Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials Research Team

Sara Planton

Sara Planton, RN, BSN, CCRC

Director, Clinical Research Trials

Sara has 28 years of nursing experience, including care of the patient at the bedside, during procedures and through clinical trials research. She has accumulated 10 years of management experience in cardiac catheterization lab and in clinical research. She is committed to the advancement of technology and health care through research participation.

Lisa Klement

Lisa Klement

Administrative Assistant Senior

Lisa Klement provides administrative support to the directors of Investigator-Initiated Sponsored Research and Clinical Research Trials. She has been an administrative professional for 12 years with Aurora Health Care in a variety of roles, including positions in the departments of Human Resources, Quality Management and Nursing Administration.

Wendy Schmidt

Wendy Schmidt, RN, CCRC

Manager Clinical Research Trials

Wendy has 29 years of nursing experience, specializing in cardiac care, with 13 years of clinical trial experience. She has been involved in multiple drug and device trials with specialty areas in carotid stenting and more recently the transcatheter aortic-valve implantation (TAVI) program. She currently manages the cardiac research team at Aurora.

Carol Tutino

Carol Tutino, BSN, MS, CCRC

Manager Clinical Research Trials

Carol has 25 years of nursing experience, all at Aurora Health Care, with 21 in clinical trials. Her clinical expertise is in oncology. She received a Diploma in Nursing from Deaconess Hospital-School of Nursing in 1986, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marquette University in 2001 and a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Quality from Marian University in 2003. She was one of the first people hired in 2000 for Aurora’s newly developed Department of Clinical Research. Prior to that, she was a research nurse coordinator working both in the oncology and gastrointestinal (GI) areas. She started the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) program at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, which brought clinical trials to radiation oncology and she developed and coordinated the weekly GI Case Conference. Currently, Carol manages oncology, GI, neuroscience, women’s health, orthopedic and radiology research staff.

Jan Debartolo

Jan DeBartolo, RN, MSN, OCN, CCRP

Manager Clinical Research Trials

Jan has 30 years’ experience in oncology nursing, from bedside to clinical research. Her Bachelor of Science in Nursing was obtained through the University of Wisconsin (UW) – Oshkosh and her master’s, with a focus in Leadership and Management, is from Walden University. For the past 12 years, she has focused on initiating and growing clinical trials programs for oncology. She remains dedicated to improving the lives of those diagnosed with cancer through the promotion of clinical research trials.

Ruth Moroz

Ruth Moroz, CAP-OM

Administrative Assistant

Ruth has been an administrative professional for more than 30 years with a background in health insurance and the pharmaceutical industries. She has obtained two certifications through International Association of Administrative Professionals®, which are Certified Administrative Professional and Organizational Management. She has been an Aurora Health Care caregiver for more than seven years and enjoys supporting the clinical trials management and their teams.

Annette Paul

Annette Paul

Supervisor, Aurora BayCare Medical Center Clinical Research Trials

Annette’s experiences in type 1 translational research began at the bench with eight years of research and development in molecular biology and new technologies at Abbott Laboratories, the University of Illinois Medical School and Northwestern University Dental School. Her skill in clinical trials research was mastered at Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, where she served as principal clinical research associate in breast cancer studies with underserved women. She enrolled in her first trial as a subject while serving as a volunteer manager at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Annette understands type 2 translational research at the “curbside” via her role as director of health systems for the American Cancer Society and other public health roles in tobacco control. She also taught science and health for 10 years in the Chicago area.

Jody Aiello

Jody Aiello, CCRP

Research Data Specialist

Jody graduated from Milwaukee Area Technical College with a Health Unit Coordinating degree. After working at Aurora in the hospital and clinic settings, she began working in oncology research in 2003 as a clinical research data manager. She earned her research certification in 2008. Jody currently follows patients on more than 30 different protocols and enrolls patients to observational trials.

Patti Allard

Patti Allard

Research Compliance Specialist

Patti brings with her a wealth of knowledge from her 30+ years in health care, eight of these years in clinical research. Specifically, Patti is responsible for collaborating with various institutional review boards (IRB) to protect the safety and rights of people who participate on oncology research studies. It is the right of every research participant to remain informed of any new information or changes to the study on which they are participating, especially if that new information may affect their health or their willingness to continue in the study. Patti’s focus is on providing accurate, current information to patients in an understandable format.

