Klein Buendel - Wednesday, 6 February 2013 11:40


mary_bullerMary Buller

In addition to small business and research administration, Mary has more than 20 years of experience leading research projects to develop skin cancer prevention and nutrition education programs for school children, college students and adults using print, interpersonal training and the Internet. Her research has been funded by grants and contracts from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2006, Klein Buendel received the national Tibbetts Award for excellence and achievement in the Small Business Innovation Research program.

Prior to co-founding Klein Buendel, Mary was president of Partners For Health Systems, Inc. (PHS), an affiliate of the AMC Cancer Research Center in Denver. Prior to PHS, Mary worked at the Arizona Cancer Center at the University of Arizona in Tucson for 11 years. From 1998 to 2001, she founded and directed the American Sun Protection Association (ASPA), a nonprofit trade association for the sun protection industry.

Mary is a member of the Colorado Public Health Association, the American Public Health Association, the International Communication Association, the American School Health Association, and the Society of Research Administrators. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Colorado Cancer Coalition and Chair of its Skin Cancer Task Force. She earned her Masters degree in Speech Communication from Texas Tech University in 1985 and her Bachelors degree in Communication from Michigan State University in 1983.


Sophia Burris

Sophia Burris

Sophia is a graduate from University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A. in Psychology. Her research experience prior to KB looked into teen truancy prevention in the Boulder area, kindergarten reading development, and musical tempos in relation to mood. Ms. Burris is currently a student in the
Instructional Design Certification Program at University of Wisconsin, STOUT.


lisa_forsterLisa Forster

Lisa is a graduate of Ohio University with an MS in Journalism. She is completing her PhD in Communications at the University of Oregon. Lisa, an Army veteran, is a former television reporter and has more than 15 years of public relations and marketing experience. Lisa implemented KB’s communications and social media strategy and assisted with business development efforts including raising awareness and interest in KB‘s health behavior programs.


KB Project Coordinator Julia Griffith

Julia Griffith

Julia graduated with her Master’s degree from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. She also earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Missouri. Prior to completing her graduate degree, she served as a Research Assistant at the Health Communication Research Laboratory at the Brown School. Julia joined KB as a Project Coordinator after completing a 4 month internship with the organization.


laura_mclaughlinLaura McLaughlin

Laura graduated from Colorado State University with a B.A. in Journalism and has worked in health-related research for over nine years. Her experience includes project development, coordination, quality control/process improvement, and regulatory compliance. Laura ensures compliance with regulatory policies under which all grants and contracts are awarded, including progress reports, data sharing, and final report requirements. Acting as the primary contact, Laura deals with all IRB submissions, approvals, and processes.


miranda_reillyMiranda Reilly

Miranda graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Journalism. As a Proposal Coordinator at KB, Miranda helps in the formation of successful grant applications, copy-edits finalized works, and maintains KB‘s library of various publications.



barb_wolkoszBarbara Walkosz

Prior to joining KB, Barbara was a Professor of Communication and the Associate Chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver. She began teaching at the University in 1997 and retired in December 2010. While Barbara’s main focus is skin cancer prevention, her scholarship also focuses on health communication and education, social marketing, media literacy and civility. Barbara received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and her Master’s degree from the University of Colorado Denver.


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