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Julie G. Allickson, PhD, Director, Translational Research
Dr. Julie Allickson focuses on the translation of regenerative medicine products including cell therapy, tissue engineering, biomaterials and devices. This process begins at Proof-of-Concept where early discussion with regulators and clinicians are critical in moving the technology from the bench to the bedside. The Translational Team includes Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Regulatory Affairs, Process Development and the GMP-complaint Manufacturing Facility.
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Jo Barlow, Research Administrative Coordinator 
Ms. Barlow is responsible for coordinating a variety of administrative research activities for WFIRM faculty, including pre-award efforts, proposal submission, and post-award management to assure that research projects comply with institutional and sponsor requirements.  She joined WFIRM in June 2008 after an extensive career with a major financial institution.

Patricia (Trish) Beane, AFIRM II Project Coordinator 
Ms. Beane is responsible for assisting with the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of one of WFIRM’s large multi-year grants and with associated departmental projects. Since her acceptance to join the WFIRM team in October 2016 she schedules all AFIRM II teleconferences, acts as liaison between TIRM PMO and PIs, reviews and submits DoD HRPO and ACURO documentation, assists with monitoring project spend rates and allocation of funds, plans and attends AFIRM II Investigator Meeting as requested, and assists with compilation and review of both the Annual Scientific Report and Quarterly Technical Reports.

Terri Bowen, Administrative Manager
Ms. Bowen came to the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in August of 2005 from the airline industry, bringing over 22 years of diverse administrative experience. In her role as Administrative Manager, she is responsible for the administrative support functions of the department, which covers over 270 faculty and staff and she directs the activities of the administrative staff.

Robert Bynum, AFIRM II Project Coordinator
Mr. Bynum joined WFIRM in January 2017. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a BS in health and exercise science. As a project coordinator, Robbie is a member of the management team overseeing the AFIRM II- Wounded Warrior Consortium funded by the Dept. of Defense. His responsibilities include facilitating communication between government and the consortium’s project representatives, compiling and editing reports plus other project-related materials, and heading the effort to maintain compliance with HRPO (Human Research Protection Office) and IRB regulations. He brings previous project coordination and management skills to WFIRM through experiences as a manager in retail and previously as a research fellow for Wake Forest’s school of biology.

Shannon Chwialkowski, Grants Administrator
Mr. Chwialkowski joined WFIRM in December 2016 and brings a background in business and finance, as well as the arts. He is responsible for harmonizing a variety of research administration activities for WFIRM and our faculty to include proposal preparation, review and submission and support for various pre- and post-award activities to assure that research projects comply with institutional and sponsor requirements. Currently Mr. Chwialkowski is the lead on coordinating and compiling the XCEL project reports, and is anticipated to have a role in review and negotiation of commercial research related agreements.

Cara A. Clouse, DVM, Research Associate
Dr. Clouse is the strategic and tactical coordinator of animal-based pre-clinical research projects. As a compliance officer and Institutional Animal Care and Use committee liaison, she counsels primary investigators regarding adherence to federal, state, local, and institutional regulations. Her purview includes managing daily operations, executing animal use proposals, and assisting in the design, planning, and implementation of translational research strategies. More

Bonnie Davis, Communications Manager
Bonnie Davis joins WFIRM as manager of communications, bringing 10 years of media relations experience with her. She comes to WFIRM from Wake Forest University, where she was associate director for news and communications and focused on science and technology. She previously worked in the news department at Wake Forest Baptist Health, where she was successful in placing numerous science stories in national and international media outlets. Bonnie’s communications career includes stints as a public information officer for several public school systems and as a newspaper reporter who graduated with a journalism degree from the University of South Carolina at Columbia.

Brook Dohm, Research Administration Coordinator
Ms. Dohm joined WFIRM in August 2016 and brings with her experience with Wake research clinical trials. She is responsible for a variety of research administration activities for WFIRM and our faculty to include proposal preparation, review and submission and support for various pre- and post-award activities to assure that research projects comply with institutional and sponsor requirements. She is the liaison, along with the Director, between WFIRM and other Wake offices with regard to confidentiality and material transfer agreements as well as commercial research related agreements.

