David SilbermanDavid Silberman is the CEO and Founder of Clinical Research Fastrack and a seasoned health education entrepreneur who has created and operated educational programs and non-profit organizations in Arizona, Texas, and California. David has the unique ability to develop strong organizations and construct vibrant communities. As a founder of National Laser Institute, David helped build this company into the largest medical aesthetics training center in the United States. At Clinical Research Fastrack his focus is on offering an engaging curriculum delivered by a team of experts who serve as passionate and knowledgeable instructors. Before founding National Laser Institute and Clinical Research Fastrack, David held executive level positions at Health Ventures International in Scottsdale, AZ and at educational non-profit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. He earned his BA in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition to his professional career, David has served as a community volunteer in which he presided as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the I Have a Dream Foundation-San Francisco. In one of his most challenging and rewarding volunteer roles he served as PTO Co-chair at his children’s elementary school where he helped to transform the school into one of the most sought after elementary schools in San Francisco.
Louis J. Silberman, the Co-founder and Board Chairman of Clinical Research Fastrack, is known for pioneering the medical aesthetics training industry over a decade ago with his vision to create National Laser Institute. National Laser Institute trains physicians, nurses, aestheticians, and career-changers in cosmetic lasers, cosmetic injections and anti-aging treatments. Silberman was the first to market reinventing the medical aesthetics education space with short intensive programs. He grew National Laser Institute to be nationwide, providing training in Scottsdale, Dallas, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Denver, Las Vegas, Nashville, San Francisco, Beverly Hills and Newport Beach. Silberman partners with Allergan (AGN on the NYSE) and works closely with many publicly held laser companies who support National Laser Institute’s training programs. As the industry for medical aesthetic training has grown with hundreds of competing programs, National Laser Institute is now held as the gold standard in the industry for quality and excellence, and attendees fly in from across the globe to receive training at National Laser Institute. National Laser Institute also operates medspas within its educational facilities. This national training institute sees up to 3,000 clients per month. Louis Silberman was also a semi-finalist for the 2014 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (prior award recipients include the founders of Google, Starbucks, Southwest Airlines, Dell, and Amazon). He is also known for starting Health4her.com, a women’s health and beauty retailer. Louis is a published author and nationally recognized medical aesthetics training expert, and a contributing editor for some of the country’s largest skin publications, including Skin Inc., Dermascope and Les Nouvelle. He is both an industry and motivational speaker at large venues nationwide. Louis has been written about in many publications including Entrepreneur Magazine, Business 99, The Business Journal, Internet Retailer, Woman’s World, E-merging Business, The Arizona Republic, Skin Inc., and Fortune Small Business.
Jay “Shoobie” Shubrook DO FAAFP, FACOFP
Dr. Shubrook is a Professor in the Primary Care Department at Touro University California. He also serves as the Director of clinical research at the College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has more than 15 years of research experience in clinical trials. As an investigator, he initiated research at Touro University. At Ohio University he served as Director of the Clinical Division at the Diabetes Institute at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) and Director of the University Medical Associates Diabetes/Endocrine Cente, both in Athens, OH. Dr. Shubrook serves as an associate editor of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) His personal research focuses on early intervention in type 2 diabetes and improving care for people with diabetes. Dr. Shubrook characterizes himself as a “curious scientist. Every day I have more questions. The balance in my job allows me to see patients-which is why we do all of this work-generate more questions, and go research these topics. Then I can share what we learned with patients, students and professionals which is very satisfying.”
Mark S. Hanley is a business owner and an active community volunteer and VirTrial CEO. He served as the CEO of Radiant Clinical Research, a company he acquired in 2007. Since the acquisition, Hanley has built Radiant into the country’s largest wholly-owned network of clinical trial sites. A healthcare industry veteran, Hanley recently held a seat on the Board of Directors for Allied Healthcare International, a publicly-traded company, which was sold in 2011.
