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Clark Richardson

Clark Richardson, MPH

President

Clark began work in OTC consumer research in 1997, after completing graduate studies in Public Health. Since those early days, Clark's responsibilities have ranged from Assistant Project Manager to SAS programmer, Project Manager, Director of Operations, Vice President, and most recently President at PEGUS Research since 2012. He is actively involved in industry and scientific issues and is a frequent presenter on research methods and innovation.

After completing scores of OTC consumer studies (including numerous label comprehension, self-selection and actual use projects) for sponsors over the last 21 years, he brings a strong orientation toward OTC-switch program strategy, regulatory agency interaction, study design, analytic issues and solid, practical, high-quality research. In a period of intensive growth and evolution at PEGUS, Clark directs the full range of operations across our functional areas.

Sarah Farnsworth

Sarah Farnsworth, PhD

Vice President, Scientific Affairs

Sarah has been with PEGUS since 2009 and has previously served as a Project Manager and Director of Clinical Operations. She is experienced in study design and implementation with a variety of behavioral research studies, including qualitative, label comprehension, self-selection, actual use, and human factors studies. Sarah currently oversees the Project Management and Statistics departments at PEGUS.

With an undergraduate degree in Psychology and doctorate in Neuroscience, she brings extensive research experience and a unique expertise to PEGUS in the areas of Neuropharmacology and the biological basis of human behavior. Sarah is also an adjunct professor of Psychology at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah where she teaches undergraduate Psychology and Neuroscience courses.

Russ Bradford

Russell Bradford, MD, MSPH

Vice President, Medical Affairs

One of PEGUS Research's first employees, Russ earned his MD from the University of Utah School of Medicine in 1999. He subsequently pursued post-doctoral training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, with subspecialty training in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Along the way, he earned his MSPH from the UAB School of Public Health.

Russ has 20+ years of research experience, spanning the spectrum from basic science to clinical trials. He continues to regularly care for hospitalized children. Russ returned to PEGUS Research in 2011 as part of the executive team, with specific responsibility over medical affairs and clinical data collection.

Kimberly Anderson

Kimberly Anderson, MPH

Vice President, Clinical Operations

Kimberly joined PEGUS Research in 1998 and has been involved with many aspects of operations within PEGUS since that time. She obtained her Master's degree in Public Health at the University of Utah in 2009. She has extensive experience in the design and conduct of consumer behavior studies, including label comprehension, self-selection and actual use trials. She currently oversees project support departments, including Data Management, Regulatory and Site Coordination and provides leadership and oversight for the management of sponsor programs.
Dave McCammon

Dave McCammon, MS

Chairman & CEO

Dave serves as Chairman and CEO at PEGUS Research. At a later age than usual to start his education (age 26), he pursued his degrees working full-time, attending school full-time, and raising, with his wife, their five children. He graduated Phi Kappa Phi, obtaining his M.S. degree in Sociology with a focus on research methodology.

Prior to joining PEGUS in 1995, he served for many years in senior management positions at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida in patient research and operational management positions.

Brent Page

Brent Page, PhD

Senior Scientific Consultant

As one of the founders of PEGUS, Brent played an important role early on by mining databases for safety studies.

Brent received his doctorate from the University of Utah in Applied Psychology (program evaluation and research design) and Organizational Behavior and presently holds and adjunct faculty position in the Departments of Psychology at the university and Family and Preventive Medicine in the medical college.

Dave Bradford

David Bradford, PhD

Senior Scientific Advisor

Dave is one of the founders of PEGUS Research. He and his colleagues perceived a need to rationalize the process of switching a drug from prescription to non-prescription status. They began an effort to define and adapt the science of observational trials to this over-the-counter switch objective. He has also been instrumental in the design of novel epidemiological studies to assess drug-related safety and misuse matters.

Dave earned his doctorate in clinical psychology and a master's degree in public health from the University of Utah, where he is a member of the adjunct faculty in the medical college’s Division of Family and Preventive Medicine. Dave is active in efforts by the industry association, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, in working with the FDA to further define and enhance the scientific development of consumer research.

He also served as an officer in the Army and Air Force Reserve, and is now in the retired reserve. Dave has been involved in research his whole career, and particularly enjoys the challenges of drug safety and OTC switch research.

