LA CaTS Cores & Resources

Executive Committee

  • Donna Ryan, MD
    LA CaTS Center Principal Investigator
    Administrative Core Director
    Pennington Biomedical
  • L. Lee Hamm, MD
    LA CaTS Co-Program Director
    Tulane University
  • Steve Nelson, MD
    LA CaTS Co-Program Director
    LSUHSC New Orleans

Administrative Staff

  • Tiffany Prather, RN
    LA CaTS Center Program Manager
    Pennington Biomedical
    225-763-2979
  • Kieu Pham
    Administrative Coordinator
    Pennington Biomedical
    225-763-3142
  • Rachel Cruthirds, MS
    LA CaTS Tulane Coord.
    Tulane University
    rcruthir@tulane.edu
    504-988-9038
  • Katherine Diodene, MBA
    LA CaTS LSUHSC Coord.
    LSUHSC-New Orleans
    Kdiode@lsuhsc.edu
    504-568-2099
  • Bonnie Hymel Trentecoste
    Inter-institutional Liaison
    Pennington Biomedical
    225-763-2986

Administrative 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:

  • Donna Ryan, MD: LA CaTS Center PI and Administrative Core Director: Dr. Ryan is also the Executive Director at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
  • L. Lee Hamm, MD, and LA CaTS Center Co-Program Director: Dr. Hamm is the Senior Vice President and Dean of the School of Medicine at Tulane University.
  • Steve Nelson, MD and LA CaTS Center Co-Program Director: Dr. Nelson is also the Dean of the LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) School of Medicine in New Orleans, which houses six Basic Sciences departments, 16 Clinical Sciences departments, and 12 Centers of Excellence.

The Administrative Core convenes the following committees and boards:

LA CaTS Center Steering Committee and Executive Committee

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.

LA CaTS Center Internal Advisory Committee (IAC)

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

LA CaTS Center External Advisory Committee (EAC)

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.

LA CaTS Center Scientific Review Board (LSRB)

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, Co-Program Directors and Key Component Activities. 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.