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Optimizing Clinical Research Programs for Healthcare Organizations

GuideStar experts bring a wealth of industry knowledge to your organization and help you incorporate clinical trial strategies to ensure financial and compliance best practices so you can focus on supporting patients.

Optimizing Clinical Research Programs for Healthcare Organizations

GuideStar experts bring a wealth of industry knowledge to your organization and help you incorporate clinical trial strategies to ensure financial and compliance best practices so you can focus on supporting patients.

GuideStar’s talented clinical research professionals deliver expertise to optimize:

›› Finance
›› Operations
›› Infrastructure
›› Staffing

›› Quality
›› Compliance
›› Strategy

Meet Our Team

The GuideStar research support team is your business advisor and partner in strategically assessing your goals and positioning your department for success. Whether your aim is to create, enhance or expand the research function, our experts will support you and your team in any aspect of your department’s operation.

GuideStar Operations

Maria M. Chester, RN, BSN, OCN, CCRP

Vice President, Operations

Maria came to GuideStar with more than 15 years of experience in healthcare, and 11 years of experience in clinical research. Before serving as Vice President, Operations at GuideStar, Maria began her career in clinical research at the LSUHSC Scott Cancer Center as the Lead CRA for the MB-CCOP as well as Research Nurse at Ochsner Medical Center-Kenner, then Clinical Research Director for a 3-hospital consortium. Her zeal for research and diverse knowledge make her an asset to GuideStar and our sites. She holds a BSN from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center.

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John Tiley, MS-HCM

Research Finance Specialist

John came to GuideStar Research with more than 5 years of experience in clinical research at Ochsner Medical Center. As Research Finance Specialist, he enjoys working with clients and sponsors building coverage analyses and negotiating budgets and contracts. John holds a BS in Biological Science, BA in Spanish from Southeast Louisiana University, and an MS in Healthcare Management from the University of New Orleans.

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Steven Sands, CHRC

Senior Research Finance Specialist

Steven has spent the better part of the last decade working as a clinical research professional in various positions. This includes time spent as a study coordinator for a small oncology practice, a protocol monitor/data manager for a mid-sized CRO, and as a study coverage and compliance analyst for a large institution. Steven utilizes his diverse professional background and compliance skillset to build coverage analyses and negotiate budgets for sites around the country.

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Greg Bujak

Senior Research Finance Specialist

Greg comes to GuideStar with 12+ years of experience in research finance and coverage analysis. He also has 6 years of experience in clinical research operations, working with research data, study design, protocol implementation and regulatory management. Greg holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from The University of Rochester, and a Master’s of Science in Health Care Administration from the University of Maryland.

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GuideStar Consulting

Allison Chidestar

Site Development Coordinator

Allison initiated her career within the industry by gaining site-level clinical research experience prior to joining GuideStar Research. She served as a Clinical Trial Assistant, completing regulatory processing and data management, at an award-winning clinical research site in the Raleigh area. Her passion is to impart knowledge gained in her previous roles to offer support to hospitals and health systems in their research endeavors.

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ClinX Team

Christian Burns

Managing Partner

Christian’s passion for clinical research began when he first participated in a clinical trial at a young age. Since then, his fascination with the industry and entrepreneurial spirit has continually pushed him to find ways to transform and improve upon existing processes, from site operations and management to digital marketing and technology. Through his leadership of GuideStar and its two sister companies, BTC Network and ClinEdge, Christian continues to expand much needed services and offer more innovative solutions within the clinical research space.

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Al Peters

Managing Partner

Al has been an innovator within the clinical research industry for nearly two decades. His notable leadership achievements and knack for spotting industry inefficiencies has helped shape new categories within the field of clinical research. His leadership at GuideStar and its two sister companies, BTC Network and ClinEdge, has contributed to the disruption of the current site landscape by providing much needed research clinic and patient-centric services. Looking to the future, he hopes to continue supporting innovative ideas to improve inefficiencies at the site level.

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Joan Chambers

Vice President of Marketing & Strategy

With 20+ years of experience in the health life sciences, Joan is 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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Scott Palmese

Vice President Site Networks

Prior to joining the GuideStar leadership team, Scott held a variety of responsibilities at the research site level. He helps to administer strategic oversight of the operations of the GuideStar team and provides guidance for the continued growth of the company. He specializes in operations, business development and financial management for research sites.

