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SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Special Treatment and Research (STAR) Health Center
STAR Health Center (SHC)
Susan Holman, RN, MS
Ms. Holman, STAR Program Research Director, has been involved in the research and care of HIV and related diseases for most of her career. She currently oversees the Women's Interagency HIV Study, HIV clinical trials, a retention in care study as well as other research projects at SUNY-DMC. She is also actively involved in STAR's international training projects. Prior to her tenure with STAR, Ms. Holman coordinated the Perinatal HIV Transmission Study. She also served four years as Project Director of the Obstetrical HIV Counseling/Testing/Care Initiative with the NYS AIDS Institute and is a founding and former board member of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. Ms. Holman is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine and is a NYS licensed adult nurse practitioner.
Barbara Driscoll, RN
Ms Driscoll, WIHS Study Coordinator, has been a Downstate employee since 1976. Prior to joining the SHC in 1991, she worked in the Department of OBS/GYN where she coordinated studies in women's health and family planning. She was the head nurse for SHC and the study coordinator for the Women's AIDS Cohort Study prior becoming the WIHS study coordinator in 1994.
Taryn Aulicino, BS
Ms. Aulicino joined the SHC as the Clinical Trials Coordinator in 2008 after working 25 years with SUNY-DMC's Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, as a Clinical Research Technologist. Prior to her tenure at SUNY-DMC, she worked as a Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Technologist as well an Infection Control Surveillance Officer at The College of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, New Jersey. Ms. Aulicino holds a BS in Medical Technology.
Angela Lomax, BA
Ms Lomax has been working with SUNY Downstate Medical Center for the last 21 years. Ms. Lomax's first three years of employment at Downstate was as a patient care assistant in which her core responsibilities involved assisting the operating room nurses. She joined the Women's AIDS Cohort Study in 1992 where she worked as a Research Support Specialist until the transition of WACS to WIHS in 1994. Currently Ms. Lomax oversees the day to day clinical operations of the WIHS program. In addition to working full time as the Womens Interagency HIV Study's Clinical Coordinator, Ms. Lomax is attending nursing school and is expected to graduate in 2010.
Marlene Feron, BA
Ms. Feron has been working in the field of HIV research since 1989. She began her career as a Research Technician at Cornell Medical Center in New York. She joined the WACS/WIHS Program as a study recruiter-interviewer in November 1992. She is currently employed part-time as a Clinical Research Associate.
Raldyne Charles, MA
Ms. Charles has been working with the Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) as a Clinical Research Associate since 2006. While working with WIHS, she was also the HIV counselor/tester for the emergency department rapid HIV testing program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center from 2007-2008. Ms. Charles attended Binghamton University where she obtained both her Bachelor and Master Degrees.
Ms. Latoni joined the SHC in 1998, as a Clinical Research Assistant for the WIHS. Prior to her tenure here, she worked at Kings County Hospital in the Family Planning Clinic.
Ms. McMillan joined the Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) in May of 1998. Ms. McMillan has been the lab technician for the WIHS study for the last eleven years. Prior to working on the WIHS project, she had the opportunity to work in virology on another HIV study. Ms. McMillan is currently pursuing a degree in health science from South University on-line program.
Anne Fortunat, BA
Ms. Fortunat recently joined WIHS as a Clinical Research Assistant where she administers study interviews and assists with study-related examinations. Ms. Fortunat earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Binghamton University in 2002. She previously worked as a caseworker providing protective services on behalf of children and their families involved in abuse, neglect and exploitation. Ms. Fortunat is fluent in English/French/Haitian Creole.
Jennifer Gilkes, BA
Ms. Gilkes also recently joined WIHS as a Clinical Research Assistant. Ms. Gilkes earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in multidisciplinary studies/health and wellness from Stony Brook University in 2006. Her previous experience includes working with developmentally and physically challenged patients as a patient aide and volunteering in the Physical Therapy Department at both SUNY-DMC and Brooklyn Hospital.