Thomas Eaton, MS, Lab Operations Manager
Mr. Eaton is responsible for laboratory operations and equipment. Prior to joining WFIRM, he was a Lecturer at UNC –Wilmington and spent 25 years in operations management for two Fortune 500 companies and his own print communications operation. He has been at WFIRM for seven years.

Beth Fordham-Meier, Director, IP Transactions

Ms. Fordham-Meier is a Certified Licensing Professional with over twenty years experience in business development, licensing and IP management.  Ms. Fordham-Meier serves as Director of IP Transactions for Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine and is founder and principal of NovoCreation Consulting, LLC, advising biopharma companies and research institutions in business development, licensing and IP optimization. At Targacept from 2003-2010, culminating in the position of VP, Licensing and Intellectual Property, Ms. Fordham-Meier generated over $650 million through deals she negotiated with global pharma and served on the CEO’s Portfolio Management Committee and led Targacept’s IP function.  Prior to Targacept, Ms. Fordham-Meier founded and led business development for biopharma start-up Pilot Therapeutics and directed Wake Forest University’s technology transfer office.

Joanne Gray, Education and Outreach Coordinator
Ms. Gray joined WFIRM in 2009 and brings over 25 years of experience in diverse environments (profit and non-profit organizations) throughout North Carolina.

Emily Gregg, Web and Social Media Manager
Ms. Gregg is responsible for maintaining the website and social media accounts for WFIRM, and assisting with other communications needs. She received her Bachelors in Graphic Design from Meredith College and brings marketing experience from various industries including local government, higher education, and healthcare technology. 

Darren H. M. Hickerson, MS, MDiv, Assistant Director, Manufacturing
Mr. Darren Hickerson leads the team producing GMP-compliant cell and tissue-based products for human implant in clinical trial-phase research at the Regenerative Medicine Clinical Center, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. He actively works with the quality and process development teams throughout the process from initial translation of an idea moving into clinical trials to release of the final products for implant. Darren spent twelve years with Aldagen (Cytomedix / Nuo Therapeutics) as Director and Manager of Cell Sorting Operations, engineering systems for sterile cell sorting and leading teams to produce over 115 products for human implant in seven clinical trials with ALDH-bright cells at multiple major medical institutions. Indications included chronic heart failure, critical limb ischemia, pediatric leukemia, and stroke. Prior to that, he worked as a Field Service Engineer for BD Biosciences, and as the core flow cytometry and cell sorting laboratory manager at East Carolina University, where he received his Master of Science degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. He also served as a U. S. Army Reserves Emergency Medic. Darren has publications in clinical flow cytometry and cell sorting methods and engineering, cancer biology, and marine biology. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and marine science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and serves as a Local Pastor with the United Methodist Church. 

Lisa Hinshaw, Project Manager I 
Ms. Hinshaw is responsible for the organization and management of clinical trials at the Regenerative Medicine Clinical Center (RMCC). Lisa holds a Masters in Public Health from UNC Greensboro. Previously she worked in Diagnostic Radiology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for 10 years as the study coordinator for the National Lung Screening Trial and various other clinical trials.

Joshua Hunsberger, PhD, Research Associate 
Dr. Joshua Hunsberger is currently a research associate at Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) under the leadership of Dr. Anthony Atala. In this position, he is working on director initiatives to translate regenerative medicine technology into the clinic to treat patients. More

Susan A. Lyons, PhD, WFIRM Project Manager
Dr. Lyons joins WFIRM as a Project Manager to assure the successful planning, implementation and coordination of major projects awarded to WFIRM. She collaborates with the PIs of the projects to develop and deploy timely completion of schedules and reporting requirements, identify and anticipate potential issues and risks and make suggestions for improvement, and ensure other essential functions are conducted in accordance with the sponsor and institutional requirements, guidelines and regulations. Dr. Lyons brings eight (8) years of experience in project management and twelve (12) years in neuroscience research, compliance and industry experience.