Prior to CRA, Hanley was the founder and CEO of O2 Science, a large regional provider of home healthcare products and services. Before that, he served as the senior vice president of sales and marketing for a national provider of infusion therapy services Coram Healthcare. Hanley is trained in emergency medicine (Paramedic/Creighton University) and began his healthcare career as a respiratory care practitioner for Methodist Healthcare Systems in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.
In his community, Hanley volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), a role that he has held since 2007. Appointed by Arizona’s Supreme Court, the mission of a CASA is to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children who are involved in the juvenile court system. Hanley has also served as a Republican Precinct Committeeman since 2008, and he has earned the distinctive title of Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation.
Nancy Lizzul, RN
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?
Lauren Ballina Chang, MS, CCRP
Lauren is a leading educator in clinical research who gained her experience conducting clinical trials at the Mayo Clinic as well as overseeing longitudinal studies at UNC’s trauma center. She earned her degree in Psychology and Latin from the University of South Carolina. She also has her Master’s in Biomedical Science from Midwestern University.
My name is Lauren Stockwell! I have a BS in Special Education Rehabilitation with a Rehabilitation emphasis from the University of Arizona! Fun fact about me is I am obsessed with all things Disney and love to eat carrots and tiramisu! My passion has always been helping people become the best possible versions of themselves and through Clinical Research Fastrack, I see that passion come to life. Clinical Research Fastrack is changing lives not only through our students but also through the individuals and families our students are impacting.
Genielle has her Bachelor’s in Public Health Education and Promotion and has been working as a Clinical Research Coordinator since 2016. She was certified with the Association of Clinical Research Professionals in 2019 which led her to run multiple clinical research sites and even represent the U.S. as a National Study Coordinator for a leading pharmaceutical company. Her knowledge and experience developed into a passion for mentoring others into the research field in hopes to continue to make a difference.
Mone’ Brown has been with Clinical Research FastTrack since February 2021 and has over 12 years of Clinical Research experience. She has her Bachelors in Health Science and a Masters in Regulatory Science and Psychology from Johns Hopkins. She started her career in the industry as a Research Assistant in 2006 at a small clinic that specialized in Rheumatoid Arthritis before accepting a position with a Pharmaceutical company in 2012 as a Regulatory Document Specialist. Within her role at Amphastar Pharmaceuticals she performed duties from Study Start-Up to Close Out, creating Informed Consent and Assent forms, Phase I – Phase IV IRB Submissions as well as IND submissions, and NDA submissions to FDA, managed document control, edited study reports, and performed internal audit tasks. She has also worked as a Regulatory Specialist for Kaiser Permanente Research and the most recent Covance known now as Labcorp Drug Development. She has worked on a very wide range of therapeutic areas within her Clinical Research career. In her personal time, Mone’ enjoys spending time with her family, as well as being very adventurous and riding extreme Rollercoasters, skydiving, traveling, singing, and mentoring those who want to enter into Clinical Research. Mone’ has a passion for Clinical Research and truly loves knowing that she’s making a difference and impacting so many lives.
Originally born and raised on the coast of Maine! I have an educational background in Social Work and Psychology. I have 5+ years of experience in Career Coaching utilizing a strength-based, solution-focused strategy to support a broad range of diverse individuals, adults, young adults & youth, in overcoming any obstacles they may be facing in achieving their ultimate career goals. I am incredibly passionate about supporting others in turning on their own unique light and come into undeniable confidence that will allow them to step into their greatest potential.
Anthony has been an admissions leader with Clinical Research Fastrack since 2021. He loves working with people and finding ways to inspire others to reach their goals. He enjoys time with his family, traveling, and self-development. Anthony graduated from the University of Arizona.
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.
David 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.
Jen brings a wealth of experience to our team, with over 13 years of sales experience in both the financial and pharmaceutical world. In her time with companies like Wells Fargo and AstraZeneca, she has developed new marketing/sales territories, and been a consistent leader in driving million dollar sale revenues. Jen enjoys spending her free time watching her two sons play baseball, conversing in her book club, and touring California wineries with her husband.
