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Centerstone Research Institute Promotes Five Employees, Welcomes One New Staff Member

Nashville, Tenn.—The Centerstone Research Institute (CRI) announced today that it has promoted five employees and added one new staff member. These promotions and appointments include the following:

  • Jan Goodson has been promoted to Director of Grant Writing
  • Jules M. Marquart, Ph.D., has been promoted to Director of Evaluation
  • April Bragg, Ph.D., has been promoted to Research Communications Manager
  • Catherine Sewall has been promoted to Evaluation Associate
  • Melissa DeDomenico-Payne has been promoted to Grant Writing Coordinator
  • Karl Prinz has been hired as a Grant Writing Assistant

“We are delighted to announce the well-deserved promotions of Jan, Jules, April, Catherine, and Melissa, as well as welcome Karl to our team,” said Dennis Morrison, CEO of CRI. “The Centerstone Research Institute is committed to forwarding the practice of behavioral healthcare through pioneering research, technology and information dissemination. The enthusiasm these dedicated professionals have displayed for our organization’s mission and their deep understanding of the behavioral healthcare arena make them a vital part of our team.”

Since its founding in 2001 as Centerstone’s Research Department, CRI has focused its efforts on linking science and service via diverse privately and publicly funded studies and community-based projects, both independently and in collaboration with major academic institutions. Having secured more than $35 million in federal and private funding, it has conducted 100 service and clinical studies ranging from medication management for mental illness to suicide prevention in older adults. Additionally, CRI maintains an Institutional Review Board and manages the Knowledge Network, a technology-based, partner-driven alliance to facilitate the translation of research to practice.

As Director of Grant Writing, Jan Goodson will oversee grant writing staff and activities at CRI. She will coordinate development and submission of applications and proposals to government and private sector funders in order to sustain, enhance and expand prevention, treatment, and research of mental health and substance abuse disorders in Tennessee and Indiana. Goodson has worked in grant writing at Centerstone since 2003. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Middle Tennessee State University and is Grant Professional Certified by the American Association of Grant Professionals.

As Director of Evaluation, Dr. Jules Marquart, who joined Centerstone in 2006 as Senior Program Evaluator for the research department, will be responsible for supervising evaluations of CRI’s 14 federally-funded grants, including grants for prevention and treatment programs for children, youth and adults. Dr. Marquart holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and social work from Spalding University in Louisville, KY, as well as Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Program Evaluation and Research Methodology from Cornell University. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and served as the chair of the AEA Ethics Committee in 2006.

Dr. April Bragg, who was promoted from Knowledge Network Site Coordinator to Research Communications Manager, has worked with Centerstone for more than a year. In her new role, she will work closely with the public relations and marketing, grant writing and development departments to communicate research findings throughout the agency and to the local and national community. She also will assist in the production of marketing and technical materials. Dr. Bragg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Emory and Henry College in Emory, VA, and received her Ph.D. in cell biology from Vanderbilt University. She also has completed postdoctoral training in Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Catherine Sewall, as Evaluation Associate, will manage the evaluation of two federally-funded grants. She previously served as Research Associate at Centerstone, locating and interviewing clients for federally-funded grant programs. Sewall holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss.

As Grant Writing Coordinator, Melissa DeDomenico-Payne will supervise grant writing staff and be responsible for seeking and securing grant funding to maintain existing programs and implement new services at Centerstone. Previously, DeDomenico-Payne served as Executive Director of Services to Abused Families, Inc. (SAFE), a domestic violence/sexual assault service agency. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA, as well as a Master of Arts in psychological services and counseling from Marymount University in Arlington, VA.

As Grant Writing Assistant, Karl Prinz will seek and secure foundation funding to support maintenance of existing Centerstone programs and implementation of new services throughout the agency. Prior to joining CRI, Prinz worked as layout manager and copywriting manager at Colorado Mountain News Media and Monster.com. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in general studies with a minor in journalism from Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, IN.

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