The Administrative Core is the central organizing unit for the project. The responsibilities of the Administration Core include…


–Project Management


The goal of the Administrative Core, and of Kentucky LEADS Collaborative, is to design for dissemination, creating readily implementable interventions.

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This core consists of the Principal Investigators of each of the project components, the Project Director, Communication Team, and External Evaluator, as well as the coordinating organizations, Kentucky Cancer Consortium and Go2 Foundation for Lung Cancer, and collaborating organizations:

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Kentucky Lung Cancer Research Program




The Administrative Core team:

picture-6064-1419362336Jamie Studts, PhD, Principal Investigator
Professor Department of Behavioral Science
University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Director of Clinical and Community Research Shared Resource Facility Markey Cancer Center 

Director, Team Science, University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science 

Assistant Director, Cancer Prevention and Control Program, University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center

I am a licensed clinical health psychologist who conducts cancer prevention and control research addressing the behavioral and psychosocial aspects of the cancer experience. Although I am not currently practicing, I developed the Behavioral Oncology Clinic at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center and served on several multidisciplinary cancer care teams. My major research interests involve developing and evaluating new approaches to reducing the burden of lung cancer in Kentucky. I serve as the Principal Investigator of the Kentucky LEADS Collaborative as well as the lead investigator for the Survivorship Care Component.  Outside of my work interests, I enjoy following my daughters’ various pursuits and supporting my beloved Iowa Hawkeyes in addition to the University of Kentucky Wildcats AND the University of Louisville Cardinals.

AllysonAllyson Yates, Program Director
Kentucky LEADS Collaborative
Lucille P. Markey Cancer Center
University of Kentucky

I join the Kentucky LEADS Collaborative with a recent background in administration of clinical oncology care. I have worked with faculty, staff, and patients in relation to all aspects of oncology care, and I serve as a member of the Markey Cancer Center Patient Advisory Group and steering committee. I am a native of Kentucky and have a strong interest in the betterment of the community, especially in education, prevention, and survivorship relating to oncology. I am also passionate about our partnering approach to bridging cancer research and practice. I am lucky to have found a collaboration involving all of those aspects within my beloved state (go C-A-T-S!) In addition to my professional interests, I enjoy the endless joy and entertainment provided by my family, running, hiking, and pretty much any outdoor activity, music, good food, local events, and traveling.

joelJoel Wheeler, Web Developer

I am a Technical Support Specialist at the Cancer Research Informatics Shared Resource Facility of the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Systems Analysis from Miami University in Oxford, OH. I’ve always been interested in PCs and helping people accomplish their goals by using computers. I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine from 2004 to 2006, where I taught English and helped students expand their opportunities via the internet. I will be providing the back end of the Kentucky LEADS website, and I hope to help the Administrative Core use the site to effectively communicate with its users.

Go2 Foundation for Lung Cancer Team:

All bios can also be found on the Go2 Foundation webpage. 

staff_emilyeyresEmily Eyres
Chief Program Officer
Go2 Foundation for Lung Cancer 
LEADS Co-Investigator

Emily Eyres has more than 20 years of fundraising and non-profit management expertise stemming from her work with the world’s largest non-profit environmental organization. She has helped to design, launch and successfully complete several multi-million dollar capital campaigns, as well as lead fundraising, marketing and board development efforts for several state and international programs. Emily was inspired to join the Alliance after experiencing her mother and father-in-law’s courageous battles with lung cancer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia.


Angela Criswell
Associate Director                                                                   Quality Screening and Program Initiatives                                    Go2 Foundation for Lung Cancer

Angela Criswell joined LCA as Field Coordinator in January 2015, arriving from the Kentucky Department for Public Health where she managed the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program.  Angela represents Go2 in the efforts on the Kentucky LEADS Collaborative (Lung Cancer Education, Awareness, Detection, Survivorship) and is based in Frankfort, KY.

A Certified Prevention Specialist, Angela previously provided statewide technical assistance to Kentucky’s network of community mental health centers and substance abuse prevention boards and coalitions on the prevention of adult high risk drinking, underage drinking, and drunk driving; from 2004 to 2009 she served as State Executive Director for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Kentucky.  Angela taught political science at the college level for 8 years and has a B.A. in Political Science from Mississippi College and an M.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.

External Evaluation: 

Dr. Michelyn Bhandari, Eastern Kentucky University

Community Advisory Board

Katie Bathje, Chair, Community Advisory Board, Program Director, Kentucky Cancer Consortium

Jennifer Frantz, Nurse Navigator, Thoracic Oncology, Norton Cancer Institute

Colette McCoy, Kentucky & Indiana

Elizabeth Holtsclaw, Health Systems Manager, State-Based, American Cancer Society

Heather Werheim, Advocacy Director, American Lung Association

Connie White, MD, Deputy Commissioner of Clinical Affairs, Kentucky Department of Public Health