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MACRO Staff

LITES Program Administrator/MACRO Operations Director

Barbara Early Young, BSN, RN, CCRC, is the CRC Director and is an accomplished clinical research coordinator with experience in the design, management and implementation of clinical investigations, both site and coordinating center; pharmaceutical , NIH, investigator initiated, DOD, EFIC and FDA IND trials.  She is a member of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals, and past President of the Greater Pittsburgh Area Chapter. She is the Program Administrator of the LITES network and the Operations Director of MACRO. Her clinical background includes cardiology, oncology and critical care.

 

Office Manager

Mary Stefanick, RN, BSN, CCRC, is the office manager for the day to day MACRO coordinating efforts. Mary is an experienced Clinical Research Coordinator with familiarity in the design, management and implementation of clinical investigations, for both industry sponsored and federally funded projects. She has been the lead coordinator on several top enrolling studies, and is the Coordinating Center Clinical Manager on a national multi center infectious disease study. She is a member of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals and a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator. Clinical nursing experience includes 20+ years in the cardiovascular acute care setting. She has been with MACRO since 2006.

 

Research Coordinators

Pete Adams, BS, BA, NREMT, CCRC, joined MACRO as a Clinical Research Coordinator in 2013. He previously worked in Plastic Surgery clinical research and was a MACRO Research Associate Intern while working towards his BS in Neuroscience. Pete is experienced in protocol design and implementation with a focus on Exception from Informed Consent research in Trauma and Emergency Medicine at both the site and coordinating center level. Along with managing several studies, Pete manages the Clinical Research Associate Intern Program. He is also a member of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals and has been certified as a CCRC since 2013.

 

Megan Buhay, BS, BA, joined MACRO as a Clinical Research Coordinator in 2016.  She previously worked as a MACRO Research Associate from 2012 – 2015 when she graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with degrees in Psychology and Physical Anthropology.  Megan currently supports the day-to-day operations of the Clinical Research Associate Intern Program, the Research Specialist Program, and provides direct oversight to MACRO’s division at UPMC Mercy. Megan manages several observational studies as well as coordinates and executes large medical data abstraction projects.  She is a member of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP).

 

Erin Gilchrist, BS, has been with MACRO on a FT basis for a little over a year.  Even though Erin is new to us as a Research Coordinator, she worked as a Research Associate Intern with MACRO throughout her 4 years as an undergraduate at Pitt.  She currently organizes several of our trauma studies and manages hiring and training for the RA Intern program.

 

Mary Kruth, RN, is a Clinical Research Coordinator with MACRO since 2013. She is a member of the Association of Clinical research Professionals. Her clinical background brings 20 years’ experience in diverse health care settings. She was the top enroller of her first lead coordinator roll of over eleven sites. 

 

Denise Scholl, is a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Critical Care Department since 2010. She is a member of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals. She was the top enroller of over 20 sites in her first lead coordinator roll. Denise brings 24 years of experience from a hospital setting, helping with patient care, data entry and administrative tasks.

 

Stacy Stull, MS, CCRC, is an experienced Clinical Research Coordinator with more than 30 years in clinical and behavioral research, working with both pharmaceutical and NIH funded studies. She is a member of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals and a certified clinical research coordinator. Along with managing several studies, Stacy helps to oversee the day to day operations of our Research Associate Intern and Research Specialist Programs. She joined MACRO in 2008.

 

Tina Vita, RN, CCRC, has been a Clinical Research Coordinator since 2004.  She rejoined MACRO in May 2016 as a Clinical Research Coordinator following the completion of the SPRINT study for General Medicine.  Tina brings over 28 years nursing experience from a hospital setting with a background in Cardiac and Stroke. Tina has taken on the task of lead coordinator for several in-patient and out-patient research studies.  Since 2004, Tina has been a member of both the national and Pittsburgh chapters of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP).

 

Assistant Project Manager

Meghan Buck, BS, joined MACRO as a Project Assistant in 2012 and transitioned to Assistant Project Manager in 2017.  Her duties include: the management of various schedules and overall office functions, coordinating the onboarding of new employees, project liaison for several multicenter trials (where she manages/coordinates/communicates with sites across the country), monitors project operations and deliverables and prepares significant research study reports for various parties.  In July 2014, Meghan took on the role as Administrative Assistant to Dr. David T. Huang.

 

Project Manager

Ashley Ryman, BS, BA, has been a Project Manager for MACRO since October 2014.  She is a member of both the national and Pittsburgh chapters of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP).  Ashley has experience in the management and implementation of epidemiology, outcomes, and behavioral economics studies, as well as in survey research and randomized clinical trials.  Currently, Ashley’s focus is on assisting with administrative and regulatory management and compliance for several MACRO studies.

 

 

Regulatory Coordinator

Kathleen L. Kelly, BS, joined MACRO full time in January 2017 as a Regulatory Coordinator, after temping as a Project and Financial Assistant.  She began her career as a Professional Organizer, Event Planner and Bookkeeper in varied industries and locations for over 15 years.  Presently, Kathleen is working on regulatory matters, data and records management as well as marketing for MACRO.

 
 

Research Associate Intern Program

The MACRO Research Associate Interns are a dedicated group of Pitt undergraduate students who are looking to pursue careers within the healthcare and research fields. This unique program offers students an educational and hands-on experience in clinical research as well as the opportunity to gain vital first-hand experience throughout the hospital, particularly the Emergency Department / Trauma Bays and the Intensive Care Units. Students work closely with physicians, nurses, and other members of the clinical team. They work within these units in coordination with other staff members to ascertain patient eligibility for various studies in multiple disciplines including trauma, stroke, kidney stones, infection and sepsis. Students are also responsible for a number of study related tasks including screening, sample collection and processing, and data entry.

 

Research Specialists

The Research Specialist’s are a select group of Research Associate Interns that perform advanced tasks such as supervisory positions over the RAI program, advanced sampling and processing (e.g., endotoxin assays), assist in overall coordination of actively recruiting studies and other vital tasks.

 

Financial Research Administrator

Dan Unikel, BSBA, is a Financial Manager with over 10 years of experience in post-award grants management, clinical trial management and cost center administration. His academic background includes studies in accounting and economics. He has managed the day to day financial operations of MACRO since 2008.

 

Financial Research Assistant

Zach Harvey, BA, is a Financial Assistant who joined MACRO in December of 2016. Before that, he was a temporary employee at the University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department. He graduated from Allegheny College with a degree in Economics in the spring of 2016.  Zach also coaches football at Carnegie Mellon University.

 

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