Executive VP Medical Affairs, Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center
Dean, School of Medicine
As an academic health science center, we have the opportunity to provide our community leading-edge research on developing pharmaceutical and implant devices. The Clinical Trial Center (CTC) has been established to facilitate the clinical scientist’s participation in important research projects. The CTC is expected to act as a catalyst that can quickly transform an idea or a proposal to a completed research study. The expectation of the CTC is that it will focus on outcomes, efficiencies, cost conscious budgeting, better contracting, compliance, seeking trial opportunities, and other services for the clinical researcher. We want to encourage the faculty members of LLU to access the CTC, which is committed to help the clinical researcher to easily and successfully navigate the research process. We gladly welcome feedback from those who participate in clinical research projects that interact with the Clinical Trial Center.
Lila Dalton, RN, BSN, CCRP
Director of Operations
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, Dalton is involved in the advancement of pre-trial services as well as the training of junior staff.
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
Associate Director of Operations
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, 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
Senior Financial Analyst
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. Garcia also identifies and develops necessary standard operating procedures to support CTC quality improvement efforts.
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.
Melissa Rundquist, LVN, CCRP
Research Nurse - LVN Lead
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. Rundquist is also responsible for subject exams, blood draws, specimen collection and investigational drug administration. She ensures accurate follow-up and documentation of subject’s medical experience, research data, and research charges. She also assists the Clinical Trial Center by establishing and maintaining a positive relationship with study subjects, investigators, clinicians, and related personnel.
Rundquist has been employed with Loma Linda University for over seven years and has over eight years of experience as a LVN. She received her license as a LVN in 2004 from Redlands Adult School. She has over two years of clinical research experience, with specialized experience in pediatrics.
Judy Gates, RN, MPH, CDE, CCRP
Research Nurse, Lead
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. Gates provides regulatory support for IRB communication for investigator initiated studies.
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
Clinical Research Coordinator II
Andrea Pinto assists with and coordinates activities associated with clinical research conducted at Loma Linda. 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.
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.
Samantha Sherwood, LVN
Research Nurse LVN I
Samantha Sherwood is responsible for facilitating the implementation and management of clinical research conducted by Loma Linda. 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. Sherwood also assists the Clinical Trial Center by establishing and maintaining a positive relationship with study subjects, investigators, clinicians, and related personnel.
Sherwood received her license as a LVN from Redlands Adult School in 2011. She has more than two years of experience in clinical research and over ten years of experience working in the medical field.
Zeresh King, BS
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. King 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.
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.
Mandy Pfister provides administrative support to the CTC. She works to facilitate the clinical trial process by communicating with investigators, coordinaors, clinical trials personnel, and Research Affairs to schedule feasibility meeting and coordinate communication. Pfister provides secretarial, data, and clerical support to the CTC in order to facilitate the implementation and management of clinical trials. She also collaborates with department to coordinate ancillary support for clincial trials. She maintains knowledge of institutional research resources and research department contacts and responds to inquiries with accurate and timely information.
Pfister has been employed with Loma Linda University since December of 2014 and has over five years of experience as an Administrative Assistant. She attended Cal Poly Pomona with an emphasis in Biology.