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The Site Support Team

The support team works hand-in-hand with site clinical teams to enhance operations, quality assurance, regulatory, business development, marketing, accounting and information technology at each research site. Through the vision of our founder, this team brings together highly experienced and specialized professionals who have decades of experience in their respective fields as well as healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.

Patricia Brown, PhD, APRN | Vice President , Clinical Operations
Dr. Brown is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has been in private practice since 1984. She is certified in both adult and child/adolescent psychiatric/mental health nursing. She joined CNS Healthcare in 2004 at their Jacksonville location and then transitioned to the Orlando Research team in 2008. She has served as an AVP of an acute care hospital as well as a CEO of a psychiatric facility.  She earned her PhD focusing in clinical research from University of Miami and has been involved as an Investigator in numerous Phase I-IV clinical trials.  She has been published extensively in the fields of psychiatry and quality in research, and has presented at numerous scientific gatherings.

C. Terrie Wood | Vice President, Quality Assurance/Regulatory Affairs 
Terrie has provided the direction and guidance in Quality Assurance and Regulatory Compliance for CNS Healthcare since joining the company in 1998. Prior to joining the CNS team, she spent 16 years with Pfizer, where she held the positions of: Clinical Research Associate, Safety Biometrician and Clinical Data Analyst. She has extensive knowledge and experience in managing all phases of clinical research.

Victoria Huckleberry, BA | Director of Quality Assurance
Victoria joined CNS Healthcare in 2015. She has been working in the medical field in various positions since 2012 in both administrative and inpatient oriented capacities. Most recently, she was the regulatory specialist on all of our Phase I-IV clinical trials in our Downtown Orlando offices. In 2020 she was promoted to be our company’s Director of Quality Assurance, supporting all of our locations, in all matters that impact quality and regulatory affairs. Victoria holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Samford University. 

Amy Schemer, BS | Vice President, Business Development
Amy joined CNS Healthcare in 2001, after spending over ten years working as an executive in a free-standing psychiatric hospital. Prior to her work in the hospital industry, she was a Sales Representative for a large pharmaceutical company. Amy has been instrumental in the growth and success of CNS Healthcare over the years. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Microbiology from the University of Florida.

Brian Hunter, MA | Vice President, Trial Management and Contracts
Brian has been involved with clinical trials at CNS Healthcare since 2005, after earning his Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Florida. He worked in our Orlando clinic as a Clinical Research Coordinator for 2 years before becoming the Administrative Director. In 2012, he worked as Director of Marketing to help with patient recruitment at all 3 research sites. In late 2014, Brian transitioned to our Business Development team where he works to secure new trials and to negotiate study contracts.

Eric Canut McCaffrey, CCRP | Director, Clinical Development 
Eric has extensive experience as a regulatory and research professional. In 2014 Eric joined CNS Healthcare as the manager of regulatory, EDC and Quality Assurance at our Orlando clinic. Prior to that, he managed all regulatory and operational functions at privately owned primary care practices and research dedicated outpatient/inpatient centers. In 2017 Eric transitioned to our Site Support Team as a Business Development Liaison.

Penny O'Neal, RN, CCRP | Director, Clinical Development 
Penny has been a Registered Nurse since 1985 with a specialty in psychiatric nursing. She is a graduate of Indiana Vocational Technical College in Richmond, Indiana. She has been involved in research since 1997, and joined CNS Healthcare in 1999. She is also a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator.

Taylor Lucier, AS | Director, Clinical Development
Taylor joined the CNS Support Team in September of 2016. Taylor holds an AS degree in Business Administration at Valencia College, and is now working towards her Bachelor’s degree.

Heather Woodman | Study Associate
Heather has extensive data management experience in numerous phase I-IV trials with numerous sponsors. Prior to joining the CNS Healthcare team in 2013, she was the assistant site director at a phase one research center.

Krista Blakesley | Study Assistant
Krista joined CNS Healthcare in 2018 as a Receptionist at our Orlando site. She transitioned to a role at our Site Support Office as a Study Assistant during 2021. Krista has over 15 years of experience working with children as a preschool teacher and more recently with seniors as Receptionist and Admissions Director at an assisted living and rehabilitation facility.

Carrie Lockwood, BA, BS | Vice President, Marketing
Carrie has nearly 30 years of experience in direct-to-consumer marketing, public relations, emergency/crisis communications, and physician relations/referral initiatives. She has held leadership roles with Florida Hospital/Adventist Health System, Tavistock Group, US Department of Energy, and Girl Scouts of the USA. She is the recipient of four Gold Aster Awards for Excellence in Marketing, the APEX Award of Excellence, and the Merit Healthcare Advertising Award. She has served as Chairman of The Board for the Mental Health Association of Central Florida, is a graduate of the Class of 2013 Leadership Orange and has served as an advisor on several boards and committees.  She has been with CNS Healthcare since 2001. She received her degrees from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. 