Edwin was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He earned an Associate’s Degree in Computer Networking and is an experienced licensed Journeyman Electrician. Edwin moved from Hawaii to Phoenix in 2013 to experience new adventures and opportunities and never looked back since then. Edwin is very family oriented as he loves spending quality time with his family. His hobbies and interests include traveling, playing sports and he has a deep appreciation for art and sneakers.
Andi is an Alabama native who holds a B.S. in Biology/Pre-Medicine from Florida A&M University and a Master’s in Contemporary Human Anatomy from Eastern Virginia Medical School. She has an innate passion for helping people and protecting the environment. In her spare time, she loves to challenge herself with art projects from painting to photography.
Jeff graduated with a B.S in biology from Emory University and has worked in a wide array of professions, including everything from zookeeper/tour guide, to manager of a restaurant. He’s looking forward to helping people pursue their dreams and push medicine forward with Clinical Research Fastrack. His hobbies include cooking, staying active, and reading.
Noah was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest before graduating from Liberty University with a B.S. in Religion. He has worked in a variety of industries including finance, manufacturing, and higher education. Noah is passionate about people, thrives on building relationships, and loves to help others become the best version of themselves. His hobbies include traveling, reading, and staying active.
I love having the chance to help people make a huge change not only to their lives but soon to people who will become a part of their trials. When I am not working, one of my hobbies would be lifting weights so I can keep in good shape.
Bailey is a Montana native who has a background in Business Management and Data Analysis. She loves working at Clinical Research Fastrack because she loves helping students achieve their goals and succeed in the field of Clinical Research!
Eden was born and raised in Central Texas. They currently are living in the Texas Hill Country with their husband and daughter while preparing for college and managing a small business. Eden has a strong background in Sales, Business Management and a passion for helping others. They hope to further pursue that passion by becoming an American Sign Language Interpreter and a certified Death Doula. Working with Clinical Research Fastrack to help people move forward in their careers and reach their personal goals is a large motivator for Eden to meet their own personal goals.
Allure is a recent graduate from Radford University with a B.A. in Communications and a Concentration in Public Relations and a Minor in Marketing. Her passion is making new connections and helping others.
Din De Veyra
Dinielle earned his BA in Communication from George Mason University specializing in Digital Marketing and Media Production. He is a consummate professional who intuitively excels at all things production. His versatility is his strong suit, which in comes to business, marketing, and promotions. Before graduating, he was recognized as the 2020 Media Production Program Student of the Year. After working as a Marketing Intern and as a Senior Videographer for several respectable companies, Din decided to join Clinical Research Fastrack, bringing his passion for Graphic Design, Media Production, and Advertising with him.
Amber S. Roberts, MBA
Associate Director, Clinical Research – Oncology, Novartis Oncology. Amber has over 15 years of experience in a variety of roles including research compliance, quality, coordinator, and management roles in the areas of pharmacology, oncology, and neurology. She completed her bachelor’s at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ, her master’s at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Business Administration at Temple University. Prior to attending the University of Arizona, Amber grew up in Northern California and now calls Center City Philadelphia home. Amber enjoys visiting with friends and family, traveling, trying new restaurants, reading, and the performing arts.
Amy Raymond, PHD, PMP
Senior Director of Therapeutic Expertise, Center for Rare Diseases at ICON (formerly PRA Health Sciences). 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. 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!
Angela Eyeshou, MBA
Research Operations Manager, Mayo Clinic.
Ashwin Boda, MBBS
Operations Director, Precision Comprehensive Clinical Research Solutions
Director, Merck. Charles Wright is a Senior Clinical Researcher with a career in clinical research lasting over 20 years. He managed the Patient Service Centers and technicians for over 40 sites for Labcorp. He subsequently moved over to Clinical Research Organizations monitoring, managing, and auditing clinical trials in the US and internationally. He partnered with pharmaceuticals companies to utilize his expertise in conducting clinical trials from Phase I through Phase IV adhering to ICH/GCP guidelines. Currently, he runs a private consulting firm providing project management, clinical monitoring, quality analysis and training for medical professionals and serves as a director at Merck.
