I am the Director of Operations for the Center for Definitive and Curative Medicine (CDCM), a research center focused on developing cell and gene therapies for patients with diseases once thought of as incurable. In this role I am responsible for program management and coordination, enforcing the CDCM’s support of investigator-initiated clinical translational studies from initial discovery through completion of phase I/II proof-of-concept clinical studies. My key roles are to manage, plan, and execute clinical development programs and studies, including creating and managing study timelines, budgets, and study management plans.
My previous roles include pre-award, business management, and director roles. The most recent past position I held was as Director of Research Administration in the Department of Pediatrics, where I had oversight of research operations, financial management practices, policies, and procedures. The Department's research portfolio spanned bench to bedside with sponsored research expenditures of ~$50M per year.
In my 18+ years of research administration experience, I have worked in a foreign university, been an institutional signing official handling pre-award and compliance, managed a clinical department, and have participated in various University committees and focus groups that aim to improve research administration processes. I have been presenting nationally and teaching for 10+ years, including in the role of traveling faculty for the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA). I would describe my teaching style as informative and interactive. I want people to ask questions and to share their thoughts with each other, as I believe this promotes learning and broadens the scope of knowledge gained by all participants.
Current Role at Stanford
Director of Operations, Center for Definitive and Curative Medicine
Education & Certifications
CRA, Research Administrators Certification Council (2016)
MA, Saint Mary's College of California, Leadership (2011)
MA, University College Northampton, Policy Studies (2003)
BA, Saint Mary's College of California, Liberal Arts (1997)
Service, Volunteer and Community Work
Girl Scout Gold Award Committee Member, Girl Scouts (1/1/2011)
Gold Award Committee Member
Traveling Faculty, National Council of University Research Administrators
Member of traveling faculty team for Departmental Research Administration and Contract Negotiation and Administration workshops.