Jodi Amidon, RN, BSN

Research Nurse Coordinator, GYN Oncology

Jodi received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1983. Her career background includes GYN/GU surgeries and general pediatrics. She worked in pediatric oncology for 12 years and then pediatric palliative care/hospice for six years. Jodi also was director of education and quality for a local hospice for two years. She joined Patient-Centered Research in January 2013.

Gregory Anderson

Gregory S. Anderson, BA, MHA, CCRC

Research Compliance Specialist

Gregory received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Ripon College and began his career in research at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in a lab focused on photodynamic therapy hematologic diseases. He moved into human subjects research as a clinical research coordinator for the Froedtert Hospital “Hem/Onc – BMT” program. He was then recruited to the Department of Pediatrics and advanced into clinical research management at MCW. In 2007, he obtained a master’s from University of Phoenix and joined Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (CHW) as manager of research integrity with oversight of the CHW IRB office, where he stayed until summer of 2012. He now supports oncology research at Aurora Health Care.

Michelle Bennett, RN

Clinical Research Coordinator

Michelle joined Aurora St. Luke’s in 2013 as a cardiovascular research coordinator. She has 18 years of cardiac nursing experience. Her background includes experience in step-down telemetry nursing, stress testing, cardiac rehabilitation and cardiology office nursing. Michelle also has six years of cardiac research experience and has been involved in patent foramen ovale, carotid stent, chronic total occlusion research and, most recently, the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) program.

Lora Biddle, RN, BSN, ONC

Research Nurse Coordinator

Lora graduated from Alverno College and has worked as a registered nurse for Aurora Health Care going on 33 years. Most of her nursing career has been in the field of hematology oncology.

Lori Bode

Lori Bode

Research Compliance Specialist

Lori has more than 15 years of research experience and joined the clinical research department as an Aurora caregiver in 2002. Lori is working as a compliance specialist for oncology studies as part of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group network. Lori’s main focus is to complete all regulatory work for more than 40 studies.

Nancy Briggs

Nancy Briggs, RN, MSN, OCN, CCRC

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Nancy Briggs received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and her master’s degree in Nursing, with a focus on nursing education, from Marquette University. Nancy has been an Aurora caregiver since 1996 when she joined the staff of Aurora Sinai Medical Center’s Oncology Clinic as a research coordinator/clinic nurse. Nancy has worked primarily in the field of oncology-related research in various clinics within Aurora and is currently located at Aurora Medical Center in Summit. Nancy brings more than 40 years of experience in nursing, including 25 years in inpatient/outpatient oncology, to her work as a research nurse coordinator. She is certified in both oncology nursing and as a clinical research coordinator. With a background that includes seven years of teaching nursing, Nancy has also been involved with staff education and training for several years and served as the research department educator for two years.

Carol Burrows

Carol Burrows RN, BSN, OCN

Clinical Research Coordinator

Carol received her bachelor’s in Nursing at Alverno College. She joined Aurora in 2009 to open a new oncology clinic and infusion center at the Aurora Lakeland Medical Center site and joined the research team at Aurora West Allis Medical Center in 2009. Since being on the research team she has been involved in gynecologic studies. She has played a role in opening and enrolling subjects in treatment, tissue and quality of life studies all relating to gynecologic cancers, sponsored by the Gynecologic Oncology Group of the National Cancer Institute and with pharmaceutical companies. She works in coordination with other Aurora sites to promote opening of these studies.

Anthony Chambers

Anthony Chambers, RN, BSN, CCRC

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Anthony has 26 years’ experience in cardiology, electrophysiology and general nursing, from bedside to clinical research. His Bachelor of Science in Nursing was obtained at UW – Oshkosh. For the past 12 years, he has focused on initiating and growing clinical trials programs for cardiology with emphasis on electrophysiology and peripheral vascular disease. His dedication to nursing stems from the need to improve the lives of others no matter what their economic or cultural background. This can currently be seen in his work with subjects involved with clinical trials as well as those that he deals with in a variety of community health projects.

