Our Staff

Karen G. Lessin, B.A., M.B.A., Chief Executive Officer and Compliance Officer

Karen G. Lessin serves as KGL Skin Study Center’s Chief Executive and Compliance Officer. She is the former Senior Vice President for Audit, Compliance, Risk Management, and HIPAA Privacy of Independence Blue Cross, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; a $10 billion company. During her 28-year tenure, she created and managed a multi-functional, integrated, corporate and IT audit, compliance and anti-fraud department. She implemented and directed HIPAA, Medicare/Medicaid and organization-wide compliance programs.

Stuart R. Lessin, M.D., Medical Director

Stuart R. Lessin, M.D. serves as KGL Skin Study Center’s Medical Director. He is a board-certified dermatologist with over 30 years of laboratory and clinical research experience including topical drug development and testing; from IND to NDA submission. He was a NIH funded laboratory investigator at the University of Pennsylvania and served as the Director of Dermatology at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he created and directed clinical care programs and a clinical trial program testing topical therapies. He is the third generation of Penn-trained dermatologists to serve as medical director at KGL.

Michelle C. Golding, M.A. CCRC, Managing Director of Clinical Research

Michelle C. Golding serves as KGL Skin Study Center’s Managing Director of Clinical Research. Michelle is certified clinical research coordinator (CCRC) through the Association of Research Professionals (ACRP).  She has training in microbiology and immunology with over ten years of experience in laboratory and clinical research. She directs the operations of all KGL clinical trials.

Kyle Bramble, Clinical Research Coordinator

Kyle Bramble serves as a Clinical Research Coordinator with over five years of laboratory and clinical experience.  He provides trial management for pharmaceutical, consumer product and safety RIPT studies.

Melanie Chappell, B.S., Database Coordinator & Chief Microbiology Lab Technician

Melanie Chappell serves as a research technician and KGL Skin Study Center’s Database Coordinator. She has over twenty years of laboratory and clinical research experience including patch testing and expert grading. She coordinates database entry and queries for study recruitment.

Sheri FitzGerald, Research Assistant

Sheri Fitzgerald serves as a Research Assistant with over fifteen years of clinical research experience and provides clinical trial support including recruitment, scheduling and data collection.  Sheri also administers all accounts payable/receivable, payroll and clinical trial payments.

Jennifer Garafolo, Research Assistant

Jennifer Garafolo serves as a Medical Research Assistant and is a certified phlebotomist and ECG technician. She has over ten years of clinical research experience and provides clinical trial support including photography, data collection, data entry and quality control.

Taylor Connor, B.S., Medical Research Assistant

Taylor Connor serves as a Medical Research Assistant and is a certified phlebotomist and ECG technician.

Elisa D’Angelo, Research Assistant

Elisa D’Angelo serves as a Research Assistant with over ten years of clinical research experience and provides clinical trial support including data collection, data entry and quality control.

Robin Fein, Research Assistant

Robin Fein serves as a Research Assistant with two years of clinical research experience and provides clinical trial support including data collection, data entry, quality control, copy editing and clinical writing.

Bernadette Lonergan, Research Assistant

Bernadette Lonergan serves as a Research Assistant with over fifteen years of clinical research experience and provides clinical trial support including recruitment, scheduling and data collection.

Marie Windle, Research Assistant

Marie Windle serves as a Research Assistant with over ten years of clinical research experience and provides clinical trial support including recruitment and scheduling.

Joanne Cellini, Research Assistant

Joanne Cellini serves as a Research Assistant with two years of clinical research experience and provides clinical trial support including recruitment, scheduling and data collection.

Carol Lloyd, Research Assistant

Carol Lloyd serves as a Research Assistant with two years of clinical research experience and provides clinical trial support including recruitment, scheduling and data collection.