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The Klein Buendel Staff

Mary Buller, M.A.

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In addition to small business and research administration, Mary has more than 20 years of experience leading research projects to develop skin cancer prevention and nutrition education programs for school children, college students and adults using print, interpersonal training and the Internet. Her research has been funded by grants and contracts from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2006, Klein Buendel received the national Tibbetts Award for excellence and achievement in the Small Business Innovation Research program.

Prior to co-founding KB, Mary was president of Partners For Health Systems, Inc. (PHS), an affiliate of the AMC Cancer Research Center in Denver. Prior to PHS, Mary worked at the Arizona Cancer Center at the University of Arizona in Tucson for 11 years. From 1998 to 2001, she founded and directed the American Sun Protection Association (ASPA), a nonprofit trade association for the sun protection industry.

Mary is a member of the Colorado Public Health Association, the American Public Health Association, the International Communication Association, the American School Health Association, and the Society of Research Administrators. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Colorado Cancer Coalition and Chair of its Skin Cancer Task Force. She earned her Masters degree in Speech Communication from Texas Tech University in 1985 and her Bachelors degree in Communication from Michigan State University in 1983.

Adam Ashby
Multimedia Designer

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Adam earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and also briefly studied at the Colorado Film School. Prior to joining KB, Adam was employed at The Breakaway Group as a Multimedia Developer, which focused on healthcare IT education, and also worked as a freelancer where he specialized in Flash development, web design, motion graphics, and video editing. The projects Adam has worked on have been diverse in purpose, such as marketing, education, and entertainment, and have been diverse in content as well, from healthcare to decorative painting to motorcycles. Currently at KB, Adam works in web design with a strong emphasis in Flash development. He also assists in KB's video production.

Julia Berteletti
Project Coordinator

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Julia graduated with her Master's degree from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. She also earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Missouri. Prior to completing her graduate degree, she served as a Research Assistant at the Health Communication Research Laboratory at the Brown School. Julia joined KB as a Project Coordinator after completing a 4 month internship with the organization.

Erwin Bettinghaus, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist

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Former Dean of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University, Erv has been a leader in researching and teaching communication since the early 50's. He has served on several national advisory committees helping to guide the U.S. cancer programs and policies, including a presidential appointment to the National Cancer Advisory Board for the National Cancer Institute. His research interests include the use of the media to change behaviors, and the design and testing of persuasive messages. He has a particular concern with reducing tobacco use across the globe.

Rich Binder

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Rich received a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from San Diego State University. He transitioned to the IT field about 15 years ago, and has worked in developing computer-based and web-based training for personnel flying several aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, before coming to Klein Buendel.

David Buller, Ph.D.
Research Director

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David is an expert in health communication, conducting research sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since 1979. David was previously a Professor at the University of Arizona, a Senior Scientist at AMC Cancer Research Center, and the Harold Simmons Senior Scientist for Health Communication and Vice President of The Cooper Institute - Denver.

Many of David's current projects are centered on educating targeted groups about relatively small changes they can make in their lives that can save them from years of chronic illnesses. Avoiding extreme sun exposure, developing healthier eating habits, and avoiding cigarette smoke are the focus of some of David's most recent and successful programs. His Sunny Days Healthy Ways program has been recognized as a national resource for complying with the CDC and American Cancer Society's recommendations for skin cancer education.

Steven Damian
Data Coordinator

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Steven's bio will be here soon.

Andrea Dunn, Ph.D.

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Former Director of Behavioral Science Research at The Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas, Andrea earned her Doctorate in Exercise Science from the University of Georgia and was a post doctorate fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Andrea is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, a Fellow in the Society for Behavioral Medicine, and member of the American Academy of Health Behavior, American Public Health Association, International Society for Nutrition and Physical Activity, and Society for Community Research.

Andrea's research focuses on physical activity interventions and how they can be used to treat depression and prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Rachel Eye
Project Coordinator

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Rachel earned her Associate Degree in Business from Red Rocks Community College. She has worked as a Research Assistant with KB for several years focusing on skin cancer prevention and education. Her work has given her excellent experience for her current role as Project Coordinator at KB as well as the Chair of the Skin Cancer Task Force for the Colorado Cancer Coalition.

Steve Fullmer
Senior Graphic Designer

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Steve received a Fine Arts degree from Baylor University, with a concentration in Graphic Design. Before joining KB, he worked in the offset printing industry for five years doing computer graphics and production work. At KB, Steve designs graphics and oversees layout of print and digital-based projects.

Andy Grayson
Sr. Project Coordinator

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Chris Jakan
IT Manager

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Chris has worked in the IT field for over 15 years and is certified in Microsoft, Cisco and Novell. Prior to joining KB, he worked for AMC Cancer Research Center, where he designed and implemented network systems. He has extensive experience in setting up Internet connectivity, as well as web server administration.

