Meet Our Staff

We are pleased to introduce the ATHN staff—the people who are working every day to help ATHN achieve our goals and realize our mission. At ATHN, we all share a commitment to securing data, advancing knowledge, and transforming care for the bleeding and clotting disorders community.

Crystal Watson

Crystal Watson, ATHN's President and CEO has over 25 years of experience working in the blood disorders community in both government and nonprofit organizations. Since joining ATHN in 2008, Crystal has successfully championed the evolution of the technology and infrastructure underpinning the national database now being used to support research and surveillance.

Prior to joining ATHN, Crystal was with the CDC in the Division of Blood Disorders and the National Center for Public Health Informatics and spent 10-years with Hemophilia of Georgia. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina.


Linda Magliocco

Before joining ATHN, Linda Magliocco was the director of finance and CFO at the Mary M. Gooley Hemophilia Center in Rochester, New York for 26 years. She began working with ATHN in2006 as a volunteer helping with bookkeeping. She was invited to come on board full time as our finance director in 2013 and now serves as Vice President of Finance and Administration.


Moses Miles

Moses Miles is the Vice President, Research & Informatics at ATHN. His current focus is on how technology can be used to improve the capture, analysis, and visualization of data with the goal of providing clinicians and researchers with the analytic tools needed to improve patient outcomes. For the past 8 years, Moses has been instrumental in the development of ATHN’s technical strategy culminating in the implementation of the ATHNdataset, Clinical Manager, Study Manager, and Research Support Infrastructure. Before ATHN, Moses was a technology consultant. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia.


Dunlei Cheng

As ATHN’s biostatistician, Dunlei Cheng advises external investigators and in-house staff in designing research projects, conducting feasibility assessments and performing primary and secondary data analyses. He is responsible for producing the ATHN Research Report, a summary of ATHNdataset on a quarterly basis, and responding to ad-hoc queries.

Dunlei received his PhD in Statistics from Baylor University. For more than 10 years, he has worked on many observational studies, clinical trials, and funded scientific research projects, which have resulted in more than 30 peer-reviewed papers. He has utilized state-of-the-art statistical methods, including bootstrap, mixed model, multiple imputation, semi-parametric regression, propensity score, stochastic system, and meta-analysis, when these approaches are desirable for better answering the research questions and understanding available data. He is fluent with statistical software SAS and R, as well as SQL syntax.


Karen Droze

As the program director for the National Hemophilia Program Coordinating Center (NHPCC), Karen devotes her time to the national quality improvement initiative, as well as other NHPCC working group activities and communications. She has a Master of Science degree from the University of South Florida, and over 25 years of experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit health care sector. Before joining ATHN in June 2016, Karen served for 14 years as the regional coordinator for the Southeast Region Hemophilia Network at Hemophilia of Georgia.


Nikki Hirsh

As Director, Research Programs, Nikki Hirsh is responsible for establishing processes to standardize and streamline the management of research programs at ATHN. She supervises program managers as well as collaborates with principal investigators on research protocols and publications. In her previous position at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University, Nikki successfully developed standard operating procedures, templates, and quality control forms. She has 12 years of experience in clinical trials within private practice, corporate, and academic settings. She has a MS degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Capella University.


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