Leadership Team

Kim Aliffi

Kim is Administrative Coordinator at Vivli, where she is responsible for supporting leadership in their day-to-day operations.

Prior to joining Vivli, Kim worked with a commercial real estate firm as an Executive Assistant, supporting a team of brokers and developing standard operating procedures. Kim holds an Associate of Science degree in Public Health.

Azusa Tsukida

Azusa joined the Vivli team in 2022 as a Senior Advisor. Azusa will be focusing on clinical data sharing and outreach in Japan. Before joining Vivli, she has nearly 15 years’ experience as leader for the Biostatistics & Programming Department at Sanofi in Tokyo. She holds a degree in algebraic geometry from Tokyo Woman’s Christian University.

Bill O’Neil

Bill O’Neil is a Principal Software Engineer at Vivli.

Prior to joining Vivli, Bill worked at Parexel International where he led teams developing and implementing applications for supporting clinical trials, including the management of documents for same.  Prior to Parexel Bill was with various commercial ERP software companies developing critical applications for business, including material management for manufacturers, order management, and SharePoint administration.

Irene Troupansky

Irene Troupansky is the Senior Software Architect at Vivli.

Prior to joining Vivli, Irene was a Senior Software Architect at Examity where she helped the company to launch its first Cloud SaaS Multi-Tenant version of Examity Platform and lead its further design and development through the company rapid growing, insuring Examity’s leading place as online proctoring provider. Prior to Examity, Irene was a Lead Architect/Developer at Tracker Systems, where she helped the company to upgrade its product to a Cloud SaaS version and lead the product further design and development.

William Gourgiotis

William joined the Vivli team in 2021 as a Technical Operations Specialist.

He Holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from UMass Lowell and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Plymouth State University. Before joining Vivli, William worked for the State of New Hampshire at the Department of Information Technology (DoIT), providing technical support to state employees.

Catherine D’Arcy

Catherine D’Arcy is a Program Manager for Vivli. Prior to joining Vivli, Catherine gained 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, most recently managing data sharing requests for GlaxoSmithKline, and prior to that within clinical trial operations. She has a bachelor degree in Medical Biochemistry from the University of London.

Sienna Dear

Sienna joined the Vivli team as an Executive Assistant and has since transitioned into the role of Project Coordinator.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus in psychology from Harvard College. She is an AmeriCorps alumni having served two years with City Year Boston. Prior to joining Vivli, Sienna worked with an education nonprofit supporting organization operations and executive leadership.

Michael Stebbins, PhD

Michael Stebbins is the President of Science Advisors, a science and health consulting firm he founded in 2018 to provide science, technology, and public policy guidance to private companies, philanthropies, and non-profit organizations. He previously served as the Vice President of Science and Technology for the Laura and John Arnold Foundation where he was responsible for identifying and pursuing opportunities for philanthropic investment in Science and Technology. While at the Arnold Foundation he led initiatives that opened public access to data and publications created in the course of federally funded scientific research, and championed efforts in scientific reproducibility. His work at the Foundation addressed a broad set of critical issues including FDA policy on transparency, improving organ donation rates, leveraging the intellectual property sitting on shelves of universities and Federal agencies as well as opening access to scientific research publications and data.

Dr. Stebbins served as the Assistant Director for Biotechnology in the Obama White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. At the White House, he developed eight Executive Orders and other directives addressing issues ranging from the antibiotic resistance crisis to restoring pollinator health. His work led to broad changes in practice across the Federal government regarding the purchasing of bio-based products, improving veterans’ mental health, increasing access to federally funded scientific research publications and data, improving scientific reproducibility, evaluating and addressing the preferential purchasing of antibiotic free meats, reforming the regulatory system for biotechnology products, and improving the management of scientific collections.

Dr. Stebbins previously served as a science advisor to the Obama Presidential Campaign and on the Obama White House Transition Team. He is the former director of biology policy for the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) where he led their biosecurity project. His work at FAS led to changes in how agents are trained to interact with scientists at the FBI Training Academy at Quantico. His team developed the first tools to train scientists on dual-use research of concern. He co-founded, and served on the board of directors for, Scientists and Engineers for America, and served as President of Scientists and Engineers for America Action Fund. In addition, Dr. Stebbins worked as a legislative fellow for U.S. Senator Harry Reid and a public policy fellow for the National Human Genome Research Institute. He is a former adjunct professor of bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to Washington, he was a senior editor at Nature Genetics.

Dr. Stebbins serves on the National Academies of Science Board of Research Data and Infrastructure. He received his B.S. in biology at SUNY Stony Brook and his Ph.D. in genetics while working at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Eric Perakslis, PhD

Eric Perakslis, PhD, is a Rubenstein Fellow at Duke University, where his work focuses on collaborative efforts in data science that span medicine, policy, engineering, computer science, information technology, and security, while also contributing to training and mentoring future leaders in the field. Immediately prior to his arrival at Duke, he served as Chief Scientific Advisor at Datavant, Lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School, and Strategic Innovation Advisor to Médecins Sans Frontières.

Eric was Senior Vice President and Head of the Takeda R&D Data Science Institute, where he built an integrated institute of more than 165 multi-disciplinary data scientists serving all aspects of biopharmaceutical R&D and digital health. Prior to Takeda, Eric was the Executive Director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics and the Countway Library of Medicine, an Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and a faculty member of the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program at Boston Children’ Hospital.

During his time at HMS, Eric focused on the approval of the Department of Biomedical Informatics as a full academic department, the development of the NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Network, industry collaborations, leading the technology efforts for multiple Ebola response programs, and building active research programs in medical product development, regulatory science, and cyber security.

Prior to HMS, Eric served as Chief Information Officer and Chief Scientist (Informatics) at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In this role, Eric authored the first IT Strategic Plan for FDA and was responsible for modernizing and enhancing the IT capabilities as well as in silico scientific capabilities at FDA.

Prior to his time at FDA, Eric was Senior Vice President of R&D Information Technology at Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals R&D and member of the Corporate Office of Science and Technology. While at J&J, Eric created and open-sourced the tranSMART clinical data system, which is now being freely used by hundreds of healthcare organizations. During his 13 years at J&J, Eric also held the posts of VP R&D Informatics, VP and Chief Information Officer, Director of Research Information Technology, and Director of Drug Discovery Research. Prior to working at J&J, Eric was the Group leader of Scientific Computing at ArQule Inc.

Eric has served on the editorial board of Cancer Today magazine and as the Associate Editor for Novel Communications for the Journal of Therapeutic Innovation and Regulatory Science. Eric has also served on Science and Technology Advisory Committees and in leadership roles for the American Society of Clinical Oncology, NuMedii, Precision for Medicine, the Survivor Advisory Board at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the Kidney Cancer Association, OneMind4Research, and the Scientist – Survivor program of the American Association for Cancer Research. Internationally, Eric has served as the Chief Information Officer of the King Hussein Institute for Biotechnology and Cancer in Amman, Jordan.

Eric has a PhD in chemical and biochemical engineering from Drexel University. He also holds BSChE and MS degrees in chemical engineering.

Gabriela Regan

Gabriela joined the Vivli team in 2019 as an Executive Assistant, transitioned into a Project Coordinator role, and has now taken on the role of Clinical Data Manager.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Boston University and has previously been involved in transplant research and administration. Before joining Vivli, her most recent position was in a community teaching hospital, where she assisted the executive leadership team with both clinical and organizational projects.