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University of Nebraska Medical Center

Our Team

Senior Research Manager

Ashley Servais, MPH

Ashley is the manager of the Pediatric Research Office. She graduated from Boston University with an undergraduate degree in neuroscience and a Master of Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology. She has a background in both clinical and bench research which has evolved into a research administration and management role. Outside of work, she likes to travel, spend time on house projects, and participate in a variety of fitness activities.

Ashley Servais

Research Nurse Coordinators

Kym Abraham, BSN, RN

Kym graduated with a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She has over 14 years of research experience which includes dermatology, rheumatology, infectious diseases and gastroenterology research. Prior to joining the Pediatric Research Office in 2010, she was a clinic coordinator for six clinics at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. She has two daughters and in her leisure time enjoys doing any activities you can do outside, especially kayaking and paddleboarding.

Kym Abraham
Angie Boettner, BSN, RN, CCRC

Angie has been a research nurse coordinator within the Children's Hematology-Oncology Department since 2009. She graduated with a bachelor's in biology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a BSN from Creighton University in 2004. Angie has 13 years of pediatric experience and has worked as a research coordinator in both pediatrics and adult oncology. Personal interests include traveling with friends, triathlon, running, all things outdoorsy and petting every single dog encountered.

Angie Boettner
Carolyn Chamberlain, MPH, BSN, RN

Carolyn received her Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Creighton University, and her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Kansas Medical Center. Prior to joining the Pediatric Research Office in 2010, Carolyn was a Nurse Coordinator & Genetic Research Associate in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Creighton University (1996-1999), a Cancer Risk Counselor & Research Trials Coordinator in the Breast Cancer Prevention Center at University of Kansas Medical Center (1999-2006), and Nurse Manager, Clinical Studies in the Oncology/Hematology department at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (2006-2010).

Carolyn Chamberlain
Serena Gaines, MA, BSN, RN

Serena is a research nurse coordinator within Children’s Hematology/Oncology Department. She graduated in 2014 from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a BS in psychology. She then earned a MA in developmental psychology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2016 and a BSN from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2017. Serena worked in the pre and post-op units as a staff nurse at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center before joining the PRO. Outside of work, Serena enjoys art/crafting, spending time with family and friends, and hanging out with her dog.

Serena Gaines
Betty Oberle, BSN, RN

Betty is a research nurse coordinator with the Pediatric Research Office. She graduated from Graceland University in 1997, with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology human services. She then earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Graceland University in 1998. She has spent the past 20 years as a NICU and pediatric nurse coordinating care for this fragile population before joining the research team in 2019. Outside of work, Betty has a very active family that participates in football, wrestling, track, swimming, marching and symphonic band, jazz band, show band, vocal music, and dance.

Betty Oberle
Elizabeth Strudthoff, RN, BSN

Elizabeth is a pediatric research nurse who joined the PRO in November 2016. She has been a registered nurse for 26 years and obtained her BSN completion from UNMC in May 2020. She started in research in November 2016, with her primary research studies in the areas of orthopedics and Osteogenesis Imperfecta. She enjoys reading books, traveling, playing games/cards and being with family and friends.

Elizabeth Strudthoff
Rachel Wellman, MS, BSN, RN, CCRC

Rachel is a research nurse coordinator working with the PRO and Nebraska Pediatric Clinical Trials Unit, a federally-funded project with a goal to improve research infrastructure throughout Nebraska. She attended Michigan State University, where she received a bachelor's in physiology and a master's in forensic biology. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, interior design, and spending time with friends and family.

Rachel Wellman

Clinical Study Coordinators

Kelly Erickson, MPH

Kelly is a clinical study coordinator in the Pediatric Research Office. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biology and French from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Master of Public Health in epidemiology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and has had experience in both clinical and public health settings. Since joining the PRO in August 2016, Kelly has coordinated studies in cardiology, PTLD, cerebral palsy, infectious disease, respiratory ailments and opioid withdrawal in NICU babies. When she is out of the office, she likes to travel, read, exercise and spend time with family and friends.

Kelly Erickson
Jill Fahner, BS, CCRC

Jill graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science. She has been with Pulmonology and the Cystic Fibrosis team as a Clinical Study Coordinator since 2016. Her previous areas of research include psychiatry, oncology, allergy and asthma, and bone metabolism. In her free time, she enjoys sporting events, running, CrossFit, re-purposing furniture, and the beach.

Jill Fahner
Laura Fischer, MPH

Laura is a clinical study coordinator with the Pediatric Research Office. She graduated from Northwestern College with an undergraduate degree in biology with an emphasis on health professions in 2009 and later completed her MPH in global epidemiology from the Colorado School of Public Health through the University of Colorado Denver in 2016. Prior to joining the Pediatric Research Office in December 2019, Laura spent the prior eight and a half years working on national and international surveillance studies pertaining to drug misuse and abuse, primarily regarding prescription opioids and prescription stimulants. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, hiking, and cheering on her Denver Broncos.

