Leadership & Staff

Research!America's dedicated staff are willing to work with you on your efforts to advocate for research to improve health.


The Honorable Michael N. Castle Susan Dentzer, Chair of Research!America’s Board of Directors, is one of the nation's most respected health and health policy thought leaders and a frequent speaker and commentator on television and radio. She is President and CEO of America's Physician Groups.

More about Susan Dentzer. 

Mary WoolleyMary Woolley is the president and CEO of Research!America. Under her leadership, Research!America's membership has more than quadrupled as it has earned the attention and respect of research, media, and community leaders with its signature public opinion surveys and advocacy resource materials.

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Leadership team

Mike Coburn

Michael Coburn is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Throughout his more than 30 years serving the nonprofit sector, his focus on optimizing organizational performance through strong governance, sound financial management, innovative program development and passionate advocacy has blazed a track record of success with prominent mission-based organizations. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer of The Arc of the United States, President and CEO of the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, and in management and leadership roles with a number of national nonprofit organizations. Mike currently serves on the advisory Board of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, which aims to facilitate the medical community’s awareness-raising efforts of the impact of climate change on health.

Eleanor (Ellie) Dehoney

Ellie has been Vice President of Policy and Advocacy since March of 2011. Prior to joining Research!America, Ellie served as a Legislative Director in the office of Senator Sherrod Brown. Ellie also served as the legislative director for Brown in the House of Representatives, where she maintained lead responsibility for work related to his role as Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee. Before joining Brown’s staff, Ellie served as a Legislative Assistant for former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle. 

Jenny Luray

Jenny Luray is Vice President of Strategy and Communications. Jenny served as Chief of Staff to former Senator Barbara Mikulski, Legislative Director to Congresswoman Nita Lowey and Deputy Assistant to the President in the Clinton White House. She directed U.S. policy and government affairs for BD and Abbott as well as led the Susan G. Komen Advocacy Alliance as its president. Jenny sits on the Governing Committee of the FDA-supported NESTcc, and on the Advisory Council of the Brown University School of Public Health. 

Anne Mandeville

Anne Mandeville is Vice President of Development and Membership. An accomplished fundraising professional, Anne previously worked at the The Children’s Inn at NIH where she led corporate, foundation and special events fundraising and development operations. Anne’s prior experience includes establishing and managing the corporate partnerships program for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and for the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), where she launched and led the corporate partnerships program for seven years. Anne has also worked as a consultant for both RSM McGladrey and Deloitte Consulting and served as the Director of Member Programs for the Federal Bar Association.



Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Director of Operations
Executive Assistant
Operations and Database Coordinator

Development and Membership

Vice President of Development and Membership
Senior Director of Development and Membership
Director of Membership

Policy, Advocacy and Programs

Vice President, Policy and Advocacy
Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer
Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy Programs
Manager of Policy & Advocacy
Global Health R&D Program Manager
Global Health R&D Operations and Events Coordinator
Dr. Louis Sullivan Science Policy Fellow
Global Health R&D Advocacy Fellow
Dr. Leroy Hood Science Policy Fellow
Program Associate
Science Policy Intern, Internship sponsored by Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Communications and Civic Science

Vice President of Strategy and Communications
Senior Director of Communications
Director of Communications
Manager of Science Initiatives and Outreach
Manager of Communications and Marketing
Science Communications Intern, Internship sponsored by Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Luck shouldn't play a role in why I'm alive.
Laurie MacCaskill, a seven-year pancreatic cancer survivor