Staff

The interdisciplinary staff at the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center contributes immeasurably to the successful operations of our health care services and clinical research.

Michael Kinsella
Administrator
After graduating from the University of Vermont with a degree in neuroscience, Mr. Kinsella worked as a Clinical Research Associate with an oncology research group at Case Western Reserve University. He subsequently worked as a research manager in the Behavioral Medicine Division at Columbia University Medical Center. He currently serves as administrator for the Research Center, overseeing operations, staffing and grant applications.

Jimmy Akrivos, MA
Data Manager
A doctoral candidate in the clinical/translational research program, Mr. Akrivos joined the ADRC in October 2010 from Dr. Haroutunian’s Program Project Grant where he had worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator since 2007. Currently, he is a data manager for the national longitudinal study on memory and aging through the National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center (NACC), under the supervision of Dr. Xiaodong Luo. His responsibilities include data storage, cataloguing and tracking and maintaining a smooth channel of data submission and data checking for the NACC.

Allison Ardolino, MA
Research Coordinator
After Ms. Ardolino received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Monmouth University, she worked as a research assistant in the Center for Human and Social Development at the College of St. Elizabeth. She then went on to receive her Master’s degree in General Psychology with a specialization in Neuroscience from NYU. During her Master’s program, she worked in the BODyLab at NYU Langone Medical Center, at which time she completed her thesis involving the effect of the Metabolic syndrome on memory. At the ADRC, she is the lead coordinator on the TOMM40 and Merck Epoch studies. She also administers neuropsychological testing for a national longitudinal study on memory and aging through the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center (NACC).

Kirsten Evans, BS
Research Coordinator
Ms. Evans received her BS from Utica College in 2016, majoring in biology with a minor in Chemistry. Ms. Evans joined the ADRC in early 2017 where she is currently the lead coordinator on the MAD Project (Memory And Diabetes)– a multi-site study with the James J. Peters VA Medical Center and Mount Sinai studying the correlation between Type 2 Diabetes and cognitive impairments, particularly, Alzheimer’s disease in the minority population. Her roles include recruitment, performing phlebotomy techniques and administering neuropsychological testing for ADRC studies.

Jonathan “Yoni” Greenberg, BA
Research Coordinator
Mr. Greenberg has been a clinical research coordinator at the ADRC since July 2016. He graduated Yeshiva University in 2014 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Semitic languages. Before joining Mount Sinai, he volunteered as a research assistant in the Epilepsy division at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. There he helped recruit patients with intractable focal and generalized seizures into a variety of studies and clinical drug trials. Jonathan currently serves as the lead coordinator on two studies sponsored by USC’s Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute: the Study of Nasal Insulin to Fight Forgetfulness (SNIFF) and the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI3).

Caroline Meuser, BA
Research Coordinator 
Caroline Meuser, BA, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015 with a degree in Communication. Ms. Meuser began volunteering at the ADRC during the spring of 2018 and became a clinical research coordinator in the fall.  She serves as the lead coordinator on the Pegasus Study, a trial recruiting people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or Mild Cognitive Impairment to evaluate the safety and tolerability of the drug AMX0035. She also administers neuropsychological testing for a national longitudinal study on memory and aging.

Kelly Pun, BA
Research Coordinator
Ms. Pun, BA, graduated from New York University in 2013 with a degree from the Gallatin School of Individualized Studies. Through her concentration entitled, "The Biopsychosocial Approach to Medicine," she studied psychology and sociology in relation to the biological sciences. Ms. Pun has worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator since June of 2013 and serves as lead coordinator of the A4 Study, a prevention trial recruiting healthy individuals interested in assessing their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. She also administers neuropsychological testing for a national longitudinal study on memory and aging through the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center (NACC) and assists with Outreach, Recruitment and Education Core programs.

Faye Sheppard, BS
Research Coordinator
Faye Sheppard received a BS in Psychology and a BS in Behavioral Neuroscience from Lehigh University in 2018. She also received a minor in Health, Medicine, and Society. Ms. Sheppard works as a Clinical Research Coordinator for the ADRC working primarily for the national longitudinal study on memory and aging.

YoneJung Yoon, PhD
Neuroscientist
Dr. Yoon earned her doctorate in 2010 at the University of Vermont and was a postdoctoral fellow at Weill Cornell Medical College in 2013. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Neuroscience under the supervision of Nikolaos Robakis, PhD. Her research interests include the characterization of molecular and cellular mechanisms in vascularization structural changes after brain damage in Alzheimer's disease. Her studies involve basic molecular and cellular sciences that have near-term translational value because we focus on the function of presenilins and y-secretase which are key effectors of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Yoon is the PI of ADRC Project 3, "Effects of Type 2 Diabetes and Alzheimer disease on angiogenesis and angiogenic complexes."

Nelly Velasco, BS
Ms. Velasco originally began working at the ADRC as a summer intern in 2015 and her presentation was based on the research of amyloid plaque and tau protein and its use as a neuroimaging tool to diagnose AD. She graduated from Lehigh University with a BS in Psychology and a minor in Health, Medicine, and Society in 2017. After graduation, she began working as a clinical research coordinator at the ADRC. She is the coordinator on the TANSNIP H2H study which examines the effect of cardiovascular risk factors on cognitive functioning. In addition, she administers neuropsychological testing for a national longitudinal study on memory and aging through the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center (NACC) in both English and Spanish, while also recruiting participants from the community and attending outreach events.