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Executive Bios

Peggy L. Young, M.S.
President and CEO
NOVA Research Company
Peggy L. Young is President and Chief Executive Officer of NOVA Research Company. Peggy founded NOVA in 1986 to provide inNOVAtive research support services to Federal programs of the Department of Health and Human Services, particularly the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Peggy's vision for NOVA was to facilitate the timely transfer of technology and information from research and clinical labs for use by policy makers, health care providers, and the general public. NOVA's research has centered on "special populations," including women and children at risk for HIV/AIDS, cancer survivors, substance abusers, and those affected by cancer health disparities. Since 1986, NOVA has maintained its core program areas and expanded into grant research in the behavioral sciences; software development and educational products under the Small Business Innovation Research program; multimedia technology development; and community outreach and recruiting for clinical trials.

Prior to starting her own business, Peggy was a biochemist at Riker Labs, a pharmaceutical company in Northridge, California; a research associate at the UCLA School of Medicine, performing basic research in the laboratories of Drs. Sidney Roberts and George Popjak; and a senior lab technician at the Frederick Cancer Research and Development Center in Frederick, Maryland. She is coauthor of more than 20 scientific articles published in peer-reviewed journals.

At NOVA, Peggy was a hands-on senior manager for the first 10 years of operations. For the past 9 years, she has mentored other staff in management responsibilities and assumed the role of strategic planner and operations coordinator. Peggy's latest endeavor is to expand NOVA's services and products overseas. She caught the international "bug" while traveling on trade missions to Paris; Amsterdam and The Hague in the Netherlands; Egypt; Kenya; and, for the Department of Commerce, to Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa. As a result of contacts made through these missions, she and NOVA's Executive Vice President-and Peggy's husband-Paul Young, are collaborating on a National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded research project in South Africa with the University of Cape Town and The Medical Research Council.

Peggy has a bachelor's degree in Biology from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, and a master's in Biochemistry from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Through NOVA Research Company, Peggy supports many charitable endeavors, including the Bedford County Special Olympics, Maryland Special Olympics, Juniata College, Strathmore Music Center, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, and Healing the Children. Under her leadership, NOVA has received numerous awards, including the Small Business Administration Administrator's Award for Excellence and the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Achievement Certificate. She enjoys cooking, music, cycling, and family gatherings with her 2 children, 3 grandchildren, and her mother and 10 siblings, who live in Pennsylvania.
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Paul A. Young, M.B.A., M.P.H.
Executive Vice President and Research Director
NOVA Research Company
Paul Young is Executive Vice President and Research Director at NOVA Research Company. He directs NOVA's behavioral and informatics research, research support and program evaluation contract studies, and information technology and data management support services to Federal and commercial clients. These studies encompass NIH R01 and R03 research grants and National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) research support contract services. Paul also directs NOVA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) projects-particularly development of software products, including NOVA's Questionnaire Development System software suite (QDS™). As Subcontract Program Director, he assists Northrop Grumman in managing information technology services to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) under their CDC Information Technology Services contract.

Paul has served as Principal Investigator and Project Director on multiple CDC and NIH research services contracts, supporting CDC's National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention; the National Cancer Institute (NCI); National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA); National Institute on Aging (NIA); and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). These research studies focus on disease prevention interventions; health education and awareness; evaluation of service programs targeted to patients experiencing health care disparities; evaluation of costs of health disparities; cancer education and control; HIV/AIDS prevention and surveillance; substance abuse and tobacco research studies, and similar research addressing minority and rural population health services delivery and the elimination of health disparities. He has also conducted research and evaluation projects for other agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), such as the Office of Minority Health (OMH), Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Prior to cofounding NOVA, Paul supported multiple NCI contracts, including directing informatics support to the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program and the NCI-Frederick Computer and Statistical Services contract. At Logistics Management Institute, he conducted Department of Defense (DoD) information systems evaluations and systems design and development studies. At Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (now KPMG), he conducted health care delivery systems evaluations and alternative use studies as well as DoD program management and financial systems studies. For previous employers-Litton Industries, Computer Sciences Corporation, Planning Research Corporation, and IBM, he was involved in all aspects of information systems design, development, programming, testing, operation, and system and user support.

Paul has a bachelor's degree in Economics with a secondary major in Chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); an MBA in Organization Management and Communications from the UCLA Anderson School of Management; and an MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health (now Bloomberg School of Public Health). His interests include photography, cycling, birding, science fiction, history, and music.
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Dana M. Young, J.D.
Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel
NOVA Research Company
As CFO, Dana oversees NOVA's accounting and contract management activities; prepares and reviews corporate and project operating budgets; oversees audits; oversees facilities and equipment issues (exclusive of computer hardware and software); and oversees human resources and personnel benefits. She also participates in business planning and development activities. As General Counsel, Dana coordinates regulatory and legal issues with appropriate internal and external groups. She works with NOVA's Vice President of Human Resources to maintain staff awareness of critical workplace issues and policies.

Dana also possesses in-depth expertise in writing for the health research arena. She has a bachelor's degree in Public Policy/Health Policy from Duke University and a background in policy development, implementation, and evaluation. She received her Juris Doctorate from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo and practiced corporate law for 4 years in Cincinnati, Ohio, managing large-volume financing transactions and small-business development issues. Her tenure at NOVA includes undertaking strategic planning projects, program evaluations, and science writing. Since 1993, she has provided management and writing support to the prestigious National Cancer Institute President's Cancer Panel, a three-member panel that currently includes cancer survivor Lance Armstrong. She also manages other health policy-related projects for the National Cancer Institute.

Outside of work, Dana juggles a household of three school-age children and two dogs, a cat, a ball python, and a hamster with her husband Matt Frentsos, a science teacher at Washington Episcopal School. Her hobbies include biking, coaching girls' soccer, photography, and traveling.
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