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Executive Team

Gerald Cochran, MSW, PhD


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Adam J. Gordon, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM


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Elizabeth F. Howell, MD, MS


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Kristi Carlston

Kristi Carlston

Research Manager

Kristi has ten years of progressive research experience that includes design, implementation and management of clinical research projects in an academic setting. She received her bachelor's at the University of Utah in Health Promotion and is certified as a Clinical Research Coordinator through the Association of Clinical Research Professionals. She is responsible for coordination support to study investigators, staff and data management on several multi-site projects.

kristi.carlston@hsc.utah.edu

 Gina Gregovich

Gina Gregovich

Research Manager

Gina has over twenty years of experience as a Clinical Research Professional as well as experience as a quality manager in the medical device field. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Utah. She has experience in investigator-initiated trials, national cooperative trials, and industry-sponsored, multi-center clinical trials. She has held leadership positions at local and national levels including serving a three-year term on the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) Board of Directors.

gina.gregovich@hsc.utah.edu

PARCKA Team

Jacob Baylis

Jacob Baylis

Research Analyst

Jacob earned his Master of Public Health from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Bachelor of Science in International Health from Bethel University. He joined the team with experience in harm reduction, health education, and data management and plans on continuing that work with PARCKA. Jacob has a passion to use data for improving patient’s quality of care, especially for vulnerable populations. After work hours, you can find him climbing, hiking, or camping in the mountains.

Jacob.Baylis@hsc.utah.edu

Priscilla Blosser

Priscilla Blosser

Sr. Clinical Research Coordinator

Priscilla Blosser is born to the Diné (Navajo) Nation. She is Honágháahnii, One-Walks-Around clan, born to the Korean race on her Father’s side. Kinłichíi’nii, the Red House People, on her maternal Grandfather’s clan. The bilagáana, white people, is her paternal Grandfather’s clan.

She graduated with her associates degree from Salt Lake Community College in 2010, then attended Westminster College and graduated in 2014 with a baccalaureate in Nursing. She spent the first 4 years of her nursing career on the inpatient Bone Marrow Transplant and Hematology unit at Huntsman Cancer Hospital, following this she spent some time as a Case Manager with the Neuro Critical Care unit with the University of Utah. Priscilla made the transition from clinical nursing to clinical research nursing in 2019 and started with Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Clinical Trials Office coordinating Phase I, II, and III Hematology clinical trials where she was able to use her nursing skills and apply this to the research.

priscilla.blosser@hsc.utah.edu

Grace Broussard

Grace Broussard

Research Assistant/Social Service Worker

Grace received her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Utah in 2021. Prior to joining PARCKA, she worked in the expressive therapy department at Huntsman Mental Health Institute on the ROPES course with community and substance use treatment groups. She also worked at the Division of Child and Family Services and is passionate about advocating for children and families in our community through a social justice lens. She is excited to learn and grow her research skills at PARCKA. Outside of work, Grace loves to spend her free time outside doing all things Utah -- enjoying the mountains through climbing, skiing, and hiking!

grace.broussard@hsc.utah.edu

 Spencer Calder

Spencer Calder

Research Analyst

Spencer graduated with a master’s in public health from the University of Utah in 2019 after completing an undergraduate degree in public health from Brigham Young University. As a graduate student, he worked as a Connect2Health mentor and with the University of Utah’s Hotspotting program to improve vulnerable patients’ access to healthcare, affordable housing, and other basic needs. Prior to working as a research analyst, he worked as a lead medical scribe for Robin Healthcare where he worked with otolaryngologists and urologists at UCSF. He is passionate about the potential of nutrition and physical activity to promote health and prevent chronic diseases. In his free time, he loves running and exploring new plant-based recipes.

spencer.calder@hsc.utah.edu

 

