Instructors DRAFT

We are industry experts and committed educators who are passionate about building a community of clinical researchers who are changing the world for the better!

Instructors DRAFT

Jennifer Kocour


Jennifer Kacour

Jennifer Kocour is an instructor at Clinical Research Fastrack and also serves as Sr. Director of Operations at Synexus Research, the largest integrated clinical research network in the world. Jennifer Kocour has worked with Synexus since 2006. During her tenure, she has been involved in many levels of operations within the company. She began as a research assistant, gained experience as a study coordinator and later managed sites as a Regional Director. Currently, she is the Vice President of Operations for the West territory. Ms. Kocour’s responsibilities include staff and investigator training, ensuring enrollment success and adherence to SOPs and industry guidelines. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Arizona State University and is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator.

CJ Anderson

Graduate Services / Recruitment

cjCJ Anderson provides graduate services support to Clinical Research Fastrack. He is an ambitious business professional who embodies the entrepreneurial spirit that Arizona is known for. As the co-founder of Finding Pharma, Anderson led the successful launch of the Arizona-based placement agency, which offers a new take on recruiting. Finding Pharma connects the top 5 percent of candidates with the top 5 percent of employers in the pharmaceutical industry. It has been a labor of love for Anderson, who has always been passionate about helping others find fulfilling careers. As a college student, he often led workshops at homeless shelters to assist with resume creation and job search techniques. In addition to helping others develop their careers, Anderson has a passion for creating products and services that improve sustainability and facilitate community involvement. Anderson was one of the founders of Black Marlin, which offered college campuses an option to provide filtered water while reducing the global footprint of plastic water bottles. He was involved in sourcing the technology and building relationships with campus leaders to bring this concept to fruition.

Nancy Lizzul


Nancy is the Supervisor of the Clinical Research Department at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ where she manages a team of 25 researchers. She has practiced nursing for 19 years. Her clinical background is critical care and she has experience in Cardiology, Neurology, Pulmonary and Respiratory Care, Transplant, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Hematology, Endocrinology, Nephrology, Orthopedics, Anesthesia Care, Radiology, Ambulatory, and Surgical Services. She started as clinical research coordinator 10 years ago and transitioned to a team lead and supervisor role. In this capacity, she is involved in all aspects of all clinical research projects from start up to closure, budget negotiations, contract, regulatory liaison, and as a point person for physicians. Her duties includes training, orientation, job assignment, ensuring budget timelines, hospital policy and good clinical practice are followed by the department. She has worked on over 100 clinical trials.

Sergio Guerrero, MD

Instructor / Consultant

Dr. Guerrero holds more than 20 years of experience in the clinical and medical research domain developing, managing, and coordinating activities related to multinational and multi-institutional clinical trials for the US and International biopharmaceutical/CRO/SMO industry. He has practical knowledge of many regional clinical research practices regulations, the Good Clinical Practices (GCP), Code of Ethics, and most current regulatory environment related to research in the US (FDA), Europe (EMA), and Latin America.

He has long-term experience working as a Director of an International Clinical Research Center at a Hospital setting where he has been responsible for managing a multispecialty investigator network within the hospital in most therapeutic areas to include endocrinology, dermatology, oncology, infectious disease, neurology, hematology, pediatrics, cardiovascular, and autoimmune diseases for drugs/biologics/medical devices; Director of a Clinical Research Center, where he was able to build a 32 bed phase I clinical research unit for Bioequivalence and Bioavailability studies in accordance with US FDA, the ICH/GCP guidelines and local regulations; Regional Director of Latin American for a CRO based in Raleigh, North Carolina managing clinical teams and medical researchers of multinational clinical trials; Director of an Site Management Organization (SMO) for the establishment of a local multi institutional research group and the administration of clinical trials;

He has been a key contributor to medical conferences and sits on several boards such as the Drug Information Association (DIA) in the US, and other international organizations that helps promote global training and professional development. He is presently a faculty member of the University of San Diego California and Utrecht University in Netherlands for the annual Clinical Research Certification and Clinical Trial Administration Programs, and other USA training consortia. He also serves as a scientific advisor and consultant in areas related to new local and international entities involved in the development of investigational new drugs, biologics and medical devices.

Dr. Guerrero Received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the School of Medicine of the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez in Juarez, Mexico. He initiated his medical research career in Bethesda, MD (USA) participating in the organ/tissue transplant research technology development where he was responsible for coordinating and managing the operation according to the requirements of the Food and Drug Administration of the United States.

