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Michael A. Hindery

Chief Executive Officer 

Michael Hindery joined PAVIR as CEO in February 2018 with extensive experience in executive management roles in academic medical centers and universities.  Mike has served as the senior executive in charge of finance and administration for the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University and the University of California – San Francisco (UCSF) Schools of Medicine and Santa Clara University; in these roles he oversaw budget and finance, research administration, compliance, personnel, investments, facilities and capital budgets, real estate acquisition and management, IT, student services, housing, dining, risk management, resource planning, and strategic and institutional planning.

Mr. Hindery has served as a member of many boards of private companies, financial institutions, and community service organizations and has been an active community volunteer for decades.  Mike holds masters’ degrees from both the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University.  He is a former elite athlete who competed at the national and international levels in rowing and was a member of the U.S. National Rowing Team.

Mary Thornton

Director of Data Integrity

Mary Thornton has been with the Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research (PAVIR) since 1995.  She has filled many positions at PAVIR from Accounting Assistant through the present, Director of Data Integrity.  Ms. Thornton’s work in various capacities at PAVIR has positioned her well to now focus her efforts on the Information Technology functions of the organization.  In this role one of her responsibilities is the Research and Development Information System (RDIS) which is central to the research activities at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.  As one of the three original architects of VA Palo Alto’s RDIS, and a user and proponent of the system throughout its history, Mary is uniquely qualified to assure that it will support the needs of the research community into the future.  She derives great satisfaction from working out systems and procedures, especially those involving the use of technology, that help the entire organization work more efficiently and productively as PAVIR supports the scientists in their important endeavors.

Prior to her service with PAVIR, Mary’s experience was in customer service, business and accounting.

Elaine Staats, MPH

Director of Sponsored Research

Elaine Staats serves as the Director of Sponsored Research of PAVIR.  As Director, she leads the PAVIR Contracts & Grants (C&G) team to provide outstanding service and support to VA Palo Alto Investigators for pre- and post-award administration.  This includes ensuring adherence to applicable federal, state, and local regulations and policies, establishing processes and procedures to maximize the integration of research administration principles with investigator innovation, and overseeing C&G staff while fostering a culture that promotes Veterans research.  Ms. Staats enjoys process improvement, development of investigators through the arc of their career span, and serving those who have served.

She holds bachelor’s degrees in Animal Physiology & Neuroscience as well as Sociology from the University of California, San Diego and an MPH from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Ms. Staats has worked in the research administration field in not-for-profit and academic settings for more than ten years.

Lisa Clark

Director of Human Resources

Lisa Clark joined PAVIR in September of 2018 as Director of Human Resources.  Lisa has 25 years of increasingly responsible Human Resources service delivery and leadership experience.  Prior to joining PAVIR, Lisa held Human Resources leadership roles in various industries including medical device, technical service, software, and defense.  Lisa’s experience spans all specialties within HR including organizational planning, strategic partnerships, employee development, total rewards, talent acquisition, and employee engagement and relations.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in Human Resources Management and Organizational Behavior from Golden Gate University.  Ms. Clark enjoys bringing process improvement to organizations as well as focusing on employee engagement.

Lily Ibragimov

Director of Finance & Accounting

Lily Ibragimov joined PAVIR in 2008 as Controller and was promoted to the position of Director of Accounting in 2018.  Ms. Ibragimov manages all accounting functions at PAVIR including revenue recognition and collection, cash disbursement and cash management, internal controls, financial statement and income tax preparation, financial analysis and projection, audit and federal financial reporting, and related policies and procedures.  Lily has more than 20 years of extensive accounting and finance experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.

Ms. Ibragimov has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Technological Institute of Odessa, Ukraine and Master of Business Administration degree from San Jose State University.  She is an active certified public accountant (CPA) in the state of California since 2005 and continues her professional education in areas related to not-for-profit accounting, audit and finance.

Last Modified: January 10, 2020 12:59pm
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