Our Leadership

This is our team – Passionate, hard-working people helping our clients improve the landscape of global human health.

CenExel Clinical Research

Stuart Goldblatt

Stuart Goldblatt

Chief Executive Officer

Stuart Goldblatt brings a wealth of knowledge and an array of experiences within pharmaceutical research, and he is an accomplished and proven senior executive in life sciences with more than 30 years of experience specifically within pharmaceutical research. He has leadership responsibilities for all aspects of CenExel including the development of strategies, goals, policies, and achievement of financial goals and growth.

Prior to joining CenExel, Goldblatt was President and CEO of Cliantha Research North America. Cliantha Research is a mid-sized, full-service contract research organization (CRO) that provides comprehensive and integrated research offerings in both early and late phase studies. Prior to Cliantha, Goldblatt served as Chief of Staff, Organizational Effectiveness, reporting to the CEO of LabCorp Drug Development (Covance), where he led sales management and operational delivery improvements to exceed customer and corporate expectations via comprehensive and cross-functional strategies.

Before LabCorp/Covance, Goldblatt spent two decades at Quintiles (IQVIA) as Vice President in a variety of senior leadership roles, including Chief of Staff, Global Operations and Implementation Management, Global Integration, Head of Global Resourcing Center of Excellence, Global Strategy and Initiative Management, Head of Global Proposal Management, Head of Global Records and Information Management, and Customer Account Management. Prior to Quintiles, he helped develop and grow a large national Site Management Organization (SMO) serving clinical research.

Steve Killian

Steve Killian

Chief Financial Officer

Steve Killian leads and contributes to highly effective healthcare organizations. He is dedicated to being a forward-thinking senior executive and committed to work efforts that allow cultivation of expertise in all aspects of operational and financial management. Steve possesses excellent financial, communication, and problem-solving skills with a team-driven focus. He’s a big picture and results-oriented, visible leader with success in building up executive teams for execution of growth strategies.

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Ashley Parish

Chief Sales Officer

Ashley Parish, Chief Sales Officer of CenExel is a seasoned life sciences’ sales leader with over 24 years of experience.

In her role, Ashley focuses on propelling sustainable company sales growth, exploring new customer markets, and cultivating a high-performing sales team that consistently meets targets. Her approach to business is shaped by the principles instilled by her father during his extensive four-decade sales career: kindness and honesty with customers lead to success. Ashley’s career spans the CRO industry, with notable positions at ICON, Covance (Fortrea), IQVIA, and her most recent role at Teckro, a startup technology company from Ireland that concentrates on enhancing site engagement in clinical research.

Ashley’s executive leadership roles cover strategic alliance management, pricing strategies, team building, prospecting, and consultative selling. Commencing her career in clinical operations and corporate training equipped her with a solid foundation to comprehend customer needs and address challenges with tailored solutions. Her clientele includes diverse entities, ranging from large and midsize pharmaceutical companies to small biotech firms and CROs.

Throughout her career, Ashley has earned numerous accolades for exceeding sales targets, receiving multiple Chairman’s awards, President’s awards, and BD of the Year recognition. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Ashley holds a degree in Psychology.

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Sandra Woodlief

Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

Sandra Woodlief serves as Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at CenExel. In this role, Sandra is responsible for aligning CenExel’s corporate mission with strategic marketing activities to effectively communicate the company’s value proposition to customers. Additionally, she is responsible for patient recruitment and engagement, external thought leadership, reputation management, and media relations.

With over 25 years of experience in life sciences communications—both in corporate and agency settings—Sandra has continuously succeeded in advancing business goals through strategic, integrated commercial, and corporate brand initiatives.

Before joining CenExel, Sandra was Global Head of Marketing at Median Technologies, an innovative medical imaging company. Her career journey also includes a decade at IQVIA , the world’s largest provider of advanced analytics, technology solutions, and clinical research services. During this time, Sandra held various leadership roles, spearheading global enterprise marketing initiatives addressing all phases of clinical development and drug commercialization. Prior to her tenure at IQVIA, Sandra served as a strategic marketing partner across a broad spectrum of industries, including: technology, energy, finance, and healthcare. Her contributions have significantly impacted the advancement of renowned brands worldwide.

Sandra is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Communications and Mass Media. Her academic foundation, extensive marketing leadership experience, and strategic vision make her a driving force in shaping CenExel’s corporate marketing and communications strategy to achieve sustained growth and success.

Andrew Birschbach

Andrew Birschbach

VP, Corporate Development & Strategic Finance

Andrew is a strategic finance professional with experience spanning Fortune 10 public companies to growth-stage, private-equity-backed businesses. His experience includes mergers and acquisitions, business development, operational financial modeling, budgeting, and analysis. Most recently, he was a manager of finance at Alignment Healthcare, an innovative, information-enabled Medicare Advantage company where he provided detailed operational modeling, forecast scenario analysis, analysis for new market expansion, and M&A opportunity evaluation. Prior to Alignment, he was a mergers and acquisitions Senior Associate at UnitedHealth Group’s Corporate Development & Strategy Team.

Mark Trimble, SPHR

Mark Trimble, SPHR

VP, Human Resources & Administration

Mark is a Human Resources Executive with 20+ years of experience in HR operations and management. Throughout his career he has provided leadership and guidance in the conceptualization, implementation, and management of HR strategies, organizations, programs, and policies. Mark has held several corporate HR leadership positions within the HR outsourcing, life sciences, and healthcare industries.

