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IDEA classes are taught by a team of subject matter experts that represent the University central offices and various colleges/departments. See below to learn more about the IDEA instructors who are available to help answer your questions and make sure your needs have been met.

Joey Addison

Joey Addison serves as the Business Manager for the College of Pharmacy, where he has worked since 2007. In this role, he is responsible for a variety of duties including human resources, financial management, grants administration, procurement, and personnel. He joined MUSC in 1998, and in his previous position, served as a Grants Administrator in the Office of Grants and Contracts Accounting for 4 years. Joey received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the College of Charleston.

Joseph Bennett

Joseph Bennett serves as the Department Manager for the Department of Neurosciences Research in the College of Medicine, ensuring everything runs smoothly. Joseph has been employed at MUSC for 6 years. Previously, Joseph was the Business Manager for the Department of Microbiology & Immunology. He holds an MA from the College of Charleston and a BA from Wake Forest University. He is a board game enthusiast

Debi Cain

Debi Cain is a fiscal analyst for the Department of Orthopaedics. Debi has over 8 years of experience in business and research administration at MUSC. Currently, she provides complete management and financial oversight for Orthopaedic’s research studies, which includes a variety of high-profile grants, including those issued by PCORI and Department of Defense. In addition to these duties, she provides support to the Department’s Administrator with regard to clinical and administrative financial processes. Debi received her B.S. in Marketing from Penn State.

Michelle Forster

Michelle Forster is the Lead Clinical Trials Grants Administrator in the Department of Medicine. She manages both pre-award and post-award activities for a large variety of federal, corporate and foundation clinical trials, including multi-centers.This experience has given her a wide range of knowledge in research administration. Prior to working in the Department of Medicine, Michelle also served as a Grants Coordinator in Radiology and as an Administrative Coordinator in Pharmacology. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations from the University of South Carolina and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Citadel. Michelle loves the summer because she can go on long runs and also go out on the boat.

James Fant

James Fant is the Business Manager for the Department of Microbiology & Immunology. He previously served as the Grants Administrator for the Storm Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology. James received his Bachelors of Science in Biology from College of Charleston and his Master’s in Business Administration from Charleston Southern University. He has acquired vast experience in grants management, working closely with faculty to initiate, maintain, and close research grants and contracts. James is currently responsible for the administrative, financial, clinical and research management of Microbiology & Immunology.

Stacey Goretzka

Stacey Goretzka, CIP, serves as the IRB Program Manager in the Office of Research Integrity. Stacey joined the Institutional Review Board in 2003, and was named Program Manager in 2008. She earned her credential as Certified IRB Professional in 2005. Stacey has worked in both the public and private sector since 1995 with the majority of her career being in policy and regulatory, including five years of experience in local and regional government. Prior to employment at MUSC, she worked for a pharmaceutical company. 

Beth Hansell

Beth Hansell currently serves as the Vice Chair for Finance and Administration for the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. She has over 40 years of progressive management experience in Health care finance and administration. While serving the Department of Biometry and Epidemiology she obtained her certification in research administration (CRA) from the Research Administrators Certification Council. Ms. Hansell is currently responsible for both the financial and administrative management for HR, IT, compliance, asset management, and oversight of the departments Clinical, Research and Education missions as well as Strategic Planning. Ms. Hansell is a member of the Medical Group Management Association, National Council of University Research Administrations and the Association of American Medical College Group on Business Affairs, American Pathology Foundation and Association of Pathology Chairs/PDAS, and American Pathology Foundation.

Wanda Hutto

Wanda Hutto serves Assistant Director in the Office of Research Development (ORD) and Research Instructor for the College of Library Sciences and Informatics. In this position, Wanda will explore new funding opportunities through strategic partnerships, coordinate ORD participation in outreach activities, and assist with sustaining and enhancing our core activities. She serves as the administrator for the Integrated Departmental Education for Administrators (IDEA) program. Formerly Director of the University of South Carolina’s Office of Research Development, for the past eleven years Wanda has spearheaded university-wide collaborative faculty teams in the development of multimillion dollar, multidisciplinary federal research proposals that have totaled more than $100 million dollars. In addition, she created the GRANT training program, one of the nation’s most productive and recognized curricula for research university faculty and staff. During her tenure with USC, she attended the USC Masters of Business program and earned her national Certified Research Administrator (CRA) credential from the Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC). Prior to joining USC, Ms. Hutto worked nine years with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) where she administered an award-winning water quality grant program. A Summerville native, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Charleston.

Sarah Jackson

Sarah Jackson is a Grants Administrator at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, Research Services. Sarah provides direct support to the ACOS, Dr. Rita Young and also VA Investigators. She manages a range of activities for the Charleston R&D Service line such as: Responsible for Merit Award submission for Biomedical Laboratory/Clinical Trials Rehabilitation Research/Health Service Research & Development, Just-in-Time for VA funded Merits, Research Career Scientist mid-term progress reports and also applications, VA Non-Clinician Eligibility, RR&D Letter of Intent (LOI) and HSR&D Intent to Submit (ITS), CDA1 and CDA2 Letter Of Intents, Clinical Trial Progress Reports, and MOUs.

