Our Team

Executive Leadership

The Arbor Research executive team is responsible for setting and fulfilling the organization's mission, vision, and strategic plan. Each vice president oversees a distinct Arbor Research domain and its respective managers and staff.


  • Robert Merion, MD, FACS Robert Merion, MD, FACS
    President
    Scientific and Data Coordinating Centers Program Scientific Director


  • Bruce Robinson, MD, MS, FASN Bruce Robinson, MD, MS, FASN
    Vice President, Clinical Research
    DOPPS Program Scientific Director


  • Colleen Kincaid, MS Colleen Kincaid, MS
    Vice President, Operations

  • David Dickinson, MA David Dickinson, MA
    Vice President, Information

  • Karen Crow, BS, CPA, CGMA Karen Crow, BS, CPA, CGMA
    Vice President, Finance

Program Leadership

Scientific directors and program directors are responsible for the leadership of their respective program, including development of the program's vision, strategic plan, and business development efforts. These individuals also provide high-level oversight to the projects within the program, and work together to oversee projects that cross programs.


  • Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns
    Program

    Bruce Robinson, MD, MS, FASN Bruce Robinson, MD, MS, FASN
    Vice President, Clinical Research
    DOPPS Program Scientific Director


  • Health Policy and Practice
    Program

    Marc Turenne, PhD Marc Turenne, PhD
    Health Policy & Practice Program Scientific Director
    Senior Research Scientist
    Health Economics


  • Scientific & Data Coordinating Centers
    Program

    Robert Merion, MD, FACS Robert Merion, MD, FACS
    President
    Scientific and Data Coordinating Centers Program Scientific Director


  • Justin Albert, BA Justin Albert, BA
    DOPPS Program DIrector

  • Jeffrey Pearson, MS Jeffrey Pearson, MS
    Health Policy & Practice Program Director

  • John Graff, PhD, MS John Graff, PhD, MS
    Scientific and Data Coordinating Centers Program Director

Clinical & Scientific Investigators

Our multidisciplinary research team collaborates in the development of protocols, study designs, analyses, and policies. Investigators contribute collaboratively to the synthesis of results for reports, manuscripts, abstracts, presentations, and other mechanisms for disseminating research results.


  • Abigail Smith, PhD Abigail Smith, PhD
    Research Scientist

  • Alyssa Pozniak, PhD Alyssa Pozniak, PhD
    Senior Research Scientist
    Health Economics/Health Services Research


  • Angelo Karaboyas, PhD Angelo Karaboyas, PhD
    Associate Research Scientist

  • Eric Lammers, PhD Eric Lammers, PhD
    Research Scientist
    Health Economics/Health Services Research


  • Eric Young, MD, MS Eric Young, MD, MS
    Senior Research Scientist

  • Keith McCullough, PhD, MS Keith McCullough, PhD, MS
    Research Scientist

  • Lisa Henn, PhD Lisa Henn, PhD
    Research Scientist

  • Roberto Silva Pecoits Filho, MD, PhD, FACP, FASN Roberto Silva Pecoits Filho, MD, PhD, FACP, FASN
    Senior Research Scientist

  • Ron Pisoni, PhD, MS Ron Pisoni, PhD, MS
    Distinguished Research Scientist

  • Victor Andreev, PhD, DSc Victor Andreev, PhD, DSc
    Senior Research Scientist
    Bioinformatics



Analytic Services

Quantitative and qualitative analytic services at Arbor Research are provided by research analysts and health analysts. Research analysts are proficient in a variety of statistical techniques, including regression, survival analysis, longitudinal methods, hierarchical methods, and power analysis. Health analysts specialize in qualitative and mixed methods research with training and experience in population health, social determinants of health, health care, patient experience, and multi-level interventions.