Brnadon Henrie

Brandon Henrie, MS

Associate Vice President, Operations

As a Director of Clinical Operations, Brandon was involved in managing and overseeing projects. He has managed label comprehension, self-selection, human factors, and actual use studies. Brandon has also functioned as a Principal Investigator and has experience as a study monitor. Brandon earned an undergraduate degree in biology and a master’s degree in biochemistry. With extensive research experience in areas such as cellular metabolism, retrovirology, cell biology, and neurobiology, he brings an analytic and scientific mindset to studies conducted at PEGUS.
Katie Callaway

Katie Callaway, BBA, BS

Clinical Operations Consultant

Katie has been with PEGUS since 2010, functioning in various operational roles. Most recently as a Project Manager, she managed large-scale Actual Use Trials, Label Comprehension Studies, and Self-Selection Studies. Katie also has extensive experience as a Monitor/CRA, and as a trainer for both site and PEGUS staff.

Katie has two bachelor degrees; her first, a B.B.A., in Marketing from Pace University in New York, followed by a Communicative Disorders degree (B.S.) from Utah State University. Katie looks forward to expanding her experience and knowledge in her role as Clinical Operations Consultant.

Katie Montenegro

Katherine Montenegro, MPH

Senior Project Manager

Katie recently joined the Project Management team at PEGUS in November 2015. She earned her undergraduate degree in exercise physiology and her master’s degree in public health from the University of Utah while serving on campus residents through educational and social programming. Katie has worked in mosquito control and surveillance for the past few mosquito seasons monitoring mosquito species and vector-borne diseases. She is excited to be a part of the exciting research taking place with PEGUS. Outside of work, she enjoys the great outdoors of Utah!
Nikki Gillman

Nicolette Gillman, BS

Assistant Project Manager

Nicolette eagerly joined the PEGUS team as an Assistant Project Manager in July 2017. She earned her B.S. in Anthropology with minors in Asian Studies and Nutrition from the University of Utah. During her studies, Nikki wrote a publishable paper on celiac disease and the experience piqued her interest in medical research. Over six years, Nikki has explored different areas of the field, including nutrition information, research ethics and review, and nationwide data on patient recovery. At home, Nikki has a wide range of creative hobbies including woodworking, embroidering and home improvement. She equally loves international travel and camping in Utah.
Ashlyn Runyan

Ashlyn Runyan, BS

Project Manager

Ashlyn joined PEGUS as part of the project management team in 2014. She received her BS degree in Biological Engineering from Utah State University. Prior to coming to PEGUS, Ashlyn worked for several years in research and development in the medical devices industry. Outside of work, Ashlyn enjoys cooking and is a member of the Salt Lake City section of the Society of Women Engineers.
Lauren Call

Lauren Call, BSN

Project Manager

Lauren joined the Project Management team at PEGUS in March 2017. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and Exercise Science in 2013 and is completing a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Brigham Young University. Lauren has previously worked in Public Health Nursing and enjoys helping communities become healthier. In her free time, Lauren enjoys hiking, weightlifting, and painting.
Max George

Max George, BS

Assistant Project Manager

Max joined the PEGUS team in July of 2017. He is a Weber State Graduate and has a Bachelor's degree is in zoology with a heavy emphasis on the neurosciences. He enjoys all aspects of scientific research, and has a detailed background working with various research programs focusing on physiological empathy, improvements to pain medications, anxiety and OCD treatments, and new diabetic medicines. He is a Utah native and loves watching a good scary movie and spending as much time with his daughter as he can.
Emily Isle

Emily Isle

Assistant Project Manager

Bio coming soon...
Sydney Cobb

Sydney Cobb

Project Management Support Specialist

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Eva DeJong

Assistant Project Manager

Eva joined the Project Management team at PEGUS in July 2018. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology in 2012 from Calvin College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 2013 from Creighton University, and is completing a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Des Moines University. Eva has previously worked as a Registered Nurse and a Public Health Nurse in the hospital, clinic, and community settings. She enjoys helping communities improve access to health more effectively and efficiently without comprising quality of care. In her free time, Eva enjoys running, hiking, cooking, and traveling.

