Our Team

Vivian Chou

Data Analyst

Data Analyst Vivian graduated with a BA in Molecular Biology from Pomona College in Claremont, CA, where she discovered her interest in data and creative problem solving.

Vivian is pursuing a PhD in Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Harvard University. Vivian's dissertation – from studying the nervous system’s development in fruit flies -- is focused on the fundamental biology of learning and memory. She uses advanced microscopy to collect data, followed by computational and quantitative analysis.

Outside of work, Vivian enjoys running, dancing, reading, and learning foreign languages.

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Matthew Hecker

Business Development Associate

Business Development Associate Matthew Hecker is a student at the University of Virginia studying Economics and Entrepreneurship. He is interested in how complex data analytics solutions can provide value for clients from multiple industries.

Previously, Matt worked as a Business Development intern at TraceLink in North Reading, Massachusetts, where he conducted market research and analyzed competitive trends to develop business cases. Matt is an active member in Student Entrepreneurs for Economic Development (SEED), a pro-bono consulting organization at UVA helping non-governmental organizations with market research and operations consulting.

In his free time, Matt enjoys his role as the president of OneGoal, a philanthropic student organization, as well as playing lacrosse, hanging out with friends in Charlottesville, and learning more about the technical side of data science.

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Debbie Owen

Administrative Specialist

Debbie Owen, a graduate of the College of William and Mary, has worked in several small companies as an office administrator, contracts manager, and bookkeeper. At Elder Research, she manages all the bookkeeping needs of the company, and helps on many special projects, including cost proposals and inventory tracking. In her spare time, Debbie likes to work with local community theaters, frequently as a stage manager. She and her husband, Charlie, came to Charlottesville, VA, in 1993, and have two teenage children. 

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Carter Phillips

Business Development Associate

Carter Phillips is a Business Development Associate who works to connect with existing Elder Research clients and solicit new clients in the Healthcare, Insurance, and Financial sectors. Carter earned a B.S. from James Madison University in 2016, studying Philosophy and Integrated Science and Technology. While at JMU, Carter worked as a backpacking guide over two summers in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. 

In his free time, Carter enjoys soccer and taking in Charlottesville’s abundant dining and outdoor recreation opportunities.

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Teresa Spencer

Executive Assistant and Office Manager

Teresa serves as the Executive Assistant and Office Manager in the Washington, DC office. Previously she worked for an adoption agency coordinating travel for families adopting children from China. Teresa is a graduate of James Madison University with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication. While at JMU, Teresa minored in both Human Resource Development and Spanish. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, specifically down to Nicaragua where she has been involved in several orphan care opportunities. Teresa is also a devoted country music fan.

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Valerie Woodside

Administrative Assistant

Valerie serves as an Administrative Assistant in our Charlottesville office. She is a graduate of Grove City College, where she studied biology and religion. Valerie has broad experience that includes work in mental health, retail management and financial research. She is also an active volunteer, most recently serving as an employment skills mentor. She and her husband love traveling, literature and movies.

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