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					                               Curriculum Certificates Earned in 2006
                              The following AMWA members completed the requirements for an advanced or a core curriculum certificate in 2006.

                              Advanced Curriculum            Tejal Dalal                   Ann Stedronsky, BA            Dorothy Takacs, MS, BA
                              Certificates                   Alyssa R. Dallas, BA          Leigh Ann Topfer, MLS         Sylvia Phuong Tat
                              Wendy Alexander-Adams, ELS     Jean Picarelli Dzierzak       Terry Trimingham              Kristi B. Weber, BS, MT
                              Margaret M. Boe, RN            John Ellison                  Margaret B. Tueth, BSN, MA
                              Crescence M. Bookstein, PhD    Peter M. Fairfield            Fredrick W. Vansaun, MD       Pharmaceutical
                              Jodi Braunton, MA              Mary L. Fitzgerald, MS, RN    Anne von Rosenbach            Elizabeth A. Agostinelli, MA
                              Laura Hale Brockway, ELS       Christopher Fronek            Jane Warren, MTPW             Roberta S. Allen, PhD
                              Christina W. Chambers, MA,     Julia R. Gage, PhD            Kristina M. Wasson-Blader,    Catherine E. Baj-Lindsey,
                                ELS                          Teresa Greenstreet             PhD                           PsyD, RN
                              Elaine Crabtree, MA, ELS       Andrew R. Grounds             Diane M. Wolden               Patricia K. Bartling, MLS, MS
                              Svetlana V. Dominguez, BA      Heather A. Haley, MS          Alison F. Woo, MS, ELS        Janice Jamison Beck, BSN
                              Meher M. Dustoor, PhD          Michelle Grimaud Haus         Susan Wood                    Beverly A. Beebe, BA
                              Deborah S. Frisby, MA          Scott Hulka                   Susan M. Zeilinga             Torrance Brooksfuller, MA
                              Maxine A. Gere, MS             Deborah A. Hutchins, PhD,     Holly B. Zoog, PhD            Jason M. Bruen
                              Anna J. Hagen, PhD, ELS         ELS                                                        Kate R. Buchert, MSc
                              Shirley Hilden, PhD            Nancy J. Jacobs               Freelance                     Natasha M. Calder, MA
                              Lila J. Lande                  Catherine M. Jarrell, MA      Cheryl L. Bunch, PharmD,      Karen A. Clossey, MSEH
                              J. Donna LeBlanc, MS, ELS      Susanne Justice, BS            BCPS                         Diana L. Fisher, MS
                              Angela J. McArthur, PhD, ELS   Carol L. Kasper               Ruth Martinez, RPh            Elizabeth C. Froom, PharmD
                              Pamela E. McDaniel, RPh        Terry Keyser                  Joanne M. McAndrews, PhD      Hisako Fujii, DVM, PhD
                              Ruth A. Muenzen                Nicole C. Kouvel, PharmD      Jennifer E. Withers, ELS      Kathleen A. Gardner
                              Gayle Nicholas Scott,          Diane J. Lattanzio, MPH       Sandra C. Woodhead-Lyons,     Julie A. Gelderloos, PhD
                                PharmD, ELS                  Patricia Lightfoot, PhD        BSc                          Valerie L. Gerlach, PhD
                              Susan C. Short, BS             Henry Masters III                                           Karen R. Hartman, PhD
                              Ann M. Sutton                  David Lee Mitchell IV         Multidisciplinary             Terry L. Jopke
                              Cindy Taylor, PhD              Rebecca J. Nelson, MA         Tamara D. Ball, MD            Shahnaz B. Khan, MPH
                              Elaine B. Taylor               Rebecca O’Dell, BS            Anna Binda, PhD               Nancy La Sota, MN, RN
                              Vicki Vemuri                   Kristi A. Overgaard, BSc      Lonnie K. Christiansen, ELS   Sherri L. Lipper
                              Alice J. West                  Stephen N. Palmer, PhD, ELS   Rebecca A. Complin, BS,       Jennifer G. Martin
                                                             Barbara A. Payne, PharmD       RDMS                         Shruthi Mukund, BS
                              Core Curriculum                Carol A. Pearce, BA, MFA      Adi Ferrara, BS               Diane Murphy, MBA
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                              Certificates                   Lori Keys Pender, MPH, ELS    Anita F. W. Frijhoff, PhD     Ruth M. Noland, PharmD
                              Editing/Writing                Tim Peoples                   John G. Hand, Jr, BA          Mary E. Pritchard
                              Kimberly B. Aamodt, PharmD     Janice L. Perry, RN, BSN      Emma J. Hitt, PhD             Cheryl Purdie, RN
                              Susan Abraham                  David M. Peterson, PharmD     Cynthia L. Hooper, MA         Mark W. Rogers, BA
                              Cheryl Ann Alexander, PhD      Margaret K. Plummer           Andra Kennah, PA, MS          Steve L. Roper
                              Nicola Bond                    Prudence L. Roaf, MPH         Brita Lehmann, MD, PhD        Erica F. Schirmer, MS, MBA
                              Barbara A. Boughton            Mason W. Robbins, MS, CCRP    Denise E. Masoner, MS, MBA    Sujata Shah, BS
                              Merridy Bradley, BSc, MMsl     Regina Rosen                  Frances McFarland Horne,      Dee A. Simmons, RN, BA
                              Douglas D. Bratman, BA         Tegra A. Rosera, MA, MS        PhD, MA                      Elizabeth Stiker
                              Kelly M. Briggman, BA          Debra Sachs, MS               Vivian McGee, MTSC            Man-yee Tang, MS
                              Kristy Brunskill               Sharon L. Schwoch             Tari L. Neiffer               Sharon Tellyer, DVM, ELS
                              Catherine A. Carfagna          Ellen Shen, PhD               Monica Nicosia, PhD           Ruth A. Tickel-Logan, MS
                              Ting H. Chang, PhD             Elaine G. Sherman, BS         Joi S. Ninomoto, PharmD       Rita C. Tomlin, MT
                              Corie M. Coffman, BS           Michelle Shuffett             Cheri L. Osteen, PhD          Jane Warren, MTPW
                              Ashley W. Collinsworth, BA     Alexis Simmons                Katherine Ott, MSW, ELS
                              Melissa Cooper, MSc            Melanie A. Simpson, PhD       Paula K. Price                Public Relations/
                              Briget M. da Graca, MS         Garrett D. Sparks             Laura E. Singer               Advertising/Marketing
                                                             Gerald V. Stanton, MD                                       Gregory Cuca, MS, ELS




