Motivated executive professional with twenty years of progressive experience in academic and healthcare environments,
including extensive experience in project management and research administration. Consistently achieve optimal
utilization of developing, delivering, and managing operations through process improvement planning, program
coordination, and cultivation of strong business relationships. Possess an established track record of creating and
implementing programs and long-term business strategies aimed at company growth.
Microsoft Skills: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher & Outlook
Statistical Skills: SPSS & SAS
Spanish Language Fluency (Reading and Writing Proficiency)
Spearheaded academic research initiative, resulting in innovative educational implementation and testing at the national level engaging 500,000 individuals.
Evaluated clinical research product and process disadvantages and suggested solutions including changes to processes and quality standards to drive operational excellence.
Author of numerous industry articles and conferences covering Women's Health, Health Policy, Chronic Disease, Clinical Trials, and Project Outcome data. Full list available
Illinois Public Health AssociationSpringfield, ILPublic Health Consultant01/2015 to Current
Facilitating statewide effort of programmatic educational deliverables associated with American College of Rheumatology grant addressing African American and Latino health issues.
Designing educational programs on chronic disease topics including Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS.
Lead evaluation of Susan G. Komen Foundation grants on breast cancer programs delivered in Central and Southern Illinois.
Northwestern UniversityChicago, ILSenior Project Manager06/2009 to Current
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Lupus Research Program at Northwestern University
Leading 40 studies including, industry-sponsored clinical research studies, NIH funded and state-based epidemiological longitudinal, international cohort, retrospective analysis, and case report research studies using web-based reporting compliance systems.
Directing multidisciplinary research team (MD's, PhD's, Post-Doctoral Fellows, NP's, Statisticians, Qualitative Researchers, Data Managers)
Negotiating industry clinical trial budgets for active and close-out lupus studies.
Planning development of innovative academic-based research agendas on numerous lupus-specific topics with collaborative investigators which included execution of Material-Transfer Agreements (MTAs).
Integrating specimen collecting strategies to streamline DNA banking, specimen processing, organization, and laboratory analysis.
Executing analysis of research data through data-driven statistical software.
Creating the first Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health funded project directed to addressing Latino health disparities in the United States.
Meeting with Illinois Congressional legislators to engage in decision-making to further policy development of chronic diseases affecting statewide constituents.
Adapting theoretical frameworks, work plans, logic models and federal CLAS standards, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and qualitative/quantitative evaluation methods to culturally-competent evidenced-based public health designed lupus programs.
Developing of continuous quality improvement reports for clinical and community-based initiatives impacting internal and external change-management decision-making.
Northwestern UniversityChicago, ILLead Project Coordinator01/2007 to 06/2009
Northwestern University, Department of Preventive Medicine, Hispanic
Community Health Study/Study of Latinos, National Heart, Lung and Blood
Institute Funded Research Grant
Monitored completion of baseline examination on 2000 Latino study participants
with community partners and the University of Illinois at Chicago in study recruitment/retention efforts.
Leadership in clinic operations of two field centers.
Production of study-specific regulatory documents.
Administration of 25 clinic and specialized staff in a six-day a week clinic.
Partnered with field centers on enhancement of study-specific protocol, questionnaires, quality-control, and training components.
Northwestern UniversityChicago, ILProject Coordinator05/2003 to 12/2006
Northwestern University, Department of Preventive Medicine, Multi-Ethnic
Study of Atherosclerosis, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Funded
Directed retention activities of 1000 study subjects in a multi-center trial of diverse ethnicities including African American and Chinese study participants.
of 200 African-American participants in genetic ancillary heart study.
Operated and directed environmental health assessment ancillary study incorporating industrial hygenists, environmental specialists, and technicians.
Management of 15 study personnel members and training at the Northwestern field center.
Planning in the development of ancillary study manuscripts of field site outcome data.
Member of study-specific evaluation team to assess appropriate monitoring and quality control compliance with protocol-specific requirements at three field centers.
