Our Team

CISCRP’s staff is dedicated to providing education and information about clinical research. We work to raise awareness, enhance experiences, and strengthen communication and relationships among participants, research professionals, and the public.

CISCRP Board of Directors

CISCRP Team | Ken Getz
Founder and Board Chair

Ken Getz is the director of sponsored research programs and an associate professor at the Center for the Study of Drug Development, Tufts University School of Medicine where he studies R&D management and operating models, investigative site, outsourcing, and study volunteer trends and policies. Ken is also the founder and owner of CenterWatch. A well-known speaker at conferences, symposia, universities and corporations, Ken has published more than 200 articles and chapters in peer-review journals, books, and in the trade press. He is the author of two nationally recognized books for patients and their advocates titled, Informed Consent: A Guide to the Risks and Benefits of Volunteering for Clinical Trials and The Gift of Participation, and the recipient of several awards for innovation and scholarship. Ken has held a number of board appointments in the private and public sectors, including serving on the Institute of Medicine’s Clinical Research Roundtable, the DIA Foundation, the Consortium to Examine Clinical Research Ethics, and the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative.

Ken Getz
Founder and Board Chair
Director of Marketing and Development

Jessica Blaustein is the Director, Marketing and Development for Clarion Healthcare, a boutique life sciences consulting firm based in Boston. In this role, Jessica establishes new business relationships and leads a range of marketing and corporate outreach efforts. Prior to Clarion, Jessica was a Principal with JAMB Associates, where she conducted market assessments and primary market research for biopharmaceutical clients. Earlier, she was Manager of Communications with the Partnership for Organ Donation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing organ donation for transplantation.

In addition, Jessica is the Director of Executive Women’s Programming on the board of the Boston chapter of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the advancement and impact of women in the business of healthcare. She received her BA from Harvard College and her MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Jessica D. Blaustein
Director of Marketing and Development
CISCRP Team | Jorge G. Guerra
Development Consultant

Dr. Jorge G. Guerra is a graduate of the School of Medicine, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) Lima, Peru. He trained in Internal Medicine and in Medical Statistics & Epidemiology. Following a position as an Associate Professor of Medicine and Attending Physician at UPCH University Hospital, he joined Merck & Co., Inc (Merck, Sharp & Dohme) in 1984 first as a Medical Director and eventually as the vice president of Clinical Research Operations – Global Trial Management. In 2008 Dr.Guerra joined BIogen Idec as Senior VP, Global Clinical Development Operations. He retired from Biogen Idec in 2013 and now serves as a consultant.

Jorge G. Guerra, MD
Development Consultant

CISCRP Leadership Team

Chief Financial Officer and Director of Operations

I’m the Chief Financial Officer and director of Operations at CISCRP. I’m very happy to be a part of this wonderful organization where I work with my team to manage CISCRP’s financial and operating areas. I have more than 25 years of experience as a controller, director and senior executive in a variety of organizations in the health care industry including community health providers; clinical research education and publishing; and medical device and technology services.

I’m passionate about helping patients and their families learn about and find the best treatment options available. I’m also passionate about working with a highly professional group of people who work hard and want to make a difference.

I received a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts. I reside in the North Shore area of Boston with my husband and two children.

Caroline Casey
Chief Financial Officer and Director of Operations
CISCRP Team | Jill McNair
Senior Director, Patient Engagement

I am the Senior Director, Patient Engagement at CISCRP. In this role, I’m proud to oversee a team dedicated to helping sponsor companies provide lay language summaries to study volunteers. I also provide oversight to the planning, creation, and execution of CISCRP education and outreach programs; development and fundraising; marketing and public relations; and business development.

I am passionate about providing education to the public so they can make an informed decision as to whether clinical research is right for them. Working at CISCRP affords me the opportunity to engage patients in the continuum of the clinical research process; whether it’s providing education when they are in a physician’s office or receiving a lay summary after they have given the gift of participation by participating in a study.

I recently completed the Executive MBA program at Temple University’s Fox School of Business. I reside in Bucks County, PA with my husband, three children, and two dogs.

Jill McNair
Senior Director, Patient Engagement
Director, Research Services

At CISCRP, I manage the design, implementation, analysis and reporting of a variety of CISCRP research studies. I have more than 15 years of experience conducting primary and secondary research studies in the healthcare, life sciences and consumer goods industries. Prior to CISCRP, I worked at Colgate-Palmolive as a research manager.  I hold an MBA from the Graduate School of Management at Boston University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Bryant University. I am passionate about helping others, and CISCRP offers ample opportunities in that regard. People often comment that I am a nice and genuine person.  And I think those characteristics help me connect to the patients I interact with regularly through my work. I especially enjoy being involved in bringing patients and clinical operation teams together through the CISCRP Patient Advisory Boards; speaking with each other about ways to make clinical trials a better experience overall is very rewarding for me.

