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The Lexitas leadership team offer our customers decades of ophthalmology experience.

GREAT COMPANY - GREAT LEADERS

Our vision is to be the best ophthalmology solutions provider in the industry, from the perspective of both our clients and our employees. We are keenly focused on building and maintaining collaborative, long-term relationships with clients, investigators, vendors, partners and employees.

The Lexitas Founders have a common desire to build a company that focuses on ophthalmology and wants to partner with companies that have a vision of improving eye care.

Chad Ice

Chad Ice

Chad Ice
Co-Founder and President

Chad has over 20 years of experience in clinical research, most of which has been focused on ophthalmic drug development.  During his 12 years with Inspire Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Chad was responsible for the oversight of both the ophthalmology and respiratory clinical operations departments and was a consistent contributor to medical affairs and ophthalmology business activities.  Chad has held key leadership positions overseeing multiple ophthalmic clinical programs including dry eye, blepharitis and glaucoma.  He has played an integral role in communicating clinical data and scientific information to pharmaceutical company commercial teams and has had the opportunity to be a part of significant discussions with the FDA.  Chad is passionate about using past experiences and lessons learned to help sponsors move forward with their products as efficiently as possible and find best-fit solutions.

George Magrath

George Magrath

George Magrath
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. George Magrath is CEO and a board-certified Ophthalmologist.  He has worked in the clinical research industry for 5 years.  George worked previously worked at Hovione, LLC Edison Investment Research Limited Medical University of South Carolina prior to joining Lexitas in August 2020.  He received a Bachelor of Science in biological chemistry from Clemson University and his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina.  He then stayed on at the Medical University of South Carolina to complete an internship in General Surgery and a residency in Ophthalmology.  Finally, he completed a fellowship in ocular oncology at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.  Upon completion of fellowship he returned to the Medical University where he served as the Chief of the University’s Ocular Trauma Service.  He has 24 peer reviewed publications and has presented at multiple national and regional conferences.  In addition to his medical degree he holds an MBA from The Citadel and a Masters in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University.  He worked as an equity analyst at Edison Investments Research prior to transitioning to drug development as the Medical Director at Hovione.  At Hovione for the past 5 years, Dr. Magrath managed the clinical development of assets in dermatology, ophthalmology, and inhalation.  When he is not working, George enjoys hanging out with his wife and kids.

Chris Brown

Chris Brown

Chris Brown
Co-Founder & CFO

Chris is a Life Sciences professional with more than 15 years of direct pharmaceutical, biotech and CRO experience.  His diverse knowledge is from various roles including financial management, finance compliance and auditing and IT management.  This includes serving as the CFO of Lexitas and as the head of Information Technology at three publicly listed pharmaceutical companies.  These roles have provided Chris with a broad understanding of the clinical R&D business as well as cross-functional understanding of the life sciences industry from discovery to commercialization.  Chris' education includes an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina and an MBA focused on Finance from East Carolina University.

Joanna Williams

Joanna Williams

Joanna Williams
Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer

Joanna has over 20 years of experience in the life sciences industry.  She began her career in clinical research as a clinical site coordinator and then joined a small CRO in their data management and clinical technology group.  In early 2000, she co-founded a clinical technology company providing IRT systems which was later acquired by ICON Clinical Research.  In her nearly 14 year tenure with ICON, Joanna was responsible for growing the IRT service offering for ICON from the ground up as well as held leadership positions within clinical operations leading clinical technology teams.  Since joining Lexitas in 2014, Joanna has been focused on operational delivery, business growth and service expansion. She is passionate about helping her teams find creative solutions and deliver exceptional quality and service to our customers.

Saiid Davari

Saiid Davari

Saiid Davari
Co-Founder and Vice President, Clinical Site Relations

Saiid applies his unique style and hands on approach to build strong relationships with clinical research investigators.  With over 15 years of experience in Ophthalmology clinical research, he has built a wide network of high-quality, high-performing clinical research sites.  He is dedicated to understanding the individual needs of each site and ensuring that they are positioned for success.  Saiid has held clinical monitoring and study management roles with both large and mid-sized pharma as well as large CROs. He brings a wealth of experience and diverse background to the Lexitas leadership team.

Karen Ice

Karen Ice

Karen Lalonde Ice
Co-Founder and Vice President, Clinical Research Science

Karen has extensive experience managing and overseeing ophthalmology clinical trial programs.  She began her clinical research career with experience at both ClinTrials and GlaxoWellcome.  She then went on to spend 12 years at Inspire Pharmaceuticals, Inc. where she gained deep expertise in Ophthalmology clinical research.  She personally managed or oversaw multiple dry eye and blepharitis studies as well as wrote numerous clinical protocols.  A key strength of Karen’s is her ability to understand the key scientific issues in a protocol and ensure that they are translated into successful trial execution.  Karen thrives on finding creative solutions to the complex challenges that arise in the course of a clinical trial.

