Faculty Bios

Pediatric Clinical Trials Conference

Course Co-Chair - Lisa Benson, BS

President, Pediatric Clinical Research Consulting, LLC 

Lisa Benson, is a Pediatric Research Consultant and formerly the Sr. Vice President of Clinical Site Network at the Institute for Advance Clinical Trials for Children. Her pediatric research background is extensive with over 40 years in the field. She has experience in external infrastructure development and working to establish best practices and common tools for pediatric clinical trials. She has led educational programs and works with sites to ensure engagement of patients, parents, and children of all ages. Formerly she comes from the Department of Research at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hartford, CT where she was Senior Director of Research Operations and Sponsored Program, including the Clinical Trials Unit, Research Compliance, Research Finance, Contracts, and Grants. She has extensive experience in site management and quality, inter-institutional collaborations, and decision analytics. Ms. Benson is regarded as a highly-respected research administrator and clinical research operations expert. She is a Certified Clinical Research Contract Professional and has served as board member of the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA). She has held leadership roles for the Clinical Research Associates of the Children’s Oncology Group. Ms. Benson is a well-known educator and author in pediatric clinical research operations and administration, serving on the faculty of SOCRA, invited speaker.

Course Co-Chair - Grace Wentzel, CHRC, CCRP 

Director, Clinical Research Services, Nationwide Children's Hospital 

Grace Wentzel has been with Nationwide Children’s Hospital for 31 years; 26 years of which have been in clinical research administration. Grace is the Director for Clinical Research Services overseeing the administrative and operational infrastructure which provides investigators with the services they need to conduct a clinical research project; from idea to publication. Ms. Wentzel is certified in Healthcare Research Compliance and a Clinical Research Professional. She belongs to the Association of Clinical Research Professionals, Healthcare Compliance Association and The Society of Clinical Research Associates.

Grace is married with a 26 year old daughter who is a NICU nurse. She spends as much time as possible with her family and their charcoal lab at their lakehouse.

Course Co-Chair - Amanda Galster, MPH, CCRP

Chief Operating Officer for Research, Aegis Consortium, University of Arizona

Executive Director, PASC-Recover, University of Arizona Health Sciences 

Prior to her roles as Chief Operating Officer for Research of The Aegis Consortium and Executive Director of PASC-RECOVER at the University of Arizona Health Sciences, Amanda was the Director of the Clinical Research Program in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota and the M Health Masonic Children’s Hospital. She has been managing pediatric clinical research programs for the past 16 years, and for the past 7 years has been responsible for building pediatric-specific research infrastructure and centralized research support services across multiple pediatric specialties.