2016-2017 ARIO Board of Directors and Officers

Sheila Garrity

Sheila Garrity, JD, MPH, MBA, President
Associate Vice President, Research Integrity
George Washington University

Sheila Garrity is the Associate Vice President for Research Integrity and serves as the Research Integrity Officer for The George Washington University.  She is responsible for policy development, informational sessions, and development of educational modules to assist investigators with understanding their ethical and fiduciary responsibilities with regard to their research.  In her role, she oversees the operations of the Office of Laboratory and Radiation Safety; the Office of Human Research; the Animal Research Facilities; and Regulatory Affairs. 

Sheila is a national leader in the fields of research integrity and the responsible conduct of research education. She joined The George Washington University after spending over 20 years at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she most recently served as the Director of the Division of Research Integrity. Sheila earned her MBA and MPH at Johns Hopkins where she also received a Certificate in Health and Human Rights and her JD from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Lauran Qualkenbush

Lauran Qualkenbush, Vice President
Director, Office for Research Integrity
Northwestern University

Lauran Qualkenbush joined Northwestern University in 2001 and currently serves as the Director of the Office for Research Integrity and the Research Integrity Officer.  She is responsible for promoting the responsible conduct and appropriate administration of University research and is involved in Responsible Conduct of Research education across the University. She oversees the development of research-related training and responds to allegations of research misconduct as well as other types of research non-compliance. Lauren holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and previously worked in Northwestern’s IRB Office and as a clinical research coordinator at the University of Chicago.

Diane Rosecrans Wender, JD, Treasurer
Research Integrity Officer
University of Pennsylvania

Diane Wender has worked in Penn’s Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Research Integrity Office since 2009. She serves as RIO and also is actively involved in the administration of the University’s policy on conflicts of interest related to research. Previously, Diane practiced law for many years in Philadelphia as a transactional and general business attorney with particular expertise in regulated industries, such as the communications industry and health care. She also served on Penn Law School’s clinical faculty for several years as the supervisor of the Small Business Clinic. She is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Debra Schaller-Demers

Debra Schaller-Demers, MSOM, Secretary
Director, Research Outreach and Compliance
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK)

Debra Schaller-Demers has worked at MSK since 2008. Prior to that time she was the Research Integrity and Conflict of Interest Manager at Weill Cornell Medical College. She develops, directs and oversees programs to educate and train the MSK research community in the responsible conduct of research (RCR Course Director) and develops policies, procedures, and initiatives that deal with issues of research integrity (including investigation of Research Misconduct allegations),compliance and administration. In addition she serves as a non-scientist member on the MSK Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), administrator for the Tri-Institutional Embryonic Stem Cell Oversight Committee, and as administrative director of the Institutional Biosafety Committee and Export Control program. She also directs all outreach (communication and education) for the Research and Technology Management Division. She has authored several journal articles on issues of research integrity and a book chapter on RCR for: Implementing a Comprehensive Research Compliance Program: A Handbook for Research Officers, a book published by Information Age Press in 2015. She is a frequent facilitator in research integrity and professional development programs for the Society of Research Administrators International (SRAI) and currently serves as SRAI Distinguished Faculty and Co-chair of the Education and Professional Development Committee.

Anne Ackenhusen

Anne Ackenhusen, JD, Assistant Treasurer
Director, Office of Research Misconduct Proceedings
University of Washington

As the Director of the Office of Research Misconduct Proceedings at the University of Washington, Anne Ackenhusen handles research misconduct allegations and oversees all aspects of the research misconduct process for the entire university, including the medical school. Anne frequently speaks nationally on research misconduct issues. Prior to joining the University of Washington in 2006, she practiced civil litigation for over fifteen years. She earned her BS in zoology and MMA in marine policy from the University of Rhode Island, and her JD from Boston College Law School.

