Research Integrity & Safety Collaborative (RISC)

The Research Integrity and Safety Collaborative (RISC) meets quarterly with a goal of building and cultivating an integrated approach to research risk mitigation and advancing ethical, safe, and compliant practices of researchers, staff, and students.

Among other things, participation provides an opportunity for the separately functioning and distributed research compliance offices at the University to come together and discuss the program’s effectiveness and critical risk areas.

Guiding Principles

  • Engage in dialogue and risk analysis of research risks and collaborate to mitigate research risks. 
  • Foster a culture of research integrity, ethics, and compliance with the research community of the University.
  • Ensure that research compliance expectations are communicated to the University research community.
  • Provide reports to leadership that are comprehensive and provide a clear and accurate assessment of the health of research compliance at the University.


Shashank Priya, Vice President for Research and Innovation
Joanne Billings, Associate VP for Research Integrity and Compliance
Danielle Rintala, Director of Research Integrity and Compliance 
Debra Dykhuis, HRPP Executive Director
Pat Briscoe, Assistant Director of Research Security
Adam Krajicek, EHS Director
Ilana Cohen, IACUC Director
April Coon, Sponsored Projects Administration
Jill Cordes, Fairview Research Administration
Jon Guden, Office of Institutional Compliance
Maria Ploetzel, Technology Commercialization
David Hagen, Effort Certification
Nate Koewler, Research Animal Resources
Kelly Kuhns, Internal Audit
Gregory Park, OBAO Director
Nicole Pilman, Sponsored Financial Reporting Director
Amy Rollinger, Sponsored Projects Administration
Natascha Shawver, Office of Information Technology
Elizabeth Nelson, Gillette Children's Hospital
Brian Vetter, Radiation Safety
Tahnee Trenberth, Health Information Privacy & Compliance Office
Rachael Perriello, Research Safety- Duluth
Sarah Averbeck, Medical School
Penny Harris, Certified Approver Program