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Our Team

Executive Team

Mark Blumling

CEO, Founder, and Board Member

A passionate advocate of healthcare and life sciences innovation, Mark has devoted his career to improving population health and patient outcomes. Mark was previously CEO of Genos, a healthcare big data company (which he co-founded and which was acquired in 2017), CEO of Relevare Pharmaceuticals (a drug development pharmaceutical company based in San Francisco and Australia), and Founder and COO of Hyperion Therapeutics (NASDAQ: HPTX; acquired in 2015). Mark began his career in the Office of Science & Technology at SmithKline Beecham, where he was involved in the creation and development of new business ventures, and at Orchid Biosciences (NASDAQ: ORCH), where he helped lead the company’s successful turnaround.

Mark received a JD from Stanford Law School, an MSc (Economics) from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University. He is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Lauren Chazal

Chief Business Development Officer (CBDO)

Lauren Chazal has a strong command of the clinical trials industry from a site operations, business development and financial management perspective. She began her career in clinical trial operations with a privately-held multi-site clinical research organization. Since 2012, she has held a pivotal role in business development and relationship management for clinical research sites globally. Lauren has in-depth knowledge of the complex interactions between clinical research centers, CROs and sponsors combined with a keen understanding of the importance of access to high quality trial sites and patient recruitment solutions.

Lauren graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in Finance and Marketing and from the University of Florida with a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). Lauren is a current member of Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) and International Women’s Forum (IWF) Arizona Chapter as well as a four time marathon runner.

Cathy Collins

Senior Vice President Site Strategy/Development

Cathy Collins brings over 29 years of clinical trial experience to the Headlands team. Her background includes extensive de novo site development (Clinical Studies, LTD and Meridien) as well as site PE backed acquisition/integration (Protocare trials). She is the former owner/CEO of Meridien Research a 5 site, dedicated site organization and Insearch, a business development provider which were both sold to private equity (2012). Prior to joining the Headlands team, Cathy has served as the President and CEO of Clinical Consulting Solutions (CCS), a full-service clinical trials consulting firm providing consulting services spanning new site start-up, therapeutic development, financial/process improvement, and pre-acquisition PE due diligence (2014).

Cathy hold Bachelors and Master’s degrees in nursing and is a 2015 graduate of the Harvard Business School OPM program. She serves on a number of boards in her community including the Bank of Tampa and University of Tampa.

James N. Goldenberg, MD - CPI, FAAN, FAPCR

Chief Medical Officer and Key Opinion Leader - Neurology

Dr. James Goldenberg is a Board-Certified Neurologist who practiced in Palm Beach County, Florida for 25 years. He currently serves as Chief Medical Officer for Headlands Research and Sr. Vice President and Associate Medical Director of JEM Research Institute.

He previously served as Medical Director for Atlantic Coast Health Network, a regional super clinically integrated network (CIN), representing over 1,900 physicians and 200,000 lives in South Florida. In that role he is responsible for strategy, value-based care initiatives, population health and patient safety.

Dr. Goldenberg has served JFK Hospital in Atlantis Florida in multiple leadership roles including Chairman of the Board of Trustees Dr. Goldenberg has also served The Joint Commission as a disease-specific surveyor in stroke, the first physician to hold that position nationally. Dr. Goldenberg is an Affiliated Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami.

Dr. Goldenberg is an advocate for patients and physicians at the local, regional, and national levels. He is a past president of the Palm Beach County Medical Society and currently serves on the Board of Directors. He has served the Florida Medical Association on the Board of Governors and the Council on Medical Economics and Practice Innovation. He is serving the American Academy of Neurology on the Board of Directors, Advocacy Committee, and chairs the Business Innovation Subcommittee.

His undergraduate training is in Psychology from the University of Florida. He received his Medical Degree from the University of South Florida. His neurology training and fellowship in neuromuscular disease were completed at the University of Miami.

Autumn Huiatt

Chief Financial Officer

Autumn Huiatt brings years of accounting, finance, and operations experience to Headlands Research. Prior to joining Headlands, Autumn was CFO of Microsurgical Technology, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of ophthalmic surgical instrumentation for use in cataract and glaucoma surgeries.

Autumn also held a variety of roles at Sound Inpatient Physicians, Inc., a nationwide physician partner to hospitals, physician groups, and post-acute providers. Her roles at Sound Physicians included Vice President of Operations for Managed Care Services as well as Controller and Vice President of Accounting where she gained experience in a fast-growing clinical site business, acquisition integration, system implementation and optimization, process improvement and internal controls development.

Autumn holds an active CPA license (WA), earned her MBA at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with an accounting degree from the University of Jamestown in North Dakota. Autumn started her career in public accounting at Deloitte.

