Arijit is the MADC’s Research Administrator. He has over 10 years experience managing neurodegenerative clinical trials and longitudinal research projects at the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Ari's expertise lies in clinical research protocol management and working with cross-generation populations. He has a deep understanding of highly intricate grants that involve multiple investigators at multiple universities, complex budgets, and multiple sub-awards. Ari possesses all of these skills and is recognized by his peers for his ability to bridge the gap between research budgeting, research operations planning and execution of the research strategy at the MADC. He is an excellent communicator, emphasizing creative and dynamic strategies for multicultural, cross-generational and multipurpose understanding of research within our Center. Ari is a key driver of our Center’s goals. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology and Counseling at Richmond University, London, UK, and studied Cognitive Psychology at the post-baccalaureate level at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is also a Certified Clinical Research Professional (SoCRA).
Holly Bunker joined the MADC in February of 2018 as the Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator. Holly has a B.A. in Psychology from Michigan State University and a Master's degree in Health Education from Wayne State University. She has worked most recently as a scheduler in the Pediatric Pulmonary Lab at Mott's Children's Hospital. She also previously worked as a health educator at the Karmanos Cancer Institute. She currently lives in South Lyon with her husband and two daughters. Holly will be responsible for recruiting and scheduling for MADC supported research studies, supporting the MADC REC Core, staffing information tables at MADC sponsored educational and health fair events, and assisting with the Lewy Body Dementia support groups
Stephen aids in the process of helping potential volunteers find a study best suited to their needs and interests. He is most interested in providing ongoing support to research volunteers to help them locate resources in a timely and efficient manner. He earned his Master’s degree in Social Work and Graduate Certificate in Gerontology at Eastern Michigan University.
Erin Fox is the MADC Community Relations and Events Coordinator. Erin comes from a career in the food manufacturing industry. She brings a background in communications, marketing, and event planning from working with national brands like SUNSET Produce and Eden Foods. Passionate about health and wellness, Erin couldn’t be more excited to transition into the field of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Erin graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Communication Studies. Erin will be responsible for coordinating the communications, planning and marketing of Center programs and events in the community. She will plan events for the center including health fairs, symposiums, and fundraisers, she will maintain media for the center including press releases, social media, website maintenance and newsletters, and she will create informational and marketing materials for the center.
Renee is responsible for the management, performance and completion of OR Core activities at the MADC and in the community. She leads a wide range of MADC educational events, including health fairs, lectures and community presentations. Renee's job also focuses on the development, implementation and evaluation of all activities and programs of the Carl Rinne Lewy Body Dementia Initiative. Renee has nearly ten years of experience in dementia care, education, and support in the long term care setting. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Health Science with a minor in Psychology from Grand Valley State University and her MBA in Healthcare Management from Southern New Hampshire University.
Theresa Gierzynski joined the MADC in July 2018 as a research coordinator. Her role includes administering neuropsychology assessments, recruiting for studies, and participant education. Theresa has been a professional in the field of aging and dementia for nearly a decade. She has formerly worked as a Research Technician at Wayne State University’s Institute of Gerontology on several research projects and was a lead author on a peer-reviewed publication. Theresa was also employed as a Program Coordinator at the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Michigan Chapter and provided education and outreach to healthcare professionals, family caregivers, and those living with dementia. Theresa Gierzynski earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Madonna University in 2011 and her Master of Social Work degree from Wayne State University in 2018.
LordZaid Inpower has been with the MADC since July 2018. As Research Coordinator, his role includes studies recruitment and neuropsychological assessment administration. Zaid also assists with the education of current and potential study participants about the various risks of dementia and the benefits associated with participating in research with MADC. Zaid has been in the healthcare field for over a decade and has experience ranging from Health advising to Phlebotomy and also Quality control. Zaid received his Bachelor’s Degree in Health Studies with a minor in Psychology from Michigan State University and completed his Phlebotomy Training at Lansing Community College.
Yonatan Kahsay joined the Michigan Alzheimers Disease Center as a research assistant in June 2018. His roles include recruiting/scheduling participants and administering neuropsychological assessments. Yonatan received his Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Philosophy at Central Michigan University.
Marisa Kelly joined the Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center as a research assistant in June 2018. Her role includes administering neuropsychological assessments and serving as IRB/Regulatory Affairs support. Marisa earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Michigan State University in 2014 and is currently completing her second year as a Premedical Postbaccalaureate through the University of Michigan Medical School's MEDPREP program.
Center Administrator, Department of Neurology, Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center & Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research
Nancy oversees the MADC daily operations and is responsible for administrative, financial and human resources activities. She splits her time in providing administrative and financial management of both the Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research and the MADC. Nancy earned her BA degree from Michigan State University. She has an outstanding record of service, having dedicated nearly thirty years of her career to the University of Michigan in various positions in the Medical School.
Shehroz Malik is a Michigan Brain Bank Laboratory Technician. He has been involved with the Michigan Brain Bank since the winter of 2017. Shehroz plays an important role in distributing samples to Michigan Brain Bank collaborators across the University of Michigan campus and throughout the United States. He is earning a Bachelor’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology & Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan with an expected graduation date in 2021. He is interested in learning about the brain anatomy and investigating the crucial factors of neurodegenerative pathology. Shehroz intends to attend Medical School and one day become a neurosurgeon.