Jennifer Cooper

Jennifer Cooper, RN, CCRC

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Jennifer has been an Aurora caregiver since 1976. She started her nursing career working in pediatrics for one year and then transferred to the operating room for 30 years. She has worked in a variety of roles, both in staffing and management, with a primary emphasis on cardiovascular surgery. Most recently, she has been working in clinical research for 4½ years with focus on surgery, cardiovascular and cardiology.

Kerri Cwiklinski, RN, BSN, CCRC

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Kerri received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UW – Milwaukee in 1998. She has been an Aurora caregiver for more than 15 years. She is a CCRC and has been working in clinical research since 2004. Kerri previously served as a staff nurse on a medical surgical floor for six years.

Rebecca Dahme

Rebecca Dahme, RN, CCRC

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Rebecca Dahme is a registered nurse and has been involved in research for more than 9 years. She received her clinical research coordinator certification (CRCC) through the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP). Her main areas of research are cardiovascular and electrophysiology.

Mary Davidson, RN, BSN, OCN

Research Nurse Coordinator

Mary received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been an oncology nurse for the past 15 years, both as a cancer coordinator and infusion nurse. She is oncology-certified, and her favorite part of oncology nursing is patient education. Prior to joining the research team in January 2014, Mary worked at Aurora Cancer Care’s Good Hope Road clinic.

Brad Dumville

Brad Dumville, MS, CIP

Research Compliance Specialist

Brad received his Master of Science degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University in 2000 and has worked in the field of regulatory oversight since 2001. He has been an Aurora caregiver since 2007, working specifically with the cardiovascular and multiple sclerosis research teams.

Barb Esselman

Barb Esselman, BSN, RN, CCRP

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Barbie has been working in health care since 1974. She was a registered X-ray technologist for 20 years with experience in general, emergency and operative radiography. She also has 10 combined years of nuclear medicine and computed tomography (CT) scanning experience. She returned to college and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UW – Madison in 1992 and began working in nursing in 1993. She became a clinical research caregiver at Aurora in 2007 at the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic in Oshkosh.

Carol Feldhausen, RN, BSN, LMT

Clinical Research Coordinator

Carol has been a registered nurse for 27 years since obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Loyola University, Chicago. She started her career in neurology and orthopedics at a hospital, and then worked in home health care throughout the Chicagoland area and southern Wisconsin. She worked as a staff nurse and director of operations for 11 years, implementing new programs such as home infusion therapy, head injury, pediatric asthma and maternal-child programs. She also spent a year working in a clinic with a pediatrician who practiced functional medicine and used innovative therapies to treat children with autism. Carol is a licensed massage therapist with 16 years of experience. She currently works in cardiology research in Burlington, Wis. Her goal is to perform research focusing on holistic ways to prevent/recover from cardiac disease and other conditions.

Jennifer Fink

Jennifer Fink, MS, CCRC

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Jennifer brings more than 12 years’ experience working with patients in diverse health care settings. She has coordinated clinical trials in oncology, neurology, pain management, dermatology and psychiatry. Further, Jennifer is an Urban Studies doctoral candidate whose research focuses on the disparities in patient use of health care technology.

Carmen Freund

Carmen Freund, MPH, BBA

Research Data Specialist

Carmen has been a research data specialist with Aurora Health Care since 2008. She earned an Associate of Applied Science Certified Medical Assistant certification in 2005. In 2007, she earned a bachelor’s in Business Administration while attending Bryant Stratton College. In 2010, she earned a master’s in Public Health Behavior Science through Capella University. She is currently working on her Doctor of Public Health specializing in epidemiology with an anticipated completion in 2014. Her role at Aurora as research data specialist encompasses a number of responsibilities, where she works with the Gynecology Oncology Group and has developed a working relationship with the National Cancer Institute Pharmaceutical Management Branch (NCI/PMB).

Carla Fuentes

Carla G. Fuentes BA, CCRC

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Carla earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Alverno College in 1999. During her last two years in college, she assisted in research studies that focused on functional genomics and respiratory physiology. As a result of this initial work, Carla received co-authoring credits in three articles published in the Journal of Applied Physiology. In May of 2006, Carla began working in oncology research as a research assistant and later transitioned into the clinical research coordinator role. Overall, she has more than 10 years of research experience and in March of 2012 became certified as a CRCC through the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP). In September of 2011, Carla was one of the recipients of the Aurora Health Care Research Service Award.