Jackie Short

Chief Operating Officer

Jackie brings 17 years of experience to Headlands Research in improving healthcare services and outcomes for a wide variety of patient populations. A life-long learner she has pivoted industries including pharmaceutical sales, long term care, skilled nursing, dialysis, and primary care. She has spent time in organizations ranging from 300 to 100,000+ employees scaling operations, managing rapid growth via DeNovos and M&A’s, optimizing workflows and processes, and building and developing teams for up to 230+ sites in 42 states.

In her most recent role as the Vice President of Operations for Marathon Health, Jackie’s leadership was instrumental in building and scaling both field and centralized operations. Her key accomplishments in this role are aligned with our vision and growth strategy needs including developing a leadership framework and structure for field and centralized support, developing KPI’s and dashboards, developing and standardizing SOP’s, implementing employee engagement and training programs, and developing outreach strategies.

Jackie’s approach to leadership will be a great addition to our team, as it is built on a foundation of open and effective communication, clear expectations, collaboration, and personal accountability. Her goal-oriented approach and established record of performance and process improvement have consistently resulted in improved EBITDA, client and patient satisfaction, employee retention, and clinical outcomes.

Jackie received her MBA in Healthcare Management from the University of Findlay. She has two daughters and currently resides in Westfield Indiana. Her personal philosophy is best embodied in her favorite Theodore Roosevelt quote: “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

Ann Mao

General Counsel

Ann Mao brings a wealth of experience to the Headlands Research team. Prior to joining Headlands Research, Ann served as the Chief Legal Officer of Cargomatic, Inc., a logistics services company, where she was responsible for the legal, compliance and regulatory functions and a member of the Executive team.

From 2008 to 2017, Ann worked for McKesson Corporation, a leading pharmaceutical distributor and healthcare company. Her last role at McKesson was as Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development, responsible for acquisitions, divestitures, equity investments and joint ventures across the McKesson portfolio of businesses. During her time in this role, Ann worked on transactions which deployed over $15 billion in capital.

Ann started her legal career in private practice at Shearman & Sterling.

Heather Abbis

Vice President of Finance

Heather Abbis brings over 25 years of operational and corporate finance experience to Headlands. Her experience spans start-ups to large public companies in the US and Europe with life science and medical device companies. Her focus has always been on process improvement and internal controls that enable financial operations to run more smoothly and enhance governance. She has a record of successfully managing change through growth and acquisitions, implementing systems, building teams and business partnerships. Her experience covers the full accounting cycle and planning for growth that will be a key factor as the Headlands network grows.

Heather received her MBA in international business from European University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Sarah Buck

Vice President of Human Resources

Sarah Buck brings 20 years of generalist and specialist HR tenure to Headlands. Her experience includes Recruitment, Labor/Employee Relations, M&As, Org Design, and Business Partner leadership roles where she worked with executives to implement results-driven people strategies. She possesses expertise in creating and implementing best in class HR programs, while navigating through accelerated growth and high-change environments. Sarah’s career spans multiple industries, most recently in healthcare where she led HR for a growing 33 site medical network which doubled its size in less than three years. Her passion for blending company objectives with the recognition of employees as individuals will propel Headlands as a best place to work.

Sarah received her Master’s degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds a Bachelor of Human Resource Management from the University of Northern Iowa.

Chris Cugliari

Director of Corporate Development

Chris Cugliari joined Headlands Research as Director of Corporate Development and brings a demonstrated history of capturing full value of M&A transactions. He was previously the Manager of Corporate Development and Strategy for Sotera Health, where his leadership drove significant growth and expanded the company’s total addressable market in the lab testing and contract sterilization segments for medical devices and pharmaceuticals. As a previous M&A consultant for PwC, Chris served clients across a wide range of industries and sizes through complex deal issues. His deep transactional knowledge from targeted prospecting through robust due diligence and integration helps position Headlands Research for growth.

Chris graduated from Columbia Business School with an MBA and from the University of Notre Dame with a BBA in Information Technology Management.

Business Development

Lauren Chazal

Vice President of Global Strategic Alliances

Lauren Chazal has a strong command of the clinical trials industry from a site operations, business development and financial management perspective. She began her career in clinical trial operations with a privately-held multi-site clinical research organization. Since 2012, she has held a pivotal role in business development and relationship management for clinical research sites globally. Lauren has in-depth knowledge of the complex interactions between clinical research centers, CROs and sponsors combined with a keen understanding of the importance of access to high quality trial sites and patient recruitment solutions.

Lauren graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in Finance and Marketing and from the University of Florida with a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). Lauren is a current member of Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) and International Women’s Forum (IWF) Arizona Chapter as well as a four time marathon runner.

Mauro Ormedilla

Director of Business Development

Hailing from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mauro brings over 8 years’ experience leading clinical research sites. He has been responsible for business development, operations, accounting, finance, marketing, advertising, recruitment, QA, start-up, and regulatory teams. Prior to joining Headlands, Mauro served as the Director of Operations for a multi-site clinical research group, which grew ten-fold during his tenure. His passion lies in making connections – trials to patients, Sponsors/CROs to sites, CROs to Sponsors, and new friends to old.