Pamela El Gergi

Assistant Project Manager

Pamela joined the PEGUS team in July 2018. She is a Nevada State College graduate and has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, with an emphasis in neuroscience. She recently spent two years in the Middle East working in project management with donors such as the UN, foreign embassies, and non-governmental organizations. Her background is mainly in bridging neuroscience research and humanitarian work, where she worked exclusively with Syrian refugees, health professionals, and the LGBTQ+ community. Pamela enjoys spending her free time traveling internationally, volunteering with animals, and hiking.
Tera Smith

Tera Smith

Director of Clinical Data Management

Tera began her employment with PEGUS in 2002. Since then, she has held a number of positions within the company in the areas of data collection and data management.

In her current role as Director of Clinical Data Management, she uses her exceptional attention to detail to help develop and maintain databases to ensure data is as accurate and complete as possible.

Tera has been involved in a number of actual use trials, self-selection studies, and label comprehension studies in her time at PEGUS.

She is currently in the process of obtaining a bachelor’s of science degree in computer science.

Jeff Prims

Jeffrey Prims

Lead Clinical Database Programmer

Jeff came to PEGUS with many years of software development experience in 2006 and is currently the Lead Database programmer. Jeff has been involved in many clinical and managed care research projects.

Jeff has an Associate's degree in Applied Technology from Davis Applied Technology College where he currently serves on the Information Technology Advisory Board.

Berenice Gonzalez

Berenice Gonzalez

Clinical Database Programmer

Bernice began her career at PEGUS in 2007 as a Health Care Data Collection Interviewer. In 2011, she was promoted to a Shift Leader in the Health Care Data Collection call center, where she was in charge of the PRAMS study. She was given the opportunity to work as a Clinical Data Management Assistant in 2012 and then as Assistant Clinical Database Programmer in 2015. Berenice has great experience in both collecting and managing data for clinical and health care studies.
Joel Mendoza

Joel Mendoza

Assistant Clinical Database Programmer

Joel started in PEGUS’s Call Center as an interviewer in 2012. Since then he has moved into Data Management, where he has been since 2014, and is currently an Assistant Database Programmer. Since joining Data Management he has served as the data manager for at least a dozen projects and has recently ventured into programming. He is currently working on completing an Associate degree in Computer Sciences.
Sydney Anderson

Sydney Anderson

Lead Clinical Data Management Associate

Since joining PEGUS in 2008, Sydney has worked in several different positions in our Health Care Services call center, including some time as a PRAMS Data Collection Interviewer. Currently serving as the Lead Clinical Data Management Assistant, she has had the opportunity to get experience in both health survey research and clinical projects, such as actual use trials and label comprehension studies.

Sydney is currently working on an Associate's degree at Salt Lake Community College.

Miles Deneris

Miles Deneris, BS

Clinical Data Management Associate

Miles has been with PEGUS since January 2011. He started within in the healthcare data collection department. During his time in the data collection department, Miles provided key support for both managed care and clinical studies. He accomplished this as an interviewer, monitor, and team leader. He then moved into the clinical data management department. Since then he has taken on the associate role in the data management department, providing support for numerous label comprehension, self-selection, and actual use studies.

Miles graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in psychology and a certificate in human factors in 2014. He has returned there to pursue an M.S. in Biomedical Informatics. Miles also has research experience with both human factors psychology and biomedicine.

Courtney Rogers

Courtney Rogers, BS

Clinical Data Management Assistant

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Cindy Riley

Cindy Riley, BA, ADN

Clinical Data Collection Project Manager

Cindy joined the PEGUS Clinical Data Collection team in 2010. Over the last several years, she has worked as a clinical interviewer, supervisor, and assistant project manager with a focus on severe adverse events. Cindy earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Georgia and then went on to earn her R.N. degree from Darton College. Prior to working at PEGUS, she gained critical care experience working as a clinical nurse, supervisor, and preceptor in the only Level II Trauma Center in South Georgia. She has also worked in the insurance industry as a utilization review nurse and R.N. case manager handling catastrophic cases.
McKinsie Bushnell

McKinsie Bushnell BSN

Clinical Data Collection Assistant Project Manager

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Irene Brown

Irene Brown, MS

Senior Statistician and SAS Programmer

Irene earned a B.S. in Statistics from Brigham Young University and a M.S. in Statistics from The George Washington University. She has been programming in SAS extensively for many years. She spent the beginning of her career at the U.S. Census Bureau where she earned the Bronze Medal Award for outstanding leadership and innovation in implementing processing improvements in the Quarterly Financial Report. Before coming to PEGUS, she worked on statistical analysis of the Criminal and Social Justice System in Salt Lake County.

