Anita has more than 25 years of experience in the development, evaluation and organizational transformation of cancer centers. She has specific expertise in assisting institutions with obtaining and renewing their National Cancer Institute designation status, building successful interfaces between clinical and research operations, and optimizing clinical trials management.
Successful transformation for my clients begins with a shared vision of the future and results in the organization being stronger, more prepared and on course to realize that future state.”
Anita has nearly three decades of experience in the development, evaluation and organizational transformation of cancer centers. She has specific expertise in assisting institutions with obtaining and renewing their National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation status, building successful interfaces between clinical and research operations, and optimizing clinical trials management. In addition, Anita has led engagements to assist institutions in obtaining other significant awards from the National Institutes of Health that are critical to their research mission and goals (e.g., P50, U01, U54, K12, T32).
Throughout her career, Anita has:
- Advised a leading cellular therapy company in developing a national strategy for improving accrual performance across its enrolling sites.
- Led the development, management and expansion of multiple centralized cancer clinical trials offices.
- Advised directors at numerous NCI-designated cancer centers across the U.S. for strategy, renewal execution and evaluation of success metrics.
- Spearheaded research development initiatives resulting in four- to six-fold expansions in extramural funding bases.
- Guided the organizational and research infrastructure development and strategic planning for ten academic cancer centers in their pursuit of NCI designation, four of which have successfully obtained NCI designation. The remaining six are still in process.
Previously, Anita has worked in executive-level administrative leadership positions at numerous institutions of higher learning, including Wake Forest University; University of California, San Francisco; Washington University; Eastern Virginia Medical School; and the Medical University of South Carolina. In addition, she has provided expert research consultation to dozens of U.S. and Canadian academic institutions over the past 25 years.
Anita has served as a member of the Cancer Center Administrators Forum and the Association of American Cancer Institutes, and is currently on the external advisory boards for numerous NCI-designated cancer centers.
Anita has a Master of Public Administration/Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.