Tracy Graham

Tracy Graham, RN, BSN, CCRC

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Tracy received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Carroll College. She has been an Aurora caregiver since 1988 and a research coordinator in pulmonary arterial hypertension for four years. Tracy has more than 20 years of experience in cardiac care including heart and lung transplantation, heart failure, cardiac surgery and pulmonary hypertension.

Sean Gregory, BS

Research Coordinator

With more than 25 years of experience in the engineering and business environment, Sean brings a balance of technical, business and managerial experience to Aurora Health Care. He is currently assigned to cancer detection research with NovaScan LLC.

Dena Gustafson

Dena Gustafson, RN, BSN, CCRC

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Dena joined Aurora in 2011 as a cardiovascular research coordinator. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Penn State University and has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of critical care, cardiology and adult medicine. Since 2006, she has served as a research coordinator for various drug and medical device studies in the fields of cardiology, women’s health, allergy and internal medicine.

Carol J. Halliday, RN, BA, CCRC

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator, Senior

A graduate of University of Illinois at Chicago, Carol has been a registered nurse for more than 36 years, always in specialized areas of nursing. Since 2005, she has served as a research nurse coordinator for Aurora in both industry-sponsored and physician-sponsored research studies from Kenosha to Green Bay. She previously worked as a clinical research associate. Certified as a clinical research coordinator since 2007, her current focus is in the areas of epilepsy and neurological sciences.

Tonya Hollrith

Tonya Hollrith, RTR (MR)

Radiology Research Technologist

Tonya has been a caregiver at Aurora since 1986 and has been involved in research since 1994. Her imaging experience has played an integral role within the research department. Tonya is involved in a number of drug and device studies that require imaging as part of their protocol, and she continues to be a liaison between radiology and caregivers throughout Aurora.

Jennifer Homa

Jennifer Homa

Clinical Research Coordinator

Jennifer joined the Aurora BayCare Medical Center team in July 2013. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from UW – Madison and a Master of Science degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Psychological Research from UW – Oshkosh. She has extensive research experience in the areas of psychology, education, nursing and interpersonal relationships. She currently focuses on clinical trials in neurology.

Sandra Hubatch, RN, MSN, CCRC

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Sandra has 12 years of clinical research experience in the areas of addiction and most recentlyin gastroenterolgy with an emphasis on the pancreas. She has also worked in a varietyof roles in the past: staffing, staff development,clinical nurse specialist and nurse practitioner.

Elyssa Johnson

Elyssa Johnson, RN, OCN

Clinical Research Coordinator

Elyssa earned her bachelor’s degree in History at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. She earned her associate’s degree in Nursing at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois. Elyssa is a certified oncology nurse. She worked in oncology as an infusion nurse, a radiation nurse and a research nurse prior to joining the oncology research team at Aurora in 2012.

Marilyn Kelly

Marilyn Kelley, CPhT

Clinical Research Assistant

Marilyn joined the research team as a clinical research assistant in 2012. Though Marilyn’s background is in the field of pharmacy (10 years of experience as a pharmacy/chemotherapy technician) and her education is in psychology, this lends itself to her current role in research. Working in pharmacy has given her a working knowledge in cancer therapies. In addition, her soon-to-be-completed bachelor’s in Psychology provides a clearer understanding to not only the way in which trials are run but the added importance of ethics in research.

Laura Kleber

Laura Kleber, BS, CCRC

Research Compliance Specialist

Laura received a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration and Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She began her career at the Medical College of Wisconsin as a research assistant in the department of obstetrics and gynecology. She then moved into the clinical research coordinator role, for which she did both patient and regulatory work for oncology studies. Laura joined Aurora Health Care in 2013 as a regulatory specialist for oncology research.

Christopher Koblosky, RN, BSN

Clinical Research Coordinator

Christopher received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He has six years of cardiology experience, with two years on a chest pain floor and four years in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. He has been awarded two “Excellence in Nursing Awards” – one for each area he worked. He joined the research team in May 2013 and now coordinates the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) program.

