Interspond is a Trial Management Organization (TMO) founded in 2003. The founder of Interspond, Kathy S. Cox, started one of the first TMOs in the industry in 1996. The business model from that early TMO was used to create Interspond. As a TMO we seek to identify study opportunities for the sites with which we work. We then work to get sites selected for participation in clinical trials and facilitate the study start-up process for those selected sites. We work with sites across the United States that are multi-therapeutic in nature.
Recently, Interspond signed an agreement to provide exclusive business development services to a network of neurology/rheumatology/dermatology/ophthalmology sites. As a result, Interspond now has a hybrid model working with sites on an exclusive and non-exclusive (affiliated) basis.
Interspond provides exceptional value to Sponsors and CROs by quickly identifying qualified clinical research sites for participation in phase 2 through 4 clinical research studies. We then work closely with the Sponsor or CRO in executing a Confidentiality Disclosure Agreement (CDA), facilitating the completion and submission of the Feasibility Questionnaire (FQ), assisting in the scheduling of a Pre-Study Site Visit (PSSV), overseeing the completion and submission of the regulatory documents, and negotiating the contract and budget. We are ultimately responsible for paying the site’s the agreed upon budget, processing invoices, and reconciling study payments.
Kathy S. Cox, MS • President / CEO • firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathy received her Bachelor of Science in Education from UW-Whitewater in 1984 and a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from UW-La Crosse in 1989. It was there, while writing her thesis, that Kathy developed her passion for research.
Kathy started in the clinical research industry in 1989 working as a coordinator at the VA Hospital in Madison, WI. From there she moved to the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics working as a research coordinator on NIH funded asthma research studies. Kathy saw an opportunity to provide centralized business development activities for clinical research sites and was off and running having established one of the industry’s first Trial Management Organizations (TMO) in 1996. She continues to work that business model today and enjoys the reputation of being a trusted, connected, leader.
Kathy has two children who are both graduates of the University of Wisconsin. She enjoys spending time with family, traveling, speaking at conferences, fishing and officiating high school basketball games.
Peg Cox, BS • Senior Director of Operations • email@example.com
Peg graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications and a minor in Business Administration.
Peg brings 23 years of sales and marketing experience with her to Interspond. She began her career at Interspond in 2009 and since then has been involved with many facets of the business, from business development to Site Liaison, to her role now as Senior Director of Operations. Peg has a plethora of work experience in business development, personal relationship building, and project management that she brings to the Interspond team.
Peg is the mother of a lovely teenage daughter, and twin boys who are in elementary school, and a 3-year-old Golden Doodle named Roxy. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her children, extended family and friends. She likes to cook, travel and spend time outdoors, especially fishing.
Beth Biedenbender • Director of Finance • firstname.lastname@example.org
Beth Biedenbender is the oldest daughter from a family of three girls. She graduated from Waukesha North High School in 1979. She then attended UW-Waukesha from 1979 – 1981. In 1978 Beth started working at Waukesha State Bank. She worked there for 15 years, starting as a teller, then working her way up to Assistant Deposit Services Manager and Proof Manager. From 1993 to 1995 she stayed home to take care of her two children.
In 1996, Beth started working part time with a Trial Management Organization. That position developed into a full time position and she worked there until 2004. In 2005 she purchased a company that did business development for clinical research sites, which she ran until 2007. In 2008 Beth joined the Interspond team as an Associate Project Manager. She worked her way up to Project Manager, and, now, is currently the Director of Finance. In her free time, Beth enjoys bowling, fishing and going up north to their cabin with her husband of 30 years and two dogs. She appreciates the opportunity in this industry to be able to work remotely from their 40-acre homestead in central Wisconsin.
Ashley Biedenbender • Financial Associate • email@example.com
Ashley Biedenbender graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in December of 2011 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. Ashley has held management positions in multiple types of customer service industries. She has previously work for Interspond as an Administrative Assistant from 2012-2013. She took a break from administrative work to work at a state run mental health institute for 5 years. She rejoined the Interspond team in April of 2019 as a part of our finance team. Ashley has a keen attention to detail, is very organized, and with her experience in customer service and background in psychology she has a person-centered way of communicating. In her spare time she enjoys bowling in leagues and state/national tournaments, playing softball, fishing, baking, hunting, and crocheting.
Naomi Kowald, CAPSW • Finance & Contract Associate • firstname.lastname@example.org
Naomi received her Bachelor’s in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Naomi started as a Finance and Contract Associate with Interspond in June 2021. For over 10 years, she has worked to support the early identification of delays in children and connection to appropriate follow up. Throughout this work she has had the opportunity to support health systems, community-based organizations and families. She is looking forward to transferring her skills to her new position at Interspond.
In her free time, Naomi enjoys spending time with her two young children, husband, extended family and friends. She loves entertaining, cooking, gardening, canning, biking and enjoying the outdoors on her 16-acre homestead in Southern Wisconsin.
Greg Singletary, BS • Director of Business Development • email@example.com
Greg Singletary is a business development professional with (10) years of experience with Fortune 500 companies as well as local brands. He has a broad background in business development, marketing, outside sales, advertising and inside sales. Greg graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a B.S. in Communications. He began working with Apexx Group right out of college as an inside sales account executive. From there he spent three years working for a local Radio station group where he was in sales and event production. He came to Interspond in 2015 and has enjoyed every minute of it.
