Clinical Trials Office Team

Michael Canova

Michael is the Agreement Associate Team Lead for Partners Clinical Trials Office (CTO). Michael is responsible for negotiating, drafting, and providing legal support for a wide range of agreements related to corporate sponsored clinical research at Partners-affiliated institutions, including clinical trial, non-disclosure, service, consulting, and data use agreements. Michael serves as a resource on state and federal regulations relating to clinical trials and provides consultation to the Partners research community on clinical research contracting and compliance.
Michael received his juris doctor degree cum laude from Suffolk University Law School and Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Bates College. He is a member of the Massachusetts bar.

Tamara Cleary

Tamara Cleary joined the Clinical Trials Office as an Assistant Case Manager in February, 2012. She is responsible for ensuring the CTO provides Partners investigators and industry sponsors with timely and innovative clinical trial management solutions. Tamara’s role encompasses the development, negotiation, and approval of industry-sponsored clinical trial Confidentiality Agreements and amendments to Clinical Trial Agreements and Clinical Service Agreements. Before joining Partners, Tamara worked at Tufts University, School of Engineering. She holds an undergraduate degree in History with a minor in French from the University of New Hampshire and master’s degree in History from University College London.

Kristin Collins

Kristin Collins is a Senior Agreement Associate and has been a member of the Clinical Trials Office since September 2014. Kristin drafts, negotiates and executes corporate sponsored clinical research contracts on behalf of Massachusetts General Hospital. She also advises members of the MGH research community on legal issues surrounding human-subject research. Kristin previously worked for the Harvard University Office of Technology Development as a Sponsored Research Administrator. She holds a B.A. in political science from College of the Holy Cross and a J.D. from University of Connecticut School of Law.

Gina Giorgio

Gina Giorgio joined the Clinical Trials Office as an Agreement Associate in November 2016. She is responsible to review and negotiate industry sponsored clinical trial agreements. Prior to joining the CTO, Gina worked at a contract research organization specializing in environmental and toxicological research and a small firm specializing in workers’ compensation and disability law. Gina graduated with an undergraduate degree and certificate in clinical research from Boston University and a J.D. from Southern New England School of Law. Gina is a member of the Massachusetts bar.

Katie Murphy

Katie Murphy joined the Clinical Trials Office as an Agreement Associate in December 2015. She is responsible for negotiating clinical trial and other related agreements across departments at several of the Partners hospitals. She regularly works with industry sponsors to negotiate agreements on behalf of the investigators.
Katie joined the CTO team from State Street Bank and Trust Company where she negotiated contracts within the IT group. In her previous career she was an editor at two different publishing companies. She holds an undergraduate degree from Dickinson College and a law degree from Boston College Law School. In her spare time, Katie enjoys puzzles, travel, volleyball, and cooking.

Kristina Ragone

Kristina Ragone joined the Clinical Trials Office as an Agreement Associate in August 2019.  Kristina is responsible for the review and negotiation of industry-sponsored clinical trial agreements for Partners hospitals.  Prior to joining the CTO, Kristina worked for a Boston-based law firm representing hospitals, physicians, and other medical professionals throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  Kristina is a graduate of Roger Williams University (B.A., cum laude) and Suffolk University Law School (J.D., cum laude) and is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Stephanie St. Pierre

Stephanie St. Pierre joined the Clinical Trials Office as an Agreement Associate in November, 2013. Stephanie’s role encompasses the review, negotiation and approval of industry-sponsored clinical trial agreements. Stephanie joined the CTO team from the Research Management group within Partners HealthCare where she held the position of Agreement Associate from 2010-2013 and was responsible for the review, negotiation, and approval of research agreements with non-profit funding. She holds an undergraduate degree from The George Washington University and a J.D. from Suffolk University. Stephanie is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.

