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Administrative Core

Executive Committee

john kirwan

John Kirwan, PhD
LA CaTS Center Director
Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Lee Hamm

L. Lee Hamm, MD
LA CaTS Program Co-Director
Tulane University 

Steve Nelson

Steve Nelson, MD
LA CaTS Program Co-Director
LSU Health New Orleans

Administrative Staff

Tiffany Prather

Tiffany Prather, RN
LA CaTS Program Manager 
Pennington Biomedical
(225) 763-2979

Kieu Pham

Kieu Pham
LA CaTS Administrative Coordinator 
Pennington Biomedical
(225) 763-3142

Bonnie Hymel Trentecoste

Bonnie Hymel Trentecoste
Inter-institutional Liaison
Pennington Biomedical
(225) 763-2986

Katherine Diodene

Katherine Diodene, MBA
LA CaTS Administrator
LSU Health New Orleans
(504) 568-2099

andrew barton

Andrew Barton, MS
LA CaTS Administrator
Tulane University
(504) 988-9038

Meaghan Donewar, MPH

Meaghan Donewar, MPH
LA CaTS Coordinator
Tulane University

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About This Core

The Administrative Core facilitates the business and management structure for bringing about the meaningful and inclusive collaborations that form the heart of the LA CaTS Center. This Core sets the tone for a Center culture devoted to integration and performance by coordinating and articulating the work conducted by the Center’s 10 Key Component Activities (KCAs). With direction from our leadership team, we ensure effective Center services, facilitate implementing the strategic plan and track the Center’s progress in achieving goals. Our objectives include providing Center Offices, facilitating access to Center Resources, encouraging interaction, building collaborations, maintaining available resources, and providing consistent information. All of these things are vital for scientists and investigators who are interested in pursuing careers in clinical and translational (CT) research, particularly those involved with the current NIH COBRE and INBRE programs in Louisiana.

Leadership for the activities carried out by this Core include:

  • John Kirwan, PhD, LA CaTS Center Principal Investigator and Administrative Core Director: Dr. Kirwan is the Executive Director of Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge.
  • L. Lee Hamm, MD, LA CaTS Center Program Co-Director: Dr. Hamm is the Senior Vice President and Dean of the School of Medicine at Tulane University.
  • Steve Nelson, MD LA CaTS Center Co-Program Director: Dr. Nelson is the Interim Chancellor of LSU Health-New Orleans, which is comprised of 6 schools - Medicine, Nursing, Allied Health, Public Health, Graduate Studies, and Dentistry. 

The Administrative Core convenes the following committees and boards:

Provides the day-to-day leadership to ensure a) that activities of all the Key Component Resources and Cores are coordinated to enable fluidity, integration and seamless delivery of services; and b) cross-institutional leadership and accountability for executing the Center’s strategic and management plans. The Steering Committee is composed of the PI, Co-Program Directors, Core and Resource (KCA) Leaders.

Provides governance for the Center and is composed of institutional leaders from the Center’s Primary Collaborating Institutions and Research Partners.

Provides an objective evaluation of the progress of the LA CaTS Center, and to provide recommendations based off those assessments. Click here to see the EAC members.

Ensures that the Center is addressing the needs of the scholars, disciplines and institutions, particularly in support of the COBRE/INBREs. It also provides a forum for coordinating all of our NIGMS IDeA Centers (COBRE and INBRE). The LSRB is primarily composed of the Principal Investigators of NIGMS IDeA center grants (i.e. COBREs) and also senior scientists from the collaborating institutions as appointed by the Internal Advisory Committee.

Administrative Core Staff. Each of the 3 Primary Collaborating Institutions has dedicated administrative staff who carry out the day to day operations of the LA CaTS Center and assist the PI, Program Co-Directors and cores and resources. LA CaTS Administrative staff also serve as the primary points of contact for the Center.

Administrative Core Significance: This core provides the infrastructure that enables cross-component and cross-institutional strategies and that culture to establish the Center as the academic home for creating a community of scholarship and point of entry to clinical and translational research and resources. Through this Core, our leaders come together to implement the Center’s plan and harmonize the plans of the LA CaTS Cores and Resources and Collaborating Institutions to support the COBREs and INBRE. We consistently track and evaluate the work of the Center, then have it reviewed by outside experts to achieve optimum efficiency and results.