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Betsy Brown • Global Head, Clinical Resourcing Solutions
Betsy has dedicated her entire career to clinical research and serves today as an industry leader, resourcing expert and business entrepreneur. She first joined the industry in 1985 working with FHI 360 in Women’s Health and HIV research. In 1987, she joined ClinTrials Research, a commercial spin-off of FHI 360 and one of the earliest international Clinical Research Organizations. As Associate Director, she managed a staff of CRA Managers and more than 100 CRAs. In 1995, Betsy co-founded and led The Woolf Group, one of the earliest and most recognized clinical research staffing firms in the country. She helped develop the company into a premier service organization, highly sought-after by its clientele and candidates alike. The company was sold to an international staffing firm in 1999, and in 2002 she co-founded Trio Clinical Research. As the company’s Chief Operating Officer and then President, Betsy led the operations and business development team, ensuring the company’s growth and development and drove a successful merger with Aptiv Solutions in 2008. In 2013, Betsy returned to her entrepreneurial roots and co-founded Catalyst Clinical Research, a niche clinical operations service provider. She continues in her leadership role with the company as the Global Head, Clinical Workforce Solutions. Outside of work, Betsy enjoys spending time with her two boys, Hunter and Sam. They love to ski, snowboard and travel with extended family and cousins. Sam’s best friend and labradoodle, Bella, enjoys hanging out at the office with Jeannie’s pup, Lily.
Nick Dyer • Chief Executive Officer
Nick has spent his entire career in Healthcare and Life Sciences and joined Catalyst as CEO in October 2018. After earning a bachelor’s degree in London, UK in 1992, he completed a three-year postgraduate program with the National Health Service (NHS) working in various healthcare and healthcare management settings. From there, Nick went on to lead the Support Services Finance Group for a large hospital in the southern part of England. For the past 21 years, he has worked in the clinical research space with Quintiles (IQVIA) and PPD Development leading Clinical Operations, Finance, IT and Sales/Marketing functions. In 2011, he joined Novella Clinical as Chief Commercial Officer, and in 2016, he was appointed President. While there, he fervently embraced the need for therapeutically-focused CRO solutions interlaced with a flexible small biotech customer service model. Nick is passionate about soccer (aka football in his native England) and played for club, regional, school and university teams. He has passed down that love of football to his two sons, Eric and Harrison, and spends significant time coaching and watching them play. Nick also loves to cook, watch movies and read.
Ron van Eijsden • Managing Director & Head of European Operations
Ron brings a broad commercial experience in Life Sciences to Catalyst covering (Clinical) Development, Medical Devices, Quality and Clinical Research. From origin Ron is a biologist, holding a PhD in molecular biology. After working as a Post-Doc on the development of alternative antibiotics for some years, Ron left university life and entered the Life Sciences industry. Over the last 20+ years Ron has been involved in the development and clinical research industry. As a European Director, he managed the operations of 12 different European countries (including business development, managing all clinical resourcing activities, establishing new local affiliates and managing some clinical teams in an FSP model). In parallel, Ron has worked as a consultant for a couple of years, supporting small – and mid-sized biotech clients that were active within R&D and Clinical Development. Over the last couple of years and prior to joining Catalyst as a Managing Director/Head of European Operation, Ron was the managing director of the European division of an oncology specialized US-based CRO. Ron and his family live in the “Duin & Bollenstreek” in the Netherlands, located in the middle of the beautifully colored fields of tulips, crocuses and hyacinths that bloom in spring. He’s a real family man and in his private life Ron loves to spend time working in his garden, fishing and having prime-time with his kids and granddaughter during family BBQs.
John Herrmann • Global Head, Quality and Vendor Management
John is responsible for vendor oversight and the Catalyst quality management system. John has previously worked in a variety of clinical research organizations, from small start-ups to a large global firm, and has experience in both corporate roles and operational functions ranging from study startup to medical writing. As the quality champion for Catalyst, John has embraced the company’s people-first approach, believing quality begins with well trained, motivated and ethical employees who approach every client project with urgency and care.
John and his wife Allison try to live by three simple rules – work hard, play hard and Die Hard (the Christmas movie). John strives to keep pace with his ambitious young adult daughters, Maggie and Rosie, while also meeting the exercise and affection demands of his Poodle-Aussie mixes, Otis and Oscar. Now living amongst the fan bases of the Tar Heels, Blue Devils and Wolfpack, John remains an ardent supporter of his alma mater, the Virginia Cavaliers. Go Wahoos!
