Cory Laurel – Research Director. Cory Laurel received a B.A. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1997. After college she worked at Cedra Corporation performing pharmaceutical research and revising chromatography test methods. In 2000 she was hired at Thermo Fisher Scientific in Austin as a Senior Analyst, where she developed different manufacturing methods for proficiency testing products and pilot protocols. Ms. Laurel also volunteered at the National Domestic Violence Hotline and at Project Transition Doug’s House Hospice. In 2013 Ms. Laurel returned to UT Austin completing the Health Information Technology and Exchange Specialist Program, where she began working with PPR through a one-month practicum. She was hired on in April 2013 as a member of the Health Privacy Summit Team.
Ms. Laurel was brought on as the Research Director in June 2013 and works on various projects including research and design, fundraising and communication, and social media outreach.
Atalie Nitibhon – Policy Director. Atalie Nitibhon received a B.S. in Human Biology at the University of Texas at Austin in 2005. After working at the American Cancer Society, she returned to school to receive a Master of Arts in Human Services and Conflict Resolution from St. Edward’s University, then a Master of Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. While obtaining her graduate degrees, she worked as an intern for TexHealth Coalition, where she supported the organization’s work with Executive and Legislative offices during the 2009 Texas Legislative Session. Ms. Nitibhon also worked as the Health Policy intern for the Lance Armstrong Foundation, where she began researching various aspects of Personalized Medicine and different Health Information Technology initiatives. Following graduation from the LBJ School in May of 2010, she worked as the Field Director for the 2010 Donna Howard Campaign.
Ms. Nitibhon began working with PPR through the LBJ School prior to the 2011 Health Privacy Summit. Her role includes working on various projects related to research, policy, constituent outreach, PPR’s organizational operations, and planning and development of the annual Health Privacy Summits.
Karen Boyd- Administrative Director. Ms. Boyd received a B.A. in Psychology from Texas A&M University. After working extensively in the Brain and Gender research lab at Texas A&M, she returned to Austin to pursue her Masters of Arts in Counseling at St. Edward’s University. Ms. Boyd began working with PPR in May of 2012 as a media and communications intern. After her internship she was hired as an internship and media coordinator. She is now working as the administrative director managing the office, communications and outreach, organizational support, and collaborating with Dr. Peel on upcoming projects.