Kathleen Hurtado was named Chief Executive Officer of Health Research Association, a University of Southern California subsidiary dedicated to providing full-service clinical trial support to USC faculty, in August 2004. An experienced senior executive in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, Ms. Hurtado has spent her career successfully developing, marketing and selling ethical pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining HRA she served as the Director of Operations at the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group at Duke University. Kathleen began her career as a pediatric oncology pharmacist at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Ms. Hurtado was educated at the University of Houston, where she earned her B.S. in pharmacy. Ms. Hurtado is affiliated with numerous organizations, including the American College of Healthcare Executives, Board of Councilors the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy, Board of Directors of Priority Healthcare Corporation, Board of Directors for the Westside Family Center and a volunteer at the Downtown Women’s Center. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, biking, reading, and spending time with her dogs and family.
Kelly Willenberg is the owner of Kelly Willenberg, LLC. Kelly has a vast array of knowledge and works with a variety of research compliance advocates to meet the needs of her clients. Kelly has an extensive background in clinical trials management and research compliance, including all aspects of billing compliance. She has nearly 30 years of clinical research experience, 15 of which are in billing compliance. She is an experienced oncology nurse and has presented at events held by HCCA, ONS, ASCO, AHLA, MAGI, ExL Pharma and other professional organizations. She helped write the Research Compliance Professional’s Handbook for the Healthcare Compliance Association (HCCA). She also is serving as an editor for the 3rd edition of the ONS Manual for Clinical Trials Nursing and is authoring a variety of chapters in that publication. She is certified in Healthcare Research Compliance (CHRC) and Healthcare Compliance (CHC), and is a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP). For more than 12 years, Kelly worked at Vanderbilt University Medical Center as both the Director of Billing Compliance and as the Director of the Clinical Trials Office for the Cancer Center. She has owned her own consulting business for the past six years.