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Maria C. Gogal

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Ms. Gogal, Lebanon, NJ, is Associate Director and Compliance Officer of Global Human Health (GHH) Compliance for Merck & Co., Inc., Whitehouse Station, N.J. She has worked for Merck since 2001, initially as a contractor, and was then hired as Specialty Support for Medical Educations and Exhibits. Ms. Gogal then went on to coordinate the External Scientific and Input area of Merck’s GHH division. She also worked as an Associate Manager and Associate Director of Merck’s GHH International Compliance division, prior to her current position with the corporation, which she has held since 2012.

She has earned various special achievement and excellence awards for Merck project work. Ms. Gogal is involved in many local church community activities, including efforts such as Feed My Starving Children, and she also sponsors a child in El Salvador through Compassion International. Her community contributions include volunteer work for several non-profit organizations, including membership on the Development Committee for the Women’s Health and Counseling Center at Zufall Health Center. She was inducted into Marywood University’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015 for her outstanding achievements as a college tennis player. Because of her skill and commitment as an athlete, she earned the Mary Beth Salmon Award for Dedication in 2004. While at Marywood, Ms. Gogal also was an academic leader, with memberships in Kappa Gamma Pi (National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society) and Psi Chi (Psychology National Honor Society), as well as Delta Epsilon Sigma (National Scholastic Honor Society) and the Psychology Club, two groups for which she also served as President.

A 2004 graduate of Marywood University, Ms. Gogal holds a Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a minor in Business. In 2011, she earned a Master of Science in Jurisprudence degree in Health, Science, and Technology Law, magna cum laude, from Seton Hall University of Law, Newark, N.J., where she was awarded “Student of the Year for Outstanding Studies” for being first in her class. Her studies focused on Health Law and Intellectual Property. Additionally, Ms. Gogal has completed the Healthcare Compliance Leadership Program at INSEAD (Business School of the World) in Insead, France, as well as the Seton Hall Law/SciencesPo Healthcare Compliance Leadership Program in Paris, France. She is Green and Black Six Sigma Belt Certified.