Mauro graduated from the University of California San Diego with a degree in Human Development and received his MBA from Loyola University in New Orleans. He loves to golf, play basketball, and watch the Mardi Gras floats parade down St. Charles Avenue.

McKenzie Lang

Associate Director of Business Development

McKenzie Lang possesses a deep understanding of clinical research through her years of experience representing sites within the US and internationally. McKenzie understands the importance of clinical trials and how site networks play an integral role in expediting the drug development process. McKenzie has worked for several site organizations, including Bioclinica and Wake Research, over the past decade and understands the importance of strong collaborative Industry relationships that benefit patients. McKenzie is located in Raleigh, NC.

McKenzie graduated from East Carolina University with a B.S. in Biology.

Kayla Kramschuster

Global Feasibility Analyst

Kayla Kramschuster joined the Headlands Research team as the Global Feasibility Analyst. Kayla has previous work experience in the healthcare realm and Clinical Trials research in particular. Most recently as a Clinical Trials Data Coordinator for the Precision Medicine Team at the University of Wisconsin’s Carbone Cancer Center. Kayla will be working closely with the Business Development team to deliver robust feasibilities to Headlands sites within defined scope and timelines.

Kayla graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.S degree in Community and Environmental Sociology and Environmental Studies and currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her dog Brady.

Board Members

Mark Blumling

CEO, Founder, and Board Member

A passionate advocate of healthcare and life sciences innovation, Mark has devoted his career to improving population health and patient outcomes. Mark was previously CEO of Genos, a healthcare big data company (which he co-founded and which was acquired in 2017), CEO of Relevare Pharmaceuticals (a drug development pharmaceutical company based in San Francisco and Australia), and Founder and COO of Hyperion Therapeutics (NASDAQ: HPTX; acquired in 2015). Mark began his career in the Office of Science & Technology at SmithKline Beecham, where he was involved in the creation and development of new business ventures, and at Orchid Biosciences (NASDAQ: ORCH), where he helped lead the company’s successful turnaround.

Mark received a JD from Stanford Law School, an MSc (Economics) from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University. He is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Cathy Collins

Senior Vice President Site Strategy/Development

Cathy Collins brings over 29 years of clinical trial experience to the Headlands team. Her background includes extensive de novo site development (Clinical Studies, LTD and Meridien) as well as site PE backed acquisition/integration (Protocare trials). She is the former owner/CEO of Meridien Research a 5 site, dedicated site organization and Insearch, a business development provider which were both sold to private equity (2012). Prior to joining the Headlands team, Cathy has served as the President and CEO of Clinical Consulting Solutions (CCS), a full-service clinical trials consulting firm providing consulting services spanning new site start-up, therapeutic development, financial/process improvement, and pre-acquisition PE due diligence (2014).

Cathy hold Bachelors and Master’s degrees in nursing and is a 2015 graduate of the Harvard Business School OPM program. She serves on a number of boards in her community including the Bank of Tampa and University of Tampa.

Anuv Ratan

Headlands Board Member

Anuv Ratan joined KKR in 2017 and is a member of the Health Care industry team. At KKR, he has been involved with investments in Gamma Biosciences, Impel Neuropharma, Headlands Research, BrightSpring Pharmerica, Global Medical Response, Ajax Health, and Aimmune Therapeutics. He is currently a member of the board of directors of Gamma Biosciences, Blue Sprig Pediatrics, and Headlands Research. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Ratan was with FFL Partners, where he was involved in a number of health care transactions. Mr. Ratan began his career at The Blackstone Group. He holds an A.B., with honors, in Neurobiology from Harvard University.

Ali Satvat

Headlands Board Member

Ali J. Satvat joined KKR in 2012 and is a Member of KKR on the Health Care industry team within KKR’s Americas Private Equity platform. He leads KKR’s Health Care Strategic Growth investing efforts, sits on the Health Care Strategic Growth Investment Committee and is Chairman of the Health Care Strategic Growth Portfolio Management Committee. He currently serves on the boards of directors of AcuFocus, Arbor Pharmaceuticals, Blue Sprig Pediatrics, BridgeBio Pharma, Clarify Health Solutions, Cohera Medical, Coherus BioSciences, Eidos Therapeutics, Headlands Research, Impel NeuroPharma, Slayback Pharma, and Trilogy MedWaste and has been involved in KKR’s investments in Ajax Health, PRA Health Sciences, and Spirox. Previously, he held various positions with Apax Partners, Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation, Audax Group, and The Blackstone Group. Mr. Satvat holds an A.B., magna cum laude, in History and Science from Harvard College and an M.B.A. in Health Care Management and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the board of directors of the Healthcare Private Equity Association.

