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Coordination, Communication, and Operations Support

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Providing Coordinated, Multidimensional Support to the NCATS CTSA Program

About CCOS


The CCOS Center provides logistics support to several groups that work collaboratively to advance the strategic goals of the CTSA Program, including Enterprise Committees, Steering Committee, and Working Groups. The Center also provides logistics support for CTSA Program meetings, providing opportunities for CTSA members to share best practices, and gain knowledge across the consortium. The coordination efforts provided by CCOS help ensure insights are shared widely and effectively across the consortium.


The CCOS Center plays a crucial role in facilitating communication across the consortium by employing various methods and channels. Its objective is to effectively communicate the mission of the CTSA Program and highlight relevant accomplishments to a diverse range of stakeholders. CCOS utilizes a public website, newsletters, social media accounts, and other digital communication strategies to disseminate news, events, publications, policies, standard operating procedures, tools, trainings, and more. These communication efforts aim to inform CTSA Program participants, NCATS staff, and the general public about the significance of advancing clinical and translational research.


To optimize the real-world impact of the CTSA Program, the CCOS Center collects, analyzes, and harmonizes operational data to conduct gap analyses, impact evaluations, and strategic decision making—while minimizing the burden on the CTSA Program participants. Each year, the Center produces scientific program analyses, including a CTSA Program Strategic Annual Report and Gap Analysis Annual Report.


Collaboration and team science are key to advancing scientific discoveries. As such, the CCOS Center supports several collaboration efforts to advance the strategic goals of the CTSA Program. The Center identifies translational science research gaps and disseminates information on translational science successes. The CCOS Center helps participants see data sharing as an asset rather than an obstacle by implementing innovative approaches to the collection, analysis, use, and dissemination of various types of data that impact the CTSA Program.


The CCOS team has decades of combined experience managing coordinating centers for large research institutions.
Our interdisciplinary staff hold expertise at the intersection of biomedical, computer, and data sciences.

Stephan Bour, Ph.D.
Stephan Bour, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Maria Beltre, PMP, DASSM
Maria Beltre, PMP, DASSM

Center Coordinator

Kerry James, M.P.H., PMP
Kerry James, M.P.H., PMP

Project Manager

Jared Taylor, M.A., PMP
Jared Taylor, M.A., PMP

Center Coordinator / Scrum Master

Team Leads

Claudia Avalos, M.D., Ph.D.
Claudia Avalos, M.D., Ph.D.

Data & Program Metrics Analysis Team Lead

Mikaela Finnegan
Mikaela Finnegan

Communications Team Lead

Jeanne Holden-Wiltse, M.P.H., M.B.A.
Jeanne Holden-Wiltse, M.P.H., M.B.A.

Translational Team Science Team Lead

Lauren Fitzharris,  M.P.H., PMP
Lauren Fitzharris, M.P.H., PMP

Logistics Team Lead

Luz Mercier, PMP
Luz Mercier, PMP

Training & User Experience Team Lead

Martin Zand, M.D., Ph.D.
Martin Zand, M.D., Ph.D.

Director of Team Science Programs

Monikka  Ravichandran, M.S.
Monikka Ravichandran, M.S.

Software Engineering Team Lead

Digital Infuzion

Ra'Chel AlexanderProject Administrator
Miriam Ali, M.B.A.AWS Administrator
Eline Appelmans, M.D., M.P.H.Data Science Specialist
Jeremy Carson, M.S.Senior Software Engineer
Abhiram ChitipirllaCloud Database Developer
Ron HarperSoftware Developer
Shivani Karikar, M.S.Application Security Engineer
Tejaswini Manjunath, M.S.Data Science Specialist
Brian MarkowitzData Architect
Helmutz Mbachan, AWS, PSMSenior AWS Architect/Administrator
Margaret McLaughlinMeeting Coordinator
Tim McGeeHelp Desk Specialist
Austin NebelSoftware Developer
Karen Stark, Ph.D.Vice President of Data Science
Lucy Yanckello, Ph.D.Scientific Outreach Specialist


Christina Kackos Brunelle, Ph.D.Scientific Outreach Specialist
Talia Hernandez, M.S.Communications Specialist
Dylan McClung, Ph.D.Social Media Manager
Lilly McQueen, M.S.Communications Specialist
Margaret Rush, Ph.D.Senior Advisor & Scientific Outreach Support
Rose Sauer, M.A.Graphic Designer
Christy SeguritanUI/UX Designer & Communications Specialist
Kelli Wagner, M.P.H./M.S.N., RNScientific Outreach Specialist


Melissa BradyMeeting Coordinator
Sarah Erskine, M.L.I.S., M.A.Meeting Coordinator
Tonyé Fohsta-Lynch, M.P.H., CHESTraining Manager
Cindy MarkSenior Meeting Coordinator
Zoë NavapanichResearch Assistant
Lenore RocaMeeting Coordinator
Roxana SaidHealth Communications Associate
Amanda ScottMeeting Planner

University of Rochester

Rebecca Laird, M.B.A., M.Div.Translational Specialist
Scott McIntosh, Ph.D.Survey Scientist
Julie Schwan, M.S.Team Science Specialist
Abby Spike, M.S.Survey Specialist

Coordination, Communication, and Operations Support (CCOS) is funded by theNational Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health.

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