Clinical Research Coordinators

Sarah Feller, BS; Clinical Research Manager

Sarah Mader

In late 2021, Sarah accepted the position of Clinical Research Manager for Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine.  Previously Sarah served in the department as the Assistant Lab Manager and Cell Culture Specialist for APOM Basic Science for several years.  She is a long time employee of OHSU and has spent the majority of her career with Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, starting in the department as a Research Assistant II in September of 2006.

Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Pacific University in 2001, shortly after which she accepted her first position with OHSU within the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience.  Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband enjoying weekend trips with their dogs.  She also has a soft spot for her colony of sugar gliders.

Vincent Pinkert, BS; Senior Research Assistant

Vincent Pinkert

Vincent graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science at Portland State University, where he managed the Benight Lab and conducted experimentation on the effects of biotinylation on the thermodynamic stability of human serum albumin, as well as a method for retrieving ligands bound to albumin from plasma. Vincent started working for OHSU in 2015, where he worked in the PICU as a hospital aide. He moved to the MICU a year later as a unit coordinator, but also worked part time in pediatric acute care, as well as floating within the ICU pool on the adult side. Vincent stepped back into research in pulmonary critical care medicine as a clinical research coordinator. Since 2019, he has continued to work as a clinical research coordinator at APOM.

Barbara Cassese, BS; Clinical Study Coordinator

Barbara Cassese

Barbara is from New York City, spent her formative years in the Poconos (after 9/11) and moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2015. She previously worked in banking and wealth management before seeking a career pathway in medicine. She comes to us most recently from a pain management clinic where she served as a research study coordinator. Of note, she will be starting her MPH in Public Health Practice this June at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health.

Outside of work Barbara enjoys running, drawing, reading, traveling and photography.

Elena Spontak, BA, BS; Clinical Study Coordinator

Elena Spontak

Elena was born in New York City, but spent most of her youth in Vermont.  She attended the University of New Mexico receiving a BS in Cultural Anthropology and BA's in Brazilian Portuguese and Art.  She has since worked at many private and non-profit health clinics filling a diversity of roles, such as Health Educator/Counselor and Referral Coordinator.  She attended a program at PCC in Medical Research to further her interests in medicine and working with the community.  

In her free time she teaches and practices Pilates, kayaks, hikes, bikes and continues to practice her ceramic art.