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Mike Anello, BA, Sr. Project Manager, joined CTSI on July 1, 2019. Mike draws on his past experience as a research manager, medical writer, and biomedical research technician to provide project management for the CTSI Integrated Clinical and Research Ensembles Program.

Rebecca Gasper, MPH, Education Program Coordinator II, will be working with the Master’s in Clinical and Translational Science Program and assisting with the transition to the new curriculum starting Fall 2020. She will also be working with the KL2 Mentored Career Development Program. Before starting in this role on September 30, 2019, she was the Research Program Coordinator in the Adult Translational Research Unit (A-TRU).

Michael Stanfield, Education Program Coordinator III, joined CTSI on September 16, 2019. Michael will be helping to develop and facilitate educational programming for CTSI Academy. She previously served as a regulatory specialist in the MCW pediatric oncology clinical trials office, as well as adjunct teaching faculty in the philosophy department of the University of South Florida.

Kate Woods, MS, CCRC, Data Operations Manager, joined the CTSI November 4, 2019. She has a strong background in both data development and management but also experience in clinical and translational research, research protocol development, research regulation, and project management. She will be working with the BMI team to clean, analyze, and report data collected by the various groups that make up the CTSI.

David Zimmerman, MBA, MPA, Sr. Project Manager, joined CTSI on May 13, 2019.  David brings with him a decade of project management experience throughout nonprofit and government sectors.  He will be focused on the startup and implementation of the Team Science-Guided Integrated Clinical and Research Ensembles.

Adult Translational Research Unit

As part of CTSI’s ongoing efforts to constantly advance the quality and efficiency of clinical research conducted at MCW/Froedtert Hospital and around Southeastern Wisconsin, the A-TRU added key personnel to their team.

Shankar Srinivasan, PhD, MBA, CCRC, joined the CTSI on September 03, 2019, as the Administrator of the Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) encompassing A-TRU and the Clinical Trials Office (CTO).  Shankar brings in more than 15 years of clinical research experience through his many similar roles both with industry and academic research institutions across the country.

Nurse Manager

Renee Dex, RN, BSN, joined the A-TRU on September 16, 2019. Renee brings with her a combination of strong nursing and management experience. She will be actively engaged both with the research study teams and TRU clinical staff from study startup to closeout.

Research Nurse II

Sonya Carpenter, RN, joined the A-TRU as a Research Nurse on November 04, 2019. Sonya comes with a strong research background. Along with her nursing experience, she will be involved in supporting both the clinical and research needs of the study teams.

Medical Assistants

Charmaine Clark, BS, joined the A-TRU on August 12, 2019. Charmaine brings both phlebotomy and sample processing experience to the team. Charmaine joins Rae Ann in improving the efficiency of processing the large volume of samples as the A-TRU supports the various ongoing studies.

Serina Nelson joined the A-TRU on September 12, 2019. Serina has worked in a variety of clinical settings in her past 7 years as a certified MA and is looking forward to working with the clinical research study teams in supporting their clinical research needs, along with some sample processing activities.

Clinical Research Coordinator

Shanette Cooper joined the A-TRU on November 11, 2019. Shanette worked as a Medical Assistant for 12 years, the majority of that time at the Blood Center of Wisconsin as a Senior Donor Specialist, trainer and mentor. She has also worked at Froedtert Hospital in the lab. Her most recent role is with MCW in the All of Us Research Program as a Clinical Research Assistant.

With this strong team in place, the A-TRU plans to extend the availability of service times available for researchers into the evenings and weekends. Also, as we come close to the year end, a new A-TRU fee structure effective January 1, 2020 will be announced.

More Information

For more information prior to the announcement, please feel free to contact the A-TRU leadership below.

Shankar Srinivasan, PhD, MBA, CCRC
Administrator, CTRC

Renee Dex, RN, BSN
Nurse Manager, A-TRU

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