Contact: email@example.com or 734-936-8281
Arijit has worked at the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center since 2007, managing neurodegenerative clinical trials and longitudinal research projects. He has been the Center's Research Administrator since 2016. 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. He is an excellent communicator, emphasizing creative and dynamic strategies for multicultural, cross-generational and multipurpose understanding of research within our Center. 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). In 2018 he was awarded the Camille Mrozowski Award for Service and Excellence in Research sponsored by the University of Michigan Medical School Office of Research.
Kristen Brasington - Research Assistant
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-615-3421
For nearly the last decade, Kristen has been a proud and active member of the Michigan Medicine community, taking pride in providing advanced clinical care and ground breaking research. Witnessing the powerful and life changing impact Michigan Medicine brought to her family is what inspired Kristen to initially seek becoming a member of Michigan Medicine. Now, since specializing in medical imaging, during her time here, Kristen has become more passionate about the positive impact that can come from the clinical innovation, research and education cultivated by the Michigan Medicine community. She now wishes to continue pursuing this passion as a Research Assistant for our Center, specializing in participant imaging that will help increase dementia awareness by connecting interested volunteers to research opportunities.
Holly Bunker, MA - Memory & Aging Project Recruitment Coordinator
Contact: email@example.com or 734-615-5319
Holly Bunker joined the Center in 2018 as the Memory & Aging Project Recruitment Coordinator. Holly has a BA in Psychology from Michigan State University and a master's degree in Health Education from Wayne State University. Holly is responsible for enrolling participants into the Center's primary research study, the University of Michigan Memory and Aging Project (UM-MAP), and is our research participants’ main point of contact throughout their participation in this longitudinal study. In addition to managing the UM-MAP study, Holly works closely with study coordinators for other Center-supported studies.
Stephen Campbell, LMSW - Research Projects Manager
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-763-2361
Stephen is responsible for a variety of activities within the Clinical Core. He manages the Center's core study, the University of Michigan Memory and Aging Project (UM-MAP) which includes direction of study related activities and regulatory issues. Stephen also manages collaborative efforts between the University of Michigan and other research institutions. Stephen received Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Eastern Michigan University.
Olivia Cross - Michigan Brain Bank Research Technician
Contact: email@example.com or 734-647-7648
Olivia is a research technician at the Michigan Brain Bank and a recent graduate of the University of Michigan. Olivia earned her Bachelor’s in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and hopes to continue her education in Biochemistry while preparing for medical school. As a Brain Bank research technician Olivia plays a critical role in tissue collection via autopsy services and distribution to researchers throughout the country. Prior to the Brain Bank Olivia’s research included use of animal models to study the role of abnormalities in the cortical cholinergic system leading to attentional deficits that characterize a variety of both neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders. Olivia is very excited to converge her research of animals to translational clinical research in humans and to further develop an understanding of the intricacies of clinico-pathologic diagnoses in neuro and psychopathology.
Katrail Davis, BS - Research Assistant
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-615-7421
Katrail Davis is a Wayne State University graduate, having earned a BS degree in psychology. She joined the Center in 2019 as a Research Assistant. At the Center, Katrail helps to administer neuropsychological assessments. She is currently preparing to apply to graduate schools with the goal of becoming a clinical psychologist.
Contact: email@example.com or 734-232-2459
Erin Fox is the Center's Communications Specialist. She is responsible for coordinating the Center's communications channels including the website, newsletters, e-newsletters, social media, flyers, presentations and more. She also markets and advertises Center activities and programs in the community and to professionals. Erin plans events for the Center including health fairs, symposiums, and fundraisers. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA degree in Communication Studies.
Kimberly Foxworthy, BS - Phlebotomist & Data Assistant
Kimberly Foxworthy joined the Center in 2019. She works as both a phlebotomist in the Clinical Core and as an assistant in the Data Core. Kimberly graduated Michigan State University in 2017 with a BS degree in neuroscience. She is currently in the process of applying to medical schools and hopes to one day become a Michigan physician.
