Shantel joined the Penn Memory Center in 2015 as a Patient Access Representative. She handles calls with patients and families, performs intake, and schedules appointments. She is a graduate of Temple University, majoring in Psychology.
Hannah has been as psychometrician at the Penn Memory Center since 2004. She administers cognitive testing to patients and other research participants at the PMC, and conducts testing at outreach sites such as the Ann’s Choice Retirement Community in Warminster, PA. Hannah also coordinates the Stress, Cognition, and Resilience Study. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in History and Philosophy.
Felicia Greenfield joined the Penn Memory Center in 2006. As the Associate Director for Clinical and Research Operations, Felicia manages the day-to-day operations for the Penn Memory Center. She is involved in long-term strategic planning for the Center and oversees PMC program development.
A licensed clinical social worker, Felicia supervises MSW interns who provide counseling and education to patients and their families, she facilitates support groups for individuals (and their care partners) who have been newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and she is a co-facilitator in the Cognitive Fitness program. Felicia holds an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania.
Research Project Coordination
Molly joined the Penn Memory Center in August 2014 as a Research Specialist for Dr. David Wolk. She received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology from Georgetown University in 2011. Afterwards, she joined Teach for America in New Orleans. Molly currently works on EmPCAD and ASL-PET studies as well as data collection, management, and analysis for these and other studies.
Shira joined the Penn Memory Center in May 2013 as a Clinical Research Coordinator on Dr. Arnold’s team. She graduated from Drexel University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2008 and has since been working on various research projects at Penn, including studies in sleep, tobacco use and opiate addiction. In the future, she wishes to pursue a degree as a Physician’s Assistant.
Martha joined the Penn Memory Center in 2010 after working at Sanofi Aventis as a Clinical Project Assistant and elsewhere as a research coordinator on psychiatric studies. Currently, as a Senior Research Coordinator, she works with patients and families completing several studies including IGIV, LFAN and GE005. She also guides the efforts of her assigned research coordinators, and manages interaction between the PMC and the Penn Institutional Review Board (IRB), the body which regulates protocol and conduct of university research studies. Martha has a BS from Boston College and an MS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) – Hartford Graduate Center campus.
Jamie is a research coordinator working with Dr. Steven Arnold’s team on the A4 study. Previously she was employed as a Therapeutic Recreation Associate for ACTS Retirement-Life Communities. Jamie is a Penn Certified Clinical Research Coordinator. She has a BA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Liberal Arts/Art History.
Tigist joined the Penn Memory Center in January 2013 as a Coordinator for Diversity in Research and Education. She graduated from Franklin and Marshall College with a bachelor’s in Public Health Psychology and Africana Studies. She is currently a part time student in the Master of Public Health Program at University of Pennsylvania. As the Coordinator for Diversity in Research, she works to develop, implement and monitor the Penn Memory Center’s multicultural recruitment with a particular focus on increasing participation within the African American community in NACC and other research studies with the Penn Prevention Research Center’s Healthy Brain Research Network Center, a member of the CDC supported Healthy Brain Research Network, dedicated to surveillance, education, awareness, and empowerment that promotes brain health.
Kristin joined Dr. Karlawish’s research team in 2007. She works on the SOKRATES interview study; the Risk Evaluation and Education for Alzheimer’s Disease (REVEAL) study; and other activities for the Penn Prevention Research Center’s Healthy Brain Research Network Center, a member of the CDC supported Healthy Brain Research Network, dedicated to surveillance, education, awareness, and empowerment that promotes brain health that promotes brain health. She graduated from Truman State University with a major in psychology and a minor in statistical methods. Currently, she is a part-time student in the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Public Health Program.
Ivy joined the Penn Memory Center in 2006, assisting research participants, patients, families, and clinicians as part of the front office team. In 2011, she began a new role, as appointment manager for Latino study participants, and visit scheduler for the more than 400 patients and normal controls active in our NACC research program. Ivy is fully bilingual in English and Spanish.
