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Paul M. Wax, MD, FACMT
Executive Director

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Dr. Wax is the Executive Director of the American College of Medical Toxicology. He received his B.A from Dartmouth College, his M.D. from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, his Emergency Medicine training at the UCLA Hospitals, and his Medical Toxicology training at Bellevue Medicine Center / New York University. He is Board-certified in both Medical Toxicology and Emergency Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Toxicology.

Along with his full time position as the Executive Director of ACMT, Dr. Wax is an Adjunct Professor in Emergency Medicine (Medical Toxicology) at UT Southwestern School of Medicine where he has been on faculty since 2006. Previously Dr. Wax had faculty appointments in the Departments of Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine from 1991-2001 and the University of Arizona School of Medicine from 2001-2006. Dr. Wax previously served on the Board of Directors of ACMT from 1998-2008 serving as ACMT President from 2006-2008. From 1997-2006 Dr. Wax also served as one of the American Board of Emergency Medicine’s appointee’s on the Medical Toxicology Subboard. During this time Dr. Wax served as Editor of the Medical Toxicology Board Certification Examination as well as Chairman of the Subboard, and was also the primary author of the 2004 Core Content of Medical Toxicology.

Dr. Wax who became ACMT’s first Executive Director in 2008 has directed over $10,000,000 in federally funded programs for ACMT, and, as of 2021, is directing ACMT programs funded by NIH, FDA, CDC and SAMHSA. Dr. Wax is the Co-Principal Investigator of ACMT’s Toxicology Investigator Consortium (ToxIC), a 35 site multicenter research program, and is the author of more than 100 peer reviewed publications. In 2019 Dr. Wax was honored with ACMT’s Career Achievement award.


Alexandra Shovaly, MBA
Finance and Operations Officer

Staff_Photos/Shovaly_Alex_2020.jpgAlex holds a diversified expertise in public/private organizations, including in project execution, social enterprise and non-profit finance, human resources and leadership/career development. She began her career as the Senior Program Assistant at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Israel, where she worked inter-departmentally on the program and in finance and human resources. While she worked on a number of initiatives, she spent her last year collecting the data, developing and implementing the first directly implemented UNHCR Israel community development program which focused on reducing the incidence of domestic violence within the asylum seeker and refugee communities in Tel Aviv, Ashdod, Arad and Eilat. . She worked closely with the Israeli Ministry of Health, Welfare, the police and the refugee and asylum seeker community.

After 5 years in Israel, Alex moved to New Orleans where she worked as a Program Manager at Tulane University while completing her MBA. Upon completion, she worked remotely for several years as a Project Finance Manager at Dimagi, Inc, an international social enterprise and as a Consultant in Leadership Development for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Alex holds a MBA from Tulane University and a BA in International Studies from the School of International Service at American University. She currently resides in New Orleans where she spends time seeing music and being with her family.


Kim Aldy, DO, MS, MBA
ToxIC Program Director, Toxicology Investigators Consortium (ToxIC)

Staff_Photos/aldy-photo.jpgDr. Aldy initially joined the Toxicology Investigator's Consortium with the American College of Medical Toxicology as the first ToxIC intern, where she led a vaping initiative around the country. In her new position with ToxIC, Dr. Aldy is responsible for the day to day management of the ToxIC program, staff and site coordination, helping with research projects and publications, and acquiring support for ToxIC through grants and related activities.

 Dr. Aldy earned her medical degree at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas. During her medical school training, she concurrently applied and enrolled in an MBA program with concentration in Health Management at the University of North Texas which she attained shortly after starting residency. She completed an emergency medicine residency at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She attended her Medical Toxicology Fellowship at University of Texas at Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. 
 
Dr. Aldy has maintained an academic and clinical affiliation as an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology at UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas. She has a special research interest on the use of bedside ultrasound for the progression of snakebites, and was awarded a research grant in this area from the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology in 2019.

Adrienne Landry Dunavin, MA
Education Program Manager

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Adrienne joined ACMT in February 2016. As the Education Program Manager, she is responsible for developing, overseeing, and leading education programs that align with ACMT’s strategic plan. She supports the work of ACMT's Education Committee with operational planning and event logistics.

Adrienne has a BA in History from the University of Kansas and an MA from Columbia University in Russian and East European studies. She has over a decade of experience in program management and event coordination, organizing conferences and high-profile diplomatic visits in the US and Europe.


Jessica Irving
Communications Manager

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Jessica joined ACMT in March of 2020. She has broad expertise with graphic and web design, copy-editing and layout, video editing, and producing content for print, digital, and social media. Since 2006 Jessica has served a wide array of clients as a freelance web and graphic designer. She worked with three International Area Studies Centers at the University of Kansas in a similar capacity from 2009-2020.