Alyssa Yenikomshian

Alyssa Yenikomshian joined the Clinical Trials Office as an Agreement Associate in June 2016. In this capacity, she is responsible for reviewing and negotiating industry-sponsored clinical research agreements for Partners hospitals.
Prior to joining the CTO team, Alyssa served as an attorney at Health Law Advocates and Rosenfeld, Rafik & Sullivan, P.C. in Boston, MA. In these roles, Alyssa focused her practice on health and disability insurance matters. Alyssa is a graduate of Tufts University and Suffolk University Law School. Alyssa is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.

Sarah Bernardo

Sarah joined the Clinical Trials Office in 2011. She is the Finance Team Lead & MCA Specialist. As Team Lead, Sarah helps manage the team with development, negotiation, and approval of industry-sponsored clinical trial budgets. As MCA Specialist, she completes Medicare Coverage Analyses and manages CMS billing approvals for investigational device studies. She received her undergraduate degree in Health Policy & Management from Providence College and master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Suffolk University. In her free time, Sarah enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Kelsey Chickering

Kelsey Chickering joined the Clinical Trials Office as a Financial Analyst in March, 2018.  Her role involves the development, negotiation, and approval of industry-sponsored clinical trial budgets in a timely manner. Kelsey comes to the CTO team from MGH where she worked in Surgical Pathology from 2014-2019. She received a B.S. in Medical Microbiology from the University of New Hampshire and later a M.S. in Clinical Research from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Outside of work, her interests include camping, spending time outdoors, running, as well as relaxing and having fun with family and friends.

Sarah Conte

Sarah joined the Clinical Trials Office in 2018. In her role as Clinical Research Budget Specialist, Sarah is responsible for the development and negotiation of industry-sponsored clinical research budgets and for the review of budget entry in the OnCore Clinical Trial Management System to ensure negotiated financial terms have been accurately translated and built within the system. Sarah came to the CTO from Brigham and Women’s Hospital where she was the Department Administrator at the Transplantation Research Center within the Renal Division. She received her degree in Mathematics from the University of New Hampshire. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys hiking, snowboarding and traveling.

Michael Horowitz

Michael Horowitz joined the Clinical Trials Office as a Senior Financial Analyst in April, 2016. He is responsible for ensuring the CTO provides Partners investigators and industry sponsors with timely and innovative clinical trial management solutions. Michael’s role encompasses the development, negotiation and approval of industry-sponsored clinical trial budgets. Michael joined the CTO team from AT&T Mobility where he held the position of Senior Financial Analyst. He holds an undergraduate degree in English from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of California at Davis. In his spare time, Michael enjoys reading, cooking, kayaking and traveling.

Esther Lim

Esther Lim joined the CTO as a Financial Analyst in July, 2018. Her role entails the development, negotiation, and approval of industry-sponsored clinical trial budgets with a timely and innovative solution approach. Prior to joining, Esther did her summer practicum at Partners Connected Health as a Research Intern. She received a B.A. in Human Evolution Biology from Harvard College (2015) and an M.S. in Global Health & Population from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (2018). Her personal interests include taking morning gym classes, hosting dinners and trying out new recipes, watching comedy/suspense/thriller movies, and spending time with her Shih Tzu, family, and friends.

Renee Martin

Renee Martin joined the Clinical Trials Office as a Financial Analyst in March, 2015. Her role encompasses the development, negotiation and approval of industry-sponsored clinical trial budgets.
Renee joined the CTO team from Radiology Research Administration at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she held the position of Pre-Award Grant Manager from 2012-2015. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University at Albany and a certificate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. In her spare time, Renee enjoys snuggling with her English Bulldog, practicing Pilates, cooking healthy meals, rollerblading, and sunbathing on the beach.

Katelyn Tran Som

Katelyn joined the Clinical Trials Office as a Financial Analyst in January 2016. Her role is to ensure the CTO provides Partners Investigators and industry sponsors with timely and innovative clinical trial management solutions. She handles the development, negotiation and approval of industry-sponsored clinical trials budgets. Katelyn joined the CTO team from Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary where she held the position of Clinical Research Revenue Analyst from 2014-2016. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Simmons College and a Master of Science degree from Regis College. In her spare time, Katelyn enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her family.