Christina Chong, BSN
Christina Chong currently works as Clinical Data Manager at Loxo Oncology at Lilly. 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.
Chris Zizzimia, MBA
GCDO Trial Leader, Associate Director at The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson
Daniel Pérez, BS, CCRP
President & CEO at MACRO Trials, Rebel Clinical Researcher. Leveraging skills acquired from over ten years of progressive clinical research experience, I help pharmaceutical and medical device companies accelerate successful therapeutic launches by optimizing clinical site performance, enabling sponsors’ access to real-world data to inform commercial success, and deploying inclusive multi-channel patient-centric participant recruitment/retention strategies that yield a diverse and representative patient population.
Denise Hayes serves as an instructor for Clinical Research Fastrack as well as a Clinical Research Associate at PRA Health Sciences (ICON.) She was formerly the Site Manager in Dallas Texas at Synexus Research, the largest clinical research site network in the world. Denise joined Synexus (formerly 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.
Elizabeth Weeks-Rowe, LVN, CCRA
Principal CRA at PPD, Author, Speaker. Elizabeth has 21 years of clinical research experience, including work as a study coordinator, CRA, CRA Trainer, and CRA manager. She has been an Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP), Certified Clinical Research Associate (CCRA) since 2004. She is a frequent speaker at clinical research industry conferences as well as a requested speaker at both ACRP and SOCRA local chapter events. She has written numerous articles for clinical research publications, such as ACRP, CenterWatch, Pharmatimes, Clinical Leader, and the Journal of Best Research Practices. She also wrote the 2016 and 2018 updates to “The CRAs Guide to Monitoring Clinical Research” and the 2019 updates to “The PIs Guide to Conducting Clinical Research”, published by CenterWatch. She is a staff instructor for Clinical Research Fastrack and works as a Principal CRA in study start-up for Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), a global CRO.
Gurpreet Brar, MD MDA
Director Clinical Operations, Global Blood Therapeutics. Gurpreet has worked in clinical research for over 15 years, having managed global project teams, clinical teams, and has experience as a study coordinator, field CRA, Clinical Team Lead, Project Manager, and Director in Project Management. He excels at global team leadership, risk management, and training and development of both project teams and site staff. He has either worked in or led global teams in all regions of the world. Gurpreet has extensive oncology experience, both as a CRA and Project Manager, having worked in Phases I-III in both solid tumor and hematologic malignancies. His strengths include supporting the patient recruitment and retention efforts and to help advise study sites in these efforts, as well as assisting with managing any risks and training around the product reconstitution guidelines.
Gurpreet is multi-lingual across four different languages and holds a Medical Degree from Russia. He is based in Phoenix, Arizona.
Harvonya Perkins, BS
Harvonya is a Clinical Research Site Manager at BFHC. She earned her BS in Biochemistry from Texas A&M University. She has worked in clinical research for over 7 years and strongly believes that increasing the competency of coordinators will increase research opportunities and outcomes for everyone involved in the industry.
Jamaica Cundiff, BS
In-house Clinical Research Associate II at Worldwide Clinical Trials. Jamaica is an Arizona native who obtained a B.S. in Care, Health, and Society with an emphasis in Social Work and Physiology from the University of Arizona. She has an extensive career history of working in behavioral health and hospice social work. Jamaica is also a Clinical Research Fastrack graduate who went on to conduct clinical research, specializing in Nephrology trials. At this stage, she was exposed to the vast structure of clinical research from study startup to closeout. The trials varied in complexity, primarily phase II-III, and included dialysis trials. Jamaica enjoys drawing, working out, spending time with her close friends, and taking her two dogs on adventures.
