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Senior Leadership Team

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. Deputy Director and Head of Research Development and Regulatory Affairs

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Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D.

Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D.

Deputy Director and Head of Research Development and Regulatory Affairs

Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D., is the Deputy Director and Head of Research Development and Regulatory Affairs of the 501(c)(3) non-profit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). 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. Over the last 10 years, 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.

Ana LaDou

Ana LaDou Chief Operating Officer (COO)

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Ana LaDou

Ana LaDou

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Ana LaDou serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC). Ana is a dynamic leader and creative strategist who nurtures leaders, mobilizes teams, and develops strategic processes that result in stronger, scalable organizations. Ana specializes in leadership: providing it, supporting it, and developing it. She has worked on projects with local, national, and international reach where her ability to design straightforward strategies and gain consensus among the Board of Directors and outside stakeholders consistently results in innovative solutions and meaningful community impact. She graduated from Columbia University in New York, launched her career in marketing at Miramax Films, and maintains her ties to the industry. Her strengths in relationship building and collaborative leadership ensure ongoing support for the organization and meaningful change in their community. She is committed to her vipassana mindfulness and Nonviolent Communication (NVC) practices, and engaging Boards of Directors and executive leaders in deeper conversations and actions to address current cultural challenges.

Andrew “Mo” Septimus

Andrew “Mo” Septimus Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

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Andrew “Mo” Septimus

Andrew “Mo” Septimus

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

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.

Corine de Boer, M.D., Ph.D.

Corine de Boer, M.D., Ph.D. Chief Medical Officer

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Corine de Boer, M.D., Ph.D.

Corine de Boer, M.D., Ph.D.

Chief Medical Officer

Corine de Boer, M.D., Ph.D. is the Chief Medical Officer at MAPS Public Benefit Corporation.

She received her medical degree from Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands and completed residency and fellowship training in pediatrics and pediatric nephrology. Her Ph.D. was focused on peritoneal dialysis in children, and she joined the academic staff at the Radboud University after completing her training.

Before moving to the United States in 2000, she worked as a Pediatrician in the largest inner-city hospital (OLVG) in Amsterdam where she was responsible for in- and outpatient care in a multi-racial patient group including sickle-cell disease, thalassemia, and AIDS.

For the last 20 years, she has contributed to the development of meningococcal and hepatitis vaccines during her tenure at GSK vaccines (formerly Novartis Vaccines and Chiron Corporation) and Dynavax prior to starting her own consulting company where she provides strategic advice and support for a variety of clients working on biologics, small molecule/polymer therapeutics and vaccines.

She feels very fortunate to formally join the MAPS team after assisting them previously in the development of the Pediatric Plans for MDMA. The opportunity that psychedelics provide in the treatment of PTSD and other indications is an exciting scientific field where she feels honored to play a small part in.

Corine resides in beautiful Port Townsend, WA, with her husband and her Jack Russell Terrier where she can be found roaming the beaches, making (wearable) recycled art, and messing around in rowing shells and other boats.

Rebecca A. Matthews

Rebecca A. Matthews Director and Head of Clinical Operations

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Rebecca A. Matthews

Rebecca A. Matthews

Director and Head of Clinical Operations

Rebecca A. Matthews is the Director and Head of Clinical Operations 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.

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

Shannon C. Carlin, M.A., A.M.F.T. Director and Head of Training and Supervision

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

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

Director and Head of Training and Supervision

Shannon Carlin, M.A., AMFT, is the Director of 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 Director of Training and Supervision, Shannon oversees the development and implementation of the programs that provide training and supervision to prepare mental health and medical professionals to deliver MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in approved clinical settings. 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 psychotherapy for anxiety associated with life-threatening illness and MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for severe PTSD. Shannon’s direct clinical work continues to inform the development and implementation of the training programs she oversees.

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 a low-income residential setting, and high school students learning about moderation management of drug and alcohol use. In her lifelong commitment to address homelessness, Shannon volunteers 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.

 

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

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

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

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

Senior Director and 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.

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, M.D., is a psychiatrist living in Asheville, NC, with a research office in Charleston, SC. In 2000, he began collaborating with MAPS on the first U.S. Phase 2 clinical trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy. He and his wife Annie have since conducted two of the six MAPS-sponsored Phase 2 clinical trials testing MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD, as well a study providing MDMA-assisted sessions for therapists who have completed the MAPS-sponsored MDMA Therapy Training Program, and a pilot study treating couples with MDMA-assisted psychotherapy combined with Cognitive-Behavioral Conjoint Therapy. He is now Senior Medical Director for Medical Affairs, Training and Supervision at MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC). He is a Grof-certified Holotropic Breathwork Facilitator, is trained in EMDR and Internal Family Systems Therapy, and has nearly 30 years of experience treating trauma patients. Before going into psychiatry in 1991, he practiced emergency medicine for ten years, served as medical director of the Charleston County and Georgetown County Emergency Departments, and has held clinical faculty positions at the Medical University of South Carolina. He has been board-certified in Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine, and Internal Medicine.

Joy Sun Cooper

Joy Sun Cooper Head of Commercialization and Patient Access

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Joy Sun Cooper

Joy Sun Cooper

Head of Commercialization and Patient Access

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.

Research Development and Regulatory Affairs

Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D.

Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D. Deputy Director and Head of Research Development and Regulatory Affairs

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Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D.

Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D.

Deputy Director and Head of Research Development and Regulatory Affairs

Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D., is the Deputy Director and Head of Research Development and Regulatory Affairs of the 501(c)(3) non-profit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). 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. Over the last 10 years, 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.

Allison Coker, Ph.D.

Allison Coker, Ph.D. Regulatory Affairs Specialist

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Allison Coker, Ph.D.

Allison Coker, Ph.D.

Regulatory Affairs Specialist

Allison Coker, Ph.D., was trained as a neuroscientist with a multidisciplinary background in behavioral pharmacology studying motivation, addiction, and stress across diverse research methodologies in both preclinical and clinical research settings. She earned a bachelor's degree in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University and a doctorate in Neuroscience from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Prior to joining MAPS PBC, Dr. Coker worked as a Program Manager coordinating a UCSF research consortium focused on conducting translational and clinical research to develop novel treatment strategies for drug and alcohol abuse and PTSD. In this role, she developed a broad skillset in clinical research management, regulatory compliance, and program administration. Dr. Coker is excited to be a part of the Department of Regulatory Affairs and have the opportunity to utilize her experience to aid in the mission of MAPS PBC as Regulatory Affairs Specialist supporting the regulatory compliance of the MAPS research and clinical portfolio and the development of a centralized regulatory operations team.