McGehee Marsh

McGehee Marsh, PhD, JD, Assistant Secretary
Senior Counsel
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Dr. Marsh is a patent attorney, licensed to practice law in Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, and the District of Columbia. She has a PhD in environmental toxicology/chemistry. She is an environmental auditor, and practiced intellectual property and environmental law in Kentucky. She also taught environmental biology and environmental law for biologists to undergraduate and graduate students, and conducted wetlands and aquatics research.

McGehee was Kentucky Senate General Counsel and one of the architects of Kentucky’s postsecondary education reform, which created new funding formulas and reorganized missions and focus for Kentucky’s public colleges, universities, community colleges, and technical schools. She worked for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education as Chief Science Advisor and Assistant Vice President Academic Affairs and was responsible for implementing legislation passed during her tenure at the Senate, which created initiatives to attract knowledge-based economy companies to Kentucky, and to recruit women to the sciences. McGehee served as the Kentucky governor’s General Counsel and in that position worked extensively with Kentucky farmers to develop and sustain crop and product alternatives to tobacco. She and her husband are Kentucky shrimp farmers.

McGehee was a Cancer Center Administrator and MD/PhD program coordinator, and currently works with the St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and St. Jude’s research faculty, academic programs, environmental health and safety, Animal Resource Center, Grants and Contracts Office, Office of Technology Licensing, International Outreach/Global Health Program, Clinical Trials Administration, and the Children’s GMP LLC. She was a member of the St. Jude Graduate School workgroup to create a PhD graduate program in Biomedical Sciences at St. Jude. She provides legal support to the Research Integrity Officer in resolving questions of research misconduct and conducting research integrity educational programs, and is a member of the national RIO professional association steering committee.

McGehee has served on several boards and commissions: the Natural Resources Leadership Institute; Governors’ Commission on Small Business Advocacy; Governors’ Commission on Family Farms; Women in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology Steering Committee; Kentucky Aquaculture Task Force; and Kentucky Shrimp Growers’ Cooperative Association, Co-Founder, Board Member. She was a Kentucky Academy of Science Women in Science Mentor and a Louisville Health Care Fellow. She is a Leadership Master and Master Gardener, is on the St. Jude Select Advisory Committee, and was the Read to Me St. Jude coordinator. McGehee raises and trains service dogs, and is a member of American Mensa

Craig Allison

Craig Allison, MPH, JD
Director of Research Compliance and Integrity
University of California, Davis

Craig Allison’s unit monitors federal and state regulatory developments and changes to university policy to ensure the campus operates in compliance with applicable regulations and assesses research compliance risks and opportunities. Craig is as a UC Davis-wide resource, serving on multiple campus compliance committees, and developing research compliance policies and procedures in response to the rapidly evolving state and federal laws and regulations. He is a senior leader with over twenty years of experience in internal investigations, and interpreting/applying complex federal and state statutes and regulations, including the federal sentencing guidelines. He also has substantial experience in developing regulatory compliance programs for private companies. Prior to joining UC Davis, Craig worked in the private sector handling complex civil and criminal litigation, and compliance matters in the areas of environmental, health care, tax, securities, antitrust, and immigration. Craig also has a solid science background, having obtained an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences and a Masters of Public Health from UC Berkeley. He obtained his Juris Doctor from King Hall here at UC Davis.

2016 Programming Committee

Craig Allison, JD (See Board of Directors)

Aurali Dade

Aurali Dade, PhD
Assistant Vice President for Research Integrity and Assurance
George Mason University

Aurali Dade has over 16 years of experience in compliance and research administration. As Assistant Vice President for Research Integrity and Assurance, Aurali serves as the Research Integrity Officer (RIO) and the Institutional Official (IO) for the human subjects protection program, animal care and use program, and export compliance program. In addition to these programs, Aurali has developed and served as the course director for two Responsible Conduct of Research training programs, and directs the conflict of interest program and various other research compliance and ethics initiatives and educational activities. She also previously directed laboratory safety and environmental compliance programs, served as a Responsible Official for a select agents program and held the Certified Biosafety Professional (CBSP) credential. Aurali has a PhD in Environmental Science, a MS in Biology and a BS in Environmental Biology. She teaches courses in policy and risk and conducts research and scholarship related to research compliance and ethics. She served as editor and author of two chapters for: Implementing a Comprehensive Research Compliance Program: A Handbook for Research Officers, a book published by Information Age Press in 2015.