Advisors

David Evans

CEO, Texas Neurology

David Evans is CEO of Texas Neurology, among the largest and most comprehensive neurology practices in the country. He is extremely active in the American Academy of Neurology where he currently serves as Chair of the AAN’s Practice Management & Technology Subcommittee and is Past Chair of the Business section. He is also a member of the AAN’s Medical Economics & Management Committee and BrainPAC Executive Committee. Mr. Evans has extensive background in practice management consulting with emphasis in the implementation of ancillary services within physician practices.

David Kopp

Former CEO, Healthline Media & Strategic Advisor

David Kopp is an experienced chief executive in consumer digital health with expertise spanning strategy, product development, marketing, and technology. Most recently, David led a passionate and highly successful team at Healthline Media, spearheading global growth to reach more than 350 million monthly visitors and more than any other health publisher.

David brings deep expertise in consumer-driven digital health businesses, particularly in growth marketing, scaling teams and culture, and digital strategy.

Jim Kremidas

Former Executive Director at Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP)

Jim Kremidas has over 35 years of experience in the health care industry. Most recently he has served as the Executive Director for the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP). Prior to that he worked with Investigator Sites, Suppliers and Pharma Companies to advise them on clinical research operations. He has over 7 years of experience in management at CROs and spent 24 years at Eli Lilly and Company where he started the first Patient Recruitment Department in the industry.

As an internationally renowned thought leader, Jim advises on topics related to the innovative design, implementation and tracking of successful clinical trial operations. His leadership roles have included strategic planning, organizational change management, training/staff development, negotiations/contracting, business development and implementation of innovative programs across the clinical development enterprise. Jim has extensive experience in building cross functional relationships and strong enterprise collaboration to drive organizational change, supplier management, negotiations, marketing management and clinical trial operations. Jim sits on several national committees and has been a volunteer leader for Center for Information and Study of Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP), a non-profit organization. He has also participated in Clinical Trial Transformation Initiative (CTTI) subcommittees.

Craig Lipset

Former Head of Innovation, Pfizer

Craig Lipset is a recognized leader at the forefront of innovation in clinical research and medicine development. He is an advisor to technology and biopharmaceutical companies, leading universities, and the venture community, bringing vision and driving action at the intersection of research, digital solutions, and patient engagement. Craig was the Head of Clinical Innovation and Venture Partner at Pfizer, on the founding Operations Committee for TransCelerate Biopharma, and on the founding management teams for two successful startup ventures (Perceptive Informatics and Adnexus Therapeutics).

During that time, Craig designed and launched multiple industry firsts — from the first fully remote/virtual clinical trial for a new medicine to the first returning of results and data to research participants. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research, the MedStar Health Research Institute, and the People-Centered Research Foundation (the central office for PCORnet), as well as on the Editorial Board for Therapeutic Innovation & Regulatory Science. Craig has received the red jacket ‘hall of fame’ recognition among the PharmaVOICE most inspiring people in the life sciences. He has been recognized among Pharmaceutical Executive’s Emerging Leaders, CenterWatch Top 20 Innovators in Clinical Trials, the Medicine Maker Power List and the AlleyWatch Who’s Who in eHealth. He studied Music at Brandeis University and earned a Master of Public Health from Columbia.

Dr. Bola Oyegunwa PhD

Vice President and Head of Virtual Trials, Covance

Dr. Bola Oyegunwa is the Vice President and Head of Virtual trials at Covance. Bola is an industry thought leader in developing and implementing virtual trial solutions and disruptive technology offerings. Bola has led the implementation of innovative technology-enabled hybrid and virtual trials solutions for leading Biotech and pharmaceutical companies. Bola is a champion for reducing patient burden in clinical trials and regularly engages with regulatory authorities globally to remove regulatory barriers to the adoption of virtual clinical trials.

Bola is an ex-strategy consultant and has held leadership roles in Corporate Strategy, Product Development and Innovation at leading CROs. He holds a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology and a MBA from North Carolina State University.

Jane Restorick

Consultant and Managing Director, Arion Services

Jane Restorick is a recognized expert in site management, patient recruitment and clinical research operations. Prior to moving into consultancy, Jane was COO and Chief Patient Officer at Synexus Clinical Research, driving its growth from a UK based SMO to become a successful international operation across 11 countries. Previously she formed and led Operations and Quality Management teams at a virtual biopharma (Vanguard Medica) and at Fujisawa Early Clinical Evaluation Unit.

Key Opinion Leaders

Larry Bush - MD

Key Opinion Leader - Infectious Disease and Vaccine

Dr. Larry Bush has practiced the specialized field of Infectious Diseases in Palm Beach County, Florida, since 1989. He is involved in organized medicine and has served many roles, including President of the Palm Beach County Medical Society (PBCMS), which is a network of 1,500 physicians in the Palm Beach County area.