Julie Blaisdell

Julie Blaisdell Regulatory Operations Specialist

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Julie Blaisdell

Julie Blaisdell

Regulatory Operations 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 over 100 active research protocols and 50 investigators. Prior to this, she served in research coordinator roles, managing drug and device trials and other biomedical studies for Northwestern’s cardiovascular imaging section and Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute.

As an undergraduate, Julie worked as a research assistant with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) Affective Neuroscience Laboratory where she contributed to EEG- and fMRI-based neuroimaging studies of acute stress disorder, PTSD, and depression. She earned a bachelor of arts in psychology and biology from UWM in 2012 and a master of science in epidemiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2018.

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 can often be found spending quality time with her husband and pets, reading, sewing, enjoying loud music, or working on her very old house.

Heather Adcock

Heather Adcock Regulatory Document Stylist

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Heather Adcock

Heather Adcock

Regulatory Document Stylist

Heather has an M.A. in industrial design from Savannah College of Art and Design and a B.A. in environmental design from University of Colorado at Boulder. She uses her design eye as a document stylist at MAPS PBC where she helps create clean and beautiful regulatory documents.  Psychedelic research is deeply important to Heather and close to her heart and she is grateful that she is able to contribute to this work.

Aside from working at MAPS PBC, Heather is a passionate artist and mother. She enjoys spending her time making pottery, cooking, and running and biking mountains around Asheville, NC, where she lives with her husband, two children and their terriers.

 

CMC

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

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

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

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

Senior Director and 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.

Krystel Cohn

Krystel Cohn IMP Supply Manager

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Krystel Cohn

Krystel Cohn

IMP Supply Manager

Krystel is a dedicated clinical research professional with over ten years of academic and pharmaceutical research experience. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Krystel has held many research-supporting roles including Clinical Research Assistant, Clinical Research Associate, and Associate Project Manager. She also worked as a Clinical Project Manager leading both pharmaceutical and investigator-initiated oncology, oncology supportive care and cardiac clinical trials at Clinical Assistance Programs and Harvard Clinical Research Institute. Most recently, she worked as a Senior Clinical Research Coordinator managing gastroenterology trials at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center.

At MAPS PBC, Krystel is currently serving as IMP Supply Manager supporting the forecasting, manufacturing, and shipping of clinical and commercial drug supplies.

Krystel is passionate about bringing increased awareness to mental health disorders, specifically anxiety, depression, and addiction. She joined MAPS PBC because she strongly believes expanding treatment options for patients suffering with these and other mental health disorders is vital and can only be done through ethical and innovative research. She is excited to be contributing to the ongoing research lead by MAPS PBC.

In her free time, Krystel enjoys reading fantasy and science-fiction novels, trying new restaurants, and taking hikes with her husband and dog. She is also an avid music fan and loves curating playlists and attending live concerts and music festivals.

Gina DiJohnson

Gina DiJohnson CMC Specialist

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Gina DiJohnson

Gina DiJohnson

CMC Specialist

Gina DiJohnson earned a bachelor’s degree in science in 2012 from the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Gina worked as a sensory scientist where she supported R&D and innovation launching new products, quality control, and continuous improvement.

At MAPS PBC, Gina is currently serving as CMC Specialist, focusing on IMP supplies, logistics, document management, clinical supplies planning, and supporting the CMC department.

Gina is thrilled to be working on a team that values open science and transparency. Gina joined MAPS PBC in order to honor her brother’s legacy, a casualty of the War on Drugs, who believed in alternative healing treatments that are desperately lacking in society. She dreams of a world where mental health is not stigmatized and is accessible to all who need it and believes in the freedom to explore our consciousness with laws informed by science. In Gina’s free time, she loves spending time at the beach with her family.

Data Management and Services

Michele Pleshe

Michele Pleshe Director of Data Management and Services

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Michele Pleshe

Michele Pleshe

Director 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 Director 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.

Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton Interim Director of Biostatistics

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Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton

Interim 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.

Data Science

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

Julie Wang, M.P.H., Ph.D. Senior Clinical Data Scientist

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

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

Senior Clinical Data Scientist

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. She is enthused by data-driven decision-making and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. At MAPS PBC, Dr. Wang supports statistical analysis of clinical data for research development and regulatory affairs. 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 in La Jolla, CA; and post-doctoral research fellowship at UC San Francisco in San Francisco, CA. Publications: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=1qXVwywAAAAJ&hl=en

 

Leah Bedrosian

Leah Bedrosian Clinical Research Scientist

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Leah Bedrosian

Leah Bedrosian

Clinical Research Scientist

Leah earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2015 from the University of Michigan and her M.P.H. in occupational and environmental epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 2018. Prior to joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Leah worked as a research scientist at goop where she led the creation of goop PhD, a hub with evidence-based information on a variety of medical conditions to help advocate for women’s health. Leah’s research background focused on maternal and child exposure to environmental contaminants, specifically endocrine disruptors.

At MAPS PBC, Leah is currently serving as a clinical research scientist, providing scientific input and medical writing throughout the clinical trial process. Leah is passionate about improving mental health and believes that psychedelics are a powerful tool that can be used to help the global community heal, recognizing our connectedness to each other and our planet. She joined MAPS in order to help work toward a brighter future.

Leah is also a certified yoga teacher and, in her free time, enjoys exploring national forests, brewing kombucha, and baking sourdough.

Clinical Systems

Maghen Farris

Maghen Farris Clinical Systems Manager

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Maghen Farris

Maghen Farris

Clinical Systems Manager

Maghen earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2012 from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and a master’s degree in health informatics and analytics in 2020 from the University of South Florida Morsani School of Medicine. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Maghen worked as Clinical Systems Program Manager at an NCI-designated Cancer Center where she managed the clinical systems team, provided oversight of the Clinical Trial Management System (CTMS) and data transparency reporting programs, and supported the Cancer Centers’ business needs by preparing analytics for internal and external reporting. Recently, Maghen worked as a Clinical Data Scientist at a large Clinical Research Organization, where she performed centralized analytical monitoring of subject safety, data integrity, and data completeness by identifying risks and performing trend analysis to support collection of critical data.