Yashmin Karten, Ph.D.

Yashmin Karten, Ph.D. was appointed Program Manager for the Institutional Biosafety Committee in 2013. The purpose of IBC review is to provide for the safe conduct of work involving certain types of hazardous biological materials and to ensure compliance with applicable external regulations and MUSC policies. Previously, Yashmin was administrator for the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at MUSC. She also has experience in conducting medical research and intellectual property administration in academia and Federal government. She received her Ph.D. in Medical Biology in 2000 from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Edward L. Krug, Ph.D.

Ed Krug, Ph.D., wears several “hats” at MUSC. His administrative appointments include Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs in the College of Graduate Studies and Research Integrity Officer reporting to the Associate Provost for Research. Dr. Krug conducts workshops on the responsible conduct of research for all biomedical trainees at MUSC, including postdocs, graduate students and summer medical, undergraduate and high school student researchers. He oversees the MUSC Research Integrity Committee, which is responsible for investigating allegations of research misconduct and reporting to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Research Integrity. When not attending to his administrative responsibilities, Dr. Krug teaches grant writing and career development courses to the graduate students and postdocs. Although he no longer runs an independent research laboratory in the Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology he still collaborates with others studying early heart development and the mechanisms of hearing loss. He received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Purdue University and conducted postdoctoral training at Texas Tech University and the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). He came to MUSC in 1992 from an assistant professor position at MCW.

Jackie Middleton

Jackie L. Middleton is an Information Resource Coordinator in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP). She began her employment with ORSP in 1988. Her responsibilities are to ensure the accuracy of data input for all grant and contract proposals and awards; prepare monthly and annual MUSC Research reports; prepare reports for staff and faculty, ORSP Director and the public; provide hands-on training for users of the Cayuse 424 system; assist in the organization and conduct of Electronic Research Administration training sessions for MUSC staff and faculty; serve as help-line for system users requiring assistance on electronic research systems; function as Webmaster for ORSP website; manage inventory and support of all PC workstations in ORSP; functions as first responder and OCIO liaison for equipment repairs; and also assist in the development and implementation of new information systems for ORSP. Jackie received a Diploma in General Office from Trident Technical College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Education from Carolina Theological Bible Institute.

Cullen McWhite

Cullen McWhite has over 9 years of experience working in the clinical research field at MUSC. Cullen has worked in a variety of roles during his time at MUSC including 5 years as a lead clinical research coordinator with the SCTR Research Nexus Research Coordination and Management Program during which time he served as a mentor to research assistants and student interns. Currently, Cullen is a Prospective Reimbursement Analysis Manager with the Office of Clinical Research. Cullen conducts PRAs to ensure research billing compliance. The PRA process includes conducting Medicare Coverage Analyses, identifying MUSC Health billable services as required per protocol, and developing study billing plans.

Cyndi Rosenblatt

Cyndi Rosenblatt, MPA, CPIA, is the IACUC Program Manager in the Office of Research Integrity. She joined the IACUC office in 2006, and stepped up as the Program Manager in 2008. She earned her credential as a Certified Professional in IACUC Administration (CPIA) in 2008. Cyndi has been very active in promoting educational and collaborative opportunities for the basic scientists on campus and works closely with investigators and laboratory staff to ensure the highest standards in animal care and use are maintained. In her spare time she is an avid bibliophile, an accomplished line dancer, and occasionally gets the opportunity to serve as a birth assistant for a local midwife.

Debra Siler

Debra Battjes Siler is the Director of Research Administration for the College of Health Professions (CHP) where she heads up a seven-person Team managing all of the research for the College. Her Team is responsible for all of the pre-award activities and post-award management of CHP grants and contracts, and also the research portion of the over-all college budget. Debra and her Team submitted nearly $50 million in grant applications in FY 14 and were instrumental in the college receiving $8.9 million in grant awards. Debra earned her Master’s degree from Purdue University and is a Certified Research Administrator. She is a member of both SRA and NCURA and has presented at several of their meetings. Debra has more than 30 years of experience in research and grant administration in laboratory, corporate and university environments. She is coming up on her 10th anniversary at MUSC. As an instructor for MUSC’s IDEA certificate program, Debra will be co-teaching the Budget Fundamentals course. 

Chad Swiler

Chad Swiler is the Lead Grants Administrator for the Department of Medicine where his main responsibilities including submitting federal and foundation grants, progress reports, MOUs, VA Personnel Services Contracts, Just-In-Time requests and budget revisions based on post submission changes. Chad has been employed at MUSC for 8 years. Prior to working for the Department of Medicine, Chad spent five years as a Community Liaison with the Institute of Psychiatry and a year and a half as a Grants Administrator with the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery. He has a BS in Financial Management from Clemson University and a Masters in Health Administration from MUSC. He is a big Clemson fan. Go Tigers.