Annick Anderson
Director, Research Services
Senior Manager, Development and Community Engagement

Prior to joining the CISCRP team, I worked at the College of the Atlantic as a Conference and Events Coordinator and at Brandeis University where I worked in the Alumni Relations Department. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Theater, and Latin American Studies at Brandeis University, where I graduated with highest honors summa cum laude.  My role offers me the opportunity to connect individuals with resources and empower them to make informed decisions about their health. I am also fortunate to collaborate and develop educational programs with passionate researchers from around the world who share in our mission of engaging patients as partners in the clinical research process. Every day is new and fulfilling here at CISCRP!

Ellyn Getz
Senior Manager, Development and Community Engagement
Senior Manager, Quality and Compliance

I began my work at CISCRP while receiving an undergraduate degree in Communications summa cum laude from Bridgewater State University, and joined the staff full time after graduation. I am currently a Master of Public Health candidate at Tufts University School of Medicine, with a focus in Health Communication. CISCRP is a great fit for me as I strongly believe in providing education and information about health related issues to serve the best interests of the public. I know there will always be a need for advocates that can support change in spaces where barriers exist to improvements in public health. It is imperative to continue calling for full accountability of all stakeholders in clinical research. I am proud knowing that CISCRP works tirelessly to move towards meeting the needs of all clinical research information seekers and participants.

Behtash Bahador
Senior Manager, Quality and Compliance
Senior Project Manager, Communicating Trial Results

A trained social researcher, I joined the CISCRP staff full time after working as an independent contractor.  As Senior Project Manager, I work toward synthesizing complicated data into digestible formats in the Communicating Trial Results program and assist CISCRP in producing primary research.  I hold a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of New Hampshire as well as a dual BA in Sociology and Psychology from the University of New England.  Prior to obtaining my Master’s degree, I worked as a psychometrist for a private practice in Southern Maine. My passion for my work at CISCRP can be best described if you think about heroes. Heroes are real.  They don’t always wear a cape, and they don’t always have to help people by fighting the bad guys. When you’re little, every kid looks up to comic book heroes.  For me, it was Batman and the Ninja Turtles. As an adult, you realize comic book feats of justice can’t happen, but the concept of a hero sticks with you.  I’ve always wanted to help people, and I wanted my impact to be tangible.  At CISCRP, we’re blazing the trail of Patient Engagement, and our programs have a very tangible impact on people’s lives. CISCRP is a place where data and research are put to good use, just as it should be. We drive everything we do based on data we and others in the field have collected; that makes our programs more effective.  And, we facilitate the process for sharing clinical trial results with patients in lay language.  The fact that we can show participants the result of the data they helped to create, in a format they understand, is essential to maintaining an educated population.

We’re not policing the streets under cover of night, but we are making the world of clinical research a little less scary.

Julie Farides-Mitchell
Senior Project Manager, Communicating Trial Results
Senior Manager, Marketing and Patient Engagement Alliances

In my role as Senior Manager, Marketing and Promotion, I have the pleasure of engaging with different organizations, groups, and individuals to help create awareness of CISCRP’s various educational, informational, and partnership opportunities and resources.

The mission of CISCRP is very near to my heart, as I myself am a patient enrolled in a clinical trial. As a participant, I have a first-hand understanding of the questions, complexities, and uncertainties that surround the clinical trial participation process. I am also aware of the importance, and ultimately the gift, of participating in a clinical trial in order to help advance medical science. I am so honored to be part of an organization that strives to help educate and engage patients like me, as well as caregivers, researchers, and the general public, about the importance of clinical trial participation.

I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Delaware. I reside in the Philadelphia suburbs with my husband and two children.

Rachel Minnick
Senior Manager, Marketing and Patient Engagement Alliances
Associate Project Manager, Communicating Trial Results

I am a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a BA in Psychology and Economics. As an undergrad, I was became involved with multiple non-profits including interning at CISCRP. After graduating, I have been fortunate enough to be brought back on to work with the Communicating Trial Results program, which allows me to help ensure that patients get the results of trials they participated in. As an Associate Project Manager, I get to learn a lot about the industry and provide an important service for patients!