At MPBC, Maghen is currently serving as Clinical Systems Manager, focusing on leading the Clinical Systems Team in the evaluation, selection, and implementation of clinical systems to support the administration of clinical trials by Clinical Operations.

Maghen has experience designing and executing a comprehensive training program for CTMS end users, centering on instructor-led training and detailed resources. She organized and lead the development of a quality-by-design electronic Case Report Form (eCRF) initiative which improved and streamlined collection of critical data for the organization’s Investigator Initiated Trials program. Maghen has two published papers from her time working in a behavioral psychology research lab, each focused-on smoking cessation best practices, and several poster presentations focused on topics such as informatics and technical training.

Maghen is committed to contributing to evidence-based research for treatment of mental health disorders. She has long been fascinated with the potential of psychedelics as treatment for certain indications and is encouraged by the recent decisions by FDA to support MAPS’ mission, feeling hopeful that long-standing political and cultural misunderstandings can soon be resolved.

In Maghen’s free time, she enjoys jogging, meditating, walking her dog, and spending time with her family in Kansas City, where she lives.

Chris Shelley, Ph.D.

Chris Shelley, Ph.D. Senior Clinical Systems Specialist

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Chris Shelley, Ph.D.

Chris Shelley, Ph.D.

Senior 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 Training Systems Support Specialist, focusing on the IT component of MAPS PBC’s therapy training and supervision programs. He is passionate about computing and software development, and is excited to draw from his academic background to aid in the development of online training resources for MAPS PBC. Chris hopes the work and research conducted by MAPS PBC will help transform the lives of those suffering from PTSD.

 

Zac Goldberg, B.S.

Zac Goldberg, B.S. Clinical Systems Specialist

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Zac Goldberg, B.S.

Zac Goldberg, B.S.

Clinical Systems Specialist

Zac earned a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science with a specialization in neuroscience in 2017 from the University of California, San Diego. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Zac worked as a research assistant at the Perception and Cognition Lab where he recruited participants for visual and auditory perception and memory experiments, in addition to cleaning and analyzing data from the studies.

At MAPS PBC, Zac is currently serving as a Clinical Systems Specialist, focusing on file management, system administration, regulatory document creation, and general organizational work. Zac oversees the electronic trial master file system and assists the Clinical Research Associates with their work. He is passionate about helping make MDMA and other psychedelics a viable option to treat mental illness. In Zac’s free time, he enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and playing ultimate frisbee and disc golf.

 

Ashley Long

Ashley Long Trial Master File Associate

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Ashley Long

Ashley Long

Trial Master File Associate

Ashley Long earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology 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 she has been 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 serving as Trial Master File Associate focusing on the implementation of an archival system for past studies and the filing and management of current studies.

Ashley has spent the last year archiving various legacy studies as well as contributing to the migration of documents for several different 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 treatment of substance use disorders and PTSD.

Ashley joined MAPS/MAPS PBC in order to learn more about clinical systems 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.

Ashley currently divides her time between her involvement at MAPS, the Campbell Farmer’s Market which she manages every Sunday, and her other job as florist.

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

Jonathan Alinovi

Jonathan Alinovi Media Technician

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Jonathan Alinovi

Jonathan Alinovi

Media Technician

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 Media Technician. 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 future 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.

Commercialization & Patient Access

Joy Cooper

Joy Cooper Head of Commercialization and Patient Access

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Joy Cooper

Joy Cooper

Head of Commercialization and Patient Access

Safety and Clinical Operations

Corine de Boer, M.D., Ph.D.

Corine de Boer, M.D., Ph.D. Chief Medical Officer

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Corine de Boer, M.D., Ph.D.

Corine de Boer, M.D., Ph.D.

Chief Medical Officer

Corine de Boer, M.D., Ph.D. is the Chief Medical Officer at MAPS Public Benefit Corporation.

She received her medical degree from Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands and completed residency and fellowship training in pediatrics and pediatric nephrology. Her Ph.D. was focused on peritoneal dialysis in children, and she joined the academic staff at the Radboud University after completing her training.

Before moving to the United States in 2000, she worked as a Pediatrician in the largest inner-city hospital (OLVG) in Amsterdam where she was responsible for in- and outpatient care in a multi-racial patient group including sickle-cell disease, thalassemia, and AIDS.

For the last 20 years, she has contributed to the development of meningococcal and hepatitis vaccines during her tenure at GSK vaccines (formerly Novartis Vaccines and Chiron Corporation) and Dynavax prior to starting her own consulting company where she provides strategic advice and support for a variety of clients working on biologics, small molecule/polymer therapeutics and vaccines.

She feels very fortunate to formally join the MAPS team after assisting them previously in the development of the Pediatric Plans for MDMA. The opportunity that psychedelics provide in the treatment of PTSD and other indications is an exciting scientific field where she feels honored to play a small part in.

Corine resides in beautiful Port Townsend, WA, with her husband and her Jack Russell Terrier where she can be found roaming the beaches, making (wearable) recycled art, and messing around in rowing shells and other boats.

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

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

Medical Director

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.

Sara J. Garcia Velazquez, M.D.

Sara J. Garcia Velazquez, M.D.

Medical Monitor

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, that have been used for generations for treatment of various illnesses and wellness. During this time, Sara used research as a means 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. There she spearheaded protocols in the therapeutic areas of mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's, cluster headaches, Migraine, and posttraumatic persistent 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. The therapeutic areas covered during this time were chronic degenerative diseases (Type 2 diabetes) and neurology (multiple sclerosis and migraines).

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 is honored with the opportunity to join the MAPS PBC team as a medical monitor, applying her experience and passion for biomedical knowledge to bring psychedelic medicine to all patients.

