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Linda Wu, RN, MsN, CCRC Phone: (909) 651-5002
Director of Operations E-mail: lwu@llu.edu

Ms. Linda Wu works under the auspices of institutional leadership to produce and implement the strategic plan for the Clinical Trial Center. She oversees administration in the areas of clinical trial contracting, financial management, site operation and training, as well as development and promotion.

Ms. Wu received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Minnesota in 1993. She has experience as a clinical research coordinator in various therapeutic areas, and as an administrator in both private practice as well as academic research settings. Ms. Wu’s career in clinical research extends domestically and internationally.

Lila Dalton, RN, BSN, CCRP Phone: (909) 651-5002
Associate Director of Operations E-mail: ldalton@llu.edu

Ms. Lila Dalton provides on-site trial management training and resources to clinical departments. She collaborates with clinical trial site personnel and ancillary service providers to ensure good procedural adherence and clinical trial progress. Furthermore, Ms. Dalton is involved in the advancement of pre-trial services as well as the training of junior staff.

Ms. Dalton has been a Registered Nurse since 1992 and is also certified as a Clinical Research Professional. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix in 2011.  She has over thirteen years of experience in the clinical research field, with specialized practice in pediatrics and oncology. Her various roles within clinical research have encompassed nursing, coordination, and management.

Amy Casey, MBA, CRCP Phone: (909) 651-5002
Assistant Director of Clinical Trial Contracts E-mail: acasey@llu.edu

Ms. Amy Casey is responsible for reviewing, drafting, negotiating, and finalizing trial agreements and clinical confidentiality agreements. She provides training and interacts closely with faculty, staff, administration, students, and industry sponsors throughout the clinical trial agreement process.

In 2006, Ms. Casey received a Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis in Global Business from the University of Redlands. She has worked in the research administration setting for five years, with experience in the Office of Research Affairs, Office of Intellectual Property & Contracts, and most recently the Clinical Trials Working Group.

Luis Garcia, MAFM, MHA Phone: (909) 651-5002
Senior Financial Analyst E-mail: luagarcia@llu.edu

Mr. Luis Garcia works in conjunction with Clinical Trial Center staff as well as university faculty and administration to manage clinical trial financials from beginning to close-out. His responsibilities include preparing financial documents specific to each trial, tracking and monitoring financials, responding to inquiries regarding study accounts, invoicing study sponsors, and distributing study compensations. Mr. Garcia also identifies and develops necessary standard operating procedures to support CTC quality improvement efforts.

Mr. Garcia graduated in 2005 from University of La Verne with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. In 2009 he conferred his Master’s Degree in Health Administration with an Emphasis in Financial Management, and completed his second Masters in Accounting and Financial Management with an emphasis in Certified Public Accountant exam preparation in October 2013. His professional repertoire includes over ten years of experience in accounting and financial planning and management

 
Christina Northington, BS Phone: (909) 651-5002
Communication & Marketing Specialist E-mail: mcnorthington@llu.edu

Ms. Christina Northington provides support to the institutional clinical trial enterprise. She works on special projects relating to improvement of clinical trial processing and STAR (tracking system) development within the Clinical Trial Center. She expedites the clinical trial development by processing submissions and communicating with principal investigators, coordinators, and departments regarding study progress. She supports clinical trial development through electronic tracking and works with IT personnel to facilitate the timely development and implementation of the electronic processing functionality. Ms. Northington is responsible for the improvement of website development and maintenance, and marketing clinical trials.

Ms. Northington received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of Phoenix. Her professional background includes experience in facilitating training as well as eight years of customer service experience and four years of administrative experience. She has been employed with Loma Linda University for four years and has an extensive background in computers and process improvement.

Nikia Leslie, RN Phone: (909) 651-5002
Research Nurse, Lead E-mail: nleslie@llu.edu

Ms. Nikia Leslie is responsible for facilitating the implementation and management of clinical trial activity conducted at Loma Linda. Ms. Leslie utilizes her independent judgment in the facilitation of all phases of clinical research activity.  She serves as a resource regarding clinical research protocols and related issues to both the research and the clinical teams. Ms. Leslie coordinates ongoing clinical trial by discussing protocol participation with patients and others, managing the administration of medication dosage per protocol guidelines and directed by the physician. She also coordinates with research staff to provide research coverage for study subjects, conferences, and related meetings. Ms. Leslie performs medical reviews, obtains and processes specimens, and performs study related tests per protocol.