Kim Morris

Kim Morris

Kim Morris                
VP, Business Development

Kim Morris is VP, Business Development.  Kim has over 20 years of experience in the life sciences industry.  She began her career in market research and marketing at a large pharmaceutical company and then joined the commercial organization at Inspire Pharmaceuticals, a small biotech company.  During her tenure at Inspire, Kim had the opportunity to launch a brand and then transitioned to medical communications where she spearheaded the medical communication initiatives spanning trade journal articles, peer-review journal articles, speaker training material and disease state website content.  Kim founded her own company in 2011 and supported numerous pharmaceutical, biotech and CROs in various project management capacities.  Since joining Lexitas, Kim has been focused on business development.

Richard Zink

Richard Zink

Richard Zink
Vice President, Data Management, Biostatistics, and Statistical Programming

Dr. Richard C. Zink joined Lexitas as Vice President, Data Management, Biostatistics, and Statistical Programming in September 2020. Prior to Lexitas, Richard spent 17 years in and around medical product development at a real-world data company (Target RWE) where he led data management and statistics in the analysis and reporting of data derived from electronic medical records; a software company (SAS Institute) where he developed and supported platforms to analyze and visualize safety and data quality outcomes from clinical trials; and pharmaceutical companies (Inspire Pharmaceuticals and Bristol-Myers Squibb) where he served as lead statistician for numerous clinical trials and provided statistical consulting and support to other departments. He has also been an adjunct assistant or full professor of biostatistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2014. Richard has a PhD and MS in Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BS in mathematics from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He was named a 2020 Fellow of the American Statistical Association. When he is not at work, Richard enjoys playing board and card games with his family. Prior to COVID (and hopefully again when things return to normal), he was taking classes in improvisational comedy.

Melissa Alvidrez

Melissa Alvidrez

Melissa Alvidrez
Project Director

Melissa Alvidrez is a Project Director. Melissa has been in the Clinical Research industry for 20 years. Before joining Lexitas she worked for PPD, PRA, Abbott, INC Research and Premier Research. Melissa has her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture as well as a Master of Science in Health Services and Research. In her free time Melissa likes to read, travel and spend time with her husband and their 4 children.

Rami Albadri

Rami Albadri

Rami Albadri
Clinical Research Associate

Rami Albadri is a Clinical Research Associate. Rami has worked in the Pharmaceutical industry and drug marketing for 9 years before joining Lexitas in January 2018. Rami has a BS degree in pharmacy and has worked in ophthalmology for four years. On his days off, Rami enjoys sports, music, travelling, and spending some time with family and friends.

Susan Altman

Susan Altman

Susan Altman
Clinical Research Coordinator

Susan started with Lexitas in April 2018. She has over 14 years of Executive Assistant/Office Management experience with the last six years spent in the pharmaceutical industry focused in ophthalmology. Her previous experience included Clearside Biomedical, Envisia Therapeutics and Aerie Pharmaceuticals. Outside of work Susan enjoys circuit training classes and spending time with her family.

Bridgette Bergin

Bridgette Bergin

Bridgette Bergin
Project Director

Bridgette Bergin is a Project Director. Bridgette has been working in the Clinical Research industry for 10 years, having worked with a number of organizations. Before joining Lexitas Bridgette worked for PRA Health Sciences, PPD Pharmaceutical Product Development, CPC Clinical Research and DaVita Clinical Research. Bridgette has a Bachelor of Science in Biology. In her free time Bridgette likes to mountain bike, road bike, and going to the movies. She also loves spending time with her daughter and her friends. Travel is a passion f Bridgette’s as she enjoys getting to learn about new cultures, food and more while exploring the world.

Teresa Anile

Teresa Anile

Teresa Anile
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

Teresa has worked in the clinical research industry since 2015 when she joined Lexitas. Teresa’s prior experience was in hospitality and sales. She has owned and managed several Durham, NC restaurants. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Stephen F. Austin State University. Outside of the office, Teresa enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading and running.

Peyton Bailey

Peyton Bailey

Peyton Bailey
Clinical Trial Assistant

Peyton Bailey is a Clinical Trial Assistant.  She is new to the clinical research industry.  Peyton has a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Texas A&M University.  When she is not at work, Peyton enjoys spending time with friends and family and her sweet puppy, Charlie!

Amanda Bollino

Amanda Bollino

Amanda Bollino
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

Amanda is a Senior Clinical Research Coordinator. Amanda has been working as a nurse in the Clinical Research industry for 4.5 years. Amanda previously worked at UPMC Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. Amanda has her BSN and CCRN. In her free time Amanda likes to run, shop, bake and spend time with her husband and their 3 children.