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                                                                                                                   MEMBER ACCOMPLISHMENTS
 AMWA Members Earn Professional
 Development Certificates
By Barbara Snyder, MA
Administrator of Education, 2006-2007                      AMWA Members Earning
AMWA’s Professional Development Certificate (PDC)          New BELS Certificates
is a great way for you to demonstrate to your
employer or your clients that you are committed to
                                                           At the 2006 AMWA Annual Conference in
professional development beyond the scope of your
                                                           Albuquerque, 17 AMWA members passed
regular job. You can earn a PDC by participating in
                                                           the certification examination given by the
qualifying activities such as attending chapter meet-
                                                           Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (BELS).
ings, serving on committees, attending non-AMWA
                                                           (See page 32 for dates of upcoming BELS
conferences, teaching, writing, and other similar
                                                           examinations.)
activities. Each of the 20 qualifying activities has a
point value, which ranges from 5 to 25. You can earn             Kristen J. Brunskill, ELS
a PDC every 2 years by accruing 50 points during                 Aurora, CO
that period.
     The following members have earned a PDC since               Natasha Calder, ELS
the program was established in 2004.                             Seabrook, TX

                                                                 Charlotte Crowder, MPH, ELS
Lanie Adamson, MS            Deborah Ann McClellan,              Brooksville, ME
Susan Bairnsfather, BSc       PhD
Diane Bell, ScD              Arnold Melnick, DO                  Elizabeth Endres, ELS
Lisa C. Blatt, MA            Jennifer L. Minigh, PhD             Seattle, WA
Christina Chambers, MA,      Gary D. Novack, PhD
                                                                 Lori Engelhardt, MA, ELS
 ELS                         Helen Osborne, Med,
                                                                 Malden, MA
Elliott Churchill, MS, MA     OTR/L
Brenda Clapper, PhD          Elizabeth A. Pector, BA, MD         Hope J. Lafferty, MA, ELS
Wim D’Haeze, PhD             Judith M. Pepin, PhD                New York, NY
Deborah A. Early , PhD       William Perlman, PhD
Genevieve-Anne Gaudreau,     Rhana Pike, MA, ELS                 Vanessa F. LeFevre, MS, ELS
 MSc, MBA                    Timothy Pingelton, MFA              Cambridge, MA
Thomas Gegeny, MS, ELS       Barbara Rinehart, MS
                                                                 Lisa Lines, ELS
Barbara C. Good, PhD         Frances Smith, PhD
                                                                 Maynard, MA
Jennifer Grodberg, PhD       Barbara Snyder, MA
Douglas Haneline, PhD        Wendell C. Taylor, PhD,             Alice V. Luddington, ELS
Bart Harvey, MD, PhD          MPH                                Mahwah, NJ
Jane M. Krauhs, PhD, ELS     Melinda Tanzola, PhD
Devora Krischer, ELS         Ruth “Sam” Uhl                      Camille S. Martin, ELS
Anita P. Kuan, PhD           Anne Marie Weber-Main,              Athens, GA
Dana J. Lawrence, DC          PhD
Lisa M. Lines, ELS                                               Anne Mattarella, ELS
                                                                 Placitas, NM
Check out the AMWA Web site (www.amwa.org) to                    Sharon Schwoch, ELS
download the application form and a voucher to                   Boulder, CO
verify chapter meeting attendance. The Education
Committee will review each submitted application                 Gertrude Stoddert, ELS
                                                                 Tampa, FL
to verify that it is complete and correct. Successful
applicants will receive certificates approximately 8             Deborah L. von Rechenberg, ELS
weeks after submitting the application.                          Waltham, MA

