OUR CULTURE

We value a healthy work culture at Emergent where employees have a work-life balance, feel safe, valued, and an opportunity for personal and career growth.

OUR TEAM IS OUR #1 ASSET

Joe Popowicz

Joe Popowicz

Principal Consultant

Jen Dugan

Jennifer Dugan

Project Director

Jennifer Mercuri

Jennifer Mercuri

Sr. Project Manager

Emily Gentile

Emily Gentile

Project Manager

Martyna Stankute

Martyna Stankute

Project Manager

Hannah Wolfram

Hannah Wolfram

Data Analyst

Ressie Popowicz

Ressie Popowicz

HR and Marketing Manager

Sue Kutsch

Sue Kutsch

Office Manager/Bookkeeper

Lauren Albergo

Lauren Albergo

Clinical Research Associate

Sarah Dickson

Sarah Dickson

Project Coordinator

Emily Sawvell

Emily Sawvell

Project Coordinator

Frances Fischer

Project Coordinator

Hadlee Wolfram

Hadlee Wolfram

Project Coordinator

Emergent’s Office Dogs:

River Popowicz

River Popowicz

Senior Manager, Siestas

Tony Gentile

Tony Gentile

VP of Attention-Seeking Affairs

Stanley Dugan

Chief Security Officer (CSO)

Charlie Wolfram

Charlie Wolfram

Junior Data Analyst

Interested in joining our team? Visit our job page to submit a resume.

Joe Popowicz

Principal Consultant

I started Emergent Clinical in 2013 with the vision of serving as an extension of the Medical Device and Diagnostics companies. A majority of companies in the space are entrepreneurial and innovative, and I wanted to develop a service model that matched their needs in the clinical trial space.

I am most proud of the team we’ve built (and continue to build) at Emergent. We have a variety of backgrounds and strengths, but as a team, we complement one another and that benefits our clients in getting the best outcome possible. I am also motivated by the countless patients who have benefitted from products that our team has supported since 2013. They include a variety of surgical devices in orthopedic and general surgery applications, a number of diagnostics tools including a novel hematology analyzer (OLO), and the first and only FDA cleared device that modifies eating behavior through and oral device where I currently serve on the Board of Directors.

When not working at Emergent, I enjoy making memories with my family. Whether a relaxed weekend or out on a new adventure, they are my greatest joy. I also enjoy challenging myself at Spartan Races and have a goal of running an Ultra Beast in the coming years. A fun fact is that both my family and those races are responsible for motivating me to lose over 85 pounds since starting the company!

Jen Dugan

Jennifer Dugan

Project Director

I was the third official employee at Emergent, joining the company in 2015 as a Project Director. After receiving my degree in Occupational Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University, I spent two years working in direct patient care at a sub-acute rehabilitation hospital before making the move into Clinical Research. I started in the field as a Clinical Research Associate and served my time as a “road warrior” for several years before transitioning into Project Management. I spent time working for both Sponsor and service provider companies in pharmaceutical clinical research before shifting focus to medical device research.

I am happy to share my professional career once again with Joe and have enjoyed being part of the growth that has made our company what it is today. Medical Device clinical research thrives on the more personalized, relationship-driven interactions both with our Sponsor clients as well as our clinical sites. Our success is driven by our ability to work in partnership with our customers. I started my professional career wanting to improve the lives of patients and my last 20 years in Clinical Research has allowed me to continue doing that in ways that are constantly evolving and include many different therapeutic areas.

In my every day life, I love spending time with my husband John and my two amazing kids, Kaitlyn and Colin. I am happiest when relaxing on the beach, getting lost in a good book, going for a run or best of all, enjoying good food and even better wine with family and friends.

Jennifer Mercuri

Jennifer Mercuri

Sr. Project Manager

I joined Emergent in 2014 as a Project Manager and have had the opportunity to help start up and oversee clinical research projects for both the medical device and pharmaceutical industries. After receiving a Master of Science in Bioengineering from Clemson University, I went on to work at The Hawkins Foundation and several medical device companies, including Stryker Orthobiologics (where I met Joe and Jen). In addition to my position at Emergent, I also lecture on Regulatory and Clinical Affairs in the Bioengineering Department at Clemson University.

My husband Jeremy and I live with our daughter, Emily, and two dogs in Piedmont, South Carolina. We love staying active outdoors, volunteering in our community, and spending time at the beach.

Emily Gentile

Emily Gentile

Project Manager

I joined the Emergent Clinical team in November 2019. Prior to Emergent, I gained experience in the industry while working in the regulatory sector for oncological clinical trials, and then later as a clinical research coordinator focusing on spine trials. As a Project Manager at Emergent Clinical, I manage and provide support for a number of multi-center trial covering a variety of therapeutic areas. In addition to my experience, I am positive, goal-oriented, and personable and I carry these qualities into my work

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, family, friends, and my golden retriever – Tony.

Martyna Stankute

Martyna Stankute

Project Manager

In November 2023, I became a Project Manager at Emergent Clinical, having previously coordinated studies with a focus on spine and endovascular treatment.  Given my personal experience with spine surgery, I possess a profound interest and dedication to advancing spine-related research. Additionally, I have recently expanded my expertise in study start-up for Oncology studies in different phases.

In my free time I enjoy a good read, cooking, and a walk in the nature.