Laura Fischer
Denise Hoover, BS

Denise graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. She received her degree in comprehensive biology with a business option. She has been with UNMC since 1999, working in a human molecular genetics laboratory. She has been in the Pediatric Research Office at UNMC as a clinical study coordinator since 2015. Her professional interests include genetics and rare diseases.

Denise Hoover
Sara Jones, RD, LMNT

Sara is a clinical study/dietitian coordinator in the Pediatric Research Office. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science in dietetics and completed her Dietetic Internship from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as well. She began her career in clinical research at a private practice OB/GYN office in 2009, before joining the Pediatric Research Office in 2014. Her primary clinical research focus is in rare metabolic diseases. She also works as a dietitian in the Pediatric Metabolic Management Clinic. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her children and husband and working on DIY projects.

Sara Jones
Evan Roberts, MBA

Evan is a clinical study coordinator in the Pediatric Research Office. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in biology and recently graduated with his MBA. Evan has worked in a variety of research and clinical laboratory roles starting with the Biological Process Development Facility at UNL, specializing in producing recombinant proteins via biological fermentation then transitioning to Molecular Genetics at UNMC where he specialized in Next-Generation Sequencing. Evan has been with the Pediatric Research Office since 2019. Outside of work, he enjoys volunteering with Special Olympics, reading, various fitness activities, and spending time with his wife as well as with friends and family.

Evan Roberts
Max Twedt, BS

Max is a clinical research coordinator in the Pediatric Research Office. He is a doctoral candidate at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in the field of Biomedical Engineering. Max provides biomechanics and ultrasound support for orthopedic surgeons conducting research. Outside of work, he enjoys podcasts and tossing a Frisbee.

Max Twedt

Clinical Study Coordinator, Research Technician

Luke Murphy, BS, MPS

Luke is a clinical study coordinator and research technician who joined the PRO in December of 2018. He received his Bachelor of Science in biology from Rockhurst University, his Master of Perfusion Science degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health from UNMC. He spent over two years working as a Perfusionist, operating the Heart-Lung Machine during heart surgery. Outside of work, he enjoys traveling, hiking, fishing, and working out.

Luke Murphy, BS, MPS

Clinical Study Coordinator, Research Database Coordinator

Nicholas Reynolds, MS

Nicholas is a clinical study coordinator and research database coordinator in the Pediatric Research Office, joining in November 2019. He received his BS in exercise science in 2015 and his MS in biomechanics in 2017, both from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He has spent over six years doing research in areas such as Parkinson’s disease, individuals with transtibial amputations and nonlinear analysis. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors, athletic events and collecting and listening to vinyl records.

Nicholas Reynolds, MS

Data Coordinator

Sharissa Stewart, BS, CTBS

Sharissa is a data coordinator within Children’s Hematology/Oncology department. She graduated from Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in biology through their honor college. Prior to joining the Pediatric Research Office, Sharissa worked for five years at Nebraska Organ Recovery as an Advanced Procurement Coordinator. Her experience there led to her becoming a Certified Tissue Bank Specialist through AATB, the American Association of Tissue Banks. Sharissa enjoys spending free time with her husband and their two dogs. She also likes to travel, visit with family and friends, attend concerts, and do escape rooms.

Sharissa Stewart, BS, CTBS

Grant Writer

Matt Sandbulte, PhD

Matt joined the PRO team in June 2019 as he filled the new position of Grant Writer for CHRI. He earned a PhD from Iowa State University and has 20 years of laboratory research experience, including a track record investigating immunity to influenza viruses. Matt is here to provide strategy and writing and editing support for CHRI investigators in the creation of high-quality grants, manuscripts, and other scientific communications. He is also spearheading a research-focused newsletter for the CHRI community.

Matt Sandbulte, PhD

Lead Research Sonographer

Mary Craft, RDCS, FASE

Mary Craft is a cardiac sonographer who is registered in adult, pediatric and fetal echocardiography. She has been performing echocardiograms for over 30 years and is a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography. She joined the UNMC Pediatric cardiology research lab in 2014 with her main role in performing the ultrasound scanning. She also performs data analysis, and aids in the writing and submissions of IRB applications. Outside of work, she volunteers quite a bit at her church and loves spending time with her family.

Mary Craft, RDCS, FASE

Research Finance and Billing Coordinator

Michael Delforge Jr., MBA

Michael is the Finance and Billing Coordinator for the Pediatric Research Office. He received his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Grantham University. He is a retired Air Force veteran with over 21 years of active duty service primarily working as a Budget Analyst, Financial Manager, Resource Advisor, and Disbursing Agent. Michael is married with three daughters and enjoys family time, watching sports, staying fit, traveling, music, movies, and home renovations.

Michael A. Delforge Jr, MBA