Our Team

Our extensive site level experience will bring value to your organization.
The executive team has years of experience in all aspects of site operations including, recruitment strategies, financial management, regulatory affairs and ICH-GCP guidelines.
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Al Peters
President
Al Peters has over 20 years of experience in the clinical research field. He is one of the founders of Beacon Clinical Research, LLC, a multi-specialty phase I-IV research facility in Massachusetts and is currently the acting Director of Clinical Operations of BTC of New Bedford. His expertise is very useful when undergoing business development plans, site growth, marketing campaigns, handling, and study contract and budget negotiations. Al currently resides in Massachusetts with his wife and two young daughters.
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Christian Burns
Vice President
Christian serves as a strategic partner in the management and operations of the BTC Network. He oversees the business development, site management and performance metrics of the network to ensure all sites are meeting and maintaining the high-performing standards set forth by the company.
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Scott Palmese
Vice President of Site Network
Scott joined BTC Network in 2014 and previously held a variety of responsibilities at the research site level. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the BTC Network team and provides guidance for the continued growth of the network. He specializes in operations, business development, and financial management for research sites.
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Lori Rich
Director of Finance
Lori is the leader of the contracts and budgets team at BTC Network. Previously, Lori worked in corporate finance dealing with many aspects of financial and managerial accounting. She has utilized her foundation in accounting to create optimal productivity for her clients through financial management. In her down time she enjoys traveling, attending local events, and spending time with family and friends.
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Joan Chambers
Vice President of Marketing & Strategy
With 20+ years of experience in the health life sciences, Joan will be responsible for planning and managing the marketing and sales strategy for ClinEdge, BTC Network and GuideStar Research to further propel the growth in the clinical research industry.

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Meg McCann
Director of People and Culture
I love that every day is an adventure and I am always learning something new. No two days are the same as we are constantly finding new advancements and ways to reach more patients.
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Casey Brescia
Director of Site Relations
With BTC Network, Casey oversees the business development team and works closely with research sites and sponsors/CROs in several capacities. The BTC business development team dedicates their efforts towards increasing research sites’ clinical trial pipelines and profitability, while also streamlining the site selection process for sponsors/CROs.
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Natalie Shaw
Senior Business Development Coordinator
Bio Coming Soon
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Adam Schear
Senior Clinical Financial Analyst
Adam joined the contracts and budgets team at BTC Network by way of Atlanta, GA. Formerly he was a study coordinator for one of the leading hepatologists in the country. Given his experience at the site level, he understands his site’s needs and is able to contribute to their growth within the clinical trial industry. During his free time, he is enjoying getting acclimated to the New England lifestyle and is currently pursuing ice skating lessons.
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Chris Monaghan
Senior Clinical Financial Analyst
Chris is a financial analyst at BTC Network. Previously, he worked in credit and collections where his customer service skills were used to manage a large AR and protect company assets through contract review and negotiation. He utilizes his current and previous skills to maximize profitability for his clients and establish new relationships within the field of clinical research. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his two daughters, working on his house and watching the New England sports teams in action.
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Charlie Small
Therapeutic Strategy Lead I: Site and Patient Network
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Adrienne Salisbury
Senior Business Development Coordinator
Bio Coming Soon
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Joey Nguyen
Clinical Financial Analyst I
Joey joins the BTC Network Team from the government and non-profit sector. He prides himself in being a Jack of all trades, and has a background in research as early as 12 years old, working for Mass General Hospital as a lab technician. From managing a million dollars’ worth of government projects to handling customer service for his mother’s restaurant, he is always willing and eager to use his skills and experiences to advocate and help his clients. If he can find spare time, he volunteers his time supporting efforts in aiding and empowering his local and state communities. That and racing in Autocross events.
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Karen Lagasse
Clinical Financial Analyst II
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Sarah Pierce
Senior Business Development Coordinator
Bio Coming Soon
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Kirsten Joseph
Senior Business Development Coordinator
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Aya Soufan
Business Development Coordinator
Aya recently obtained her B.S. in Health Science from Bridgewater State University and is currently working to obtain her MBA in Management from Fitchburg State University. Prior to starting with us, she gained her vast experience working in the pharmaceutical industry as a Registered Pharmacy Technician. Then shortly after, she served as a coordinator for an Infectious Disease doctor. When she’s not drowning in her studies, Aya enjoys catching up on the latest business articles and spending time with her family.
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Tori Wallenburg
Senior Business Development Coordinator
Tori came to BTC Network with two years of experience helping research sites reach their business development goals by creating a steady and healthy trial pipeline. As a Senior Business Development Coordinator, Tori implements personalized business development strategies to assist sites with growing their research programs by cultivating relationships between site and pharmaceutical sponsors while streamlining the process for faster study startup.
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Edson Dasilva
Clinical Financial Analyst I
Edson has been with BTC Network for five months, coming to us with experience as an Accounting Professional and a United States Army Veteran. Edson is a great asset to our team, because of his analytical accounting background and his ability to adapt in multiple situations. He adds motivation and positivity to our office and provides our clients with customized research financial services for both their short term and long term needs. We are lucky to have him on our team!
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Michelle Ross
Staff Accountant
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Brian Sztuk
Clinical Financial Analyst I
A graduate from Bridgewater State University in Accounting and Finance, Brian was a Fraud Prevention Specialist before working for BTC Network, ensuring that no stone was left unturned. Brian brings this quality with him to BTC Network to maximize client satisfaction. Outside of work, he is a passionate hockey fan and often forgets that other sports exist.
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Andrew Gaynor
Clinical Trial Manager
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Joanne Smith
Clinical Trial Manager
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Kasi Bettencourt
Project Director
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Robert Sheik
Business Development Coordinator
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Fabiola Barthelemy
Clinical Financial Analyst I
Before starting at BTC Network, I worked as a General Liability Analyst, specializing in litigation. I have my BS in Finance and Healthcare Administration. Over the years of working professionally, I understood the importance of doing something that makes myself happy. Since then, I have found a passion in photography and spend my free time capturing precious moments of my family, friends and nature. One day to really dive into my photography and have a small business doing it professionally!
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Ashley Llamas
Operations Coordinator
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Edvina Mirkovic
Marketing Project Manager
Edvina implements new marketing strategies to increase patient recruitment for clinical research sites. She uses her clinical research background to assist with new marketing and patient recruitment and retention initiatives. “The most rewarding part of my job is spreading awareness about clinical trials and providing patients with new treatment options to improve their overall health.

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Dean Robinson
Clinical Trial Manager
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Hira Rehman
Regulatory Affairs Specialist
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Dave Farrar
Senior Clinical Financial Analyst
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Lindsey Stepanishen
Business Development Coordinator