Shelby Boris

Shelby Boris

Shelby Boris
Clinical Study Manager

Shelby Boris is a Clinical Study Manager with 5+ years of experience in the clinical research industry.  Before joining Lexitas, Shelby worked in project management at Premier Research.  She was also a Study Coordinator and Ophthalmic Technician at a retina specialist group, North Carolina Retina Associates. Shelby has a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. In her free time, Shelby enjoys going on bike rides and long boarding. She also enjoys travelling, live music and trying new recipes.

Tameka Cooper

Tameka Cooper

Tameka Cooper
Clinical Research Coordinator

Tameka Cooper is a Clinical Research Coordinator and has been working in the clinical research industry for 12 years. Prior to starting at Lexitas, Tameka was the Primary Study Coordinator at Firozvi Research LLC, conducting ophthalmic research while serving as Operations Manager at HRF Inc., Specialty Blood Plasma & Coagulation. Tameka has an A.A.S in Clinical Trials Research from Durham Tech Community College, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Trials Research from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. When she is not working Tameka enjoys traveling with family and friends, cooking, and working on creative projects.

Amy Brown

Amy Brown

Amy Brown
Clinical Research Coordinator

Amy Brown is a Clinical Research Coordinator. She is a registered pharmacist with over 20 years of community care experience serving in numerous roles including management and company startup.  Amy received a BS Pharmacy degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has a certification in treating asthma patients. Outside of work, she enjoys the beach, hiking, reading, cooking and spending time with family.

Cathy Bryson

Cathy Bryson

Cathy Bryson
Clinical Study Manager

Cathy Bryson is a Clinical Study Manager with over 8.5 years of clinical research experience. She began her career at IQVIA where she worked as a clinical trial assistant, a CRA, and Senior CRA prior to joining Lexitas in the fall of 2019. Cathy received her BS in Biology from the University of the South: Sewanee. On her days off, she likes to run and hike with her yellow lab, Bodhi. She also loves to read, travel, and spend time with friends and family.

Sarah Callahan

Sarah Callahan

Sarah Callahan
Associate Director, Clinical Studies

Sarah has worked in the clinical research industry for 12 years. Sarah started her career at Inspire Pharmaceuticals and also worked at Synteract before joining Lexitas in October 2012. Sarah received a BS in Biology from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MS in Clinical Research from Campbell University. Outside of the office, Sarah enjoys relaxing with her family at Lake Gaston.

Tiffany Carpenter

Tiffany Carpenter

Tiffany Carpenter
Clinical Study Manager

Tiffany Carpenter is a Clinical Study Manager.  She has worked in the clinical research industry for 5 years with over 5 years of clinical research experience.  She previously worked in pharmaceutical research and development at GSK, Nuventra Pharma Sciences, inVentiv Health, Syneos Health, and ViiV Health prior to joining Lexitas in August 2020.  Tiffany has a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from North Carolina State University.  When she is not at work, Tiffany enjoys hiking and travelling with her family!

Jinny Conley

Jinny Conley

Jinny Conley
Clinical Study Manager

Jinny Conley is a Lead CRA. Jinny has worked in the worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 14 years. She began her career at Piedmont Research Center, then Liquidia Technologies, Envisia Therapeutics, and Recipharm Laboratories, prior to joining Lexitas.  The three years at Envisia Therapeutics, Jinny worked in clinical operations focusing on the treatment of glaucoma. Jinny has an BS in Animal Science from N.C. State and her MBA from East Carolina University. In her free time, Jinny enjoys spoiling her dog, Sam, knitting, practicing and attending teacher training for Pilates, and attending outdoor concerts.

Jennifer Daniels

Jennifer Daniels

Jennifer Daniels
Associate Director, Clinical Studies

She has worked in the clinical research industry for 16 years and has been with Lexitas since May 2016.  Ten years have been spent in project management along with five years of onsite monitoring.  Jennifer started her career at Quintiles and then worked at PAREXEL prior to joining Lexitas.  She received her AA in Psychology from Peace College in Raleigh, NC and her BA in Psychology at NC State University in Raleigh, NC.  On her days off, she is chauffeuring her daughters from one activity to the next.

Ariana Davari

Ariana Davari

Ariana Davari
Clinical Research Operations

She has worked in the clinical research industry for two and a half years and has been with Lexitas since June, 2014. She received her BS in Psychology from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona. On her days off she likes to go hiking, spoil her dog Chloe and attempting DIY projects.

Kim Dengler

Kim Dengler

Kim Dengler
Administrative Assistant

Kim Dengler has worked in the clinical research industry since February 2019.  She has worked at H. Devan Brown as well as a User Analyst at Duke University Medical Center.  Kim received a B.S. in Information Systems and Operations Management from UNC Greensboro.  Outside of work, Kim enjoys spending time on her farm with her family and her 3 horses, 3 miniature donkeys, 3 dogs and 2 cats!

