GuideStar’s accomplished leadership team directs the key functional areas of the organization, articulating strategic priorities and guiding philosophies while providing support and supervision.

Shirley Trainor-Thomas, MHSA

Chief Strategy Officer

Shirley Trainor-Thomas has spent her entire career in the healthcare field focusing specifically on clinical research for nearly the last decade. She currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer of GuideStar.

With experience in both clinical trials operations and hospital administration, Ms. Trainor-Thomas focuses on developing solid relationships with physicians and hospitals, as well as the pharmaceutical, biotech and device industries. She is responsible for strategic direction and new product development. Her career is founded in healthcare management overseeing strategic planning, business development, managed care contracting, ancillary services and physician practices in large community hospitals.

Prior to joining GuideStar, Shirley was in clinical trials management leadership roles spearheading partnerships with numerous health systems, hospitals and physician practices and directed the clinical trial procurement process for those clients. Before gaining her clinical research experience, Shirley worked in several hospital systems holding management positions that included business development, managed care contracting, marketing, outpatient service management and physician acquisitions.

Shirley earned her Master in Health Services Administration Degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and her undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. She is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and served on the editorial board of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals.

Complementing her professional career, Shirley has held board positions with many civic and non-profit organizations including Rotary International, the American Hospital Association, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.