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Executive Committee

Amy Emerson

Amy Emerson Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

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Amy Emerson

Amy Emerson

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Amy Emerson is the Chief Executive Officer at the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. As the Chief Executive Officer, Amy has led the growth and development of this new subsidiary and is responsible for overall global regulatory strategy and implementation of research programs with a focus on the MDMA-assisted psychotherapy program within MAPS PBC.

Amy started as a pro bono consultant at MAPS in 2003, and since then has built MAPS’ clinical department while managing the MDMA Clinical Development Program with a focus on the PTSD indication. In 2014, MAPS Public Benefit Corporation was incorporated to focus on psychedelic drug development, therapist training programs, and future sales of prescription psychedelics prioritizing public benefit above profit.

Amy brings decades of pharmaceutical development and research experience in Phase 1 through Phase 3 Randomized Controlled Trials including supporting three successful regulatory approvals for new biologics. Her professional experience at Novartis, Chiron, and other pharmaceutical companies (1993-2009) spans various fields including immunology, oncology, and vaccines. Pursuing her love of science and nature cultivated while growing up in the woods of Alaska she earned her B.S. in genetics and cell biology from Washington State University in 1992 to prepare for a career in research. Amy is passionate about being a mother and the work of bringing the potential of psychedelics for healing further into the consciousness of the world, leaving a better world for the following generations. She has a lifelong love of travel, living abroad with her husband, exploring in nature, and cooking with her family.

 

 

 

Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D.

Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D. Chief Scientific Officer

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Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D.

Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer

Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D., is Chief Scientific Officer of the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC). Dr. Yazar-Klosinski is responsible for development of strategic, catalytic, and capacity-building activities to facilitate research on the risk/benefit profile of psychedelics in compliance with the global regulatory landscape. She has been actively involved in the various stages of nonclinical and clinical development of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, LSD-assisted psychotherapy, cannabis, and ibogaine.

After gaining experience in clinical research laboratories with Geron Corporation and Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Yazar-Klosinski joined MAPS in 2009 to work with an organization where profit wouldn't dictate the agenda of scientific research. Since 2009, she has supported MAPS clinical research, she has supported MAPS clinical research and regulatory affairs through all stages of growth. Dr. Yazar-Klosinski has developed a strong track record of success with FDA, state regulatory agencies and multiple regulatory agencies outside of the USA.

Dr. Yazar-Klosinski earned her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Drama from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2010. She is a Turkish hunter-gatherer who is supporting the growth of her family and pets in harmony with the natural world as she works tirelessly to transform the future.

Michael Mullette

Michael Mullette Chief Operating Officer

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Michael Mullette

Michael Mullette

Chief Operating Officer

Michael Mullette is an experienced drug development and commercialization expert, currently serving as Chief Operating Officer at MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC). Mullette most recently served as the Vice President and Managing Director of North America for Moderna, where he oversaw commercialization of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine during the height of the pandemic. 

Blair Clark-Schoeb

Blair Clark-Schoeb Chief Communications Officer

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Blair Clark-Schoeb

Blair Clark-Schoeb

Chief Communications Officer

Blair Clark-Schoeb is an experienced communications professional having worked in public relations (PR), investor relations (IR), government affairs (GA) and patient advocacy (PA) with biotechnology and life sciences companies for more than twenty years. She joined MAPS Public Benefit Corporation as Chief Communications Officer and is a member of the Executive Committee. Blair comes to MAPS PBC at an important juncture as the company’s identity and public brand evolve to reflect rapid growth. Blair leads implementation of the company brand and communications strategy.

Most recently, Blair ran communications and was a member of the leadership team at Aruvant, a subsidiary of a publicly traded company Roivant. Prior to that, she headed up the communications effort at Zyla Life Sciences, a publicly traded company that was acquired by Assertio. At both of those companies she led the IR, PR, GA and PA work and managed all internal and external communications. Before working in-house, Blair led her own consulting business, BiotechComm, working with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies such as Sanofi, Syndax and Horizon Therapeutics. Prior to running BiotechComm, she worked in IR and PR at two different agencies, Burns McClellan and Real Chemistry, and did investment banking at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette.

Blair received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Harvard University and her master’s in healthcare innovation from the University of Pennsylvania. She was a founding member of the Society of Healthcare Innovation. Outside of work, you can often find Blair cheering on one of her daughters on a soccer or lacrosse field or holding her breath while her son tends goal for his hockey or lacrosse teams. When not at a sporting event, Blair is often thrifting, trying a new vegan recipe, or working out.

Sneha Patel

Sneha Patel Chief People Officer

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Sneha Patel

Sneha Patel

Chief People Officer

Sneha Patel joins MAPS Public Benefit Corporation as its first Chief People Officer. As a member of the Executive Committee, Sneha’s responsibilities include oversight of Talent, Learning & Development, Performance Management, Team-Building and Culture, Compensation and Benefits, along with HR and People Operations.

Sneha has spent several decades in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry working at fast-growing companies such as Alexion, Ironwood, and Genzyme. She has played integral roles helping companies transition from pre-commercial to commercial. She is passionate about fostering transparency and creating a culture that is honest, fair, and caring and a workplace that values impact and excellence. Sneha spends her free time at her son’s soccer games, on hiking trails, at yoga, and at her local organic farm, and she enjoys cooking for friends and family.

Arman Nadershahi

Arman Nadershahi General Counsel

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Arman Nadershahi

Arman Nadershahi

General Counsel

Arman is a seasoned legal executive who has served various life science companies ranging from early-stage startups to multinational biopharma companies. He has extensive experience working with not-for-profit organizations and their public benefit corporate subsidiaries.

Arman’s experience spans corporate law, FDA law, securities law, employment law, intellectual property law, M&A law, and healthcare risk management and compliance. Arman has established and led numerous legal and cross-functional teams. He has played a key role in, business financing strategies, product research and development, FDA approvals, market access, commercialization, numerous acquisitions and divestitures, and initial public offerings.

Previously, Arman served as Associate General Counsel at Gyroscope Therapeutics, a gene therapy and medical device company acquired by Novartis. Prior to Gyroscope, Arman served as the Head of Legal at the Alfred Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California (AMI-USC). At AMI-USC, he led the legal function of a $200M life science incubator, as well as the formation, financing, and successful exits of numerous medical device startup companies. Earlier in his career, Arman practiced intellectual property law at Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP, where he focused on patent prosecution, licensing, and intellectual property litigation in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices.

Additionally, Arman co-founded and served as General Counsel and Chairman of Global Brigades, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization focused on global health and holistic community development. He also teaches biotechnology law at University of Southern California in his spare time.

Arman graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in Zoology and English. He earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School, a Master’s in Biological Science from the University of Minnesota, an MS in Regulatory Science from the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy, an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, and an LLM in Securities and Financial Regulation from Georgetown Law Center. He is a registered patent attorney, holds US and EU regulatory affairs certifications, and is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Arman enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with his family.

Strategy and Operations

Michael Mullette

Michael Mullette Chief Operating Officer

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Michael Mullette

Michael Mullette

Chief Operating Officer

Michael Mullette is an experienced drug development and commercialization expert, currently serving as Chief Operating Officer at MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC). Mullette most recently served as the Vice President and Managing Director of North America for Moderna, where he oversaw commercialization of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine during the height of the pandemic. 

James Acer

James Acer Chief of Staff

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James Acer

James Acer

Chief of Staff

James Acer is Chief of Staff at MAPS Public Benefit Corporation. Before joining MAPS PBC, James served as a consultant at Boston Consultant Group working primarily in the firm’s Social Impact Practice. Prior to that, he co-founded Manoa, a mission-driven restaurant in Somerville, MA. In his role at MAPS PBC, James focuses on organizational strategy, research development, clinical project management, and treatment dissemination. He is driven by an insatiable curiosity and the desire for a happier, more connected world. James holds a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Psychology from Harvard University.

Anya Kramer

Anya Kramer Corporate Communications Project Manager

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Anya Kramer

Anya Kramer

Corporate Communications Project Manager

Anya Kramer is currently serving as Corporate Communications Project Manager. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Anya worked as a project manager, marketing strategist, research assistant, and ‘chief of staff.’ Some notable projects include: research for a pre-production documentary on Timothy Leary and a film on Miles Davis, strategic planning and pipeline support for a career coaching/consulting company, expanding community programs and providing operational support for a wellness-based consulting company, and overseeing communications and development of websites and other marketing assets for several companies. Anya earned a bachelor’s degree in religion/philosophy in 2012 from Smith College. Anya is committed to furthering psychedelic research and redefining models of health and healing. She is thrilled to join the MAPS PBC team. In her free time, she enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, playing drums, and hiking.

Ritika Aggarwal, M.S., A.M.F.T.

Ritika Aggarwal, M.S., A.M.F.T. Project Manager to the CEO

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Ritika Aggarwal, M.S., A.M.F.T.

Ritika Aggarwal, M.S., A.M.F.T.

Project Manager to the CEO

Ritika is the Project Manager to the CEO, where she works to build health equity initiatives, while operationalizing projects across the company and supporting the CEO.

In addition to her role at MAPS PBC, Ritika offers therapy at Sage Institute, a sliding scale psychedelic clinic in Oakland. She holds a M.S. in counseling from San Francisco State University and a B.A. in feminist studies and psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to working at MAPS PBC, she has spent nearly 20 years as a legal advocate for and with people incarcerated in California prisons.

Amy Laverdiere

Amy Laverdiere Program Lead for MDMA

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Amy Laverdiere

Amy Laverdiere

Program Lead for MDMA

Amy Laverdiere is the program lead for MDMA at MAPS Public Benefit Corporation. Amy has spent her career in many areas of drug and medical device development and commercialization. Prior to joining MAPS PBC, Amy was the program lead for PALFORZIA, the first FDA-approved therapy for peanut allergy, at Aimmune Therapeutics. She previously worked in process development at Genzyme and Genentech, in finance at Hatteras Venture partners, and held various marketing and commercial development roles at Medtronic and Cytokinetics. Amy holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.

Morgan Kelly

Morgan Kelly Project Manager I

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Morgan Kelly

Morgan Kelly

Project Manager I

Morgan earned a B.A. in psychology at St. Edward’s University and an M.A. in psychological research at Texas State University. Before joining MAPS PBC, she gained research experience while supporting multiple clinical trials in academic and community mental health settings. Morgan started at MAPS PBC in 2020 as a clinical study assistant on the Expanded Access Program.

Currently, at MAPS PBC, Morgan operates as a Project Manager for the NDA for MDMA-AT for PTSD teams. In this role, she reports directly to the Program Leader and supports the NDA project teams, timeline/KPI tracking, and cross-functional communication. Morgan is passionate about reducing health disparities, increasing accessibility to holistic treatment approaches, and psychedelic-assisted therapy to address mental health issues. She is committed to expanding the scope of psychedelic medical research to make this treatment option available to all who may benefit.

In her free time, she enjoys trying new foods, yoga, hiking, traveling, game nights with friends, and spending quality time with her partner and her pup.

Research Development and Regulatory Affairs

Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D.

Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D. Chief Scientific Officer

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Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D.

Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer

Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D., is Chief Scientific Officer of the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC). Dr. Yazar-Klosinski is responsible for development of strategic, catalytic, and capacity-building activities to facilitate research on the risk/benefit profile of psychedelics in compliance with the global regulatory landscape. She has been actively involved in the various stages of nonclinical and clinical development of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, LSD-assisted psychotherapy, cannabis, and ibogaine.

After gaining experience in clinical research laboratories with Geron Corporation and Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Yazar-Klosinski joined MAPS in 2009 to work with an organization where profit wouldn't dictate the agenda of scientific research. Since 2009, she has supported MAPS clinical research, she has supported MAPS clinical research and regulatory affairs through all stages of growth. Dr. Yazar-Klosinski has developed a strong track record of success with FDA, state regulatory agencies and multiple regulatory agencies outside of the USA.

Dr. Yazar-Klosinski earned her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Drama from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2010. She is a Turkish hunter-gatherer who is supporting the growth of her family and pets in harmony with the natural world as she works tirelessly to transform the future.

Alida Brandenburg

Alida Brandenburg Project Manager to the CSO

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Alida Brandenburg

Alida Brandenburg

Project Manager to the CSO

Alida was first introduced to the world of consciousness exploration and the healing power of psychedelics through her upbringing in both Zen Buddhist and indigenous communities, then later through the Bay Area dance music community in collaboration with organizations like Erowid and DanceSafe.

She earned her degree in Molecular and Cell Biology, with an emphasis in Neurobiology, from the University of California, Berkeley, where she ran the Students for Integrative Medicine group, and worked in Dr. Dacher Keltner's positive psychology lab.

Inspired by the digital democratization of information sharing and online social movements such as Arab Spring, Alida later entered the world of tech and media to support her activism work, utilizing her knowledge of corporate strategy to further social causes. During this period, she also managed large global campaigns for everything from Fortune 500 companies, to startups, to A-list celebrities. With experience spanning multiple industries, from health, finance, tech, CPG, travel, fashion, luxury, and music, Alida is adept at collaborating across diverse departments to translate business objectives into successful project launches – leveraging strategic roadmaps, goal-setting, and reporting; workflow overhauls, novel system integrations, and more transparent lines of communication to ensure optimal execution.

Alida is thrilled to return to her first love of science and to bring her extensive experience in strategy, project management, operations, and scaling companies in her role as project manager to the Chief Scientist Officer, and in supporting the overall MAPS PBC mission.

In her spare time, Alida loves surfing, dancing salsa, and volunteering for the SPCA.

Regulatory Affairs

Shannon DiNapoli

Shannon DiNapoli Head of Global Regulatory Affairs

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Shannon DiNapoli

Shannon DiNapoli

Head of Global Regulatory Affairs

Shannon DiNapoli has worked in regulatory affairs for nearly two decades at companies including Genentech, Gilead, Portola, and Zogenix. Her experience spans the product lifecycle from pre-IND through post-marketing and commercial regulatory affairs. Over the course of her career, she is worked on three NDAs and two BLAs, including two products with REMS programs! She holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from Arizona State University. Shannon is also a proud military veteran having served 5 years in the United States Air Force, as a forward-deployed Satellite Communications Specialist. Shannon is located in the Bay Area, California.

Reporting to Berra as the Chief Scientific Officer, the Head of Global Regulatory Affairs (GRA) leads the Regulatory Affairs Department in developing and delivering innovative, breakthrough global regulatory strategies for product development and approval, in alignment with global business strategy. The Head of GRA is an experienced leader with accountability for ensuring that resources are planned and allocated to ensure that projects are implemented on time and on budget, while maintaining a high compliance standard in Regulatory department operations. Shannon is responsible for developing and leading a comprehensive and strategic approach to developing and executing integrated global regulatory strategies that account for the complex interplay between major Health Authorities (including US, UK/EEA, JP, and China), with a passion for clinical research in novel therapeutics to address unmet medical need and a proven record of accomplishment of success in regulatory affairs.

Julie Blaisdell, M.S.

Julie Blaisdell, M.S. Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist

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Julie Blaisdell, M.S.

Julie Blaisdell, M.S.

Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist

Julie Blaisdell joined MAPS PBC with nearly ten years of experience in academic clinical research. Most recently, as Research Operations Manager for Northwestern University’s Department of Radiology, she oversaw a team of study coordinators and provided regulatory, logistical, data management, and statistical expertise to support clinical trials and translational imaging research department wide. Julie holds a B.A. in psychology and biology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an M.S. in epidemiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

As a regulatory affairs specialist at MAPS PBC, Julie supports the planning, drafting, and submission of regulatory documentation and correspondence as well as the alignment of requirements across regulatory authorities in compliance with health agency regulations and guidelines.

Julie is enthusiastic about ethical and methodologically sound research and was drawn to MAPS PBC by these shared values. She resides in the Chicago area and enjoys traveling, live music, sewing, and working on her very old house.

Fairooz Faggouseh

Fairooz Faggouseh Regulatory Publishing Specialist

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Fairooz Faggouseh

Fairooz Faggouseh

Regulatory Publishing Specialist

Fairooz Faggouseh earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of California in Santa Cruz in 2013 and a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree from San Jose State University in 2020. She brings this unique background and skill set to her role with the regulatory affairs team at MAPS Public Benefit Corporation.

Fairooz joins the MAPS family after 5 years of working in public and academic libraries, with experience ranging from program development and patron services to copy-cataloging, subject-specific research, and detailed documentation. In her most recent position with the Law Library at the University of California in Irvine, she developed a penchant for the intricacies of technical processes and data and information management within a specialized field. As a regulatory publishing specialist at MAPS PBC, Fairooz supports in the planning, development, and publishing of eCTD submissions by collecting, tracking, and organizing their components using various document management systems.

Fairooz has personally benefited from and believes in the power of alternative healing therapies and is very excited to work with an organization whose research aligns with these values. In her free time, she enjoys traveling both near and far; reading fantasy and sci-fi; exploring music, art, and culture through festivals; hanging out with her beloved pups; and adventuring to local farmers markets for good eats.

 

Leah Bedrosian, M.P.H.

Leah Bedrosian, M.P.H. Clinical Research Scientist

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Leah Bedrosian, M.P.H.

Leah Bedrosian, M.P.H.

Clinical Research Scientist

Leah earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2015 from the University of Michigan and her M.P.H. in epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 2018. Leah’s research background focused on maternal and child exposure to environmental contaminants, specifically endocrine disruptors.

At MAPS PBC, Leah serves as our clinical research scientist, developing clinical study reports for our MDMA-assisted therapy program as well as other regulatory documents and publications.

Leah is passionate about mental health and believes that psychedelics are a powerful tool that can help our global community heal and connect. She joined MAPS to work toward a brighter future. In her free time, Leah teaches yoga and enjoys exploring national parks and playing with her Aussie pup.

Marija Grigorjev

Marija Grigorjev Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist, European Region

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Marija Grigorjev

Marija Grigorjev

Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist, European Region

Marija joined MAPS Public Benefit Corporation after working in the Netherlands as a Regulatory Affairs and Medical Information Specialist where she helped with the successful registration of products and worked closely with health agencies across Europe. Marija has earned her B.S. in pharmaceutical sciences at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. As the Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist for the European Region, Marika will be is responsible for aligning requirements across various regulatory authorities in compliance with health agency regulations. She will collaborate with Regulatory Affairs, European Clinical Operations and Medical Science and Safety to develop regulatory submissions in the European Region.

Marija is thrilled to be a part of MAPS PBC where she can ensure that underrepresented patient populations receive the pharmaceutical solutions they deserve. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her family, dabbling in interior design and throwing the occasional dance party.

Nick Miner, Ph.D.

Nick Miner, Ph.D. Regulatory Medical Writer

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Nick Miner, Ph.D.

Nick Miner, Ph.D.

Regulatory Medical Writer

Nick Miner, Ph.D., earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Reed College and a doctorate in behavioral neuroscience from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) studying pharmacology and the neurotoxicity of amphetamines. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (PBC), he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Portland VA Research Foundation studying synthetic opioids and conducting preclinical trials of novel opioid overdose treatments. Over a decade of experience researching psychoactive substances has not only provided him with a strong background in basic science, but also experience writing protocols, manuscripts, and grants.

At MAPS PBC, Dr. Miner will bring these skills to the position of Regulatory Medical Writer as part of the Regulatory Affairs Department. He will serve as lead writer for documents required to facilitate global regulatory programs across business units and will be responsible for supporting regulatory document writing to develop the global evidence base for MAPS-sponsored research.

