Operations Team


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Ayisha Bhuttor

Research Assistant

I joined Project Viva in January of 2020 as a Research Assistant. I received my BSA in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2019. Before Project Viva, I worked as a Research Assistant at UT Austin on several different research projects. I was also given the opportunity to work as a clinical research assistant at hospitals across the globe. These experiences laid the foundation of my interest in pursuing a career in research. Outside of work, I love playing basketball, obstacle course racing, cooking, hiking, and exploring the city.



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Nicole Bornkamp

Senior Project Manager - Data Science

I joined Project Viva as the Project Coordinator in July of 2019. I received my BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University in 2014 and recently received my MPH in Infectious Disease Epidemiology from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in May 2019. Prior to joining Project Viva, I worked at NYU Langone Medical Center researching lupus nephritis in both the clinical and laboratory settings. I am passionate about equitable healthcare access and the distribution of care and resources particularly to vulnerable populations. In my personal life, I love backpacking, hiking, and playing baseball, and I am an avid fan of New York sports teams (and the Green Bay Packers).



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Sarah Cohan

Program Manager

I joined the team in June 2020. I was previously the Lab Manager for the Vision Sciences Lab in the Harvard Department of Psychology, collaborating on research exploring the spectrum of human face recognition abilities, and developing and validating online cognitive assessments. Following that I was a project and portfolio manager with the Football Players Health Study at Harvard Medical School, developing and managing studies of former NFL player behavioral and physical function. I received my BA in Theatrical Stage Management and Psychology from the University of Vermont, and I am a certified Project Management Professional. Outside of HPHCI, I am the HR manager for Company One Theatre (www.CompanyOne.org), sing with the Boston Symphony, am a graduate student in Management with a focus in Organizational Behavior, bake at www.TheSweeteryBoston.com, and love playing with my baby boy, born in March 2020.



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Samuel Edwards

Research Assistant

I joined Project Viva as a full-time CoRAL Research Assistant in September 2020. Prior to joining the Institute, I served as a Rural Family Health Educator with Peace Corps--Belize teaching health and physical education courses as well as helping implement community projects designed to sustainably improve maternal, neonatal, and child health outcomes and prevent non-communicable disease. I earned my Bachelor's and Master's of Arts degrees in 2018 and 2019 at Vanderbilt University as part of an interdisciplinary, dual degree program in Medicine, Health, & Society. I have a wide array of interests including sports, food, Netflix docu-series, and staying up to date with hip-hop music, fashion, and dance. I hope to eventually earn an impactful career as a physician and global health professional.



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Lily Fuller

Project Coordinator

I joined Project Viva as a Project Coordinator in November 2020. Previously, I worked as a Research Assistant at T1D Exchange, a type 1 diabetes research organization focused on patient-centered outcomes. Following that, I was a Study Coordinator at the Marcus Institute for Aging Research, working on quality improvement initiatives related to cognitive impairment among older adults. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience and Behavior from the University of New Hampshire in 2015. Outside of work, I enjoy music and documentaries, listening to podcasts, and am a volunteer educator at the New England Aquarium.



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Olivia Giordano-Kean

Project Manager - Viva Mom Grants

I joined Project Viva as a Project Manager in October 2021. I’m thrilled to be part of the team and continue working to improve health outcomes and promote equity for women, children, and families. I received my B.S. in Global Public Health and Food Studies from New York University, and my MPH in Sociomedical Sciences with a concentration in child, youth, and family health from Columbia University. Previously, I worked as a Project Manager for the federal Healthy Start program’s Technical Assistance and Support Center within the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality, and as a Project Manager at the New York City Department of Mental Hygiene. Outside of work, I enjoy cooking and baking, reading, and spending time with family and friends (including my dog, Binx)!



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Emily Goldsmith

Operations Project Manager

I joined Project Viva in June 2020 as the Operations Project Manager. Previously, I worked for two global health organizations, Pathfinder International and Management Sciences for Health, where I managed reproductive health and maternal and child health programs. In addition, I managed community health projects while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo. I hold an MA in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University and a BS in Development Sociology from Cornell University. Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, running, skiing and spending time with friends and family.



