A New Research Operations Department at the Clinic for Special Children

Patient focused research has always been an important component of CSC’s mission.  We strive to translate research and medical knowledge into practical benefit for the patient families we serve.  In order to better support our research programs, we have some exciting staff changes to announce.  A Research Operations team has been established to manage and organize ongoing and future research.  Karlla Brigatti, MS, LCGC has been appointed the Research Operations Director and will lead the team.  Karlla will also join the leadership team of the Clinic.  Millie Young, RN has been appointed the Research Nurse and will work with Karlla and the rest of the CSC team to achieve research goals.  Keturah Beiler, RN has moved from a part-time nurse to a full-time nurse and will be providing clinical support to Dr. Strauss.  We hope these changes will further advance our mission of serving children and adults who suffer from genetic and other complex disorders!

Dr. Erik Puffenberger’s 20th Anniversary of Service!

This week we celebrate a very important staff milestone: our laboratory director, Dr. Erik Puffenberger’s, 20th anniversary of employment at the Clinic for Special Children. Over the last 20 years Dr. Puffenberger, PhD has devoted his service at CSC to determining the genetic causes of disease in order to help improve and save the lives of those living with rare genetic conditions. For about eight years, he performed all functions of our laboratory by himself including genetic testing, scientific research, and laboratory analytics. He has contributed original research and findings to many peer-reviewed publications, sharing knowledge that has been translated into effective medical care. Because of his expertise and dedication, CSC is now able to offer affordable world-class laboratory services with unparalleled efficiency. Thank you for your service!



Please Join Us in Welcoming Teresa Rineer, Development Director

Please join me in welcoming Teresa Rineer, BS to CSC as our Development Director. Teresa graduated magna cum laude from Millersville University with her Bachelors of Science degree in communications and a concentration in public relations. She is currently a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

As the Clinic for Special Children’s Development Director, Teresa is responsible for providing opportunities for support, stewarding philanthropic relationships, and serving on CSC’s leadership team. Prior to joining the Clinic, Teresa was the Associate Director of Development for a continuing care retirement community where she significantly increased revenues for special events and exceeded fundraising goals for the organization. She says of her service in development, “It is rewarding knowing that my work helps provide underserved individuals with state of the art care and essential services that they need and deserve.”

“I am honored to be a part of the Clinic Team and feel grateful to be able to share my passion for helping others, along with my professional experience and education in a way that will support the Clinic’s mission and help the patients at CSC. I look forward to building lasting relationships with donors, patients and their family members, as well as the Clinic’s staff and Board.”

Welcome, Teresa!