With a passion for writing, science, and details, Dr. Miner is excited to contribute to the advancement of psychedelic-assisted therapy. He resides in Portland, OR and enjoys biking, creating steel sculpture, and gardening.

Data Management and Services

Michelle Pleshe

Michelle Pleshe Head of Data Management and Services

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Michelle Pleshe

Michelle Pleshe

Head of Data Management and Services

Michelle Pleshe earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science in 1985 from Old Dominion University. Prior to joining the MAPS PBC, Michelle worked in clinical data management at IQVIA as a director of programming shared service where she lead a team of clinical study designers and validation leads. During Michelle’s 29 years at IQVIA, she has worked across all phases of studies and multiple therapeutic areas. She has extensive experience in building and validating clinical studies in multiple EDC platforms and developing strong technical teams. At MAPS PBC, Michelle will serve as Head of Data Management and Services, focusing on the oversight of clinical system and software development through the lifecycle including evaluation, implementation/development, maintenance, archiving, and documentation.

Michelle is passionate about giving back to the community. She volunteers her time with SPCA of Wake County to help pets find their forever home and supports North Carolina Special Olympics as an athlete assistant during competitions.

Michelle joined MAPS PBC in order to use her many years of experience in clinical research to have a closer connection to the research and patients involved. She is passionate about the mission and believes these therapies can save lives and make a true difference to thousands.

In Michelle’s free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is working on improving her photography skills and loves to take pictures of nature displaying passion and glory.

Data Management

Brieta Ventimiglia, M.A.

Brieta Ventimiglia, M.A. Senior Clinical Data Manager

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Brieta Ventimiglia, M.A.

Brieta Ventimiglia, M.A.

Senior Clinical Data Manager

Brieta earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in statistics in 2005 from Winona State University and a master’s degree in applied statistics in 2008 from the University of Western Michigan. Prior to joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Brieta worked as a clinical database and project manager at a device company specializing in the spine.

At MAPS PBC, Brieta is currently serving as Senior Clinical Data Manager. She believes the research conducted by MAPS PBC is essential to provide healing to those who are suffering. Brieta is firmly committed to MAPS/MAPS PBC’s vision and values and is excited to be a part of such a talented team. In her free time, she can be found exploring the outdoors, camping, hiking, or skiing.

Bri Deyo

Bri Deyo Data Management Manager

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Bri Deyo

Bri Deyo

Data Management Manager

Bri comes to MAPS PBC from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where they spent 10 years in the School of Medicine and Public Health on various kinds of clinical trials and public health research. For the last 6 years, they coordinated and then managed the research team in the Program for Research, Outreach, Education, and Therapeutics in the Addictions (PROTEA). During their time at UW, they had the opportunity to contribute to all stages of research, from beginning to end, from grant application and protocol development to study conduct, data analysis, and publication. They love the creative process of turning ideas into testable hypotheses, and then putting protocols into action. They are looking forward to using their protocol development and clinical experience to guide their engagement with data collection, management, and reporting processes.

At MAPS PBC Bri is Data Management Manager, working in the Data Management and Systems Team. Bri’s last name rhymes with “Leo,” even though Harry Belafonte’s “Day-o” pronunciation is way more fun. They prefer gender neutral pronouns, but gendered ones work, too.

In their free time, Bri enjoys working on projects around the house and yard, gatherings with friends and family, building things, and exploring.

 

Titi Olaosebikan

Titi Olaosebikan Clinical Data Manager

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Titi Olaosebikan

Titi Olaosebikan

Clinical Data Manager

Titilope Olaosebikan earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 2009 from the University of Abuja, Nigeria. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MPBC), Titi worked as a Clinical Data Manager on phase I to IV studies in both CRO and Pharma. She pays sharp attention to details and is experienced in oncology, cardiovascular, respiratory, immunology therapeutic areas.

At MPBC, Titi is currently serving as a Clinical Data Manager working on different aspects of data management from study startup to database lock. She is focusing on collecting and ensuring data accuracy in different MPBC studies.
Titi is involved in validating new data, raising queries to the site and reviewing site responses.
She is passionate about learning and committed to making the world a better place by being the change she wants to see in the world.
Titi joined MPBC in order to contribute her knowledge to the development, improvement and acceptance of psychedelic treatments in the world at large.
She dreams of a safer environment and believes in the safe use of psychedelics to understand the dynamics in mental health.
In Titi’s free time, she enjoys reading to her two daughters, loves to try food from all over the world and hang out with friends.

Emmett Henderson

Emmett Henderson Clinical Data Manager

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Emmett Henderson

Emmett Henderson

Clinical Data Manager

Emmett earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and music performance in 2013 from Carnegie Mellon University, a master’s degree in health outcomes research in 2017 from Saint Louis University, and a Ph.D. in public health in 2020 from the University of Pittsburgh. His research examined how complex social factors such as stigma and social support affect our mental and physical well-being. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Emmett worked in an academic research setting where he developed a broad skillset including clinical trial design, data management and analysis, and scientific writing. He is passionate about the potential of psychedelic-assisted therapy to be an accessible and effective tool for healing, and is thrilled to be able to contribute to the expansion of this research.

In Emmett’s free time he can be found in nature, doing any form of movement, reading a book, and spending time with his partner and dogs.

Beth Rhew

Beth Rhew Clinical Data Manager

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Beth Rhew

Beth Rhew

Clinical Data Manager

Beth earned a bachelor’s degree in social work in 1993 from North Carolina State University. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Beth owned a small arts and craft supply business named The Creative Goat.  She also worked at IQVIA where she began in data management and then transitioned into training.  During her 15 years at IQVIA,  Beth gained extensive knowledge in data management and EDC systems and processes.

In her free time, Beth enjoys spending time with her family and her farm animals.  She has goats, chickens, geese, dogs, and ducks.  She also enjoys facilitating creativity through hosting DIY workshops and events on the weekends.

Christina Faulk

Christina Faulk Data Management Assistant

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Christina Faulk

Christina Faulk

Data Management Assistant

Christina Faulk earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2018 from Alliant International University in San Diego, CA, and a master’s in public health with a concentration in epidemiology in 2020 from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, SC.  Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Christina worked as an epidemiologist at a non-profit substance misuse treatment and prevention facility where she collected, managed, and analyzed county-level opioid misuse, impaired driving, and underage alcohol use data.

At MAPS PBC, Christina is currently serving as a data management assistant providing a various range of support to safety, regulatory, data science and data management, including creating required study documentation and database verification.  Christina joined MAPS PBC in order to help make psychedelic medicine legal and accessible to all.  She believes psychedelic medicine is a much-needed tool in helping people heal and expanding spiritual awareness.

In Christina’s free time, she enjoys concerts, music festivals, being outdoors (kayaking, hiking, going to the beach), traveling and spending time with friends and family, including her three fur babies.

Data Science

Glen Robinson

Glen Robinson Clinical Data Assistant

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Glen Robinson

Glen Robinson

Clinical Data Assistant

Glen Robinson earned a bachelor’s degree in Statistical Sciences in 2017 from the University of California Santa Barbara. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MPBC), Glen worked as an Associate Analyst for Amgen where they worked on Pharmacokinetic analyses for CSR reports and wrote R scripts for dataset creation. Glen also worked as a math tutor at their local community college helping students in algebra, business calculus and statistics.

At MPBC, Glen is currently serving as a Clinical Data Assistant providing support for various research activities including CSR reports, TFL creation, dataset preparation and Quality Control. Glen is thrilled to be part of a team that shares the same passion for psychedelic research and dreams of a not so far future where psychedelic medicine is used legally for both medical healing and spiritual exploration.

In Glen’s free time, they enjoy reflecting in deep thought out in nature, reading a good book, jogging, learning to cook, playing Nintendo Switch and going on adventures with friends.

Julie Wang, M.P.H., Ph.D.

Julie Wang, M.P.H., Ph.D. Data Science Manager

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Julie Wang, M.P.H., Ph.D.

Julie Wang, M.P.H., Ph.D.

Data Science Manager

Julie Wang, M.P.H., Ph.D., is a data scientist with clinical research expertise in public health interventions. Her dissertation and research fellowship focused on developing and testing IoT solutions in both clinical and real-world settings to promote, measure, and analyze lifestyle behaviors (i.e., diet, physical activity, and smoking cessation). Dr. Wang completed further training in data science at General Assembly in San Francisco to advance analytic skillsets in working with large and complex mobile/ digital datasets. At MAPS PBC, Dr. Wang provides scientific expertise on peer-reviewed publications and data use agreements to develop new pipelines and facilitate the company's Open Science goals. In addition, she oversees statistical programming to support clinical safety reviews. Education: B.A. in Liberal Arts/ Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution and MPH (Global Health Promotion) at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.; Ph.D. in Public Health (Behavioral Science) at UC San Diego/ SDSU in La Jolla/ San Diego, CA; and post-doctoral research fellowship at UC San Francisco in San Francisco, CA.

 

Chemistry Manufacturing & Controls (CMC)

Hailee Korotkin

Hailee Korotkin CMC Associate Director

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Hailee Korotkin

Hailee Korotkin

CMC Associate Director

Hailee is the CMC Associate Director of MAPS PBC. She is responsible for CMC logistics functions, cross-functional projects, and assists in supply-chain oversight.

Hailee previously worked in the expanding hemp and cannabis industries, where she designed extraction processes and managed testing laboratories and manufacturing teams. She worked in one of the first hemp-refining companies to follow current US and EU federal regulations of pharmaceuticals, which at the time was an unconventional aspiration for the nascent industry. In her prior company, Hailee was the Chief Operating Officer of a pharmaceutical-grade CBD manufacturer.

Hailee earned a Masters in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, both from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. During her graduate work, she studied fungal-plant symbioses and co-authored a project seeking to unravel the evolution of hallucinogenic compounds found in psychotropic fungi.

In her free time, Hailee loves to be outdoors. Some of her favorite activities are hiking, kayaking, and appreciating nature to decompress. Hailee also enjoys spending time with her partner, traveling, reading, and occasionally indulging in her guilty pleasure of cartoons.

Jay Nair, Ph.D., P.M.P.

Jay Nair, Ph.D., P.M.P. Senior Director & Head of CMC

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Jay Nair, Ph.D., P.M.P.

Jay Nair, Ph.D., P.M.P.

Senior Director & Head of CMC

Jay Nair, Ph.D., P.M.P., comes to us with over 30 years of expertise in chemistry, manufacturing, and controls (CMC) executive management in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. Over his career, he has worked at companies such as Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS), Baxter, Teva, and Cephalon. Since his position as Executive Director at BMS, he has been a management consultant in the areas of CMC, Regulatory and Project Management. He also consulted for private equity companies as a global due diligence expert, analyzing the FDA exposure and assessing the risk of target companies and their therapeutic assets. His clients included Pfizer, McKinsey & Co., Accenture, Capital Group of companies etc. Jay obtained his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Analysis from Boston University. He is a graduate of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur. Jay is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Jay spends his downtime enjoying public speaking, philosophy, nature travel, yoga, and meditation.

Bridget Melton, Pharm.D.

Bridget Melton, Pharm.D. Manager, Clinical Supply Chain

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Bridget Melton, Pharm.D.

Bridget Melton, Pharm.D.

Manager, Clinical Supply Chain

Bridget Melton, Pharm.D., earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2004 from Georgia State University and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2011 from Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, both in Atlanta, Georgia.

Prior to joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Bridget worked at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for over 17 years, most recently serving as Investigational Drug Service Pharmacist, where she helped to manage investigational medications for a wide variety of clinical trials, from small investigator-initiated trials (IITs) to large Phase 3 industry-sponsored trials, Expanded Access protocols and Compassionate Use trials. She also served on the Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) and Developmental Therapeutics Committee in this role.

Bridget completed a variety of clinical rotations, including time at the Indian Health Service in Gallup, New Mexico and Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, she has volunteer experience with the Atlanta Harm Reduction Center and the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience at Georgia State University.

At MAPS PBC, Bridget is currently serving as Manager, Clinical Supply Chain, supporting the forecasting, manufacturing, and shipping of clinical drug supplies, both domestically and internationally, for all MAPS-sponsored clinical trials and IITs.

Bridget believes in the healing potential of psychedelics, when used appropriately and safely, and cares very deeply about the work being done at MAPS. She is delighted to assist with research that is personally very meaningful, and potentially very helpful for individuals and society.

Bridget lives in Atlanta in a 130-year-old house with a bunch of black cats. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, yoga, collecting records, going to shows, learning Swedish, as well as cooking food for and hosting dear friends, family, and her favorite touring bands.

Amanda Fyles

Amanda Fyles CMC Compliance and Logistics Manager

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Amanda Fyles

Amanda Fyles

CMC Compliance and Logistics Manager

Amanda earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 2015 from The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Amanda spent years working as a pharmaceutical chemist and investigative analyst at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) within the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA).

As part of the FDA, Amanda performed post-approval pharmaceutical analyses and conducted domestic and international site inspections of various pharmaceutical companies. Her laboratory work encompassed active pharmaceutical ingredient identity, potency, content uniformity, impurity, dissolution, and water-content testing across a variety of FDA-regulated pharmaceutical dosage forms. Her inspectional work focused on evaluating manufacturing and chemistry Quality Control laboratories in Pre-Approval, “For-Cause”, and Compliance follow-up inspections. She specialized in assessing data integrity and performing audit trail reviews.

At MAPS PBC, Amanda is currently serving as CMC Compliance and Logistics Manager, ensuring that clinical and commercial drug supplies are forecasted, manufactured, and managed in accordance with program-wide timelines. She is additionally supporting CMC strategy initiatives by creating and maintaining relevant Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and supporting general cGMP compliance.

Amanda is interested in the ways in which the natural world provides us with opportunities to explore our singular and collective consciousness. She is dedicated to supporting means of self-reflection and hopes that her work with MPBC will further its goals in offering psychedelic modalities to promote guided healing. In her free time, Amanda enjoys rock climbing, cooking vegetarian meals, reading, playing and watching soccer, and spending time in her home state of Vermont.

Gina DiJohnson

Gina DiJohnson CMC Program Manager

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Gina DiJohnson

Gina DiJohnson

CMC Program Manager

Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Gina DiJohnson earned a bachelor’s degree in science from the Pennsylvania State University. She most recently worked as a sensory research scientist with The Hershey Company, using the human senses paired with data analytics to launch new products, ensure quality control, and validate continuous improvement.

At MAPS PBC, Gina is currently serving as CMC Program Manager, focused on managing, forecasting, and manufacturing clinical and commercial drug supplies.

Gina is thrilled to be working on a team that values open science and transparency. She dreams of a world where mental health is not stigmatized and is accessible to all, and believes in the freedom to explore our consciousness with laws informed by science. In Gina’s free time, she loves live music, the beach, being in nature, and exploring.

Vincent Barettino

Vincent Barettino CMC Logistics Coordinator

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Vincent Barettino

Vincent Barettino

CMC Logistics Coordinator

Vincent is an experienced logistics professional with a strong background in GMP warehouse activities in the pharmaceutical industry, and controlled substance inventory management and distribution.  Prior to joining MAPS PBC, Vincent was a Logistics Specialist at Sharp Clinical Services where he managed the distribution, storage, receipt, and destruction services for a wide variety of clinical studies. In his role with Sharp, he demonstrated a high level of focus in Depot management and both international and domestic shipment of controlled drug, as well as supported the logistics activities surrounding many of our MAPS’ MDMA studies.

At MAPS PBC, Vincent is currently serving as CMC Logistics Coordinator, focusing on assisting the CMC team in ensuring that clinical and commercial drug supplies are forecasted, packaged, labeled, and shipped in line with program-wide timelines.

Vincent strongly believes in bringing awareness, acceptance, and understanding to mental health.  He is committed to contributing to the overall healing process and is especially excited to have found and joined a like-minded organization who shares the same passion.

In Vincent’s free time, he mostly enjoys spending time with his daughter, Bianca.  He also enjoys creative writing, cooking, playing hockey, and live music.

Clinical Systems – GxP Systems

Chris Shelley, Ph.D.

Chris Shelley, Ph.D. Clinical Systems Specialist

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Chris Shelley, Ph.D.

Chris Shelley, Ph.D.

Clinical Systems Specialist

Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 2005 from the University of Bristol, a master’s degree in mathematics in 2011 from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a doctorate in mathematics in 2013 from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Chris worked as an Assistant Professor, teaching mathematics and investigating the connections between arithmetic and geometry.

At MAPS PBC, Chris is currently serving as Clinical Systems Specialist, focusing on the video components of MAPS PBC’s clinical systems. He is passionate about computing and software development. Chris hopes the work and research conducted by MAPS PBC will help transform the lives of those suffering from PTSD.

 

Alexa Julianne Gorwin

Alexa Julianne Gorwin Clinical Systems Specialist

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Alexa Julianne Gorwin

Alexa Julianne Gorwin

Clinical Systems Specialist

Alexa Julianne Gorwin earned a bachelor’s degree in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology in 2009 from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to her career in clinical research, she worked as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist in oncology for eight years where performed diagnostic testing and analysis and built a solid understanding of clinical laboratory operations. Wanting to further develop her clinical knowledge, she switched careers and worked for an innovative startup as a Clinical Research Coordinator and Administrator before deciding to focus on psychedelic clinical research.

Now, at MAPS PBC, Alexa is bringing her professional experience to the role of Clinical Systems Specialist, where she will assist with System Administration of several of the GxP-regulated systems in the Clinical Systems group. She is dedicated to applying her scientific and data-driven background to the role as she assists clinical operations and the clinical teams. She is excited to contribute to the groundbreaking work being done at MAPS and to support the advancement of psychedelic research.

In her free time, Alexa volunteers as a psychedelic writer, providing research-based educational articles about psychedelics and their therapeutic potential in the fields of mental health and wellness.

Daniela Zúñiga Sacks

Daniela Zúñiga Sacks Clinical Systems Specialist

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Daniela Zúñiga Sacks

Daniela Zúñiga Sacks

Clinical Systems Specialist

Daniela Zúñiga Sacks earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Daniela worked as a Spend Data Analyst at PowerAdvocate, an energy consulting company. Before that, she was an astrophysics researcher with a focus on creating pipelines for processing image data.

At MAPS PBC, Daniela is currently serving as a clinical systems specialist focusing on the configuration, implementation, and testing of Jira in the clinical systems group. She is excited to apply her experience with software testing and documentation management to the needs of the clinical systems team. As a passionate supporter of mental health reform, Daniela looks forward to supporting the vital and groundbreaking research undertaken at MAPS PBC.

In her free time, she enjoys thrifting, alternative fashion, puzzles, and spending time with her cat and partner.

Chelsea Pamplin

Chelsea Pamplin Document Control Specialist

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Chelsea Pamplin

Chelsea Pamplin

Document Control Specialist

Chelsea earned an Integrated Master’s degree in Pharmacology in 2018 from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), she worked as a Research Administrator at the University of Liverpool supporting several clinical research studies looking at pharmacogenetics of adverse drug reactions.

At MAPS PBC, Chelsea is currently a Document Control Specialist where she is responsible for TMF oversight and quality control of auditable document filing. After joining MAPS PBC in 2021 as a TMF Associate, Chelsea has contributed towards filing and quality control of regulatory documentation, process development and assisted with quality reviews of the eTMF. In collaboration with the Data Science team, Chelsea has also contributed towards communication of MAPS PBC research through assisting with manuscript publication and writing a blog post.