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Ashley Eldridge

Director of Marketing & Design

As Design and Marketing Director Ashley works with GuideStar and its two sister companies to grow brand awareness and marketing exposure using strategic creative methods. After spending nearly a decade working in design and marketing for start-ups and growing companies in the clinical trials industry, Ashley knows what truly drives new business, partnerships, awareness and creativity in this industry. Success does not start or end with just one method, it’s about understanding and solving problems by intimately connecting with our customers and communicating with them at their level.

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Meg McCann

Director of People & Culture

Meg came to ClinEdge with a background in communications and sales, driving her ability to thrive as Director of People and Culture. Meg’s knowledge and utilization of multiple communication styles has aided in propelling the human resources department to grow with our employees in making sure we are competitive and driving success into the business. Meg loves working directly with people and making their professional careers flourish through a variety of avenues, one being their success with GuideStar, ClinEdge and BTC Network.

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Lori Rich

Vice President of Finance

Lori is the leader of the accounting team at GuideStar. 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 downtime she enjoys traveling, attending local events and spending time with family and friends.

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Bob Place

Director of Technology

Bob joined GuideStar with over 20 years of experience in Information Technology with a background in software development and enterprise application management. As Director of Technology, he is focused on process improvement and operational efficiency. Bob is also an active musician and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston.

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Christian Burns

Managing Partner

Christian’s passion for clinical research began when he first participated in a clinical trial at a young age. Since then, his fascination with the industry and entrepreneurial spirit has continually pushed him to find ways to transform and improve upon existing processes, from site operations and management to digital marketing and technology. Through his leadership of GuideStar and its two sister companies, BTC Network and ClinEdge, Christian continues to expand much needed services and offer more innovative solutions within the clinical research space.

Al Peters

Managing Partner

Al has been an innovator within the clinical research industry for nearly two decades. His notable leadership achievements and knack for spotting industry inefficiencies has helped shape new categories within the field of clinical research. His leadership at GuideStar and its two sister companies, BTC Network and ClinEdge, has contributed to the disruption of the current site landscape by providing much needed research clinic and patient-centric services. Looking to the future, he hopes to continue supporting innovative ideas to improve inefficiencies at the site level.

Lori Rich

Director of Finance & Accounting

Lori is the leader of the accounting team at GuideStar. 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 downtime she enjoys traveling, attending local events and spending time with family and friends.

Scott Palmese

Vice President Site Networks

Prior to joining the GuideStar leadership team, Scott held a variety of responsibilities at the research site level. He helps to administer strategic oversight of the operations of the GuideStar team and provides guidance for the continued growth of the company. He specializes in operations, business development and financial management for research sites.

Ashley Eldridge

Director of Marketing & Design

As Design and Marketing Director Ashley works with GuideStar and its two sister companies to grow brand awareness and marketing exposure using strategic creative methods. After spending nearly a decade working in design and marketing for start-ups and growing companies in the clinical trials industry, Ashley knows what truly drives new business, partnerships, awareness and creativity in this industry. Success does not start or end with just one method, it’s about understanding and solving problems by intimately connecting with our customers and communicating with them at their level.

Meg McCann

Director of People & Culture

Meg came to ClinEdge with a background in communications and sales, driving her ability to thrive as Director of People and Culture. Meg’s knowledge and utilization of multiple communication styles has aided in propelling the human resources department to grow with our employees in making sure we are competitive and driving success into the business. Meg loves working directly with people and making their professional careers flourish through a variety of avenues, one being their success with GuideStar, ClinEdge and BTC Network.

Ross Golen

Associate Director of Business Development & Finance​

Ross came to GuideStar with more than 10 years of experience in Business Development/ Account Management. As the Associate Director of Business Development, he focuses on collaborating with research organizations, identifying pain points, offering solutions and inciting growth. Ross’ path to Clinical Research began with a public challenge to shave his beard, which snowballed into a shave-a-thon tradition that has raised over $10 million dollars for pancreatic cancer research to date.

Bob Place

Director of Technology

Bob joined GuideStar with over 20 years of experience in Information Technology with a background in software development and enterprise application management. As Director of Technology, he is focused on process improvement and operational efficiency. Bob is also an active musician and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Sean Walsh

Director of Site Development

Sean brings over 20 years of Medical Management experience to GuideStar and has a key interest in strategic design and implementation of clinical research sites. He has served as an Operational Chief for multi-specialty medical centers and health systems and has vast experience integrating clinical research operations into medical practices. Sean has led an award winning clinical research site to 13 drug approvals among his many other achievements in this industry.