Sheila Garrity, JD, MPH, MBA (See Board of Directors)

Marianne Generales

Marianne Generales
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Research
University of California, San Diego

Marianne Generales has been with the University of California, San Diego for twenty-two years, serving as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research since 2003.  Marianne is Chief of Staff for the Vice Chancellor for Research organization, chief strategist for the VCR, and a campus financial officer overseeing resource administration for the Office of Research Affairs, including contracts and grants, innovation and commercialization, research compliance, academic research personnel, and 19 organized research units on campus. Marianne also serves as the Campus Research Compliance Officer with responsibility for research policy and compliance matters, including research misconduct as the RIO.

Michael Klein

Michael Klein, JD
Director of Research Compliance
Columbia University

Mike Klein is the Director of Research Compliance in Columbia University’s Office of Research Compliance and Training. Before joining Columbia, he worked as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the New York State Task Force on Life & the Law, and the firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. He holds a JD from Columbia Law School, an MA in science writing from Johns Hopkins University, and an AB from Amherst College.

McGehee Marsh, PhD, JD (See Board of Directors)

Lauran Qualkenbush (See Board of Directors)

Allison G. Ratterman

Allison G. Ratterman, PhD
Director, Research Integrity Program
University of Louisville

Dr. Ratterman joined the Research Integrity Program at the University of Louisville in November 2001, after completing doctoral studies in Biological Engineering at the University of Georgia.  Her primary focus is the development of training and resources in the area of the Responsible Conduct of Research and she coordinates the implementation of this effort with departments and units within the University, with the objective of ensuring that the responsible conduct of research is maintained at a high priority level in all aspects of research activities. 

Additionally, Allison coordinates the university’s program for conflicts of interest, with specific oversight for the impact of COI on research.  She oversees the administrative processes associated with allegations of research misconduct.  Allison has special interest in indentifying opportunities to make research training and research compliance processes more efficient and relevant.  To further this objective, Allison serves as a system administrator for the integrated Research Information System (iRIS), a comprehensive research administration platform at the University of Louisville.

In her spare time, she chases (and corrals) her 4 year old twins, Dani and CJ.

Debra Schaller-Demers, MSOM (See Board of Directors)

2016 Program Support and Logistics – Research and Technology Management (RTM), MSK

Jill Fraser, Director, Marketing and Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Senior Vice President (OSVP)

Lisa Miller,  MBA, Financial Analyst, Office of Technology Development

Sandy Iyer-Horan, MPH, Research and Regulatory Compliance Manager

Dominic Nunziato, Research Outreach and Compliance Coordinator

Ana Rojas, Executive Assistant to Eric Cottington, SVP, RTM

Keynote Speaker

Kathryn Partin

Kathryn Partin
Director, DHHS Office of Research Integrity

Dr. Kathy Partin was appointed as the Director of the DHHS Office of Research Integrity in 2015, after having been in academia for twenty years. The Office of Research Integrity oversees research misconduct processes at PHS-funded intramural and extramural research institutions, as well as providing education and outreach to promote research integrity at these institutions. Dr. Partin earned her undergraduate degree in history from the University of Michigan, and her doctorate in microbiology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She completed postdoctoral training at Duke University studying pathophysiology of HIV and the NIH National Institute of Child Health studying neurophysiology. Following her training, Dr. Partin joined the faculty of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University (CSU) where she performed NIH-funded basic research. In 2007, she was appointed to the position of Director of the Research Integrity & Compliance Review Office at CSU and in 2013 as the CSU Research Integrity Officer and Assistant Vice President for Research.  Dr. Partin was active in the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) and the Association of Research Integrity Officers (ARIO), while at CSU.