Chelsea has long been fascinated by the effects that psychedelics have on the brain, their therapeutic potential in mental health and as a tool in understanding consciousness. She is passionate about improving access to psychedelics and the transformational effects they can have both on a personal and societal level. Chelsea enjoys spending time with friends and family, listening to and creating music, and exploring nature/new places.

 

Lorna Muiruri

Lorna Muiruri Document Control Specialist

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Lorna Muiruri

Lorna Muiruri

Document Control Specialist

Lorna Muiruri earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Health in 2020 from Southern New Hampshire University. Prior to joining MAPS PBC, she worked at Syneos Health as a TMF Document Specialist II, where she supported several sponsor studies.

At MPBC, Lorna Muiruri is currently serving as a Document Control Specialist, focusing on quality control, and filing of regulatory documentation.

She is passionate about mental health awareness and is honored to join MAPS/MPBC to help in the research that is navigating the therapeutic potential of psychedelics.

In Lorna’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, hiking, and is a frequent traveler to Topsail Island Beach, where she is always sure to visit the sick turtles at Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation.

Autumn Tribitt

Autumn Tribitt Clinical Systems Manager

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Autumn Tribitt

Autumn Tribitt

Clinical Systems Manager

Autumn Tribitt earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 2003 from Bennett College for Women. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), she worked in cancer clinical trials for 15 years, the latter 6 years focusing on data quality and management as a data coordinator, research associate and monitor, and clinical systems program manager.

At MAPS PBC, Autumn is currently serving as the Clinical Systems Manager in the Data Management and Services Department, focusing on the validation, implementation, and support of the GxP systems used by MPBC to conduct clinical trials in a regulated environment. She leads the Clinical Systems team and works closely with all business units to ensure there is a clear plan for future systems and quality by design processes for systems use. Autumn is passionate about seeing mental healthcare funded equitably to physical healthcare in all aspects, and accessible to all those who need it. She joined MPBC to contribute her skills to this cause. Autumn believes that compassion and empathy for oneself and others is key to the success of future generations.

Jonathan Alinovi

Jonathan Alinovi Senior Clinical Systems Specialist

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Jonathan Alinovi

Jonathan Alinovi

Senior Clinical Systems Specialist

Jonathan earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Hunter College in 2015. Before joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Jonathan worked in media production and web development, and recently joined us from a non-profit digital learning organization that supported school-age children in online math tutoring.

At MAPS PBC, Jonathan is currently serving as a Senior Clinical Systems Specialist in Video Systems. He is carrying forward a full archival project for all previous MDMA therapy studies and supporting the video team and our video vendors in designing infrastructure for video recording storage that supports comprehensive and sustainable records, retention, and release procedures.

He is passionate about the intersection of computing and media and is thrilled to be a part of MAPS PBC. Jonathan hopes his work can help contribute to the healing of people who are otherwise unable to find relief from PTSD and other diagnoses.

Faith Spindler

Faith Spindler Clinical Systems Specialist

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Faith Spindler

Faith Spindler

Clinical Systems Specialist

Faith earned a bachelor’s degree in Family & Human Sciences in 2014 from the University of New Mexico. Prior to joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MPBC), Faith worked as a Systems Analyst for Apple in the Business Operations department. Faith also worked as a Technical Expert and Administrator for Apple, being deeply involved in the software and hardware repair processes. At MAPS PBC, Faith is currently serving as a Clinical Systems Specialist, where she will assist with System Administration of several GxP-regulated systems in the Clinical Systems group. Faith is passionate about mental health reform and hopes the work and research conducted by MAPS PBC will transform the lives of those suffering from PTSD and other indications. She believes that psychedelics will bring healing into the world and is excited to be a part of that journey.

In her free time, Faith enjoys running and adventuring outside with her dog. She also enjoys traveling back home to New Mexico whenever she gets the chance.

Biostatistics

Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton Senior Director of Biostatistics

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Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton

Senior Director of Biostatistics

Dr. Hamilton joined MAPS in 2015 as a statistical consultant. He has been deeply involved in the analysis of the Phase 2 studies of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. He designed the statistical aspects of the current pivotal studies. He was formerly President and Founder of DynaRand, LLC, a software company that pioneered the development of IVRS and IWRS solutions for clinical trials management. DynaRand was acquired by United BioSource Corporation in 2005. Since the inception of DynaRand in 1998, he has pioneered the use of IXRS for automated adaptive studies, especially in the area of dynamic randomization. Dr. Hamilton has an Adjunct Professor appointment at Stanford University's School of Medicine in the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, where he has been the primary statistician on multiple acute stroke studies. Dr. Hamilton sits on several data safety monitoring committees and works closely with pharmaceutical companies regarding the statistical aspects of adaptive trials and randomization algorithms. Previously, Dr. Hamilton was a statistical reviewer for the NI-NINDS Grant Review Committee. Widely published, he holds memberships in the American Statistical Association and the American Stroke Association. Dr. Hamilton received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Davis, his Master of Science from the University of California at Los Angeles in Biostatistics, and his Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina. He is passionate about his family, and enjoys biking, camping, and singing.

Claire Le Lait

Claire Le Lait Statistical Manager

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Claire Le Lait

Claire Le Lait

Statistical Manager

Claire Le Lait earned a B.S. and M.S. degrees in Math and Computer Science (Applied Math and Statistics) from the Colorado School of Mines. She spent 5 years studying prescription drug abuse as a Biostatistician on the RADARS project at Denver Health. During the last 5 years, she has worked as a Biostatistician at Everest Clinical Research, a midsize CRO based in Canada. She has participated in phase I-IV clinical trials and is well versed in efficacy and safety analyses, CDISC standards, and SAS programming.

At Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Claire is serving as the Statistical Manager, and will be supporting the statistical planning and preparation for the New Drug Application (NDA) of MDMA therapy in patient with Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD).

Claire is enthusiastic about the potential of psychedelic therapies and is excited to be a part of a scientifically rigorous movement that brings awareness to these compounds and makes them more widely accepted and available.

In Claire’s free time, she spends her time practicing and teaching yoga, making pottery, gardening, and enjoying live music.

Anjali Devunuri

Anjali Devunuri Jr. Statistical Programmer

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Anjali Devunuri

Anjali Devunuri

Jr. Statistical Programmer

Anjali Devunuri earned a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology, chemistry & computer applications in 2005 from Kakatiya University, a double master’s degree in healthcare informatics in 2020 from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and another master’s degree in biotechnology’ in 2007 from the Bangalore University.  Prior to joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Anjali worked in global data as an associate analyst.

Anjali joined MAPS PBC to share her talents and learn new skills in a reputable firm. She is interested in clinical research and drug development that can save people and improve quality of life. At MAPS PBC, Anjali is currently serving as a junior statistical programmer, focusing on clinical data analysis by working on statistical programming of MDMA-assisted therapy studies. She is involved in the creation and validation of SDTM, ADaM, and TLFs in accordance with regulatory standards. She is also involved in the creation of SAP and Mock shells under the guidance of a biostatistician. Anjali strives to gain new skills and grow professionally in clinical SAS programming to advance her career at MAPS PBC and the industry.

In Anjali’s free time, she enjoys going for walks, socializing with her family and friends, and cooking for her loved ones.

Commercialization & Patient Access

Joy Sun Cooper

Joy Sun Cooper Chief of Patient Access and Head of Commercialization

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Joy Sun Cooper

Joy Sun Cooper

Chief of Patient Access and Head of Commercialization

Joy co-founded and served as Chief Operating Officer of Groups, a venture-backed healthcare services company that is tackling the opioid epidemic in rural America. Groups operates more than 50 outpatient clinics in six states that is pioneering a value-based model for the treatment of opioid use disorder.

Prior to starting Groups, she helped launch GiveDirectly, a global nonprofit that gives cash to the ultra-poor with no strings attached using mobile payments technology and conducts rigorous, experimental evaluation to measure impact. She previously was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company in the healthcare and agriculture practices and Director of Operations at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), where she designed and implemented large-scale HIV treatment programs in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Joy holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a B.S.in international affairs from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

Theresa Gorenc

Theresa Gorenc Head of Market Access

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Theresa Gorenc

Theresa Gorenc

Head of Market Access

Theresa Gorenc oversees Market Access at MAPS PBC.  In her role, Theresa is responsible for securing coverage and reimbursement for MAPS PBC’s therapeutics and ensuring accessibility for patients.  She joined MAPS PBC to leverage her knowledge of the managed care ecosystem and contribute to an area she is passionate about, mental health.  She believes psychedelic therapies play a role in shifting the treatment paradigm and healing patients affected by debilitating mental conditions.

Prior to joining MAPS PBC, Theresa spent much of her career in the pharmaceutical industry working for multi-national companies, such as Genentech and AbbVie.  Most recently she led market access analytics teams that contributed to the success of over 30 different medicines, including product launches in oncology, women’s health, and CNS.  She also held roles in market access marketing.  Prior to pharmaceuticals, Theresa was a healthcare lobbyist in Washington, DC.

Theresa holds a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from Case Western Reserve University.

Todd Smith

Todd Smith Brand Lead and Head of Marketing

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Todd Smith

Todd Smith

Brand Lead and Head of Marketing

Todd served as Director of Global Commercial Development for the Neuroscience Franchise at Jazz Pharmaceuticals. In this role, he was responsible for planning and directing all pre-commercialization activities and global expansion efforts for molecules within Jazz’s Neuroscience portfolio.  Additionally, Todd helped found and lead the organization’s Digital Health Working Group which leveraged innovative technologies and data-driven solutions to address critical business issues within the company like the need for digital diagnostic tools, wearable devices, digital biomarker identification and decentralized clinical trials.

Prior to Commercial Development, Todd led the Consumer Marketing team at Jazz and was responsible for strategic development on various launches and indication expansions and oversaw the company’s REMS implementation for the commercial business. Todd has also held a number of other management roles in Sales Training and Leadership Development, Sales Management, Business Analytics and Sales.

Todd received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Biology from East Carolina University and MBA from Penn State University.  Before his career in the pharmaceutical industry, Todd was a member of the United States Army reserve where he was an Honor Graduate from the United States Army Medical Department Center and School at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonino, TX.  There, he trained and worked as a Surgical Technologists as well as numerous subsequent military bases including Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC and Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, NC. Todd is also a retired City Councilperson in his hometown of Lancaster, PA where he served and led numerous Boards over his career.

Todd resides in Lancaster, PA with his wife (Valerie), 4 children (Lily, Maya, Lincoln and Jonah), Bailey the puppy and a bearded dragon named Gizmo.  Todd enjoys traveling with his family, reading, running and recently spent a week hiking the Appalachian Trail. Todd has always had an entrepreneurial spirit having started an investment group with a few friends years ago, which has grown to include a recording studio, independent movie theater, restaurant and distillery.

 

Josh Rich

Josh Rich Director of Account Management

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Josh Rich

Josh Rich

Director of Account Management

Josh Rich is an experienced market access executive and national payer account director expert, currently serving as Director of Account Management at MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC). Josh most recently served as the Director of National Accounts for Kala Pharmaceuticals where he successfully launched multiple products and executed pivotal market access strategies.

He has over 20 years of experience with responsibilities in sales, training, management, business strategy, and account ownership. josh earned his M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania with honorable distinction as a summa cum laude graduate and is a Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society member.

John Kim

John Kim Associate Director, Trade and Distribution

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John Kim

John Kim

Associate Director, Trade and Distribution

John leads the trade and distribution function under market access and is responsible for identifying and maintaining relationships with supply chain partners, product distribution, licensing, and other components.

John brings 9 years in the pharmaceutical industry across the significant stakeholders. John has held roles with a national pharmacy benefit manager, and retail and specialty pharmacy, and drug manufacturer where he worked heavily in rebate and network strategy, analytics, and performance insights for Employer and Health Plan clients. John holds an MBA from the University of Illinois and a B.S. in accounting and economics from DePaul University.

He currently lives right outside of Chicago, Illinois, with his wife Sammy, 2-year old Emmett, and 4-year dog Podo. Outside of the office, John enjoys taking Podo for walks, playing tennis, and sneaking Emmett snacks when mom is not looking.

Lena Covington

Lena Covington Market Access Marketing Manager

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Lena Covington

Lena Covington

Market Access Marketing Manager

Lena has worked in strategic business operations for the majority of her 20-year career.  She ran daytime operations at the age of 16 in her family’s Italian restaurant in Winthrop, Maine before enlisting in the Navy and serving six years as a SONAR Combat Systems specialist and trainer, then as an Emergency Operations supervisor for Naval Station San Diego.

After completing her bachelor’s in business management and receiving her M.B.A., Lena was hired by Downtown Vision, the Chamber of Commerce in Downtown Jacksonville, Florida as a market research analyst and strategist.  Most recently, she consulted as a market access project manager for 1798, LLC, leading and supporting strategic market access initiatives in a wide range of disease states and therapy types.

Lena still works with the Navy as Command Ombudsman for Littoral Combat Ship Mine Warfare Division Two Two at Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida.  Her husband is a 17-year, six-time deployed Chief Petty Officer and dogfather of their three dogs: Spud, Isis, and Sir Henry “Dart” d’Artagnan. She is a musician, writer, and runs Dungeons and Dragons games most weekends.

Clinical Development

Clinical Science

Sara J. Garcia Velazquez, M.D.

Sara J. Garcia Velazquez, M.D. Associate Medical Director

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Sara J. Garcia Velazquez, M.D.

Sara J. Garcia Velazquez, M.D.

Associate Medical Director

Sara J. Garcia Velazquez, M.D., is a general physician who obtained her medical degree from the University of the State of Michoacan in Mexico in 2012. In 2009, after finishing her medical internship at a state hospital, Sara worked as the lead social service physician in rural areas of Mexico for the Mexican Board of Health. She treated diverse indigenous populations, where she learned the importance of knowing their traditional medicines, including psychedelics, used for generations to treat various illnesses and promote wellness. During this time, Sara used research to improve the infrastructure for patient education, disease screening, and medications for the rural patient population, developing a protocol that outlined how cultural characteristics affect risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes.

Subsequently, in 2013 she moved to the Bay Area, where she studied music at the Pyramind Studios for two years, pursuing her interest in medicine and the healing properties of music. In 2016, she joined the San Francisco Clinical Research Center, where she gained valuable clinical and research experience as a clinical research coordinator and cognitive rater. She spearheaded protocols in the therapeutic areas of mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's, Cluster Headache, Migraine, and Persistent Posttraumatic Headache.

Sara continued her clinical research journey in 2018 at Science 37, a telemedicine and mobile technology company specializing in virtual clinical trials. As a clinical research coordinator, she assisted with patient eligibility, trial execution, peer and participant training to bring trial participation directly to the participant's home safely and efficiently. During this time, the therapeutic areas of the clinical trials were Type 2 Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, and Migraine

Sara followed MAPS' work through the years as she grew up in a medical research household with the works of Dr. Albert Hoffman, Dr. Stan Grof, and Dr. Alexander and Ann Shulgin on the bookshelves.

In 2020 she joined the MAPS PBC team as a Medical Monitor, applying her experience and passion for biomedical knowledge to bring psychedelic medicine to all patients. In 2021 she was promoted to Associate Medical Director and continues to perform medical monitoring activities, ensuring the safety of clinical trial participants, and actively participates in the MAPS PBC diversity working group striving towards diversity, inclusion, and access to Psychedelic Medicine and clinical trials.

Sara is also a musician, a dancer, a traveler, a rock climber, and an avid hiker.

Kelly Green PA-C, MPH

Kelly Green PA-C, MPH Associate Medical Director

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Kelly Green PA-C, MPH

Kelly Green PA-C, MPH

Associate Medical Director

Kelly Green is a certified Physician Assistant. She earned her B.S. in Biology in 1999 from the University of North Carolina. After graduation, Kelly worked as an EMT and Medical Assistant before attending graduate school at New York University where she earned a Master of Public Health in 2004 and a master’s degree in Psychological Testing and Measurement in 2005. Kelly began her research career at NYU as a Research Coordinator and then Project Manager for numerous studies focused on HIV, mental health, and substance abuse. Her HIV and mental health related research career continued at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill for the next several years until she decided to pursue her training to become a PA. In 2014, she received her master’s in Physician Assistant Studies from Stony Brook University. Upon graduating, Kelly worked as a PA for a regional community mental health provider where she saw her patients struggle to overcome the impacts of PTSD and treatment resistant depression. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MPBC) Kelly worked as a Research Physician Assistant at the University of Washington’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, which allowed her to couple her passion for research with her love of medicine. Kelly is passionate about contributing to work that will have a positive impact on a person’s quality of life. She joined MPBC in order to be a part of a team committed to improving mental health care and dreams of a world in which the crippling effects of PTSD, treatment resistant depression, and social anxiety will be ameliorated by accessible, efficacious treatment for all. Kelly resides in Seattle, WA and enjoys sailing with her teenage son. She is also currently restoring a 1974 sailboat…an endless but fulfilling project!

Akela Bellazetin

Akela Bellazetin Senior Clinical Science Associate

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Akela Bellazetin

Akela Bellazetin

Senior Clinical Science Associate

Akela earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2008 from the University of Utah. As an undergraduate, she was a research assistant on multiple studies focusing on aspects of psychology and ethnic studies. Prior to joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MPBC), Akela worked as a psychiatric technician. She witnessed firsthand the dire need for transformative therapy options. Her passion regarding her patient’s well-being fueled her desire to advocate for populations typically underserved by lawmakers. She also worked as a policy director for a non-profit coalition working to advance the status of women in Utah. In her position as policy director, Akela pursued legislation that would better the lives of Utah women and families.

At MPBC, Akela is currently serving as a Senior Clinical Science Associate focusing on ensuring that clinical trials are conducted in a timely manner and in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), the principles of ICH/Good Clinical Practice and all applicable regulations governing the conduct of clinical trials. She is thrilled to be joining MAPS PBC.

In Akela’s free time, she enjoys finding the best foodie spots with her husband and two young sons, being active, and working hard to raise socially just, good humans.

Christina Caso

Christina Caso Clinical Science Associate

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Christina Caso

Christina Caso

Clinical Science Associate

Christina earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Suffolk University in 2013. After graduation, she began her research career as a clinical research coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital working to understand the relationships between brain anatomy, physiology, and behavior in humans across the lifespan and in those with Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), atypical Alzheimer’s Disease, and related neurodegenerative disorders. Christina moved to Seattle, WA in 2016 to continue working on clinical research studies to support the development of new therapies and diagnostic tools, as well as the discovery of new genes, risk factors, and markers of disease and disease progression that would lead to a deeper scientific understanding of FTD.

In 2019, Christina began her Master of Public Health degree at the University of Washington in response to a growing interest in the relationship between systems of oppression and population health. During her time as a graduate student, Christina worked with the King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division to assess rural behavioral health needs and later led a process to articulate an initial set of activities and goals to assure that initiatives funded by the countywide behavioral health sales tax are grounded in equity.

Christina is passionate about reframing social and cultural narratives about psychological health and healing and is excited to join MAPS PBC as a Safety Associate. She is looking forward to using her clinical research experience to support MAPS PBC’s safe and ethnical approach towards psychedelic drug development.

Christina loves connecting with people authentically and is an avid reader, public health enthusiast, lifelong learner, and fan of all things self-improvement.

Brandon Sands

Brandon Sands Clinical Science Associate

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Brandon Sands

Brandon Sands

Clinical Science Associate

Brandon Sands earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2017 from Vanderbilt University. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MPBC), Brandon worked as a research assistant at Yale University where he helped create and assess interventions for addiction and HIV/STI prevention and assessed interventions for alcohol use disorder treatment.