Dana Karshenas, MPH, CHES
Program Manager, Communications and Grants Office

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Dana is a Program Manager in the Communications and Grants Office of ACMT. She contributes her expertise to a range of ACMT endeavors, including managing ACMT’s Department of Homeland Security toxicology training program, guiding the development of the website and performance tracking databases for the PEHSU program, and researching and writing grant proposals. She is particularly interested in community-based environmental justice initiatives and efforts to reduce health disparities.

Dana received her MPH from the Department of Health Behavior at the University of North Carolina and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). Prior to earning an MPH, she completed both a BA and an MA in Russian and Eurasian studies, and spent four and a half years as coordinator of a Brooklyn-based NIH Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program grant, which focused on building HIV/infectious disease research capacity in multiple countries of the Former Soviet Union. Despite her global background, she has contributed to a number of projects focused on domestic public health issues, including intimate partner and sexual violence prevention, smoking cessation, prevention of injury from opioid misuse, and women’s and adolescent health promotion. Dana is originally from northeastern Ohio, but so far her life has taken her to quite interesting places all over the map. At present, she is happy to call North Carolina her home.


Sharan Campleman, PhD, MPH, DABT
Toxicology Data Research Scientist, Toxicology Investigators Consortium (ToxIC)

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Sharan Campleman is an environmental toxicologist with research and project management experience in the public and private sectors, including over ten years as a regional epidemiologist, researcher, certified tumor registrar and medical data specialist at the California Cancer Registry and Westat (Rockville, MD). In addition, as a Project Manager and Environmental Health Scientist at the Electric Power Research Institute, her research focused on the health effects of trace metals and organics; the assessment of effects related to mixed chemical exposures; cumulative risk assessment; and, the development and utilization dose-response models for quantifying risk at low exposure levels.
 
Sharan is a Diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology (DABT).  She received a Ph.D. and M.P.H. in Environmental Health Sciences (emphasis in toxicology) from the University of California at Berkeley, followed by post-doctoral training in environmental epidemiology as a fellow with the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), Air Toxicology and Epidemiology Section.  Previously, she attended the University of California at Davis, obtaining a B.S. in Food Biochemistry and a M.S. in Food Science (Chemistry).

Shao Li, MPH
Toxicology Data Quality Associate, Toxicology Investigators Consortium (ToxIC)

Shao Li.jpegShao joined ACMT in October, 2018 as Quality Assurance Associate with ToxIc Registry program of ACMT. Shao received his MPH in Health Promotion and Program Planning from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY. He has years of collective experience in public health intervention, working for NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in Hepatitis prevention and outreach, and research coordination in Mount Sinai Health for cardiovascular clinical trials. Shao is now pursuing MBA in non-profit management and plus.


Stephanie Abston, RN, BSN
Clinical Research Associate, Toxicology Investigators Consortium (ToxIC)

Staff_Photos/Abston_Stephanie_2020.jpgStephanie Abston, RN, BSN is a Clinical Research Associate at The American College of Toxicology. As a CRA Stephanie is responsible for working with the research teams located at various institutions, as well as, working closely with the ToxIC registry. 
 
Stephanie has a BSN from The University of Alabama. She has over a decade of combined public health nursing and clinical research experience. Stephanie lives in Alabama with her husband and two boys. 

Alison Meyn, MPH
Clinical Research Quality Analyst, Toxicology Investigators Consortium (ToxIC)

Staff_Photos/Meyn_Alison_2020.pngAlison is a Clinical Research Quality Analyst with ACMT. Alison received her MPH in Epidemiology from the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. She has been an epidemiologist for three years working in infectious disease and chronic disease with experience in case investigation, disease surveillance, database creation, data analytics, and more recently was a COVID-19 first responder. She has contributed to a number of public health projects in the fields of: Maternal and Child Health, Cancer, HIV, Oral Health, Smoking Cessation, and COVID-19.
 
Alison has worked in clinical research as well, working with private pharmaceuticals in Phase I and Phase II oncology clinical trials throughout the U.S. and Europe. Originally from Savannah, Georgia she now resides in Cape Coral, FL with her family and dogs.

Mukta Deia
Program Associate, Toxicology Investigators Consortium (ToxIC)

Staff_Photos/Mukta_Deia.jpgDeia initially joined ACMT as COVID-19 Response Program Manager, where she oversaw the assessment of the COVID-19 Response Task Force and the delivery of dynamic activities to meet their needs. In her new position with ToxIC, Deia is responsible for supporting the Registry's multiple projects, including managing administrative details related to ongoing programmatic activities and engaging with participating sites to strengthen their involvement in ToxIC.