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

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, M.D., is a psychiatrist living in Asheville, NC, with a research office in Charleston, SC. In 2000, he began collaborating with MAPS on the first U.S. Phase 2 clinical trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy. He and his wife Annie have since conducted two of the six MAPS-sponsored Phase 2 clinical trials testing MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD, as well a study providing MDMA-assisted sessions for therapists who have completed the MAPS-sponsored MDMA Therapy Training Program, and a pilot study treating couples with MDMA-assisted psychotherapy combined with Cognitive-Behavioral Conjoint Therapy. He is now Senior Medical Director for Medical Affairs, Training and Supervision at MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC). He is a Grof-certified Holotropic Breathwork Facilitator, is trained in EMDR and Internal Family Systems Therapy, and has nearly 30 years of experience treating trauma patients. Before going into psychiatry in 1991, he practiced emergency medicine for ten years, served as medical director of the Charleston County and Georgetown County Emergency Departments, and has held clinical faculty positions at the Medical University of South Carolina. He has been board-certified in Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine, and Internal Medicine.

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). At MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Jerome has retained the title, focusing on archiving, communicating and sharing information about studies into the effects, risks and benefits of MAPS’ primary study drugs, particularly MDMA and classic psychedelics. Seeking, understanding and communicating scientific information has been at the core of this role, while the details have changed. As clinical research and information specialist, Jerome has collected and summarized research as part of designing and developing the Investigator’s Brochure and Phase 2 studies. She has 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 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.

 

Akela Bellazetin

Akela Bellazetin

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 Safety 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.

Clinical Operations

Rebecca A. Matthews

Rebecca A. Matthews Director and Head of Clinical Operations

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Rebecca A. Matthews

Rebecca A. Matthews

Director and Head of Clinical Operations

Rebecca A. Matthews is the Director and Head of Clinical Operations 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.

Valerie Ahanonu, B.S.

Valerie Ahanonu, B.S. Clinical Program Operations Manager

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Valerie Ahanonu, B.S.

Valerie Ahanonu, B.S.

Clinical Program Operations Manager

Valerie Ahanonu is the Clinical Program Operations Manager at the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), leading the Pilot, Investigator Initiated and Expanded Access trials Clinical Operations teams in the successful growth and execution of MAPS PBC non phase 3 clinical programs.

Prior to joining the MAPS PBC team, Valerie worked as a Sr. Clinical Trial Manager leading global oncology trials in multiple indications and phases (Solid Tumor – Phase I, II; Lymphoma – Phase II; Leukemia – Phase I, II, III, Extension/Compassionate Use, Phase I-II Investigator Sponsored Trials, Pharmacodynamic/ADME, Expanded Access). Throughout Valerie’s career she was able to participate in all aspects of the clinical trial process including global study submissions and global team management, FDA inspection and IND/NDA submissions, as well as operational process and team development.

Valerie received her B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Utah in 2009, where she discovered and explored the intricacies of the mind-body connection.  Her love for helping people and discovering what makes them tick along with her interest in spiritual growth exploration bolster her passion for clinical research and exploring the soul changing power of psychedelic therapeutics. Valerie is excited to further the mission she shares with MAPS and continue moving the needle on more natural and effective mental health treatments that keep the whole person in mind leading to the positive rippling impact we all hope to see in this world!

In her spare time, she enjoys karaoke, gallivanting about the globe with her husband, belly laughing with her family and friends, shaking it like a polaroid picture, gummy bears, skateboarding, French bulldogs and a good TV series with a glass of wine.

Alexis Archie, B.S.

Alexis Archie, B.S. Clinical Research Associate

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Alexis Archie, B.S.

Alexis Archie, B.S.

Clinical Research Associate

Alexis Archie earned her bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences in 2015 from The Ohio State University. As an undergraduate student, she developed an interest in addictions sciences and in women’s studies. Following graduation, Alexis began working as a Clinical Research Associate for a contract research organization (CRO) where she was primarily responsible for unblinded and musculoskeletal studies. While working as a monitor, Alexis decided to pursue additional training at The Ohio State University through the Master of Applied Clinical and Pre-clinical Research program where she specialized in clinical research management. Alexis is thrilled to apply her experience to psychiatry studies with MAPS PBC as a Clinical Research Associate working on the Phase 3 MDMA study for PTSD patients. Alexis is proud to support MAPS and MAPS PBC and its patients in the mission to ensure access to treatment for an underserved population. In Alexis’ free time, she enjoys yoga, swimming, reading, and playing the viola.

Atasha Bozorgzad

Atasha Bozorgzad Administrative Assistant

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Atasha Bozorgzad

Atasha Bozorgzad

Administrative Assistant

Atasha Bozorgzad earned her bachelor of science degree in health education in 2017 from San Francisco State University. Prior to joining the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and/or MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MPBC), Atasha worked as a chiropractic assistant. Atasha also worked in Melbourne, Australia, as Central Appointments Officer for the Australian Defense Force. She was the first point of contact for Defense Force Members and managed their healthcare needs.

At MPBC, Atasha is currently serving as Administrative Assistant, providing support for the director and manager of the clinical operations team.

Atasha is passionate about alternative medicines that promote well-being and wholeness. She is thrilled to be a part of the work that MPBC is doing.

Atasha believes that we all have an internal force that stems from love and can heal humanity as a collective. 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 Trial Leader (CTL)

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Meghan Brown, B.S.N.

Meghan Brown, B.S.N.

Clinical Trial Leader (CTL)

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 Clinical Research Associate/Monitor for a CRO (contract research organization) on multiple studies with different indications ranging from oncology to pain. Meghan also worked at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on pediatric oncology studies performing the role of a study coordinator, clinical research nurse and clinical research associate. At MAPS PBC, Meghan is currently serving as

Clinical Trial Leader (CTL), working on Phase 3 MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) studies. 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.

Melissa Field, B.B.A.

Melissa Field, B.B.A. Clinical Trial Leader

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Melissa Field, B.B.A.

Melissa Field, B.B.A.

Clinical Trial Leader

Melissa Field earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 2010 from Baker University, while working as an in-house clinical research associate for a contract research organization (CRO). After earning her degree and gaining CRO experience, Melissa moved to expand her career in a clinical research site setting where she spent several years working at an NCI-designated cancer center. Under her direction of the center’s regulatory affairs department, she spear-headed successful process efficiencies, cross-department project collaborations, and team development/training initiatives for the center’s Industry, Investigator-Sponsored, and national consortium research projects.