Lora Lesnikowski, MHA | Marketing Manager
Lora joined CNS Healthcare in March 2011 as part of the in-house marketing department. She coordinates various Internet, print, radio, and TV media campaigns to help recruit patients for clinical trials, and to educate the community about clinical research. She also works closely with the finance department on advertising invoices and budgets. She has a Master's degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Central Florida.

Marimar Diaz, MA | Marketing Assistant
Marimar holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from University of Puerto Rico and a Master’s Degree in Corporate Communication and Advertising from the Computense University of Madrid, Spain. She has an extensive background in customer service and advertising and worked as an Advertising Specialist for seven years with Doral Bank in Puerto Rico and for the University of Oklahoma.

Taylor Laughinghouse, BS | Marketing Manager
Taylor is a recent college graduate from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York and completed a B.S. in Marketing while attending. Taylor moved to Orlando soon after graduating to pursue her career in Marketing and landed on her feet at CNS Healthcare in February 2020. She currently assists with recruiting patients for clinical trials and helps run marketing campaigns. 

Maria Escalante, AS | Patient Recruitment Specialist
Maria joined the CNS Healthcare team in 2020. She holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Business Administration and Management from Valencia College and is currently working towards her Bachelor of Science Degree in Integrated Business from the University of Central Florida. Maria’s extensive background in Customer Service plays a key role in patient recruitment.

Devin Feliciano, BA | Patient Recruitment Specialist
Devin joined the Marketing Team as a Patient Recruitment Specialist in 2021. He received his Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2019 and is currently working to obtain his Masters in Healthcare Administration from University of Central Florida. He has experience working as a Certified Nursing Assistant for an assisted living facility, as well as reception and managerial roles for a busy hair salon.  

Yvonne Montgomery | Call Center Intake
Yvonne joined the team in 2018, and provides call center intake support. She has nearly 20 years of experience providing customer support in busy call center environments for pharmacy benefits, health insurance and home healthcare companies. She was recognized by Express Scripts as #1 Customer Service Representative for her accuracy, customer service, duration of calls and availability. 

Johanna Garib, MSA | Controller
Johanna joined CNS Healthcare in 2007. She obtained an Associate's degree in law in 2006, a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting in 2012, and a Master of Science in Accounting in 2018 Johanna oversees all financial, accounting and benefit administration, and supports the CEO with financial planning and projections, insurance related matters and government related issues.

Becky Goddard, BSBA | Accountant
Becky joined CNS Healthcare in 2018. She is an accomplished Accountant and a graduate from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She has extensive experience in full-cycle accounting roles. Most recently, Becky worked as an Accountant at an insurance company, where she was employed for 23 years. Prior to that, she worked for a home health subsidiary of a large hospital system, and has experience in healthcare accounting. She brings extensive experience reconciling A/R and A/P reports, using financial models to forecast, preparing and managing budgets, assisting with month end close, and full cycle accounting.

Karelyn Rodriguez, BS | Accounting Specialist
Karelyn joined CNS in 2022 as an Accounting Specialist. She holds a Bachelors in Accounting from Inter American University of Puerto Rico. Karelyn worked for 4 years as an accounting assistant for a non-profit organization assisting with accounts payable, accounts receivable, month end close, and full cycle accounting. Prior to that, she worked as an accountant for an accounting firm in Puerto Rico performing full accounting cycle.

Vladimir Predestin, MIT, MIS | IT Manager
Vladimir joined CNS Healthcare in 2016 as part of the Information Technology Department. He holds a Master's degree in Information Technology as well as a Master's in Information Security. With over a decade of experience, Vladimir is the primary point of contact and provider for Information Technology support for both internal and external clients.

Florin Petrutiu, MIT, CISSP | Chief Information & Information Security Officer (CIO / CISO)
Florin joined the CNS Healthcare team in 2005. He holds a Master's of Information Technology degree from Virginia Tech, a Graduate Certificate in Health Information Technology and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) by ISC2. He leads the development of our company's proprietary software and systems to improve efficiency, as well as maximizing use and run-time of the company's systems. Florin is also the architect of our company's highly successful Cyber Awareness and Security program. He has over twenty years of professional experience in information systems management and is the recipient of the "HealthIT Hero" award by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHiME) for industry contributions during the COVID-19 epidemic.  

Dan Kearney, MA | Chief Executive Officer
Dan has over 32 years of experience in healthcare, and over 20 years in clinical research. He attended the University of Central Florida for his undergraduate degree, and then went on to earn his Master's degree at Rollins College. He has served as CEO of two private hospitals in the Orlando area prior to joining CNS Healthcare in 1999.

Scott West, M.D. | Chairman
Dr. West is the founder of CNS Healthcare, which conducted its' first clinical trial in 1996. He graduated from the University of Florida, College of Medicine and received his training in Psychiatry at Emory University. Subsequently, he completed research fellowships in Biological Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology at the University of Cincinnati. Considered an expert in his field, Dr. West has co-authored more than 100 professional publications, and has been the PI on over 200 clinical trials.


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6750 Turkey Lake Rd.
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