Our Staff

Better quality of life through research

 

Dr. Gregory M. Gottschlich, MD, FAAAI, FACAAI, CPI

Founder and Medical Director of New Horizons Clinical Research

Dr. Gottschlich is Board Certified in Internal Medicine with a sub-specialty in Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. He is a Certified Physician Investigator and has been conducting clinical trials since 1988. He received his medical degree from the College of Medicine at the Ohio State University and served as the president of the Cincinnati Allergy Society and the Ohio Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Dr. Gottschlich is a fellow of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. As a certified clinical researcher and medical director of New Horizons Clinical Research Center, Dr. Gottschlich has conducted more than 500 clinical trials.

 

 

Melissa Gottschlich, PA-C, MPAS

Site Director, Sub-Investigator

Missy has been working as a physician assistant in Cincinnati since 2016. She attended the University of Dayton for her undergraduate studies followed by Kettering College for PA school, where she was President of her class. Her first job since graduating PA school has been with New Horizons, and she has never looked back. Missy considers her career to be extremely enriching, combing her passion for science with her dedication to patient care. Missy has served as the Site Director of NHCR since 1/2019. She manages day to day clinical research operations, process and quality improvement and strategic execution, ensuring staff and company excellence and continued expansion. Missy additionally volunteers at the Good Sam Free Health Clinic and Red Cross Disaster Action Team.

 

“Leading this team has been incredibly rewarding. I collaborate with the most enthusiastic, empathetic, and inquisitive people out there. I can’t speak high enough about the colleagues I work with!”

 

 

Dr. Peter Boxer, MD

Investigator

 

 

 

Dr. Michael Pordy, MD

Investigator

 

 

 

Dr. Audrius Ruksenas, MD

Investigator

Dr. Ruksenas was born in Vilnius, Lithuania and been an Ohio resident since 1996. He graduated from Medical School of Vilnius University (the Second Oldest University in Easter Europe; can you guess the oldest?) and trained in Internal Medicine residency at Jewish Hospital 1996-1999, currently in practice focused on post-acute rehabilitation and elderly patient care. Dr. Ruksenas started working with NHCR in 2018. From the first day he was very impressed with NHCR’s staff – energetic, positive, curious, professional people. To keep the mind and body in good balance, he tries to adhere to formal recommendations of daily physical activity (even if not exactly the amount of hours and days)– via variety of non-contact sports, suitable for over 50 crowd, – bicycling, volleyball, badminton, hiking. If any time is left, he enjoys “rewatchables” – current classic movies that one can watch multiple times and find something new each time.

 

“Clinical research allows a glimpse into medical innovations and the future of medicine. My interactions with NHCR staff and our patients turned out to be what I call “The Bright side of medicine” – the opposite of frequently monotonous and bureaucratic current day physicians’ routine. I enjoy being able contribute my share of medical knowledge and clinical experience to the already excellent team at NHCR.”

 

 

Dr. Matthew Wenker, MD

Investigator

Dr. Wenker first entered clinical research in 2007.  He has extensive experience in Phase 1, 2, and 3 studies.  His passion for research is contagious.  He strives to help develop affordable therapies for the betterment of all people.  He has a strong interest in biosimilars, hoping to reduce drug prices for all.  In 2014, he was a key member of the Transcelerate Site investigator Panel.Dr. Wenker has been board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine for over 20 years.  He graduated from The Medical College of Ohio in 1996.  He completed his Internal Medicine residency at The Christ Hospital in 1999.  He has practiced as an Internist, and as an Investigator in the Cincinnati area over the past two decades.  He has been voted a “Top Doc” by his peers in Cincinnati and has been an investigator for over 130 clinical trials.

 

In his spare time, Dr. Wenker enjoys a good adventure.  Hiking in the mountains or exploring remote cities are where you will find him. Dr. Wenker is thrilled to be part of the Velocity Clinical Research team.

 

 

Lacy Baird, PA-C, MPAS

Sub-Investigator

Lacy is a physician assistant and has been practicing in clinical research for over 4 years. It has become a great passion of her. She has worked as a Sub-Investigator on over 40 clinical trials involving indications such as COPD, asthma, diabetes, psoriasis, gout, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, seasonal allergy, and Alzheimer’s prevention. She graduated from Ohio University with a degree in human biology and a minor in psychology. Later she went on to obtain her MPAS at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee. Her free time includes spending time with family, friends and two dogs. She enjoys seeking out new music, food and travel experiences.

