Meng Cheng, Ph.D., Director of Information Services Practice

Dr. Cheng is the Director of Technical Services for Cygnus and has oversight of all work in this practice area. Dr. Cheng brings expertise managing critical technical services projects. This includes subject matter support for a range of biomedical information, research and evaluation, and other scientific project needs. She brings more than a decade of experience as a senior chemist and programming and information technology specialist. Dr....

Michael J. Palumbo, M.B.A., Director of Scientific and Technical Services

Michael Palumbo has more than 30 years of as a senior management executive and project management consultant. He has diverse and in-depth experience serving a large number of clients representing federal, state, and local government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and national and local non-profits. His work has included his role as President and Group Manager of a dynamic 100+ employee information technology firm, and as a Senior Project...

Dorota Ponikiewska, M.L.S., Director of Information Services Practice

Ms. Ponikiewska is the Director of Information Services for Cygnus. She has led innovative consumer health and biomedical librarianship and information support initiatives for a range of Federal and private sector clients for more than two decades. Ms. Ponikiewska has years of high-level managerial and project experience as a librarian of health information used worldwide by consumers, practitioners, researchers, and key health organizations...

Barbara Ruffino, M.A., Director Human Capital and Organizational Development Practice

Ms. Ruffino, Cygnus’ Director of Human Capital and Organizational Development practice area, has more than 30 years of experience in management consulting, organizational development, and strategic planning. Ms. Ruffino has served as a senior government official at the Federal and State levels and is experienced in assisting corporate directors and officers in developing programs and activities designed to enhance employee and organizational...

Sandra Lafe, M.B.A., Director Health Communications Practice

Ms. Lafe has had a distinguished career as a senior management and communications executive providing expertise in communications, publishing, digital media, management consulting, and business expansion and transition strategies for academic, research, Federal and nonprofit markets. She currently provides governing leadership for Cygnus’ health communications practice. Ms. Lafe has more than two decades of successful experience leading a...

Sherrie-Wain Aitkens, Ph.D., Director of Research and Evaluation

Dr. Sherrie Aitken-Wain serves as Cygnus’ Director of Research and Evaluation where she leads our team of social scientists, epidemiologists, survey researchers, program evaluators, and health professionals to design and conduct complex and scientific research, business and operational analyses, program evaluation, and policy analyses.

Dr. Aitken-Wain earned her Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy Research from the George...

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