Sandra Fleeman


Sandra Fleeman teaches a variety of courses in our program. Sandra has over 14 years of experience working in the Clinical Research Industry, and 15 years of experience working as a Registered Nurse Manager.

She currently works in gene and cell therapy in the osteoarthritis field. She loves the work she’s doing, and is excited to be a part of a new therapy that will impact people’s lives in such a positive way. Sandra loves clinical research because it is not only exciting, but it challenges her every day to learn and keep on learning. She began teaching for Clinical Research Fastrack because education is her passion, and she believes teaching with us is a perfect fit!

Carly Benford


Carly Benford

Carly Benford is an instructor and writer at Clinical Research Fastrack. Carly currently serves at Director of New Site Development at Synexus Research, the largest integrated site network in the world.  She is an experienced clinical research coordinator who has a passion to serve through thoughtful and effective management of research studies.  She served as a coordinator at Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) in Phoenix, Arizona and began her career as a patient recruitment specialist and has advanced to her present position where she works with patients, physicians, scientists, and collaborators on a variety of studies. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago, where she was a student athlete, and was named an NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete. While in college Carly was accepted into the Helios Scholars Program at TGen during the summer of 2010. She has coordinated clinical trials from study development to completion in the disciplines of genomics, oncology, women’s health, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, gastrointestinal, and others. Carly has advanced knowledge of state and federal regulations, as well as compliance with protocol guidelines. Carly lives in Glendale, Arizona, and her hobbies are CrossFit training, cooking, paddle-boarding and hiking.

William Jones


William Jones, CCRP received his degree in Health Education Interdisciplinary Biology and Music from Texas A&M. William has worked in research since 2003. He currently serves as a Clinical Research Educator at Children’s Health System of Texas. He started an in-person training forum called H.O.T. for Research (Hands on Training) for people in the field or new to the field to brush up on or learn new skills. William has worked on many trials and enjoys sharing his passion and exuberance for helping advance medicine through research. In his spare time he loves spending time with his wife and kiddos!

Contact us to learn more about our program.

Kim Kundert


Kim-Kundert-headshot1-586x586_tcKim Kundert brings years of experience to Clinical Research Fastrack as an instructor.  As the Senior Vice President of Operations at at Synexus Research, the largest integrated clinical research network in the world, Kim was responsible for oversight of all operational activities at the site level. This included patient safety, enrollment on trials, and quality data. Kundert worked closely with all departments to ensure standardization across the sites. This means following consistent SOPs, source templates, QA processes, and standardized regulatory binders. Kundert holds a Bachelor’s in Nursing from Arizona State University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Stephanie Althoff


stephaniealthoffStephanie Althoff currently works as an In-House Clinical Research Associate for Pinnacle Oncology Hematology in Scottsdale. While obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in behavioral neuroscience, she began working in clinical research. It was this early introduction to the field that led Stephanie to her true calling. She has now spent more than eight years in clinical research covering everything from consumer products to genomics. She is currently working on her Master’s of Science from Drexel University in Clinical Research Organization and Management.

Contact us to learn more about our program.

Amy Raymond, PhD, PMP


Amy was originally trained as a molecular biologist and has over 20 years of experience across all points of drug discovery and drug development. She has served as a field CRA on trials for neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS and Parkinson’s Disease and is now a Clinical Scientist on the Rare Diseases team at PRA Health Sciences, one of the world’s leading global CROs. In her current role, Amy provides full life-cycle support for clinical research trials in any of the 7,000 rare diseases, by providing sponsors with trial design and protocol considerations, training study teams in the rare disease indications, and contributing guidance throughout study operations. Amy enjoys continuing to grow as a clinical researcher, sharing her experiences, and helping expand the talent pool in the exciting and rewarding field of clinical research. As a graduate of the Clinical Research Fastrack program she is thrilled to return as an instructor. She is a member of SoCRA, as well as a board member in her local chapter of ACRP. Amy and her husband returned to Phoenix after more than 20 years away, and could not be happier to be back in the Valley of the Sun!

Nadira Trncic


NadiraTrncicDr. Nadira Trncic is an instructor at Clinical Research Fastrack. She brings a wealth of experience from working in medical field and research. She is a trained MD from her native Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she worked as a physician before leaving her country.