Genevra Kelly, MPH, Institute Partnerships
Genevra Kelly, MPH, focuses on developing public and private sector collaborative partnerships and resources in support of the work of the Institute. She has an extensive background in higher education, healthcare, and non-profit markets, and federal, private, and corporate resource development. Her areas of expertise include collaborative partnerships, including initiating, designing, and establishing new public health focused research and patient care programs; federal grant management, including pre and post award processes and grants oversight; non-profit management; and capital campaign design, constituent relations, marketing, public relations, communications, and strategic planning. Before joining WFIRM she most recently served the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy and Presbyterian College as Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs, PI on an NIH BRAD (Biomedical/Biobehavioral Research Administration Development) grant, and Executive Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations. She is a graduate of Salem Academy, Davidson College (BS – Biology) and USC (MPH). Please contact Ms. Kelly (gkelly@wakehealth.edu) regarding opportunities for collaboration and partnership as well as for information on philanthropic opportunities.

Beth Manning, Administrative Secretary
Ms. Manning joined the Institute for Regenerative Medicine in 2010, bringing 16 years of experience with Wake Forest Health Sciences. She provides support for faculty and other administrative positions.

Linda Mason, Assistant Director, WFIRM Office of Research Administration
Ms. Mason came to the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in October of 2009 from the newspaper industry, with 23 years of managerial and administrative experience. As the Assistant Director of WFIRM ORA, she directs the staff, coordinating a variety of research administration activities for our faculty, including pre-award efforts, proposal submission, and post-award management to ensure that research projects comply with institutional and sponsor requirements. She is acting COO for AFIRM II and responsible for the administrative management of both the AFIRM II and XCEL awards.

Todd R. Meinecke, MBA, Assistant Director,  Quality Assurance/ Quality Control
Mr. Meinecke’s main responsibility within WFIRM is to build and augment quality management systems within the Regenerative Medicine Clinical Center to meet regulatory requirements. This includes internal auditing, investigations, validations and oversight of the quality control functions associated with a facility charged with production under GMP and GTP requirements. More

Rich Payne, Associate Director, Process Development 
Mr. Payne is a biomedical engineer with expertise in the regenerative medicine areas of implantable biomaterials and tissue engineering who works to develop implantable biomaterials that impact patient health and fulfill unmet medical needs.
During his 20+ year career in tissue engineering, focusing on the design, characterization, optimization, and development of bioresorbable scaffolds for regenerative medicine, Payne has enjoyed bringing projects from early stage proof-of-concept through good laboratory practice (GLP) studies to human clinical trials.
His work in process research and product development at WFIRM enables him to provide substantial expertise in the biological, regulatory, and manufacturing concerns associated with the development of both natural and synthetic implantable biomaterials. Payne leads teams to pare down complex ideas and problems into manageable parts, define problems, evaluate data, and design and execute action plans to successfully move projects forward in order to make a transformational difference in the world.

Karen Richardson, Communications Manager 
Ms. Richardson is communications manager for the institute as well as the Dept. of Urology, a position that includes marketing, public relations and media relations. Her experience ranges from editing a weekly paper to working in corporate marketing communications. She is a graduate of the UNC School of Journalism.

Joan Schanck, MPA, Academic Research Program Officer
Ms. Schanck's work is focused on providing high- quality educational programming within the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine science as well as to increase awareness of WFIRM’s leadership role within this promising field of biomedicine. More

Lynn Stedman, MBA, Director of the Office of Research Administration 
Ms. Stedman recently joined WFIRM as the inaugural Director of the Office of Research Administration. She obtained her MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and brings 30+ years of private sector and independent and academic research institute experience in industry and government contracts, contract manufacturing, financial analysis and business management.

Donna Tucker, Administrative Secretary
Ms. Tucker joined the Institute for Regenerative Medicine in 2012. She brings 10 years of experience with Piedmont Airlines and US Airways. She provides support for faculty and other administrative positions. 

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