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We have drawn from the world-class medical and educational communities of Greater Boston to seat a review board with unparalleled expertise across a wide range of public health issues, concerns and initiatives. With the combined experience of the Board members, the founders, and the staff, there is seldom a situation that we have not encountered before. This translates into greater protection of patients, greater efficiency in process, and ultimately quicker turnaround times for our clients.

Ganson Purcell, Jr. M.D., F.A.C.O.G., F.A. C.P.E. (FYI: Am. Coll. Phys. Executives)
Chairman of Asentral, Inc. IRB, Panel 1

Graduating from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University in 1962, Dr. Purcell completed internship at Harborview Hospital, Seattle, WA; and then served from 1963-65 in the U.S. Navy Submarine Medicine Service. He completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Sloane Hospital for Women, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, serving as chief resident from 1967-69. While in private general OB/GYN practice in Danvers, MA (1969-78), Dr. Purcell was a Senior Instructor at Tufts University Medical School and served terms as Chief of OB/GYN and President of the Hunt Hospital Medical Staff in Danvers. Recruited to the fledgling University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1978, Dr. Purcell was appointed Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1980, and served as Chief of the Medical Staff and Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs (1980-94); Associate Director of the Hospital (1986-94); President of the Medical Staff (1986-7); Vice-Chairman of the Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Interim Chairman of OB/GYN (1990-1). From 1994 until retirement in 2003, Dr. Purcell was Chairman/Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Residency Program Director at the Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center and the Mount Sinai Hospital, Hartford, CT.; and, Professor and Associate Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Connecticut Health Center. During his career, Dr. Purcell served a term as President of the Obstetrical Society of Boston and on the Executive Board of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, as well as a term as the College's Assistant Secretary. Dr. Purcell is a Fellow of the American College of Physician Executives. He is currently a full scientific member of the Asentral Institutional Review Board.


Sierra S. Kent, Ph.D.
Chairman of Asentral, Inc. IRB, Panel 2

Dr.Kent is currently a product scientist at Cell Signaling Technology where they produce high quality antibody products to accelerate progress in biological research and personalized medicine. Dr. Kent specializes in products related to Developmental Biology while working with antibody experts that focus on Translational Control, Apoptosis, Autophagy, and Neurobiology. Dr. Kent completed his Ph.D. in Experimental and Molecular Medicine from the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology at Dartmouth Medical School where his thesis was Control of the Notch Signaling Pathway in Mammary Gland Development and Carcinogenesis by the Stem Cell Specific Transcription Factor dNp63. Dr. Kent developed a novel, testable model using genetic and pharmacologic techniques for investigating the molecular mechanisms of adult stem cell quiescence in relation to preventing breast cancer recurrence. Dr. Kent serves as a full Scientific member on the Asentral, Inc. IRB.


Avis Kow, MD

Dr. Kow is a 1964 graduate of the Medical School at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She served her Internship and completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Livingstone Hospital in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in 1967. Upon entering the United States, Dr. Kow served a rotating Internship at Roger Williams Hospital in Providence, RI and completed her Pediatric Residency at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, MA in 1970. Currently licensed in Massachusetts, Dr. Kow was awarded her Board Certification by the American Board of Pediatrics in 1972. Dr. Kow has not only had extensive experience as a Staff Pediatrician throughout her career in New England (serving as a Staff Pediatrician at Harvard Vanguard Associates in Peabody, MA for over fifteen years), but has also served in director capacities of Emergency & Urgent Care Departments in hospitals and clinics in Massachusetts & Rhode Island and as the Emergency Department Director at the United States Air Force base in Fort Worth, Texas.Teaching assignments included instructorships at Tulane Medical School in Louisiana & at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) in Texas.


Jaleh Mansouri, MD, MPH, MS

Dr. Mansouri currently works in Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance. She has a medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine with certification in medical ethics and is a board-certified pathologist by training. She holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Harvard School of Public Health and a Master of Science (MS) degree in Regulatory Affairs in Drugs, Biologics, and Medical Devices from Northeastern University. Dr. Mansouri completed a COOP internship with Asentral, Inc. IRB on our staff as part of her Master’s program in Regulatory Affairs before joining the IRB as a scientific member. She holds medical licenses in five states and speaks three languages.