 

 

Cindy Young, RN, CCRC

Clinical Research Coordinator IV

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Anderson, CCRC

Clinical Research Coordinator II

Steven is a 2016 graduate of the University of Cincinnati, with a Bachelors in Allied Health Sciences and a minor in nutrition. He was hired on to the NHCR staff in 2018 and obtained his Certification in Clinical Research Coordinating in September 2019. Coordinating has become a wonderful opportunity for Steven to grow his knowledge in the pharmaceutical field. He loves learning about the medications and the potential benefits they could have! Having a hands on experience with new pharmaceutical products and recognizing the impactful contributions to fighting disease is such a rewarding experience him. It drives me every day knowing the important role we have with our everyday at work. Steven enjoys traveling and visiting new cities, along with watching sports at home with his dog.

 

“I love the community NHCR has created within the working environment. All of NHCR’s staff are friendly and inviting, and we love joking around with each other. I also love the group activities we do from kayaking to playing sand volleyball. You can catch me cracking jokes or just being goofy, because I love bringing joy and happiness to everybody around me!”

 

 

 

 

Kim Krogman, CCRC

Clinical Research Coordinator II

Kim is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator at NHCR. Kim is no stranger to clinical research, having worked in the research industry for over 25 years. She has maintained her CCRC for the past 20 years. Prior to working as a Research Coordinator, Kim was a Licensed Paramedic for the State of Kentucky, Chiropractic Assistant and Medical Secretary. She enjoys spending time with her family and cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats and Cincinnati Bengals.

 

 

 

 

Donna Stefinsky, RN, CCRC

Clinical Research Coordinator II

Donna is a registered nurse and certified clinical research coordinator at NHCR, with over 23 years of clinical research experience. She obtained her certification from ACRP as a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator in 1999. Donna brings many laughs to NHCR. Donna is married with four children. We are lucky that she relocated to Ohio after living in Florida for many years prior.

 

 

 

 

Zach Eardley, MPH

Clinical Research Coordinator I

Zach joined New Horizons Clinical Research in June 2019 after a year as a CRC at a large academic hospital. He has a Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology from Tulane University where he found his passion for clinical research. Since joining the team, he appreciates the high energy of NHCR and the strong camaraderie between his coworkers that is supported through fun opportunities like kayaking and sand volleyball! His favorite aspect of coordinating is the direct participant contact where he can see how clinical research can positively impact people’s lives. Outside of work, Zach enjoys trying new food scenes throughout the Cincinnati area and exploring unknown worlds through fantasy novels.

 

 

 

 

Jamie Lau, BSN, RN

Clinical Research Coordinator I

Jamie has been working as a Clinical Research Coordinator since March, 2019. Prior to joining Velocity, she spent 9 years as a pediatric nurse in Cleveland, Ohio in pediatric intensive care and pediatric surgery. Jamie received her BS in Zoology from Miami University and her BSN from The University of Akron. Jamie moved to Cincinnati from Cleveland in January of 2019 and took that opportunity to make the career change from inpatient nursing to research, and she has not looked back since! Outside of work, Jamie enjoys cooking and spending time with her husband and twin daughters. 

 

 

 

 

Craig Mitchell, BS, M.A.Ed

Clinical Research Coordinator I

Since coming aboard the New Horizons Clinical Research team in February 2019, Craig feels he has learned a great amount with a vastly experienced research team around him to show him the ropes. He looks forward to continually growing with the company and is very excited for the future ahead with an energetic staff and exciting upcoming studies. The native Scot’s passions outside of work include soccer, music festivals and finding new hiking trails and hot-spots around the Cincinnati, OH area where he has recently moved to.

 

 

 

Lori Stanton, BS

Clinical Research Coordinator I

Lori graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelors degree in Biology in 2000 and Veterinary Technology in 2008.  She is currently working on obtaining her certification as a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator.  When away from work, Lori enjoys spending time with her husband and family and enjoys spending time with her cats and walking her dogs.  She also enjoy traveling with her husband, going to the movies, trying new restaurants, and walking around downtown.

 

“I love working with a compassionate, skilled team that shares the goal of educating patients and helping them have healthier, more comfortable lives.”  

 

 

 

 

Jessica Spradlin

Research Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rachel VanScoy

Research Assistant, Data Coordination

Rachel joined the New Horizons staff in the beginning of 2020 as a Clinical Research Assistant. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 2018 with her Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences. Prior to joining NHCR, she worked as a Research Coordinator at Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, OH studying Cardiac Arrest and Hands-Only CPR. She is eager to continue growing her knowledge of clinical research.

Rachel recently moved to Cincinnati and is excited to be part of the New Horizons team who all enthusiastically work together to provide community health services and education. In her free time, she enjoys camping, hiking, and exploring the Cincinnati area.