Hannah Wolfram

Hannah Wolfram

Data Analyst

I joined the Emergent team in 2018 as a project coordinator while completing my degree in Applied Economics, German and Theater at Ursinus College. Since then, I have transitioned into a Data Analyst role which has allowed me to capitalize on my strengths as a highly detail oriented individual. As a Data Analyst, I build and manage eCRFs within EDC systems to support our clients unique data collection needs. 

In my free time you can find me coaching lacrosse or basketball, traveling, or working on a DIY home project. 

Ressie Popowicz

Ressie Popowicz

HR and Marketing Manager

I joined the Emergent Team in 2017 as a Project Coordinator. I received a Master of Science in Education and Special Education from Gwynedd Mercy University and worked for 15 years in the world of Education and Applied Behavior Analysis.  I have an extensive background working with people with diverse backgrounds and skill sets, which has assisted me in practicing patience, compassion and understanding on how to work to a person’s strengths. 

I enjoy working at Emergent because the atmosphere is both unique and challenging. I am grateful to work with such an intelligent and grounded team because we know how to hustle but we share many laughs along the way too.  

I pride myself on building relationships with our partners and I genuinely feel like we are an extension of our clients’ companies because we offer a more personal experience. 

When I’m not working you can usually find me having some sort of fun. I enjoy nature, dining out, going to the shore, and relaxing with my family and friends at the lake. I am passionate about creating life experiences and living life to the fullest. 

My motto: Collect moments, not things.

Sue Kutsch

Sue Kutsch

Office Manager/Bookkeeper

I joined the Emergent Clinical team in October 2022 as the Office Manager/Bookkeeper.  Prior to Emergent, I spent most of my career working in the Public Accounting field. I’m looking forward to utilizing my skills and working with the Emergent team.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and going to the beach.

Lauren Albergo

Lauren Albergo

Clinical Research Associate

I joined the Emergent Clinical team in 2022. Prior to Emergent, I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences with a minor in Biology from Monmouth university, while competing as a Division one Athlete. My work experience includes an internship in the Research and Development department for Stemline Therapeutics NYC during my time as a college student. My personal characteristics exhibit my positive approach to interactions and collaborative mindset with a focus on teamwork and leadership. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family.

Sarah Dickson

Project Coordinator

I joined the Emergent Clinical team in February 2023 with a deep-rooted passion for innovation and healthcare. I am simultaneously pursuing my part-time role while completing my degree in Materials Science and Engineering with a minor in Biological Sciences at Clemson University. My early experiences as a participant in clinical trials in my teenage years sparked an interest in medical research. With the opportunity of working at Emergent and contributing to the development of cutting-edge solutions, I am dedicated to making a meaningful impact in the realm of healthcare.

Emily Sawvell

Emily Sawvell

Project Coordinator

I joined the Emergent Clinical team in September 2023 as a part-time Project Coordinator. I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Bioengineering at Clemson University with a focus on Regenerative Medicine. I first became interested in clinical trials when working with The Hawkins Foundation on a study comparing steroid injection with amniotic tissue injection for patients with knee osteoarthritis. I enjoy working at Emergent Clinical because it provides me the opportunity to improve the lives of others in a variety of therapeutic areas.

In my spare time I enjoy playing tennis with my husband, reading, and spending time outdoors with my dogs. 

Frances Fischer-emergent clinical

Frances Fischer

Project Coordinator

I joined the Emergent Clinical team in November of 2023 as a Project Coordinator.  I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Recreational Therapy and a minor in Health Science from Clemson University in 2004.  After graduating, I began working as a Certified Child Life Specialist at Shriners Hospital for Children in Greenville, South Carolina.  During my 13 years there I expanded my experience and knowledge in the pediatric orthopedic world and grew to love the medical field.  From there I entered a role in the school system for five years but hoped to return to the medical field. I love meeting new people and thrive with a team approach.  In my free time I love running, the outdoors, spending time with my children, and hanging out with friends.

Hadlee Wolfram

Hadlee Wolfram

Project Coordinator

I joined the Emergent Clinical team in 2023 as a project coordinator. I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Norwich University while working a part time job as a publicity coordinator at a music publicity company. 

In my free time, I enjoy traveling and spending time with friends and family.

River Popowicz

River Popowicz

Senior Manager, Siestas

I joined the Emergent team in 2019. You can find me rummaging through trash, crunching numbers, and taking naps.

Tony Gentile

Tony Gentile

VP of Attention-Seeking Affairs

I joined the Emergent team in 2021 as a tennis ball liaison, but but quickly climbed the corporate ladder to a VP position in the attention seeking department. In my free time I enjoy aged bones, long walks in the park, and squirrels.

Stanley Dugan

Chief Security Officer (CSO)

I joined the Emergent team in 2023 as entry level security personnel.  However, it wasn’t long until I devoted all of my brain power to interpreting smells around the office and quickly became the Chief Security Officer at Emergent.  When I’m not sniffing out trouble, you can find me lounging on my favorite gray chair and making my rounds in the office for some attention and treats.  People often refer to me as a “good boy” and I would agree with them.

Charlie Wolfram

Charlie Wolfram

Junior Data Analyst

I joined the Emergent team in 2023 as a friendly little pup and my heart is as big as my paws.  I have learned the details of clinical trials by shadowing on numerous projects in different therapeutic areas.  When I’m not working at excelling in my career, you can find me out in nature getting exercise and enjoying extra love and attention.