Dr. Bush has developed a portfolio of influential positions locally, regionally, and nationally. He is committed to the scientific process and has participated in a multitude of clinical trials throughout his career. He maintains close academic affiliations and is dedicated to educating the next generation of physicians, relishing the opportunity to teach students and residents.

Dr. Bush has held leadership positions in several hospitals including multiple positions as committee chair in Infectious Disease stewardship, credentialing, quality, pharmacy, research, and medical executive leadership. He has served on the Board of two local hospitals, culminating in a term as Board chair. He holds the academic positions of Affiliated Professor of Medicine at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University as well as Affiliated Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Through his academic affiliations, Dr. Bush has trained countless internal medicine residents, many of whom have gone on to fellowships and careers in Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Bush has authored over 90 peer-reviewed medical journal articles. He is a current associate editor of two national Infectious Diseases journals, and continues to author book chapters in medical reference literature and has conducted over 100 infectious disease research trials, including vaccine trials.

Dr. Larry Bush received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and his Medical Degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania. Subsequently, he did his residency in Internal Medicine at the Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, where he went on to serve as Chief Medical Resident for one year. He completed specialty training as a fellow in Infectious Diseases at the Medical College of Pennsylvania before relocating to South Florida.

Sharon Cohen - MD, FRCPC

Key Opinion Leader - Neurology

Dr. Sharon Cohen is a behavioural neurologist known for her excellence in patient care, teaching, and clinical research. She completed her neurology residency and behavioural neurology fellowship at the University of Toronto. She is the medical director and site principal investigator of Toronto Memory Program, a community-based medical facility which she established in 1996 for the purpose of enhancing diagnosis, care, and therapeutic options for individuals with or at risk for Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. Under her guidance, Toronto Memory Program’s multidisciplinary team has grown to a staff of 30 individuals. Its memory clinic and research site are among the most active in Canada.

Dr. Cohen has over 28 years of experience in clinical research and has been a site PI for over 100 pharmacological trials. She has participated in acute stroke trials as well as trials in FTD, PDD, DLB, HD, vascular dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease, the latter being her primary focus. Her site has been credited as a “go to” centre for Alzheimer’s trials and has been awarded for superior performance and quality in clinical research.

Dr. Cohen represents Canada on international advisory boards and steering committees and is a consultant to a wide range of stakeholders in dementia including government organizations and patient advocacy groups. She is a frequent lecturer and contributes to media events including those on medical ethics. She is known for her advocacy of individuals with neurodegenerative diseases.

Despite holding academic and hospital appointments, Dr. Cohen chooses to practice in the community, in keeping with her belief that dementia care and clinical research are best offered in the real world setting.

James N. Goldenberg - MD - CPI, FAAN, FAPCR

Chief Medical Officer and Key Opinion Leader - Neurology

Dr. James Goldenberg is a Board-Certified Neurologist who practiced in Palm Beach County, Florida for 25 years. He currently serves as Chief Medical Officer for Headlands Research and Sr. Vice President and Associate Medical Director of JEM Research Institute.

He previously served as Medical Director for Atlantic Coast Health Network, a regional super clinically integrated network (CIN), representing over 1,900 physicians and 200,000 lives in South Florida. In that role he is responsible for strategy, value-based care initiatives, population health and patient safety.

Dr. Goldenberg has served JFK Hospital in Atlantis Florida in multiple leadership roles including Chairman of the Board of Trustees Dr. Goldenberg has also served The Joint Commission as a disease-specific surveyor in stroke, the first physician to hold that position nationally. Dr. Goldenberg is an Affiliated Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami.

Dr. Goldenberg is an advocate for patients and physicians at the local, regional, and national levels. He is a past president of the Palm Beach County Medical Society and currently serves on the Board of Directors. He has served the Florida Medical Association on the Board of Governors and the Council on Medical Economics and Practice Innovation. He is serving the American Academy of Neurology on the Board of Directors, Advocacy Committee, and chairs the Business Innovation Subcommittee.

His undergraduate training is in Psychology from the University of Florida. He received his Medical Degree from the University of South Florida. His neurology training and fellowship in neuromuscular disease were completed at the University of Miami.

Vishaal Mehra - MD

Dr. Vishaal Mehra attended Texas A&M Health Science Center for his Medical Degree, and then completed his residency in Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. He began his career as an Investigator in clinical research in 2007.

As a Principal Investigator, Dr. Mehra worked in a variety of psychiatry and neurology therapeutic areas. He also worked closely with Sponsors and CROs to promote study-wide trial success, acting as a liaison for other Principal Investigators and the sponsor for several trials. Dr. Vishaal Mehra founded Artemis Institute for Clinical Research in 2008.