At MAPS PBC, Melissa is currently serving as Clinical Trial Leader, focusing on MDMA research in MAPS-sponsored pilot program studies. She contributes a passionate drive in the common goal for the benefit of psychedelics and cannabis in our society. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys cycling, hiking, yoga, and meditation.

Gabrielle Fortier, M.P.H.

Gabrielle Fortier, M.P.H. Clinical Program Project Manager

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Gabrielle Fortier, M.P.H.

Gabrielle Fortier, M.P.H.

Clinical Program Project Manager

Gabby is a Clinical Research Associate who joins the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC) research team at an exciting time as their clinical trials program continues to grow. Gabby earned her B.A. in International Relations from Boston University in 2013. While an undergraduate at BU Gabby worked part-time as a research assistant at the Slone Epidemiology Center where she supported numerous birth-defect and post-market vaccine surveillance studies. After graduating, Gabby decided she wanted to continue her research career and became a full-time employee at Slone while pursuing her master’s in Public Health in the evening hours. Gabby earned her M.P.H. from BU in 2015 after completing her research practicum evaluating the community health system in Kenya. More recently, Gabby worked at a major Contract Research Organization where she supported a number of high-profile Phase 1, 2, and 3 pharmaceutical trials. Gabby is excited to bring her experience and passion for clinical research and public health to MAPS PBC!

 

Hailey Gilmore

Hailey Gilmore Clinical Research Associate

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Hailey Gilmore

Hailey Gilmore

Clinical Research Associate

Hailey is a graduate of UC Berkeley (Double Bear - B.A. Development Studies, M.P.H. Epidemiology & Biostatistics) and Bay Area expat currently residing in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Prior to joining MAPS PBC, Hailey coordinated HIV prevention and treatment clinical trials for the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the University of California San Francisco in the U.S., South Africa, Brazil, and Malawi, for over a decade.

At MAPS PBC, Hailey is currently serving as a Clinical Research Associate for Investigator Initiated Trials. After contributing to work on groundbreaking technologies such as HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and HIV Self-Testing (HIVST), Hailey is thrilled to once again be working on paradigm-shifting science at MAPS/MAPS PBC. In her free time, she can be found hiking/kayaking/climbing the Northern NM wilderness with her pup, Shantaram, reading a book while sipping a good pinot, seeing live music, or converting friends to vegetarianism with a delicious creation.

Charlotte Harrison, B.S.

Charlotte Harrison, B.S. Clinical Program Manager

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Charlotte Harrison, B.S.

Charlotte Harrison, B.S.

Clinical Program Manager

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 a Clinical Program Manager, supporting the management of MDMA and marijuana studies. She supports, trains, and monitors multiple sites, ensuring quality research and compliance. 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, snuggling her cats, or playing board games late into the night.

 

Libby Heimler

Libby Heimler Independent Rater Program Leader

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Libby Heimler

Libby Heimler

Independent Rater Program Leader

Libby is a committed research professional with a background in Adult and Pediatric Oncology. Prior to beginning her career, she studied psychological science and religious studies at Albion College, where she received a rich and rigorous education in research design and ancient Jewish scripture. Prior positions included work on studies at Karmanos Cancer Institute, Children’s Hospital Oakland, and Genentech. After working as the Study Coordinator for a MAPS study, she joined the MAPS staff as a Clinical Research Associate. Libby is passionate about research ethics and innovations in mental health treatment, and is delighted to be a part of this dynamic team working to improve both of those things. In her free time, she can be found sewing her own clothes and quilts, knitting more hats than anyone needs, cooking, hiking, and traveling.

 

McKenna Leighton

McKenna Leighton Clinical Study Assistant (CSA)

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McKenna Leighton

McKenna Leighton

Clinical Study Assistant (CSA)

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 in UX Design for the Genomics Institute BRCA Exchange, a curated database for all publicly available data on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 breast-cancer associated gene variants. She also researched genomic ecology and biotechnology with the UCSC Paleogenomics Lab. When McKenna wasn’t working in genomics, she designed and taught undergraduate courses with the Brain, Mind, Consciousness Society at UC Santa Cruz. McKenna’s passion is to understand and to interfere accordingly the mechanisms by which socio-political power structures are reproduced in and through bodies on a psychological and physiological level in order to heal cycles of violence, poverty, and neglect. For years she has dreamed of working with the MAPS clinical team to legalize and legitimize psychedelic medicines, and she is passionate about ensuring access to the most vulnerable populations. In her free time, McKenna coorganizes an educational and sanctuary space at the festival Stoke the World. She loves dance, yoga, radical sxsterhood, cooperative living, and French philosophy.

Joselyn Lindgren, M.S.

Joselyn Lindgren, M.S. Clinical Research Associate

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Joselyn Lindgren, M.S.

Joselyn Lindgren, M.S.

Clinical 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 Clinic 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.

 

 

Alyssa McNamara, B.S.

Alyssa McNamara, B.S. Clinical Research Associate

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Alyssa McNamara, B.S.

Alyssa McNamara, B.S.

Clinical Research Associate

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 as a Research Associate in the field of immuno-oncology, where she helped to research and develop therapeutics to treat ovarian cancer. Alyssa also worked in the field of Neurodevelopment, where she studied transcription factors and mechanisms of action implicated in Autism Spectrum Disorders. At MAPS PBC, Alyssa is currently serving as a

Clinical Research Associate, supporting the Clinical Operations team.  She is excited to join the dedicated and enthusiastic team at MAPS/MAPS PBC. Alyssa joined MAPS/MAPS PBC to help make an impact in the lives of people suffering around the world. 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.

Katherine Miller

Katherine Miller Clinical Research Associate

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Katherine Miller

Katherine Miller

Clinical Research Associate

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.

Amanda Nary

Amanda Nary Clinical Research Associate

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Amanda Nary

Amanda Nary

Clinical Research Associate

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 an SMO conducting trials focusing on type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, and hypertension.

At MAPS PBC, Amanda is currently serving as a Clinical Research Associate, working on Phase 3 MDMA-Assisted psychotherapy studies for patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Amanda is passionate about research and mental health treatment and is thrilled to bring her previous experience working on these trials to the MAPS PBC team. In Amanda’s free time, she enjoys watching movies, playing volleyball, and spending time with her husband and dog.