Nicole Derthick

Nicole Derthick

Nicole Derthick
Associate Director, Clinical Studies

Nicole Derthick has worked in the clinical research industry since 2007.  She started her career at Parexel International and also worked at IQVIA before joining Lexitas in March 2019.  Nicole has successfully led large, global teams across various therapeutic areas.  Her project management experience ranges from Phase II-IV, including interventional and observational research.  Nicole received a BS in Psychology from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.

Heidi Durham

Heidi Durham

Heidi Durham
Clinical Study Manager

She has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 16 years and has been with Lexitas since January 2014.  Twelve of those years were spent in post-marketing medical and drug information, where she worked in various roles, including project supervision and mid-level management.  Heidi started her career at Eckerd Drugs as a community pharmacist and then worked at PPD prior to joining Lexitas.  She received her doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  On her days off, she enjoys travel, puzzles, baking and doing yoga.

Ryan DeWolf

Ryan DeWolf

Ryan DeWolf 

Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

Ryan is a Senior Clinical Research Coordinator who has been working in the clinical research field for 8 years. Before joining Lexitas Ryan worked at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Delaware, Massachusetts General Hospital, Emerson Hospital, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training as well as a Master of Science in Health Rehabilitation Science. When he is not at work Ryan likes to spend his time with friends, family, and his two dogs. He also loves working on projects around the house and co-owns a restaurant with his family he helps run.

Ellie Einolhayat

Ellie Einolhayat

Ellie Einolhayat
Clinical Research Associate

Ellie Einolhayat, BA, RN, is a Clinical Research Associate with over 15 years of clinical research experience. Ellie has 6 years of monitoring and 10 years of global project management experience conducting Phase I, II, III and retrospective studies, including inpatient and outpatient studies across multiple therapeutic areas. Ellie worked at PRA and PPD prior to joining Lexitas. She has been with Lexitas since 2014. Ellie received her BA from UNC-Chapel Hill. On her days off, she spends her time lakeside with family and friends.

Meghan Francis

Meghan Francis

Meghan Francis
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

Meghan Francis is a Sr. Clinical Research Coordinator.  She has worked for 9 years in research including 4 years in clinical research.  Meghan worked previously at Discovery Life Sciences, Medpace, UAB, and the University of Iowa.   Prior to clinical research, she worked in benchwork science focusing on Alzheimer's Disease and renal cancer.  Meghan has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from West Liberty University and MPH from Des Moines University.  When she is not at work, Meghan enjoys hiking, shopping, traveling, and acquiring new houseplants.

Shannon Franks

Shannon Franks

Shannon Franks
Clinical Study Manager

Shannon has worked in the pharma and clinical research industry for 17 years and has been with Lexitas since January, 2013.  Seven years have been in the research and development of eye health products as well as project management.  Shannon started her career at Trimeris, Inc, then Inspire Pharmaceuticals and Bioventus, prior to joining Lexitas.  Shannon has an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration/Secretarial Science from Louisburg College. On her days off, you can find Shannon spending time with family and friends, reading a book, binge watching Netflix, or decorating extensively at multiple homes during Christmas time.

Emilee Fulcher

Emilee Fulcher

Emilee Fulcher
Clinical Study Manager II

She has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 12 years and has been with Lexitas since March 2013.  Seven of these years have been spent in clinical research.  Emilee started her career at Inspire Pharmaceuticals and then worked at UCB Biosciences prior to joining Lexitas.  She received her BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  On her days off, you can find Emilee biking and spending time at the park with her children.

JoAnn Gorden

JoAnn Gorden

JoAnn Gorden
Senior Principal Statistical Programmer

JoAnn Gorden is a Senior Principal Statistical Programmer. She has been working in the clinical research industry for 33 years. JoAnn previously worked with Inspire, UCB, Astra-Zeneca and Quintiles before joining Lexitas. JoAnn has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her free time JoAnn enjoys reading, painting, taking road trips, going the movies and going for walks.

Cierra Hickerson

Cierra Hickerson

Cierra Hickerson

Clinical Trial Assistant

Cierra is a Clinical Trial Associate. She is new to the clinical research field. Cierra has a Bachelors in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management as well as her Masters in Business Administration. In her free time, she likes to watch movies and going out to eat with friends and family.

Lindsay Grier

Lindsay Grier

Lindsay Grier
Clinical Trial Assistant

Lindsay Grier is a Clinical Trial Assistant.  She has worked in the clinical research industry for 1 year.  Lindsay started her career at IQVIA prior to joining Lexitas in May 2019.  Lindsay has a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Research as well as Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Certifications for Human and Biomedical Research, Good Clinical Practice (GCP), and Health Information Privacy and Security (HIPS) for Clinical Investigators.  When Lindsay is not at work, she enjoys reading all kinds of books, as well as being outdoors. I am very involved in my church, and my husband and I enjoy seeing the latest movies and trying new restaurants.