Jeremy van Hoff

Jeremy van Hoff joined the Clinical Trials Office as a Financial Analyst in August 2017. In his role he is responsible for the development and negotiation of industry-sponsored clinical trial budgets.
Jeremy joined the CTO team from Dartmouth College, where he held the position of Senior Human Research Analyst at the Dartmouth College IRB. He holds an undergraduate degree from Houghton College, and a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law. In his free time, Jeremy enjoys reading, board games, and travel.

Daniel Liddick

Dan Liddick is a Senior Research Analyst on the Clinical Trials Management Systems team, supporting OnCore and Forte Payments. Dan’s role is responsible for protocol setup, end user support, reporting and system administration, among many other things. He also works with both the vendor and a variety of departments within Partners to integrate OnCore with other Partners applications, namely, Epic and Insight. He received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and Master’s degree in Biomedical Science at Tufts University. Dan is also a student at Improv Boston’s comedy school and enjoys board game nights, Mike Schur comedies, and coffee.

Mikayla Medeiros

Mikayla Medeiros joined the Clinical Trials Office as an OnCore Research Analyst in July 2019. She is part of the team that is managing the OnCore Clinical Trial Management System for use across Partners.Her role encompasses the configuration and development of protocols in the OnCore CTMS system. Prior to joining the Clinical Trials Office CTMS team, Mikayla worked at Massachusetts General Hospital as a Clinical Research Associate in the Cancer Center Protocol Office. She holds an undergraduate degree from Suffolk University in Psychology and Sociology. Mikayla enjoys reading, running, and spending time with friends.

Roberte Francois

Roberte is an Associate Applications Analyst with the Clinical Trials Management Systems team. Roberte provides end user support for Forte/Advarra payments and OnCore CTMS. She triages end user support questions and manages user access for OnCore and Advarra Payments. Prior to joining the CTMS team, Roberte started her career at DFCI where she worked as a New Patient Coordinator in the Gynecology Oncology Office. She then joined the Office of Human Research at DFCI. Roberte is a graduate of Stonehill College with a B.A in Healthcare Administration and Criminology and is pursuing a master’s degree in healthcare administration at Northeastern University.

Theresa Nguyen

Theresa Nguyen joined the CTO CTMS Team as as an OnCore Research Analyst in April 2021. She is primarily responsible for setting up protocols and supporting study teams using OnCore. Before joining the CTMS team, Theresa was managing and designing training for new hires, employees and managers, faculty and study teams at Mass General and Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute. She graduated from Emory University, where she also gained experience conducting psychiatric clinical research, and has completed graduate coursework in Organizational Behavior and Strategy. In her free time, she is taking classes in software development and engineering and enjoys board games, travels, and the occasional 10K or half marathon.

Afton Kent

Afton Kent joined the CTO CTMS Team in January 2021 as the Advarra Payments Project Administrator.

Jessica Tran

Jessica Tran joined the Clinical Trials Office team as a Research Analyst in March 2020. Her role focuses on supporting study teams across MGB through the development and integration of research protocols into OnCore. She was previously a Clinical Research Coordinator at MGH’s Neurological Clinical Research Institute and at ZOE, a nutritional science start-up. Jessica received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the College of the Holy Cross. Outside of the office, she enjoys traveling, running, hiking, and eating good food.

Jill Kelly 

Jill Kelly joined the Clinical Trials Office as a Research Analyst in November, 2017.  Jill is part of the team that is managing the OnCore Clinical Trial Management System for use across Partners. Her role encompasses the configuration and development of Protocols in the OnCore system. Prior to joining the CTO team, Jill worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as a Senior Clinical Research Coordinator in the Breast Oncology Center.  She holds an undergraduate degree from Tufts University in Biopsychology.  In her spare time, Jill enjoys traveling, trying out new recipes, watching the Patriots, and spending time at the beach when the weather is warm.