Jeannie Farnsworth, MS, BS, CCRP, MRQA
Regional Clinical Scientist, ICON, and SOCRA National Board Member. Jeannie graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Biochemistry with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Nevada-Reno. She earned her Master’s in Clinical Investigations from MGHIHP in association with Harvard Medical School. She has over 19 years of experience as a study coordinator, contractor, consultant, and monitor working on both drug and device clinical trials, predominantly assisting sites with study startup, protocol procurement, trial operations, and staff training. Her experience ranges from pediatric endocrinology and diabetes to ophthalmology and neurology. Her love and respect for this industry stemmed from her cherished relationships with study patients in all stages and phases of research. She is thrilled to teach at Clinical Research Fastrack to advance the field and process of Clinical Research.
Jeff Repper, BATSC
Executive Vice President at Transformative Pharmaceutical Solutions. Experienced Vice President with a demonstrated success working in the clinical research and health care industries. Strong professional skilled in leadership, management, and budgeting.
Jennifer Kocour, MPH
Chief Operating Officer at CCT Research. Jennifer Kocour is an instructor at Clinical Research Fastrack and has also served as Senior Director of Operations at Synexus Research, the largest integrated clinical research network in the world. She began as a Research Assistant, gained experience as a Study Coordinator, and later managed sites as a Regional Director. Currently, she is the Chief Operating Officer at CCT Research. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Arizona State University and is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator.
Jessica Twyford, MS, CCRC
Clinical Research Associate II, LabCorp. Jessica is professional, personable and passionate about clinical research!
Jill Lemna, MBA
Program Manager, Clinical and Regulatory Program Management, Exact Sciences. 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. She now serves as the Program Manager in Clinical and Regulatory Programs, at Exact Sciences.
JJ (Hale) Lichtenwalner, MHA
Associate Project Lead, PPD. I am a professional and friendly person that continues to invest in myself to grow and challenge myself. I thrive on learning and helping others learn so we can all continue to attempt to help improve others’ lives.
John Carlos Diaz, MS
Clinical Research and Strategy Lead, Project Management, GeoSera LLC. John Carlos Diaz is the President and Owner of GeoSera Consulting, a Minority Business Enterprise that specializes in Clinical Research and Operations and executing Clinical Development Plans across multiple clinical trials. Prior to starting his own consulting company, John Carlos worked in Clinical Research for 10 years as a Clinical Operations Leader tasked with delivering endpoints within timelines and budgets. John Carlos has had various Clinical Operations roles with increasing levels of responsibility. Beginning at Merck in 2008, in Clinical Pharmacology through Cephalon/Teva managing phase I – IV, global, adult/pediatric clinical research from 2010 to 2015 and finally as the Clinical Operations leader for Braeburn Pharmaceuticals pipeline. Prior to entering the Clinical Research role, John Carlos was a Sr. Scientist at GSK within Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics. After graduating from New York University in 2002 with a Bachelors in Biochemistry, John Carlos expanded his education base by obtaining professional certificates in Finance and Accounting from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Clinical Research at Villanova University while finishing a Master’s degree in clinical research at George Washington University.
Jules Frisoli, CP
Principal Consultant, Phase 5 Clinical Research LLC. Jules is a dedicated, hardworking certified professional with 22 years of pharmaceutical industry experience with increasing responsibilities along his journey in clinical research. Oversight of monitoring has been his focal point for the last 8 years therefore, mentoring, managing, training, and remediating site personnel and CRAs is his expertise. Some of the areas Jules has worked in over the years include the following: TMF file auditing, FDA regulation, ICH GCP, CRO/Vendor management training, and more.
Kasey Boynton, BS
Director, Clinical Development at Syneos Health. Kasey Boynton brings over 12 years of combined experience in the development and implementation of global clinical programs within CROs, academia, and biotech companies. She has extensive experience in leading complex clinical protocols, cross-functional oversight and strategic execution that produces on-time results while fostering a highly-productive team environment. Kasey is a certified clinical research professional with extensive knowledge of ICH/GCP guidelines within the US, as well as governing authorities abroad. Kasey is based in Atlanta, GA and is an avid musician and fitness enthusiast.