Phillip Perl

Phillip Perl Clinical Research Associate

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Phillip Perl

Phillip Perl

Clinical Research Associate

Phillip earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Columbia University. Prior to joining MAPS PBC, 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, focusing on Phase 3 clinical trials MDMA-assisted therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He is excited to contribute to the effort of making effective treatments accessible to those who need them most. In his free time, Phillip enjoys reading, climbing, traveling, and spending time in nature.

Dorna Pourang

Dorna Pourang Clinical Trial Leader

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Dorna Pourang

Dorna Pourang

Clinical Trial Leader

After earning a B.S. in Biology from the University of Florida, Dorna worked on the clinical development of several experimental biologics that received FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation. Her decade of research experience ranges from the pre-clinical phase, to conducting clinical trials directly with patients, to managing clinical operations and development at biopharmaceutical sponsors. She has worked on studies in a variety of therapeutic areas across all phases including oncology, rheumatology, dermatology, and infectious diseases.

With this background, she is deeply driven to integrate her work in a way that progressively serves humanity. As a Clinical Trial Leader for investigator-initiated studies at MAPS Public Benefit Corporation, Dorna is passionate about contributing to the safe advancement of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy to profoundly impact her generation and future generations to come. In her free time, Dorna enjoys yoga, music festivals, and exploring nature in Los Angeles.

Aspen Schwind

Aspen Schwind Clinical Research Associate

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Aspen Schwind

Aspen Schwind

Clinical Research Associate

Aspen earned her B.A in integrative biology with an emphasis in human biology, as well as a minor in global public health, from the University of California Berkeley in 2019. Aspen completed the Clinical Research Conduct and Management Certification program through UC Berkeley Extension in May 2020 with plans to pursue the Association of Clinical Research Professional (ACRP) certification. Aspen previously served as a clinical study assistant at MAPS PBC with an emphasis on duties necessary to execute clinical research trials that include document tracking and filing, file migration, document development, and overall support of the clinical operations team. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Aspen worked at the Emotion, Health, and Psychophysiology Lab at UC San Francisco where she directed lab sessions examining sleep deprivation in romantic dyads, scored HRV data for a study of oxytocin administration to parents of schizophrenic minors, and constructed a lab protocol for Harvard’s inducing optimism study.

Aspen is currently serving as a clinical research associate at MAPS PBC supporting the Phase 3 clinical trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Aspen has a passion for expanding treatment options to disenfranchised populations around the world and is excited to work at MAPS PBC to help that vision become a reality. In her free time, Aspen enjoys hiking around the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains, learning to cook, drawing, gardening, and experiencing new cultures through travel.

Brieta Ventimiglia, M.A.

Brieta Ventimiglia, M.A. Clinical Trial Leader

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Brieta Ventimiglia, M.A.

Brieta Ventimiglia, M.A.

Clinical Trial Leader

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 where she monitored and managed multiple device trials.

At MAPS PBC, Brieta is currently serving as a Clinical Trial Leader for the pharmacokinetics studies and expanded access program. 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.

 

 

Arick Wong

Arick Wong Clinical Research Associate

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Arick Wong

Arick Wong

Clinical Research Associate

Arick grew up in Chattanooga, TN and graduated from Vassar with a B.A. in Neuroscience. Prior to MAPS Public Benefit Corporation, Arick has worked in clinical research at a medical device startup, STD/HIV clinics in Seattle and San Francisco, and a sleep and circadian rhythms laboratory in Boston.

At MAPS Public Benefit Corporation, Arick is a clinical research associate for the non phase 3 clinical studies. He is passionate about making psychedelic medicine accessible and is interested in how psychedelics can advance our understanding of consciousness. Arick enjoys rock climbing and petting every cat in Berkeley.

 

Naveed Emadi

Naveed Emadi Clinical Study Assistant (CSA)

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Naveed Emadi

Naveed Emadi

Clinical Study Assistant (CSA)

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 a clinical study assistant (CSA), supporting and aiding the clinical operations team.

He is excited to join the Clinical Operations team and be able to learn from all the talented people in this organization. He is passionate about growing and learning with likeminded individuals.

Naveed joined MAPS/MAPS PBC to help make a difference in the world for individuals who are suffering, and to provide alternative and educational insight on psychedelic psychotherapy.

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.

Emily Gworek

Emily Gworek Clinical Study Assistant (CSA)

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Emily Gworek

Emily Gworek

Clinical Study Assistant (CSA)

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 Study Assistant 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.

Training & Supervision

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

Shannon C. Carlin, M.A., A.M.F.T. Director and Head of Training and Supervision

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

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

Director and Head of Training and Supervision

Shannon Carlin, M.A., AMFT, is the Director of 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 Director of Training and Supervision, Shannon oversees the development and implementation of the programs that provide training and supervision to prepare mental health and medical professionals to deliver MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in approved clinical settings. 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 psychotherapy for anxiety associated with life-threatening illness and MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for severe PTSD. Shannon’s direct clinical work continues to inform the development and implementation of the training programs she oversees.

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 a low-income residential setting, and high school students learning about moderation management of drug and alcohol use. In her lifelong commitment to address homelessness, Shannon volunteers 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.

 

Jess Lin, M.P.H.

Jess Lin, M.P.H. Adherence and Supervision Program Manager

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Jess Lin, M.P.H.

Jess Lin, M.P.H.

Adherence and Supervision Program Manager

Jess Lin, M.P.H., is the Adherence and Supervision Program Manager at the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), where she works to support 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.

Lillian Smith

Lillian Smith Adherence and Supervision Coordinator

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Lillian Smith

Lillian Smith

Adherence and Supervision Coordinator

Lillian Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience with a minor in public health from Boston University in 2013. As an undergraduate, Lillian 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.  Lillian 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, Lillian is an Adherence and Supervision coordinator, supporting the oversight of therapists involved in MAPS-sponsored trials of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy. She focuses on the coordination of Adherence and Supervision programs for the MP18 trial in Europe. MP18 is a Phase 2 trial (open-label) that will lead into MAPP3, our Phase 3 (RCT) trial in Europe.

Lillian is a dedicated meditator and has lived as a resident at the Cambridge Zen Center in Cambridge, MA., for more than two years. As part of her residency, she helps to support meditation retreats and leads several meditation groups, including a bi-weekly group at the Women’s Prison in Framingham, MA. Lillian is currently completing her Level 2 meditation instructor training through Unified Mindfulness.