Eric Jakan
Web Developer

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Eric has earned an Associate Degree in Graphic Art from the Community College of Denver as well as a Certificate in Multimedia Technology from Front Range Community College. At KB, Eric serves as project coordinator and webmaster for several KB project sites as well as assisting in the development and production of interactive CDs and web sites.

Tiffany Jerrod
Sr. Project Coordinator

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Jill Johnson
Office Administrator

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Jill has worked as an Administrative Assistant for many years at a variety of companies. She has been providing administration support for KB for over 10 years.

Alishia Kinsey
Grants Assistant

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Alishia will graduate from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a B.S. in Human Nutrition – Dietetics in December 2014. Previously, Alishia spent a summer as a research intern for the Section of Nutrition, Department of Pediatrics with University of Colorado’s School of Medicine. She has also participated in undergraduate research while studying at MSU Denver. In addition to her work at KB, Alishia spends time volunteering for various nutrition organizations and serves as a board member on the Denver Dietetic Association and MSU Denver’s nutrition club.

Dan Kramer
Data Coordinator

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Dan's Bio will appear shortly.

Lucia Liu, M.S., M.E.D.
Biostatistical Manager

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Lucia graduated from University of Massachusetts Amherst with Master's degrees in Educational Technology and Biostatistics. She previously worked at The Children’s Hospital in Denver, where she gained extensive experience in analyzing large complex clinical trial data. Lucia currently works as a Statistician at KB and is directly responsible for developing statistical programs and analyzing and interpreting data for health research.

Hansel Lopez
Programming Technician

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Laura McLaughlin
Compliance Coordinator

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Laura graduated from Colorado State University with a B.A. in Journalism and has worked in health-related research for over nine years. Her experience includes project development, coordination, quality control/process improvement, and regulatory compliance. Laura ensures compliance with regulatory policies under which all grants and contracts are awarded, including progress reports, data sharing, and final report requirements. Acting as the primary contact, Laura deals with all IRB submissions, approvals, and processes.

Val Myers

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Val is a licensed psychologist who earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Drexel University and completed her postdoctoral training in Clinical Health Psychology at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA. She was a faculty member in the Behavioral Medicine Laboratory at Pennington Biomedical from 2005-2012, and is currently an adjunct Associate Professor there. Her research focuses on behavioral interventions for weight-related chronic diseases including the use of behaviorally-based technological approaches (website, smartphones, telehealth, and interactive media) to deliver weight management, disordered eating, diabetes management, and physical activity interventions. The goal of her research is to develop effective treatments that can be delivered to real-world settings and meet the needs of undertreated populations.

Miranda Reilly
Proposal Coordinator

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Miranda graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Journalism. As a Proposal Coordinator at KB, Miranda helps in the formation of successful grant applications, copy-edits finalized works, and maintains KB's library of various publications.

Jeannyfer Reither
Senior Project Coordinator

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Jeanny Reither is a graduate from Universidad Iberoamericana-Mexico with a Masters in Social and Behavioral Science. She has over 7 years of social and clinical research experience. Prior joining KB, Jeanny worked for the VA Denver Medical Center, the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado and the University of Denver and served as Research Project Coordinator and Research Team Leader.

Wanda Rivera
Accounting Specialist I,

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James Shane
Programming Manager

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James, who has a B.S. in Computer Science and a Mathematics minor, is well suited for the job of Programming Manager. He brings to the position considerable experience as a database administrator, software support technician, and accessibility consultant from his time at Metropolitan State College of Denver. James is responsible for quickly resolving technical issues that may arise. He also develops and writes code for KB's multimedia projects including Solar Cell's UV protection app, a tablet data collection program for the Shade project, and many other software programs and interactive web sites used in our research projects.

Pam Stevens
Finance Director

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Pam graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, but has always been involved in handling finances. She came to KB from Duke University’s Center for Nicotine and Smoking Cessation Research where she handled the finances and grant management for almost six years. She's originally from Toledo, Ohio, and is a proud member of the Society of Research Administrators International.

Sophia Strickfaden
Research Assistant

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Sophia is a graduate from University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A. in Psychology. Her research experience prior to KB looked into teen truancy prevention in the Boulder area, kindergarten reading development, and musical tempos in relation to mood.

Sierra Svendsen
Research Assistant

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Barbara Walkosz, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist

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Prior to joining KB, Barbara was a Professor of Communication and the Associate Chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver. She began teaching at the University in 1997 and retired in December 2010. While Barbara's main focus is skin cancer prevention, her scholarship also focuses on health communication and education, social marketing, media literacy and civility. Barbara received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and her Master's degree from the University of Colorado Denver.

Gill Woodall, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist

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