Kelly Cummins, BS
Senior CRA (Level 1) at PPD. Working as a CRA has brought on a new adventure and I look forward to gaining more knowledge with PPD in Phase I research.
Kenyetta Sims, M.A., CCRC
Director of Clinical Research, Howard Brown Health. I am a self-motivated clinical research director/coordinator with management skills sets and education; I have an aptitude for managing people and projects without difficulty in multi-tasking and meeting deadlines.
Specialties: Project Management, Training, Patient Care, Regulatory, GCP/ICH
Kiki Diorgu, M.D.
Dr. Kiki Diorgu is a medical research professional with experience in both U.S and international clinical trials and regulatory affairs services. Dr. Diorgu currently serves as the Director of Clinical Operations for Morley Research Consortium, a full service CRO managing several multicenter and international clinical trials in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Dr. Diorgu has always had a passion for teaching. While in medical school, he was appointed as a teaching assistant to his peers in courses such as anatomy, physiology, cellular biology and biochemistry. He is the founder and lead instructor of a tutoring organization, Kikiprep, that provides educational services for medical students and medical graduates preparing to sit for the U.S medical boards (USMLE) as well as high school and college students preparing for tests such as the SAT, ACT and MCAT. Dr. Diorgu holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from Avalon University School of Medicine, currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia and enjoys playing soccer.
Kim Kundert, RN, BSN
Senior VP of Site Development Services, Total Clinical Trial Management. Kim Kundert brings years of experience to Clinical Research Fastrack as an instructor. Kim was the former Senior Vice President of Operations at Synexus Research, the largest integrated clinical research network in the world. In this role, she was responsible for oversight of all operational activities at the site level. This included patient safety, enrollment on trials, and quality data. She worked closely with all departments to ensure standardization across the sites. This means following consistent SOPs, source templates, QA processes, and standardized regulatory binders. Kim currently works as the Senior VP of Site Development Services at Total Clinical Trial Management.
Kinal Bhatt, MD, MPH
Regional Medical Director – Medical Science Liaison. Experienced Clinical Research Professional with a demonstrated history of working on sponsor and investigator designed protocols in various therapeutic areas including Rheumatology, Neurology, Arthritis, Dermatology, Cardiovascular, Endocrinology, Quality Improvement. Driven By Results, Quality Assurance, Emotional Intelligence, Strong Communication Skills. Master’s degree focused in Public Health. Doctor of Medicine.
Kristie Daly-Barnes, BS
Start-Up Team Manager, PPD. Kristie has been in the field of clinical research for over 18 years. She has worked on several pivotal diabetes studies such as Empa-REG, LEADER, and Devote Trials. She has also contracted with several pharmaceutical companies to assist with protocol development and feasibility studies from a site perspective as well as helping develop recruitment and retention initiatives. Outside of loving clinical research she is a workout junkie and a certified fitness instructor through AFAA and certified to teach 5 different Les Mills programs.
LaToya Hinton-Howery, MPH
Research Director, Next Innovative Clinical Research. LaToya Hinton-Howery, MPH is the CEO/Research Director of Next Innovative Clinical Research. She is a Medical Assistant by trade, holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Administration and a master’s in Public Health. LaToya has 10 years of pharmaceutical clinical research experience in various therapeutic areas including Women’s Health, Dermatology, Gastrointestinal, Cardiovascular, Respiratory, and Oncology. LaToya aspires to continue educating medical professionals on how to break into the world of clinical research.
Lawrence Matarutse, MHA, CCRC
Director, Clinical Research at University Medical Center New Orleans. Lawrence has also worked as a Clinical Research Manager at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the largest pediatric hospital system in the Southeast. He holds a Master of Health Administration from Clayton State University. Lawrence started working in clinical research in 2003 as a Research Assistant and has worked in various roles at different institutions like the University of Zimbabwe and Emory University, and at hospitals including Grady Memorial Hospital and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. He brings in a wealth of research experience from managing drug and device trials in adult and pediatric research settings. Lawrence received his CCRC certification from ACRP in 2015.