 

 

Mary Jo Woeste

Regulatory Coordinator

Mary Jo was introduced to the research world without much prior knowledge of clinical research.  Mary Jo graduated from The University of Cincinnati with an Associates Degree in Applied Sciences and Medical Transcription.  She has a great interest in the medical world, but her queezy stomach would not allow her to be on the clinical side, unless passing out with the site of a needle was on the agenda for the day J  After many years of working in the medical office she was very nervous, yet excited to join the world of research.  Mary was founded by Velocity’s very own Jeanette Dickhaus! A very organized binder caught the eye of Jeanette and that is where it all began.  The regulatory importance in every study was very exciting to Mary Jo and she continues to love it!  With the world of research changing every minute, the great unknown of the next study coming through the doors of NHCR is very exciting. Mary loves to be a part of the great team at New Horizons Clinical Research!  Mary is looking forward to the future and what it holds in the world of research.

 

“Better quality of life through research is a great inspiration to every new day at New Horizons Clinical Research.”

 

 

 

Gen Moussa

Quality and Regulatory Coordinator

Gen joined our staff in 2008 as a Clinical Research Coordinator and was the Lead Coordinator for our Blue Ash site for more than 5 years. She has over 20 years experience as a Clinical Research Coordinator. Prior to joining NHCR, Gen has been a Regulatory Affairs Specialist for a Pharmaceutical Company, a Care Management / Quality Improvement Coordinator for a Medical School, developed / coordinated an Asthma Education Program for a hospital system and a generalist Medical Technologist. Gen has experienced the benefits of clinical trials personally. She has pursued a career in Clinical Research after her nephew was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of three.Participation in a clinical trial saved his life at a time when the survival rate for his type of leukemia was low.Her father also participated in a TAVR trial for severe Aortic Stenosi.

 

Gen misses the personal connections she made with subjects participating in trials she coordinated; nevertheless, the staff at New Horizons Clinical Research is an important reason why she continues to work.She enjoys traveling, cooking with her family and gardening.She is passionate about World Cup soccer and experiencing a good cup of coffee.

 

 

Jani Viox, CCRP

Office Coordinator

After spending 6 years as a stay at home mom, Jani decided to restart her career and became part of Dr Gottschlich’s team in 1986. Dr Gottschlich’s vision and passion to pursue new projects gave her the ability to pursue many different aspects of the medical community from administrative to billing and even some work in the lab where she helped formulate allergy extract for practice patients.

 

Jani finally settled into research in the fall of 2007 and attended the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash where she entered the Clinical Research Program.In 2008, Jani joined the Society of Clinical Research Professionals and received her certification that same year. Jani has mentored parents of dyslexic children as they navigate the education system both at the high school and college level. “It still amazing what early intervention can do for a child with a learning disability.”

 

Jani’s favorite time is spent with her family in her home town of Mariemont, Ohio where she has lived for most of her life. She also loves to spend time at her home away from home on Lake Cumberland in Somerset, Kentucky.

 

 

De Asher

Lead Patient Recruitment Coordinator

De graduated with honors in 2004 with an Associate’s degree in Business Administration from National College of Business and Technology. She has worked in customer service for many years and started with New Horizons Clinical Research in 2016. She has worked her way up to the lead position in a short amount of time with her attention to detail and managing large volumes of studies. She believes in hard work and leadership to help each patient get the best opportunity and have the best fit for the studies. She grew up in Northern Kentucky and still resides there today. She enjoys spending time with her family and especially her new granddaughter. She looks forward to helping you find the best study, as always with a smile.

 

Lisa Crespo

Patient Recruitment Coordinator

Lisa Crespo joined New Horizons recruitment team in March 2019.  With over 15 years of customer service experience, she excels at and enjoys working with our patients to identify the study that will be the best fit for them.  Outside of work Lisa loves spending time with her family and traveling to new places.

 

 

Nicole Lim

Research Assistant Intern

 

 

 

 

 

Mary McMullen

Administrative Assistant

Mary has been with New Horizons Clinical Research for since 2012. Before working at NHCR, it never crossed Mary’s mind about the research involvement put into each single medication. The knowledge, time and research is amazing. Her previous experience consisted of duties as a medical assistant for an internist/cardiologist for 12 years, doing all lab procedures. She has also have the opportunity to work for an optometry for 7 years doing labs, office, and sales. She is blessed with 4 children, 3 grandboys, and one on the way. Her quiet time in life consists of hiking trails and appreciating the beauty of nature that so many people don’t see due to their busy lives.

 

“I am proud to be a part of this great team”

 

 

Terry Armstrong

Administrative Assistant