See the OCRSS Team!
Lale Akça, MBA, CCRA, is the program director of OCRSS. She graduated from Marmara University in Turkey with a bachelor’s in English and certification to teach. She began her career in research in Vienna performing data support and programming functions for a research organization. Subsequently, she relocated to University of Louisville to begin management of a clinical site that was part of a world-wide research group. During her time in this position, she obtained her MBA from UofL. Lale is a certified clinical research monitor (CCRA) and has more than 10 years experience in clinical research. Her current responsibilities include database design, budget negotiations, contracting, and administration. Office number: 502.852.2605.
Rachel Sheppard, MBA, CCRA, CCRC, is the regulatory director for OCRSS. She graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a BS in biology and certification to teach secondary science. She began work as a clinical research coordinator for the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Louisville and retained that position for five years. She next functioned as the regulatory director for a research institute within the university. During her time in this position, she obtained her MBA from UofL. Rachel is a certified clinical research monitor (CCRA) and a certified clinical research coordinator (CCRC). She has been working in research since 1996 specifically in regulatory management, trial conduct, data management, and resource management. Additionally, Rachel has served as an auditor on a variety of federally and industry funded clinical trials. Office number: 502.852.1006
Nancy Alsip, PhD, is the medical editor for OCRSS. She received her doctorate in pharmacology from Indiana University. While a student, Nancy received numerous honors and awards, including an NIH pre-doctoral training grant and the college chairman's award for outstanding achievement in the biological sciences. Subsequently, she has been an invited speaker at various universities, both nationally and internationally. In addition, she has been an invited reviewer for American Journal of Physiology, Journal of Vascular Research, Microvascular Research, Thrombosis Research, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Journals of Gerontology, and Microcirculation. Nancy has also been a grant reviewer for the Jewish Hospital Heart and Lung Institute and the Southeast/Ohio Valley Consortium of the American Heart Association along with a pre-reviewer for SCORE grants. Since 2001, Nancy has been supporting UofL research investigators with grant applications and medical editing. Office number: 502.852.2905
Diane DeLong, RN, BSN, CCRC, is the clinical coordinator for OCRSS. She received her nursing degree from Grant Hospital School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio, and her bachelor's degree in nursing from Spalding University. While employed by Jewish Hospital Health Care Services for almost 20 years, Diane was first an assistant supervisor in the Neuroscience Center, next an assistant supervisor in the operating room with the world-renowned Kleinert and Kutz Hand Care Center, and then a charge nurse in the pre-induction area for open-heart surgery. Diane began work in clinical research in 2001 by coordinating industry-sponsored, investigator-initiated, and NIH studies. Diane is a certified clinical research coordinator (CCRC). Office number: 502.852.2604
Jason Scharf, is the information technologist for OCRSS. Jason provides technical support for researchers using his experience on PCs and MACs. Since joining the university in 2000, Jason has implemented web-based databases that facilitate university wide programs. He has expertise in Apple Share 6.0-6.3, Mac OS X Server 10.0-10.4, IPNEt Router, FileMaker Pro, DNS Server Setup, Lasso and PERL Programming, HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL basic UNIX with Linux on the Motorola RISC chip and CISC Intel and clones. His core focus is enhancing data and trial management through technical solutions. Office number: 502.852.2601
Julie Hornung, MS, is a regulatory coordinator for OCRSS. Julie graduated from Western Kentucky University with a BS in biology and a minor in chemistry. She then went on to earn her MS in physiology and bio-physics from the University of Louisville. She began work for the Department of Physiology/Center for Applied Microcirculatory Research at the University of Louisville as a research technologist and retained that position for 12 years. She then worked in a similar position with gynecology/oncology (GYN/ONC). She joined OCRSS in 2007. Her responsibilities include sponsor and departmental communication regarding regulatory approvals and maintenance, tracking personnel training, submitting projects for IRB approval, and auditing consents/data for compliance with governing regulations. Office number: 502,852.2602
Pat Wolf, CCRP, is a regulatory coordinator for OCRSS. Pat had five years research experience with the School of Dentistry before spending six years in the Department of Neurology overseeing regulatory compliance for their research program. She transferred to the regulatory staff of OCRSS in 2009. Pat is a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) through the Society of Clinical Research Associates and is trained in Human Subjects Protection, HIPAA, and GCP (good clinical practices). Her responsibilities include sponsor and departmental communication regarding regulatory approvals and maintenance, tracking personnel training, submitting projects for IRB approval, and auditing consents/data for compliance with governing regulations. Office number: 502.852.2600
Kathy Wohlschlegel, CCRP, is a regulatory coordinator for OCRSS. Kathy had over 20 years experience in executive administration support before joining the Department of Neurology in 2004 as the regulatory coordinator for over 55 clinical trials. Kathy joined the staff of OCRSS in 2009. She is a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) through the Society of Clinical Research Associates and is trained in Human Subjects Protection, HIPAA, and GCP (good clinical practices). Her responsibilities include sponsor and departmental communication regarding regulatory approvals and maintenance, tracking personnel training, submitting projects for IRB approval, and auditing consents/data for compliance with governing regulations. Office number: 502.852.2603
Misty Hooper, CPA, CHC, is the research finance manager in the OCRSS. She earned her accounting degree at Indiana University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Misty has 11 years experience in accounting for research activities and managed a large healthcare system’s central research office for nine years. During that time, she earned her certification in healthcare compliance (CHC). Misty has a wealth of experience in drafting standard operating procedures related to clinical trial management. She is recognized as a pioneer in research billing compliance and was a speaker at the ACRP Global Conference in 2008. Office number: 502.852.2904
Erin Perkins is a Regulatory Associate for OCRSS. She has 10 years experience with research regulations and guidelines. Erin spent 2 years as a temporary worker for the University of Louisville before landing a permanent position with the Human Subjects Protection Program Office (HSPPO) in 2003. During her time with the HSPPO, Erin was responsible for communicating with investigators and research staff regarding the status of studies submitted to the University’s IRBs. She has extensive training in Human Subjects Protection, HIPAA, and is finishing her degree at UofL through the College of Education and Human Development. Erin joined the OCRSS in March of 2011. She is the start-up specialist responsible for determining the feasibility of potential research studies, creating and maintaining records in HIDRA and SharePoint, tracking personnel training, and other administrative duties. Office number: 852-2902.
Allyson Anapolsky is an Administrative Associate for OCRSS. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville, having earned both a BA and MA in English as well as an MAT. Allyson joined the University of Louisville in June of 2010 as a Program Assistant Sr. for the Department of Neurology. In this position, Allyson worked with the OCRSS on the financial management of the Division of Movement Disorders. She joined the OCRSS in June of 2011. Allyson is involved in the financial management of clinical trials, including invoicing sponsors, processing study expenses and receipts, and reconciling accounts. She also provides general administrative support to the OCRSS. Office number: 852-4055