At MAPS PBC, Brandon is currently serving as a clinical science associate, focusing on study safety. Brandon is passionate about disrupting cycles and underlying causes of addiction. Brandon joined MAPS PBC in order to further his desire to bring new clinical interventions to those with underserved clinical needs as well as underserved communities. In Brandon’s free time, he enjoys sculpting with clay and learning to play the bass guitar.

Jessica Lombardi

Jessica Lombardi Clinical Science Associate

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Jessica Lombardi

Jessica Lombardi

Clinical Science Associate

Jessica Lombardi earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2019 from the University of Maryland – Baltimore County. Prior to joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MPBC), Jessica worked as a Senior Research Coordinator at the Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research. During her time there, Jessica quickly learned the inner workings of clinical trials from running day-to-day study visits to leading regulatory affairs. She also served as a guide, facilitating therapeutic psilocybin sessions with research volunteers that suffered from depression and anorexia nervosa. She has had the opportunity to observe the potential of psychedelic-assisted therapy first-hand, and that has led Jessica to take the next step in her career with MPBC.

At MPBC, Jessica is currently serving as a Clinical Science Associate, ensuring that clinical trials are conducted in compliance with governing regulations and a focus on research participant safety. She is excited to continue making an impact towards the accessibility of this intervention!

In Jessica’s free time, she enjoys crafting crochet creations, taking weekend hikes along the Appalachian trail and curling up on the couch with a good book and her Maine Coon cat, Forrest.

Dee Loeffler

Dee Loeffler Project Manager to the CMO

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Dee Loeffler

Dee Loeffler

Project Manager to the CMO

Dee earned bachelor’s degrees in interdisciplinary social sciences and women’s studies in 2004 from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in sociology from Ball State University in 2006. Prior to joining MAPS PBC, Dee was a core member of several health services research teams at multiple nonprofits and universities, where they focused on disease conditions including cancer, cystic fibrosis, and cardiology.

They are thrilled to contribute to the larger effort for mental health, and they dream of a world with universal and equitable health care access. In Dee’s free time, they can be found cooking vegan food, hiking, visiting museums, and working with plants as a gardener/ invasive species wrangler/ bioregional herbalist student.

Medical Affairs

Michael Mithoefer, M.D.

Michael Mithoefer, M.D. Senior Medical Director for Medical Affairs, Training and Supervision

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Michael Mithoefer, M.D.

Michael Mithoefer, M.D.

Senior Medical Director for Medical Affairs, Training and Supervision

Michael Mithoefer, MD, is a psychiatrist living in Asheville, NC.  He and his wife, Annie, completed the first MAPS-sponsored Phase Il clinical trial testing MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for crime-related PTSD, a subsequent study with military veterans, firefighters and police officers, and a pilot study treating couples with MDMA combined with Cognitive Behavioral Conjoint Therapy for PTSD. He has been Medical Monitor for a series of six MAPS-sponsored Phase 2 trials in the US, Canada, Switzerland and Israel, which produced data that led to breakthrough therapy designation by the FDA. Since 2012 he and Annie have conducted training for research therapists, and supervising therapists in ongoing MAPS clinical trials, as well as training and mentoring new MAPS trainers and supervisors. He received his MD degree from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and completed residency trainings in Internal Medicine at the University of Virginia and Psychiatry at MUSC. He is a certified Grof Holotropic Breathwork facilitator, and is trained in Internal Family Systems Therapy and EMDR. He has been board certified in Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Affiliate Assistant Professor at MUSC and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University..

Debra DeAngelo, Ph.D.

Debra DeAngelo, Ph.D. Head of Medical Affairs

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Debra DeAngelo, Ph.D.

Debra DeAngelo, Ph.D.

Head of Medical Affairs

Prior to joining MAPS PBC, Deb spent over 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry working in large and small companies including GE Healthcare, Indivior and Kaléo. She has led global teams to build and support medical strategies in the areas of neurology, oncology, cardiology and immunology, including the launch of DaTscan™, Cysview® and Sublocade® among others.

Deb has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Gettysburg College and a Ph.D. in medicinal biochemistry from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She resides near Richmond, VA, with her husband and two kitties. During her downtime, she loves to cook, run, hike and read (or watch) psychological thrillers.

Alia Lilienstein, M.D., M.P.H.

Alia Lilienstein, M.D., M.P.H. Director, Medical Affairs

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Alia Lilienstein, M.D., M.P.H.

Alia Lilienstein, M.D., M.P.H.

Director, Medical Affairs

Alia is a board-certified Family Medicine physician. She earned her B.A. in American Studies from Georgetown University in 2002, where she studied social and cultural influences on health care. Prior to medical school, she earned her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics in 2004 from the University of California, Berkeley, and worked in clinical research and development at Chiron (later Novartis). She received her M.D. in 2011 from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and completed residency training in Family Medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance, a Tufts- and Harvard-affiliated Accountable Care Organization. Before joining MAPS, Alia worked as a primary care doctor in Berkeley. Alia holds a certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research from CIIS in San Francisco. As a family physician, Alia has borne witness to her patients’ struggles with the human condition and the effects these struggles have on their loved ones. She is passionate about helping develop better tools for psychological healing so that everyone may have the opportunity to approach themselves and others with empathy and love.

Leigh Kades

Leigh Kades Medical Affairs Operations Manager

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Leigh Kades

Leigh Kades

Medical Affairs Operations Manager

Leigh brings over 20 years of experience supporting medical operations, policy/technical document development, project management, and medical writing. She has worked in both the pharmaceutical industry and non-profit sector, including her most recent experiences at Kaléo Pharmaceuticals and the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).

Leigh oversees all medical affairs operations at MAPS PBC, including supplier relationship management, medical affairs program coordination, scientific publication reviews, and medical communication materials reviews.

Leigh holds a bachelors degree in English/writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a masters degree in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University.

Leigh has a 28-year-old daughter and 18-year-old son. She spends her free time traveling by small plane with her partner, treasure-hunting at thrift stores, and advocating for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Hailey Gilmore, M.P.H.

Hailey Gilmore, M.P.H. Medical Affairs Program Manager

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Hailey Gilmore, M.P.H.

Hailey Gilmore, M.P.H.

Medical Affairs Program Manager

Hailey is a double graduate of UC Berkeley (B.A. Development Studies, M.P.H. Epidemiology & Biostatistics) and Bay Area expat currently residing in the Southwest. Prior to joining MAPS PBC, Hailey managed NIH-funded HIV clinical trials for the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the University of California San Francisco in the U.S., Latin America, and Africa, for 12 years.

At MAPS PBC, Hailey is the Medical Affairs Program Manager, overseeing Investigator-Initiated Trials, a program she has been working on building since 2020. In her free time, she can be found hiking, kayaking, climbing, reading a book while sipping a good pinot, dancing to live music, or cooking a delicious plant-based creation.

Vignesh Ravichandran

Vignesh Ravichandran Medical Affairs Program Associate

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Vignesh Ravichandran

Vignesh Ravichandran

Medical Affairs Program Associate

Vignesh earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2019. Prior to joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MPBC), Vignesh worked as a Clinical Lab Assistant, then as a Quality Assurance Associate helping with diagnostic testing and clinical research operations at a reference laboratory.

At MAPS PBC, Vignesh is currently serving as a Medical Affairs Program Associate, helping to manage Investigator Initiated Trials. He believes the work being done by MAPS and MAPS PBC is incredibly important in helping us better understand how we can use psychedelics as one of many tools for individual and collective healing. In Vignesh’s free time, he loves adventuring with friends, discovering new music, reading a good book, and exploring the wilderness.

 

Natalie Lembeck

Natalie Lembeck Executive Assistant

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Natalie Lembeck

Natalie Lembeck

Executive Assistant

Natalie Lembeck is an executive assistant, research assistant, and yoga enthusiast living in western North Carolina. Natalie graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2015 where she earned her B.S. in psychology. Since then, she has worked in labs and clinics involved in MAPS-sponsored research, focusing on the use of cannabis and MDMA to aid in the treatment of PTSD. Natalie recently moved to Western North Carolina where she currently works as the executive assistant to Michael Mithoefer. Natalie is a dedicated Ashtanga yoga practitioner with a deep appreciation for the holistic practices, historical context, and philosophies of the yogic tradition. She enjoys connecting with others and sharing the teachings that have impacted her life through her yoga class offerings in the area.

Pharmacovigilance

Tigran Makunts

Tigran Makunts Pharmacovigilance Manager

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Tigran Makunts

Tigran Makunts

Pharmacovigilance Manager

Tigran is a pharmacist specializing in clinical pharmacology and drug safety. He got his doctorate at University of California San Diego, where has been doing post-marketing research using FDA FAERS adverse event data, focusing on rare adverse events and beneficial side effects of medications. He later continued his work on drug safety at the FDA Office of Clinical Pharmacology, primarily focusing on dose-response for safety in phase 1-3 pooled safety data and using artificial intelligence in predicting adverse events. Tigran will assist MAPS PBC with the transition to a new PV system and provide support to the overall clinical program. 

When free, Tigran likes painting, playing guitar, long walks with his dog, and spending time by the ocean.

L. (Ilsa) Jerome, Ph.D.

L. (Ilsa) Jerome, Ph.D.

Medical Coder

L. (Ilsa) Jerome earned a doctorate in psychology from the University of Maryland in 1999, with an interest in social cognition. Inside and beyond formal education, Jerome immersed herself in literature on psychopharmacology and what would soon become affective and social neuroscience. Ilsa was a member of the team that developed the initial 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) Investigator’s Brochure. Jerome was the Clinical Research and Information Specialist at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), where she continued to handle the Investigator’s Brochure. Seeking, understanding and communicating scientific information has been at the core of this role, while the details have changed. Jerome has collected and summarized research as part of designing and developing the Investigator’s Brochure and Phase 2 studies, assisted in the revision and management of Psychedelic Bibliography scope and content, supported and communicated with medical monitors, and communicated with researchers within and outside of MAPS and sending findings into the world as published reports. She gained skills in medical coding and uses this to support communicating data to regulatory agencies and published reports. Currently she joined the Safety team as a medical coder. In addition to performing medical coding, Jerome supports the Safety team through gathering, organizing and communicating thorough and current information on safety-related issues. She believes in the necessity of interpreting and sharing research knowledge that will best help MAPS PBC produce transparent, thorough and honest documents and reports, and that spotting good questions is as important as knowing good answers. Ilsa is fascinated by sound and music, and fragrance and olfaction. She spent a couple of years as a DJ at a university radio station, but remains emphatically unhip.

 

Diane Dahill, M.S., Pharm D.

Diane Dahill, M.S., Pharm D. Head of Global Pharmacovigilance

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Diane Dahill, M.S., Pharm D.

Diane Dahill, M.S., Pharm D.

Head of Global Pharmacovigilance

Diane Dahill is the Head of Global Pharmacovigilance at MAPS Public Benefit Corporation.

She received her bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences, Boston, MA, her master’s degree in toxicology from Northeastern University, Boston, MA, and her doctorate of pharmacy degree from Howard University in Washington DC.

She worked in multiple major medical centers on the east coast, including All Children’s Hospital (John’s Hopkins) in St Petersburg, Florida, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Mass General Hospital, and Tufts Hospital in Boston, MA. She was part of a medical team at All Children’s Hospital under Dr. Robert Allen Good, a pioneer in bone marrow transplantation, where one of the first bone marrow transplantation centers in the country was developed. She returned to Boston and worked in oncology clinical trials at MGH and Dana Farber in the pediatric (Jimmy Fund) and adult population. Additionally, she worked as a consultant pharmacist at the Barbara McInnis House, a medical respite care/short term medical facility for homeless people that are too sick for life in a shelter.

For the last twenty years, she has worked in drug development in positions in medical affairs and pharmacovigilance. She continued to work in clinical trials in the field of oncology and rare diseases until she moved to the MAPS team in 2022, following her passion to help veterans with PTSD.

Diane, along with several of her high school alumni friends, created a scholarship fund in her hometown for high school students that could not pay their activity fees. She also volunteers with bike run fundraisers for veterans. She continues to conduct drug regimen reviews for veterans that need help with their medication regimens. She lives outside of Boston with her Newfie and close to her Mom, brother and his family. Her favorite pastime is spending time with her mom, niece, and nephew on vacation, playing with her dogs, and cooking with her friends.

Clinical Operations

Rebecca A. Matthews

Rebecca A. Matthews Chief Clinical Operations Officer (CCOO)

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Rebecca A. Matthews

Rebecca A. Matthews

Chief Clinical Operations Officer (CCOO)

Rebecca A. Matthews is the Chief Clinical Operations Officer (CCOO) at the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Rebecca is leading the Clinical Operations teams in conducting clinical trials around the globe in all indications and clinical programs supported by MAPS PBC and MAPS.

Rebecca began consulting with MAPS in 2009 and joined MAPS PBC full-time in 2015. Prior to her work at MAPS and MAPS PBC she worked in clinical research and development at Chiron/Novartis starting in 2001 with a focus in the indications of sepsis and vaccines.

Rebecca is drawn to the field of research and drug development to support the advancement of healthcare and to provide novel and improved treatments for the benefit of humankind. She is deeply passionate about this amazing journey and honored to be on the forefront of psychedelic medicine research. Rebecca earned her B.A. from UC Berkeley in 2000.

She resides in Northern California alongside her husband, two daughters and the family labradoodle and can be found starting impromptu dance parties, enjoying delicious tacos and playing in nature with family and friends.

Linda Iovanni, M.B.A., B.S.N., R.N.

Linda Iovanni, M.B.A., B.S.N., R.N. Director of Clinical Operations

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Linda Iovanni, M.B.A., B.S.N., R.N.

Linda Iovanni, M.B.A., B.S.N., R.N.

Director of Clinical Operations

Linda Iovanni, M.B.A., B.S.N., R.N., has spent the majority of her 30-year nursing career dedicated to Clinical Research. She has conducted, managed, monitored, and provided oversight of more than 1500 early to late phase, multidisciplinary clinical research sponsored and Investigator-Initiated clinical trials. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, her MBA from University of Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona and is a Certified Clinical Research Professional with Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA).

Linda started her research career as a research nurse coordinator many moons ago in 1991. Prior to joining MAPS PBC her most recent position was as the Director of Research at Maryland Oncology Hematology’s clinical research network providing executive leadership, compliance oversight and fiscal stewardship to a growing, large network of community oncologists and new psychedelic research program. She has developed a broad clinical research HSP, GCP, IND, IDE, DEA related site regulatory knowledge, and skills in business acumen to align competing agendas and enabling mission drive, purposeful work of her team. An accomplished leader in people, program and project management with a positive attitude and collaborative approach, Linda brings a true passion for medical discoveries, operational efficiencies, and mentoring.

As a nurse, easing the suffering of others is an innate quality in Linda and as a clinical research leader, she appreciates working for a company that aligns with her core values, working to meaningfully contribute to the impact psychedelic medicines could have to change the paradigm of psychiatric care.

Erica Bush

Erica Bush Clinical Operations Development Manager

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Erica Bush

Erica Bush

Clinical Operations Development Manager

Erica is a research professional with over 17 years of experience monitoring and leading Phase
I-IV clinical and non-interventional studies. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Research from the George Washington University and is a certified Clinical Research Associate (ACRP).

Prior to joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Erica was a Research Program Manager in Rheumatology at the University of Michigan where she oversaw a busy research program with multiple clinical and observational studies. The role included supervising a full academic team as well as developing and managing multiple investigator-initiated studies. During her time there, she became very interested in improving the patient journey and advocating for patients, leading the development of a robust patient partner program. She also contributed to several manuscripts and presented at the 2019 American College of Rheumatology conference. Prior to this role, she worked as a project manager for an academic research organization (ARO) and as a lead CRA for a lipid management start up.

Erica is currently serving as the Clinical Operations Development Manager, working with the Clinical Operations team, focused on process and quality improvement. She is very excited to support the MAPS PBC mission which truly puts patients first and aligns with her overall values.
She is committed to furthering psychedelic research, accessibility, holistic care, and drug reform.

In her free time, Erica can be found at her family’s cabin in northern Michigan, playing in nature. She also enjoys travel, reading, researching, music and tending to her hot- and cold-blooded pet menagerie.

Krystel Cohn

Krystel Cohn Clinical Program Manager

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Krystel Cohn

Krystel Cohn

Clinical Program Manager

Krystel is a clinical research professional with a background in academic and pharmaceutical studies. Prior to joining MAPS PBC, Krystel was a Clinical Project Manager at Harvard Clinical Research Institute where she managed multiple investigator-initiated, cardiology studies. As a Project Manager at Clinical Assistance Programs, she led industry-sponsored oncology supportive care studies in head and neck cancer. Krystel also supported several IBD trials as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the gastroenterology department at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center.

Krystel joined MAPS PBC in June 2019 as the IMP Supply Manager, supporting the forecasting, manufacturing, and shipping of clinical drug supplies. In May 2021, she joined the Clinical Operations department as a Clinical Program Manager supporting the management of multiple MDMA studies.

Krystel is thrilled to be contributing to the community outreach and clinical research lead by MAPS and MAPS PBC. Krystel joined MAPS PBC because she saw a critical need for increased recognition and compassionate understanding of mental health disorders and significant expansion of the currently limited treatment options. She is committed to creating space for open dialogue and supporting innovative and ethical research into previously unexplored paths of treatment. She loves that her work at MAPS PBC, whose mission of exploring the use of psychedelics as healing, transformative, and legally accessible treatments, aligns with her own perspective and goals.

In her free time, Krystel enjoys hiking, baking, reading, and live music.

Jill Harrington-Rowe

Jill Harrington-Rowe Clinical Program Manager

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Jill Harrington-Rowe

Jill Harrington-Rowe

Clinical Program Manager

Jill Harrington-Rowe earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Tufts University. Jill began her clinical research career at the University of Pennsylvania where she worked on an NIH funded melanoma research study.  Over the following 20 years she has worked for CROs, biotech and pharmaceutical companies both as a site monitor and a project manager. She has worked on all phases of studies across many different therapeutic areas.

At MAPS PBC, Jill is currently serving as Clinical Program Manager focusing on the cannabis program. Jill thrives when working collaboratively and is excited to be part of a team that is truly focused on patient benefit.

In Jill’s free time, she enjoys long walks, yoga, reading and cooking with ingredients from local farmers markets. She is the unpaid employee of a dog that talks in his sleep and a cat that loves pancakes. Her superpower is kindness.

Charlotte Harrison, B.S.

Charlotte Harrison, B.S. Director of Clinical Operations

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Charlotte Harrison, B.S.

Charlotte Harrison, B.S.

Director of Clinical Operations

Charlotte Harrison is an experienced clinical research professional who is thrilled to be contributing to psychedelic research at MAPS Public Benefit Corporation. Prior to joining MAPS PBC, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Greek and Latin in 2012 from Tufts University while pursuing pre-medical studies. After an exciting internship working on oncology trials at Clinical Assistance Programs (CAP), she decided her skills were better suited to clinical research. She monitored and managed clinical trials in supportive cancer care, nephrology, dermatology, and cardiology at CAP, MedTrials, and Harvard Clinical Research Institute.

At MAPS PBC, Charlotte is currently serving as the Director of Clinical Operations, leading the program for MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD in the US, Canada, and Israel. She is hopeful that her passion for improving the quality of life for those suffering with mental illness and determination to make scientific research more efficient will be beneficial to MAPS’ important and necessary work. In her free time, Charlotte can be found doing yoga or playing board games.

