Casi A. Morales, JD
Casi Morales, JD is a Grants & Contracts Manager in the Department of Pediatrics. She leads the internal standard contract team for the Utah Trial Innovation Center (TIC). In this role she collaborates with other TICs, including Johns Hopkins, Duke, Vanderbilt, and Tufts, to develop standard contract templates and contracting strategies to gain efficiencies in the clinical trial start up process. She provides standard agreement consults for Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) institutions in the utilization of contract templates and effective communication to sub-sites for multi-center studies. Prior to her role in pediatrics, she served for 3 years as a claims examiner for the United States Department of Labor in Seattle, Washington. While there, she reviewed and analyzed workers’ compensation settlement cases for legal and compensatory sufficiency in conjunction with the CME Medicare requirements. In addition, she has worked as a compliance analyst in the office of sponsored projects at the University of Washington. Ms. Morales received her JD from Seattle University School of Law in 2008. In 2019, she completed a graduate certificate in conflict resolution from the University of Utah.
Dr. Joan Sheetz is the Medical Director of the Rainbow Kids Pediatric Palliative Care Program at Primary Children's Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah. Rainbow Kids Palliative Care team is an interdisciplinary team which works with children with life-threatening illnesses and their families, assisting with communication, medical decision making, spiritual and psychosocial distress, and symptom management for chronically ill children and children at the end of life. In addition to clinical and administrative duties related to the Rainbow Kids program, Dr. Sheetz is involved in clinical research about pediatric palliative care, and teaching faculty, pediatric residents and medical students the principles of end of life care. She is co-director of UCoPE, the Utah Certificate of Palliative Education. She is a member of the Primary Children's Bioethics Committee, and holds a certificate in Conflict Resolution from the University of Utah. She graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and completed a Pediatric Residency and Chief Residency at the University of Utah. She completed the Palliative Care Education and Practice course at Harvard Medical School.