Betsy Charron, PhD, MPH, is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Division of Epidemiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine and core faculty in the Program of Addiction Research, Clinical Care, Knowledge and Advocacy (PARCKA). Dr. Charron is a health services researcher and clinical epidemiologist working to improve access and quality of healthcare delivery for individuals with or at-risk of developing substance use disorders. Her primary interest is conducting clinical and population-based research on topics related to women’s health and addiction. Dr. Charron’s projects have focused on expanding access to perinatal substance use treatment, examining quality of care in reproductive health service provision, and evaluating clinical approaches to reduce the burden of substance use and related problems on pregnant/parenting individuals and their children. Dr. Charron received her PhD from Clemson University, MPH from Tulane University, and completed postdoctoral training at PARCKA.

betsy.charron@utah.edu

Janelle Crowther

Janelle Crowther

Research Assistant

Janelle completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University in 2017 with a focus in neuroscience research and minors in Philosophy, Business, and Theatre. She has a passion for mental health and helping others as best she can. She has 4 years of experience implementing behavioral plans and designated interventions for clients suffering from various behavioral conditions. She is currently working with the PARCKA team as a research assistant on several local and national projects. Her professional desire is to become a University professor and help teach others about behavioral and medical health.

Janelle.Crowther@utah.edu

Nina Dalley

Nina Dalley

Graduate Research Assistant

Nina Dalley earned her Bachelor of Social Work Degree (Cum Laude) and is currently in the Advanced Standing Master of Social Work Program here at the University of Utah. She attained her Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor Certification (ASUDC) through the University as well. She is a member of the Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work and the Mortar Board Honor Society. She is currently certifying in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy and pursuing a Women’s Health Certificate in conjunction with her master’s program. Nina’s research interests are centered on clinical behavioral health services research. Her area of interest lies with substance use disorder treatment that co-occurs with various mental health disorders, compound trauma and/or PTSD. She is engaged in advocating for harm reduction strategies and reducing the stigma that surrounds substance use and mental health disorders.

nbc3@utah.edu

 Marcie Falkner

Marcie Falkner

Clinical Research Coordinator

Marcie received her Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Education at the University of Utah in 2013. She has worked in health care for 15 years, the last 5 of which have been spent in research. Most recently coming from Huntsman Cancer Institute, coordinating on the BEAT AML investigational drug trial. During undergrad she spent a lot of my time volunteering for underserved populations, with the Utah Health and Human Rights (UHHR) organization and Planned Parenthood teaching sexual education to women incarcerated. Marcie is very excited to join the PARCKA team as Clinical Research Coordinator and is looking forward to working in women’s health and substance use research. She spends most of her free time adventuring with her husband, their twin girls and soon to be baby boy. She loves to travel and can’t wait to show her kids this beautiful world.

marcie.tanner@hsc.utah.edu

Jacob Foringer

Jacob Foringer

Research Analyst

Jacob Foringer is a Certified Peer Support Specialist committed to finding evidence-based practices that support individuals with Substance Use Disorder. His interests are working with antepartum and postpartum women. Jacob implemented the Peer Coaching Model into the SUPeRAD Clinic at the University of Utah Hospital in June of 2018. He regards this as his most impactful project to date. His professional goal is to be a Physician Assistant one day.

jake.foringer@utah.edu

 Kayla Fritz

Kayla Fritz

Study Coordinator

Kayla graduated with a bachelor’s in biology from Purdue University in 2015 and is currently a Masters in Healthcare Administration candidate expected to graduate fall 2022. Since graduating in 2015, she has worked in both biological and clinical research, most recently here at the University of Utah as a Study Coordinator for the Department of Surgery. She is passionate about improving patient access to care and quality improvement. In her free time, she loves to be outside hiking and exploring new places.