She started working in research in microbiology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, and obtained her PhD in cancer treatment research in Radiological Health Sciences. Years spent in Veterinary Teaching Hospital at CSU, she was involved in clinical trials for pets with cancer and in Comparative Oncology before transitioning many years ago to human clinical trials. She is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator and currently serves as a lead clinical research coordinator at Banner Research overseeing and conducting clinical trials. Her passion is in mentoring clinical research coordinators, helping organize staff training, helping in establishing structure that will support consistency and harmonization of processes across the teams.

Nadira enjoys working in a field where science is being translated into medicine, and bringing the opportunity to truly change people’s lives. In her spare time, she likes power walking and spending time with her family.

Meha Sharma


mehasharmaMeha is an instructor at Clinical Research FastTrack and is currently working on her masters in Clinical Research at the Arizona State University. She also serves as a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Mayo Clinic working on breast cancer trials. Her role includes patient enrollment, drug administration and data collection. She earned her bachelors in Psychology from the University of Arizona. In her spare time, Meha enjoys traveling and being outdoors.

Trisha Raban



Trisha Raban is an instructor at Clinical Research Fastrack and also serves as the Director of Operations in the Phoenix area for Radiant Clinical Research, the largest clinical research organization in the United States. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Arizona State University and is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator. Trisha Raban started working at Radiant as a research assistant in 2006 and since that time has been involved in many levels of operations within the company including study coordinating, and site and regional management. Ms. Raban’s responsibilities include training and recruitment of staff, providing oversight and guidance to staff, assisting in daily study activities, ensuring enrollment success and adherence to SOPs and industry guidelines.

Contact us to learn more about our program.

Christina Chong


Christina Chong photoChristina Chong currently works as a a RN Clinical Research Specialist for Banner Health in Phoenix. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Economics, she worked in the technology sector for a few years before deciding that healthcare – making a positive impact in peoples’ lives – was her true calling. Christina obtained a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Arizona State University, and entered the Clinical Research profession. She has worked as a coordinator in a variety of for-profit and non-profit organizations for over 5 years in various indications including nephrology, interventional nephrology, Phase I oncology, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and more. Christina is excited to share her enthusiasm and experiences in the clinical research profession blended with a financial and operational perspective. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, tinkering at the piano, and playing board games with her kids.

Sam Chimienti


Sam Chimienti is an instructor at Clinical Research Fastrack and was recently promoted to a Clinical Trials Compliance Analyst after serving as Senior Clinical Research Coordinator at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.  Sam was born and raised in Chicago and moved out to Arizona in his teens. He graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and worked for 5 years as a Clinical Research Coordinator before being offered an amazing opportunity working with oncology patients at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.   He is privileged to work alongside some of the top oncologists in the nation developing protocols for breakthrough drugs.  He is also proud to have a co-authored a pediatric oncology protocol.  In his spare time, he likes to do yoga, hike and try new restaurants.

Larissa Harrison


LarissaHarrisonLarissa Harrison serves as an instructor for Clinical Research Fastrack as well as the Director of New Site Development at Radiant Clinical Research, the largest clinical research organization in the United States. Larissa joined Radiant Research in 2012 as a Research Assistant and has since held roles as a Clinical Research Coordinator and Site Manager where she focused primarily on Type 2 Diabetes and Vaccine Trials. In her current role with Radiant, she leads and manages all aspects of developing new sites, training and mentoring new staff and establishing strategic partnerships. Larissa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Arizona State University.

Lisa Ince, B.S., CCRC, CCRA


Lisa Ince is a Sr. CRA at QuintilesIMS, currently working in Study Start Up.  In 2016, she was named the Winner of the New Clinical Research Associate of the Year for the Americas by PharmaTimes. Mrs. Ince comes to Arizona from Chicago and has a bachelors degree in Psychology from Elmhurst College.  Mrs. Ince has 12 years of experience in and has hed positions as a Clinical Research Coordinator, Clinical Research Manager, and Clinical Research Associate.  She was Certified as a Clinical Research Coordinator 5 years ago and recently acquired her Certified Clinical Research Associate designation.  Mrs. Ince is currently the Public Relations Coordinator for the Arizona Chapter of the ACRP and plans to start a Masters program in Clinical Research this year.  Mrs. Ince spends her free time with her two sons and husband and enjoys swing dancing.

