Heather Whetsell, MBA, CMPE, CCRP
My primary responsibility is providing senior administrative oversight for the financial, operational and strategic planning infrastructure of the Department of Population Science and Policy.
I graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (1998) and a Master of Business Administration (1999). The month following graduation, I began my career at SIU School of Medicine. First, as a statistician, responsible for analyzing neurology and Alzheimer’s disease data, then as an institutional research data coordinator, building and managing neurology databases. I also volunteered in the community, serving as an Alzheimer’s Association Memory Loss Support Group leader for five years. Over time, my interests shifted from database development to research and financial administration, and I transitioned to my current role as Administrative Director. In 2009, I completed certification as a Certified Medical Practice Executive through the American College of Medical Practice Executives, and in 2015 I achieved my Certified Clinical Research Professional designation in the Society for Clinical Research Associates. I enjoy engaging faculty and staff in developing and implementing strategies and relationships to expand population science, clinical research and educational programs, to benefit the health outcomes of residents in central and southern Illinois.