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The CenterWatch team is comprised of passionate and highly-accomplished clinical trials and healthcare industry experts dedicated to providing leading publications and services for clinical research professionals and patients.


Kenneth A. Getz
Founder and Owner

Ken is the founder and owner of CenterWatch, a leading publisher in the clinical trials industry. He is also the chairman of CISCRP—a nonprofit organization that he created to educate and raise public awareness of the clinical research process—and the Director of Sponsored Programs, Research Associate Professor, at the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development where he studies R&D management and operating models, investigative site, outsourcing and study volunteer trends and policies.

A well-known speaker at conferences, symposia, universities and corporations, Ken has published extensively in peer-review journals, books and in the trade press. He is the author of two nationally-recognized books for patients and their advocates entitled Informed Consent: A Guide to the Risks and Benefits of Volunteering for Clinical Trials and The Gift of Participation. He is the recipient of the 2006 Innovator in Clinical Research award from the Association of Clinical Research Professionals, the Drug Information Association's 2009 award for Distinguished Service and a 2010 Tufts University Distinction Award nominee. Ken has held a number of board appointments in the private and public sectors including serving on the Institute of Medicine's Clinical Research Roundtable, the DIA Foundation, the Consortium to Examine Clinical Research Ethics at Johns Hopkins University and the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative established by the FDA and Duke University. He is on the editorial boards of Controlled Clinical Trials, Research Practitioner, and the Drug Information Journal and writes a bi-monthly column for Applied Clinical Trials.

Ken holds an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from Brandeis University. Prior to founding CenterWatch, Ken worked for more than seven years in management consulting where he assisted biopharmaceutical companies in developing and implementing business strategies to improve clinical development performance.


Joan A. Chambers
Chief Operating Officer

As the Chief Operating Officer for CenterWatch, Joan is responsible for the business operations, financial performance, marketing, and sales of the company along with setting strategic direction.

A well-known speaker at industry conferences and symposiums, Joan has presented on a wide variety of topics, including Phase IV, Investigative Site Financials, Clinical Research Careers, Site Relationships with Sponsor and CRO companies, the Evolving Changes in the Clinical Research Enterprise, Cost Management and Patient Recruitment. In the course of her career, she has also published in clinical trade journals. For five years, she was an instructor for Barnett International's CRA/CRC programs on the site identification/qualification process. Joan is on the Advisory Board for The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP), and is an active member of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) and the Drug Information Association (DIA).

Prior to joining CenterWatch in April 2010, Joan spent two and a half years with Cambridge Healthtech Institute as Senior Director of Marketing & Operations-Publications; two and half years with the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development at Tufts University as Director of Strategic Marketing & Development; seven and a half years with Thomson CenterWatch as Senior Director of Marketing & Sales; and four years working for PAREXEL International as Site Selection Specialist. Joan holds a B.S. in Marketing.


Cheryl Appel Rosenfeld
Editor-in-Chief

Cheryl has been a newspaper journalist for more than 25 years. She is responsible for the editorial direction of all CenterWatch newsletters and publications, including The CenterWatch Monthly and CWWeekly, as well as books, manuals, special reports and CenterWatch News Online, the online news resource on www.centerwatch.com. Previously, Cheryl was Assistant Business Editor/Special Sections Editor at The Boston Globe and Assistant Business Editor at the Boston Herald. She holds a B.A. from Brandeis University and an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.


Brian Fernald
Manager, Internet Operations and Development

Brian joined CenterWatch in 2014 as a manager of the Internet Operations and Development team. He has over 14 years of management experience in the IT industry supporting professional service firms and online services. Prior to joining CenterWatch, Brian served as the IT Director for a professional service firm as well as leading internet marketing initiatives for a privately held ecommerce company. Brian holds a B.S. degree from Eastern Nazarene College.


Amy Fontaine
Senior Manager, Marketing & Advertising Sales

Amy joined CenterWatch in 2008 and is responsible for developing marketing and promotional campaigns to support the Sales team and increase brand awareness and recognition of all of CenterWatch's products and services. Prior to CenterWatch, Amy spent eight years as the Operations Manager for a small technology company working on various business, marketing and sales initiatives. She also spent two years in the Communications Department at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute covering a variety of topics for its internal weekly newsletter and overseeing the production of its many publications. Amy holds a B.A. in Journalism from Utica College of Syracuse University.


Tracy Lawton
Research Analyst

Tracy has been part of the CenterWatch team since 2006. She is responsible for maintaining the drug information data for all of CenterWatch, including the Drugs in Clinical Trials Database and the FDA Approved Drugs and New Medical Therapies™ pages on www.centerwatch.com. Tracy also contributes to the editorial publications, including The CenterWatch Monthly and CWWeekly. Tracy holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of Colorado.


Melissa Nazzaro
Manager, Multi-media Advertising Solutions

Melissa has more than 12 years of sales experience within the healthcare industry. Since coming to CenterWatch in 2003, she has built and managed the Advertising Sales department of CenterWatch. Working closely with industry product and service providers such as CROs and EDC/Data Management and Patient Recruitment companies, Melissa supports their promotional efforts to increase their market exposure through advertising in CenterWatch's varied media outlets. Melissa holds a bachelor's degree in English from Framingham State College.


Paul Gualdoni
Manager, Design and Production

Paul rejoined CenterWatch in 2010 managing the production of the print publications and providing creative support to Marketing and the CenterWatch Web presence. Paul holds a BFA in Communication Arts and Design from Virginia Commonwealth University and has more than 15 years of experience in sundry design roles including publishing, marketing and Web site design.