Outside of work, she enjoys lightsaber dueling with her husband and recently placed 4th in a Karate sparring tournament.

Ying Yang

Ying Yang, MSTAT

Statistician and SAS Programmer

Ying joined PEGUS in April 2016 and has been involved in label comprehension studies, self-selection studies, and actual use trials. She earned her Master’s degree in Biostatistics from the University of Utah. Prior to joining PEGUS, Ying did her internship as an American Indian and Alaska Native Health Researcher at Utah Department of Health for one year, and worked on various epidemiological studies.

Ying's specialty is statistical knowledge and SAS programming. She works on statistical design, data analysis and process, and program validation. She performs SAS programming and proprietary macro development required for analysis and regulatory submission of clinical trial data and for other related study projects. Ying works closely with multiple departments to ensure that the statistical design, data analysis, and data presentation meet desired outcomes.

Jenny Soderquist

Jenny Soderquist, BS

Regulatory Manager

Jenny joined the Regulatory department of PEGUS in 2012. She had previously worked in the banking industry for 7 years in customer service and as a regulatory/compliance manager. She has degrees in Business Management and Accounting and looks forward to furthering her education.
Mindy Ballard

Mindy Ballard, BS

Regulatory Associate

Mindy joined the PEGUS team in November 2015 after receiving a BS in Anthropology, with a minor in Human Biology, from the University of Utah. Prior to PEGUS she worked in the student loan industry for 10 years. She looks forward to continuing her education soon with an MS in Public Health.

Outside of the office, Mindy enjoys volunteering for various organizations, being outdoors biking, hiking or camping, the Utah Jazz, her husband and two cats.

Taylor Isle

Taylor Isle

Regulatory Assistant

Taylor joined the PEGUS regulatory department in July of 2017. He is pursuing a degree in chemical and energy engineering from the University of Utah. Outside of work, Taylor enjoys gaming, music, and exploring the outdoors with his wife and dogs.
Lindsay Starke

Lindsay Starke

Site Coordination Manager

Lindsay has been working for PEGUS Research since 2011. She is currently attending college at Salt Lake Community College, completing her general studies.

Outside of work, Lindsay has played on a roller derby team for 6 years in Salt Lake City. Lindsay brings excitement and enthusiasm to the team and is very detailed oriented with a willingness to learn.

Sean Smith

Sean Smith, BS

Site Coordinator

Sean joined the PEGUS team in 2014, as an interviewer, then soon moved to Site Coordination the following year. Sean graduated from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT in 2014, with a BS in Sociology with an emphasis in Behavioral Economics. Outside of PEGUS, he is a musician, tech enthusiast, and avid traveler.
Shannon Hafford

Shannon Hafford, BS

Site Coordinator

Shannon joined the PEGUS Site Coordination team in August 2017. She graduated with her Bachelors in Health Science with an emphasis in Public Health from Brigham Young University Idaho. She has worked with the Utah County Health Department in the Tobacco Prevention unit where she taught youth throughout the community about the dangers of tobacco products. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, playing guitar, and hiking the beautiful Wasatch Range.
Robbie Damewood

Robert Damewood

Site Coordinator

Robert Damewood joined the PEGUS Site Coordination team in August 2017. He is currently completing his Bachelor’s degree in Business IT Management at Western Governors University. In his free time, he does charity work with the 501st Legion and Rebel Legion, Star Wars costuming groups that help raise money for various charities. He is also an avid Seattle Seahawks and Real Salt Lake fan.
Karen Richardson

Karen Richardson

Data Collection Interviewer Coordinator

Bio coming soon...
Mark Newton

Mark Newton

Monitoring Coordinator

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Jelem Mejia

Jelem Mejia

Study Monitor

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Xanthe Stahn

Xanthe Stahn

Subject Scheduling and Support Supervisor

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Jasna Zahirovic

Administrative Assistant

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Kim Johnson

Kim Johnson, BS

Director - Quality Assurance

Kim began working at PEGUS in January, 2000 and is currently the Director of Quality Assurance. She has held various other positions within PEGUS, including Project Manager, Site Coordination Supervisor and Monitor. She is responsible for ensuring that each study is conducted in compliance with applicable regulatory requirements, good clinical practice (GCP) guidelines and standards including ethical conduct, standard operating procedures, reporting requirements, and personnel qualifications. She oversees the annual revision of Standard Operating Procedures and conducting general audits to ensure that SOPs are being complied with.