Kelly Koziol

Research Compliance Specialist

Kelly obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Communication at UW – Milwaukee.She has worked for Aurora Health Care since the fall of 1996.She has dedicated the past nine years of her professional career to working on clinical trials in the neurology field, specializing in epilepsy studies.

Steve Lasee

Steven Lasee

Senior Intern, Clinical Research

Steven, prior to employment at ABMC, gathered migrational data on Wisconsin bats for UW – Stevens Point and the Wisconsin DNR.Steven graduated from UW – Stevens Point with a degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.Steven has a very broad skill set and helps further research in several ways at ABMC.Steven plans on pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience and/or Physiology.

Brittany Last

Brittany Last

Clinical Research Coordinator

Brittany Last graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Valparaiso University. She has been with Aurora Health Care for two years, and works for Clinical Trials as a research coordinator in oncology. She currently has a focus in breast cancer and an accepted abstract with The American Society of Breast Surgeons.

Mary Jo Lindemann

Mary Jo Lindemann

Clinical Research Coordinator

Mary Jo began doing clinical research in 1985 at the UW – Madison Hospital through Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG), completing several courses through UW – Madison and the ECOG in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1995, the clinic became an Aurora institution and since that time her group has been associated with Cancer Trials Support Unit and is currently part of the Aurora ECOG network.

Don Lobacz

Don Lobacz, RN, CCRC

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

After graduating from the Milwaukee County Medical Complex School of Nursing in 1992, Don stepped right into the cardiovascular arena, working as a staff nurse in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) at Aurora St Luke’s Medical Center.While there, he received the housewide “Excellence in Nursing Award” for a new practitioner, and went on to chair the CVICU Practice and Standards Committee for three years.In 2000, he joined what is now the Aurora Cardiovascular Services Physician Group as a clinical trials research coordinator.Since then he has participated in an extensive list of cardiovascular clinical trials and has been involved in several publications for his work in pulmonary hypertension clinical trials.

Jennifer Mathieu, BS

Research Data Specialist

Jennifer has been a research data specialist with Aurora Health Care since 2013. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Carroll University. In 2010, she started at Aurora as a bench scientist and has since continued to advance her skills. Jennifer is currently working with coordinators in breast oncology and gynecological oncology.

Lori McElrone

Lori McElrone, CCRC

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Lori is a certified clinical research coordinator and has been involved in clinical research for more than 20 years. She is one of the department’s research mentors and has trained several new research coordinators over the past few years. Her main focus is oncology/hematology research.

Taylor McGinnis

Taylor McGinnis

Clinical Research Coordinator

Taylor joined the Aurora BayCare Medical Center team in July 2013. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from UW – Madison in Genetics. She has extensive research experience in the areas of microbiology, genetics and pharmaceuticals. She currently focuses on clinical trials in orthopedics, sleep medicine and investigator-initiated research.

Maggie Miller

Maggie Miller, RN, CCRC

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Maggie received her associate’s degree in Nursing from Milwaukee Area Technical College in 1980. She began her career at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in the Cardiovascular ICU working with patients after coronary artery bypass (CABG), heart valve, cardiac transplant, ventricular assist device (VAD) implants and total artificial heart (TAH) implant surgeries. In 2001, she joined the cardiovascular research team where she has been involved in many studies involving new drugs and devices for end stage heart failure (ESHF). Currently, she manages VAD clinical trials to advance the treatment of ESHF.

Marilyn L. Miller, RN, CCRC

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Marilyn has spent 34 years in nursing working at Aurora Health Care. She worked in research in the alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) and psychiatry areas from 1999 to 2007. She has been working in pain management since 2007 with a little oncology experience in the mix. She has been certified with ACRP since 2005.

Becky Morrissey

Becky Morrissey

Research Compliance Specialist

Rebecca earned a bachelor’s of Business Management from Concordia University Wisconsin. She has been with Aurora Health Care since 2007. She joined the research department in 2008. Rebecca works with the Aurora cardiovascular research team as its regulatory specialist where she assists in many aspects of the clinical trials.