kayla.fritz@hsc.utah.edu

Mitchell Garets

Mitchell Garets

Administrative Officer

Mitchell is a macro-focused social worker passionate about the power of community and social justice. He earned both his bachelor's and master’s degrees in social work from the University of Utah. Additionally, Mitchell holds certification in Leadership, Justice, and Community Practice, as well as in Substance Use Disorder Treatment, among others. Mitchell has worked in substance use disorder research for several years in different capacities, including case management, direct clinical intervention, program/project coordination, community advocacy, and diversity, equity, and inclusion work. Mitchell is a lover of astrology, all things pop culture, and time spent with his cat. On the weekends, while his coworkers are hiking or on the slopes, you can often find him shopping.

mitchell.garets@hsc.utah.edu

Erinn Geyer

Erinn Geyer

Graduate Research Assistant

Erinn earned a Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University in 2016 and is a current two-year Master of Social Work Student at the University of Utah. Erinn has previously worked at Mass General Hospital on multiple research studies during her undergraduate program. She moved to Utah in 2017 where she worked for a wilderness therapy program as a field instructor for several years and grew a passion for working with adolescents who struggled with a variety of clinical diagnoses, more specifically substance use related disorders. She transitioned to working at a substance use recovery program in Salt Lake City where she worked with mothers in recovery and their children. Through this experience, Erinn had the opportunity to see the resilience and vulnerability of women in recovery and the healing power of the parent-child relationship. Currently, she works as a substance use recovery counselor at a residential treatment center for adolescent boys for her practicum experience. Erinn is thrilled to combine her clinical skills, her research experience, and her passion to work with individuals struggling with substance use with the PARCKA team.

Christine Glasmann

Christine Glasmann

Study Coordinator

Christine Glasmann graduated December 2019 from UC Berkeley with a bachelors in Integrated Biology. While in California, she competed for the Women's Track and Field team in the Javelin event, and currently holds the school record. Previously, she was working at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in the clinical trials office in the Hematology department. She is currently working on her MBA through the U of U and will graduate spring 2023. She enjoys spending time outdoors (when we aren't in a drought), with family, and love learning and working with animals.

christine.glasmann@hsc.utah.edu

Grace Humiston

Grace Humiston

Sr. Clinical Research Coordinator

Grace earned a Bachelor of Science in Gender Studies from the University Utah and is currently enrolled in the University of Utah’s MBA program. Most recently, she joins PARCKA from Huntsman Cancer Institute where she coordinated Phase I-III investigational drug trials. Grace is passionate about harm reduction and social justice and has extensive experience working directly with vulnerable communities in Salt Lake County. She has been working with patients during pregnancy and labor as a licensed doula for the past 8 years.

grace.humiston@hsc.utah.edu

Alexis Jones

Alexis Jones

Office Assistant

Alexis is currently a student at the University of Utah, working towards her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Chemistry. Besides taking classes, she has worked as a Biology Lab Teaching Assistant for other undergraduate students, and participates in other organizations within the community on campus, such as the Women’s Outdoor Leadership Initiative, the Bennion Center, etc. On the days that she can take to herself, she enjoys snowboarding and the beautiful outdoors that Utah has to offer, as well as spending as much time as she can catching up with friends and family.

alexis.jones@utah.edu

Katherine (Katie) Kinsey

Katherine (Katie) Kinsey

Social Service Worker

Katherine (Katie) completed a bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Utah State University. She then went on to earn a master’s degree in the Advanced Standing Social Work program at Utah State University. Katie has experience working with a variety of clients who experience substance use, mental health disorders, and trauma. As an intern in the Juvenile Probation mental health court, Katie used Cognitive Behavior Therapy and the Stages of Change Model to help adolescents and their families overcome their various challenges. She worked closely with probation officers, families, and school officials to provide clients with as many resources as needed to succeed. While employed at Utah State University’s Sexual Assault and Anti-Violence Information center, Katie provided therapy for clients experiencing all types of interpersonal violence. Katie is also trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Processing Therapy (TF-CPT), Mind Body Bridging (MBB), Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). In her free time, Katie enjoys rock climbing, river rafting, reading, camping, and spending time with her husband and dog.

