Advanced Platform Technology Center
Director of Operations
Vi Huynh, MHA joined the APT Center in 2014 as the Director of Operations. He is responsible for operational and fiscal oversight of the Center and its administrative staff and the investigators' combined research programs by managing inter-institutional relationships. He has over 10 years of practice and operations management in clinical and research healthcare environments.
Cathryn Naples joined the APT Center in 2013, but has been a part of the VA in research since 2000. She handles contracting for the APT Center and Research Department members.
Research Biomedical Engineer
William Rasper, BS joined the APT Center in 2019. His duties include quality system management and consultation, mechanical desig, mechanical prototyping and fabrication, basic programming and electircal assembly, general administrative support and IT support. He received his B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Akron in 2019 and brings over a year of experience in the medical device industry.
Technical Innovation Specialist
Frank Zitko, BS joined the APT Center in 2018. His duties include providing project management and engineering support to APT Investigators and staff as they seek to improve the lives of Veterans through new, innovative medical devices and technology. His role also expands into the national VA level where he represents the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center in the VA Innovation Center. He supports an interconnected network of innovative employees that help pilot and spread innovations across the Veterans Health Administration. Frank received his B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Marquette University in 2011 and brings over 6 years of engineering experience in the medical device industry.