Lillian is thrilled to have the opportunity to be involved with such a cutting-edge clinical trial. She is excited about the unlocked potential of psychedelics to change the way we treat trauma and mental illness.

In her free time, Lillian is a dedicated cyclist and rower. She loves cooking and 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.

Wesley Hale, M.S.

Wesley Hale, M.S. Training Program Manager

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Wesley Hale, M.S.

Wesley Hale, M.S.

Training Program Manager

Wesley Hale graduated with his Master's degree in industrial/organizational psychology from San Francisco State University in 2019. 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 was an Assistant Business Psychologist at a game-based assessment company and has gained experience working in the education field. 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 enjoys tea, meditation, and music from around the world.

Sarah Scheld, M.A.

Sarah Scheld, M.A. Training and Supervision Associate

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Sarah Scheld, M.A.

Sarah Scheld, M.A.

Training and Supervision Associate

Sarah earned her M.A. in East-West Psychology program in 2016 from the California Institute of Integral Studies, focusing on psychedelic-assisted therapy and integration approaches. Prior to joining MAPS PBC, Sarah has worked as a somatic counselor specializing in relational trauma work, a program coordinator for ecopsychology trainings, and as a production designer and filmmaker.

At MAPS PBC, Sarah assists in administration and program coordination for the MDMA Therapy Training Program, which educates health professionals and researchers to provide MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD in approved settings. In addition to her role at MAPS PBC, Sarah’s speaking and writing focus on trauma-informed approaches to psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, and social justice within the psychedelic movement. Trained in the Hakomi method and Somatic Experiencing, she is dedicated to continuing her own education in somatic psychotherapy, trauma resolution, and working therapeutically with expanded states of consciousness. She is passionate about the role of trauma awareness and the skillful use of psychedelic medicines in helping to heal people, communities, and environments. She lives in Berkeley, CA.

 

Angelica Garcia, B.S.

Angelica Garcia, B.S. Training Coordinator

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Angelica Garcia, B.S.

Angelica Garcia, B.S.

Training Coordinator

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 Coordinator 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.

Ben Crowell

Ben Crowell Training Coordinator

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Ben Crowell

Ben Crowell

Training Coordinator

Ben Crowell earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2004 from Stanford University and is currently working towards a master’s in East-West psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Prior to joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Ben worked at Google in a variety of product and marketing roles, including running a global marketing team at Waze and contributing to early commercialization strategy at YouTube.

At MAPS PBC, Ben is currently serving as a training coordinator, providing support for participants in the MDMA Therapy Training Program and contributing to the development and maintenance of training, planning, and communication materials.

Ben believes very deeply in the potential of psychedelics to be a catalyst for both individual and collective healing as well as the evolution of human consciousness. He is thrilled to be in a position to personally contribute to the MAPS PBC mission.

Ben is passionate about teaching, learning, and exploring. In his free time, he enjoys reading, hiking, golfing, playing tennis, cooking, gardening, stargazing, and watching and following most sports.

Video Systems

Max Tromba, B.A.

Max Tromba, B.A. Training Video Manager

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Max Tromba, B.A.

Max Tromba, B.A.

Training Video Manager

Max Tromba earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in Film & Television in 2012 from New York University. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Max worked as a media producer on award-winning documentaries including Netflix’s Mission Blue, HBO’s Bright Lights, as well as environmental pieces such as National Geographic’s Before The Flood and Racing Extinction.

 

At MAPS PBC, Max is currently serving as Video Systems Support Specialist, focusing on helping the video team with maintenance and organization. Max has played a role in several issue-driven campaign films that aimed to illuminate topics such as climate change and mental health. He hopes to use video to influence positive change in a new clinical context. Max hopes the work MAPS PBC does can help alleviate the suffering of those with PTSD. In his free time he enjoys mountain biking, gardening, and exploring California’s natural beauty.

Operations & Compliance

Ana LaDou

Ana LaDou Chief Operating Officer (COO)

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Ana LaDou

Ana LaDou

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Ana LaDou serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC). Ana is a dynamic leader and creative strategist who nurtures leaders, mobilizes teams, and develops strategic processes that result in stronger, scalable organizations. Ana specializes in leadership: providing it, supporting it, and developing it. She has worked on projects with local, national, and international reach where her ability to design straightforward strategies and gain consensus among the Board of Directors and outside stakeholders consistently results in innovative solutions and meaningful community impact. She graduated from Columbia University in New York, launched her career in marketing at Miramax Films, and maintains her ties to the industry. Her strengths in relationship building and collaborative leadership ensure ongoing support for the organization and meaningful change in their community. She is committed to her vipassana mindfulness and Nonviolent Communication (NVC) practices, and engaging Boards of Directors and executive leaders in deeper conversations and actions to address current cultural challenges.

Erica Scott

Erica Scott Director of People and Culture

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Erica Scott

Erica Scott

Director of People and Culture

Erica is a dynamic business professional with a bachelor's degree in global business and a master's degree both from Arizona State University. With over 20 years in the human resource field, her professional experience includes working with various local businesses, start-ups, and national companies. Erica holds certifications with two global agencies obtaining the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Society for Human Resources Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) designation. To demonstrate her commitment to work with the veteran community, she also holds the Veterans at Work certification from the SHRM Foundation. She also attended Southwest Institute for Healing Arts to complete a certification in life coaching. Erica lives in Phoenix and loves to travel attending comic-cons, brushing up on her Russian, studying the violin, and trying to turn her brown thumb green with an array of houseplants from a veteran who has the patience of a saint.

Jamelia Avalos

Jamelia Avalos Human Resources Manager

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Jamelia Avalos

Jamelia Avalos

Human Resources Manager

Jamelia Avalos joined the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MPBC) from the investment banking industry where she worked with Deutsche Bank Investment Banking Company, one of the world's leading financial service providers, for over 10 years. She brings over 14 years of experience in senior executive sales coordination, human resources, marketing and roadshow execution. Prior to MAPS PBC, she worked as a roadshow/marketing coordinator where she coordinated and executed U.S. Equity Non-Deal Roadshow for Deutsch Bank's entire West Coast region. Prior to that, Jamelia was the Senior Executive Sales Coordinator for major investment banking companies in San Francisco and New York.