  • Alissa Kapke, MS Alissa Kapke, MS
    Managing Senior Analyst

  • Brian Bieber, MPH, MS Brian Bieber, MPH, MS
    Managing Senior Analyst

  • Chad Cogan, MS Chad Cogan, MS
    Senior Research Analyst I

  • Charlotte Beil, MPH Charlotte Beil, MPH
    Managing Senior Analyst

  • Charlotte Tu, DrPH Charlotte Tu, DrPH
    Senior Research Analyst I

  • Daniel Muenz, PhD Daniel Muenz, PhD
    Senior Research Analyst I

  • Dongyu Wang, MS Dongyu Wang, MS
    Research Analyst II

  • Jane Liu, MPH Jane Liu, MPH
    Senior Research Analyst I

  • Jillian Schrager, MPH Jillian Schrager, MPH
    Research Analyst II

  • Jonathan Wiseman, MS Jonathan Wiseman, MS
    Research Analyst II

  • Junhui Zhao, PhD Junhui Zhao, PhD
    Senior Research Analyst I

  • Kaitlyn Repeck, MS Kaitlyn Repeck, MS
    Research Analyst II

  • Katherine Hanslits, MPH Katherine Hanslits, MPH
    Research Analyst II

  • Kieran Hawthorne, MS Kieran Hawthorne, MS
    Research Analyst II

  • Marcelo Lopes, MD, PhD, MPH Marcelo Lopes, MD, PhD, MPH
    Research Analyst II

  • Margaret Helmuth, MA Margaret Helmuth, MA
    Managing Senior Analyst

  • Nan Ji, MS Nan Ji, MS
    Research Analyst II

  • Nathan Goodrich, MS Nathan Goodrich, MS
    Senior Research Analyst II

  • Purna Mukhopadhyay, PhD Purna Mukhopadhyay, PhD
    Managing Senior Analyst

  • Rebecca Mandell, PhD, MS Rebecca Mandell, PhD, MS
    Senior Health Analyst

  • Sarah Mansfield, MS Sarah Mansfield, MS
    Senior Research Analyst I

  • Yan Jin, PhD Yan Jin, PhD
    Senior Research Analyst II

  • Zhechen Ding, MS Zhechen Ding, MS
    Research Analyst I


Project Management Office

The Arbor Research project management office (PMO) is made up of project managers, coordinators, associates, and clinical monitors. Project managers provide high-level oversight and direction to functional teams working on the project to ensure work priorities and approaches align with the overall research goals and budget of the project. Project coordinators and associates assist in carrying out day-to-day implementation and administration of the various studies under way at Arbor Research through facilitation of communication with participating research centers, external collaborators, and sponsoring agencies. Clinical monitors work closely with the research centers and investigators to ensure appropriate clinical implementation of study protocols, and with data and analytic services to ensure data quality.


  • Amanda Szymanski, BA Amanda Szymanski, BA
    Project Manager

  • Anna Hogan, BS Anna Hogan, BS
    Project Manager

  • Ashya Smith, BA Ashya Smith, BA
    Project Associate II

  • Aya Inoue, BA, PMP Aya Inoue, BA, PMP
    PMO Manager

  • Brian Ronski, BA, BBA Brian Ronski, BA, BBA
    Senior Project Coordinator

  • Christopher Kippola, BS Christopher Kippola, BS
    Project Coordinator

  • Deqresha Cox, BS Deqresha Cox, BS
    Project Associate II

  • Ellen LaChance, BS Ellen LaChance, BS
    Senior Project Manager

  • Haley Jackson, BA Haley Jackson, BA
    Senior Project Associate

  • Joanne Lord, BA, LPN, CCRC Joanne Lord, BA, LPN, CCRC
    Clinical Monitor

  • Kaden Milkovich, MPA Kaden Milkovich, MPA
    Project Manager

  • Lauren Kane, MPH, CCRP Lauren Kane, MPH, CCRP
    Project Coordinator

  • Levi Hurley, BS Levi Hurley, BS
    Project Associate II

  • Melissa Fava, MPA, PMP, CRA Melissa Fava, MPA, PMP, CRA
    Senior Project Manager

  • Melissa Sexton, BBA, CCRP Melissa Sexton, BBA, CCRP
    Clinical Monitor

  • Michelle Goebel Michelle Goebel
    Senior Data Entry Specialist

  • Rachel Cervenak, BA Rachel Cervenak, BA
    Project Associate I

  • Rachel Willis, MA Rachel Willis, MA
    Project Associate II

  • Ryan Haas, BA Ryan Haas, BA
    Project Associate I

  • Sayori Suda-Wilson, BS Sayori Suda-Wilson, BS
    Senior Project Associate

  • Yuko Schoenberg, BS Yuko Schoenberg, BS
    Senior Project Associate


Data Services

Programmers and database developers on the data services team contribute expertise in health care informatics, data architecture, analytic programming, and reporting. They also contribute to the design of data capture systems and instruments, as well as the processes necessary to acquire and link existing administrative or externally collected data into analytic data systems.


