Meet Our Research Team

Margo Black, BSN, RN, CCRP
TrialNet Site Coordinator

Margo has worked for the past 30 years in a variety of different clinical, research, and management roles focusing on the chronic and critical care of children. She has been on staff at Vanderbilt since 1992 and began practicing as a pediatric diabetes educator in 2004. In May 2006, she became the Site Coordinator for the Vanderbilt Eskind Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet Program, overseeing the daily research activities.
Margo and her husband are active in a local inner city ministry and in medical relief work in rural Guatemala. In their spare time they enjoy traveling, boating, and the Wii games.

Anne Brown, RN, MSN, ADM-BC, ANP-BC
New Onset Clinical Trials Research Coordinator

Anne is a Family Nurse Practitioner who is Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management as well as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. She has over 25 years in clinical practice managing patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. She serves as an instructor in the School of Nursing at Vanderbilt and an Adjunct at Belmont University. Anne developed one of the first patient education programs recognized by the American Diabetes Association and has been a Certified Diabetes Educator.
She grew up in Florida and loves to play in the water with her family and their adopted dog.

Eric Pittel
TrialNet Program Coordinator
Eric, a Nashville resident for over 14 years, graduated from Belmont University in 2007. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 16, he began volunteering at the Vanderbilt Eskind Diabetes Clinic during a community health course in college. From patient to volunteer to full-time employee, Eric now brings his personal understanding and experience to benefit diabetes research.
Eric is also a soccer coach for a local travel club. After playing for 19 years, he now enjoys watching the kids do all of the work.

Leslie C. Grissim, MA, CCLS
Child Life Specialist
Born and raised in southern California, Leslie completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California Davis, majoring in Human Development with a focus in child development. She holds a masters degree in Early Childhood Education and Child Life. In 2000, she started working in the diabetes clinic to implement child life services, helping patients to cope and adjust with diabetes through educational activities, psychological preparation, and therapeutic play.
Leslie and her two boys enjoy spending their time outdoors camping, hiking, and throwing the ball around. Their big white dog, Sierra, is always close by to add to the adventure!

Faith Brendle, RN, CPN, CCRP
TrialNet Research Nurse
Faith has been a pediatric nurse for 8 years. Before moving to Nashville, she worked for five years at Childrens Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. She began working in pediatric research here at Vanderbilt in 2007 and joined the TrialNet team in April 2010.

Faith enjoys spending time with her husband and making frequent trips back to Missouri to visit family and friends.