Christopher J. Gorini, Ph.D.
Christopher J. Gorini, Ph.D.Research Director
Chris oversees the foundation’s research program, establishing research priorities, developing and maintaining collaborative research partnerships to further the mission of the organization, and advising the SRF President and Board of Directors on research projects and areas of scientific interest. With his help and expertise, SRF is able to maintain a research environment that encourages creativity and collaboration.

Two things I can’t live without: Aleve and Soda Water.

Best restaurant I ever ate at: Gary Denko’s in San Francisco.

Favorite holiday: Thanksgiving

What one word describes me best: Affable

I most admire: Those that think of others before themselves.

Best advice received: Think of the consequences your actions may have.

In my spare time, I like to: Run, bike, watch college sports, and travel.

Favorite place in the entire world: This is a difficult question – I’m going to pick two: Perth, Australia and New Jersey!

Professional accomplishment I am most proud of: My three-year post-doctoral work in bioengineering at Stanford University, which I like to think has helped advance the field of optogenetics for both reducing peripheral pain an restoring peripheral motor function using light-activated proteins.

Sabrina M. Woodlief, B.S.
Sabrina M. Woodlief, B.S.Research Analyst
Sabrina coordinates the ongoing clinical trials at SRF and works to maintain integrity of the data by ensuring good clinical practices and adherence to study protocols. She is also responsible for the delivery of our current educational initiatives, including serving as the Associate Editor of the Journal of the Spinal Research Foundation. Sabrina also serves as the System Administrator for SpineOnline, our web-based research platform, providing ongoing support to both patients and providers.

Two things I can’t live without: Travel and puppy kisses…in no particular order. 😀

Best restaurant I ever ate at: I look for outdoor seating, the menu in a foreign language, and a server that will order me their favorite dish! My most recent favorite was in Santa Marta, Colombia – a Mediterranean-style restaurant with local Colombian-flare. If you ever get a chance to indulge at Ouzo’s, the Midia Saganaki (mussels in white wine and sheep’s milk cheese sauce) is a must!

Favorite holiday: Independence Day – When I was a child, I thought that my parents gathered hundreds of people, no matter where we were on vacation that year, all for my birthday weekend (July 5). I was sorely disappointed when I realized it wasn’t my birthday everyone was celebrating – it was America’s!

What one word describes me best: Compassionate

I most admire: Selflessness

Best advice received: If (your current problem) is the worst thing that is happening in your life right now, you’re doing just fine. (Thanks, Mom!)

In my spare time, I like to: Paint, practice yoga, learn Spanish, participate in Toastmasters, create wire jewelry, rock climb, fossil hunt, foster dogs, and take dance lessons.

One thing that most people don’t know about me: I can say my alphabet backwards!

Maria Khan
Maria KhanEvents & Development Coordinator
Maria coordinates all community events for the Spinal Research Foundation, with a focus on our We’ve Got Your Back race, promoting empowerment and patient advocacy. She also manages our social media initiatives, educating the public and engaging site visitors with the work of the Foundation. Additionally, Maria develops meaningful relationships with donors and patients alike, executes e-communication campaigns, and coordinates fundraising efforts in order to reach our yearly financial goals.

Two things I can’t live without: My family and my health.

Best restaurant I ever ate at: SNOB in Charleston, SC

Favorite holiday: Thanksgiving! So many times we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life that we forget to take a moment each day to pause, reflect, and be thankful for the things that make life amazing. I love that we have a day where we have a feast celebrating all that is good and wonderful with our loved ones.

I most admire: My parents who taught me the importance of an open mind, bravery, and kindness.

Favorite Place in the World: Tehran, Iran

In my spare time, I like to: My home inside my home is truly the kitchen. I love trying out new recipes and baking! You can also find me binge watching Netflix, visiting museums; hiking, going to farmer’s markets, taking pictures of families and babies, reading classics, and decorating!

One thing that most people don’t know about me: I’m an open book. If you’ve encountered me you probably know the basics. 🙂

Henry Copeland
Henry Copeland Bookkeeper
Henry maintains SRF’s financial records by establishing accounts, tracking transactions, and ensuring legal requirements compliance. He diligently reconciles SRF’s accounts to ensure their accuracy and maintains an orderly accounting filing system.

Favorite place in the entire world: Italy

Two things I can’t live without: Family and fast food – yum!

Favorite holiday: Christmas.

What one word describes me best: Determined.

I most admire: Our armed forces.

Best advice received: Act enthusiastic and you will be enthusiastic.

In my spare time, I like to: Fish, read, and watch/play golf!

One thing that most people don’t know about me: I have an identical twin brother.