At MAPS PBC, Jamelia is currently serving as the Human Resources Manager, reporting to the Director of People and Culture and will focusing on all things related to human resources.

Jamelia is thrilled to be doing meaningful work at MAPS PBC and is excited that there is a part for her to play in helping to advance the mission. Jamelia is originally from Connecticut and attended Long Island University, where she studied science. Jamelia currently lives in Northern California with her husband and daughter. In her free time, she enjoys going to the movies, planning parties, traveling with her husband, cooking, crafting, and playing soccer with her little girl.

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.

Ritika Aggarwal, B.A.

Ritika Aggarwal, B.A. Executive Support & Operations Coordinator

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Ritika Aggarwal, B.A.

Ritika Aggarwal, B.A.

Executive Support & Operations Coordinator

Ritika Aggarwal earned her B.A. in feminist studies and psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. While in Santa Cruz, she founded and co-directed the local chapter of NORML/Students for Sensible Drug Policy and worked with the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana. For the past ten years, she has been as a legal advocate for people incarcerated in California prisons, helping to secure the release of over 100 people with life sentences. She is currently the MAPS PBC Executive Support & Operations Coordinator.

Anya Kramer

Anya Kramer Operations and Communications Project Manager

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Anya Kramer

Anya Kramer

Operations and Communications Project Manager

Anya Kramer is currently serving as Operations and 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.

Quality Assurance

Maryann Böger

Maryann Böger Manager, GxP Quality Systems

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Maryann Böger

Maryann Böger

Manager, GxP Quality Systems

Maryann brings 15 years of clinical research management experience in conducting international trials to MAPS PBC. She is skilled in strategy development and execution of U.S. and E.U.-regulated trials, both pre- and post-market. Maryann gained strong background in requirements for analyses and reporting of safety and compliance worldwide through her work at Stanford University Hospital, Guidant, and Abbott Labs. In her spare time, Maryann is an avid cyclist and foodie.

Penelope Przekop

Penelope Przekop Head of GxP Quality Assurance (Consultant)

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Penelope Przekop

Penelope Przekop

Head of GxP Quality Assurance (Consultant)

At MAPS PBC, Penelope is currently serving as Consulting Head of GxP Quality & Compliance focusing on the development and oversight of the MAPs PBC GxP Quality System and the staff who execute the required activities to ensure compliance with all applicable global regulatory requirements. She is partnering with MAPS PBC on a part-time basis to develop risk-based strategic solutions for building upon and strengthening our quality and compliance approaches, culture, and profile to support growth and ensure long-term, scalable compliance. Prior to launching her consulting career in 2008 and recently joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPs PBC), Penelope held quality and compliance leadership roles at Novartis, Covance, Wyeth, Johnson & Johnson, and Theradex Systems.

Penelope is a frequent industry speaker and writer. Her articles have been published by ClinicalLeader.com, Life Science Leader Magazine and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Magazine. Her book Six Sigma for Business Excellence was published by McGraw-Hill in 2005, and her book 5-Star Career (Productivity Press) launches in 2021. In Penelope’s free time, she enjoys painting and writing fiction. Her art has been represented and shown globally and she is the author of four novels. Penelope Przekop earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1988 from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree in quality assurance & systems engineering in 2004 from the Kennesaw State University.

Roman Alcocer

Roman Alcocer Quality Assurance Associate

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Roman Alcocer

Roman Alcocer

Quality Assurance Associate

Roman earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics in 2017 from University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Roman worked as an admissions evaluator at UC Santa Cruz, as a naturalist in Point Reyes National Seashore, and as a customer success manager at ProductPlan, a product management software startup.

At MAPS PBC, Roman is currently serving as Document Control Specialist, supporting Clinical Systems with quality control of auditable document filing, data management, and documentation development. He is passionate about establishing a safe and legal framework for society to benefit from the skillful use of psychedelics. Roman loves being in nature with friends, searching for the perfect vegan burrito, and spending time with a good book.

Sarah Pihl

Sarah Pihl Quality System Associate

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Sarah Pihl

Sarah Pihl

Quality System Associate

Sarah earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 2019. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation, Sarah worked as a Research Assistant in the developmental research labs at UCSC and as an Analytic Intern for a software start-up, MotiveMetrics, in Palo Alto. Sarah's two years of UCSC lab work focused on moral development in infants and she continues to read on the subjects of moral reasoning and cognition in her free time.

At MPBC, Sarah is currently serving as the Quality System Associate. Her responsibilities include: maintaining and expanding the controlled document library, training employees within the quality system, and supporting the Clinical Systems and Quality Manager. Sarah is excited to continue working for MPBC in the hopes of finding an efficacious treatment for PTSD that does not require the long-term use of medicinal products. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys reading, drinking herbal teas, and playing ultimate frisbee in the SF Bay area.

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.

John Poncini

John Poncini Video and Informatics Systems Associate

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John Poncini

John Poncini

Video and Informatics Systems Associate

John earned a bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering in 2018 from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation, John worked as a grader and tutor for the UCSC Biomolecular Engineering Department where he aided students in learning how to use and apply computational biological tools to their research. John also participated in The International Genetically Engineered Machine competition, where he and his peers pursued the development of salt tolerant cellulolytic enzymes for second-generation biofuel production.

At MAPS PBC, John is currently serving as a Video and Informatics Systems Associate, focusing on developing software applications and platforms for recording, processing, and delivering video of sponsored MDMA-assisted psychotherapy sessions. He has played a role in maintaining the security and confidentiality of these sensitive data whilst providing access to authorized personnel in the MDMA Therapy Training Program. John is passionate about applying his knowledge in data sciences, technology, and engineering to clinical contexts with the hope of creating a general purpose platform to facilitate diagnostics and the administration of personalized medicines. In his free time, John can be found brewing beer or mead, playing guitar, or out enjoying the natural beauty of this world.

 

Accounting and Finance

Andrew “Mo” Septimus

Andrew “Mo” Septimus Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

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Andrew “Mo” Septimus

Andrew “Mo” Septimus

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

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.

Michael Ruggles

Michael Ruggles Financial Analyst

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Michael Ruggles

Michael Ruggles

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.

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.

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!

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