Jonah Frielich
Associate Project Manager, Communicating Trial Results
Assistant Project Manager, Communicating Trial Results

While receiving my undergraduate degree in Health Sciences from Boston University, I joined CISCRP as an intern working on a variety of projects for almost every CISCRP program. After completing my degree, I transitioned to full time staff, and now I solely focus on the Communicating Trial Results (CTR) program.  As someone who is passionate about showing people how important they are to the clinical research process, the CTR program is a great fit for me. I am also very detail oriented person, which is a strength that I believe helps CISCRP successfully deliver lay-language communications to clinical research patients.  My favorite part of my work is hearing from people how much they believe in our mission!

Teesta Bose
Assistant Project Manager, Communicating Trial Results
Senior Project Manager, Communicating Trial Results

Before joining CISCRP, I received my PhD in English Literature from Royal Holloway, University of London and worked as a professor for several years. After my professing days were over, I went to work for a medical publisher. I grew up in a family of medical professionals. They would talk about procedures and patients around the dinner table. I rebelled by earning a doctorate in English Literature, and when it all came full circle, my family laughed. Still, my background in writing combined with my experience teaching lend themselves perfectly to the CISCRP environment and my role as a Project Manager.  My ideologies tend toward levelling the playing field in all aspects of life. I like to make sure that everyone has access to or a chance at the same resources as everyone else. Everyone deserves the chance to lead a happy, healthy life. CISCRP helps volunteers do that through communication, understanding, and empathy. I like that. I also like the variety my job offers: the chance to work on ten different things over the course of ten minutes. It’s never a dull moment. Also, the people – volunteering for studies, and working at the sponsor companies – all bring something different to the table. Those somethings I can learn from and use in bettering myself. In the office, it’s a rare privilege to work with such a genuine and thoughtful group of people who share a common goal to help others. Being part of the team at CISCRP and collaborating with each other means that I learn something new every day.

Audrey Birkett
Senior Project Manager, Communicating Trial Results
Associate Project Manager, Communicating Trial Results

I am a graduate of Muhlenberg College with a BA in Economics and Business Administration with a concentration in management. At school I spent time interning with the Allentown Economic Development Corporation and as a peer tutor for economics, business, and statistics courses. After graduation I spent time working as an adviser for my youth group and as a Webmaster at Dart Sales. After a few months I was hired at CISCRP as a part of the Communicating Trial Results Program. Being a part of this team allows me to ensure that anyone who participates in a clinical trial receives the results of their clinical trial. As an assistant project manager I am looking forward to creating a positive experience for those who participate in clinical trials.

Joshua Dressler
Associate Project Manager, Communicating Trial Results
Project Manager, Communicating Trial Results

After eleven years in the publishing industry, I joined CISCRP in June 2016.

It’s exciting to work with the Communicating Trial Results team to deliver lay language summaries into the hands of those most deserving – the actual clinical trial participants. CISCRP provides an important bridge between volunteers and researchers, facilitating transparency and awareness. I believe empowerment through knowledge benefits everyone.

I hold a BA in Communications from Clark University and live in the suburbs of Boston with my wife and two sons.

Matt Scanlon
Project Manager, Communicating Trial Results
Finance and Operations Manager

In May of 2015, I graduated from Brandeis University with a BA in Economics and Mathematics and a minor in Chemistry. I joined CISCRP as the Finance and Operations Manager after previously working as a finance intern at The Jackson Laboratory. I’ve pursued this industry niche for a while – my education and passions very effectively translate into a finance position within the life sciences. As an extrovert, CISCRP is also a great fit for me – I am passionate and well suited to the work that I do in patient advocacy and educating the public. I find that the work we do here has a very human quality. I am dedicated to our mission that information and education in clinical research should be readily accessible, and each party should be mutually respected and appreciated. I am proud to be a part of such an enthusiastic team at CISCRP, and I have boundless respect for my coworkers’ dedication.

David Getz
Finance and Operations Manager
Research Associate, Research Services

In May of 2016, I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Health Administration and Public Policy with a focus in Public Health, and graduated with Cum Laude honors. During my time as a student, I interned at the subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere on Capitol Hill, and at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Both experiences taught me a lot about serving the public, and about health resources in the U.S. and in Central and South America. After graduating, I interned at CISCRP over the summer and enjoyed the level of interaction that I got to have with my team and with the diverse population of healthcare utilizers, providers, and advocates. I love the work that I get to do as a research associate, because I get to collaborate with people from all walks of life in order to advance clinical research in a patient-conscientious direction.