                                                                 Holly A. Wagner, ELS
                                                                 Webberville, MI

                                                                 Dana D. Wise, PhD, ELS
                                                                 Tucson, AZ

                                                                 Jeanie F. Woodruff, ELS
                                                                 Nassau Bay, TX




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                 Member Profile: Art Gertel
                 By Bettijane Eisenpreis




                 F
                       rom the beginning, Art Gertel’s career has been one                                           walked out of the room in
                       not so much of opportunity sought as opportunity                                              protest,” he says. “They felt
                       accepted. In the words of that immortal sage, Yogi                                            that AMWA was trying to
                 Berra: “When you reach a fork in the road—take it.”                                                 stick its big foot into Europe
                     On a career path as a bench scientist, Art was doing                                            and take over what they
                 early pharmaceutical product testing for a small contract                                           viewed as a European
                 laboratory to put himself through graduate school, when he       organization, a clear case of ‘reverse colonialism.’”
                 was asked to write up the study reports in support of get-           He refused to give up. In 1994, the European Medical
                 ting approval for clinical testing. “Writing has always been     Writers Association (EMWA) was formally created and he
                 effortless for me, so I said yes. It seemed like a very nice     was appointed to AMWA’s International Task Force, becom-
                 symbiosis between the science, which I was intrinsically         ing its Chair the following year. He has attended every
                 interested in, and the writing, which was easy,” he says.        EMWA annual meeting since its founding, and the organi-
                     After 2 increasingly responsible jobs as a science writer,   zation awarded him its first fellowship.
                 he applied for a position at the Revlon Health Care Group in         “Art Gertel was instrumental in helping establish an
                 Tuckahoe, New York, whose director of medical writing was        independent European Medical Writers Association,” com-
                 Max Losi, later president of AMWA. Losi asked him to come        ments Dr. Barry Drees, a former EMWA President. “I was
                 to an AMWA annual conference in Kansas City for the inter-       closely involved in this process from the European side and
                 view and Gertel, who had never heard of AMWA, came,              was always inspired and motivated by Art’s vision, enthusi-
                 joined, had the interview, and got the job.                      asm, and energy. I developed an immense respect for the
                     “I had been at Revlon a few years when the                   kind of man that Art is and am honored to say that he
                 Pharmaceutical Section Chair of AMWA resigned, and Max           became a good friend.”
                 asked whether I would fill in,” he says. “Once I said yes, I         Art’s involvement in AMWA’s budget process began
                 couldn’t escape. They must have realized that I lack the NO      when, as President-Elect, he was charged with helping to
                 gene, so I just kept digging myself deeper and deeper into       develop a budget for the coming year. He introduced
                 the inner workings of the organization.”                         AMWA to systematic budgeting and Excel spreadsheets. As
                     In 1988, Art became director of medical communication        President, he invited a financial planner to help the organi-
                 for Schering-Plough in Kenilworth, NJ, a position he held        zation maximize its investments and endowed the Bartleby
                 for the next 11 years. During his tenure, the department         Fund, to be used for promotion and development of
                 grew from a skeleton staff of 4 to about 32 people. “I think     AMWA.
                 we had one of the class regulatory medical writing depart-           In the years since his presidency, Art has remained a
                 ments in the industry,” he says.                                 vital force in AMWA, serving on key committees and the
                     Since 1998, he has held increasingly senior manage-          Journal Advisory Board and leading workshops at annual
                 ment-level positions in the pharmaceutical industry. For         conferences, including the last one.
                 the past 5 years, he has been Vice President of the                  “AMWA really takes to heart the spirit of sharing and
                 Beardsworth Consulting Group, Flemington, NJ, a contract         helping people to develop their professional skills.
                 research organization, in charge of medical writing, regula-     Members feel an obligation to nurture fledgling medical
                 tory affairs, quality assurance, and strategic development.      writers. I think that’s wonderful and so unusual in this
                     Like most of AMWA’s top leaders, Art has always made         world of protectiveness and self-aggrandizement,” he says.
                 time for the organization, despite his busy career. After            “Art is the pesky little brother I never had,” says AMWA
                 holding a number of Board-level positions and teaching at        Past President Barbara Good. “He’s funny, he’s smart, he’s
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                 virtually every annual conference, he served as President in     smooth, he’s a great diplomat, he’s a good teacher, and he
                 1997-1998. Two presidential accomplishments in which he          has all kinds of esoteric knowledge that he’s always surpris-
                 takes pride were strengthening international ties and creat-     ing you with. In all the years I’ve known him, he’s been like
                 ing a discipline for the budgeting and planning process.         that and never changed. We sort of grew up on the
                     “One of my soap box issues is that we are a global pro-      Executive Committee together and have a lot of in-common
                 fession and we should act like a global profession,” he says.    memories of the people who ran AMWA in the '80s and '90s.
                 In 1992, he represented AMWA at a conference of medical          I consider my friendship with him one of the best I’ve made
                 writers in Brussels and attempted to persuade the group to       in AMWA.”
                 become an AMWA affiliate. “Half the people in attendance


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