Deia received her BS in Public Health from The Ohio State University. She accumulated years of experience in the fields of educational technology and organizational learning while working at the university's College of Public Health as an instructional design assistant and collaborating with subject matter experts to create educational materials for their courses, contributing to the improvement of student learning outcomes. Deia is an Ohio native and currently resides in the Columbus area.


Alex Houck
Communications Coordinator 

Staff_Photos/Houck_Alex_2020.jpgAlex graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a BA in Creative Writing and History. While there she gained working experience in digital marketing, copywriting, and graphic design across a variety of industries. In addition to her work at ACMT, she pursues her passion for creative writing and is in the process of writing her first novel. Alex is from Pennsylvania and currently resides outside of Philadelphia.

Sarah Corradino
Executive Assistant

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Sarah joined ACMT in November of 2021. She oversees Board of Directors with Paul and bookkeeping on the operational side of ACMT.

Sarah graduated in 2008 with her BS in Merchandising Business from Northern Arizona University. She has also earned a Certificate in Ayurvedic Wellness Coaching and looking to continue her education path with a Masters in Integrative Health.

Sarah also volunteers with a local non-profit making sure young women have the resources and materials they need for their own reproductive health. In her free time, she hangs out with her husband Nick and 3 cats, yes 3; Dexter, Deb and Astor while watching Dexter and Survivor. She also enjoys writing and doing yoga and barre workouts.


Princess Murchison
Data Quality Analyst (ToxiC)

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Princess Murchison joined ACMT in March 2022, as a ToxiC Data Quality Analyst. She has experience in data analysis, data extractions, data collection, and visual presentations.

Princess has an Associate of Science in Business from Dallas College and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health with a minor in International Relations from Austin College. In her free time, she attends concerts, explores trails, goes to museums, and looks for new dishes to cook.  


Singa Yu
Board Relations and Development Manager

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Singa Yu joined ACMT in March 2022. In her role, she supports both the ACMT and MTF Executive Board and manages programmatic and fundraising aspects of the MTF.

Singa has broad experience working with philanthropic organizations. She received a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and a MPA (with a concentration in nonprofit management) from the University of Southern California. She currently resides in Austin, TX, with her husband and two sons


Lucinda Gonzales
Program Coordinator

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Lucinda joined ACMT in May of 2022. Her experience and expertise come from years of working in higher education and student affairs, where she has earned her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies at the University of Rhode Island, and her masters in Business Administration at Washington State University.

She works with our education team to provide support for webinars, events, and conferences.


Jenn Dorsey
Membership Manager

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Jenn joined ACMT in May of 2022 as the Membership Manager. She has over 9 years of experience in various associations. Jenn has a BS in Social Sciences with a minor in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland University College. She currently resides in Alexandria, VA.


Rachel Culbreth
Research Director (ToxiC)

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Rachel joined the Toxicology Investigators Consortium/ACMT in May 2022. Rachel received her PhD and MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics from Georgia State University. She also was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Respiratory Therapy at Georgia State University from 2019-2022, where she taught undergraduate and graduate-level research methods and clinical supervision for respiratory therapy students. She has conducted multiple research projects on substance use and health disparities through internal and external grants. She's worked with substance use disorders in both the U.S. and internationally. 

Rachel serves as the Research Director for ToxIC, leading new grants, research projects, and data analyses for papers and presentations. She currently resides in Atlanta with her daughter and husband. 


ACMT Consultants

Tracy Kolian, MPH
Director of Strategic Innovation and Funding

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Tracy M. Kolian works part-time as director of strategic innovation and grant management at ACMT. Tracy is a senior public health professional and worked at the national level for over a decade at the American Public Health Association and the Center for the Advancement of Health. In addition to her work with ACMT, Tracy is an independent consultant and supports public health clients advance their goals. Tracy has a BS in Toxicology from Northeastern University, an MPH from Tulane University, is a certified Toastmaster and a graduate of CDC’s Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute.


Carrie Dickenson, MA
Senior Program Manager, Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU)

Dickenson_wb.pngCarrie Dickenson is the Senior Program Manager with the PEHSU program at The American College of Medical Toxicology. She has worked in Canada and the United States in a variety of research management and programmatic roles. Previously, she was the research coordinator for the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment at the University of California San Francisco. Carrie has authored numerous publications in reproductive environmental health and has a Masters Degree in the History of Medicine. 


Missy Clifton, PhD, MS, M.Div.
LMS Administrator, Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU)

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Missy Clifton is the owner of Better by Design, Inc., an organization dedicated to providing full scale learning management solution including the highest quality instructional design services for more than 10 years. She specializes in online learning with a focus in adult learning theory. Currently, she provides instructional design and LMS administrative services to the PEHSU program at the American College of Medical Toxicology.