Kendra Murphy

Research Compliance Specialist

Kendra began her career by exploring many areas of the health care industry before finally finding her passion as a regulatory specialist in clinical research. She began as a research assistant for the Indiana University Department of Medicine. From there, she worked as a regulatory specialist for Lilly. After leaving Lilly, Kendra began work at Pfizer as a quality assurance specialist. She then relocated to Milwaukee and joined Aurora Health Care in 2011 as a regulatory specialist.

Kate Newbanks

Kate Newbanks, RN, OCN, CCRP

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Kate has been in nursing for 22 years. She received a bachelor’s in Nursing in Belfast, Northern Ireland and has called Green Bay home for 17 years. She has been working in oncology clinical research for the past four years.

Susan Oxborough

Susan Oxborough, RN, CCRC

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Susan started her nursing career at a small hospital in Moberly, Missouri, working on a surgical unit. She joined the Aurora system in 1984 at Deaconess Hospital and went through all of the mergers which eventually led her to St. Luke’s as a member of the Float Pool. She worked primarily in Cardiac Units prior to taking a position in the Cardiac Cath Lab for 13 years. She joined the Research Department 61/2 years ago where her focus is in Cardiology and Cardiac Devices.

Sarah Peterson

Sarah Peterson, RN, OCN

Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator

Sarah has been a caregiver at Aurora Health Care for 10 years and has experience in gastroenterology, internal medicine and oncology. She earned her Nursing degree from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in 2008 and then joined the Vince Lombardi Cancer Center as an infusion nurse. She is an oncology certified nurse and has always had a goal to join cancer research. Sarah is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at UW – Green Bay, and she is excited to be part of the evolving world of cancer research.

Phyllis Runningen

Phyllis Runningen, RN, BSN, CCRC

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Phyllis received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in from Carroll University in Waukesha in 1996. She has been an Aurora caregiver since 1992. Phyllis began her career with Aurora in the CVICU where she worked for eight years, taking care of post-op open heart and VAD patients. She then spent five years working in Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care department. Phyllis has been with Patient-Centered Research since 2005, where she has worked on studies in a variety of therapeutic areas.

Pam Rynes

Pamela Rynes, BA, BSN, RN, CCRC

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Pam earned her Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communications in 1991 and Bachelor of Science Nursing degree in 1995 at Alverno College in Milwaukee. She worked in public relations and advertising prior to obtaining her nursing degree and always stresses the importance of effective communication in quality patient care. Pam joined Aurora Health Care in 1994 and has worked in various positions: nursing assistant/nurse intern, staff nurse, data support specialist in quality management and currently as a research nurse coordinator. She is a CCRC and has been working in oncology research since 2005.

Paulette Schauer, RN, CCRC

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Paulette started as a caregiver with Aurora in March of 1980 and has 42 years of nursing experience. She worked as a nurse in the CVICU and later as a heart/lung transplant coordinator. She joined Patient-Centered Research in May of 2005 and currently works as a coordinator in neuroscience multiple sclerosis studies.

Kathy Schmidlkofer

Kathy Schmidlkofer

Clinical Research Coordinator

Kathy started in “clinical research” as a billing specialist in August of 2002 for an electrophysiology group at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center. After one year, Kathy was introduced to the upkeep of the regulatory binders for many studies and later assisted in processing the institutional review board (IRB) submissions for new studies. In 2008, Kathy was assigned to coordinate and enroll in electrophysiology data collection studies.

Christina Schreiter

Christina Schreiter, RN, BSN

Clinical Research Coordinator

Christina received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the UW – Milwaukee in 2002. She started her employment with Aurora in 1999. In 2004, she left for a travel nursing opportunity on the east coast but found her way back to Wisconsin and Aurora Health Care in 2007. She joined the cardiovascular research team in 2011. She applies her past experience working as a staff nurse in an intensive care unit, emergency room and cardiac catheterization lab to her role as a research coordinator for vascular and coronary disease related clinical trials.

Michelle Scoggins

Research Data Specialist

Michelle is a graduate of Aurora’s first Leadership Academy. She joined the clinical research department in 2003. Her current area of enrollment and obtaining data is with asthma studies. Department archiving, directing internet inquiries and responding to calls from individuals interested in participating in trials are also a part of her work functions.

