Hi everyone -
              Welcome to the first newsletter of 2019! I hope that the beginning of the year has treated you well. Life has been busy at IMPACT with promotions, new initiatives, and March Madness. Check out what we've been up to!
              Whether it be by subscribing to our newsletter or blog, joining us at one of our Making an IMPACT events, or following us on social media, we hope you'll engage with us, and don't forget to call if you need us!  We're here to help.

Mark Cierpial, CEO
In This Issue:
Making an IMPACT
Past Events
Our employees  took part in many MAI  community events.

We had the opportunity to participate in Skype with a Scientist and answer questions that elementary school kids had about what "science" entails.

To celebrate Valentine's Day, the MAI team made treat bags and special cards for everyone. <3

We were again consumed by March Madness and filled out our charity brackets. Our winners were Aaron Jones, Lena Randhawa, and Meredith Latino. They chose to support Partners in Health, CAN-TR, and St. Jude's respectively.

The IMPACT team raised money for the CFF Great Strides Walk in Chapel Hill. The walk got rained out but the fundraising will still make an impact!

In May, we partnered again with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive. Thank you to everyone who donated!
Upcoming Events
Help the Homeless Drive
In April and May we will be collecting clothing, hygiene items, food, and reading glasses for the Women's Shelter of Raleigh and the  Durham Rescue Mission.

Book Harvest Book Drive
In May, help Lena collect new or used children's books for Book Harvest to promote literacy in children in the Durham area.
Want to be part of our events?
Email Lena or Lori to join our
Making an IMPACT mailing list.

IMPACT on Health
Past Events
Healthy Habits Challenge
We finished up our healthy habits challenge; great job everyone!

Florence Forth 5K
IMPACT employees walked and ran together to raise money for Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance.

Pop-Up Yoga
We kicked off 'Pop-up Yoga'!
Anyone interested in doing yoga is emailed an invitation with the time and location!
Upcoming Events
Spring Hike
Look out for details on our
hike in May!

Meal prep discussion
We will be having an informative discussion on meal prep (bring your own lunch style)! We will share meal prep techniques and healthy recipes.
IMPACT on Literacy
IMPACT announced a new initiative to increase literacy in our
community and share our favorite books with each other.

We established the IMPACT Book Club, and our first book was The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris. We also kicked off the IMPACT Book Exchange, giving employees a chance to swap their favorite books!
IMPACT Snapshot
We celebrated Flora and Greg's blessing with yummy desserts
and fun games!
We surprised Tim and celebrated his 50th birthday. Since then, 'flat Tim' has been visiting people's offices to surprise them back!
Come Work
We are always hiring Experienced Medical Writers! Check us out!

Need help with your projects? Check out our services and our case studies/testimonials!
Drug Development & IMPACT
Wonder Where You Can Find Us?
Round up of past appearances:
March 18 - 22, 2019: Lena attended the DIA Medical Affairs and Scientific Communication Forum in Orlando, FL!

April 10, 2019: Caroline spoke at an AMWA Carolinas panel discussion on how to break into medical writing.

May 3, 2019: Nicole Tackmann and Tim Garver hosted a roundtable at the AMWA Carolinas conference.
Behind the Curtain at IMPACT
Lori Davis  was promoted to Senior Manager, Medical Writing and Program Management! Lori had an incredible 2018 as she oversaw several NDA submissions; her efforts were instrumental in making the submissions run smoothly. She also took on the "not-so-fun" tasks to allow the writers working on the project to focus on writing. Both our writers and the client truly appreciated all of her efforts. She also managed to squeeze in a variety of small projects, always stepping up to help out when she had any "spare" time. In addition, since taking on a management role, she's found her voice on the management team. Lori provides insightful and productive input at management meetings and has taken on a variety of management-related projects!

Jennifer (Jenny) Garver was promoted to Senior Manager, Medical Writing and Program Management! She entered management in 2017 and has been working closely with Kim on training and development, coming up with fabulous suggestions and working hard to start up our Senior Writers Forum. Furthermore, she served as a writer on an NDA submission while also managing projects for 2 other clients. Jenny has spread her wings this past year on some very challenging projects, including a clinical overview to accompany an RMP update, an EMA PRAC response, several sNDAs, and complicated CSR projects. And as we all know, Jenny is always the first to raise her hand to help out anyone in a jam.

Ilana Dew was promoted to Manager, Medical Writing and Program Management! Since joining IMPACT in 2016, she has demonstrated amazing writing and client management skills. She has worked on a variety of challenging and complicated projects including difficult CSRs, protocols, briefing books, and INDs. She's also doing program management work with a new early phase virtual client and has already impressed them with her organizational skills and knowledge. Ilana has proven to be a phenomenal mentor for many of our writers, spending countless hours teaching them critical skills for success with their clients. She also started the Junior Writer's Forum to help with IMPACT's continuing education.

Christine (Chrissy) Cierpial was promoted to Senior Office Manager! Since joining us in 2014, she has progressed to become an indispensable member of the IMPACT team. Chrissy supports a wide variety of functions critical to the efficient functioning of the company, including facilities management, supply ordering, finance, payroll, business development, and human resources. Much of what Chrissy does is not outwardly visible to everyone (other than our CEO), but you can assume that anything positive that happens around IMPACT has her fingerprints on it. And I'm sure we can all agree that Chrissy can organize one heck of a company event!

Ryan Overcash was promoted to Senior Clinical Research Scientist! Ryan joined us in 2016 and endured a lengthy stint as a narrative project manager, a role during which he developed great mentorship skills. Ryan's easy going attitude is much appreciated by those who have worked with him. Ryan took over safety reporting for an IND, during which he developed a great rapport with the client and brought in new medical writing business. Ryan's other project experiences include numerous protocols, an unwieldy IB (for multiple years), pharmacokinetic and nonclinical modules of an sNDA, and several CSRs. Ryan has become a reviewer for protocols and will be leading his first   Lunch-N-Learn this year.  

Cheryl Ainslie was promoted to Senior Clinical Research Scientist! Cheryl joined us last year and has quickly established herself as a consummate professional and very capable member of our team. Cheryl has worked on a variety of projects including a module 2.7.4 document, a troublesome CSR, and a "unique" CSR supplement. In recent months, Cheryl passed her RAC exam, began reviewing CSRs, seamlessly transitioned onto an IND safety reporting project, and co-founded the IMPACT on Literacy Book Club! Cheryl is also helping to develop a statistics Lunch-N-Learn. Despite being part of some difficult projects, Cheryl has remained cool, calm, and collected while always finding time to help others.
Meet Our New Medical Writing Fellows
Left to Right: Lena Randhawa (Program Supervisor),
Amanda Preston, and Kelly McMillan
Amanda Preston comes to IMPACT from Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, TN. She has experience conducting, presenting, and publishing basic medical science and clinical research. In her time away from work, she enjoys running and hiking with her dog, Shelly.

Kelly McMillan was formerly a Science Writer for the Duke Hospital Department of Pediatrics. She spent several years in China as a research assistant working on HIV vaccines. She loves science fiction and travel, and is fluent in Mandarin and Spanish. In her free time, she is a fiction writer and coaches a girl's soccer team in Durham.
Meet Our New QC Specialist
Our new QC Specialist, Kelly D'Arezzo comes
to us from ICON Clinical Research, where
she was a project manager. She studied
English at the University of New Hampshire.

In her spare time she likes to travel, hike,
and hang out with her two dogs.
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