About Us » Board Information:

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.

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

Dr. Kent is currently a Product Specialist for Agilent Technologies, a leader in life sciences, diagnostics, and applied chemical markets. Dr. Kent specializes in products related to cell metabolism. In this role, Dr. Kent provides project guidance for life science research to world class research labs in academia, industry, and government. Prior to joining Agilent Technologies, Dr. Kent was a Product Manager for Seahorse Bioscience and a Product Scientist for Cell Signaling Technologies. Dr. Kent received his Ph.D. in Experimental and Molecular Medicine from the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Dartmouth Medical School. Dr. Kent has been with Asentral, Inc. IRB for greater than five years. Dr. Kent serves as a Chairman and 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.

Jeanne Spellman, M.D.

Dr. Spellman earned her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1980. She served her medical residency at Georgetown University Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in Infectious Disease at Georgetown Medical Center and the Washington Hospital Center, all in Washington D.C. She practiced clinical internal medicine and consulted as an infectious disease specialist in the Maryland suburbs of D.C. until 1994. She then joined the Marshfield Clinic, a 700+ physician multi-specialty health system based in Marshfield, Wisconsin. At Marshfield Clinic Dr. Spellman was a member of the Department of Infectious Disease and in 2012 became Chairman of the Department. She retired in 2014. While at Marshfield Clinic, Dr. Spellman also served on the Board of the Marshfield Medical Research Foundation and participated in several clinical trials in vaccine development. She was also a volunteer Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Jeanne and her husband John retired to Newburyport in 2015 after spending many summers at the Spellman family beach cottage on Plum Island. She has 4 children and enjoys reading (especially history), horseback riding, birding, gardening, and outdoor activities.

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.

Melynn Nuite, RN, BS, CCRC

Melynn graduated from New England Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in 1986 and from Boston University in 2003 cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Throughout her nursing career, she has embraced research and those patients that choose to become research participants. In the early 1990’s she worked in clinical research in the Divisions of Rheumatology at both Boston University School of Medicine and the Tufts Medical Center where she managed and coordinated nearly 40 research trials during that time. In addition to the academic research setting, Melynn has 6+ years of community research experience, having served as Clinical Trials Research Manager at the Commonwealth Hematology-Oncology, P.C. and the Dana-Farber Community Cancer Care. She and her staff conducted 37 research protocols at 9 community practice offices in Massachusetts.

As a full scientific member of the Asentral, Inc. IRB, Melynn brings her knowledge, expertise, and perspective from the areas of investigator-initiated, National Institutes of Health (NIH) supported, pharmaceutical sponsored, National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cooperative Group supported, and biotech sponsored clinical trials.

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.