Jessica began working at the Penn Memory Center part-time while a high school student. She now coordinates studies, currently including ADNI 2 and Pfizer-Bapi; conducts screenings and administers psychometic testing to Spanish-speaking patients and study participants, and assists as needed with patient visit flow. Jessica is fully bilingual in English and Spanish.
Grace joined the Penn Memory Center in June of 2013 as a Research Specialist for Dr. David Wolk. She currently is working on the ASL-PET and EmPCAD studies. She received a BS in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience from Haverford College in 2013.
Angela joined the Penn Memory Center in January 2014 as a community outreach volunteer and has been assisting Tigist Hailu. Angela is a student in the Penn Alumni Program and received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and African Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. She currently works as a research specialist in Dr. Christopher Lengner’s laboratory in the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s disease given its rising incidence in the aging population. Specifically, she is working to increase African American participation in the Center’s studies because of her dedication to the improvement of health outcomes for minorities. Angela’s interest in the health of minority communities stems from her college days, when she co-founded the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS). In the near future, Angela hopes to attend medical school.
Arun joined the Penn Memory Center in January 2014 as a research volunteer and has been assisting Research Coordinator Shira Blady. Arun is a post-baccalaureate student at Penn and received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from William Paterson University in 2012. He has volunteered with other departments, including cardiovascular research and surgical-ortho trauma unit in the past year-and-a-half, and has been mentoring incoming pre-med volunteers since January 2013. Arun plan to attend medical school in the near future.
Project Management & Strategic Support
Scott Reid joined Penn memory center in September 2013 as Coordinator/Facilitator. Mr. Reid has a master’s degree in art therapy from Drexel University and has worked as a program coordinator and manager at the Alzheimer’s Association since 2008 where he created, implemented, and developed social engagement programs including the two pilot program for early-stage dementia, the REC Program, and Peer-to-Peer Outreach Program. Mr. Reid is a skilled group facilitator and will teach Cognitive Fitness classes under the direction of Dr. Mechanic-Hamilton.
Dr. Kathryn Jedrziewski, Deputy Director of Penn’s Institute on Aging (IOA) since 2001, also serves as Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center (ADCC) Administrator. In that role, she is active in a nationwide network of fellow Center administrators on issues relating to the administration of NIH/NIA funds.
Dr. Jedrziewski received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. She has worked in gerontology and geriatrics for the past thirty years.
Business & Administrative Support
Maria joined the Geriatric Psychiatry Section in 2007 as Dr. Arnold’s Administrative Assistant and took on support for Penn Memory Center business matters in 2008. Maria assists Dr. Arnold, Eileen Mergliano, and Felicia Greenfield in all administrative, faculty affairs, and financial activities for the PMC. She has an AS degree in Business Administration from Peirce College.
Eileen joined the Penn Memory Center and the Geriatric Psychiatry Section in June 2013 as the Business Administrator. She handles financial accounts, grant submissions, and general business activity of the PMC and Geriatric Psychiatry. Eileen has worked in business and grant administration at Penn since 2008.
Dina joined the Penn Memory Center in 2012 as a biostatistician after working for four years in the University of Pennsylvania’s Biostatistics Analysis Center (BAC). She provides statistical analysis and assists with data management for a variety of PMC research studies. Dina has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech and an MS in Applied Statistics from West Chester University.
Information Technology & Database Management
Rui Tong joined the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research (CNDR) and Penn Center for Bioinformatics (PCBI) as part of Dr. Li-San Wang’s research team in 2012. He took part in developing and using the pipelines to analyze various next-generation sequencing projects. He also participated in developing and maintaining Penn Integrated Neurodegenerative Disease Database (INDD) as well as other informatics projects for the centers. In 2013, he began a new role as the data manager for ADC, PMC, CNDR and several other collaborating centers, managing all IT and database-related infrastructures and operations. He has a BS in computer science from the National University of Singapore.