Ayanna Harrison

Ayanna Harrison

Ayanna Harrison
Clinical Trial Assistant

Ayanna Harrison is a Clinical Trial Assistant.  Ayanna has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from North Carolina Central University as well as a certificate in Clinical Research Science through a program developed by a joint task force of North Carolina Central University, the Duke Clinical Translational Science Institute, and industry partners.  Ayanna started her career at UNC Healthcare prior to joining Lexitas in September 2020.  When she is not at work, Ayanna loves to listen to music, watch movies, and spend time with friends and family!

Amy Hennigan

Amy Hennigan

Amy Hennigan

Clinical Research Coordinator

Amy Hennigan is a Clinical Research Coordinator. Amy has been in the Clinical Research industry for 2 years. Before joining Lexitas, Amy was working for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s VIR department as the product supervisor, coordinating investigational devices for the Aortic Graft Trials and Prostrate Artery Embolization Trials. Amy started her career in radiology, as a technologist at a hospital in Pennsylvania. She has an A.A.S in Radiography and a B.S in Healthcare Sciences from Southern New Hampshire University. In her spare time, Amy likes to ride horses, ski, and spend time with her husband as well as with their horse Gabriel and dog Tully.

Linda Hong

Linda Hong

Linda Hong

Clinical Research Coordinator

Linda Hong is a Clinical Research Coordinator. Linda is new to the Clinical Research industry. Linda worked with a couple of organizations before joining Lexitas, including, UCB biopharma, where she utilized CRISPR based technology to identify novel drug targets, improve antibody drugs, and contribute to development of gene therapy platform. Linda also worked at the Duke Sequencing and Genomic Technologies Core Facility, Duke Center for Genomic and Computational Biology, and Duke Center for Human Genome Variation. Linda has a M.S. in Biotechnology from John Hopkins. In her free time, she likes to lift weights, do yoga, watercolor paint, cook, and find new music.

Teresa Jones

Teresa Jones

Teresa Jones
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

She has worked in the pharma and clinical research industry for 12 years and has been with Lexitas since April 2014.   Teresa started her career at EMD Pharmaceuticals and then worked at Shire, Inspire and LipoScience prior to joining Lexitas.  She received her BS in General Studies with a minor in Psychology at University of Indiana and an Associates in Occupational Therapy at Western Iowa Tech.  On her days off, you can find Teresa at the driving range or rollerblading.

Ryan Kaiser

Ryan Kaiser

Ryan Kaiser

Project Director

Ryan is a Project Director. He has been working in the clinical research industry for over 20 years. Before joining Lexitas Ryan worked with PRA Health Sciences and Quintiles. He holds a B.S. in Economics and in Health Information Management along with a PMP Certification. When he is not working Ryan enjoys spending time with his family, outdoor activities, such as skiing, hiking, and biking and watching his favorite sports teams the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals. He loves eating Kansas City BBQ!

Laurie Keilholz

Laurie Keilholz

Laurie Keilholz
Clinical Study Manager

Laurie is a Clinical Study Manager. Laurie has been in pharmaceutical development for more than 18 years, working for both drug development companies and contract organizations.  In the last 7 years, she has been focusing on clinical research managing studies and further development programs.  Laurie holds a B.S. in Chemistry.  In her free time, she plays a lot of tennis and enjoys going for bike rides.

Lara Kelly

Lara Kelly

Lara Kelly
Clinical Study Manager

Lara Kelly is a Clinical Study Manager.  She has worked in the pharmaceutical and clinical research industry for over 9 years. Lara began career at Liquidia Technologies as a scientist before moving to their clinical operations group. She worked in clinical operations at Axovant Gene Therapies focused on rare pediatric diseases, prior to joining Lexitas.  Lara has a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Campbell University.  When she is not working, Lara enjoys the beach, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Steven Krivicich

Steven Krivicich

Steven Krivicich
Senior Project Director

Steven Krivicich is a Senior Project Director. Steven has been working in the pharmaceutical and biotech field for 15 years. Prior to joining Lexitas, Steven worked for 2 biotech groups, Neostem and Mesoblast where he handled project management. Most recently Steven worked with Hovione, a pharmaceutical company where he worked with clinical and drug development. Steven has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, a MBA in Finance and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. When he is not working Steven enjoys spending lots of time with his kids and family, traveling with them, hiking, trips to the beach and spending time outdoors.

Stephanie McKinney

Stephanie McKinney

Stephanie McKinney
Senior Manager, Finance

She has worked in Accounts Receivable/Payable for 10+ years and has been with Lexitas since August of 2014. She previously worked in clinical research for a year and a half at Neeman Medical International and interned for a year and a half at GlaxoSmithKline. Stephanie McKinney has a degree in Business Management from North Carolina State University. On her days off you can find her going on adventures with her husband and two children.