Nic joined the Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center in February of 2018. Nic is a database specialist working with the Data Management and Statistical Core team and Clinical Core team. He helps ensure the integrity and security of high-quality data collected and managed by the Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center. Prior to joining the Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center, Nic managed and analyzed large volumes of sensitive educational measurement data in the language assessment field. He earned a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Rebecca Pantis joined the Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center as a Research Technician Associate in December 2018. Her role in the clinical core is to administer neurpsychological, cognitive, and behavioral assessments. Rebecca graduated from the University of Michigan with her Bachelors of Science in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience
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Matthew Perkins is the coordinator of the Michigan Brain Bank. He has been involved in research, specifically research of movement disorders, for over five years. Matthew coordinates the MADC’s brain autopsy services and collaborates with research groups across the University of Michigan campus. He is passionate about improving clinical care and research through his involvement in autopsy services. Matthew earned his Bachelor of Science in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science from the University of Michigan. For more information about the Michigan Brain Bank, visit the website.
Betsy Posby joined the MADC in August 2018. Her role includes administering neurological assessments, recruiting for studies, and providing education to research participants. Betsy started her nursing career as a University of Michigan nursing student and is excited to be back working with Michigan Medicine. Betsy spent six years as a research RN at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago, IL. She spent the second half of those 6 years completing her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Rush University, studying to be an Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner. As a nurse practitioner, Betsy has worked in palliative care, long-term care and home health.
Since 2012, Laura has lead the Wellness Initiative for the MADC where she designs, implements and evaluates well-being and mindfulness-based programming for caregivers and adults living with dementia. Moved by family experiences with long-term illness and memory loss, Laura has worked in dementia care since 1994 in a variety of capacities. She was the first Director of the University of Michigan Geriatrics Center Silver Club Memory Loss Programs prior to serving as clinical manager of the Early Stage Initiative for the Los Angeles regional Alzheimer’s Association. She is a national and state presenter on memory loss and caregiver well-being and holds advanced professional certifications in aging, dementia and contemplative clinical care. Laura received her MSW from the University of Michigan School of Social Work.
Taylor Richards is a Michigan Brain Bank Laboratory Technician. She has been involved with the Michigan Brain Bank since the spring of 2017. Taylor plays an important role in distributing samples to Michigan Brain Bank collaborators across the University of Michigan campus and throughout the United States. Taylor is earning her Bachelor degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, Neuroscience (BCN) from the University of Michigan with an expected graduation date in 2019.
Marie Robinson joined the MADC in August 2018. Prior to joining the MADC, Marie worked as Community-Based Research Nurse and Outreach Liaison for the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research’s Clinical Research Unit (MICHR/MCRU). Her role at the MADC includes performing phlebotomy and/or collecting saliva, and processing the biospecimen samples for research repositories. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) from the University of Michigan.
Since 2008, Dr. Rose has assisted the MADC with connecting to minority communities to provide education about the risk factors associated with dementia and the benefits of participating in research. She has successfully enhanced minority inclusion in our MADC supported studies through linkages at local churches, sororities and other social organizations. Dr. Rose received her MSW and PhD from Clark Atlanta University in Social Work Planning and Administration, and her undergraduate nursing degree from Kennesaw University in Atlanta, GA.
Sarah administers and scores the neuropsychological assessments for the Memory and Aging Project. In addition, she assists in managing the daily operations of ongoing research studies and participates in outreach and education activities. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Wayne State.
Sherry has made her career at the University of Michigan for over forty years and has been a vital member of the MADC team for more than thirty of those years. Sherry is involved in creating the secure data entry system. She ensures that all data collected from MADC supported studies remain confidential and ready for analysis by research investigators who are interested in enhancing our understanding of memory loss and dementia. She is very interested in spending time with the elderly to grow from their years of wisdom and their wonderful sense of humor.
Kate Hanson joined the MADC in August 2018 working for the Data Core in Research Support. She earned a Bachelor’s double-major in Psychology and Theater & Drama from the University of Michigan and spent 15 years performing with the Wild Swan Theater and working a “day job” at the Ann Arbor News as a graphic designer. After spending time as a stay-at-home mom, she developed an interest in research and got her start with the wonderful staff here at the MADC.
Kelly joined the MADC in 2017 as a support group facilitator for care partners of people living with Lewy body dementia. With a background in hospice, home health, and long term care settings, Kelly has nearly ten years of experience in dementia care. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University and her masters from the Denver University School of Social Work in 2009. Kelly currently supports the Rinne LBD Initiative’s Ann Arbor, Brighton, and Southfield LBD support groups.
Liz Lakins joined the Center in Fall 2018 as an MSW intern. She is studying for her master's degree at Eastern Michigan University with a concentration in aging studies. She has practiced social work for five years in a skilled nursing setting. Liz loves working with older adults and hopes after graduation to practice psychotherapy with individuals living with dementia and at end-of-life with a strengths-based focus to help others identify their gifts. At the MADC, Liz will be working with the Carl Rinne Lewy Body Dementia Initiative team to develop programs, facilitate the LBD support groups and help with events. She will also work with the Wellness Initiative team on caregiver wellness programs and the UM Silver Club’s early memory loss groups. Liz’s two sons, Ben and Gabe, and her 91-year-old father, who she cares for, are the joys in her life.
Kameron Kuzich is graduate student at U of M in the Health Behavior Health Education program at the School of Public Health. He grew up in Monroe, Michigan, and after completing hisBachelor degree at Eastern Michigan in 2017 in sociology, he joined the Center assisting in data entry while continuing his education.
Kimberly Foxworthy joined the Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center in January 2019. She works as both a phlebotomist in the clinical core and as a research assistant in the data core. Kimberly graduated Michigan State University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science in neuroscience. She is currently in the process of applying to medical schools and hopes to one day become a Michigan physician.