Salud Latina/Latino HealthChicago, ILConsultant03/2000 to 12/2014
Created tobacco cessation curriculum and health communication marketing campaign for at-risk Latino youth.
Development of violence prevention curriculum for at-risk youth in the Pilsen community.
Evaluation of CDC-funded breast cancer awareness AMIGAS evidenced-based model.
Programmed and evaluated HIV/AIDS educational programs targeting Latinos in the Cook and Lake County regions.
Application for CDC grants targeting evidenced-based intervention funding mechanisms.
Engagement with local legislators to further lobby efforts conducted by the organization.
University of Illinois at ChicagoChicago, ILResearch Specialist05/1999 to 04/2003
University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Obstetrics and
Gynecology, Division of Reproductive Genetics.
study subjects for women's clinical trials in contraceptive care, hormone replacement therapy, incontinence, and genetics.
Organized grant writing efforts for funding of BRCA1 and BRCA2 community-based educational initiatives.
Budget oversight of all clinical trials and reproductive genetics program funded through the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Development of community-directed breast cancer and genetics educational presentations.
Engagement with community stakeholders in the creation of a breast cancer genetics initiative.
Epilepsy Foundation of Greater ChicagoChicago, ILCommunity Health Educator09/1997 to 04/1999
Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago, Hispanic Epilepsy Community Health
Arts of LivingChicago, ILConsultant/Researcher06/1993 to 08/1997
Arts of Living Institute, Adolescent Pregnancy Program
Pan American Health OrganizationWashington, DCAdvisor02/1991 to 05/1993
Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Americas Region
Policy Analyst - Global Health Council, Washington, DC
Researcher - University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams School of Social Work,
Midwest Latino Health, Research and Policy Center
Educator - Erie Teen Health Center, Chicago, IL
Education and Training
Doctorate of Public Health:Public Health2018Walden University, Minneapolis, MN
Masters of Public Health:Health Care Policy and Administration2015University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Master of Science:Public Administration2003DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Science:Community Health Education1997University of Maryland at College Park, College Park, MD
Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) Certification, License #5898, 1997
Health Policy and Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago Certificate, 2012
Committees & Associations
Northwestern University ARCC Coordinators Committee 2014-present.
Northwestern University Staff Relations Committee 2009-2013.
Professional Memberships: Illinois Public Health Association, Society for Public Health Education, American Public Health Association, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health.
Academic Memberships: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, School of Public Health Alumni Association; University of Maryland at College Park, School of Public Health Alumni Association; University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health Alumni Association, DePaul University, School of Public Administration Alumni Association; University of Chile, School of Public Health Alumni Association.
Casa Michoacan-Programs advisor
Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition-Grants advisor
Link-Together-Advisory board membership
Lupus Society of Illinois-Support group leader
Bernie's Book Bank-Volunteer member
American Public Health Association-Conference abstract reviewer
Society of Public Health Education-Conference abstract reviewer
Pedagogy in Health Promotion-Manuscript reviewer
Spanish-Language Lupus presentations, Lupus Society of Illinois, Chicago, IL.
Lupus Clinical Trials Presentation, Lupus Society of Illinois, St. Xavier University, Chicago, IL.
Spanish-Language Breast Cancer Genetics presentation, Y-Me National Breast Cancer Organization, Chicago, Waukegan, Aurora, IL.
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Health Policy and Administration Alumni Board Recognition Award 2011
Lupus Society of Illinois Spanish Language Outreach Award 2013
University of Illinois at Chicago Minority Health Conference Award 2014
Lupus Society of Illinois Volunteer Award 2015
National Hispanic Medical Association Poster Award 2015
Daltroy International Award for Excellence in Health Communication 2016
Doctorate of Public Health : Public Health 2018 Masters of Public Health : Health Care Policy and Administration 2015 Master of Science : Public Administration 2003 Bachelor of Science : Community Health Education 1997
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