Renee Gadwa, MBA - Outreach & Education Program Manager
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-764-5137
Renee is responsible for the management, performance and completion of outreach and recruitment activities at the Center and in the community. She leads a wide range of 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 and has been at the Center since 2015. 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, MSW - Research Coordinator
Contact: email@example.com or 734-615-0612
Theresa Gierzynski joined the Center in 2018 as a Research Coordinator. Her role includes administering and scoring neuropsychology assessments, study coordination, and recruiting and managing research participants for a multi-phase study. 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.
Kate Hanson, MA - Recruitment Coordinator
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-936-8332
Kate Hanson joined the Center in 2018 working for the Data Core in Research Support. In 2019, Kate joined the Outreach & Recruitment Core where she recruits participants into the many studies affiliated with the Center and acts as a liaison between the Data, Outreach, and Clinical Cores. Kate earned both a BA in Psychology and an MA in Education at the University of Michigan. She lives in Ann Arbor with her son and their dog and two cats.
Stephanie Jimenez - Research Assistant
Contact: email@example.com or 734-615-3346
Stephanie Jimenez joined Center as a Research Assistant as of January 2020. She is a political science student who feels passionate about promoting equality, diversity and inclusion through research and has a deep yearning to make a difference. Previously, Stephanie has volunteered abroad in countries such as Argentina and Mexico in order to help create societies that are more informed and accepting about mental health related issues. Stephanie is excited to work for our Center and is currently preparing to pursue a graduate career in which she may be able to continuously promote the importance of human rights, equality, and mental health by promoting education and awareness.
Marisa Kelly, BA - Research Assistant
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-936-8803
Marisa Kelly joined the Center as a Research Assistant in 2018. Her role includes administering neuropsychological assessments and serving as IRB/Regulatory Affairs support. Marisa earned her BA degree in Psychology from Michigan State University and is currently completing her second year as a Premedical Postbaccalaureate through the University of Michigan Medical School's MEDPREP program.
Nancy Laracey, BA - Center Administrator
Contact: email@example.com or 734-936-8764
Nancy oversees the Center's daily operations and is responsible for administrative, financial and human resources activities. Nancy earned her BA degree from Michigan State University. She has an outstanding record of service, having dedicated over thirty years of her career to the University of Michigan in various positions in the Medical School.
Kelly Mattingly, LMSW - Support Group Facilitator
Kelly joined the Center 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 Lewy Body Dementia Initiative’s Ann Arbor, Brighton, and Southfield Lewy body dementia support groups.
Shehroz Malik - Brain Bank Laboratory Technician
Shehroz Malik joined the Center as the Michigan Brain Bank Laboratory Technician in 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.
Nicolas May, MS - Database Specialist
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-615-3593
Nic joined the Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center in 2018 as a database specialist working most closely with the Data Management and Statistical Core and the Clinical Core. When it comes to data, he does the munging, helps automate pipelines, ensures that everything the Center stores is harmonized and unified, and generally uses technology to help speed things up, answer questions, and solve problems. He earned a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Ashley Miller, MPH - Wellness Coordinator
Contact: email@example.com or 734-615-8293
Ashley received her Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and her Master’s degree in Public Health, Health Behavior and Health Education in 2016 and 2018 respectively, both at the University of Michigan. As a part of her Master’s degree program, she interned at the MADC in 2018. She joined the MADC full time in 2019 as their Wellness Coordinator. As the Wellness Coordinator, Ashley assists with all Wellness Programming for both care partners and individuals with dementia in addition to assisting with community outreach and education for the center. She is passionate about connecting art and health to improve wellness. If you have any questions about wellness programming at the MADC, please feel free to reach out to her!
Rebecca Pantis, BS - Research Coordinator
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-615-7421
Rebecca joined the Center as a Research Coordinator in 2018. She works with the Clinical Core on the University of Michigan Memory and Aging Project (UM-MAP). Her role in the Clinical Core is to educate participants about the UM-MAP study, collect demographic information, and administer neuropsychological assessments. She also assists with the coordination and supervision of MRI scans and computerized testing. Rebecca graduated from the University of Michigan with her BS degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. Rebecca is interested in getting to know more about neurodegenerative diseases and hopes to continue doing more research after she attends medical school.