Lisa Ince, BS, CCRC, CCRA
Clinical Trial Manager at Syneos Health. 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 Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Elmhurst College. Mrs. Ince has 12 years of experience in and has held 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 Master’s program in Clinical Research this year. Mrs. Ince spends her free time with her two sons and husband and enjoys swing dancing.
Lori Banctel, MPH, CHRC
Associate Director, Central Monitoring, Syneos Health. Lori has a demonstrated history working in academic, hospital & health care industries. Exceptional skills in monitoring, auditing, research compliance, risk management, and leadership.
Lucia Rodriguez, MS, ACRP-CP
Bilingual clinical research professional and instructor with over a decade of experience managing all aspects of clinical trials at the site level; have assisted in the conduct of 200+ studies serving as the lead coordinator for the majority of those trials. Highly experienced in staff training/development and community outreach with an emphasis on minority recruitment initiatives. Experienced consultant providing creation of source documents, regulatory management, audit preparation services, quality control, and assurance in addition to site evaluation and analysis.
Maria Martin, BSBA
Maria is a Clinical Research Associate at PRA Health Sciences (ICON) in Blue Bell, PA. Maria currently works in study start-up and conduct for Oncology trials. Prior to joining PRA, Maria worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. As a CRC, Maria primarily worked on Multiple Sclerosis trials in the Department of Neurology. Maria was involved in all aspects of the clinical trials, including budget negotiations, regulatory and IRB submissions, and patient recruitment and study assessments. While at Penn, Maria earned the Rising Star of Clinical Research Excellence award. Maria completed her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Shippensburg University. Maria grew up in Philadelphia, PA and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Marie Collins, MHA, CCRP
Supervisor – Clinical Research at Mayo Clinic. 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 Supervisor of Clinical Research at the Mayo Clinic.
Senior Operations Project Manager, HealthiVibe, a division of CorEvitas, LLC. Markedia works with Principal Investigators/study teams to oversee the implementation and completion of federally funded and investigator initialed multi-site and sponsored studies. Markedia specializes in Stem Cell, Pharmacology, Mobile Health, and Veterans and Dementia Research.
Meha Sharma, MS-CRM, CCRP
Senior Associate Study Manager, ICON, Clinical Research Educator. Meha has been an instructor at Clinical Research Fastrack, since 2016. In her spare time, Meha enjoys traveling and being outdoors.
Nikki Hirsh, MS
Senior Clinical Lead, IQVIA. In her earlier position at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University, Nikki successfully developed standard operating procedures, templates, and quality control forms. She has over 13 years of experience in clinical trials within private practice, corporate, and academic settings. Nikki has worked in the clinical research community in the areas of: CRC, CRA, regulatory, and management. She has a MS degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Capella University.
Rachel Stancl, MPA
Clinical Research Project Manager at Dignity Health. Experienced Research Coordinator with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Phlebotomy, First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Healthcare, and Basic Life Support (BLS). Strong research professional with a BS focused in Biology from ASU.
Richie Kahn, MPH
Senior Director, Patient Success, Medable, Inc. Health policy professional by training; clinical researcher by trade; and patient advisor by necessity, Richie Kahn is intensely passionate about incorporating the passionate perspective to streamline clinical development and ultimately reduce the time it takes to bring promising new therapies to the patients that need them most.
Ruchi Patel, MPH, CCRP
Clinical Research Associate II at Labcorp Drug Development. One of Ruchi’s personal & professional goals is to make an everlasting impact on research, medicine, healthcare, and overall public health.
Sam Chimienti, BS
Sam Chimienti is an instructor at Clinical Research Fastrack and now serves as 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 to work 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 co-authored a pediatric oncology protocol. In his spare time, he likes to do yoga, hike, and try new restaurants.
Sarah Harvey, BS
Sarah Harvey is currently working as a Global Project Manager at Accelerated Enrollment Solutions. 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. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Arizona State University. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys reading and spending time with her daughter.
