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Updated: May 2013

About Me
I am a thirty-something professional living in San Francisco with a loving husband and two silly little yorkshire terrier, dogs. I grew up in North Carolina and stayed to complete University then studied abroad in Leeds, Northern England. I have 10+ years of Phase I-IV clinical operations experience in a variety of therapeutic areas for trials in the US, Canada, South America, and Europe.  I have gained expertise as a Clinical Site Manager, Regional Clinical Research Associate, and Clinical Data Manager for a mix of large and small pharmaceutical companies and CROs.

The Lead CRA Gets a Promotion: Clinical Program Manager
After qualifying as a finalist and Bronze recipient of the Pharmatimes 2010 US Clinical Researcher of The Year new CRA/Site Manager award I was promoted to a Clinical Program Manager role at a wonderful small CNS company in the Bay Area.  My primary focus is now trial level management as opposed to site level management but I do still have the opportunity to occasionally travel to sites and work with our monitoring staff.  I oversee the activities of several clinical trial support vendors and Junior CRAs.  You can read more about my bio and career progression here.

Would you like to contribute to the blog?
Thank you so much for visiting.  This blog has been a rewarding project for me over the past five years and I'm so glad you have stopped by.  I hope to invite guest contributors to produce some of the future posts.  If you are interested in becoming a guest contributor please contact me via

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Maybe you just want to navigate through some of the historical content?
I've organized the past content by topic and you can use the sidebar to navigate through older posts and archives.  Here are some of the more popular topics and series:
Did I mention my other blog?
I maintain a new blog at Wordpress geared towards established Clinical Trial Managers as opposed to Clinical Site Managers or CRAs for sharing resources, tips, and clinical program level discussion.  Please check out The Clinical Operations Toolkit here: 

Let's stay connected!
I love keeping up with readers via email when I find time so please feel free to contact me at if you have blog topic suggestions or any questions.

Need some CRA Career Advice?
I am not open to providing career coaching or interview advice beyond this blog: Career Advice.  However I encourage you to reach out instead to one of my mentors, Patty Kasper if these topics are of interest to you.  She has a consulting firm that offers a terrific webinar series for entry-level candidates that you can pursue here