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Management Team

Melissa Nichols, CCMA, CCRC

Director of Clinical Operations for Achieve Clinical Research, LLC. Mrs. Nichols is responsible for all clinical operations including site management and all aspects of clinical trial management, pre-study planning, contract proposal and development, investigator development and relations through successful study completion. Mrs. Nichols has been with the company since 2002. She is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator and been an active member of ACRP since 2004. She attended Virginia College in Birmingham, Alabama and obtained her certification as a Medical Assistant. Ms. Nichols’ previous roles within the company include Data Entry Manager, Outpatient Regulatory Manager, and Quality Assurance.

Shellie Talley

Business Development Manager for the Birmingham, AL site for Achieve Clinical Research, LLC. Shellie joined Achieve in 2007, and is responsible for all new trial activity and PI/Sub-I involvement.  From developing new relationships with Pharmaceutical & CRO sponsors to managing the wide range of existing sponsors, Ms. Talley also identifies which of the experienced PIs to utilize for each trial.  She is a Licensed Practical Nurse and has over 10 years experience in the medical field.

Ben Trevathan

Chief Executive Officer of Accel Clinical Services, LLC. In this role, Ben directs the strategic direction and operational development of the company. Ben joined Accel at the start of 2006 and brought extensive senior management experience in a number of service industries to our company. Ben earned his MBA with Honors from the University of Chicago and his BA in Economics with Honors from Northwestern University.

Andrea Schweizer

Accounting Manager of Accel Clinical Services, LLC. Andrea joined Accel in November 2008 and supports all Accel Research Companies and the respective financial activities. She comes to Accel with over 7 years experience at a private accounting firm. She is a Graduate of the University of North Florida with a Bachelors in Accounting.

Susan Calandra-Baron

Senior Director, Business Development. In this capacity, Susan is responsible for developing new relationships globally with pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients. Additionally, Susan focuses on strategic planning for Phase I Clinical Development as well as In-Hospital Clinical Trials. Susan comes to Accel with 23 years of success in the drug development space in a variety of positions from bench through global business development and is based in the North Carolina area.

Kelly Clement

Director, Business Development at Accel Clinical Services, LLC. Kelly joined Accel in 2005 and leads the efforts in identifying and obtaining new clinical research contracts by establishing, maintaining and enhancing relationships with industry sources for clinical trial information. She is the key facilitator for acquiring new clinical study opportunities and maintaining business relations for Accel Research sites. Kelly joined Accel with over 8 years of prior business and financial experience in negotiating and marketing to large corporations.

Angela Hammerle

Recruiting Manager at Accel Clinical Services,LLC. Angela is responsible for managing the recruiting call center for all Accel Research Sites.  Her team markets currently enrolling trials to potentially interested subjects and then respectively sets appointments for qualified subjects. Angela comes to Accel with over 12 years of clinical and operational experience in the medical industry. Angela brings first-hand knowledge of patient care and medical staffing that enables the recruiting team to consistently apply our strict processes and procedures while providing a great subject experience.