Partners on Development (PODs)

Partners on Development (PODs) are focused teams that engage with targeted audiences and Clinical Research Professionals at different stages their career pathways. These targeted audiences and CRPs include high school students, undergraduate students, community and rural health research personnel, existing clinical research support professionals, and investigators.

Workforce Development works alongside each POD leader to develop a Pipeline Network to address the many levels of targeted audiences who are essential for the development of a diverse CRP workforce.

POD leaders provide guidance and develop activities to support the Workforce Development Pipeline Network. PODs meet monthly to identify specific strengths and barriers related to potential or current CRPs and collectively ideate on solutions for recruitment, education, and retention specific to their stakeholders.

POD Advisors and Members

Advisor: Amanda Tyhulski, University Hospitals



Larry Ellis East Cleveland Schools
Crystal D. Reed The Salus Group
Shirley Bell-Wheeler Elements of Internal Movement


Advisor: Ronald Hickman, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FNAP, FAAN, CWRU School of Nursing



Colin Drummond, PhD Case Western Reserve University
Damian Junk, PhD Case Western Reserve University
Sheila Pedigo, PhD Case Western Reserve University
Angel Reyes, PhD Cleveland State University
Shah Zahoor, PhD University of Toledo
Melissa Zullo, PhD Kent State University
Nate Burger, MD* Case Western Reserve University
Jessica Redel, MHA, FACHE VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System

Advisor: Ofer Reizes, PhD, Cleveland Clinic



Steve Fenning, PhD  Case Western Reserve University
Beth Sump, PhD Cleveland Clinic
George Yendewa MD University Hospitals
Shanina C. Knighton, PhD, RN, CIC Case Western Reserve University
Rachel Pope, MD University Hospitals
Anton Komar, PhD Cleveland State University
Darrell Thorton, MD Case Western Reserve University
Scott Pappado PhD University of Toledo

Advisor: Joan Thoman, PhD, RN, CNS, Cleveland State University



Delores (aka Ms. Dee) Collins A.S, C-CHW Greater Cleveland Community Health Worker Association (GCCHWA) 
Marquita Rockamore, MA, GCDF, C-CHW Cuyahoga Community College
Mary Martel Pathways Community HUB Institute (PCHI)
Marie Velez, MPA MetroHealth
Lena Grafton University Hospitals
Margie Sanders NEOMED

Sonia Alemagno, Ph.D.
Dr. Melissa Zullo

Kent State University
Katie Davis Bellamy, MSN, RN, PHNA-BC


Crystal D. Reed The SALUS Group

Advisor: Phil Cola, PhD, CWRU Weatherhead School of Management



Joan Schenkal Case Western Reserve University
Beth Hagesfeld University Hospitals
Tracy Wilson-Holden Case Western Reserve University
R. Erin Fogarty, MA, CRA MetroHealth
Eloise Lemon, MSN, RN, CCRC Cleveland Clinic
Margaret Tiktin VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System
Amanda Tyhulski University Hospitals
Becki Algeri Cleveland Clinic
Rachael Yim (Ng), Pharm.D., MPH Cleveland Clinic
Beverly Doyle Cleveland Clinic
Danielle Mitchell Black Women in Clinical Research
Josh Gerlick Case Western Reserve University

Advisor: Peter Hovmand, PhD, MPH, CWRU School of Medicine



Team assembly in progress!