Judith Mcowiti

Judith Mcowiti

Judith Mcowiti
Clinical Data Coordinator

Judith Mcowiti is a Clinical Data Coordinator.  She has worked in the clinical research industry for over 3.5 years.  Prior to joining Lexitas, Judith worked at Lords Pharmaceuticals as a Pharmaceutical Representative, University of Texas Rio Grande as a Research Assistant/ Web Developer for Center for Distance Learning, Wellness Health group, and Katy ISD as a Substitute Teacher.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry/Zoology from Kenyattta University in Nairobi, Kenya as well as Master’s in Science in Computer Science from University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.  When Judith is not working, she loves reading books, watching movies especially Classics, Disney and Marvel movies with her family, visiting with friends. She enjoys meeting new people, interior decor, trying new foods, new technology and planning visits to exotic places like Casablanca.

Beatrice Mengich

Beatrice Mengich

Beatrice Mengich is a Senior Clinical Research Associate. She has been in the clinical research industry for 12 years. Beatrice started her career in clinical research as an intern at GlaxoSmithKline in RTP and went on to work in CROs and academia supporting local and global trials prior to joining Lexitas in February 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Research from Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC and a Master of Science in Clinical Research Administration from University of Liverpool in England, UK. When off the road, Beatrice spends her time with family and friends.

Daniel Mulligan

Daniel Mulligan

Daniel Mulligan
Clinical Trial Assistant

Daniel Mulligan is a Clinical Trial Assistant.  He is new to the clinical research industry but interned at Lexitas in 2018.  Daniel has a Political Science degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.  When he is not at work, Daniels plays basketball, travels to see new places, hikes, and reads!

Lee Oechsle

Lee Oechsle

Lee Oechsle
Clinical Trial Assistant

Lee is a Clinical Trial Assistant. He has been in the clinical research industry for over a year. He previously worked in the UNC Chapel Hill Geochemistry Lab, the UNC Chapel Hill ReCCAP Covid-19 Testing study, and the UNC Chapel Hill Carolina Together Testing Program Covid-19 Testing Lab. He graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a B.S in Environmental Geoscience. In his spare time Lee enjoys watching and playing basketball, working out, playing video games, hanging out with friends, hiking, kayaking and traveling to new places.

Katelyn Olson

Katelyn Olson

Katelyn Olson

Clinical Research Coordinator

Katelyn Olson is a Clinical Research Coordinator. She has been working in the Clinical Research industry for 3 years and has had the pleasure of working for Nuventra, Clinipace, Syneos, and IQVIA. Prior to joining the Clinical Research industry, Katelyn worked as an educator within the Wake County Public School System for 8 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Math/Science Education from North Carolina State University. When she is not working Katelyn likes to go to local parks, with her family, for hikes and to enjoy the fresh air.

Christine Oman

Christine Oman

Christine Oman

Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

Christine is a Senior Clinical Research Coordinator. She has been in the clinical research industry for over 4 years. Before joining Lexitas Christine worked for Syneos Health, as a Project Specialist, IQVIA, as a Clinical Trial Assistant II, and for UNC Chapel Hill, as a Registered Dental Hygienist/Research Assistant. Christine has a BA from UNC Wilmington. When she is not working Christine enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, hiking with their dog, going for bike rides, and traveling to the beach and mountains.

Laida Robles

Laida Robles

Laida Robles
Clinical Data Lead

Edelaida (Laida) Robles is a Clinical Data Lead.  She has worked in the clinical research industry for 13 years.  Laida started her career at Ovation Research Group, which was then acquired by ICON Clinical Research, prior to joining Lexitas in November 2018.  On her days off, Laida spends time chasing after her 2 ½ year old son, as well as visiting with family and friends.

Sue Rains

Sue Rains

Sue Rains

Sue Ellen Rains is Manager, Human Resources for Lexitas.  Sue worked in the dental and health care industry for over 20 years. Eight years were spent working in as a dental hygienist reviewer for dental group practice accreditations and credentialing. Then she served as the operations lead for an orthopedic medical device sales group for more than 10 years.  She started with Lexitas in March 2017.  Sue has an Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene from FTCC and studied business administration at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. On her days off, you can find Sue spending time with family and friends, walking for miles and miles in area parks, and trying her hand at floral design for parties and celebrations.

Gloria Rickman

Gloria Rickman

Gloria Rickman
Senior Clinical Research Associate

She has worked in the clinical research industry for 16 years. Gloria started her career at PPD and then worked at Inspire Pharmaceuticals as a Contract Clinical Research Associate prior to joining Lexitas in September 2015. Gloria has an AAS in Medical Laboratory Technology from Wake Technical Community College. When she is not at work, Gloria loves spin classes, traveling and cruising with her husband.