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Chelsea Jenter

CoRAL Division Administrator

I have worked with Viva a long time! I worked as the Operations Coordinator back when Viva was recruiting participants in the early 2000's, and in 2011 I returned to manage Viva's administrative side. Most of my time is spent with excel spreadsheets (!). I received my AB from Smith College, and my Masters in Public Health from Boston University, focusing on health policy and management. I really think the Viva team is exceptional right now, and I truly enjoy learning about all of the important research contributions that Viva participants make by participating in this study. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two young daughters - and, as many Viva moms know - catching up on sleep whenever I can.



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Kathryn Jones

Project Manager - ECHO / Infrastructure

I joined the ECHO Team as the Research Associate in May 2019. I received my B.A in English and Theology with a concentration in Ethics (double major) from Merrimack College and my MPH in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from Boston University School of Public Health in May 2019. Prior to joining the ECHO Team, I worked at the Boston University Medical Campus and Boston Medical Center Institutional Review Board (IRB) as an IRB analyst. In my personal life, I enjoy reading, cooking, knitting, and spending time with friends and family!



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MollyAn Killingbeck

Project Coordinator - ECHO / Infrastructure

I joined the ECHO Team as a Research Assistant in July 2019. I received my BA in Mathematics and Chinese from Wellesley College in May 2019. Prior to joining the ECHO Team here, I have worked as a Pharmacy Technician at MaineGeneral Health and as an Assistant on the Compensation Team at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In my free time, I enjoy reading and playing Spikeball and Ultimate Frisbee with friends.



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Kathleen Lynch

Senior Research Assistant

I joined Project Viva in June 2017 as a Research Assistant. I received my BS in Public Health from Syracuse University in May 2016. At Syracuse, I was given many opportunities to engage in service learning, including an internship with the American Red Cross, in emergency preparedness. After college, I wanted to combine my passion for service and healthcare. I went on to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA, where I spent a year working in school-based health centers in Philadelphia. My future goal is to obtain my Masters in Public Health. I enjoy traveling in my spare time, with two of my top destinations being Florence, Italy, where I studied abroad, and Denver, Colorado, where I most recently visited. I am happy to return to my Boston roots to be near family and friends.



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Marleny Ortega

Senior Project Coordinator / Phlebotomist

I joined Project Viva in Sept. 2012 as a Research Assistant/Phlebotomist. I received my BA in Psychology/Child and Adolescent Development from Southern New Hampshire University and am currently working on my MPH. Prior to joining the Viva team I was a data collector at New England Research Institutes. In my free time I enjoy reading, spending time with my family, and traveling.



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Rebecca Paige

Research Assistant / Phlebotomist

I joined Project Viva in September of 2020 as a Research Assistant/Phlebotomist. I graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Biological Sciences in 2014. Before joining the team, I worked as a phlebotomist at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire and hope to pursue a degree in genetic counseling in the future. Outside of work I enjoy time with friends and family, hiking, and playing rugby.



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Alicia Pham

Research Assistant

I joined Project Viva as a work-study student in February 2020 and became a full-time Research Assistant in May 2020. I received my BS in Health Science at Boston University. During my undergraduate career, I have previously interned as a Research Assistant at Massachusetts General Hospital and worked part-time as a Receptionist at an eye clinic in Cambridge. In my free time I enjoy traveling, spending time with friends and family, and arts and crafts projects!



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Melissa Sidote

Senior Research Assistant - Data Science

I joined the ECHO Team as a Senior Research Assistant in June 2021. I received my BS in Public Health and Psychology in 2020 and my MPH in 2021, both from the University of Miami. Prior to joining the ECHO Team, I worked at a violence prevention non-profit in Miami assisting in the development and implementation of research-based violence prevention strategies. I was also a research assistant at the Social & Health Inequality Research Lab, where I contributed to research about global environmental health, mainly household water insecurity in Ghana. In my free time I enjoy reading, cooking, and spending time with my dog.



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Taylor Wensley

Senior Research Assistant

I joined Project Viva in June of 2017 as a Research Assistant. Before that, I worked at Partners HealthCare in Population Health Management, working to integrate behavioral health in the primary care setting. I also worked as a Research Assistant at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for a large cohort study of young women with breast cancer. In my personal life, I’m a certified yoga instructor and an aspiring apiarist (beekeeper)! I enjoy reading, cooking and long runs outdoors!