Marie Collins, MHA, CCRP


Marie has been a part of the Mayo Clinic team since 2007, when she started as an Appointment Specialist within the Referring Physician Services department. It was in this role that Marie gained a deep understanding to the regulatory side of clinical research. Four years later, she moved into a patient facing position as a Clinical Research Coordinator within the Clinical Studies Unit. Between 2011 and 2015, Marie lead over 65 Phase II-IV trials in the areas of neurology, surgery, nephrology, and infectious disease. Currently, Marie serves as a Research Protocol Specialist at the Mayo Clinic where she independently executes the overall management of the clinical trial implementation, maintenance, and completion process. She is also responsible for completing coordination of study logistics/approvals, verification of content to meet institutional, industry, and federal standards. Marie regularly facilitates study feasibility in collaboration with principal investigators, and investigative study teams as defined by the availability of the subject population, personnel, funding, research testing facilities, space, and equipment.

Denise Hayes


Denise Hayes serves as an instructor for Clinical Research Fastrack as well as the Site Manager at Radiant Clinical Research Dallas Texas, the largest clinical research organization in the United States. Denise joined Radiant Research in 2011 as a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator. Her clinical research experience ranges from Phase 1 to Phase 4 clinical trials, and is very diverse including indications such as HIV, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Neurology, Endocrinology, Women’s Health, Gastroenterology, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Dyslipidemia and Vaccines to name a few.

Sarah Harvey


Sarah Harvey is an instructor for Clinical Research Fastrack and serves as a Site Manager at Synexus, the world’s largest integrated clinical research site network. Her therapeutic areas of expertise include Cardiology, Women’s Health, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Genitourinary, CNS and Vaccine. Sarah was born and raised in Maryland and moved to Arizona in 2012. Sarah earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Arizona State University. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys reading and spending time with her daughter.

Meghan Caldron


MeghanCalderonBioMeghan Caldron is currently the manager of one of the largest sites at Radiant Clinical Research. She has been with Radiant since 2011 and has a diverse research skillset. Before Meghan assumed her role as a site manager, she was a regulatory coordinator followed by a clinical research coordinator. While she has experience in many different clinical indications, Meghan has an affinity for Type II Diabetes Management trials. She has an insatiable thirst for knowledge as demonstrated by her Associate’s degree in biotechnology, Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences, and Master’s degree in Biomedical Diagnostics. She was recently admitted into ASU’s Clinical Research Management program which begins fall of 2016. Along with her academic pursuits, she enjoys drinking tea, travelling, reading, camping, and volunteering. Most recently, she was involved with Horses Help, an organization that serves the special needs population by way of therapeutic and recreational horse riding.

Catherine Richard


Catherine currently serves as a Site Director and was formerly a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center-Barrows Neurological Institute of Movement Disorders in Phoenix, Arizona. In her role, Catherine is responsible for collecting accurate and proper information from participants of the clinical trial, while ensuring the appropriate protocol is followed. In addition to community recruitment and screening for trials, she verifies that the necessary informational forms are up to date and ready for review by the Institutional Review Board. Prior to becoming a CRC at Barrows Neurological Institute, Catherine served in the same position at Arizona Arthritis and Rheumatology. While working in the healthcare industry, Catherine has also gained tremendous experience as an educator working for St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Cryo-Cell International.

Mindy Garcia


mindygarciaMindy is an instructor at Clinical Research Fastrack. She has a heart-felt passion for research. Starting her career at a small research company she learned everything from contracts to patient enrollment. Her clinical research experience is very diverse including indications such as HIV, multiple sclerosis & juvenile diabetes. She is currently a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale,AZ. Her primary focus is in the oncology department working on proton beam trials to improve radiation therapies. She enjoys research because it gives her an opportunity to learn new things every day and she enjoys patient interaction.

Stephanie Marsh


Stephanie has been working as a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator for over 10 years, and currently works at Banner University Medicine Neuroscience Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. She currently is managing over 12 trials in phases 2-4. In her role, Stephanie is responsible for developing research budgets, maintains site regulatory files, collects patient vitals, performs drug/device accountability, prepares protocols for local Institutional Review Board submission, in addition to numerous other duties. Prior to joining the Banner Health, Stephanie was a CRC at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph Hospital and Medical Center. Her extensive background also extends into lab science where she served as the Lead Research Technician at Barrow’s. During this experience, Stephanie coordinated many research experiments ranging from protein extractions to cryosectioning brain tissue.