Mark A. Goldstein - MD CPI, FAPCR

Key Opinion Leader - Neurology

Dr. Goldstein was born and raised in New York City. He graduated Colgate University, receiving a B.A. degree with a major in Biophysics. He obtained his MD degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. Upon graduation, he completed residencies in both Internal Medicine (College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Robert Wood Johnson) and Neurology (Stanford University). He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Neurology. After relocating to South Florida, he joined a busy clinical neurology practice which he helped grow to 6 Neurologists.

Dr. Goldstein began participating in clinical trials in the late 1990’s. To date, he has participated in over 80 clinical trials, being the Principal Investigator 70 times. Most of these trials have been conducted through JEM Research Institute, of which he is a founding member and the CEO. Under his guidance, JEM has grown into a substantial clinical research site currently employing 26 people, and conducting over 20 active trials at any one time, many of which deal with progressive cognitive decline.

As a clinical neurologist, Dr. Goldstein serves as an Affiliated Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology at the University of Miami. As a researcher, he is a Certified Principal Investigator as well as a Fellow of the Academy of Physicians in Clinical Research.

Dr. Goldstein has served on the board of directors of the Medical Specialists of The Palm Beaches, the largest multispecialty medical group in Palm Beach County. He has also been a member of the executive committee as well as chairman of the credentials committee at JFK Hospital in Atlantis. He has been both the Chief of the Division of Neurology and the Director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at JFK.

Operations

Cathy Collins

Senior Vice President Site Strategy/Development

Cathy Collins brings over 29 years of clinical trial experience to the Headlands team. Her background includes extensive de novo site development (Clinical Studies, LTD and Meridien) as well as site PE backed acquisition/integration (Protocare trials). She is the former owner/CEO of Meridien Research a 5 site, dedicated site organization and Insearch, a business development provider which were both sold to private equity (2012). Prior to joining the Headlands team, Cathy has served as the President and CEO of Clinical Consulting Solutions (CCS), a full-service clinical trials consulting firm providing consulting services spanning new site start-up, therapeutic development, financial/process improvement, and pre-acquisition PE due diligence (2014).

Cathy hold Bachelors and Master’s degrees in nursing and is a 2015 graduate of the Harvard Business School OPM program. She serves on a number of boards in her community including the Bank of Tampa and University of Tampa.

Jackie Short

Chief Operating Officer

Jackie brings 17 years of experience to Headlands Research in improving healthcare services and outcomes for a wide variety of patient populations. A life-long learner she has pivoted industries including pharmaceutical sales, long term care, skilled nursing, dialysis, and primary care. She has spent time in organizations ranging from 300 to 100,000+ employees scaling operations, managing rapid growth via DeNovos and M&A’s, optimizing workflows and processes, and building and developing teams for up to 230+ sites in 42 states.

In her most recent role as the Vice President of Operations for Marathon Health, Jackie’s leadership was instrumental in building and scaling both field and centralized operations. Her key accomplishments in this role are aligned with our vision and growth strategy needs including developing a leadership framework and structure for field and centralized support, developing KPI’s and dashboards, developing and standardizing SOP’s, implementing employee engagement and training programs, and developing outreach strategies.

Jackie’s approach to leadership will be a great addition to our team, as it is built on a foundation of open and effective communication, clear expectations, collaboration, and personal accountability. Her goal-oriented approach and established record of performance and process improvement have consistently resulted in improved EBITDA, client and patient satisfaction, employee retention, and clinical outcomes.

Jackie received her MBA in Healthcare Management from the University of Findlay. She has two daughters and currently resides in Westfield Indiana. Her personal philosophy is best embodied in her favorite Theodore Roosevelt quote: “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

Andrea Hunnicutt

Senior Director of Operations

Andrea Hunnicutt has an extensive and diverse background in medicine, hospital management, and clinical research. She began her career in veterinary medicine as a registered veterinary technician. Andrea managed multiple large general medicine and specialty practices prior to moving into the research field. Most recently Andrea worked for a large Clinical Research Organization in numerous roles from study startup to closeout in Phase I-IV trials. She has over 6 years of in-depth experience in site management, GCP compliance, regulatory affairs, and patient safety. Andrea is passionate about site and sponsor collaboration with an ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes through innovative technology and medical advancements.
Andrea graduated from Fort Hays State University with a B.S in Sociology and holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Research from The Ohio State University.

Derek Kern

Director of Quality & Training

Derek Kern joins Headlands Research with extensive experience across the clinical research space. Derek began his career as a Quality Analyst for a cGMP manufacturing operation. He went on to be a Project Manager for a large academic medical center and Associate Director for an NCI designated cancer center. Most recently, he was a Senior Manager of Clinical Operations for a prominent Clinical Research Organization (CRO) where he worked to optimize site start-up operations. Derek brings with him a passion for the advancement of healthcare and the improvement of patients’ quality of life.