Elizabeth Sieber

Elizabeth Sieber, RN

Clinical Research Coordinator

Liz earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison. She earned her associate’s degree in Nursing at Cardinal Stritch University in Glendale, Wisconsin. Liz is a certified oncology nurse, and worked as an oncology infusion nurse in the outpatient setting prior to joining the oncology research team at Aurora in 2011. Liz takes pride in her dedication to cancer patient care by enabling patients to expand their treatment options through participation in clinical trials.

Debbie Smith

Clinical Research Coordinator

Debbie has worked in clinical research since 1991 and received her research certification in 2003. She works as a research coordinator in the Gastroenterology Department.

Stacie Snap

Stacie Snap, CCRC

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Stacie received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1995 from UW – Oshkosh. She has been an Aurora caregiver since October 2001, working in clinical research trials. Stacie was certified through the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) in 2002. She has more than 12 years of experience as a clinical research coordinator, working in multiple treatment areas withvarious physicians and their staff.

Debby Spaeth

Debra Spaeth, RN

Clinical Research Coordinator

Debra is a graduate of Lakeshore Technical College. She has been an Aurora caregiver since 1995. Her previous positions were in pediatrics in a clinical setting, and most recently as a floor nurse on a cardiac/pulmonary unit at Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center. She was a preceptor for new nurses on her floor and a member of the Education and Pain Management Committees. She joined the research team at Aurora in April of 2011 and works as a coordinator at the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic in Sheboygan.

Whitney Spaude

Whitney Spaude, RN, BSN

Research Program Coordinator

Whitney received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2010. She has been an Aurora caregiver since 2008 and worked as an oncology infusion nurse in the outpatient setting prior to joining the oncology research team in 2013. She also was a preceptor for new nurses and member of the staff education committee.

Julie Theisen

Julie Thiesen

Clinical Research Coordinator

Julie joined the Aurora BayCare Medical Center team in August 2012 and brings 20 years of experience at UMR Insurance/Healthcare. She earned an associate’s degree through a clinical research coordinator program in Marshfield, WI, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UW-Stevens Point. Julie’s focus is cardiology and women’s health, and she has experience in neurology studies as well.

Mary Theodoroff

Mary Theodoroff, RN, BSN, CCRC

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Mary received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UW – Oshkosh in 1988. She has been an Aurora caregiver for 24 years. Her first position within Aurora was a staff nurse at Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center on the intensive care unit and cardiac/pulmonary floor for 10 years. She continued with Aurora as a registered nurse and case manager for the Visiting Nurse Association. After a few years, she returned to Aurora Sheboygan as the infection control coordinator. She accepted the position as the clinical research coordinator in 2005 at the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic in Sheboygan. She has helped expand the program by enrolling patients and overseeing the management of clinical trials and became certified as a clinical research coordinator.

Carol Thomas

Carol Thomas, BS, MT, CCRC

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Carol came to Aurora from the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in 2002. She worked with physicians doing bench research and was responsible for maintaining the research laboratory. She received her certification as a clinical research coordinator (CCRC) through the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) while working in the Department of Neoplastic Diseases at MCW. She has been with the Patient Centered Research Department since her hire in 2002. She has worked on gynecological research studies and currently works on both pharmaceutical and cooperative oncological studies.

Sue Truchan

Sue Truchan, BSN, RN, CCRC

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Sue earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Michigan, and went on to attend graduate school at the University of California. Sue joined Aurora Health Care in 1991, and the clinical research trials department in 2001. She has worked on pharmaceutical, device, physician-initiated and humanitarian use device (HUD) studies in a variety of clinical areas. Currently, she is working at Aurora Medical Center, Grafton and Aurora Sinai Medical Center, with a focus on orthopedic studies. She serves on the Research Recognition and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Committees, and has an interest in writing, research billing processes, and speaking about nursing and clinical research.

Sara Walczak

Sara Walczak, BS

Research Regulatory Specialist

Sara received her Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She began her career in 2009 at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, working on the National Children’s Study in Waukesha County. She was a research assistant and then a research coordinator at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where she managed all regulatory work associated with oncology studies within the OB/GYN department. Sara joined Aurora as a research regulatory specialist in January 2014 and will be working with the cardiology fellowship program to ensure its research requirements are met.