Matthew Perkins, BS - Michigan Brain bank Coordinator
Contact: email@example.com or 734-647-7648
For autopsy assistance: 734-936-6267 (pager #9198)
Matthew Perkins is the coordinator of the Michigan Brain Bank. He has been involved in research at the University of Michigan since 2012. Matthew coordinates the Center'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 BS degree in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science from the University of Michigan. For more information about the Michigan Brain Bank, visit the website here.
Betsy Posby, NP
Betsy Posby joined the Center in 2018. Her role includes administering neurological assessments, recruiting for studies, and providing education to research participants. Betsy completed her undergraduate nursing degree at the University of Michigan. She spent six years as a research Registered Nurse at the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center in Chicago. She spent the second half of those six 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.
Jonathan Reader, MS - Database Administrator Associate
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-936-9048
Jonathan joined the Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center in July 2019 as a database administrator associate. He earned his master's degree in Human Development & Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University. He is interested in using technology to improve the efficiency of the research process as a whole. This includes working with data from collection to publication with the ultimate goal of improving individuals’ lives via policy-level impact. In his spare time, he enjoys Netflix, reading, and spending time with his friends and family (including his cat, Albany).
Marie Robinson, BSN - Research Assistant
Marie Robinson joined the Center in August 2018. Prior to joining us, 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 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.
Laura Rice-Oeschger, LMSW - Wellness Coordinator
Contact: email@example.com or 734-615-8210
Since 2012, Laura has led the Wellness Initiative where she designs, implements, and evaluates wellbeing and self-care programming for family caregivers. Moved by family experiences with long-term illness and memory loss, Laura has worked in dementia care for over twenty years in a variety of capacities. She was the first Director of Michigan Medicine’s Silver Club Memory Loss Programs prior to serving as the clinical manager for the Early Stage Initiative at the Los Angeles regional Alzheimer’s Association. Laura is a national and state presenter on memory loss and caregiver wellbeing, has advanced professional training in mindfulness-based interventions and holds professional certifications in aging, dementia and contemplative clinical care. Laura is an Anthony V. DeVito II Memorial Award recipient. This award is presented annually by the U-M Geriatrics Center to recognize outstanding service, dedication and commitment to excellence in geriatrics education in Michigan. She received her MSW from the University of Michigan School of Social Work in 1997.
Edna Rose,PhD, MSW, RN-BC - Minority Outreach Specialist
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-936-8329
Since 2008, Dr. Edna Rose has provided education about the risk factors associated with dementia and the benefits of participating in research to minority communities. She has successfully enhanced minority inclusion in Center-supported studies through linkages at local churches, sororities, fraternities 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.
Sarah Shair, MS - Research Coordinator
Contact: email@example.com or 734-615-0612
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 Teboe - Data Manager
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-936-0836
Sherry has made her career at the University of Michigan for over forty years and has been a vital member of the Center for more than thirty of those years. Sherry is involved in creating the secure data entry system. She ensures that all data collected from Center-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.
Alexis Passamani, BS - Data Entry Assistant
Alexis Passamani joined the Center in December 2019. She completed her Bachelors of Science degree in Behavioral Neuroscience from Grand Valley State University in the fall of 2019. She loves to work with data and researchers to get a better understanding of how research is conducted as well as look into various degenerative diseases. She is currently preparing for graduate/medical school in order to gain her MD/PhD in Neuroscience and one day conduct her own research.
Louann Walch, BA - Data Entry Specialist
Contact: email@example.com or 734-615-3593
Louann has been at the University of Michigan for over ten years and became a member of the Center in 2019. She works as a Data Entry Specialist in the Data Core. She obtained her Bachelors of Business Management Healthcare in 2012 at Cleary University. She enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and her two dogs.