Theresa San Juan

Theresa San Juan

Theresa San Juan
Clinical Research Coordinator

Theresa San Juan is a Clinical Research Coordinator.  She has worked in the clinical research industry since 2016. Theresa started her career at Duke Clinical Research Institute prior to joining Lexitas in July 2019.  Theresa has a Biology degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.  When she is not at work, Theresa enjoys any of kind of outdoor sport or activity especially running, hiking, biking, and snowboarding as well as loves to tag along to her husband's DJ gigs around town.

Amy Schaberg

Amy Schaberg

Amy Schaberg

VP, Medical Writing Services

Amy Schaberg is the Vice President of Medical and Regulatory Writing. Amy has been in the Clinical Research industry for over 30 years. Prior to joining Lexitas Amy was self-employed working as a consultant to Sponsor companies in clinical operations, clinical development, project management, and medical writing.  Amy also previously worked for Glaxo Welcome, Inspire Pharmaceuticals and Rho, Inc. She has a BSN from Boston University. When she is not working Amy likes to travel, cook, make crafts and go consignment shopping.

Ben Schaberg

Ben Schaberg

Ben Schaberg

Medical Writer Associate, Drug Development

Ben is a Medical Writer Associate. Ben is new to the clinical research industry. Prior to joining Lexitas, Ben worked in U.S. immigration law and federal compliance. He worked for Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, & Stewart, P.C. and for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, International Student and Scholar Services. Ben graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and Dramatic Arts. When he is not working, Ben enjoys cooking and playing tabletop games such as Dungeons and Dragons.

Maryn Schwab

Maryn Schwab

Maryn Schwab
Clinical Trial Assistant

Maryn Schwab is a Clinical Trial Assistant.  Maryn has a Bachelor of Science with a concentration of ecology/evolutionary biology from The University of Tennessee.  Maryn started her career at CVS pharmacy as a Certified Pharmacy Technician prior to joining Lexitas in September 2020.  When she is not at work, Maryn enjoys hiking the Smokies, kayaking, camping, and weekend trips to explore new cities!

Halie Sklanka

Halie Sklanka

Halie Sklanka
Clinical Research Coordinator

Halie Sklanka has worked in the clinical research industry for over 4 years.  She started her career as a Clinical Research Coordinator at Georgia Retina, PC in Atlanta and the Casey Eye Institute in Portland, Oregon.  Halie received a BS in Biological Sciences from Virginia Tech.   Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, travelling, and checking out new restaurants.

Mike Schiewe

Mike Schiewe

Mike Schiewe
Director, Development & Site Relations

He has worked in the biopharmaceutical and clinical research industry for 20 years. Fifteen of those years have been in the research and development of eye health products. Mike has been with Lexitas from the beginning as a consultant; however, recently joined the company as a permanent employee in August 2016. Mike started his career at PPD Development, and then moved onto Inspire Pharmaceuticals, followed by 5 years as an Independent Clinical Research Consultant before joining Lexitas. Mike has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from North Carolina State University and Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. On his days off, you can find Mike spending time with his family, cycling, kayaking or out on the golf course.

Neeli Sharrett

Neeli Sharrett

Neeli Sharrett is an Associate Director, Clinical Technology.  She has worked in the clinical research industry for over 13 years and has been with Lexitas since February 2017.  Neeli has extensive experience in clinical trial technologies – including randomization and drug management, clinical supplies logistics, imaging, eCOA, EDC, and CTMS systems.  She worked at ICON Clinical Research prior to joining Lexitas. Neeli will be involved in the selection and implementation of several technologies.  She received her BA in Biology from The University of Texas at Austin.  On her days off, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as cooking and handcrafting jewelry.

Jan Stephens

Jan Stephens

Jan Stephens
Senior Clinical Research Associate

Jan Stephens is a Senior Clinical Research Associate.  She has worked in the clinical research industry for 19 years and has been with Lexitas since July 2014 as a contractor then became a permanent employee on June 1, 2017.  After 20 years working as a Registered Nurse and performing bedside patient care, burn-out took its toll.  Not wanting to work with patients, a car dealer was courting her to come to work with them.  As fate would have it, a friend that worked in research reached out and the rest is history.  She received her AS degree in Nursing from Dalton Junior College in Dalton, GA.  On her days off, if she is not spoiling her 2 granddaughters, you might find her gardening, swimming, working on a art project, or more than likely her favorite past-time shopping.

Angela Town

Angela Town

Angela Town

Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

Angela is a Senior Clinical Research Coordinator. She has been working in the clinical research industry for 4 years. Prior to coming to Lexitas Angela worked for Silverstein Eye Centers, Hunkeler Eye Institute, and Discover Vision Centers. Angela has a JCAHPO COA certification and a OSC certification. In her free time Angela likes to spend time with family, go boating on the lake, play with her dog and volunteering in her local community.

