Jerri is a Contract & Grant Specialist with both the Children’s and Behavior, Function, & Pain Clinical Trials Support Units. She has 17 years of post award financial experience at the University of Michigan on both the Academic and Michigan Medicine sides. Jerri’s previous positions include the role of Financial Specialist at the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research where her interest in Clinical Research blossomed.
Ginger is a Finance Lead that has been with the University of Michigan for more than 10 years, though she brings over 15 years of financial experience to her role. Prior to leaving the University (and state!) for a few years, she worked in Financial Operations Payroll and at the Institute for Social Research providing payroll and finance support. Upon her return to U-M in 2008 she served as a Financial Specialist with the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR), one of the largest federal grants the University has received. In 2013, she began providing post-award support for clinical trials with the Division of Hematology/Oncology. This prepared her for her current role with the Children’s CTSU where she provides pre- and post-award clinical trials support.
Shelly is an enthusiastic Contract and Grant Specialist with both Children’s and Behavior, Function, & Pain Clinical Trials Support Units. She has seven years of experience with sponsored programs and research, joining the University of Michigan after serving as a Pre-Award Grant Specialist at the University of Kansas. Shelly also served as the financial manager and executive director of the Women & Kids Learning Together Summer Camp—a week-long day camp for low-income women and their children. She earned her BA (philosophy, theories of knowledge) and MPA from Western Kentucky University, and her MA from the University of Kansas (sociology – feminist social theory and roller derby).
Terri is a Contract & Grant Specialist supporting the Children’s and Behavior, Function & Pain Clinical Trials Support Units. She earned her BBA in Accounting in 2016 from Siena Heights University. She began her career with the University of Michigan in 2003. Starting out in accounts payable and purchasing, Terri brings years of financial experience to her work in research administration. She is passionate about clinical trial research and its role in advancing innovative health technology and improving individuals’ lives. Her service and support experience spans over various research areas in STEM and social sciences.
Nicholas L. Harris, CCRC, is the Clinical Research Project Manager for the Children’s Clinical Trial Support Unit at the University of Michigan and C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. A graduate of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Nicholas has worked at multiple academic institutions as a research specialist and coordinator. His entire career has been in Pediatric care, with a previous 3 year appointment in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Mott and a 7 year appointment with Endocrinology and Diabetes at Indiana University Riley Hospital for Children. He was a member of the Indiana University Institutional Review Board, a School of Medicine Staff Council Representative, and the Executive Board Vice President for the Huntington Disease Society of America Indiana State Chapter. He has helped teach junior clinical research coordinators and investigators the process of obtaining valid informed consent through the Michigan Institute of Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) and earned his Clinical Research Management Certificate at the University of Michigan.
Amy Hurst is a Clinical Subjects Coordinator - Practitioner for the Children’s Clinical Trial Support Unit. Amy has done her undergraduate and graduate work in Biology at the University of Michigan. With over 10 years’ experience in research, Amy’s primary focus has been on behavior and neurological functions in the brain. This started with her work on Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA) and determining how maternal IDA during pregnancy affects offspring in early brain development and long-term behavioral outcomes. She then jumped into Neurology where she became manager of a lab interested in movement disorders primarily Parkinson’s Disease. Here her work involved in vivo studies using electrophysiology and optogenetics. Using her background working with children and pre-clinical studies, she hopes to further advance knowledge in medicine and technology.
Alyssa Paul, MS is a Clinical Subjects Coordinator for the Children’s Clinical Trials Support Unit. Alyssa received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan in 2013, and her Master of Science in Global Health degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2016. Her background spans translational and public health research and clinical care, working in a variety of institutional settings. Alyssa’s focus throughout her career and education has been on improving quality of care and research in Maternal and Child Health interventions.
Ciara Viola is a Clinical Subjects Coordinator - Apprentice for the Children’s Clinical Trial Support Unit at the University of Michigan. Ciara received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2014 and her Master of Science in Basic Medical Sciences from Wayne State University in 2017. As a Research Assistant at the Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ Proteomics Core at Wayne State University, she conducted analysis of protein profiles with regards to wound healing of venous ulcers. Ciara’s clinical experience as a Nursing Assistant spans all areas of the hospital including pediatrics. In addition, at the Wyandotte Clinic for the Working Uninsured and HUDA Clinic, Ciara volunteers to assist medical professionals in providing many levels of care for uninsured and underinsured patients. Her goal is to help advance medicine by providing concentrated care for all patients.