Derek graduated from The University of Kansas with a B.A. in Human Biology. He is a Certified Clinical Research Professional.

Maureen Mieczkowski

Senior Director of Regional Operations

Maureen Mieczkowski is a clinical research professional with 18 years of experience in healthcare and research administration. A graduate of Boston University, Maureen began her career in IRB administration at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. She then transitioned into a research site manager role in the cardiology department of Prisma Health, South Carolina’s largest non-profit academic medical center. Most recently, Maureen served as the Director of Clinical Research Management at Prisma Health, where she worked to standardize clinical trial operations, billing compliance and finances during a large health system merger. Maureen is especially interested in CTMS design and leveraging new technologies to improve site efficiency.

Budgets & Contracts

Sandra Sarafin

Director of Budgets and Contracts

Sandra Sarafin has more than 20 years of clinical research experience. She joined Headlands Research to centralize the budget and contract process. Sandra began her research career at a Children’s Hospital working in marketing and recruitment, database management, and clinical trial budgeting and invoicing. She joined the Comprehensive Cancer Center at a large academic medical center leading budget development and negotiating contracts. Sandra then moved to the College of Medicine to create a Research Finance Office for non-cancer clinical trials. She enjoys building teams, determining best practices, and creating processes that streamline timelines while maximizing opportunities.

Sandra graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in Speech and Hearing. She is a Certified Clinical Research Professional.

Allison Siebold-Guzman

Budgets and Contracts Manager

Allison joins Headlands with extensive experience in clinical research contracting on both the research site and sponsor side. She started her career in clinical research at a large academic research institution as a Contract and Grant Officer where she was involved in drafting and negotiating a variety of agreements related to sponsored research and worked closely with the institution’s principal investigators on the goals and risks for each study. Most recently she worked at a large, multinational CRO as a Contract and Budget Manager where she served as a primary point of contact for sponsors during study start-up and managed the contract team during contract and budget negotiations with the research sites.

Allison received her J.D. degree from DePaul University College of Law, and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin.

Blake Torrence

Budgets and Contracts Manager

Blake Torrence has been in the clinical research industry for 17 years. He was the CEO/VP of Centex Studies, Inc., which was the first research site Headlands Research acquired. He was responsible for business development, budgeting and contracting and held every position within the company over 13 years while at Centex. Blake has experience doing Vaccine, Neurology, Pain, Urology, Pulmonology, Device, Internal Medicine and Cancer trials. In 2022, Blake joined the Headlands Budget and Contracting team, which focuses on centralized budgets. Blake is passionate about negotiating strong budgets efficiently and swiftly. He enjoys interacting across all teams to collaborate and build relationships.

Christopher Bates

Budgets and Contracts Manager

Christopher Bates joins Headlands with a diverse research background that includes overseeing research in anatomic, dermatology, and neuro pathology as a certified Histotechnologist.
He brings a wealth of knowledge in conducting several clinical trials as a Senior Clinical Research Coordinator in Therapeutic areas such as, Neurology, Pulmonary, Infectious Diseases/Vaccines, and Hematology to Headlands. Prior to joining Headlands, Chris served as a Clinical Research Operations Manager, in a Clinical Research Unit setting, for a major academic medical center overseeing the daily operations, financial prosperity, recruitment engagement, study start-up and overall performance of the unit and department.
He has direct experience managing business plans, creating, and negotiating a variety of budgets from clinical to departmental, and has a unique passion for building interpersonal relationships, and promoting a collaborative work environment.

Chris has a B.S. in Biology from Jackson State University, and a Master of Business Administration in HealthCare Management from University of Texas.

eFinance

Lyle Brosey

Finance Manager

Lyle Brosey has 15 years of clinical research experience, which includes establishing relationships with Clinical Research Organizations, working with Operations to collect all contracts, and bridging the connection between sites and finance.
Lyle has held numerous leadership positions in other industries. His diverse background includes the cell phone, hospital, and retail Industries. Lyle’s focus is to continue making finance an ally to the sites and sponsors. Lyle received his Bachelor of Science degree in Science from the University of Central Florida.

Melissa Izurieta

Lead Revenue Accountant

As Lead Revenue Accountant, Melissa is energized by working together with her teammates to achieve shared goals and improve financial efficiency. With over 15 years of experience working in operations and sales revenue management for the tourism industry, she has gained strong detail analyzing financial statements, forecasts, marketing trends, and accounts receivable reporting. Prior to joining Headlands Research, Melissa was Senior Sales Manager for Marriott International and was responsible for procuring revenue, maintaining strong client relationships, and managing financial reporting. Melissa earned a B.S in Health Science from Adventist University of Health Science.

