Team

Kurt Waldhuetter

Kurt Waldhuetter

Vice President – Research Business Services

Joining Aurora Research Institute in July 2013, Kurt leverages his entrepreneurial and strategic business experience to lead Research Business Services and ensure a sustainable, solvent research enterprise. Building upon Aurora’s strong research base that produces quality, compliant and “patient-centered” outcomes, Kurt’s passion for catalyzing innovation will lead to new opportunities to improve patient care and be an economic driver in the community. Kurt has broad experience in technology commercialization and intellectual property having worked with industry, academia and hundreds of high-impact start-ups, licensing dozens of technologies and being part of a New York-based, venture-backed firm making software to manage intellectual property portfolios for pharmaceutical companies.

Amy Kwiatowski

Amy Kwiatkowski

Administrative Assistant, Sr.

Amy manages contracts prior to signature to ensure deadlines are met. She is dedicated to reducing contract turnaround time and improving communication.

Lee Banfi

Lee Banfi, MBA, CPA, CGMA, FHFMA

Sponsored Programs Specialist, Sr.

Lee supports contracting including sub-awards as well as pre- and post-award budgeting/accounting. He has administrative experience in complex academic, clinical and research environments.

Innovation and Technology Transfer

Don Conrad

Don Conrad

Research Business Innovation Manager

Don manages the technology transfer and commercialization processes for innovative solutions that arise from, or work in support of, the advancement of patient-centered medical technologies. Prior to joining the Research Business Services team in July 2014, Don worked in numerous roles within the health care industry, including consultant, health policy advisor, and investment banker. He has worked on numerous transactions for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and health care services clients and also served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, completing three deployments to Iraq. By leveraging a unique combination of finance, operations, and policy experience, Don helps to facilitate the realization of innovative ideas from across the research – clinical –commercial spectrum. Don holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University.

Clinical Trial Business Services

Katie Richter

Katie Richter

Manager, Clinical Trial Business Services

Katie joined Aurora Research Institute in May 2014 and focuses on managing Clinical Trial Business Services in an efficient, compliant, and solvent manner. Prior to joining Aurora, Katie managed the contracts, budgets, and billing compliance departments of a clinical trials services firm, where she worked with some of the leading research institutions in the nation. She also has first-hand clinical trial experience working as a clinical research coordinator. Leveraging her knowledge of best and leading industry practices, Katie brings innovative ideas to Aurora to provide quick turn-around times, compliant business practices, and opportunities for growth in clinical research.

Luis Hernandez

Luis Hernandez, BS, CCRP

Clinical Trial Business Service Specialist

Luis joined Aurora Research Institute in November 2014. Prior to joining Aurora, Luis worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator on Oncology clinical trials at the Medical College of Wisconsin. His current position focuses on creating budgets and contracts by ensuring the financial agreement and contract meets the needs of clinical research.

Michelle Scoggins

Michelle Scoggins

Research Business Service Specialist

Michelle joined patient-centered research in March 2003. Her current area of work focuses on creating contracts for Aurora's Clinical Trials Department by ensuring the financial agreement and contract meets the needs of clinical research.

Maggie Wallendal

Maggie Wallendal, MSW

Research Business Service Specialist

Maggie joined Aurora Research Institute in November 2014. Her current work focuses on creating budgets and contracts for Aurora's Clinical Trials Department. Her work and efforts ensure that the needs of clinical research are met in all studies conducted throughout the Aurora Health Care system. Maggie previously specialized in Parkinson disease and other movement disorder research – both clinical and epidemiological.

Research Analytics

Andy Marek

Andy Marek

Manager, Research Analytics

Andy Marek manages the Research Analytics team. The team works collaboratively with Clinical Trials, Investigator-Initiated Research, physicians and outside organizations to leverage health data in order to answer research questions. It also works with departments and teams from across the organization to integrate data from Aurora’s non-relational databases and medical systems. With a background in programming, Andy has developed a number of data registries including PeriData.Net®, a perinatal database used by 91 hospitals across Wisconsin.

Before joining Aurora, Andy amassed significant experience developing database-driven online applications, working for both Metavante (now FIS) and Strong Financial. He graduated from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with a major in Management Information Systems and a minor in Computer Science. Curriculum Vitae (PDF, 116KB).

Carl Klehm

Carl (John) Klehm

Data Warehouse Programmer Analyst

John earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) in Software Engineering, with an application domain in embedded systems. He joined Aurora in May 2012 to assist with the ORBIT biorepository project’s data and software needs. He is currently working on enhancing the auditing process of ORBIT’s laboratory automation system.

Jon Cook

Jon Cook

Application Programmer Analyst

Jon earned a Bachelor of Science from the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) in Biomedical Engineering. He joined Aurora in May 2009 as a Mechanical Circulatory Support Clinical Engineer to assist thoracic surgeons, cardiologists, and clinicians in the operation of LVAD/TAH therapies. In January 2014, he transitioned to the Research Analytics team to assist with application development and data extraction from Aurora’s current and legacy EMR(s).

Chris Blumberg

Chris Blumberg

Business Systems Analyst

Chris earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration as well as his Master’s degree in Management Information Systems, both from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM). He joined Aurora in October of 2011 as a Business Systems Analyst Associate on the Smart Chart Team. During that time, he focused on the inpatient pharmaceutical application, Willow, and worked to bring multiple Aurora hospitals live on Epic. In October 2014, he transitioned to the Research Analytics team and will be working with data extraction involving clinical trials, investigator-initiated research, and the biorepository.

Alex Reddy

Alex Reddy

Research Analytics Intern

Alex currently attends the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is majoring in IT Management and minoring in Computer Science. He joined Aurora in April of 2014 as a member of the Research Analytics Department. Alex's current focus is coding a web application to make accessing and editing the specimen and study data for the biorepository staff easier.