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Management Team

Jackie Dahlgren is the COMPASS Co-Director. Ms. Dahlgren has been in research management for over 25 years. Ms. Dahlgren shares primary responsibility in leading COMPASS to achieve its mission in a manner that assures the organization’s stability and continuity and that promotes its Core Values. As the COMPASS Co-Director, Ms. Dahlgren works in direct collaboration with the COMPASS Director and all investigators who have projects within COMPASS. Additionally, she has primary responsibility for all services that support COMPASS scientific work, and acts on behalf of the Director in his absence. Ms. Dahlgren also serves as the Project Director for the Early Detection Research Network’s (EDRN) Data Management and Coordinating Center (DMCC), one of COMPASS's main projects. In this role, Ms. Dahlgren's primary responsibility is to manage the day-to-day operations of the DMCC which include network-coordination, data management, data quality, protocol development, site monitoring and overall coordination for large scale multi-center research studies. To successfully complete these tasks, Ms. Dahlgren utilizes COMPASS's business analyst and programming resources. In this role Ms. Dahlgren collaborates with EDRN investigators around the world to further the development of specimen reference sets and coordination of multiple validation studies. She is also the Project Director for the Translational Liver Cancer (TLC) consortium and the Carotene and Retinol Efficacy Trial (CARET), two other projects that COMPASS coordinates.

Stephanie Page-Lester is the Project Manager for the Population-based Research to Optimize the Screening Process (PROSPR) Coordinating Center (PCC) and the Project Manager for the Prostate Active Surveillance Study (PASS). In addition, she serves in a coordination role for various Early Detection Research Network (EDRN) studies. Ms. Page-Lester has over 15 years of project coordination/management experience. Ms. Page-Lester oversees all aspects of the PROSPR PCC, including network coordination, website management, governance documentation, facilitation of working groups and scientific meetings. In her role as Project Manager for PASS, she works on a daily basis with Research Coordinators using the Validation Study Information Management System (VSIMS) to ensure proper study data entry and participant eligibility. She also oversees the Protocol and Manual of Operations. Prior to joining the Hutchinson Center and COMPASS in 2005, Ms. Page-Lester worked as a research assistant conducting GLP-regulated studies for a biotechnology firm.

Tay-Thy (Sarah) Nguyen is the Project Coordinator for the New-Onset Diabetes (NOD) study that is coordinated by COMPASS. She collaborates with a multidisciplinary team of principal investigators, physicians, clinical staff, research staff, and administrators at healthcare institutions and universities nationwide to disseminate and streamline the NOD study. NOD is part of the Consortium for the Study of Chronic Pancreatitis, Diabetes, and Pancreatic Cancer (CPDPC) jointly funded by NCI and NIDDK with an expected sample size of 10,000 and is one of the “high-priority” studies the NCI is conducting.

Suzanna Reid, Ph.D., is the COMPASS IT Project Manager and is a member of the COMPASS Scientific Leadership Team. Dr. Reid’s formal education and background is in basic research (B.S. in Biochemistry; Ph.D. in Immunology; Post Doctoral Research in Hematology) but left research to pursue interests in IT and IT project management with the intent of incorporating the additional IT skill set back into basic research. The COMPASS IT Project Manager serves as a liaison between clients (internal and external) and COMPASS IT staff. Dr. Reid supervises COMPASS IT staff and processes to evaluate client IT needs for research work (develop statement of work and staffing levels for grants) as well as performing oversight of the software development life cycle to ensure delivery of quality IT applications that assist with data capture and management pertaining to scientific research.

Martha Stiller is the Fiscal Manager for COMPASS. She has over 25 years of fiscal and grants management experience. She is responsible for the overall fiscal oversight in all projects that COMPASS is involved in. Ms. Stiller works with the COMPASS Co-Director and other collaborators to identify areas of opportunity, develop appropriate fiscal plans, and manage all of the fiscal and administrative aspects of the scientific work. She also supervises the Administrative staff.