CFAR Staff

Based at both Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, Third Coast CFAR staff members work with core leaders to further the center’s mission. Staff support collaborations across the Third Coast CFAR partner organizations, provide core services, and administer the center’s broad portfolio of programs and activities. Contact us at

Justin Schmandt, MPH
Associate Director

Christina Hayford, MS, MSP
Senior Research Data Analyst

Baiba Berzin, MPH
Clinical Sciences Core Manager  
Rebecca Eavou, LCSW, AM
University of Chicago Administrator

Clovis Sarmiento, MD 
Developmental Core Co-Administrator

Mike McRaven, MSL
Viral Pathogenesis Core Manager
Patricia Braboy, BS
Community Engagement Coordinator

Damon Williams, BA
Project Coordinator
Kamara Fant, MA
Marketing Assistant II

Divya Takkar, MS
Viral Pathogenesis Core Technician