In his most recent role, prior to joining CenExel, Mark held the position of Regional Vice President of HR Operations for Oasis Outsourcing, a global leader in the Professional Employer Organization industry. In this position, Mark drove positive change through day-to-day operational and financial leadership and competitively evolved HR service offerings for clients in the healthcare and manufacturing industries.

As an HR executive with a strong business acumen, Mark has successfully implemented people-based solutions and the HR function to ensure achievement of corporate business goals. As both an HR strategist and hands-on practitioner, Mark’s areas of expertise include culture alignment and change management, employment law and regulatory compliance, compensation planning, team building, business process and policy formation, talent engagement, and HR consulting.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from BYU and is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Hollie DeSmet

Hollie DeSmet

VP, Regulatory and Quality Assurance

Hollie DeSmet serves as the Vice President of Regulatory and Quality Assurance at CenExel. In her role she leverages her knowledge of CFR, ICH GCP, and FDA Guidance to ensure good clinical practice, focusing on safe, ethical, and high-quality research across CenExel sites.

Hollie joined the Cenexel team from the first site acquired where she held the position of Director of Quality and Compliance. She has a deep familiarity with all CenExel sites and enjoys collaborating with key personnel to oversee the development and implementation of CenExel Standard Operating Procedures, including consistent training practices, quality assurance procedures, and best regulatory practices. She firmly believes that communication is the key to consistency and consistency is the key to quality. Hollie has a passion for swift regulatory processing to ensure a fast-paced study start-up and producing the highest quality data possible for successful study execution.

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David Chia

VP, IT & Application Development

David Chia oversees IT strategy, implementation, and operations at CenExel – as well as driving the adoption of new technologies, information security, data analytics, and system industry compliance.

David is a 26-year technology leader experienced in IT consulting, development, analytics, and operations. Over the last 13 years he has worked in progressive leadership roles at HCA Healthcare, overseeing IT hospital operations and division application development for 19 hospitals and physician practices over 5 western states. He has received several accolades for his efforts including Innovator of the Year for development of several IT applications and data tools.

David is a graduate of Brigham Young University with degrees in MIS and an MBA. His passion, execution and servant leadership drive him to partner across CenExel to improve the delivery of studies and care through innovation and technology.

Judy Montero, PsyD

Judy Montero, PsyD

Director, Clinical Assessments

Dr. Montero has a doctorate degree in clinical psychology with concentration in neuropsychology. Prior to entering the pharmaceutical industry in 2002, she worked in a multidisciplinary clinical setting providing psychological services and conducting neuropsychological assessments to heterogeneous populations, including assisting with the diagnosis, development, and implementation of behavioral interventions for children and adults with various disorders.

Judy started in this industry working as a rater and sub-investigator for a large South Florida network of research sites. Over nearly a decade, she participated in numerous clinical trials, developed inter-rater reliability programs and supervised the rater team. This on-site experience was invaluable in her role as a Lead Clinical Scientist with Syneos Health’s Clinical Surveillance & Training group.

During the 10 years working for this large Contract Research Organization, Judy developed rater training and data monitoring programs to ensure quality efficacy outcomes for psychiatric and neurologic studies in multiple indications, including Parkinson’s disease, Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia and mood disorders. Dr. Montero is fully bilingual in English and Spanish with extensive experience administering clinical assessments and conducting training presentations in both languages.

Faye Mitchell

Faye Mitchell

Director, Patient Recruitment

Faye is an experienced customer service and operations leader with over 15 years of experience in pharmaceutical and biotech contact center operations. Innovative and results-driven, Faye’s passion is designing, implementing, and continually enhancing best-in-class contact center programs while being passionate about healthcare and the patient experience.

Prior to joining CenExel, Faye gained extensive experience implementing HCP and patient support initiatives in the medical information, commercial, and clinical divisions within Ashfield Healthcare. Most recently, Faye has successfully standardized and centralized global contact center operations to support clinical trials at a global recruitment company with over 50 therapeutic indications and 160 sites.

As the Corporate Director of Patient Recruitment at CenExel, Faye’s leadership blends industry best practices, subject matter expertise, technological innovation, and a sense of relentless determination to design and enact the ultimate patient recruitment experience.

Faye has a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Studies from Temple University. She is an active Project Management Professional.

Russ Sullivan

Russ Sullivan

Director, Organizational Development & Engagement

As a strategic leader for more than two decades, Russ is passionate about helping businesses develop strong teams. With his degree from Regis University (Denver) in Organizational Development, he is adept in organizational management and has earned a reputation for being able to improve processes. As a tactical leader, he is often brought in to help “connect the dots,” and he works hard to ensure all stakeholders in an organization reach their objectives.

It is his passion to empower others to produce optimal performance results, often due to the privilege of leading others. This focus of developing others is what his passion has been for the last twenty years. It is important to him to help grow and develop leaders through focusing on leadership programs that integrate theory into the practice through the collaboration of teams working on real-life issues impacting the health and performance of their teams and sites.

Russ firmly believes everyone has a skill, gift, or talent that they bring to the table. His goal is to harness those skills and gifts, and build teams that are unstoppable.