Nova Getz
Research Associate, Research Services
Senior Medical Editor

Genevieve Long, PhD serves as CISCRP’s Senior Medical Editor and specializes in patient education, health literacy, and plain language. Genevieve is an active member of the American Medical Writers Association, including co-teaching its for-credit Plain Language workshop at the annual conference, and past president of the organization’s Northwest chapter. She also belongs to the Plain Language Association International and teaches medical writing, editing, and freelance skills for the University of Chicago’s Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies.

Genevieve is passionate about ensuring patients and the public receive health care communications in a language that they can clearly understand. In addition to her work at CISCRP, Genevieve runs a freelance medical writing business – Genevieve J. Long, Ph.D., P.C.. In her precious spare time, Dr. Long enjoys reading, hiking, fly fishing, and walking her Labrador Retrievers.

Genevieve Long, PhD
Senior Medical Editor
Community Engagement Coordinator

After receiving a BA in Graphic Design and minor in Photography from Framingham State University, I joined CISCRP as the Community Engagement Coordinator. I am involved in the planning and execution of our AWARE for All and Medical Heroes Appreciation 5K Events. My role allows me to use my creative skills to create promotional pieces and capture our events revolving around raising awareness of the importance of clinical trial participation. I also have the privilege of interacting with many individuals that help bring our events to life – from sponsors and volunteers to patients and their families. I am thrilled to join the CISCRP team in providing educational resources to the public about the importance of clinical trials.

Clarissa Budd
Community Engagement Coordinator
Marketing and Communications Coordinator

I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Communication from the University of Massachusetts Boston. During my time as a student I developed a passion for nonprofit work. After interning at a telecommunications company for a few years, I joined CISCRP and felt that I found the perfect position to match my interests and passions. As the Marketing and Communications Coordinator I provide support in all areas of marketing and outreach, including email and event marketing, patient engagement and alliance initiatives, and managing CISCRP’s social media presence,. I am thrilled to be working for CISCRP whose mission is to empower clinical trial volunteers and educate the public about the importance of clinical trial participation.

Leslie Perez
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Community Engagement Associate

I joined CISCRP in February 2017, shortly after completing my bachelor’s degree in International Studies at American University. While I was in college, I had internships at the National Museum of American Jewish History, the Council for a Strong America, and other non-profit organizations. As a Fundraising Associate, I engage with local organizations and invite them to support our Med Hero 5K and AWARE for All Events. This position allows me to learn about and interact with a variety of stakeholders in both the public and private sectors.

Jacqueline Litwin
Community Engagement Associate

Interns

Samantha Katz

From: Washington University in St. Louis

Katie Willner

From: Elon University

Aeshna Chandra

From: Columbia University

Melissa Dubois

From: Montgomery College

Ami Merker

From: Brandeis University

Julia Getz

From: Emerson College

Wiktoria Bis

From: Boston University

Board of Advisors

Name Title Department
Patient Advocate
Board of Advisors
President & Chief Executive Officer, PMG
Board of Advisors

Jennifer Byrne is the CEO of PMG Research and the co-founder of the non-profit Greater Gift Initiative. She has concentrated her career in the clinical research site sector for over 25 years, leading the PMG Research team to include more than 100,000 participants in over 7,000 clinical trials. Having been fortunate enough to work at the patient/provider level and actually witness the impact of clinical research in the lives of patients, Jennifer is driven to expand clinical research as a health care option for as many participants as possible. There is much work to be done to further educate the health care system and all people about the value proposition of clinical trial participation; Jennifer is honored to work with CISCRP on this journey.

Chief Operating Officer, CenterWatch
Board of Advisors
Vice President, Marketing, Acurian, Inc.
Board of Advisors
President, Investigator Support Services, Inc.
Board of Advisors
Associate Director, Integrated Site Services Alliance Manager, Oncology, Quintiles
Board of Advisors

Peter is a Toxicologist by training and has over 15 years of experience in the industry and has maintained ACRP certification for over 10 years. Peter’s deepest experience is in oncology research however, it extends to all phases of drug development, across more than a dozen therapeutic areas. He is passionate about clinical trials as a care option for patients, and building alliances that bring research professionals and patients closer together.

Director, Health Care Alliances Clinical Research Service, ICON
Board of Advisors

With over 20 years of clinical research experience, Almenia Garvey, Director of Health Care Alliances at ICON, is a strong leader and proven relationship builder. Almenia is a site relations expert who specializes in minority recruitment, site selection strategy, investigator identification and investigator relationship management. ICON plc is a global provider of drug development solutions and services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries.