 

Entrane Harvey

Entrane Harvey Clinical Program Manager

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Entrane Harvey

Entrane Harvey

Clinical Program Manager

Entrane is a research professional with a background in academic and pharmaceutical research. Entrane began his research career at Duke University where he worked in the Surgical Oncology department conducting breast cancer and ovarian cancer research.

Over the past 30 years he has worked for CROs, biotech and pharmaceutical companies as site monitor, project manager, and clinical operations. Prior joining MAPS PBC, Entrane was Head of Expanded Access and Project Management at WEP Clinical where he provided strategic oversight for both the U.S. and U.K. Global Expanded Access programs. Entrane also supported Patient Registries and the Drug Safety departments at WEP Clinical.

At MAPS PBC, Entrane is currently serving as a clinical program manager. Entrane loves working collaboratively and is excited to be part of a team that is truly focused on patient outcomes.

In Entrane free time, he enjoys wood working, listening to jazz and grilling. He is also an avid bird watcher and can be found during his time off traveling for many bird watching activities. His superpower is respect.

Sonali “Sunny” Tinsley

Sonali “Sunny” Tinsley Clinical Programs Manager

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Sonali “Sunny” Tinsley

Sonali “Sunny” Tinsley

Clinical Programs Manager

Sonali “Sunny” Tinsley earned her BSc. in kinesiology in 2010 from University of La Verne and B.S.N. from Galen College of Nursing in 2021. Prior to joining MAPS PBC, Sonali worked in oncology, pain management, and infectious disease research disciplines as a project manager, line manager, and clinical research associate. Sonali also served in the United States Army for 8 years as an Army medic. At MAPS PBC , Sunny is currently serving as Clinical Programs Manager, focusing on PTSD and psychedelic studies. Her military background has prepared her to take on role at MAPS.

Sunny is passionate about helping individuals of all backgrounds find their pathway to healing from the trauma they have experienced. Sonali joined MAPS PBC to help veterans like herself, to discover treatments that are safe and effective to help them on their road to recovery.

In her free time Sunny loves taking long walks with her husband and 3 dogs. She also enjoys spending time horseback riding and motorcycle rides through Texas hill country as well as jet-setting around the world.

Atasha Bozorgzad

Atasha Bozorgzad Administrative Assistant

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Atasha Bozorgzad

Atasha Bozorgzad

Administrative Assistant

Atasha Bozorgzad earned her B.S. degree in Health Education from San Francisco State University. Prior to working at MAPS Public Benefit Corporation, she was the office lead and manager of a family owned chiropractic clinic. Though a Bay Area native, she lived in Melbourne, Australia for two years after falling in love with the country while studying abroad. She worked as a Central Appointments Officer for the Australian Defence Force. She was the first point of contact for Defence Force Members and managed their healthcare needs. Atasha additionally has her 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Certification.

At MAPS PBC, Atasha is currently serving as Administrative Assistant, providing support for Chief Clinical Operations Officer, Chief Medical Officer and MAPS PBC staff.

Atasha is passionate about alternative medicines that promote well-being and wholeness. She is thrilled to help create accessibility in health care and contributing to the well-being of others. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, reading, writing, running, traveling, teaching and practicing yoga.

Meghan Brown, B.S.N.

Meghan Brown, B.S.N. Clinical Program Manager

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Meghan Brown, B.S.N.

Meghan Brown, B.S.N.

Clinical Program Manager

Meghan became a registered nurse in 2004 and earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2010. Prior to joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), she worked as a clinical research associate/monitor in the pharmaceutical industry setting working on multiple studies for varied indications, ranging from oncology to pain. Meghan also worked as a clinical research associate/coordinator and clinical research nurse at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital focusing on Pediatric Neuro Oncology studies and Pediatric Radiation Oncology studies.

At MAPS PBC, Meghan is currently serving as the clinical program manager for the Pivotal Program, working on the groundbreaking studies investigating MDMA-assisted therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

It is Meghan’s hope that her contributions to the MAPS PBC team will help facilitate the research and subsequent FDA approval of psychedelics for patients who can truly benefit from them.​

Joselyn Lindgren, M.S.

Joselyn Lindgren, M.S. Clinical Regulatory Research Associate

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Joselyn Lindgren, M.S.

Joselyn Lindgren, M.S.

Clinical Regulatory Research Associate

Joselyn earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1990 from the University of California Santa Cruz and a master’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science in 1997 from San Jose State University. Prior to joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Joselyn worked as a staff research associate in a neuroimaging lab at San Francisco Veterans Affairs. Here she supported large observational studies on Gulf War Illness, HIV, Alcohol, PTSD and Alzheimer’s. Next Joselyn worked at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute where she managed all clinical related activities for several Phase II oncology trials. Joselyn most recently worked at Kaiser Permanente, supporting Phase 2-3 trials with expertise in regulatory documents. At MAPS PBC, Joselyn is currently serving as a Clinical Regulatory Research Associate supporting ongoing clinical trials using MDMA-assisted therapy to treat PTSD.

Joselyn is committed to helping to find long-term permanent solutions for debilitating mental health disorders and is excited to be a part of this transformative movement that MAPS/MAPS PBC has created with psychedelic research.

In Joselyn’s free time, she enjoys cooking, dancing, reading, and power walks.

 

 

McKenna Leighton

McKenna Leighton Clinical Research Associate II

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McKenna Leighton

McKenna Leighton

Clinical Research Associate II

McKenna earned her B.S. in Molecular Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) in 2019. Prior to joining MAPS PBC, McKenna worked with the Genomics Institute in UX design & communications, genomic ecology, and biotechnology.  When McKenna wasn’t working in genomics, she designed and taught undergraduate courses with the Brain, Mind, Consciousness Society at UC Santa Cruz, and she studied political philosophy in UCSC’s History of Consciousness program.

At MAPS PBC, McKenna is currently serving as a Clinical Research Associate II, working on Phase 3 MDMA-Assisted Therapy studies. She also contributes to efforts ensuring that MAPS PBC studies are inclusive, safe, and equitable for marginalized populations. McKenna’s passion is to understand and to interfere with the psychological and physiological mechanisms by which socio-political power structures are reproduced in and through bodies. She is additionally passionate about ending the war on drugs, improving reciprocity in her relations with people, plants, and animals, and supporting political efforts to redistribute the wealth and the land. She loves queerness, sxsterhood, somatic experiencing, redwoods, exploring movement and breath, and studying radical philosophy.

Otilia Kirshoff

Otilia Kirshoff Clincial Research Regulatory Associate

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Otilia Kirshoff

Otilia Kirshoff

Clincial Research Regulatory Associate

Otilia earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2016 from the Middle Tennessee State University and a master’s degree in Clinical Research Administration and Recruitment from Rutgers University. Prior to joining the MAPS Benefit Corporation (MPBC), Otilia has recently worked as a client services lead at IQVIA and has site level experience in data management and regulatory.

At MAPS PBC, Otilia is currently serving as the clinical research regulatory associate, focusing on providing guidance and support for our clinical sites as they navigate the regulatory process for application and inspections. Otilia is excited and passionate to help others learn about the benefits of psychedelics and be part of the movement that is changing the world!

In her free time, she enjoys playing with her golden retriever Bernie and newfoundland Nora, making vegan cheese, cooking and painting.

Phillip Perl

Phillip Perl Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

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Phillip Perl

Phillip Perl

Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

Phillip earned his B.S. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, and a Master’s of Public Health (MPH) from Columbia University. Prior to joining MPBC, he worked at the University of California – San Francisco as a Research Coordinator on psychedelic-assisted therapy clinical trials. At MAPS PBC, Phillip is serving as a Clinical Research Associate II, focusing on Phase 3 MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD studies. He is excited to be contributing towards this meaningful work. In his free time, Phillip enjoys reading, yoga, traveling, and spending time in nature.

Adrian Lyons

Adrian Lyons Independent Rater Program Leader

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Adrian Lyons

Adrian Lyons

Independent Rater Program Leader

Adrian earned a B.F.A. in printmaking from the Herron School of Art & Design and is a CCRP with SOCRA as well as a CQIA with ASQ.  Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation, Adrian worked as a Data Safety Monitoring Coordinator for a CRO focused on oncology IITs. She also worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator for the IU School of Medicine’s Medical and Molecular Genetics Department where she focused on data dictionaries and Data Transfer Agreements for the National Centralized Repository for Alzheimer’s Disease (NCRAD).

At MAPS PBC, Adrian is looking forward to using her knowledge of quality and regulatory practices to support her trials and study teams. Adrian is committed to the MAPS PBC mission of prioritizing public benefit above profit, and she is proud to be a part of a company model that focuses on transparency through open science principles. Adrian believes in fairness, equity, inclusion, and accountability within research and uses these ethics as her professional compass.

Alyssa McNamara, B.S.

Alyssa McNamara, B.S. Clinical Trial Leader

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Alyssa McNamara, B.S.

Alyssa McNamara, B.S.

Clinical Trial Leader

Alyssa earned a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience with a minor in Bioinformatics in 2017 from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Alyssa worked in the fields of immuno-oncology and neurodevelopment. At MAPS PBC, Alyssa is currently serving as a Clinical Trial Leader for the expanded access program. She strives to help improve the standard of care for mental illness and neurological disorders. In Alyssa’s free time, she enjoys running and Geocaching with her family.

Andrew Novak

Andrew Novak Clinical Research Associate II

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Andrew Novak

Andrew Novak

Clinical Research Associate II

Andrew earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 2016 from La Salle University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Research Organization and Management from Drexel University. Prior to joining MPBC, Andrew worked as a CRA in oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center, Tmunity Therapeutics, and Worldwide Clinical Trials. Andrew has been involved in phase I-III clinical trials, including first-in-human cancer vaccines and CAR-T cell therapies for solid tumors.

At MAPS PBC, Andrew is currently serving as a Clinical Research Associate, working on the MPVA6 and MED1 programs.

He is thrilled to be joining a small, passionate team focused on providing life changing medicines.

In Andrew’s free time, he enjoys training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, doing DIY projects around the house, surveying local wineries and breweries with his fiancée, and exploring nature with his Bernese Mountain Dog, Bernie.

Amanda Nary

Amanda Nary Clinical Trial Leader (CTL)

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Amanda Nary

Amanda Nary

Clinical Trial Leader (CTL)

Amanda earned a B.S. in biology in 2015 from the University of Colorado, Denver. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation, Amanda worked as a study coordinator where she helped to conduct MAPS-sponsored trials in Boulder, CO. She also worked as a clinical research coordinator for a global SMO conducting trials focusing on vaccines, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, and hypertension.

At MAPS PBC, Amanda is currently serving as a clinical trial leader, working on Phase 3 MDMA-assisted therapy studies for treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Amanda is passionate about research, mental health care, drug policy reform, and harm reduction strategies. In Amanda’s free time, she enjoys watching movies, playing volleyball, hiking, and spending time with her family, friends, and dog.

Katherine Miller

Katherine Miller Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

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Katherine Miller

Katherine Miller

Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

Kate earned a B.A. in Anthropology in 2014 from Indiana University, Indianapolis. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation, Kate worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator for a global SMO conducting trials on a gamut of conditions to include, Vaccines, Insomnia, Hypertension, Hyperlipidemia, Type II Diabetes, and Migraines. She also worked as a Clinical Research Technician and Social Media Specialist for IU School of Medicine, conducting trials on schizophrenia and initiating a social media campaign to raise awareness for mental health and promote their clinical research studies.

At MAPS PBC, Kate is currently serving as a Clinical Research Associate, supporting the Phase 3 MDMA-Assisted psychotherapy studies for patients with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Kate is thrilled to provide her previous experience and contribute to MAPS PBC. She has a passion to help normalize and break the taboo surrounding not only mental health, but also alternative mental health treatments, like psychedelics. She is honored to be able to contribute and is excited to see the cultural change that psychedelic therapy and the exploration of consciousness brings to our society.

Kate resides in colorful Colorado with her husband and two cardigan welsh corgis. In her free time, Kate enjoys hiking new trails, candid photography, reading & writing, crafting up a storm, impromptu dance sessions in the kitchen, and taking entirely too many photos of her corgis.

Rosalynn Landazuri

Rosalynn Landazuri Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

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Rosalynn Landazuri

Rosalynn Landazuri

Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

Rosalynn earned a bachelor of science degree in cognitive science with a specialization in neuroscience in 2012 from the University of California, San Diego. Prior to joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Rosalynn worked as a clinical research coordinator where she conducted trials in various indications such as Type 2 & gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, skin Infections, vaccines, and most recently focused solely on covid-19 treatments. Rosalynn also worked as a clinical trial assistant before getting into coordinator work. One of her jobs before clinical research was 6 years as an assistant gallery director for a natural history photography gallery.

At MAPS PBC, Rosalynn is currently serving as a clinical research associate focusing on the Phase 3 studies under the pivotal projects team. She is thrilled to be a part of this very important research. Rosalynn joined MAPS/MAPS PBC to be a contributing member of groundbreaking research in psychedelic therapies.

In Rosalynn’s free time (aka: other job) she continues to run a vintage and antique reselling business that she started in 2006, currently under the name Lodestone Collection. She also enjoys hanging out with her 2 dogs Lola and Frida and spending quality time with friends and family.

She is a total foodie and enjoys a well-made cocktail and loves music and art.

Travis Ramsey

Travis Ramsey Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

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Travis Ramsey

Travis Ramsey

Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

Travis Ramsey earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 2015 from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Prior to joining the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and/or MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MPBC), Travis worked in various fields of science including chemical analysis and development, as well as various clinical research roles, coordinating and monitoring clinical trials.

At MAPS PBC, Travis is currently serving as clinical research associate (CRA), focusing on Phase 3 trials. Travis is passionate about mental health and therapy, and joined MAPS/MAPS PBC in order to assist in the development of new and emergent treatments for many currently untreated psychoactive disorders. Travis believes that all of humanity deserves the best care and treatment that is available, and is delighted to be a part of the development of life altering therapies.

In Travis’s free time, he enjoys biking, hiking, camping, reading and creating friendships with strangers.

Emily Gworek

Emily Gworek Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

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Emily Gworek

Emily Gworek

Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

Emily earned her B.S. in biopsychology in 2020 from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MPBC), Emily was involved with UCSB’s chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, participated in the SSDP Psychedelic Pipeline program, and founded a chapter of Psychedelic Club on campus. Emily also spent time working as an intern at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Center for Addiction Medicine, where she helped with a study investigating the effects of medical marijuana on neurocognition.

At MPBC, Emily is currently serving as a Clinical Research Associate (CRA) working on Phase 3 MDMA-Assisted psychotherapy studies for patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Emily is passionate about drug policy reform and harm reduction strategies. She is excited to support the Clinical Operations team and believes psychedelic medicine plays an important role in developing a more holistic model of mental healthcare. In her free time, Emily enjoys skiing, cooking, and camping.

Carolina Manchola-Orozco

Carolina Manchola-Orozco Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

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Carolina Manchola-Orozco

Carolina Manchola-Orozco

Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

Carolina Manchola-Orozco earned her degree in psychology with a minor in Italian language in 2004 from the University of Miami. Carolina recently graduated with her master's degree in research administration from Johns Hopkins University. She began her research journey working in pediatric behavioral research at the University of Miami, and moved to clinical research, becoming a study coordinator for pediatric optometry & ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. She shifted to coordinating adult oncology studies, moved to Orlando, Florida and continued coordinating for neuro and radiation oncology. The oncologists who were managing chronically and acutely ill patients had a very open mindset about prescribing alternatives to coincide with their anti-cancer treatments, and it was readily apparent that these really helped patients cope with their experience.

Carolina is excited to work with a team that will hopefully create access for many patients that need help and could benefit from the evidence we are creating. In her free time (now that she’s done with school), she enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband, trying new foods, watching movies, and listening to all kinds of music.

Naveed Emadi

Naveed Emadi Independent Rater Coordinator

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Naveed Emadi

Naveed Emadi

Independent Rater Coordinator

Naveed Emadi earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 2017 from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Prior to joining the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and/or MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Naveed worked as a quality assurance specialist, where he helped a cannabis testing laboratory create and implement SOPs, finalize method validations, and comply with BCC (Bureau of Cannabis Control) and ISO 17025 Standards/Regulations, in the state of California. He has also worked for a biotech company in which he ran analytical assays to determine the drugs stability, during the process development stage.

At MAPS PBC, Naveed is currently serving as an independent rater coordinator, supporting and aiding the Independent Rater Team. He joined MAPS PBC in 2020 as a clinical study assistant working on the VA studies.

Naveed joined MAPS/MAPS PBC to make a difference in the world for individuals who are suffering, and to provide alternative and educational insight on psychedelic therapy. He hopes to help improve the alternative options for treating mental illnesses and stigma around psychedelic usage.

In Naveed’s free time, he enjoys to go hiking in nature, meditating, producing music, traveling the world, and enjoying time with family and friends.

Kelsea Brown

Kelsea Brown Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

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Kelsea Brown

Kelsea Brown

Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

Kelsea earned a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and behavior in 2015 from the University of New Hampshire and is working towards a master’s in clinical mental health counseling. Kelsea first became involved with MAPS as a night attendant, providing care for participants in MDMA-Assisted therapy studies. She went on to become a study coordinator for a U.S. MDMA Therapist Training study. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), she was an operations coordinator for a CSA organization, working to promote food equity and accessibility in the Charleston area by bridging the gap between local farmers and communities with limited access to affordable, nutritious food. Additionally, for six months prior to joining MAPS PBC she worked towards earning a Permaculture Design Certification through Ecoversity of Costa Rica.

At MAPS PBC, Kelsea is currently serving as a clinical research associate, supporting the clinical operations of multiple MDMA studies. She is committed to making psychedelic medicines accessible and is specifically passionate about exploring MDMA’s capacity for facilitating personal growth, meaningful connections, and conflict resolution. Kelsea is filled with gratitude to be involved in the healing work that MAPS/MAPS PBC is carrying out. In her free time, she can be found dancing, painting, gardening, and spending time in her converted bus/camper.​​

 

Ashley Long

Ashley Long Clinical Research Associate

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Ashley Long

Ashley Long

Clinical Research Associate

Ashley Long earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with honors in 2020 from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to joining the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Ashley worked in a variety of occupations, most recently immersed in the field of sustainable agriculture which has inspired her desire to seek and devise affordable, sustainable, and innovative approaches to mental health and wellness.

At MAPS PBC, Ashley is currently a Clinical Research Associate on the Phase 3 Pivotal Team. Ashley recently joined this team after serving in her role as eTMF Associate where she spent her time focusing on the implementation of an archival system for past studies and the filing and management of current studies. She is thrilled to be a part of a team exploring groundbreaking treatment methods for a variety of the problems society currently faces - in particular, the management of substance use and PTSD.

Ashley joined MAPS/MAPS PBC to learn more about the development of clinical interventions and become more involved in creating what she sees as methodologies which will be invaluable to future treatment protocols.

Ashley believes that the work being done at MAPS is going to afford access to mental health care to a greater number of at-risk individuals in a rapid and financially sound manner that is not currently available.

In Ashley’s free time she loves organic gardening, traveling, surfing, homesteading, biking, and running trails with her two dogs.

Katherine Spiech

Katherine Spiech Clinical Study Assistant (CSA)

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Katherine Spiech

Katherine Spiech

Clinical Study Assistant (CSA)

Katherine received her bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in neuroscience from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2018. Prior to joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), she worked as senior clinical study specialist for the Division of Nephrology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Her previous areas of research include chronic kidney disease (CKD) genetics, CKD phosphorus absorption and bone density correlates, kidney transplant rejection, hypertension pharmacogenomics, and cognitive development.