Jonathon Wilbur is a Clinical Subjects Coordinator - Practitioner for the Children’s Clinical Trial Support Unit. Jonathon received his Bachelor of Science from Eastern Michigan University in Health Administration. With over 7 years of career experience in healthcare, he has extensive knowledge of clinical research practice and patient care needs, including a previous appointment with the Michigan Clinical Research Unit (MCRU). He has also been an active member on numerous committees throughout the medical center, including C.S. Mott children’s Hospital, and enjoys volunteering his time when able. Jonathon’s focus throughout his career has been to uphold a high standard of research implementation while still maintaining a patient family centered care focus.
Heart, Vessel, Blood
Vallerie McLaughlin is the Kim A. Eagle MD Endowed Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Program. She received her MD from Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL, USA, in 1989. This was followed by a residency and internship at the University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor, (1989–1992), and a Cardiology Fellowship at Northwestern University, Chicago (1992–1995). She is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American College of Chest Physicians and the American Heart Association (AHA) (clinical cardiology and epidemiology). Dr. McLaughlin has been the Principal Investigator of several major clinical trials of drug therapies for pulmonary arterial hypertension and has published numerous papers in this field. She is an editorial board member of Chest, a Guest Editor for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and is a past Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Pulmonary Hypertension. She is a past chair of the Scientific Leadership Committee and immediate past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, has chaired the American College of Cardiology Foundation/AHA Clinical Expert Consensus Document Committee for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, and is the Chair of the Cardiovascular Medical Research and Education Fund Steering Committee.
Ann joined the University of Michigan in 2007 and has over 20 years of experience in clinical research including industry and investigator initiated clinical trials. Most recently, Ann worked at the Cancer Center where she led the launch of the administrative operations of the Ravitz Phase I Unit and provided oversight to the Cancer Center Research Nurses and Coordinators. Prior to U of M, Ann worked at Pfizer in their Clinical Research Unit with the focus on Phase I and early development trials. During her tenure there she was part of the development teams that successfully launched Lipitor (atorvastatin) and Estrostep. She is an R.N. with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Amie has 10 years of clinical research experience. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University in Medical Technology. During her career Amie has worked as a regulatory, data and clinic coordinator on industry, investigator initiated, and cooperative group studies.
Archie has over 10 years of financial experience preparing, budgets, forecasting, and reconciling of expenditures. In April of 2012 he began providing post award support at the University of Michigan as a Contracts and Grant Specialist in the School of Public Health. He has also worked with Shared Services Center (SSC) as a Customer Service Accountant. In this role, he partnered with a variety of schools, colleges, and departments to support all of their financial needs. His career experiences with general accounting functions align well with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), OMB Circular A-21 and A-133 Compliance Guidelines and have prepared him for his current role with the Heart, Vessel, Blood CTSU where he provides post-award clinical trials support.
Lynn has over 20 years of experience in financial leadership roles, most recently with the University of Michigan in the Internal Controls department where she managed the annual Internal Controls Certification process for the entire campus including the 19 schools and colleges, the Health System, and Flint/Dearborn campuses. In this role she worked with Business Administrators to identify financial risk unique to each unit and partnered with the Internal Audit team to address identified internal controls deficiencies across the University. Prior to U-M, Lynn had an extensive background in auditing, Sarbanes Oxley compliance, budgeting, forecasting and process and causal variance analysis with two publicly traded companies in the warehousing and transportation industry. She is a CPA and earned her B.S. in Accounting from the University of Mississippi.
Jordan received her Bachelor of Science degree from Olivet Nazarene University and has been working in the research field ever since. She has previous work experience at the Barbra Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, Michigan and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. Working with their respective Phase I Oncology programs, she has a vast knowledge of clinical research, coordinating complex protocols for both industry and investigator initiated studies.