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Meet Our Team

Hawk Tran

Operations Officer

Hawk Tran joined NAVREF in 2014 with a background in military health affairs, epidemiology, and public health administration. After his service in the United States Army Medical Service Corps, Mr. Tran worked in public health focusing on STD/HIV Epidemiology where his main activities included disease investigation, applied intervention, as well as community health education. A short-term Army assignment at the Pentagon within the Office of the Secretary of Defense brought Mr. Tran to Washington, DC where he resides today. Mr. Tran holds a Master of Public Health degree from American Public University, a B.A. in International Relations from Florida International University, and a graduate certificate in Infectious Disease Epidemiology from the University of South Florida. He is also a graduate of the Health Administration Officer Program at Ft. Sam Houston, TX, and the Tropical Medicine Course at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, MD.

Robin Rusconi, JD

Clinical Trials Liaison

Robin Rusconi served as Executive Director of the Midwest Biomedical Research Foundation in Kansas City from 2014-2019 and as a member of the NAVREF Board of Directors from 2016-2019. Prior to joining MBRF, Robin worked at Children’s Mercy Hospital in KC for 13+ years—in development for seven years before moving to research administration. Prior to entering the non-profit world, Robin practiced law for 10 years focusing on commercial litigation and bankruptcy. She earned her BSB and JD from the University of Kansas. Robin currently serves as COVID Vaccine Site Director for Wyandotte County.

Derwood Haskell, JD

General Counsel

Woody Haskell joined NAVREF as General Counsel after retiring from more than 30 years’ service in VA’s Office of General Counsel (OGC). During his VA career, Woody provided legal advice and services to agency officials at the highest level and in virtually every segment of VA operations, including several years of service on OGC’s Specialty Team Advising Research. He has an impressive record representing VA in employment law and intellectual property rights litigation. He served in the United States Marine Corps infantry reserve and U.S. Army JAG Corps reserve. Woody is a graduate of Bates College and New England Law.

Peter Martin

Program Support Specialist

Peter Martin joins NAVREF to serve as program support specialist after spending time in the education sector. Peter attended the University of Denver where he earned his BA in International Studies with focuses on human rights, non-governmental organizations, and security. After graduating in 2019, Peter spent time abroad teaching English in both vocational and secondary schools in the suburbs of Paris. After his arrival to the District, he quickly enveloped himself in the DC community by service as a media and communications intern for Green Neighbors DC, helping proliferate community climate action within the city. Bolstered by credentials in Spanish and French, Peter last served as content specialist for foreign language standardized testing.

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