Dawn Walek

Dawn Walek, RN, BSN, CCRC

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Dawn graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marian University. She has been an Aurora Health Care caregiver since February 1992. She has experience in emergency medicine and hyperbaric medicine.For the last 11 years, she has focused on in hyperbaric/wound care and cardiac research.

Deb Waller

Deb Waller, RN, BSN, CCRC

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Deb has worked as a clinical research coordinator for cardiology since 1993. She has had CCRC certification since 1998. She has her bachelor’s in Nursing from UW – Oshkosh and has pursued graduate work at Boston University, UW – Oshkosh and Concordia University Wisconsin. Prior to working in cardiology, she worked as a registered nurse in many areas of specialty, finishing in critical care. Deb has worked with the structural heart program since its inception in 2002 which includes percutaneous treatment of patent foramen ovale (PFO), atrial septal defect (ASD), patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) and ventricular septal defect (VSD).

Barbara Wenger

Barbara Wenger, RN

Clinical Research Coordinator

Barb is a registered nurse and has been involved in clinical research for 19 years. She has experience both a clinical research coordinator working with patients on clinical trials and as a clinical research associate, which includes monitoring/auditing trials. Barb has research experience in a number of therapeutic areas including GI, neurology, endocrinology, hematology and oncology.

Valerie Werner

Valerie Werner, BSN, RN, OCN

Clinical Research Coordinator

Valerie earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Virginia. She joined Aurora Health Care in 2004 working with the Radiation Oncology Department at Aurora Sinai Medical Center. In the summer of 2010, Valerie transferred into Patient-Centered Research to invest her energies in coordinating cooperative group studies and pharmaceutical industry trials for the Gynecologic Oncology Clinic at Aurora West Allis Women’s Pavilion.

Valerie Williams

Valerie Williams, RN, CCRC

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Valerie joined the cardiovascular research team in 2010, following her experience in cardiovascular research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She has been a part of the Aurora Health Care Nursing team since 2006, after she completed her Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA) training to be a nurse examiner for the Aurora Health Care southern region S.A.N.E. (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) program.

Noreen Wynn

Noreen Wynn, MS, CCRC, MS, CIP

Research Educator

Noreen joined Aurora in 2009. She is an experienced clinical research coordinator, bench laboratory scientist and educator. She holds a Master of Science in Pharmacology from the New York Medical College, a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from the UW – Milwaukee, and is licensed as a Professional Educator (for biology, chemistry and broad field science) by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. She has additional credentials related to the review and conduct of clinical research.

Lynda Yanny

Lynda L. Yanny, RN, BSN, CCRC

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Lynda received her nursing degree from the Milwaukee County School of Nursing in 1982 and her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Carroll College in 1987. She has been an Aurora caregiver for 30 years. Her experience has ranged from a staff nurse in orthopedics to the surgical neuro ICU to interventional radiology. She joined the research staff in 1999 concentrating on drug and device studies, both physician-initiated and industry-sponsored within the radiology section. She received her CCRC in 2005.

JoAnne Ziebart

JoAnn Ziebart, RN, BSN, CCRC

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

JoAnn earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UW – Milwaukee. She worked for Aurora Advanced Healthcare and joined the research team in 2003 in the area of multi-specialty research. In 2010, she joined the Aurora oncology research group.

Cheryl Zywicki

Cheryl Zywicki, RN, CCRC

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Cheryl graduated from Columbia Hospital School of Nursing in 1984. Already an employee of Aurora St. Luke’s as a surgical monitoring technician, she made a natural transition into the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. After 10 years in the CVICU, she pursued a new opportunity to be a travelling nurse. She worked in Florida, Colorado and in Maryland, where she helped start a new heart program, assisting the hospital with opening a new cardiovascular ICU. She returned to Wisconsin in 1999, and in 2001 joined the cardiovascular research team. She is a mentor and assists with new coordinators especially those associated in cardiovascular field. Currently she coordinates trials involved with end stage heart failure and cardiovascular surgery.