<!-- 05 -->Rachelle Mainard, JD, MBA, CRA

Rachelle Mainard, JD, MBA, CRA

Business Development & Legal Advisor

Ms. Rachelle Mainard is an accomplished executive administrator and leading authority on healthcare and research administration, organizational leadership, and strategic planning and implementation. Ms. Mainard is the Business Development and Legal Advisor and a Board Member of the Metis Foundation.

As an experienced executive, she provides strategic and administrative leadership and oversight of healthcare and research administration operations for the Metis Foundation. Rachelle is committed to supporting research and healthcare delivery by evaluating, improving, and monitoring processes to ensure efficiency, compliance, and support of all constituents.

Rachelle currently serves as the Executive Administrator for the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, TX where she oversees human resources, administrative operations, policy administration, strategic planning, budgeting, and financial management for the Schools of Health Professions, Nursing, and Population and Public Health.

Formerly, Rachelle served as the Medicine Department Administrator in the area of Infectious Disease, Infection Control and Employee Health at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Her role was strategic planning and implementation, faculty relations as well as divisional and institutional support. She was also responsible for the management of finances, human resources, clinical service, clinical research, and research operations. Previously she was the institution’s Associate Director for Finance, Grants and Contracts. Rachelle is the recipient of the MD Anderson 2019 Award in Education Excellence and the 2018 MD Anderson Best Boss Award Winner.

In Tacoma, Washington, she was the Grants and Contracts Director at The Geneva Foundation, a leading non-profit organization whose sole mission is to advance military medical research. At Purdue Global University in Davenport, Iowa, she serves as an Adjunct Online Professor of Medical Law and Bioethics, Health Law, and Health Informatics.

While at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, she held positions as the Program Manager in the Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health as well as Grants and Contracts Officer in the Office of Grants and Contracts Administration. She was the Buyer/Contract Specialist for the Office of Central Procurement Services at the University of Chicago.

Rachelle earned a BS in Business Administration from Samford University, a JD from The University of Alabama School of Law, and an MBA with a concentration in Health Care from Case Western Reserve.

Rachelle is a Certified Research Administrator as well as Merit Reviewer and Ambassador with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Her professional memberships include the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), Society of Research Administrators International (SRA), National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA).

Rachelle lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, three children and French Bulldogs, Frankie and Fenny. In her spare time Rachelle enjoys reading, cooking, entertaining, and F45 workouts.