Sarah has over 17 years experience within the clinical research industry, serving in various patient-facing and leadership positions. She started her career as a Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) at Physicians at the Peak in Phoenix, Arizona. For the next nine years, Sarah continued her work as a CRC working on trials in specialty areas such as oncology, type 2 diabetes, neurology, osteoarthritis, and endocrinology. She also worked on several other disease-specific studies. In 2011, she moved to Misawa-Shi, Japan for a year to work for a logistics company while traveling abroad with her husband. When she returned to the United States she rejoined the clinical research industry, working as a CRC at Premier Research in Phoenix. Since 2016, Sarah has served as a Site Manager for Radiant Research Inc. in Glendale, Arizona.
Sean Walsh, MBA
Experienced leader with a demonstrated history of working in the pharmaceutical and medical industry. Skilled in Clinical Operations, Patient Recruitment, Hospital Administration, and Public Speaking. Strong operational executive with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) focused in Business Administration and Management.
Shani Hilliard, MS, CRM
Experienced Clinical Project Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Clinical Data Management, Clinical Research Experience, Business Development, and Critical Thinking. Strong program and project management professional with a Master of Science (MS) focused in Clinical Research Management from Arizona State University.
Stephanie Marsh, MPH, CCRC
Director Clinical Research at University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. Stephanie has been working as a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator for over 10 years. Prior to joining the team at the University of Arizona, Stephanie worked at Banner University Medicine Neuroscience Institute and 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.
Tasia Long, MS
Clinical Team Manager at PPD, part of Thermo Fisher Scientific. A dedicated Research Program Manager with over 14 years of experience overseeing and conducting clinical research studies to include: protocol design, planning and execution; data management; and contract/grant proposal and peer-reviewed literature writing in the specialty areas of emergency medicine/trauma, rheumatology, psychiatry, pulmonology, and pulmonary oncology. Highly skilled in project management and capable of delegating responsibility while leading a team, managing subcontractors, and maintaining timelines and budgets. An articulate collaborator who is capable of motivating a multi-institutional team to enhance efficiency and productivity.
Terri Burghart, MBA
Director of Operations at Pinnacle Clinical Research. Experienced Research Operations Director with a demonstrated history of working in the clinical research industry. Skilled in Sales, Good Clinical Practice (GCP), Biotechnology, Psychology, Pharmaceutical Industry, and Clinical Research. Strong medical practice and research manager with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of South Florida, Certification of Medical Practice Executives from the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), and a history of certification in clinical research (CCRC).
Tippi Hales, BSN, RN, CCRC
Manager, Nursing Solutions, Science 37. Tippi began her journey as a Clinical Research Coordinator in late 1999. She quickly recognized the desire to obtain her nursing degree, beginning with an Associate’s degree in 2005 and her BSN from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2017. She has extensive knowledge in conducting Phase II-IV studies with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, sleep disorders, epilepsy, and migraine, in both the adult and pediatric populations.
Wes Williams, CCRC, CRP, CPLC
Director of Operations, Drug Studies America. Wes has an extensive background and knowledge of clinical research where he created business and marketing plans to enable research companies to grow in both profitability and organization. He enjoys mentoring and helping others grow in clinical research. Wes has over 10 years of experience in clinical research, and has worked on over 140 clinical trials in the following areas: glaucoma, cataract, retina, dry eye, eyelash growth, Meibomian gland dysfunction, diabetes, gout, hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, vaccines, Alzheimer, migraine, Dravet syndrome, Lennox Gastuat syndrome, headache, migraine, Tourette syndrome, spasticity, and ADHD.
William Jones, BS, CCRP
Chief Operating Officer at Ventavia Research Group. 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 has worked on numerous 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!
Vanessa Tanner, CCRC
Clinical Study Manager at W. L. Gore & Associates. Vanessa has over 16 years of experience with expertise in study phases II through IV in the areas of sleep, burn, pediatrics, oncology, and allergies.
Yoga Pandya, BSC
Associate Director Regulatory Affairs at Banner Health.