Currently, she acts as a clinical study assistant (CSA) and aids with MPBC’s first collaboration trial, using MDMA-assisted therapy to treat those suffering from PTSD.

Katherine is an avid supporter of mental health reform and believes that MAPS will play an integral role in creating a more supportive, healing, and equitable medical culture. One day, she would like to practice functional psychiatry with focuses in trauma, women’s health, and wholeness.

In her free time, Katherine enjoys exploring the woods, learning about the medicinal properties of plants and fungi, playing/writing music, and hanging out with her pet chinchilla, Adelfa.

Yasmeen Alshabasy

Yasmeen Alshabasy Senior Clinical Research Associate

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Yasmeen Alshabasy

Yasmeen Alshabasy

Senior Clinical Research Associate

Yasmeen Alshabasy earned a bachelor’s degree in science in society with a concentration in sociology in 2020 from Wesleyan University. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Yasmeen served as a writing educator at an all-girls middle school in Brooklyn, NY. Previously, Yasmeen researched at the Johns Hopkins Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health where she investigated the impact of dualsensory impairment on health care interactions. At Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health, Yasmeen studied the impact of personal and work-related burnout on suicidal ideation and behavior, which generated her personal interest into the impacts of systemic and generational trauma.

At MAPS PBC, Yasmeen is currently serving as a senior clinical research associate on the pivotal program team, working on Phase 3 MDMA-assisted therapy studies for PTSD treatment.

She is passionate about the potential of psychedelic healing modalities to restore mind-body-spirit wellbeing and is thrilled to be joining a team devoted to collective healing, community care, and harm reduction. Yasmeen believes that all humans organically have the capacity to heal, and psychedelics offer a powerful tool to actualize transformation. She is humbled to continue learning how plant medicine may alter our neurochemistry, transform our consciousness, and promote collective healing. In Yasmeen’s free time, she enjoys biking, cooking, painting, breathwork, and being in nature.

Alyssa Weinrich

Alyssa Weinrich Clinical Study Assistant (CSA)

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Alyssa Weinrich

Alyssa Weinrich

Clinical Study Assistant (CSA)

Alyssa Weinrich earned her B.A. in psychological and brain sciences and philosophy in 2020 with honors from Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri. Prior to joining MAPS PBC, Alyssa was an undergraduate research assistant while attending Washington University in Saint Louis, supporting the Cognitive Development Lab and the Cognition & Development Lab in their investigations of the structure of episodic long-term memory and factors of resilience in children exposed to traumatic life events, respectively. Alyssa was also an undergraduate teaching assistant for a large undergraduate course, Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness, taught by Dr. Tim Bono. 

At MAPS PBC, Alyssa is currently serving as a clinical study assistant working on Phase 3 MDMA-assisted psychotherapy studies for patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Alyssa is passionate about helping to bridge the gap between mental illness and mental wellness by supporting research on the treatment of internalizing disorders, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depressive disorder (MDD), developed as a result of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and traumatic life experiences in adulthood. She highly regards the potential for psychedelic-assisted therapies to achieve this life-long passion and believes that all people have the capacity to heal, even those faced with significant adversity.

Alyssa is excited to support the clinical operations team and dreams of a world in which psychedelic-assisted therapy can help those affected by trauma to thrive, rather than simply survive, as resilient individuals. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys writing poetry, exploring nature, and immersing herself in new music.

Kat Ebert

Kat Ebert Clinical Study Assistant (CSA)

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Kat Ebert

Kat Ebert

Clinical Study Assistant (CSA)

Kat Ebert earned a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience in 2021 from Michigan State University. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Kat worked as an undergraduate research assistant where she conducted research on ketamine-induced cystitis using mouse models. Kat also works part-time as the membership coordinator for the Michigan Cannabis Industry Association where she connects licensed cannabis businesses to the largest cannabis lobbying association in the state.

At MAPS PBC, Kat is currently serving as a clinical study assistant, working on the Expanded Access team of Clinical Operations. Kat has authored several presentations on ketamine-induced cystitis, which she conducted research on while she was a student at MSU. Additionally, she co-authored a paper about the dangers of psychedelic exceptionalism in drug policy. She is extremely passionate about drug policy activism, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

Kat joined MAPS PBC in order to help people suffering from PTSD and other trauma-related symptoms heal with psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. She hopes to one day open her own holistic healing center where she can work as an addiction psychiatrist and heal her patients with psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and other holistic healing methods.

In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing/playing music, and attending music festivals and raves with her friends.

Madeleine Zhu

Madeleine Zhu Clinical Study Assistant (CSA)

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Madeleine Zhu

Madeleine Zhu

Clinical Study Assistant (CSA)

Madeleine Zhu earned a bachelor’s degree in toxicology in 2020 from the University of California, Berkeley, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Madeleine supported the IGI’s SARS-CoV-2 Testing Consortium as a research associate, by providing accessible COVID-19 testing to folx in the Bay Area. She also worked as a research assistant exploring the thermogenic gene program of brown adipocytes as a means for potential obesity therapeutics.

At MAPS PBC, Madeleine is currently serving as a clinical study assistant for VA Phase 3 MDMA-assisted psychotherapy studies for patients diagnosed with PTSD. She strives for environmental and health equity, cognizant of the cultural context of psychedelic plants to indigenous peoples and hopeful that the healing modality of psychedelics can be utilized to combat this country’s ongoing mental health crisis. Madeleine is passionate about the impact of intersectionality on mental health and is thrilled at the possibility for psychedelic therapeutics to heal intergenerational trauma.

In Madeleine’s free time, she enjoys strolls through nature and catching sunsets, indulging in savory tunes, and cozying up with a fresh book.

Samuel Morrisson

Samuel Morrisson Clinical Study Assistant (CSA)

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Samuel Morrisson

Samuel Morrisson

Clinical Study Assistant (CSA)

Sam earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and minor in international business in 2020 from Eckerd College, where he graduated with high honors. His undergraduate research was in the field of social psychology and focused on understanding helping motivations across different cultures and contexts. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Sam worked in the tech industry as a user experience and market researcher where he explored the psychology of users and their interactions with technology. He also worked at Florida International University’s Center for Children and Families as a clinician and researcher where he implemented an evidence-based treatment to children with ADHD, autism, and Tourette’s syndrome.

At MAPS PBC, Sam is currently serving as a Clinical Study Assistant, working on Phase 3 clinical trials on MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for patients with posttraumatic stress disorder. He is passionate about helping the world understand the capacity that psychedelics have to facilitate human healing and growth from multiple perspectives. Sam joined MPBC to live out this passion by supporting the development of groundbreaking psychedelic medicine through rigorous research and patient-focused values. In Sam’s free time, he loves actively engaging in activities that bring him joy such as cultivating relationships, cooking, watching sunsets, exploring jaw dropping nature, and expressing gratitude.

Daryn Frederick

Daryn Frederick Clinical Study Assistant (CSA)

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Daryn Frederick

Daryn Frederick

Clinical Study Assistant (CSA)

Daryn Frederick earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in sociology from the University of Idaho in 2018. Prior to joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Daryn worked as a behavioral health technician where she provided in-home, clinic, and community based developmental therapy to children and adults with disabilities. Daryn also spent a year as an ESL teacher in Trang, Thailand teaching English to kindergarten and primary aged students. Along with her work in behavioral therapy and ESL education, Daryn spent time volunteering as a Guardian ad Litem for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). As a GAL, she advocated in the community and court room for the best interests of children in protective care of the state.

At MAPS PBC, Daryn is currently serving as a Clinical Study Assistant, focusing on the Phase 2 MDMA-assisted psychotherapy studies for patients diagnosed with eating disorders. She is passionate about helping others and supporting them on their journey to mental well-being. Daryn joined MPBC to be a part of an organization dedicated to pioneering treatment for mental health disorders, affordable and accessible resources, and ending the stigma on mental illness.

In Daryn’s free time she enjoys exploring new places, attending concerts, being in the mountains, and spending time with her friends and family. But her favorite thing is to cuddle up with her puppy and a good TV show.

Katherine Johnson

Katherine Johnson Contracts and Budget Associate

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Katherine Johnson

Katherine Johnson

Contracts and Budget Associate

Katherine previously worked as an oil jobber, at an entertainment venue, a lumber and logging company, and a PCB assembly company. It was in 2005 that a colleague recruited Katherine into a little company called Medtronic Vascular and a love affair began. Since that time, Katherine had the pleasure and honor to work with and be inspired by some of the greatest innovators of our time, like Earl Bakken and Thomas Fogarty.

Katherine has supported clinical business and clinical operations at the sponsor, site, and CRO levels and is delighted and excited to return to the sponsor side of research with MAPS PBC.

Katherine feels lucky to live in the heart of the redwoods and wine country, north of San Francisco, in the sleepy bohemian hamlet of Sebastopol. She often visits walking and hiking trails, the majestic coastline, local wineries, and enjoys tending to her garden. Her partner in adventure is Doris, her 2 lb. chihuahua, and the two love spending time outdoors either golfing or taking refuge within the ancient silent forests. It is a wonderful relationship because Katherine loves to cook and Doris loves to eat.

Molly King

Molly King TMF Document Control Manager

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Molly King

Molly King

TMF Document Control Manager

Molly King earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 2010 from Kansas State University and a certification in massage therapy and bodywork in 2012 from Wellspring School of Allied Health in Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MPBC), Molly worked in TMF Quality and Management at a small clinical consulting firm that specialized in preparing sponsor TMFs for regulatory inspections. Before that, she spent 6 years at a large contract research organization (CRO) working with the TMF in various capacities from scanning and filing documents to leading the TMF Quality and Completeness team.

At MAPS PBC, Molly is overseeing and managing the TMF to always ensure audit and inspection readiness, as well as leading the document control team.

Molly is passionate about natural healing and the positive impact psychedelics can have on mental health and emotional wellbeing. She is grateful for the opportunity to bring her skillset and enthusiasm to MAPS PBC and contribute to the advancement of psychedelic science.

In her free time, Molly enjoys spending time in nature with her husband and two dogs, thrifting, crafting, home improvement projects, laughing with friends, and going to music festivals.

Roman Alcocer

Roman Alcocer Clinical Quality Manager

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Roman Alcocer

Roman Alcocer

Clinical Quality Manager

Roman Alcocer currently serves as the Clinical Quality Manager at MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC) where he leads the inspection readiness team and focuses on improving the quality of MAPS PBC studies. Roman has been with MAPS PBC since 2019 as Document Control Specialist, Quality Assurance Associate, and Clinical Quality Research Associate, always looking to optimize processes and workflows.

Roman earned a bachelor of science in mathematics from University of California, Santa Barbara, where he discovered an appreciation for formal logic and thinking in systems. Prior to joining MAPS PBC, he worked as an admissions evaluator at UC Santa Cruz, as a naturalist in Point Reyes National Seashore, and as a customer success manager at a product management software startup. He is passionate about establishing a framework for society to benefit from the skillful use of psychedelics, and a firm believer in cognitive liberty. Roman can often be found in nature with friends, sitting on a cushion, or searching for the perfect vegan burrito.

 

Advisors

Julie Holland, M.D.

Julie Holland, M.D.

Julie Holland, M.D., is a psychiatrist specializing in psychopharmacology with a private practice in New York City. Her book “Weekends at Bellevue” chronicles her nine years running the psychiatric emergency room as an attending physician on the faculty of NYU School of Medicine. Frequently featured on the Today show and CNN’s documentary series “Weed,” Holland is the editor of "The Pot Book" and "Ecstasy: The Complete Guide." (Both books are non-profit projects that help to fund clinical therapeutic research.)

Dr. Holland, now their medical advisor, was the medical monitor for several MAPS PTSD studies utilizing MDMA-assisted psychotherapy or testing strains of cannabis with varying CBD/THC ratios. She has worked for decades on US drug policy reform based on harm reduction principles. Her 2016 book, “Moody Bitches:The Truth About the Drugs You're Taking, the Sleep You're Missing, the Sex You're Not Having, and What's Really Making You Crazy” has been translated into eleven languages. Her most recent book, “Good Chemistry: The Science of Connection, From Soul to Psychedelics” was published in June 2020. Holland sits on the scientific and medical advisory board of several cannabis and psychedelic corporations.

Training & Supervision

Shannon Carlin, M.A., L.M.F.T.

Shannon Carlin, M.A., L.M.F.T. Chief of Therapy Training and Supervision

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Shannon Carlin, M.A., L.M.F.T.

Shannon Carlin, M.A., L.M.F.T.

Chief of Therapy Training and Supervision

Shannon Carlin, M.A., L.M.F.T., is the Chief of Therapy Training and Supervision at the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit. As the Chief of Training and Supervision, Shannon leads the development and implementation of clinical training and supervision programs that prepare clinicians and counselors to deliver MDMA-assisted therapy in approved clinical settings around the world. Shannon started working with MAPS in 2011 before joining MAPS PBC in 2016.

In her dedication to supporting people through growth and healing, Shannon has served as a co-therapist on MAPS-sponsored Phase 2 trials researching MDMA-assisted therapy for anxiety associated with life-threatening illness and MDMA-assisted therapy for severe PTSD. She currently works with clients through the California Center for Psychedelic Therapy, delivering transpersonal approaches, psychedelic integration, and ketamine-assisted psychotherapy. Shannon’s direct clinical work continues to inform her role at MAPS PBC and the MDMA Therapy Training Program.

Shannon’s previous professional experience includes the development of community programs delivering resources, services, training, and support for healthy living, life skills, employment, and positive youth development. Her work has served adults with schizophrenia, bipolar, and substance use disorder, families and youth in low-income residential settings, and high school students learning about moderation management of drug and alcohol use. Shannon is passionate about addressing homelessness, she has volunteered with housing projects and shelters and completed a farm internship with the Homeless Garden Project.

Shannon received her master’s degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. An adventurer at heart, Shannon can be found in nature, backpacking, running, and dancing. She celebrates and cultivates relationship and community and is passionate about life, love, and thriving.

Gatisa Noble

Gatisa Noble Training and Supervision Project Manager

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Gatisa Noble

Gatisa Noble

Training and Supervision Project Manager

Gatisa earned a Holistic Health Counseling Certificate in 2001 from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC and an ISO 9001:2000/AS9100 Internal Auditor Certificate in 2005 from Excel Partnership. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), she worked in various fields including nonprofit fundraising, public administration, data management, and product manufacturing and distribution. Most recently, Gatisa worked as an Administrative Aide at the County of Santa Cruz, where she learned about the inner workings of our local and State public health systems. Gatisa also served as Director of Membership and Sales at MAPS PBC’s parent organization, MAPS, from 2010-2011. She is delighted that her path has led her back to MAPS PBC nearly a decade later.

Gatisa is passionate about whole person care and is thrilled to be helping to create a new, accessible framework for healing that prioritizes people above profit. In her free time, Gatisa enjoys volunteer fundraising, vegetarian cooking, coloring and making play-doh art with her two sons, listening to Eckhart Tolle, researching everything under the sun, and making millions of plans for the future.

Jenny Burnes

Jenny Burnes Administrative Assistant

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Jenny Burnes

Jenny Burnes

Administrative Assistant

Jenny is a California native who grew up in a rural farming community on the central coast.  In her early twenties she studied pastry at the California Culinary Academy and massage therapy at the Hirudaya Holistic Life Center.  She has a rich and diverse work history with an emphasis in office administration and management.  Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), much of her work has been in specialty & hospital healthcare, and she has worn almost every hat you can imagine in the support staff arena.  This most recent experience was just shy of 10 years working for Sutter Health Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Santa Cruz, CA where she spent her days cheering on clinical staff, scheduling thousands of operations, advocating for patient-centered and accessible care, and often helping patients going through challenging experiences as a result of health crisis.

At MAPS PBC, Jenny has taken on the new role of Administrative Assistant to Training & Supervision, providing support to the team and Chief of Therapy Training and Supervision.  She is an avid supporter of psychedelic justice, harm reduction and sharing information to help remove the stigma around plant & alternative medicines for their therapeutic potential. She is excited to be a member of the MAPS PBC team where she can use her abilities in support of psychedelic scientific research and ultimately the FDA approval of medicines that she believes will be deeply meaningful and impactful to society.

Jenny currently resides in the Sierra foothills of Northern California where you can find her constantly learning, expanding her consciousness, making deep connections, getting lost in the forest, becoming a fiber artist, creating meals with love and intention, and hanging out in cozy spaces with her husband and rescue dogs.

Jess Lin, M.P.H.

Jess Lin, M.P.H. Associate Director, Adherence and Supervision

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Jess Lin, M.P.H.

Jess Lin, M.P.H.

Associate Director, Adherence and Supervision

Jess Lin, M.P.H., is the Associate Director of Adherence and Supervision at MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), where she works to support the development of systems and infrastructure for the oversight of therapists in the delivery of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD in MAPS protocols.

Prior to joining MAPS PBC, Jess led public health research and intervention programs in public, academic, and not-for-profit settings, including at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, and San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Her work has included projects to identify health needs and protective factors amongst an international cohort of trans women, conduct advocacy and policy work with youth experiencing homelessness, and support harm reduction services for people who inject drugs. Jess received a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and Comparative Literature from Brown University in 2005 and a master’s in public health from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2010.

Jess is deeply committed to strengthening the ties between science and love. She is honored to be working with the MAPS PBC team in service of individual and collective wellness and liberation. She is a steadfast friend, avid reader, ecstatic dancer, and cat whisperer.

Lily Smith

Lily Smith Senior Adherence and Supervision Coordinator

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Lily Smith

Lily Smith

Senior Adherence and Supervision Coordinator

Lily Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience with a minor in public health from Boston University. As an undergraduate, Lily interned at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, working on European pharmaceutical policy. Following graduation, she worked in Nobel laureate Susumu Tonegawa’s lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she used optogenics to study the neural circuitry involved in learning and memory. Lily was most recently a preclinical researcher at Decibel Therapeutics in Boston, where she helped discover new therapies to treat hearing loss and other inner ear disorders. At MAPS PBC, Lily is a senior adherence and supervision coordinator, supporting the oversight of therapists involved in MAPS-sponsored trials of MDMA-assisted therapy through our Adherence Rating and Supervision programs. This involves training, onboarding, and managing an active pool of over 70 adherence raters and interfacing with dozens of clinical supervisors. Lily is focused on program-level process improvements and the management of data systems. She is also the point person for the adherence rating and clinical supervision functions in our Phase 2 and Phase 3 studies in Europe.

Lily is a dedicated meditation practitioner and lived as a resident at the Cambridge Zen Center in Cambridge, MA, for more than three years. As part of her residency, she helped to support meditation retreats and led several meditation groups, including a bi-weekly group at the Women’s Prison in Framingham, MA. In addition, Lily has completed a year-long mindfulness coaching certification through unified mindfulness.

Lily is excited about unlocking the potential of psychedelics to change the way we treat trauma and mental illness. In her free time, Lily loves cycling and cooking, and she can be found spending time with her family on their organic farm in Wisconsin.

George Barrera

George Barrera Adherence and Supervision Coordinator

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George Barrera

George Barrera

Adherence and Supervision Coordinator

George earned a bachelor’s degree in health sciences and an undergraduate certificate in family health in 2007 from Trident University, a master’s degree in human anatomy and physiology instruction in 2015 from New York Chiropractic College, and is currently working towards a master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), George worked in higher education, teaching human anatomy and physiology, and as a faculty member and program director in surgical technology.

