An update on some of our former employees who have greatly contributed to CHTN Western.
Sha'Mere Walker, RA I
Sha'Mere Walker was a research assistant in CHTN Western Division's shipping department. In August 2011, Sha'Mere received her Bachelors of Science in biology with a minor in chemistry from Tennessee State University (TSU). She is now pursuing her Masters of Science in biology at TSU with anticipated graduation date of May 2014. She will be applying her experience with CHTN to a future career as a dental surgeon specializing in oral cancer.
Cari Jennings, RA I
Cari Jennings was a research assistant with CHTN Western Division's Consenting Department. Cari received her Bachelor of Science with honors in biology, with a concentration in human physiology and a minor in chemistry in May 2012 from Middle Tennessee State University. She has been accepted to the University of Tennessee at Memphis Medical School and will be starting Fall 2014.
Matthew L. Clement, Health Systems Software Engineer III
Matthew Clement still works with CHTN Western as a contractor for special projects. Mr. Clement received his B.A. in computer science from Harding University in 2000. He began his career working for ALLTEL Information Services developing client/server applications for financial institutions using VB6 and C++. These applications included mortgage lending software, teller programs, call center applications, back office applications, CRM strategy software and telephony integration software. In 2003 Mr. Clement started working for Acxiom. At Acxiom he designed and implemented web based front ends using Java ServerFaces(JSF), Java Servlets, JSP, Java Script and C# .NET. He also designed and implemented a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) based on Soap Web Services in the JBoss J2EE container. He was also part of an architecture team that developed an application framework, in JSF, for Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions.
In 2006 Mr. Clement joined Vanderbilt University where he created Spring Based Web Applications for the University Registrar's Office and the Department of Alumni Relations and reimplemented core business functionality in a Service Oriented Architecture. Currently, Mr. Clement serves as the Project Manager and Architect for the CHTN Western Division IT department. He is responsible for leading a team developing a new Donor application, as well as implementing and maintaining all supporting applications.
His team is using the following technologies: JavaServer Faces (JSF), RichFaces, JQuery, Maven2, Spring and Hibernate. Objective C is being used to provide limited functionality on iOS devices. He is also responsible for working with all departments, internal and external, required to support the Information Technologies used by the CHTN Western Division. Mr. Clement is also pursuing his PMP (Project Management Professional) certification from PMI.
Jessica Rix, RA I
Jessica Rix was a research assistant in the CHTN Western Division's Procurement Department. She will continue to be a research assistant at Vanderbilt for the Lung Spore. She worked alongside Erik Brooks as a procurement technician. Jessica continues to oversee the consent department making sure they are informing patients of the research and receiving consent for fluids and tissue samples. She received her Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in chemistry in 2011 from Belmont University. Jessica hopes to continue her education in the future and become a physicians assistant.
Sarah Feyas was a Research Assistant I at CHTN Western Division. She contributed to CHTN Western in many ways because she worked in many different sections of our division. She started in the procurement lab with Erik, then moved to QAQC and pathology reports, and ultimately helped Cari with consenting of patients. She is a graduate of Lipscomb University.
Bojana Zivak was the program assistant at CHTN Western Division. She is now working in the defined contribution department in BPS&M of Wells Fargo located in Brentwood, TN. Bojana received her BBA magna cum laude from Lipscomb University in international business and corporate management in August 2010. She works alongside Kerry Wiles to assist with various CHTN operations. Bojana hopes to one day receive her MBA and work in healthcare management.
Marie Jacobovitz, RA I
Marie Jacobovitz continues to work at Vanderbilt University researching blood based biomarkers for early detection of lung cancer and investigating the role of amino acid transporters in lung cancer malignancy. At CHTN Western Division she was a research assistant in the shipping department. She received her Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in chemistry in 2010 from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Marie hopes to continue her education at Vanderbilt University in the graduate program offered by the Department of Biological Sciences.
Dana E. Reeves, RA II
Dana Reeves worked as CHTN Western Division's research analyst II consenting personnel for about 4 years. Dana received her B.S. degree in community and public health education with a minor in Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University in 2006. She continued her education at MTSU to receive her M.S. degree with a concentration in public health in 2008.
Prior to her position at Vanderbilt, Dana worked for the Tennessee Cancer Registry in the Office of Cancer Surveillance as an epidemiologist intern and assisted in writing The Burden of Cancer in Tennessee report (published in 2008) and the first annual Cancer in Tennessee 1997-2003 report (published in 2006). With CHTN Western, Dana speaks with patients preoperatively regarding consent for fluid and tissue sample donation from their surgeries. She also keeps track of patient data, creates quarterly accrual data reports and assists with fulfilling investigators requests.
Dana has been a member of the Tennessee Public Health Association-Epidemiology and Biostatistics section since 2007. She is also a new member of the Southern Health Association. Dana hopes to apply her work experience toward pursuing a future career in epidemiology research.