Lisa Hornick, MD • Chief Medical Officer, Global Head Medical, Safety and Regulatory
Lisa is our CMO and leads Medical and Safety at Catalyst Clinical Research. Board-certified in internal medicine, Lisa was in private medical practice for seven years before joining the industry as a medical director at a major CRO. She advanced to managing the global medical monitoring group and subsequently led multiple business units including Pharmacovigilance and Medical, Medical Communications and Early Development. Lisa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Texas A&M at Kingsville and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. She completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Arizona. Lisa enjoys paddle boarding, snowboarding, playing guitar and working in the garden as she believes there is a farmer in each and every one of us.
Melissa Church • Chief Strategy Officer
Melissa has over 25 years of sales, operations, and strategy development experience across multiple industries including clinical research, health care consulting and technology, and health insurance. Melissa started her professional career with ClinTrials Research before moving to SAS Institute where she worked for six years leading business development and proposal functions. Her most recent clinical research experience includes nearly three years leading the contracts and proposal development function at PPD. Here she created the first strategic finance team focused on developing innovative pricing models to support client partnerships. After PPD Melissa moved to UnitedHealth Group where she first worked for Optum leading the sales operations function. She also sat on the acquisition integration team supporting the integration of multiple small- to medium-sized businesses. In her last four years at UnitedHealth Group Melissa led sales operations for the Medicaid business unit and held operational leadership roles. Melissa is passionate about spending time traveling with her husband Patrick and hanging out with her three children Savanna, Grace, and Ian when they make time for her in their busy schedules. In her downtime, Melissa enjoys reading, boating, and spending time in the mountains.
Patti McNamara • Chief Financial Officer
Patti is our CFO and she brings more than 24 years of finance experience, 20 of those in the clinical research industry. She has a diverse background in financial leadership and a passion for team engagement and talent management. Patti started her professional career as a tax consultant at Deloitte & Touche LLP, then moved into the healthcare field with a senior finance role at NES, an emergency room staffing and management company. She got her start in the clinical research industry in 2000 at PPD. During her tenure there she held a variety of roles, including tax, operations finance leadership and more recently ownership of the government business unit. While at PPD Patti played an important part in the significant growth of the company, both related to adding service offering and expanding internationally. She led the globalization of finances for the clinical development business unit and partnered with business unit leadership to optimize revenue and profitability. When Patti isn’t crunching numbers at Catalyst, she enjoys being outside with family and friends – first choice is beach and traveling, followed closely by anything active – volleyball, walking, pool and playing with her two yellow lab mutts. Go fetch.
Keya Watkins, PMP • Global Head, Clinical Development Solutions
Keya joins Catalyst as the Global Head ofManaged Services, Clinical & Biometrics Operations. In this capacity she is responsible for the quality and delivery of the clinical trial portfolio within the Catalyst CRO services business unit. Throughout her 22-year career in clinical research with both biopharma and clinical service providers, Keya has provided oversight of multidisciplinary teams in project management, clinical monitoring and site support services. She also served as an executive in both operational and commercial roles and has been involved in several complex, global trials in various therapeutic areas and phases with a concentration on hematology and oncology programs. Keya prides herself on building and managing high-functioning teams that deliver excellence while ultimately bringing meaningful therapies to patients in need. Previously, she served as vice president of clinical operations at Clinipace, senior vice president of clinical services at WIRB-Copernicus Group, senior vice president at ePharmaSolutions and executive vice president of clinical development at Omnicare Clinical Research. When she isn’t supporting customers fighting cancer, Keya enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenage sons and taking long rides with her husband on their Harley motorcycles. Vroom, vroom.
Chan Welborn • Global Head, Biometrics Resourcing Solutions
Chan leads our Biometrics Functional Service Provider (FSP) Solutions group at Catalyst. A co-founder of Triangle Biostatistics, he brings over 22 years of experience in the industry as a SAS® Programmer and has successfully managed programming groups at CROs and biopharmaceutical companies. Chan has led the work of an applications development group at a large biotech company where he developed SAS® macros to support regulatory submissions and other customized non-SAS® utilities. The clinical development program regulatory submissions he’s worked on have spanned multiple indications and programming environments. Chan enjoys playing golf, traveling with family and friends and watching sports, especially when it’s his children playing soccer and basketball. He enjoys cooking and spending time at home with his wife, Michelle, and children, Katie and Cole.