Ms. Leslie received her license as a Registered Nurse in 2008. She has over three years of experience as a Registered Nurse in clinical research and over ten years of experience working in the medical field. Overall, she has an extensive background in the medical field, being employed as a Hospital Corpsman in the US Navy, Gastroenterology Technician, Red Cross Case worker in Japan, Clinical Research Nurse, and now as Lead Research RN.

Judy Gates, RN, MPH, CDE, CCRP

Phone: (909) 651-5002
Research Nurse, Lead E-mail: jgates@llu.edu

Mrs. Judy Gates facilitates the implementation and management of clinical research for Maternal Fetal Medicine and Neonatology through the Clinical Trial Center. She coordinates care, subject screening, recruitment, exams and specimen collections as well as investigational drug processes. Mrs. Gates provides regulatory support for IRB communication for investigator initiated studies.

Mrs. Gates is a Registered Nurse, is nationally certified as a Clinical Research Professional, and a Certified Diabetes Educator. She received her Bachelor of Science degree and Master degree in Public Health from Loma Linda University. She has a vast background in the medical field and device industry.  Her various roles within the medical field include ICU Clinical Nursing, Educator, Director of Nursing Staff Development ,Clinical Education Specialist, Director of Diabetes Treatment Center,  Human Studies Education Coordinator, and now as a Lead Research Nurse.

Andrea Pinto, MBBS, MPH, CCRP Phone: (909) 651-5002
Clinical Research Coordinator 2 E-mail: apinto@llu.edu

Ms. Andrea Pinto assists with and coordinates activities associated with clinical research conducted at Loma Linda. Ms. Pinto coordinates care, screening, recruitment, research exams, medical record review, data entry, and prepares study related documents as outlined by the research protocol.  She ensures completeness and accuracy of all study documentation including study participant records, delegated regulatory documents, and department reports. She assists with the completion of safety reports on adverse reactions of patients involved in the study for reporting to study sponsor, IRB, PI, project lead and CTC staff as required.

Ms. Pinto received a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from Kasturba Medical College, and a Master’s degree in Public Health from Loma Linda University. She has been involved with research and employed with Loma Linda University for over two years. Overall, she has an extensive background in the medical field, being employed as a Physician, Health Educator, and now as a Clinical Research Coordinator.

Melissa Rundquist, LVN, CCRP Phone: (909) 651-5002
Research Nurse LVN 1 E-mail: mrundquist@llu.edu

Ms. Melissa Rundquist is responsible for facilitating the implementation and management of clinical trial activity conducted at Loma Linda. She screens and recruits subjects ensuring only eligible subjects are enrolled and proper registration procedures are utilized. Melissa is also responsible for subject exams, blood draws, specimen collection and investigational drug administration. Ms. Rundquist ensures accurate follow-up and documentation of subject’s medical experience, research data, and research charges. Ms. Rundquist also assists the Clinical Trial Center by establishing and maintaining a positive relationship with study subjects, investigators, clinicians, and related personnel.

She has been employed with Loma Linda University for over 7 years and has over 8 years of experience as a LVN. She received her license as a LVN in 2004 from Redlands Adult School. Ms. Rundquist has over two years of clinical research experience, with specialized experience in pediatrics.

Samantha Sherwood, LVN Phone: (909) 651-5002
Research Nurse LVN 1 E-mail: ssherwood@llu.edu

Ms. Samantha Sherwood is responsible for facilitating the implementation and management of clinical research conducted by Loma Linda. Ms. Sherwood recruits and screens subjects, performs review of medical record, medical history, physical requirements, pain documentation and vital signs. She obtains and processes lab samples, administers investigational medication and study required exams. Ms. Sherwood also assists the Clinical Trial Center by establishing and maintaining a positive relationship with study subjects, investigators, clinicians, and related personnel.

Ms. Sherwood received her license as a LVN from Redlands Adult School in 2011. She has over two years of experience in clinical research and over ten years of experience working in the medical field.

Zeresh King, BS Phone: (909) 651-5002
Administrative Secretary E-mail: zking@llu.edu

Ms. Zeresh King provides administrative support to the CTC. She works to facilitate the Clinical Trial process by communicating with investigators, coordinators, clinical trials personnel, and Research Affairs to schedule feasibility meetings and coordinate communication. Zeresh provides secretarial, data, and clerical support to the CTC in order to facilitate the implementation and management of clinical trials. She also collaborates with departments to coordinate ancillary support for clinical trials. She maintains knowledge of institutional research resources and research department contacts and respond to inquiries with accurate and timely information.

Ms. King has been employed with Loma Linda University for three years and has over thirteen years of experience as an Administrative Assistant. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from ITT Technical Institute. She is currently completing her Masters in International Business with a concentration in Health Services at Keller School of Management.

   
   

 

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