Amy Schecterson


Amy currently works for CSL Behring as a Clinical Oversight Manager. In her role, she trains and helps manage clinical research sites through proper protocols and regulatory readiness, and ensures appropriate Sponsor oversight. Amy also ensures that the CRA’s monitoring her research sites submit timely data and safety reports, while monitoring the forms of SOP’s, and ICH GCP guidelines. Previously Amy worked for GlaxoSmithKline Inc. as a Senior Regional Clinical Research Associate. As the lead CRA there, she developed study plans and agreements for site specific monitoring, as well as developed investigator meeting presentation materials. Amy was responsible for increasing the number and quality of investigator sites in the Phoenix Valley through research, networking, and relationship building, in which she identified 100+ investigator sites in the local/regional territory.

Kylie Scheideler


Kylie has seen almost every side of the medical and clinical research industry. She started as a Certified Nurses Assistant in Omaha, Nebraska, and became a Registered Nurse after graduating from Clarkson College. After three years as an RN, Kylie transitioned into clinical research working as a Clinical Research Coordinator. Two years later, she was a Senior Site Manager for Clinical Research Advantage Inc., at the same site she started at as a CRC in Iowa. In 2015, Kylie moved to Chandler, Arizona, to continue working as a Senior Site Manager for Clinical Research Advantage. In her role, she oversaw one trial site, ensuring proper documentation practices, staffing oversight, team planning and management, as well as maintain proper daily site operations. Last year, in 2017, Kylie took a position with Synexus in Phoenix, Arizona, as a District Director. In her role, she is responsible for many of the same duties, but on a larger scale. She oversees five trial sites and is in charge of maintaining communication with the sponsor/Clinical Research Organization.

Jill Lemna


Jill has an extensive business background and knowledge relating to the clinical research industry. She worked for Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) for over eight years as a Business Development Manager. In her role, she managed a $10 million budget within her division, built strategic launch plans for commercialization opportunities, in addition to reviewing and negotiating legal agreements and contracts. In 2011, Jill left TGen to work for HonorHealth Research Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona. She served as the Director of Operations for Clinical Research Programs for six years. In this leadership position, Jill oversaw multiple program budgets, increased the annual programs’ revenue by 10 percent per year, and represented the organization in negotiations with sponsors, agencies, and philanthropists. In 2016 she accepted the role of Director of Strategic Planning and Support Services for HonorHealth; in which she guides strategic planning and execution of business, operational, and marketing communication strategies.

Peter Masci


Peter’s journey into the field of clinical research started soon after he graduated with a degree in biochemistry, from Arizona State University, in 2009. From there he went on to serve as a Study Technician for Covance Inc., located in Chandler, Arizona. During his experience, he served as head chemist on over 75 successful Early Development General Toxicology studies, in which he conducted in-depth analysis on pharmaceutical compounds. In 2012, Peter became a Clinical Research Coordinator at AZ Heart Rhythm Research Center in Phoenix. One year later, he accepted the role of a CRC II at Scottsdale Medical Imaging. There Peter coordinated and ensured proper day-today functions of the radiology, neurology, and oncology clinical research trials. In early 2016, he moved to the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, serving as a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator for their staff. Here, Peter has served as the lead coordinator within the Cancer Clinical Research Office on numerous trials. Outside conducting subject visits, reviewing and submitting research findings to sponsors and Institutional Review Boards, Peter also serves in a teaching role to new CRC and ACRC team members.

Our Admissions Department

Dave Schillne

Senior Admissions Representative

Dave has an incredible passion for helping students and professionals achieve their academic and career goals. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona, while his post graduate studies culminated in earning his MBA. His 20-year career includes roles as Director of College Admissions and Vice President of Recruiting. Academically, David has personally assisted hundreds of U.S. and foreign students in earning full ride and six figure scholarships to such prestigious schools including Stanford, Vanderbilt, Carnegie Melon, Purdue, Xavier and Occidental. Professionally, David understands how challenging the process has become to begin a career in clinical research. Through our program at Clinical Research Fastrack, he helps recent college graduates and those “re-careering” to successfully navigate this new landscape. Some of the companies that David’s students are now enjoying incredible careers include: The Mayo Clinic, Covance, Synexus/Radiant Research, Jean Brown Research, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, UT Southwestern Hospital, Baylor Scott & White Health, Scottsdale Medical Imaging and Keystone Research. He looks forward to helping your career dreams in clinical research become a reality.