Vice President, Healthcare, Edelman
Board of Advisors
President, Clinical Performance Partners, Inc.
Board of Advisors

As a veteran of the clinical research world with over 30 years of experience, I am passionate about advancing treatment options for us all.  From direct patient care experience to supporting clinical trial design and execution, I have remained passionate about ensuring patients are aware of clinical trial opportunities, well educated to make informed decisions about their participation and to help minimize the burdens of participation.  I truly believe that those who give the gift of participation are medical heroes and remained focused on doing my part to make their participation easier and more meaningful.

Therapeutic Area Liaison: Cardiovascular & Metabolics, Janssen Research & Development, LLC
Board of Advisors
Global Enrollment Manager, Janssen Research & Development
Board of Advisors
Executive Director, Association of Clinical Research Professionals
Board of Advisors

Jim Kremidas is currently the Executive Director of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP). He is an original member of the CISCRP Advisory Board and has been a leading advocate of patient engagement since 1997 at Eli Lilly where he established and lead the first patient focused organization in their clinical development function. He has also lead the patient engagement functions within large CROs.

President & CEO, Benchmark Research
Board of Advisors
VP, Business Development, Praxis Communications LLC
Board of Advisors
President & CEO, Rx Trials, Inc.
Board of Advisors
Vice President Clinical Trial Division, Artcraft Health
Board of Advisors

Brian has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical, research, education, and medical device markets. His over 25 years of experience has taken compounds and devices from pre-clinical to market.  Prior to joining Artcraft Health 6 years ago he spent his early career with Baxter Lifesciences, ThermoFisher Scientific, and the Atcor Medical organizations.  His knowledge base and experience is extensive and has supported hundreds of global and domestic clinical studies.

Brian graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a bachelor of arts in economics and a minor in finance. He is certified in the principles of Good Clinical Practice developed by the International Conference on Harmonization. Brian has also completed numerous business courses and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Champion.

Outside of work, Brian believes strongly in community service. He belongs to and holds leadership positions in local planning, and school boards. He and his wife of 25 years share a belief that it’s important to instill a sense of community in their 2 daughters.

Vice President, Segal Institute for Clinical Research
Board of Advisors

Bonnie Segal is the Vice President and Co-Founder of Segal Institute for Clinical Research. She also holds the position of Vice President for each of the 6 affiliated site entities that Segal Institute represents. These entities specialize in Psychiatry, Addiction, Women’s Health and General Medicine. Bonnie has been in medical research for 19 years and has been involved in every area of Segal Institute’s expansion and diversification. She leads the business development, operations, and recruitment teams, as well as the company’s community advocacy initiatives, staff engagement and staff leadership programs. Bonnie has been a crucial part of the success of over 1,000 clinical trials conducted by the 6 affiliated site entities at 9 research locations throughout South Florida and South Carolina.

Chief Medical Officer, Horizon Pharma
Board of Advisors

Jeffrey (Jeff) Sherman, MD, FACP, is Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, Research & Development, at Horizon Pharma based in Lake Forest, Illinois. He has more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry at IDM Pharma, Takeda Global Research and Development, NeoPharm, Searle/Pharmacia, and Squibb/Bristol-Myers Squibb.  Jeff is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a member of a number of professional societies as well as a Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Internal Medicine.  He is a Past President of the Drug Information Association (DIA) and a former member of the Board of Directors, is an inaugural DIA fellow, and serves as the DIA liaison to the FDA Clinical Trial Transformation Initiative (CTTI) Steering Committee.  Jeff most importantly serves on the Board of Advisors of the Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) and is passionate about patient engagement since all of us are patients and need to be best informed about the importance of clinical research for optimal care.

Patient Advocate
Board of Advisors
Principal and Founder, Strategic Clinical Consultants
Board of Advisors

Dr. Strause is Principal and Founder of Strategic Clinical Consultants has more than 25 years of expertise in global clinical operations and clinical development, with an emphasis in oncology, critical care, and ethical considerations for subjects with life-threatening diseases. Her passion for educating and engaging patients in clinical trials was additionally influenced as a result of her personal journey as a caregiver to her husband with GBM. Dr. Strause holds maintains an Adjunct Professor position at UC San Diego. Her undergraduate degree is from UC San Diego and her PhD from UC Santa Barbara in Neurophysiology.