Meet Our Executive Team
CEO and Founder
Ms. Tifft has led ClinicalRM since its formation in 1994. She began her journey in the US Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa, as an Infectious Disease Control Biologist. Her first-hand experience assessing and educating the local population in the prevention and treatment of local problems and diseases, such as malaria, prompted her to pursue a goal of finding treatments for these devastating diseases around the globe. Ms. Tifft was instrumental in the creation of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) Clinical Trials Center (CTC) and continues her dedication to expanding the bioscience industry, finding cures for infectious disease, and proactively responding to global health crises through global infrastructure development and clinical solutions in the U.S. and abroad.
Vice President of Human Resources
Ms. Bovinet leads the Human Resources and Recruiting departments. She has a breadth of experience in creating and managing talent management solutions for healthcare, manufacturing, nonprofits, technology, and engineering industries. Ms. Bovinet holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Baldwin-Wallace University and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.
Corporate Compliance Officer
Ms. Chase manages corporate risk and compliance, overseeing the Quality Management Department and the implementation of quality management programs across contracts and within the organization. She has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare arena, directing an Academic CRO, strategic planning, and providing clinical operations management. Ms. Chase holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Akron.
Director, Finance Business Partnering
Ms. Smith manages the Project Finance group and is responsible for revenue recognition, forecasting, and project-related reporting, as well ICON corporate reporting and analysis. She has over 15 years of CRO Industry experience leading the financial planning and analysis function. Ms. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management, a MBA in Finance from Villanova University, and is a certified Corporate FP&A Professional.
Senior Director of Finance
Mr. Lewis provides supervision over financial reporting, contract budget compliance, and government cost accounting, in addition to general management of the finance department. He began his accounting career in the wholesale distribution industry before joining ClinicalRM in 2010. Mr. Lewis graduated from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting.
Chris Mason, JD
Vice President, Contracting & Legal
Mr. Mason joined ClinicalRM in 1998, bringing nearly 30 years of legal experience to the team. He provides oversight of the Contracting department and serves as in-house legal counsel, as well as federal procurement regulatory expertise as a member of the ClinicalRM proposal team. He has nearly 30 years of legal experience. Mr. Mason earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics from Central Michigan and is a graduate of The University of Michigan Law School.
Annastasiah Mudiwa Mhaka, PhD
Vice President of Strategic Alliances Development
Dr. Mhaka provides oversight for the Medical Experts Office. She leverages discovery science, technology and product development, medical know-how, business and financing insights to create transformative advances to positively impact global health. During her 15 years working on the coalface of business and science, she has identified and developed cross-industry collaboration amongst academia, biopharma, nanoelectronics, private equity, federal government, CROs, and NGOs. Throughout her tenure at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Booz & Company, and Acidophil, LLC., she has worked collaboratively with key thought leaders to co-found and finance new companies, develop early stage technologies, and to deploy population health strategies globally. Specifically, Dr. Mhaka led or supported 15+ deals in early-mid phase R&D that resulted in the discovery of new drugs, devices, and technologies that directly improved public health. Dr. Mhaka received a Bachelor of Science with highest honors in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Medicine from Johns Hopkins Medicine, where she discovered novel therapeutics for cancer.