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Meet the HSG Staff members:
Shari Kinel - HSG Executive Director

Elise Kayson - HSG Head Study Coordinator

Liz McCarthy - HSG Administrative Manager



Shari Kinel, JD
HSG Executive Director (Term 2011-2014)

Shari Kinel is the Executive Director to the Huntington Study Group.  As Executive Director, she will oversee governance, grants, contracts and selected projects of the HSG and provide legal counsel and assistance for critical programs.  Shari is an attorney who has over 15 years of diverse legal experience in a variety of industries including government, financial services, and pharmaceuticals.

Shari started her career at the US Department of Labor and the US Department of Justice in Washington, DC.  She then joined Chase Manhattan’s Bank’s legal team in 1992.  Since 1998, Shari has been active in her own practice representing organizations in business matters involving regulatory compliance, contracts, and corporate policies and procedures.  She also spent time on the legal staff at Celltech Pharmaceuticals. Shari is a graduate of Brandeis University and she earned a law degree from SUNY Buffalo.  She is admitted to practice law in both New York State and the District of Columbia.  A native of Rochester, Shari has been an active member and advisor for several not-for-profit organizations in the community where she lives with her husband and twelve year old twins.
Shari is excited about working with the HSG and says, “I am honored to be a part of such an innovative team and an organization that has such a strong and positive mission.  I look forward to working with the extended HSG team and to helping the organization continue to accomplish its objectives.


Liz McCarthy
HSG Administrative Manager

Liz McCarthy is currently the Administrative Manager for the Huntington Study Group. This position entails planning the Huntington Disease Clinical Research Symposium, serving on and assisting various HSG Committees, such as the Executive Committee, Credentials Committee, and Nominating Committee, aiding the planning of the HSG Annual Meeting and serving other administrative purposes.
Liz was born and raised in Rochester, NY. She graduated from the University of Richmond with a B.A. in International Studies with a double minor in Anthropology and Studio Art. After college, she stayed in Richmond as an Administrative Assistant for the Department of Theatre at Virginia Commonwealth University. Upon returning to Rochester in 2007, she worked as a Manager at a local party and tent rental company, and in 2008 she began her position at the University of Rochester for the Huntington Study Group.