to help them better understand their data and processes, equip them to use the Forte technologies to effect positive change and ensure that their input translates into new product solutions fit their needs

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Blake Taylor
Christopher Thomas

Christopher Thomas

Senior Project Manager, Forte

Christopher Thomas

Senior Project Manager
Forte

Christopher Thomas has been with Forte for almost 3 years and is a Senior Project Manager where he helps our customers implement OnCore, EVAL, various integrations with the EMR, and data migrations from legacy systems. Additionally, he works on reporting topics related to data migration validation and minimum footprint reports.

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Christopher Thomas
Ashley Toy

Ashley Toy

Product Marketing Manager, Forte

Ashley Toy

Product Marketing Manager
Forte

Ashley is the Product Marketing Manager for Forte's Research Evaluation System (EVAL), Electronic Data Capture (EDC) System, Participant Payment System, business intelligence system (Insights), and comparative analytics tool (Benchmarks) products. In addition to assisting with the development of marketing and product strategy, Ashley is an active contributor to Forte's educational resources, including webinars, blog articles, eBooks and more.

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Ashley Toy
Molly Van Rheen

Molly Van Rheen

OnCore Clinical Trial Management System Manager, University of Colorado, Denver

Molly Van Rheen

OnCore Clinical Trial Management System Manager
University of Colorado, Denver

Molly Van Rheen, MS, MBA, completed her graduate training in Exercise Science from Colorado State University and Business Administration from The University of Colorado, Denver. Her early research career ranged from the bench, to animal, and finally human research, before moving into research administration. With research administration, Molly helped to create a single-entry portal for human subject research and worked to streamline startup processes before joining the OnCore Support Team. As the OnCore manager, Molly and her team created a uniform route for study submission and startup tracking to provide transparency for the 4 institutions that use their OnCore System.

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Molly Van Rheen
Candice Vance

Candice Vance

Director, Clinical Research Revenue Cycle, Medstar Health Research Institute

Candice Vance

Director, Clinical Research Revenue Cycle
Medstar Health Research Institute

Candice Vance is the Director of Clinical Research Revenue Cycle at MedStar Health Research Institute. She oversees clinical research billing compliance, coverage analysis, budget negotiation, and revenue recognition. Candice has a background in auditing health systems for billing and coding compliance, and moved into the research realm ten years ago. She has an MBA and is certified in healthcare research compliance.

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Candice Vance
Doug Vosters

Doug Vosters

Training Specialist, Forte

Doug Vosters

Training Specialist
Forte

Doug Vosters is a Training Specialist at Forte. He is dedicated to meet the learning needs of his adult learners, with over 7 years of experience of classroom teaching. Doug is passionate about assessments, with experience in developing state and national exams in mathematics. In addition to assessments, he has expertise in instructional design to make the learning experience inclusive for learners, creating and maintaining software training environments, and has experience creating custom reports for grading certification projects.

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Doug Vosters
Ginnette Watkins-Keller

Ginnette Watkins-Keller

Education Specialist - Office of Human Research Services, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Ginnette Watkins-Keller

Education Specialist - Office of Human Research Services
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Ginnette Watkins-Keller RN, MSN, OCN has been in oncology and clinical research for over 25 years. She holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in nursing from Drexel University (Summa cum Laude), a bachelor’s degree of fine art from Temple University, and is currently enrolled at Thomas Edison State University in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program with a focus on Systems-Level leadership. Ms. Watkins-Keller has held a variety of different positions throughout the years. These positions include being one of the original research nurses at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey back in the mid-nineties, hospital-based education for the oncology and ambulatory care units, Performance Improvement Coordinator, Mercer County Cancer Coalition Coordinator, Palliative Care Coordinator, and currently the Education Specialist for the Office of Human Research Services at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. In addition to her responsibilities as the Educator, she is a member of the Scientific Review Board and is the co-chair of Nursing Research Committee. Ms. Watkins-Keller has presented abstracts and posters on various oncological and educational topics nationwide. Her most recent presentation was on onboarding of clinical trial staff at the Association of American Cancer Institute’s Clinical Research Innovation Meeting this past summer.

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Ginnette Watkins-Keller
Ben White

Ben White

Calendar Analyst, University of Florida

Ben White

Calendar Analyst
University of Florida

Ben White is a Calendar Analyst with the University of Florida Office of Clinical Research. He is a part of an OnCore Support team where he builds calendars and trains study team personnel. Ben is focused on creating tools and processes for streamlining the calendar building experience. His background is in information technology and has worked with the University of Florida since July 2017.

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Ben White
Leah Wollitz

Leah Wollitz

Clinical Research Intake Coordinator, University of Florida

Leah Wollitz

Clinical Research Intake Coordinator
University of Florida

Leah Wollitz, is the Intake Team Lead at the University of Florida (UF) Office of Clinical Research (OCR). She is responsible for redesigning and streamlining the Intake process for health-related human subject’s research under the direction of Brian Sevier, PhD, Director and Katie Eddleton, MPH, Associate Director. Prior to her current role, Ms. Wollitz has over 6 years of accounting and finance experience and was with one of the nation’s leading pediatric healthcare systems where she managed both pre and post-award biomedical research.

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Leah Wollitz
James Wurdeman

James Wurdeman

Chief Product Officer, Forte

James Wurdeman

Chief Product Officer
Forte

James joined Forte in 2005 and has led both the Customer Support and Product Management teams. As Chief Product Officer, James brings a deep understanding of customer needs to the product development roadmap. Collaborating with customers is the cornerstone of Forte’s product strategy, and James works to ensure that all Forte products contribute to the company’s over-arching mission of helping our customers succeed.

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James Wurdeman

Mahendra Yatawara, MBA

Manager, Research Informatics & Scientific Computing - Enterprise Information Services, Cedars-Sinai Health System (CSHS)

Mahendra Yatawara, MBA

Manager, Research Informatics & Scientific Computing - Enterprise Information Services
Cedars-Sinai Health System (CSHS)

Mahendra Yatawara is the Manager of the Research Informatics and Scientific Computing Core (RISCC) within Enterprise Information Services (EIS) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He is involved in establishing research systems and processes that support the research community at Cedars-Sinai. Mahendra has worked in academic research for over 10 years and has extensive informatics experience within the research and healthcare sphere. His experience includes computer systems/database management, workflow analysis, systems design, applications development, data analytics and support.

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Edythe Zettler

Edythe Zettler

Assistant Director, Education & Training, University of Florida

Edythe Zettler

Assistant Director, Education & Training
University of Florida

Edythe “Edy” Zettler is the Assistant Director of Education & Training Programs for the University of Florida Office of Clinical Research. She started working with UF clinical trials as a research administrator in 2006. Since then, her areas of expertise have included negotiating clinical trial agreements, Medicare Coverage Analysis, and teaching research billing compliance and OnCore courses to UF research teams. Edy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology & Computer Science.

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Edythe Zettler