Kim also serves as the PEGUS Privacy Officer and is responsible for overall privacy of protected health information by ensuring safeguards are implemented to protect health information from intentional or accidental disclosure or misuse. She graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Behavior Science and Health.

Megan Bodily

Megan Bodily, BS

Quality Assurance Associate

Megan joined the PEGUS team in August 2014 after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Sociology. Outside of the office, Megan enjoys being a dog owner to Piper Ann, watching hockey and being outdoors.
Dawn Straatsma

Dawn Straatsma

Director of Contract Management

Dawn currently serves as the Director of Contract Management. Prior to this role, she led PEGUS Research’s Healthcare Research Call Center and Data Management teams, providing clients with superior leadership in meeting critical time lines, hiring professional interviewing and technical staff, and implementing proficient and accurate data collection methodology via phone, web, and mail.

Dawn came to PEGUS with over 10 years experience in data collection and computer programming. Prior to her employment at PEGUS Research, Dawn served as Assistant Database Administrator for a loan servicing company. Dawn is extremely detail-oriented and possesses strong skills for trouble-shooting and project management.

Prior to expanding her family, Dawn attended Salt Lake Community College expanding her knowledge in Computer Science. Dawn has been with PEGUS Research, for over 10 years.

Andrew Hiller

Andrew Hiller, BS

Director - Information Technology and Security

Prior to joining PEGUS in January 2015, Andrew spent 8 years in the financial industry as a Security Administrator. In his role, he is responsible for overseeing processes and programs that preserve the confidentiality, integrity and availability of PEGUS Research systems and provides oversight and governance to ensure effective controls to manage risk of vendor services, identity and access provisioning, and other information technology processes.

He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business IT Management from Western Governors University in September of 2017.

John Evans

John Evans, BS

Systems Administrator

John comes to PEGUS Research with broad experience in a number of technical areas and in a variety of work environments, including as a network administrator for a large financial institution, a computer hardware repair technician in a small shop, and as the systems administrator and B2B project coordinator for a distributor of laboratory equipment and supplies for the genetics and molecular biology research markets. In addition, he taught computer networking technology at the college level fulltime for several years, publishing twice. For most of that time he was the head of the academic department.

John earned a BS in Computer Science from Brigham Young University, and has completed the course work for an MS in Educational Technology at Boise State University.

In his spare time, if he is not found with a keyboard or soldering iron in his hand, John enjoys spending his time with his wife and six kids.

Eric Holmes

Eric Holmes, MHA

Business Analytics Manager

Eric joined PEGUS in 2015 to help with training and recruiting as well as other HR responsibilities. He earned a Masters Degree in Health Administration from Weber State University. in 2015. Eric enjoys working with people, as well as geeking out with new tricks learned in Excel or Access.

In his free time, Eric enjoys playing music and following the Utah Jazz.

Amy Peterson

Amy Peterson, MS, CPA

Director - Finance and Accounting

Amy joined the team at PEGUS in July 2017 as the Director of Finance and Accounting. She earned her undergraduate and master degrees in accounting from Utah State University. She obtained her CPA license in the state of Utah in August 2016. Amy has 5 years of public accounting experience in both the private and public sectors, working with technology, medical, manufacturing, and governmental industries. She is excited to be a part of the PEGUS team. Outside of work, she enjoys skiing, softball, and fishing.
David Walstad

David Walstad, BS

Accountant

Bio coming soon...
Andy Hortin

Andy Hortin

Human Resources Generalist

Andy joined PEGUS as our Human Resource Generalist in 2018. He received his BS degree from the University of Utah. Prior to coming to PEGUS, Andy worked in HR roles in various industries.

Outside of work, Andy enjoys running, outdoors, and spending time with his family. Andy is a member of National SHRM and of the Salt Lake SHRM chapter.

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