Yanet Kasse

Revenue Accountant

Yanet brings more than 15 years of accounts payable experience and pharmacy account resolution working closely with worldwide pharmaceutical manufacturers. In her previous role, her primary focus has been analyzing health insurance claims allowing greater financial efficiency. Along with her primary focus, Yanet spent years negotiating prices, submitting adjustments, and auditing deposits received. She is enthusiastic about using her analytical processes to support her team in reaching their goals. Yanet holds an A.S in Science from Hi-Tech College.

Virginia Lopez

Revenue Accountant

Virginia Brings over 18 yrs. of reimbursement experience to the Headlands E-Finance Team. Her background includes a portfolio of accounts in the Medical and Specialty Pharmacy industry on which she oversaw the entire billing cycle from charge review, claims submission, follow-up and processing of appeals to various pertinent payers or programs. In addition, Virginia is a former Claims Processor in the Healthcare Insurance Industry.
Virginia has in-depth knowledge of the revenue cycle, has held a leadership position in Accounts Receivable, in addition she has worked closely with pharmaceutical manufacturers to help patients get their medication and manage their conditions affordably.
Virginia Holds an Associate of Arts in Business Administration and currently working on her Bachelor’s in Business & Healthcare Administration from Strayer University.

Tai McNeil

Revenue Accountant

Tai McNeil brings fresh eyes and diverse experience to Headlands. His focus has always been on implementing systems that enhance efficiency for financial operations. With experience in the legal and insurance industries, he brings an attention to detail that is valued when it comes to our accounting process. Inspired by Headlands’ mission to improve population health and patient outcomes, he is excited to contribute his skills and talents to ensure this mission is successful.

Lillie Sumrall

Revenue Accountant

Lillie Sumrall is a 2021 graduate of Birmingham Southern College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and concentration in Finance. Lillie has experience interning with Bonnell Aluminum where she performed various administrative functions including employee record keeping for unemployment and Covid19 medical forms. Lillie is excited to pursue her career as a Revenue Accountant at Headlands Research. She has excellent management skills and offers a tremendous amount of enthusiasm working with her finance team.

eSource

Kristen Grube

Manager eSource Architect Team

Kristen is Registered Nurse who has been working in clinical research for 8 years. She has worked in a variety of research roles including Clinical Research Coordinator, Associate Director of QA/QC, Medical Writer and Site Director. She joined Headlands in September of 2021 as an eSource Architect and has enjoyed collaborating with the sites during eSource development.

She lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband and two cats and in her free time enjoys running, going to the beach and watching football.

Cortney Fretz

eSource Architect Team Lead

Cortney grew up in Canada and Australia and graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry. She has worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator and has extensive experience coordinating vaccine, cardiac, and GI studies amongst other general medicine indications. She joined Headlands Research in early 2021 and is the founding member of the eSource Team. She enjoys the challenge of building vaccine study source and prides herself on attention to detail.

Cortney is an avid Toronto Maple Leafs hockey fan. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and her cat Buttons. She enjoys spending time with her family and reading a good book . She can often be found at the rink coaching youth hockey.

Maritess (Tess) Coronel

eSource Architect

Maritess joined Headlands Research in June of 2021 as an eSource Architect. She brings in 10 years of clinical research experience. Her passion for ensuring subjects’ safety and maintaining high quality data stems from her various roles in Central Laboratory, IRB, Regulatory and Data Management. She has worked on numerous pediatric rare disease gene therapy trials at UCLA and has co-authored articles in the Journal of Clinical Immunology, Blood, and The New England Journal of Medicine. She received her B.S in Public Health from California State University Northridge and her M.S. in Clinical Research Management from Arizona State University.
She lives in Los Angeles, California with her family and dog, Jasper. She enjoys cooking and baking, and food photography. She is a world traveler with a hunger for finding the best food around the world.

Candice Gerber, RN

eSource Architect

After relocating from the Tampa Bay area to Dallas, GA mid-2021, Candice joined the Headlands eSource Team. She is a Registered Nurse of over 13 years with a well-established background in the field of neurology and acute stroke care. Preceding her four years of clinical research experience as a Clinical Research Coordinator, she successfully led a Comprehensive Stroke Center for 6 years achieving national certification. Candice has led many committees, Stroke Support groups, and annual Stroke Conferences. Additional background includes leadership of progressive care and neurology in the acute care setting and post-recovery in the field of cosmetic surgery.
Candice, her husband, Tim, and 7-year-old daughter, Trista, are avid land cruisers and like to frequent nearby motocross and ATV parks. In addition, she loves live music, the gulf beaches, and spending as much time with family and friends as she can. Quality is important to Candice, both professionally and with the ones she loves.

Quality Assurance

Monica Serra

Quality Assurance Manager

Studying Biology at American Public University. I have a wealth of site experience as well as a few years working for a CRO. My background is mainly in Dermatology and Oncology, but I also have experience in Rare Disease, Hematology, Pediatrics, Women’s studies, and Cardiology.