Rachel Palmer

Senior Admissions Representative

Rachel is a proud part of our admissions team here at Clinical Research Fastrack! She has a Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Northern Arizona University and has lived in Arizona since birth. She worked in early childhood education for ten years before turning her ambitions from the direct service side of education to supporting individuals in pursuing their dream careers. She joined our team because of the huge need to fill positions in this booming clinical research industry and her unique ability to support others in their career aspirations. Her appreciation of her student’s talent comes from the heart, and she is truly passionate about the Clinical Research field. Her students have landed research positions in Phoenix, Tempe, Atlanta, Denver, San Antonio, Dallas, Indianapolis, Seattle and parts of California.

Stuart Booth

Admissions Representative

Stuart has recently arrived from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to join the Admissions Department at Clinical Research Fastrack. Stuart has a dual degree in Marketing and Management from Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska. He has previous experience in the IT industry working as a Recruiter and an Account Manager for the second largest staffing firm in the country helping people in the field find their dream jobs. In his spare time, Stuart likes to golf, hike and play tennis. Stuart won the Nebraska Tennis State Championship in 2007 and played for Division 2 Winona State before Transferring to Midland University in Nebraska. He has a passion for helping people and is looking forward to living in Scottsdale.

Debbie Giuffre

Admissions Representative

A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Debbie came to the continental United States to attend Michigan State University, where she graduated with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. After college she went on to work for Marriott International in California. Later, Debbie moved to Phoenix, Arizona, to complete a court reporting degree, and went on to work within the courtroom industry for several years. Debbie’s strong background in hospitality and relationship building, coupled with her passion for the possibilities presented by the clinical research field led her to joining our team. Her strong commitment to helping others, has fueled her desire to see a cure for Dementia/Alzheimer’s within her lifetime. Outside work, Debbie loves to cook, read, hike, spend time with her two sons, and walk her Great Dane, Sam.


Admissions Representative

Marisa was born in Taiwan and emigrated to the United States with her family when she was 8-years-old, and she still speaks fluent Mandarin. She attended Northern Arizona University where she graduated with a degree in Marketing. Marisa has worked in the real estate world, and most recently transitioned from mergers and acquisitions in the funeral home industry in order to join the Clinical Research Fastrack Team. The clinical research industry is near and dear to her heart, as Marisa’s family has a history of breast cancer. Her sister was diagnosed with ALS and Triple Negative Breast Cancer, in addition to Marisa herself being a cancer survivor. Marisa hopes that clinical research will be able to provide future families a cure to diseases like cancer. In her free time, she loves to travel and hang out with her three dogs.

Madison Clark

Marketing and Communications Associate

Madison is a native of Iowa, and joins us just after completing her bachelor’s degree in communication and gender studies. During college she spent the majority of her time running clubs, doing documentary editing, and writing for various blogs. She also spent time assisting her own college’s admissions department by working in their call center to recruit more students. Before joining Clinical Research Fastrack, Madison did marketing and administrative work for community developers, non-profits, and colleges. She’s excited to learn about the new and exciting opportunities being offered by our program, and to help us grow. When she has free time Madison enjoys cooking and eating new foods, hiking, reading, and exploring all that Arizona has to offer.

Zach Shaw

Creative Marketing Specialist

Zach made the move from his hometown in Southern Illinois to join the Clinical Research Fastrack Team. He attended the University of Mississippi where he majored in Journalism. During his time in college, Zach served in various leadership roles including: President of the Society of Professional Journalists, Secretary of the Transfer Leadership Organization, and Copy Editor for his community college newspaper. Outside of work, Zach enjoys writing, photography, playing sports, and loves farm animals.

Shelby Watkin

Student Communications Associate

Shelby is a native of Scottsdale, and graduate of Northern Arizona University where she majored in Speech-Language Sciences and Technology. Though she originally wanted to become a speech pathologist, Shelby fell in love with the clinical research industry, and loves talking to prospective students. She has a passion for this field, and plans to one day join the industry herself in order to make a positive impact on as many lives as possible. In her spare time Shelby enjoys hiking the local trails, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Contact us to learn more about our program.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


6th Grader and Future Fastrack All Star

Leila is an avid reader, strong soccer player, pianist and dancer. Not sure what she wants to do when she grows up, she is happy to support her Dad, Uncle and the entire Clinical Research Fastrack Team. Who knows… maybe she will be working at Fastrack one day?

  • classroom learning
  • clinical experience
  • career opportunities