About SCHARP

Our goal at SCHARP is to create an environment where world-class talent comes to build a world-class organization.

Dedicated to the core values of scientific excellence, innovation, collaboration, community and respect, SCHARP believes we are improved and strengthened by our collective diversity. We respect the contributions of staff, customers, partners, and study participants.

SCHARP is committed to maintaining the highest standard of ethics, integrity and quality in conducting our work in accordance with best practices. We strive to function as a team, grounded in mutual support, caring and inclusiveness. To that end, we have organized employee teams to foster a culture of inclusivity and continual growth and improvement.

Motivated by the goal of creating a high-impact learning environment, SCHARP encourages employees to gain new skills and experiences by taking advantage of conferences, workshops, trainings and other professional development opportunities both on and off campus.

SCHARP Team working together
SCHARP / Statistical Center for HIV/AIDS Research & Prevention at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

SCHARP Leadership

 

Peter Guarino

Peter Guarino, Executive Director

As the Director of SCHARP, Dr. Guarino manages overall operations and provides leadership, direction and oversight to SCHARP and SCHARP’s Senior Management Team. Dr. Guarino partners with the Fred Hutch faculty and Statistical and Data Management Center investigators to set SCHARP’s strategic goals to ensure the clinical trials SCHARP supports are managed according to our highest quality standards.

He is committed to maintaining SCHARP’s reputation as a globally recognized statistical and data management center. He is also dedicated to fostering a rewarding and inspiring workplace environment that develops and empowers staff, promotes a healthy work-life balance, and is mission focused.

Dr. Guarino’s past work includes 15 years with the Department of Veterans Affairs Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center in West Haven, Connecticut, where he served 5 years as director. He is also an Associate Clinical Professor of Biostatistics at Yale University School of Public Health.

Gisele Desrochers

Jason Walton, Managing Director

Jason serves as the operational leader of the organization working in close collaboration with the SCHARP Executive Director, departmental managers and directors, and the Senior Management Team. He provides direction and oversight to strategic planning, protocol and program support, partner engagement and management, project and product management, and process improvement.

He helps build a highly engaged workforce assisting staff to realize their full potential, and the organization to be a world-class statistical and data management center.

Jason brings over 15 years of global health and systems thinking to organizational performance and operational management. 

Gisele Desrochers

Gisele Desrochers, Director

Quality Assurance

In her role as the Director of Quality Assurance, Gisele provides leadership, direction and oversight of SCHARP’s quality management systems and quality assurance and regulatory compliance activities in accordance with regulations, guidelines and standards governing the clinical trials industry.

As a member of the Senior Management Team, Gisele works with SCHARP leadership to develop QA department and SCHARP wide strategies, infrastructure, policies, and standards that support SCHARPs vision, mission, and goals.

Gisele is the primary contact for regulatory inspections and third-party client audits, and she is responsible for supporting SCHARP continuous quality improvement activities.  She is committed to the enhancement of her department and the satisfaction of her employees.

Kristine Donaty

Kristine Donaty, Director

Clinical Data Management

Kris provides strategic, organizational and operational management and guidance to SCHARP’s Clinical Data Management Unit, a dedicated team of clinical data managers, coordinators, and electronic data capture (EDC) system programmers.

Kris works to foster and promote the long-term development of the Clinical Data Management Unit in close collaboration with team managers and staffs. She helps ensure that the clinical data management services for SCHARP meet all  protocol and regulatory.

As a member of SCHARP’s Senior Management Team, Kris collaborates with the other directors to create and implement overall organizational vision and strategic direction for SCHARP and helps guide the organization’s clinical data management operations and strategic initiatives. 

Alexis Katsis

Alexis Katsis, Director

Lab Data Management

Alexis provides strategic, organizational and operational management and guidance to SCHARP’s Lab Data Management Unit, a dedicated team of lab data and management professionals.

A veteran of the NIH, the CDC, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Alexis is committed to adopting new and forward-thinking practices, technologies and tools to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and regulatory compliance of the unit.

As a member of SCHARP’s Senior Management Team Alexis collaborates with the other senior managers to create and implement overall organizational vision and strategic direction for SCHARP. She is dedicated to growing her employees by fostering the long-term development of her team.

Matt Martin

Matt Martin, Director

Technology Support Services

Matt manages SCHARP’s Technology Support Services team, who are responsible for software development, system support and operations, and system administration within SCHARP’s information technical infrastructure.

A member of SCHARP’s Senior Management Team, Matt also provides technical leadership and guidance on long-term strategic planning technology roadmap development and day-to-day operational issues. During his tenure at SCHARP, Matt has aligned our IT operations with industry best practices.  

Kate Ostbye

Kate Ostbye, Director

Programming  

Kate leads and manages SCHARP’s Programming Teams. She provides oversight and mentorship to a dedicated team of lab, clinical and statistical programmers as well as SCHARP’s CDISC and data standards program. Kate is committed to continual process and infrastructure improvements and implementation of best coding and programming practices. She is dedicated to fostering and promoting the long-term development of her team.

As a member of SCHARP’s Senior Management Team, Kate also collaborates with other senior managers to create and implement SCHARP’s overall organizational vision and strategic direction.

Amber Randall

Amber Randall, Director

Data Analytics 

In her role as the Senior Manager of SCHARP’s Data Analytics Unit, Amber provides strategic, organizational and operational management and oversight for a team of dedicated biostatisticians and statistical research associates.

Amber works to foster and promote the long-term development of the Data Analytics Unit, works closely with the SCHARP Director, Senior Management Team, and Statistical Managers to contribute to the advancement of SCHARP, and improve the operational effectiveness of the unit.

As a member of SCHARP’s Senior Management Team, Amber collaborates with SCHARP leadership to create and implement overall organizational vision and strategic direction for SCHARP.

SCHARP Community

When you're part of the SCHARP team, you're part of a community. We go to bat for each other, we're on the same team, and we care. We're here to do great things together.

Opportunities for Growth and Fun

SCHARP has created a high-impact learning environment. Employees gain new skills and experiences by attending trainings and conferences. Onsite, Fred Hutch offers talks and seminars as well as numerous opportunities for staff training and development.

While we take our work seriously, we also take time along the way to enjoy ourselves and build community. We host a variety of events throughout the year, including scientific and social issues talks, rooftop ice cream socials, holiday parties, picnics, happy hours and potluck social hours.

SCHARP Gives Back

SCHARP is committed to having a positive impact in the world, beyond our contribution through work. Our team regularly volunteers and conducts fundraisers to support various HIV/AIDS-related charities, both locally and around the world.

Dzama Community in Malawi

In May 2004 SCHARP staff began providing financial support to the Dzama community in Malawi. Dzama is a village populated with over 100 orphans, many of whom were orphaned because of HIV. These children are in great need of basic assistance such as food, clothing, and school supplies.

SCHARP regularly donates proceeds from our fundraisers to the Dzama community. Our efforts have provided Dzama's residents with everything from a new schoolhouse with solar lighting, to goats, wool blankets, clothing, books, food, seeds, leased land, new pit latrines, and a bore hole for fresh water.

United Way of King County

SCHARP staff regularly volunteer at the United Way of King County’s Day of Caring and the MLK Day of Service events, where we help build a local community where people have homes, students graduate and families are financially stable and honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of compassion and service to others.