At MAPS PBC, George is currently serving as Adherence and Supervision Coordinator, supporting adherence rating and supervision of MAPS-sponsored clinical trials through development and maintenance of data systems that monitor and coordinate adherence rating and supervision of therapist working in MAPS-sponsored clinical trials. He is passionate about helping others. For several years he worked in the surgical setting as a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) and Certified Surgical First Assistant (CSFA), specializing in pediatric and maxillofacial reconstructive surgery. More recently his educational pursuit has led him toward the field of marriage and family therapy, where he is hoping to continue helping others in an a different but just as impactful way.

George joined MAPS PBC in order to be part of a team whose interests lie in the betterment of mental health for others. He believes that there are potentially better mental health options, such as MDMA-assisted therapy, that could be available to those suffering from mental health issues, such as PTSD, and that MAPS PBC is doing important work to reopen those doors for the future.

In George’s free time, he enjoys reading, playing chess, and most of all cooking for his family.

Becca Schillaci

Becca Schillaci Adherence and Supervision Coordinator

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Becca Schillaci

Becca Schillaci

Adherence and Supervision Coordinator

Becca Schillaci earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2005 from Wellesley College and a master’s degree in developmental science in 2010 from Boston University. Prior to joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Becca worked as a researcher and project manager in the fields of education and cognitive developmental psychology where she contributed to all aspect of the research from design to dissemination. Becca also worked as a birth doula, supporting 80+ birthing people and their families during the intense transformational time of labor and birth.

At MAPS PBC, Becca is currently serving as Adherence and Supervision Coordinator, supporting adherence rating and supervision of MAPS-sponsored clinical trials through development and maintenance of data systems that monitor and coordinate adherence rating and supervision of therapist working in MAPS-sponsored clinical trials.

Becca is thrilled to be a part of the incredible work of MAPS PBC. She is grateful for the perseverance and courage of all those providing and receiving care and all those working to make such powerfully transformative therapies widely available for those suffering so deeply. She is a proud team member in this magnificent organization.

Becca joined MAPS PBC in order to contribute her skills and supportive nature in service of the advancement of psychedelic therapies that truly help people heal.

Outside of work, Becca is a mom to three amazing kids and wife to a talented woodworker and artist. She is immersed in pretend play, coloring projects, and exploring her new hometown of Boulder, CO.

 

Shannon Prahl

Shannon Prahl Clinical Supervision Program Manager

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Shannon Prahl

Shannon Prahl

Clinical Supervision Program Manager

Shannon Prahl, MSW, LCSW, is the Clinical Supervision Program Manager at the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit.  As Clinical Supervision Program Manager, Shannon oversees the development and implementation of programs that provide clinical supervision to therapists who have completed the MDMA Therapy Training Program and are delivering MDMA-assisted therapy.

Shannon’s career reflects her love of learning and commitment to engaging others in their ongoing development and growth.  She is a licensed psychotherapist and works with a diverse caseload of clients in a private practice setting.  She holds a Professional Educator License and has worked with children and families in the school setting.  Shannon has an extensive background in clinical supervision, overseeing clinical supervision programs at Aurora University and Loyola University Chicago. At Aurora University Shannon served as adjunct professor, teaching graduate courses in the School of Social Work.  Shannon is inspired by the healing possibilities of psychedelic assisted therapy and is excited to be part of the team working to bring this new pathway to healing to all who may benefit.

Shannon earned her MSW from Loyola University Chicago in the field of Clinical Social Work and received her B.A. from North Central College in the fields of Psychology and Sociology.  Her passion for expansion, growth, and healing is expressed through additional coursework in Naturopathy, Geology and her certification and ongoing training in Reiki and other methods of healing and energy work.  Shannon loves the outdoors and is inspired by new adventures.

 

Arti Chhabria

Arti Chhabria Therapy Consultation Associate

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Arti Chhabria

Arti Chhabria

Therapy Consultation Associate

Arti earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1998 from Drexel University. She also earned a master’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in law and social policy from Bryn Mawr College. She is a board-certified life coach and is currently pursuing Gestalt therapy through the Gestalt Training Institute of Philadelphia. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Arti worked as an operations supervisor with an organization focused on employee mental health and wellness, where she oversaw a team of agents providing direct service to clients.

At MAPS PBC, Arti is currently serving as a therapy consultation associate, focusing on supporting the programs that provide clinical supervision to therapists who are delivering psychedelic-assisted therapy in a MAPS therapeutic model. She is passionate about mental health and the profound impact psychedelics will have in the treatment and healing of others. In Arti’s free time, she enjoys time with animals and crocheting.

Wesley Hale, M.S.

Wesley Hale, M.S. Associate Director, Training Program

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Wesley Hale, M.S.

Wesley Hale, M.S.

Associate Director, Training Program

Wesley Hale graduated with his Master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from San Francisco State University. Wesley was Graduate Research Assistant in the Health and Organizational Psychology Lab, Workforce Technology Research Lab, and Employee Selection and Retention Lab. Prior to joining MAPS PBC, Wesley gained experience working in the education field and applied his training in I/O Psychology at a game-based assessment company. He taught children with autism spectrum disorders and went on to teach a variety of subjects in the Orange County Public School District. Before moving to San Francisco, he spent two summers in China as a guest lecturer at Xi’an Jiaotong University.

Wesley helped develop the Student for Sensible Drug Policy's Psychedelic Pipeline Career Mentorship Program. Throughout Wesley's career, he has been fueled by a passion for education and creating conditions to promote individual and collective growth. In his free time, Wesley enjoys tea, meditation, mentoring, and listening to music from around the world.

Angelica Garcia, B.S.

Angelica Garcia, B.S. Training Operations Specialist

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Angelica Garcia, B.S.

Angelica Garcia, B.S.

Training Operations Specialist

Angelica earned a B.S. in Molecular Environmental Biology and a B.A. in Anthropology in 2013 from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation, Angelica worked as a research associate at a clinical biotech company where she assisted in research on gene/protein therapies and provided support to the pharmacology group. She also worked in a CLIA/CAP laboratory at a cancer diagnostics company isolating tumor cells containing specific biomarkers. While living at the Berkeley Student Cooperative, Angelica was the elected health worker for her 60-person co-op where she spoke to students about mental health resources, hosted consent and harm reduction workshops, and organized talks on alternative medicines.

At MAPS PBC, Angelica is currently serving as a Training Operations Specialist for the MDMA Therapy Training Program, focusing on supporting trainees in their progress through the program. Angelica is interested in the potential benefits of expanded states of consciousness and how transformative experiences can be utilized for therapeutic purposes. She is passionate about making psychedelic medicine inclusive and accessible to all, especially people of color and those who have been historically underrepresented in clinical research. In her free time, Angelica loves dancing, drinking tea, going to the beach, and playing deck-building card games.

Christine Penny

Christine Penny Communications and Events Manager

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Christine Penny

Christine Penny

Communications and Events Manager

Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MPBC), Christine managed an event planning company focused on creating innovative retreats, conferences, and networking events. She also owned a marketing agency that led major transformations in brand management and increased revenues by driving and converting online traffic with data-driven strategies.

At MAPS PBC, Christine is currently serving as the Training Communications and Events Manager, focusing on growing channels of communication for all avenues of MAPS Therapy Training. She supports the production of online and in-person training events and retreats by managing all aspects venue logistics, vendor contracts, and event planning.

Christine Penny earned a bachelor's degree from St. Mary's College of Maryland. She also studied film and video production at New York Film Academy.

Christine believes that every person has within them an intrinsic wisdom and ability to heal, and is thrilled to be creating safe, supportive, and inclusive learning environments. In Christine's free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and hiking with her husband and goldendoodle puppy.

Dan MacCombie

Dan MacCombie Training and Partnerships Manager

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Dan MacCombie

Dan MacCombie

Training and Partnerships Manager

Dan MacCombie is the Training Partnerships Manager at MAPS PBC, where his focus is expanding the training of meaningful, effective, and impactful training of clinicians and counselors to work with MDMA-assisted psychotherapy. In that work, Dan’s focus is building partnerships with the institutions that can scale the capability to train, while still maintaining intimacy and connection that are the core of learning this craft.

Prior to joining MAPS PBC, Dan was the co-Founder and Co-CEO of Runa, an Amazonian tea company and social enterprise. Later, Dan was the COO and a lead facilitator with EVRYMAN, an organization building retreats, groups, and programs to help male-identifying individuals connect to their emotions and grow to be more inclusive, thoughtful, and connected humans. Through these experiences, Dan realized that compassion, understanding, and growth are at the core of everything and everyone he cares about, and that he wanted to devote his life to expanding the possibilities for more of those. This is what led him to MAPS PBC.

Dan graduated from Brown University with an Sc.B. in Marine Biology in 2008, and in 2022 will graduate with an M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University. He trained and has worked as a coach and facilitator, holding the ACC certification from the International Coaching Federation.

Otherwise, Dan loves hiking, skiing, gardening, and other outdoor pursuits, especially when shared with his Bulldog mix Vesuvius and his Jindo mix Cayambe. He’s an avid meditator, photographer, cook, and woodcarver. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, but some part of him will always belong to his hometown of Cleveland.

Veena Muthusamy

Veena Muthusamy Lead Training Coordinator

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Veena Muthusamy

Veena Muthusamy

Lead Training Coordinator

Veena earned her MBA from Presidio Graduate School, where she focused on the movement that envisions business as a force for good. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC) she worked in Corporate Sustainability and Social Impact, where she helped companies reimagine their responsibility to their employees, the communities they operate within, and society as a whole.

At MAPS PBC, Veena is currently serving as a Training Coordinator, focusing on supporting the operations, admissions, and growth of the MDMA Therapy Training Program.

As a first-generation American with roots in South Indian farming culture, Veena found purpose at a young age protecting nature’s vision of abundance. The more she unraveled her passion for sustainability she realized there are core levers to push that would help people believe in the interconnectedness of all living things. She followed that thread to MAPS/MAPS PBC and is incredibly excited to support the fundamental idea that every person has an innate ability to heal.

In her free time, Veena loves long weekend hikes, all things Burning Man, and bringing her dog Lilly the Love Monster on all her adventures.

August Stockwell

August Stockwell Training Coordinator

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August Stockwell

August Stockwell

Training Coordinator

August Stockwell (they/them pronouns) earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2004 from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology (Applied Behavior Analysis specialization) in 2008 and PhD in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2011 from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Before joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), August spent time as a professor and later as the Associate Director of Research at The Chicago School. They were also the Founder and Director of Upswing Advocates, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that provided trainings for helping professionals on strategies for delivering affirming care to their LGBTQ2IA and neurodiverse clients.

At MAPS PBC, August works as a Training Coordinator with a focus on curriculum design, skill assessment, and building culturally sensitive clinical practices. They care deeply about making trauma-focused supports broadly accessible to people who need them and believe that each of us holds the potential for healing and transformation.

Outside of work, August loves to learn about the Enneagram, dream interpretation, mental health, and all the things that make up the human experience. And if it’s not too cold out, you’ll find them spending time with chosen family while listening to the waves of Lake Michigan.

Corey Westbury

Corey Westbury Training Coordinator

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Corey Westbury

Corey Westbury

Training Coordinator

Corey received her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration & Leadership from Drexel University in 2016 and a bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies from West Virginia University in 2010. She is also a 200-hour registered yoga teacher and in the process of seeking certification to become an Integrative Health & Well-Being Coach through the Anthropedia Foundation. Prior to joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Corey worked in the edtech & online learning space for 10 years across a wide range of roles, most recently at Chegg, where she focused on launching new products, scaling systems & processes, and building relationships with educators.

At MAPS PBC, Corey is currently serving as a Training Coordinator, providing support for the trainees in the MDMA Therapy Training Program and contributing to the development, planning, and growth of the training.

Corey is passionate about walking the path of well-being so that she can help others do the same, and deeply believes that psychedelics can create seismic shifts in the evolution of human consciousness when approached mindfully and with intention. She is honored to show up every day to support the mission of collective liberation for all.

Corey lives on Maui, and in her free time enjoys practicing yoga & other contemplative practices, immersing herself in nature, SUP, trying different Ayurvedic recipes, and taking in sunsets on the deck with her cat.

 

Jessica Tamayo

Jessica Tamayo Training Coordinator

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Jessica Tamayo

Jessica Tamayo

Training Coordinator

Jessica has a background in relational and nature-based education, integrating an experiential and inner-directed approach to learning and development. She earned a B.A. in intercultural studies from Warren Wilson College and is trained in Waldorf Early Childhood Education and Integrative Gestalt Practice. Prior to joining MAPS PBC, Jess worked as a teacher, administrator, and consultant to nonprofits and educational initiatives. She was Director of Esalen Institute’s Gazebo School Park, an emergent early learning experience emphasizing curiosity, connection, and trust in the natural unfolding of the child’s development. After leaving Esalen, she co-founded Big Sur Park School and served as the nonprofit’s Executive Director. In her role as Training Coordinator, Jess contributes to the development of the MDMA-Assisted Therapy Training Program and supports program operations. She is passionate about the embodied exploration of human potential and non-ordinary states as a catalyst for growth. She is thrilled to support MAPS’s contributions to the mental health field and help expand access to this powerful work.

In her free time, Jess enjoys road trips, kundalini yoga, exploring the natural world, and creating nourishing sensory delights in her tiny-house kitchen. She lives in Asheville, NC.

Victor Arroyo

Victor Arroyo Training Coordinator

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Victor Arroyo

Victor Arroyo

Training Coordinator

Victor earned a BFA in film and fine arts from Columbia College Chicago in 2008.  He is a certified restorative justice coach through the Community Justice for Youth Institute (2011) and received additional trainings in motivational interviewing, peace circles, facilitation, social and emotional learning from The One Circle Foundation (2020), UF Lastinger Center for Learning (2012), IL Counselor Association (2011) and Native American elders in Pine Ridge, South Dakota (2010).

Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Victor worked over 10 years in the education sector. He had various roles in school districts and institutions such as Chicago public schools, Minneapolis public schools, St. Paul public schools and Florida State College at Jacksonville. Most recently, Victor has worked as an admissions counselor at Columbia College Chicago, where he increased student enrollment in his assigned territory and co-created systems that center DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) in the undergraduate admissions process. He is also the founder of community led groups like the Papalotzin/Mariposa Chicago Healing Collective, The Indigenous Language Academy, and Atlxocmeh Chicago Two-Spirit Aztec Dance Group.

At MAPS PBS, Victor is currently serving as Training Coordinator, providing support in the admissions, operations and development of the MDMA Therapy Training Program.

Victor's passion has been to build power through collective healing & transformation in an effort to challenge systems that have oppressed marginalized communities.  He is dedicated to making psychedelic medicine accessible to communities who have been historically underrepresented and criminalized.

Victor enjoys community fundraising, outdoor adventures, baking vegan treats, learning about indigenous healing modalities, teaching Aztec dance, and participating in cumbia and house dance battles.

 

Daniella Batievsky

Daniella Batievsky Training Program Assistant

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Daniella Batievsky

Daniella Batievsky

Training Program Assistant

Daniella earned her honors bachelor's degree in psychology with minors in law from the University of Pennsylvania in May of 2022, where she received her Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MSBR) certification. Alongside her involvement in various ketamine-related research trials, Daniella led a pilot study among chronic pain patients with depressive symptoms to assess the impact of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy treatment by route of administration for her thesis. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Daniella served as a psychiatric intern for Iter Investments, an investment firm that partners with early-stage private companies operating across the psychedelic ecosystem. As she completed her senior year, Daniella interned for MAPS PBC, where her conviction for their work only deepened.

Daniella currently serves as the Training Program Assistant, where she focuses on advancing the MDMA therapy training program through administration, training enrollment, trainee support, program development, event planning, communications and outreach.

She believes that psychedelic-assisted therapy has the potential to revolutionize mental health treatment and catalyze healing on a personal and collective level, so she is thrilled to help MAPS PBC further their mission.

Daniella is passionate about integrative, holistic approaches to health and wellbeing. In her free time, she loves to meditate, exercise, read, explore alternative healing modalities and be in nature.

 

People Operations and Culture

Sneha Patel

Sneha Patel Chief People Officer

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Sneha Patel

Sneha Patel

Chief People Officer

Sneha Patel joins MAPS Public Benefit Corporation as its first Chief People Officer. As a member of the Executive Committee, Sneha’s responsibilities include oversight of Talent, Learning & Development, Performance Management, Team-Building and Culture, Compensation and Benefits, along with HR and People Operations.

Sneha has spent several decades in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry working at fast-growing companies such as Alexion, Ironwood, and Genzyme. She has played integral roles helping companies transition from pre-commercial to commercial. She is passionate about fostering transparency and creating a culture that is honest, fair, and caring and a workplace that values impact and excellence. Sneha spends her free time at her son’s soccer games, on hiking trails, at yoga, and at her local organic farm, and she enjoys cooking for friends and family.

Michelle Lacy

Michelle Lacy SR. Human Resources Manager

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Michelle Lacy

Michelle Lacy

SR. Human Resources Manager

Michelle Lacy earned a bachelor’s degree in management and human resources in 2008 from Utah State University. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MPBC), Michelle oversaw the HR function within California for an artisanal ice cream company, Salt & Straw. She has over 10 years of experience in the field and two professional HR certifications, PHR and SHRM-CP.

At MPBC, Michelle focuses on all things related to people and culture while streamlining and standardizing the HR infrastructure. Michelle joined MPBC because she was really drawn to the mission and the meaningful work and research that is being done here.

In her free time, Michelle can be found walking/playing with her dog. She also enjoys working out, traveling, and lounging at the beach with a cold beer.

Melissa Clinton

Melissa Clinton SR. Human Resources Manager

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Melissa Clinton

Melissa Clinton

SR. Human Resources Manager

Melissa Clinton serves as a senior manager of human resources in MAPS’ Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC). She brings 23 years of experience to her position, having served multinational corporations in the financial engineering, software and energy consulting industries. Most recently, she has held senior management positions in the culinary industry, for an artisanal food cooperative. Melissa received her bachelor’s degree in natural science from Bennington College in Vermont, and she received her master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix. Melissa is also a certified nutritional counselor, and counsels her clients regarding focused nutritional and wellness strategies for optimum health. Melissa is enthusiastically supportive of MAPS PBC’s role in developing breakthrough psychotherapy treatments involving psychotropic medications, and she is very pleased to support the organization’s mission at the forefront of helping people with severe trauma and other psychological disorders.

Melissa is an avid hiker and world traveler. She is also, to the delight of her family and friends, a health and wellness-oriented, gourmet cook.

Edward (Eddie) Markie

Edward (Eddie) Markie Talent Acquisition Specialist

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Edward (Eddie) Markie

Edward (Eddie) Markie

Talent Acquisition Specialist

As Talent Acquisition Specialist, Eddie will support our rapid growth by working with our leadership to attract and hire exceptional talent across our organization and to lead the development of the broader Talent Acquisition function and strategy as we scale and evolve.

Eddie earned a degree in Communication at CSU, Chico where he developed a deep-rooted love for environmental thought and action which blossomed his activism and lead him to experience the true power of uniting mission driven teams. Prior to joining MAPS PBC, Eddie found a fulfilling path of service as a Talent Advisor within healthcare, most recently staffing hospitals throughout the pandemic and loving on our frontline workers along the way. In his free time, he enjoys finding flow in snowboarding, skimboarding, biking, hiking, dancing, yoga and breathwork.