He’s looking forward to building many more relationships with clients wanting to discuss clinical trials or the sites which we represent. Greg has two young children , enjoys seeing live music as often as possible and also following the local Wisconsin sports teams. Go Bucky, Go Pack! When not seeking live entertainment, Greg loves to spend time with his family and go on walks with his pup Milee.
Mark Thompson, BA • Business Development Associate • firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark is a sales professional with 20 years of experience in an array of sales roles from Inside Sales to Account Management. He has worked for companies such as Spectrum Brands in the Rayovac division and at Independent Pharmacy Cooperative; which is the nations largest group purchasing organization serving independent pharmacies. Throughout his career, he has worked with diverse customers from all walks of life.
Mark is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts. Mark joined our team as a Business Development Associate in November of 2019. He looks forward to creating long term relationships that help enrich the lives of people both personally and professionally.
Mark is married with a grown daughter. He and his wife have a passion for music, both hearing live music, as well tending their large vinyl record collection. Mark also enjoys traveling, movies and motorcycles.
Brent Wood, BS • Budget & Contract Specialist • email@example.com
Brent started his career with Interspond in February 2015. Brent brings almost 30 years of professional experience from a very diverse group of businesses, which includes financial services, advertising sales, marketing and printing. Brent holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and an Associates of Applied Science Degree from Madison College.
Aaron Speiss, BS • Budget & Contract Specialist • firstname.lastname@example.org
Aaron graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016 with at Bachelor of Science in Dietetics. While in college Aaron played Ultimate Frisbee and to this day enjoys being very physically active. After graduation Aaron worked as a Nutrition Technician at University Hospital in Madison, providing diet recommendations and helping patients learn strategies to benefit their health. Working with people in this capacity helped Aaron build trusting relationships with patients from all walks of life. In addition to relationship building, he has developed an impeccable attention to detail making him a great fit for a Project Associate at Interspond. Aaron joined the Interspond Team as a Project Associate in December 2019. With his attention to detail and relationship building skills, Aaron has made a wonderful addition to the Interspond staff. In his spare time Aaron and his wife, Naomi, enjoy outdoor activities of all kinds such as rock climbing, gardening, cooking, and spending time with their pets, friends, and family.
J. Clay Best, BBA • Budget and Contract Specialist • email@example.com
Clay started as a Project Associate with Interspond in January 2021. Before joining Interspond, Clay owned a specialty metal fabricating business in Northeastern Wisconsin. In this ownership role, Clay quoted complex metal fabricating projects, dealt with hiring and training, customer inquiries, purchasing, and daily cash management. Prior to business ownership, Clay worked 5 years in Chicago as the General Manager of a chemical and petroleum packaging site. He has worked at various Fortune 500 companies such as; Greif, Brunswick (Mercury Marine), Black & Decker, and GE (Penske Logistics)
Clay graduated from the University Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a BBA in Finance.
Clay has two teenage daughters, enjoys time with family, and enjoys extensive world travel.
Sara Woitte, MS • Director of Strategic Site Relations • firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara received her undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in 1996 with a double major in psychology and human services and a minor in business management from Dakota Wesleyan University and a Master of Science degree in Community Counseling from Minnesota State University, Mankato, in 1998.
Sara studied and worked in the mental health field specializing in working with groups. She then transitioned into manufacturing where she worked for 10 years as a Production Manager. Sara was able to apply her expertise in group development and systems theory and applied this knowledge to achieve more efficient team functioning. Her style of management engendered empowerment , celebrated diversity and contributed to cultural change within the work force environment.
Sara joined the Interspond team as a Project Associate in April 2018 and has since transitioned into her new role as a Director of Strategic Site relations in May of 2019. She brings a unique blending of personal characteristics and professional experience to Interspond. Sara, along with her wife Julie and daughter Ellie also own and operate a horse boarding facility, Breakaway Stables, LLC. In her spare time she enjoys horse riding, hiking, camping and being outdoors. With purple being her favorite color, she can’t resist cheering for the MN Vikings.
Connie Upchurch, M.S.M. • Project Manager • email@example.com
Connie started as Project Associate at Interspond in November 2020. In May 2021 Connie moved into her current role as Project Manager. Before joining Interspond, Connie worked for over 30 years in telecommunications billing where she worked in positions of increasing responsibility that included the areas of customer service, client/vendor relations, and system design/maintenance.
Connie graduated from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a minor in Public Administration. She earned her Masters of Science degree in Management from Cardinal Stritch College.
Connie is married with a grown daughter and two cats (one of which thinks that they are actually a dog). She loves traveling, cruising, reading, and spending time with family.
Susie Kitzke• Project Associate • firstname.lastname@example.org
Susie started as Project Associate at Interspond in November 2020. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. For over 30 years, she has worked in education where the majority of her time was spent engaged as a fifth grade teacher. She is enthusiastically looking forward to being able to transfer her skills in leadership, relationship development, and time management to her new position at Interspond. Susie is married with two grown sons and a fur-baby, Khloe, a chocolate lab. She enjoys travel, summertime getaways to her parent’s cottage up north, and is an avid reader.
Renee Frank • Project Associate • email@example.com
Renee started as Project Associate at Interspond in April 2021. Before joining Interspond, Renee worked for over 8 years in the entertainment industry promoting concerts and selling sponsorship opportunities at festivals and venues throughout the United States.
Renee, a lifelong Madisonian, graduated from Edgewood College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and a minor in Communication Studies.
In her free time, she enjoys running, golf, pickleball, cooking and volunteering. Renee is a proud dog mom to rescue dog Marco.