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Meet Novelle's Founder, Dr. Rita Simmons

Dr. Simmons was commissioned into the US Navy in 1984 and went on to earn her aviator and aerospace physiologist wings and completed a Ph.D. in Applied Human Biology. Over her distinguished career, she held many leadership roles including serving as a Commanding Officer twice, managed multi-million-dollar budgets, built and commissioned research centers, and successfully executed reorganizations of existing commands. During her time in leadership, she faced many challenges including base realignment and closure of a major research command and the transition of medical research functions to the Defense Health Agency. Despite her multifaceted roles, Dr. Simmons successfully executed a full research portfolio and received numerous research and professional achievement awards.


Throughout her career, Dr. Simmons has been committed to helping institutions find long-term sustainable success. She has served as a mentor and role model and navigated the male-dominated fields of aviation and medical research. She has established a reputation for her commitment to excellence and innovation. Never one to step back from a challenge, Dr. Simmons inspired her teams, wherever she went, to follow her example and to never accept the routine, and instead, continue to strive for success.


Below we outlined her major career accomplishments in her 30-year military career.




Dr. Simmons created Novelle to pursue her passion for helping organizations succeed. Her breadth of experience, married with the expertise of her committed team, allows Novelle to support the entire research life cycle. Her thorough understanding of different markets, her technical expertise, and insight into best business practices allows Novelle to provide a unique experience to our clients. Not only does Novelle take the time to fully understand our clients and their value, but Novelle also delivers actionable solutions that deliver results. Contact us at info@novelleonline.com today for a free consultation, and to learn how Novelle can help you reach your full potential.

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