Quality Assurance

Dawn Lundin

Dawn Lundin Head of Global Quality Management Systems

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Dawn Lundin

Dawn Lundin

Head of Global Quality Management Systems

Dawn Lundin comes to MAPS PBC with over 25 years of quality assurance and compliance experience from the pharmaceutical industry, academia, and non-profit affiliations.  After completing internships at SmithKline Beecham (now GSK) and a full-time position working at Xenobiotic Laboratories for a year, she began a 20-year career at Merck as an Associate Chemist in the Animal Formulation Design group, moved on to a Supervisor role in clinical packaging, then joined Worldwide Clinical QA traveling globally to conduct investigator, subsidiary, pharmacovigilance, and vendor audits for infectious disease, vaccine, cardiovascular, women’s health, and oncology studies. As a subject matter expert in quality across GxPs, Dawn supported regulatory inspections and conducted due diligence visits for many acquisitions and licensing agreements. Dawn developed the first Issues Escalation program, co-authored the first Quality Manual for the research division, and was invited to join Transcelerate to collaborate in the development of white papers, tools, and training for knowledge sharing of best practice in risk-based quality management.   Dawn also volunteered for the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) for Merck reviewing VA medical charts to create advocacy briefings for Veterans deserving combat related service compensation. In 2018, and in attempt to gain more exposure to the patient experience, Dawn chose to leave Merck and accepted a position heading the compliance unit for the Office of Clinical Research at the University of Pennsylvania managing the compliance program for the Perelman School of Medicine.

Dawn has a Master of Science in Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs from Temple University, a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Delaware Valley University, and a Certificate in Management Engagement from the Wharton School.  Dawn holds additional certificates in Facilitative Leadership, Root Cause Analysis, Change Management, and a green belt in six sigma. She has retained her faculty affiliation with the University of Pennsylvania as the Director of the Quality Assurance course of study in the Master of Science Regulatory Affairs graduate program, is a member of the MRA Program Committee, and is also on the alumni board for Delaware Valley University.

In her spare time, Dawn enjoys time with family, watching her 17-year-old daughter outwit her husband, and snuggle time with her dog Phoebe and rescue cat Gizmo.

Maghen Farris

Maghen Farris Director of Quality Innovation and Risk Management

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Maghen Farris

Maghen Farris

Director of Quality Innovation and Risk Management

As Director of Quality Innovation and Risk Management, Maghen focuses on proactive Quality-by-Design (QbD) and risk-based approaches to quality management. She has ownership of the MPBC SOP development/management lifecycle, the creation of role-based curriculum trainings, providing support for clinical program risk management activities, assisting in QAU systems deployment, supporting TMF inspection readiness activities, and assisting in facilitating inspections.

Prior to moving to Quality Assurance, Maghen spent 2 years at MPBC building critical work functions in support of data and systems management activities. As part of this enormous effort, Maghen helped to staff and manage the Clinical Systems and Document Control functions which resulted in an increase in the department size by 900%. She also led development and implementation of strategic SOPs and processes to support risk-based validation of computer systems and established of a QbD approach to TMF operational oversight by defining KPIs and oversight strategy. Maghen also contributed greatly to the development of the TMF Inspection Readiness Plan to support inspection readiness organizational goals.

Prior to joining MAPS PBC, Maghen came to us with a wealth of clinical research related skills from over 10 years of experience as a research coordinator, systems project manager/administrator and risk-based monitor from various positions within academia and industry.

In her spare time, Maghen enjoys spending time with her daughter and her golden retriever in their hometown of Kansas City, knitting bespoke wardrobe pieces, working out, traveling, organizing her closets, and collecting fantastic earrings!

Sam McQuiston

Sam McQuiston Director of GxP Auditing

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Sam McQuiston

Sam McQuiston

Director of GxP Auditing

Sam McQuiston earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 2014 from Kenyon College and a dual degree in Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs and Master of Law from the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (ITMAT) and the Carey School of Law at the University of Pennsylvania, respectively. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation, Sam was an Associate Director of Compliance in the Office of Clinical Research in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. There he focused on collaborating with clinical department leaders, institutional offices, and faculty to support and facilitate clinical research at the University. Sam also brings years of industry experience from working in Quality Assurance at Avid Radiopharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Eli Lilly.

At MAPS PBC, Sam is currently serving as Director of GxP Auditing and responsible for managing the risk-based audit program for internal and external audits for compliance to MAPS PBC policies, procedures, and GxP regulatory requirements. Additional responsibilities include contributing to scheduling, contracting, reviewing reports, CAPA tracking, and maintaining compliance metrics for GLP, GCP, and pharmacovigilance audits for pivotal clinical programs, vendors, and systems. Sam's own core values strongly align with MAPS/MPBC’s core values, making him ecstatic to be a part of such a focused team. In his free time, Sam loves spending time with his wife Lea, daughter Cecelia, and their dogs, as well as cooking, working out, and surfing.

Mela Sims

Mela Sims Project Manager to the Head of Quality

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Mela Sims

Mela Sims

Project Manager to the Head of Quality

Mela Sims comes to MAPS Public Benefit Corporation with over 10 years of experience across positions in associate chemist and quality management roles in industry supporting SOP, training development, continuous improvement/KPI development, supplier relations, and in her most recent role, serving as a project and technical manager for a multi-state organization with over 700 members.

Mela is skilled in supporting third party audits, inspections, and comes to us with a broad array of IT related systems experience, including proficiency in reading and performing SQL queries via MySQL. She has graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Science Degree in Information Technology from the Florida Institute of Technology, and Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences from North Carolina State University.

In her new role at MAPS PBC, Mela will organize and oversee the QAU department project portfolio of work units across the QMS covering Policy and SOP development, Training Oversight, Inspection Support, Vendor Qualifications, CAPA Tracking, Risk Management, Governance Metrics, and associated communications.

Mela is fluent in Spanish and in her spare time enjoys playing guitar, drums, and piano.

Information Technology

Larry Narachi

Larry Narachi IT Program Manager

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Larry Narachi

Larry Narachi

IT Program Manager

Larry brings over 20 years of IT leadership to MAPS PBC. He is skilled in strategic planning and execution of IT specific regulatory compliance. Larry has a strong technical background with his work at medical device manufacturers General Surgical Innovations and Kyphon, as well as experience with Software-as-a-Service organizations. Larry is passionate about the mission at MAPS PBC and in his spare time Larry plays drums, rides his road and mountain bicycles and enjoys the outdoors.

 

Andrew Marty

Andrew Marty Information Technology Support Technician

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Andrew Marty

Andrew Marty

Information Technology Support Technician

Andrew Marty earned a bachelor’s degree in Network Communications and Management in 2016 from the DeVry University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Information Technology Management with a focus on Information Security in 2020 from the Keller Graduate School of Management. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Andrew worked as a Technology Associate at Capsule in New York City where he brought 10 years of IT experience with him. He implemented numerous projects such as mobile device management, standards and policies on hardware/software across the company, and helped Capsule expand into numerous markets. At MAPS PBC, Andrew is currently serving as an Information Technology Support Technician, working on Office 365/Azure projects, implementing our mobile device management system and making sure every employee at MAPS PBC is looked after. Andrew has helped IT infrastructure flourish from small to large businesses. He’s overseen many projects that have made the companies he’s worked for grow stronger and smarter in order to help those companies fulfill their visions. Andrew is passionate about the MAPS PBC mission and in his spare time Andrew loves going to wineries with his wife, computer gaming, long walks, eating all kinds of food and always learning about the IT field.

Accounting and Finance

Andrew “Mo” Septimus

Andrew “Mo” Septimus Chief Financial Officer (CFO) & Co-Head of Business Development

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Andrew “Mo” Septimus

Andrew “Mo” Septimus

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) & Co-Head of Business Development

Andrew "Mo" Septimus is an experienced entrepreneur with a track record of managing multimillion-dollar raises and budgets, complex projects, and teams. He has worked in private equity and acted as CFO in various industries. Mo brings a compassionate, outgoing, and resourceful leadership style, coupled with practical optimism and a sense of humor. He enjoys craft beverages, hockey, herring, kiddish club, and long walks on the beach. Mo is from Queens, New York, and lives with his family in Surfside, Florida.

Ryan Hudgins

Ryan Hudgins Director of Financial Planning and Analysis

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Ryan Hudgins

Ryan Hudgins

Director of Financial Planning and Analysis

Ryan Hudgins earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and entrepreneurial management from the University of Iowa in 2009. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Ryan held a variety of corporate strategy roles in the financial services industry where he developed a knack for executing process improvement initiatives and creative reporting optimization.

At MAPS PBC, Ryan is currently serving as Director of Financial Planning & Analysis, focusing on leading budgeting and forecasting cycles, modeling financial and operational analytics, and developing metrics to evaluate and direct business performance. Ryan is committed to exploring the significant role psychedelic drug development will play in addressing mental health issues around the world. Ryan joined MAPS PBC in order to enhance business intelligence tools to support strategic imperatives for the organization.

Judy Calkins

Judy Calkins Financial Controller

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Judy Calkins

Judy Calkins

Financial Controller

Judy brings with her years of experience in numerous finance, leadership, IT, and acquisition/transition teams. She has worked in the non-profit, for-profit, and benefit corporation sectors. She enjoys the "puzzle" of accounting and finance and balances it with a style of being pragmatic, flexible, and fun. She is a native Californian and currently lives in San Diego with her family. She enjoys going to Mammoth Mountain as often as she can for skiing, hiking, golfing, and the great outdoors.

Nancy Perrine

Nancy Perrine Procurement Financial Director

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Nancy Perrine

Nancy Perrine

Procurement Financial Director

Nancy has more than 20 years of experience in program management, systems engineering, and procurement.

At MAPS PBC, Nancy is the finance lead working interdepartmentally for sourcing, RFPs, contract negotiations, closings for vendors, systems for clinical trials, drug commercialization, medical affairs, IT, and drug manufacturing. She directs financial cost management, tracking, and monitoring.

Prior to joining MAPS PBC, Nancy worked in the regulated industries of pharmaceutical and insurance for Bristol-Myers Squibb, Shire, Clario, and AIG as Head of Indirect Procurement where she led the global sourcing efforts spanning clinical operations, product and commercial launch, marketing, IT and corporate functions. Nancy holds an M.B.A. from Pepperdine, a B.S. in electrical engineering from West Virginia University and a B.S. in biology from the Pennsylvania State University.

She currently lives in Princeton Junction, NJ, with her husband Bob and has 2 children, Kaitlin and Bennett.

Seth Lindenbaum

Seth Lindenbaum Senior Manager, Financial Planning & Analysis

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Seth Lindenbaum

Seth Lindenbaum

Senior Manager, Financial Planning & Analysis

Seth Lindenbaum earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the State University of New York at Albany and an MBA degree in Accounting from Hofstra University. Seth has extensive experience in budgeting, forecasting and variance analysis and prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC) has worked in various industries with the last decade dedicated within the pharmaceutical industry.

At MAPS PBC, Seth is currently serving as Senior Manager, Financial Planning and Analysis, focusing on developing strategic goals as well as analyzing and reporting on business performance. He is thrilled to be part of MAPS PBC in their mission to treat mental health.

Seth is originally from Brooklyn, New York and now resides in Wesley Chapel, Florida. In his free time, he enjoys playing racquetball, poker and lounging at the beach.

Michael Ruggles

Michael Ruggles Senior Financial Analyst

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Michael Ruggles

Michael Ruggles

Senior Financial Analyst

Mike Ruggles earned a bachelor of science degree in finance, with a focus on actuarial mathematics, in 2012 from Bryant University. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Mike worked in the corporate sector as a lead financial analyst, where he developed financial data forecasting tools to drive efficient and intelligent business practices. He also assisted in successful operational integration for large scale acquisitions, as a member of a global incentive compensation team.

At MAPS PBC, Mike is currently serving as a financial analyst, assisting with budgeting and forecasting cycles, modeling financial and operational analytics, and developing metrics to evaluate and direct business performance.

Mike joined MAPS PBC in order to explore and contribute to the exciting field of alternative medicine, while continuing to develop as a financial business partner. He cares greatly about advancing accessibility to effective treatment of mental health around the world and is committed to using his analytical and financial skills to help MPBC continue to evolve and progress.

In his free time, Mike is an active outdoorsman as a splitboarder, conservationist, and bow hunter in the mountains of Montana.

Jason Vetrano, S.P.H.R.

Jason Vetrano, S.P.H.R.

Program Analyst

Jason earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Wayne State University, and a master’s degree in Creative Writing from Naropa University. He also recently obtained a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) credential from the HR Certification Institute. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Jason worked as the Business Officer in the Office of Admissions at Colorado State University, where he managed the budget, as well as the human resources functions for the department. At MAPS PBC, Jason is currently serving as Finance and Human Resources Specialist, focusing on contracts, payments and invoicing, and all things related to human resources. Jason was introduced to MAPS by his wife Laura, who is a therapist training in MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder. He is thrilled to be doing meaningful work at MAPS, and filled with gratitude that there is a part for him to play in helping to advance the mission. Jason lives in Fort Collins, CO, and enjoys spending time with his family and friends, hiking, running, reading, making music, and cooking.

Jane Zahniser

Jane Zahniser Program Analyst

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Jane Zahniser

Jane Zahniser

Program Analyst

Jane graduated from the University of Arizona in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Prior to joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MPBC), Jane worked at KPMG in the audit practice while becoming a Certified Public Accountant. She then transitioned to a finance role at a software technology company within the public transportation sector. At MPBC, Jane is currently serving as a Program Analyst, following site studies from contract & budget execution through to completion to assess performance.

In Jane’s free time, you can find her on the mountain either skiing or foraging for mushrooms, at an open-air concert or show, or riding her bike around town. Her passion projects consist of: transportation equity and accessibility for all, the environmental impact of modern day agriculture, and the healing potential of psychedelic drugs!

Desra Diehl

Desra Diehl Staff Accountant

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Desra Diehl

Desra Diehl

Staff Accountant

Desra earned a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration in 2016 from Kent State University. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), she worked with one of Ohio's leading nonprofit community behavioral health agencies. She began her career in low level clerk accounting and over the course of four years earned two promotions. She had the opportunity to create her final position as Treasury Management and Accounting Coordinator with her prior company. She has broad experience in many different functions of finance including treasury, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and grant administration. Desra is also a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and hopes to soon become a black belt.

At MAPS PBC, Desra is currently serving as a staff accountant, where she will work closely with the Controller, CFO and other finance staff to develop and tone processes and participate in monthly financial processes. Desra was involved in Kent State University’s Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) chapter in leadership roles including President and Treasurer. She joined MAPS PBC in order to be a part of an organization that will shift the trajectory for mental health treatment in the future.

In Desra’s free time, she enjoys traveling, painting, and hanging out with her dog.

Legal and Compliance

Arman Nadershahi

Arman Nadershahi General Counsel

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Arman Nadershahi

Arman Nadershahi

General Counsel

Arman is a seasoned legal executive who has served various life science companies ranging from early-stage startups to multinational biopharma companies. He has extensive experience working with not-for-profit organizations and their public benefit corporate subsidiaries.

Arman’s experience spans corporate law, FDA law, securities law, employment law, intellectual property law, M&A law, and healthcare risk management and compliance. Arman has established and led numerous legal and cross-functional teams. He has played a key role in, business financing strategies, product research and development, FDA approvals, market access, commercialization, numerous acquisitions and divestitures, and initial public offerings.

Previously, Arman served as Associate General Counsel at Gyroscope Therapeutics, a gene therapy and medical device company acquired by Novartis. Prior to Gyroscope, Arman served as the Head of Legal at the Alfred Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California (AMI-USC). At AMI-USC, he led the legal function of a $200M life science incubator, as well as the formation, financing, and successful exits of numerous medical device startup companies. Earlier in his career, Arman practiced intellectual property law at Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP, where he focused on patent prosecution, licensing, and intellectual property litigation in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices.

Additionally, Arman co-founded and served as General Counsel and Chairman of Global Brigades, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization focused on global health and holistic community development. He also teaches biotechnology law at University of Southern California in his spare time.

Arman graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in Zoology and English. He earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School, a Master’s in Biological Science from the University of Minnesota, an MS in Regulatory Science from the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy, an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, and an LLM in Securities and Financial Regulation from Georgetown Law Center. He is a registered patent attorney, holds US and EU regulatory affairs certifications, and is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Arman enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with his family.

Nicole Tavernier-Luebcke

Nicole Tavernier-Luebcke Contracts Administrator

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Nicole Tavernier-Luebcke

Nicole Tavernier-Luebcke

Contracts Administrator

Nicole Tavernier-Luebcke earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a focus on clinical research from the University of South Florida (USF) in 2019. Nicole is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduate degree at USF. Nicole has over 13 years of experience in a diverse range of practice areas in the legal field. At MAPS PBC, Nicole serves as Contracts Manager and manages the contracting process from initiation to completion, works with internal staff and legal counsel on reviewing and editing agreements, facilitates execution, and stores and maintains documents in the contracts database.

Nicole enjoys hanging out with her family, drawing, painting, playing disc golf with her husband, attending plays and musical theater with her daughter, and traveling to visit her son and granddaughter in Colorado.

Ginger Strand

Ginger Strand Contracts Process Associate

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Ginger Strand

Ginger Strand

Contracts Process Associate

Ginger earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University and started her professional career in healthcare at Blue Cross Blue Shield. She spent six years as a government bid specialist, then moved into fashion sales administration, marketing for a chocolate factory, and creative direction for senior care activities. Ginger stepped into the psychedelic professional world as Project Manager of Programs and Content for Third Wave, where she managed and developed their Psychedelic Coaching Certification Program and their inaugural Virtual Summit. At MAPS PBC, Ginger is working with the Contracts Administrator and Legal team to improve and streamline databases and processes, as well as assisting with the contracting process. She feels humbled and honored to be part of the important work MAPS is pioneering.

Her personal interests include costumes, dance, spending time with loved ones, being in nature, and animals—with a special love for cats, bats, goats, and octopuses.

Government Affairs

Kacy Hutchison

Kacy Hutchison Chief of Government Affairs and Advocacy

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Kacy Hutchison

Kacy Hutchison

Chief of Government Affairs and Advocacy

Kacy Hutchison is the Chief of Government Affairs and Advocacy. Kacy leads the U.S. federal and state government affairs policy and advocacy strategies to prepare for the safe and effective commercialization of MDMA-assisted therapy for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) upon potential Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. She is responsible for building comprehensive landscape and infrastructure to support future products in MAPS PBC’s pipeline to ensure access to improved mental health treatment options for patients in need.

Kacy is an accomplished government affairs and healthcare policy executive with deep experience envisioning, developing, and launching paradigm-shifting initiatives that advance access to medicines which address unmet medical needs. She was Vice President, North America Government Affairs and Policy at Gilead Sciences where she led all federal and state government affairs, policy, and strategic initiatives in the U.S. and Canada while heading the company’s Washington, D.C., Office. She was with Gilead Sciences through its highest growth phases that enabled them to become the global leader they are today.

Kacy has an extensive background in healthcare policy including in the Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, where she served as Deputy Legislative Affairs Secretary and managed the Health and Human Services, Department of Managed Health Care and Veteran Affairs portfolios. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley and her Juris Doctorate at American University, Washington College of Law. She is a retired member of the New York Bar.

Kacy is passionate about addressing mental health issues. She has a sibling living with PTSD and knows firsthand the promise new treatment options hold for patients in need.

Kacy is based in San Francisco and enjoys skiing, hiking, traveling, and trying to improve her gardening skills.

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