Liss Strader, a researcher at RTI International, has been named interim executive director at the Triangle Global Health Consortium.

Strader is already a member of the organization, which was formed in 2009 by RTI, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, N.C. State, the N.C. Biotechnology Center and other organizations.

Matt Epstein, the previous director, resigned in May, a spokesperson for the group told WRAL Tech Wire.

Strader assumed the job as of June 11, but the change was not formally announced until Monday.

“Lisa Strader is exactly the right leader, at the right time for the Consortium. She has excellent strategic and business development experience, a strong record of community and organizational relationships and infectious enthusiasm,” said Dr. Peggy Bentley, TGHC Board Chair and Associate Dean for Global Health at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Strader will continue to work at RTI as a senior program manager for the Global Epidemiology and Health Research Program. She earned a master’s degree in public health at Boston University and an undergraduate degree at Stephen F. Austin State University.