Dr. Mansouri has done research in both basic science and neuropathology resulting in several publications. She also assists the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) as a scientific consultant and medical writer in the development of Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs). Dr. Mansouri enjoys traveling, Roman history, photography, and scuba diving.


Patricia Riggi, R.N., A.D. Nursing

Patricia is a Registered Nurse who has worked in the acute care and intensive care units of Greater Boston for over 30 years, including Mass General Hospital, Lynn Hospital, and Union Hospital. Patricia graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Nursing. She has served on many school-related committees while raising two children.


Michael Haley B.A., M.B.A

Mike is currently employed with Brush Wellman Inc. as Director of Supply Chain Methods. Brush Wellman is a wholly owned subsidiary of Brush Engineered Materials and is a manufacturer of Beryllium and Copper Beryllium alloys, supplying the Aerospace, Automotive and Oil & Gas industries worldwide. Mike has been employed with Brush Wellman for more than 24 years. Mike has a B.A. in Experimental Psychology from Kent State University where he also completed two years of graduate work. Mike received his M.B.A. from the University of Akron.


Clark Williams, B.A.

Clark has retired following a career which emphasized various disciplines within the hazardous waste/environmental remediation field. He has worked as a Project Manager, Construction Manager, Quality Control Manager and in various other managementrelated positions. His work encompassed a wide variety of projects, including the Industri-Plex Superfund Site in Woburn, Massachusetts and a number of Environmental Remediation Projects for the U. S. Navy in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and Florida. Currently Clark is involved with volunteering his time locally, and spends his summers working at a Family Camp operated by the Aloha Foundation: a non-profit organization located in Fairlee, Vermont.


Wilberto Luiz Lima Junior, B.A., M.B.A. Business Management, M.B.A. Corporate Management

Wilberto began with Asentral IRB in March of 2010 after moving to the United States from Brazil. Prior to joining Asentral, he worked many years as a corporate communications executive for large companies in Brazil with a focus on corporate social responsibility (CRS) and sustainable development programs. Such programs not only delivered significant value to the organizations but also ensured value for all stakeholders including local and national government agencies, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and members of local communities. During his career in Brazil, Wilberto received many awards including the "Best Professional Career Award", presented annually by the University of Sao Paulo to a proven leader in the area of business communications. In 2008 Wilberto retired from his corporate role and became an independent consultant in the area of communications, CRS and sustainable development. In addition, he holds the position of Director, North America for a Brazilian publication and website entitled Plurale that focuses on Sustainability.


Thomas Taplin, B.S.

Thomas has been a leader in the manufacturing world for his entire professional career. He has worked at Lehigh Fluid Power for over thirty years, where he has served as President and Chairman. Lehigh designs, manufactures and markets precision hydraulic and pneumatic components for industrial applications. Thomas is a graduate of Northeastern University, from which he graduated with high honors with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Computer Science. Tom is a veteran of the US Navy. He has served on the Boards of several start-up companies and is a very active volunteer in his community.


Patricia H. Doggett, B.A., M.S. Ed.

Patty graduated from Denison University with a B.A. in French and then obtained a Master’s of Science degree in Education, Reading/Language Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. Patty has worked as a professional educator her entire career helping students develop their potential in the areas of reading and language arts. She has held positions as a reading specialist, an English teacher, a Curriculum Coordinator and a department head, all while working closely with classroom teachers and students to promote effective reading/language arts programs. Patty also helped shape the development of hundreds of high-school students by providing a nurturing educational environment as the Headmaster’s spouse for twelve years at the Governor’s Academy in Byfield, MA. Currently, Patty volunteers as a guide at the Peabody Essex Museum. She also volunteers at the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center in Amesbury, MA, and the Boston Medical Center where she serves as a member of the Patient/Family Concerns Committee and helps coordinate a knitting group for people in the Cancer Support Programs. Patty was a member of the board at Wellspring House in Gloucester, MA, an organization that helps families and individuals with homes, jobs, and education. Patty and her husband have raised five sons.