  • Bryan Simmons Bryan Simmons
    Programmer II

  • Carlos Bosley, BA Carlos Bosley, BA
    Programmer II

  • Debra Halbleib, AS Debra Halbleib, AS
    Senior Programmer I

  • Dori Bilik, MBA Dori Bilik, MBA
    Senior Programmer II

  • Gregory Wirth, BS Gregory Wirth, BS
    Managing Senior Programmer

  • Heather Dudek, MS Heather Dudek, MS
    Senior Programmer I

  • Jiawei Xing, MS Jiawei Xing, MS
    Senior Programmer I

  • Karen Downing, B.S. Karen Downing, B.S.
    Senior Programmer I/Database Administrator

  • Mike Arbit, MA, MS Mike Arbit, MA, MS
    Programmer I

  • Shannon Li, MS Shannon Li, MS
    Director of Data Services

  • Shengqian Li, MA Shengqian Li, MA
    Programmer II

  • Wenbin Ji, PhD Wenbin Ji, PhD
    Programmer II

  • Xue Dietrich, MS Xue Dietrich, MS
    Programmer II

  • Zach Dietrich, MS Zach Dietrich, MS
    Senior Programmer I


Applications Development & Services

These staff design custom software, including tools to communicate research findings and implement protocols for data capture and study management. They develop Windows and web-based applications, as well as tools to help staff leverage off-the-shelf products.


  • Ben Guidinger, BS Ben Guidinger, BS
    Applications Development Manager

  • Benjamin Sutton, BBA Benjamin Sutton, BBA
    Senior Applications Programmer I

  • Beth Kirschner, BS Beth Kirschner, BS
    Applications Services Manager

  • Charlie Sirich, MS, MBA Charlie Sirich, MS, MBA
    Senior Applications Programmer I

  • Christine Pellar-Kosbar, MS Christine Pellar-Kosbar, MS
    Information Services Analyst

  • Jack Liao, MS Jack Liao, MS
    Senior Applications Programmer I

  • Kent Fitzgerald Kent Fitzgerald
    Information Services Analyst

  • Michael Lipham, DMA Michael Lipham, DMA
    Senior Applications Programmer I

  • Rachel Forringer, BA Rachel Forringer, BA
    Information Services Project Manager


Publications & Communications

The publications & communications team works closely with investigators and analysts to coordinate and finalize manuscripts for journal submission, ensuring that all requirements are met throughout the peer-review and publication process. The team also edits proposals, reports, abstracts, and other research-based publications and public facing organizational communications.


  • Heather Van Doren, MFA Heather Van Doren, MFA
    Senior Medical Editor

  • Jennifer McCready-Maynes, BA Jennifer McCready-Maynes, BA
    Medical Editor II

  • Shauna Leighton, BA Shauna Leighton, BA
    Medical Editor II


IT Services

The information technology [IT] team manages the Arbor Research computing environment and provides technology support to all end users, including employees and collaborators. The team is also responsible for implementing security services and maintaining compliance with security standards and regulations.


  • Abul Foej, MIT Abul Foej, MIT
    IT Support Specialist

  • Daniel Vandermade, BBA Daniel Vandermade, BBA
    Desktop Administrator

  • Josh Brucksch, BBA Josh Brucksch, BBA
    Systems Administration Specialist

  • Kashish Jaiswal, MS Kashish Jaiswal, MS
    Senior Network Administrator

  • Saurabh Patel, BS Saurabh Patel, BS
    Network Services Manager


Administration

The administrative functions at Arbor Research include finance, grants and contracts administration, compliance, business operations, facilities, and human resources. The members of these departments work together to support the diverse needs of employees and external parties.


  • Alyssa Romig, BS, SHRM-CP Alyssa Romig, BS, SHRM-CP
    Human Resource Specialist

  • Colette Cloyd Colette Cloyd
    Executive Coordinator to the President

  • Courtney Kupres, BA, PHR Courtney Kupres, BA, PHR
    Human Resource Manager

  • Curt Esper Curt Esper
    Facilities Manager

  • Glenda Ward, MS Glenda Ward, MS
    Senior Financial Analyst

  • Izzy Cooper, BA Izzy Cooper, BA
    Human Resource Assistant

  • Joanna Luan, MS Joanna Luan, MS
    Financial Analyst

  • Katie Shi, MS Katie Shi, MS
    Accountant

  • Renee Seils, BS Renee Seils, BS
    Administrative Assistant II

  • Robert Parker, BBA Robert Parker, BBA
    Accountant

  • Sandra Moran Sandra Moran
    Executive Assistant

  • Sarah Mason, JD Sarah Mason, JD
    Grants & Contracts Counsel