Courtney Tucker

Courtney Tucker

Courtney Tucker
Clinical Trial Assistant

Courtney is a Clinical Trial Assistant. She has been in the clinical research industry for almost a year. Before joining Lexitas, Courtney worked for LabConnect as a SampleGISTICS™ Coordinator. She has a B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in clinical research. Courtney enjoys exploring the great outdoors, camping, hiking, traveling, and doing yoga when she is not at work.

Vineela Varikuti

Vineela Varikuti

Vineela Varikuti
Clinical Research Coordinator

Vineela Varikuti is a Clinical Research Coordinator.  She has worked in the clinical research industry for 13 years. She previously worked as a Research Coordinator at the Ross Eye Institute in New York and Boston Image Reading Center as well as a Graduate Research Assistant and the University of Massachusetts prior to joining Lexitas in July 2019.  Vineela has a Bachelor of Clinical Optometry, PhD in Vision Sciences as well as a MBA in Finance and Healthcare.  When she is not a work, Vineela enjoys reading books and spending time with family and friends.

Hayley White

Hayley White

Hayley White
Clinical Research Coordinator

Hayley White has worked in the clinical research industry since 2010.  Her experience includes the role of Clinical Research Coordinator for psychopharmacological and behavioral intervention clinical trials in PTSD populations within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  She has also worked in the role of Human Research Protections Program Coordinator for the Durham VA Health Care System. Hayley received a B.A. in Psychology from St. Andrews University and a M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Lauren Wright

Lauren Wright

Lauren Wright
Clinical Study Manager

Lauren Wright is a Clinical Study Manager.  She has worked in the clinical research industry for 5 years.  She previously worked at GSK, Nuventra, inVentiv Health, Syneos Health, ViiV prior to joining Lexitas in August 2020.  Tiffany has a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology.  When she is not a work, Lauren enjoys hiking and travelling!

Caitlin Whitehead

Caitlin Whitehead

Caitlin Whitehead
Clinical Trial Assistant

Caitlin Whitehead is a Clinical Trial Assistant.  She has worked in the clinical research industry for 1 year. Caitlin started her career at IQVIA as a Clinical Trial Assistant prior to joining Lexitas in July 2019.  Caitlin has a BS in Clinical Research, UNCW as well as a BA in Global Studies (Health), Appalachian State University.  When she is not at work, Caitlin enjoys anything outdoors – the beach, hiking, disc golf, traveling!

Raelin Verhoff

Raelin Verhoff

Raelin Verhoff
Associate Director, Data Management

Raelin has over 15 years of clinical research experience, focusing primarily on Data Management and Electronic Data Capture.  Raelin has held management roles in small and large global CRO organizations.  She started her career at Ovation Research Group, working closely with sites and study teams to coordinate startup and data collection activities, and overseeing safety reporting strategies, before moving formally into Data Management.  Raelin then spent 10 years in management for the global Data Management department at ICON Clinical Research.  She focused on developing and implementing data collection strategies for late-phase and registry study designs.  Raelin was also intimately involved in vendor selection for, and implementation of, database solutions as well as day to day management and oversight for all activities necessary to ensure successful data management delivery.

Kim Williams

Kim Williams

Kim Williams
Clinical Research Coordinator

Kim started with Lexitas in November 2018. She worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator for NC State College of Veterinary Medicine for over 10 years. She has also worked as a Clinical Trials Assistant for IQVIA in various therapeutic areas. In her spare time, Kim likes to spend time with her Whippets, knitting, and attending outdoor concerts.

Kristin Williams

Kristin Williams

Kristin Williams
Director, Quality and Legal Affairs

Kristin has extensive experience in ophthalmology research and compliance, as she started her career at Inspire Pharmaceuticals, working with several ophthalmic products.  She then worked at Compliance Implementation Services as a compliance consultant building strategic regulatory compliance strategies for mid-size and large pharmaceutical clients.  Kristin has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Lenoir-Rhyne College and a Juris Doctor and Master of Jurisprudence in Health Law from Loyola University Chicago.

Christine Wolf

Christine Wolf

Christine Wolf

Data Management Project Manager

Christine is a Data Management Project Manager. Christine has been working in the clinical research industry for 18 years. She has previously worked with Axio Research and Cytel. Christine has an MBS. In her spare time Christine enjoys contra dancing, hiking, and spending time with her son. Before her son, she was also known to build art installations at community festivals.

Albert Yuen

Albert Yuen

Albert Yuen

Clinical Research Coordinator

Albert is a Clinical Research Coordinator who has been working in the clinical research industry for 12 years. Albert previously worked with Raymond Fong Eye Care. He has a B.S. in computer science from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Outside of work Albert likes to play sports, cook and eat, and spend time with his family.