Leadership

Our Team

Brandi Eckard

Director, Recruitment

Brandi Eckard holds the position of Director, Recruitment for DVCR. Eckard has more than six years of experience in the clinical research industry with her experience solely focused on study volunteer recruitment. Her study recruitment efforts range in a variety of populations from healthy volunteers to patient population trials and has a successful track record of recruiting studies on time. 

Caitlyn Logan

Senior Director, Clinical Operations

Caitlyn Logan is an experienced industry veteran in the CRO space. She has managed multiple CRO departments including quality control, training and clinical operations. Caitlyn also holds a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt achieved in 2017 and was also part of the six-year B.A./M.D. program at UMKC where she earned her B.A. in Chemistry.  

Cara White

Manager, Data Integration

Cara White, Manager of Data Integration, has over 10 years of clinical research experience with her focus on Phase I studies. She has worked in a variety of departments within CROs including recruitment, laboratory and data services. She is well-known for her attention to detail as well as exceeding study timelines.

Crystal Sounakhen

Senior Study Manager

Crystal Sounakhen, Senior Study Manager, has more than 10 years of research experience as a coordinator and study manager focused on Phase I studies in both healthy volunteers and patient populations. Crystal serves as one of the primary points of contact to ensure seamless communication and project oversight throughout study conduct.

Donnie Keeney

Senior Staff Pharmacist

Donnie Keeney, Senior Staff Pharmacist, is a licensed pharmacist in the States of Kansas and Missouri. He has more than five years of clinical research experience practicing as a pharmacist in a Phase I unit. He holds a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the University of Kansas and is certified to administer immunizations.

Gerald Martin

Manager, Screening

Gerald has 10 years of experience in the clinical research industry. He spent much of his early clinical research career in the laboratory. His last 4 years were dedicated to conducting screening and follow-up visits. He prides himself in the informed consent process and building rapport with the clinical trial participants.

Greg Dodds

Vice President, Business Development

Greg has worked in the CRO industry in both business development and commercial leadership roles for over 2 decades.  His experience in preclinical, early clinical and late clinical research provide him deep knowledge of the drug development process.  For the past 9 years, Greg’s focus has been in the early clinical development space.  He is known for building strong long-term relationships with clients based on trust and responsiveness.

Jon Larson

Manager, Training

Jon Larson is the Training Manager at Dr. Vince Clinical Research. He brings two decades of healthcare experience with eight years focused on clinical research. He has managed multiple clinical offices including sleep labs, physician practices and urgent care centers. He is known for his clinical knowledge and team development skills.

Justin Couture

Director, Safety Operations

Justin Couture has been a nationally registered paramedic for 14 years with a decade of work specifically in clinical research. Couture has held several roles in the medical research field ranging from direct patient care to clinic supervision and project management. He is advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS) certified and has completed graduate-level education in organizational leadership.

Lora Adriano

Senior Study Manager

Lora Adriano, Senior Study Manger, has over 25 years of experience as both a research coordinator and study manager with the last 15 years focused on Phase 1 trials.  Lora has broad expertise in both healthy volunteer and patient population trials. She maintains clinical project oversight throughout study conduct to ensure study milestones are met as promised to our biopharmaceutical clients.   

Mark Gasper

Manager, Laboratory Operations

Mark Gasper holds the position of Manager, Laboratory Operations. Mark has eight years of laboratory experience with more than six of those years in Phase I clinical research. He has a range of experience from roles as head of shipping and sample logistics, as well as leadership roles communicating between sponsors and central and local labs. He is known for managing supply chains to meet project timelines.

Michelle Braithwait

Manager, Safety Operations

With 25 years of service as a paramedic, Michelle Braithwait functions as Manager, Safety Operations. Braithwait received a Bachelor of Nursing in 2013 and is advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS) certified. Her eight years of clinical research experience includes multiple roles in the field ranging from IP administration, telemetry monitoring to a director role of a 100+ bed Phase I unit.

Paul Watson

Facilities Manager

Paul Watson, Facilities Manager, has more than 25 years of experience working across the clinical research industry. Paul has served as a research coordinator conducting various patient population clinical trials. He has also been a facilities manager at a  Phase I unit and is known for his attention to detail.

Robert Wall

Manager, Regulatory

Robert Wall joins DVCR as the Manager of the Regulatory Department with over 6 years of clinical research experience. Robert has managed regulatory and submissions teams for Phase I clinical research sites and has worked closely with study managers, CROs, Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and medical writers to organize and streamline processes and workflows.

Shari Clark

Director, Laboratory Operations

Shari Clark serves DVCR as Director, Laboratory Operations. Shari has over 25 years of laboratory and clinical research experience. She is also a certified Medical Technologist and has spent 15 years in Data Management. Clark has held several leadership positions during her time at a Phase I unit as well as two large CROs.

Stephanie Yeado

Manager, Study Support

Stephanie Yeado joins DVCR as the Manager of the Study Support team. Stephanie has over 10 years of clinical research experience with more than 7 years in the Phase I clinical research space. Her expertise includes resource planning, protocol reviews and timeline builds. Stephanie’s experience allows her to identify and mitigate potential risks to clinical timelines ensuring that studies are executed per protocol and promised timelines are met.

Steven Hull, M.D.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Steven Hull, Principal Investigator, joins DVCR as a seasoned researcher having participated in more than 350 clinical trials as an Investigator or medical monitor. He has been board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease and sleep medicine and holds certificates in numerous clinical research competencies.

Todd Janssen

Director, Pharmacy Operations

Todd Janssen has been a practicing registered pharmacist (RPh) for 28 years with the last 10 years focused in clinical research. He received training in compounding at Professional Compounding Centers of America. Janssen’s expertise in clinical trial dose preparation includes powder in capsule, over-encapsulation, aseptic preparation including non-sterile to sterile formulations and powder in solution applications.

Zach Bader

Vice President, Business Development

Zach Bader, Vice President of Business Development, has more than 13 years experience in the CRO industry in both operations and business development positions. Mr. Bader has managed multiple global teams in his past roles at both small and large CRO’s. He also has a proven track record for helping sponsors navigate through their early phase needs.

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