Generally, each network or study within the Research Department is managed by a lead coordinator, and a team of research assistants.
Director: Audrey L. French, MD
Associate Director: Vacant
Regulatory: Dorothy Rego
Phlebotomy: Andre Evans
Pharmacy: Hamid Bouiri & Marisol Consignado
Max Blake, PharmD
Kelly Bojan, DNP
Kerianne Burke, MPH
Gregory Huhn, MD, MPH
Crystal Lloyd-Jones, RN
Maureen McNichols, RN
Monica Mercon, MD
Kyle Popovich, MD, MS
Pamela Vergara-Rodriguez, MD
Beverly Sha, MD
Tsion Yohannes, MPH
Christopher V. Balthazar, MA, #ChopViolence/#ChopHIV
Kelly Bojan, APN, Study Coordinator for COVID-19 Prevention Network & HIV Prevention Trials Network
Ixchell Ortiz Estes
Kerianne Burke, MPH, Project Director for Sexually Transmitted Infections Clinical Trials Group
Rachel Jackson, APN, Study Coordinator for Adolescent Trials Network & Gilead Sciences
Julia Lee, AIDS & COVID-19 Clinical Trials
Crystal Lloyd-Jones, RN, Project Manager for Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study
Maureen McNichols, Study Coordinator for International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Network
Pedro A. Serrano, MPH, CPH, Keeping it LITE & Transgender Youth & PrEP Study
Kathleen Weber, Project Director for Women’s Interagency HIV Study
The WIHS staff are located at 2225 W Harrison St, Chicago, IL 60612
Career opportunities are posted at: hektoen.org/careers/
The Research Department at the CORE Center has served as a formative training environment in nursing, psychology, public health, and social work.
Christopher V. Balthazar, MA
Mr. Balthazar is currently a Community Psychology PhD student at National Louis University. Chris has served as the Project Director for the #ChopViolence/#ChopHIV (R34), and POSSE (R01) studies. He is currently the Co-Principal Investigator on a CFAR Community Collaborative Award with Dr. Darnell Motley (University of Chicago/Third Coast Center for AIDS Research). He is the lead on Implement TransPrEP, an NIMH Diversity Supplement Award to the Transgender Youth and PrEP study (R01).
Pedro A. Serrano, MPH, CPH
Mr. Serrano is currently a Public Health DrPH student at Walden University. Pedro has served as the Project Director for Keeping it LITE (UG3/UH3) and Transgender Youth and PrEP (Ro1) studies. He is currently the Co-Principal Investigator on a CFAR Community Collaborative Award with Dr. Gregory Phillips II (Northwestern University/Third Coast Center for AIDS Research).
Former trainees have gone on complete their doctoral programs and taken on roles as scholar-practitioners in psychology, public health, and social work.