katie.seely@hsc.utah.edu

 Nicole Mauerman

Nicole Mauerman

Senior Regulatory Coordinator

Nicole graduated with a Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Sociology from Utah State University. Upon graduation she worked as an Epidemiologist for both the Idaho and Utah Departments of Health. Since 2010 she has worked in clinical research with a focus on oncology and pediatrics. She is excited to be part of the PARCKA team.

nicole.mauerman@hsc.utah.edu

Stella Puckett

Stella Puckett

Graduate Research Assistant

Stella earned her Bachelors of Arts in History from the University of Utah in 2017, she is currently a two-year Master of Social Work Student at the University of Utah about to begin her second year. Stella worked for the Huntsman Mental Health Clinic and in conjunction with the University Recovery Clinic. She learned a great deal by working with a multi-disciplinary team and discovered that she wanted to work with trauma, women's health, and maternal mental health. Within her current practicum, Stella works with survivors of cancer and other catastrophic illnesses and their families. She is looking forward to working with PARCKA and substance use research. Stella is an avid photographer, and prior to the pandemic enjoyed traveling regularly. She lives with her partner in Midvale and has two cats. Stella recently started her own perennial flower and produce garden and will probably try to share some vegetables with you.

puckett.stella@utah.edu

John Saunders

John Saunders

Pharmacist

John Saunders worked in the retail pharmacy setting as a technician and intern for 11 years. He got his PharmD from the University of Utah in 2019. After graduating, he completed a 2-year clinical research fellowship focusing on anticoagulation with the U College of Pharmacy. During his fellowship he was the primary resource for extracting and organizing the data used in research projects. He is currently working toward a master’s degree in biomedical informatics here at the University of Utah.

Britnee Sengpraseut

Britnee Sengpraseut

Study Coordinator

Britnee completed her B.S in Health Promotion and Education with a community emphasis in 2017 with the University of Utah. Prior to joining PARCKA, Britnee has over 8 years of experience in pharmacy that includes medical terminology and assisting in coordination of patients and provider communication. Britnee has always been interested in behavioral health and helping her community on what they need most. Britnee is looking forward to learning and adapting her skills with PARCKA.

Britnee.Sengpraseut@hsc.utah.edu

Laura Stolebarger

Laura Stolebarger

Nurse Care Manager

Laura graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Phoenix in 2019 after completing her Associate of Science in Nursing from College of Marin in 2018. Laura is joining the PARCKA team with over 2 years of inpatient nursing experience in both adult and neonatal medicine. She is passionate about education, social justice, and equal access to care. She is excited to be bringing these passions with her into her role as a Nurse Care Manager.

Laura.Stolebarger@hsc.utah.edu

 Kathryn Szczotka

Kathryn Szczotka

Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

Kathryn received her Bachelors of Arts in History and Women’s Studies from Colorado State University and then earned her Masters in Public Health from the University of Utah in 2015. She has worked in clinical research since 2013, predominately focusing in women’s health, and joined PARCKA from the Obstetrics and Gynecology Research Network at the University of Utah. Kathryn is passionate about merging the principles of public health and clinical research to make meaningful and sustainable change in people’s lives. In her free time, she enjoys skiing and spending time with her family.

Ashley White

Ashley White

Social Service Worker

Ashley earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Colorado State University in 2009, and a Master of Arts in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in 2015. Prior to joining the PARCKA team Ashley worked as a mental health therapist for an intensive outpatient substance use and dual diagnosis treatment program serving adults in the criminal justice system.  Ashley has two years of experience as a research assistant in both a cognitive psychology lab and a neuropsychology lab, and she is excited to blend her clinical skills with her interest in research through her position with PARCKA. Ashley hopes to continue serving under-represented communities through a social justice perspective, incorporating the healing powers of mindfulness, creativity, and contact with the natural world.

ashley.white@hsc.utah.edu