HSG Staff

Huntington Study Group Staff

Shari Kinel, JD
Executive Director
(585) 242-0276

Shari has been the Executive Director to the Huntington Study Group since 2009. She is a graduate of Brandeis University and she earned a law degree from SUNY Buffalo. Shari manages the overall operations of HSG and oversees governance, grants, contracts, and key objectives and strategies of HSG. Since joining HSG, Shari has served on HD clinical trial steering committees, HD trial project teams and has dedicated a lot of her time working with HD care and community groups. Shari is an attorney who started her career at the US Department of Labor and the US Department of Justice in Washington, DC. She then joined Chase Manhattan’s Bank’s legal team and also spent time on the legal staff at Celltech Pharmaceuticals. Shari also had her own practice representing organizations in business matters involving regulatory compliance, contracts, and corporate policies and procedures.
Anne Van Dusen, CHC
Director, Operations
(585) 244-9487

Anne joined the HSG team in June of 2017 as the Director of Education & Special Programs and was promoted to the position of Director of Operations in 2018. She works closely with sponsors, HSG Members, HSG sites and HSG staff to effectively develop and implement projects, budgets and processes to facilitate high quality clinical research trials and studies in Huntington disease. She holds a BS from the University of Binghamton School of Management and is certified in healthcare compliance by the Compliance Certification Board. Prior to joining HSG, Anne held leadership roles in compliance and finance, most recently at CCSI of Rochester, ACM Medical Laboratory, and Lifetime Care Home Care and Hospice.
Kristin Strazdins
Manager, Finance and Special Projects
(585) 242-0967

Kristin is the Manager, Finance & Special Projects and has worked for HSG since February 2014. She handles all accounting functions and manages the HSG office and human resource needs. She handled accounting functions and site payments for First/ARC, which produced the second FDA-approved drug for Huntington disease. For SIGNAL, she handles the site payments and accounting, and arranges travel, travel reimbursement, and participant payment for participants in the trial. Prior to working for HSG, Kristin worked as a Staff Accountant in a public accounting firm for seven years.
Kevin Gregory, PMP
Director, Education, Communications, and Outreach
(585) 244-8804

Kevin joined the Huntington Study Group in September 2018. He operates the HSG website and social media platforms of the HSG, and ensures a strong presence within the HD community through those channels. He is also responsible for maintaining the Huntington Study Group’s core learning platform, CME4HD, and serves as host of the HD Insights Podcast. Before joining HSG, he was Director of Operations for the Medicare Appeals Program at MAXIMUS, Inc. for thirteen years. Prior to that, Kevin spent five years managing e-learning development at Element K, plus three years in corporate video and news production. Kevin is a certified Project Manager Professional (PMP), with degrees in communications from Monroe Community College and SUNY Fredonia.
Janine Mercandetti
Manager, Projects and Contracts
(585) 242-0277

Janine joined the Huntington Study Group in March 2019. She is responsible for coordinating contract/amendment delivery, document control, system standardization and maintenance, and project management within HSG. Prior to joining HSG, Janine was a Sr. Proposal Manager with Spectrum Enterprise for 7 years where she managed and supported all operational activities throughout the lifecycle of multiple proposals. Janine holds a BFA from DePaul University.
Lauren Falanga
Manager, Clinical Collaborations

Lauren joined the HSG team in April 2019 as the Manager of Clinical Collaborations. Lauren’s role at the HSG includes creation of collaborative and sustained relationships with Industry, Academics and other Research Entities that will result in accelerated achievements in seeking treatments that will make a difference for those impacted by HD. She has over 15 years of experience in medical laboratory operations including medical technologist and supervisory roles. She worked in the Clinical Trials sector of laboratory operations for more than 5 years where she led all global harmonization initiatives and projects. She also provided scientific information and guidance for Clinical Trials global operations.
Patric Donaghue, MBA, EA

Patric is Controller at the HSG. He was previously the Financial Controller at the University of Rochester Center for Health + Technology for 21 years. He has over 35 years’ experience in health care finance and administration, including in the pharmaceutical industry, academia and human service, not-for-profit organizations. Pat has extensive experience in clinical trials administration. He received is MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and is an Enrolled Agent licensed to practice before the IRS.
Sharon Recore
Administrative Assistant

Sharon volunteers extensively in the HD community. With the HSG, Sharon supports our credentialing activities for clinical investigators and coordinators. You will also find her helping with registration and check in at the annual HSG meeting.