Office of Clinical Research

Rubin 8th Floor
Dartmouth Cancer Center
One Medical Center Drive
Lebanon, NH 03756
(603) 653-9071


Clinical Research Assistants

  • Grace M. Crummer
  • Jacquelyn M. Noyes
  • Jennifer L. Whitcomb

Clinical Research Coordinators

  • Nerissa C. Charland
  • Kayleigh S. Coombs
  • Charlotte A. Esancy
  • Reid T. Fultz
  • Jacqueline M. Kihwele
  • Emma W. Lisle
  • Casey M. O'Quinn
  • Lauren M. Robinson
  • Sharon Schoville, BS, MPH
  • Jo Strohbehn, BA
  • Tara R. Suntoke

Data Specialist

  • Aileen G. Gillett

Protocol Review Specialist

  • Kiley Knapp, PhD

Research Regulatory Affairs Coordinator

  • Courtney Davis, BS, CCRP

Research Regulatory Affairs Coordinator Associate

  • Julie Gurnsey, BS
  • Sara M. Hickey
  • Veronica M. Pelletier
  • Kristina M. Willey, BS


  • Jill Bagley, S. Region RN/Coordinator
  • Andrew Cowenhoven, Research Programmer Analyst - Senior
  • Betty Iliescu, MS, Research SSU Coordinator
  • Nikki Nash, Research RN Manager
  • Lora Schofield, St. Johnsbury RN

Research Nurses

  • Carmeleta Beidler, RN
  • Chad Harrington
  • Brian Highhouse, RN, BSN
  • Maria Lackstrom
  • Maureen Stannard, RN, BS, OCN
  • Melissa Stocker
  • Marylynne Strachan
  • Suzanne Vaughn, RN


  • Provide research support to clinical investigators for the management of clinical trials including investigator-initiated, federally funded, and industry trials.
  • Assist Principal Investigators in the activation and administration of studies.
  • Prepare records for internal and external compliance and quality monitoring and audits.
  • Screening and enrolling patients for clinical trials.
  • Coordinate the completion of participant-specific study requirements.
  • Provide data management and regulatory support for clinical trials.
  • Provide multi-center project management services for investigator-initiated trials.
  • Provide education on clinical trial management to staff and new investigators.
  • Procure, process, and ship blood samples the same day as required. Can short-term freeze samples.


Dartmouth Cancer Center uses a CTMS (Clinical Trial Management System) as its central repository for study- and patient-related data. The CTMS is a comprehensive, web-based suite of software that addresses many research-related tasks, including Study Management, Patient Management, Document Management, Patient Calendars, and Centralized Reporting.

Service process

  1. Notify OCR, disease-specific, Clinical Research Coordinator or Administrative Director (OCR general number 603-653-9071) when a new clinical trial is being proposed.
  2. Assistance is available for all steps of opening clinical trials including investigator-initiated, federal, and industry-sponsored trials. Confidentiality agreements (CDA), contracts, and budgets are negotiated through the Clinical Trials Office (CTO).
  3. CRCs and regulatory specialists provide complete services (prior to opening a study through close out of a study) including IRB submission, submission, and maintenance of regulatory documents and participant data, coordination with sponsors for site initiation, monitoring, and investigational pharmacy visits. OCR staff work with CTO, CPHS, and sponsors on all aspects of a trial. CRCs and regulatory Specialists provide complete services (from protocol concept to close of a study).
  4. Research Nurses serve as the clinical liaison to assist with informed consent, symptom management, and clinical conduct of the study.

Structure and support

Clinical Cancer Review Committee (CCRC)

Provides required peer review of scientific merit prior to IRB review. Reviews clinical research protocols for treatment, prevention, control or intervention of cancer and protocol amendments

Dartmouth Cancer Center Data, Safety Monitoring, and Accrual Committee (DSMAC)

Provides required peer review of clinical research protocols for which a Dartmouth investigator is both investigator and sponsor of the protocol. Review toxicity patterns, data integrity, protocol adherence, and progress toward study objectives. Reviews study accrual.

Clinical Trials Investigational Order Set Committee (CTIOSC)

Provides a required review of drug order sets for clinical trials prior to study activation

Cancer Clinical Research Quality Improvement Committee (QIC)

Focuses on continuous clinical research process improvement at the Dartmouth Cancer Center. Analyzes trends in the quality of research by quarterly reviews of protocol deviation reports, local serious adverse event reports, ongoing corrective and preventative actions plans, reports from research ancillary support services, and reports from PIs, NPs, Clinical Research Coordinators, Research Nurses, Regulatory staff, and administrators.