Jerlita Asunto Pausche | Front Office Manager
Jerlita Asunto joined CNS Healthcare in 2016 as the front office manager. She comes to us with 8 years of experience working at one of the largest inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in the country. Jerlita’s role as the Patient Services Manager for Food & Nutrition included managing operations, serving as a departmental liaison with nursing, therapy and hospital administration, as well as conducting education for patients and hospital staff. Jerlita has her Associate degree and is currently working on completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Administration at the University of North Florida.
Melissa McMahon, RN | Clinical Research Coordinator and Prescreener
Melissa joined us in 2011 as a Clinical Research Coordinator. She has over 20 years of experience as a nurse, having worked in a variety of medical settings including: Adolescent Group Home, Asthma-Allergy Clinic, Case Management, Home Health, Substance Abuse and Psychiatric in-house settings. Melissa served proudly in the United States Navy for 6 years.
Brett Gellers, MS, EdS, CCRP | Director of Clinical Operations
Brett joined CNS Healthcare in 2012 as a Clinical Research Coordinator. He has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Central Florida and is a graduate of the Master of Science/Education Specialist program in Mental Health Counseling at the Florida State University. His clinical experience is diverse and includes experience with depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and substance use disorders. In addition to being a CRC, he provides operations management to the clinical team.
Sujeeta Dhakhwa, BSN, RN, CCRP | Senior Project Manager/Clinical Research Nurse/Staff Development Manager
Sujeeta joined CNS Healthcare in 2013 as a Clinical Research Coordinator. She is a Registered Nurse and received her Bachelor's degree in Nursing from the University of North Florida. She has worked in a variety of healthcare settings and has a diverse skill set. Her areas of expertise include experience in clinical care management for adolescent & adult patients with medical/surgical diagnosis and conditions: preoperative and postoperative care for kidney transplant patients, orthopedics, trauma, neurology, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, cardiothoracic, and obstetric surgeries. Management of care in patients requiring telemetry monitoring, diabetes management, dialysis, respiratory, psychiatric issues, oncology/hospice care, wound/ostomy care, pain management, and infectious disease care.
Lauren Tomlinson, BA, CCRP | EDC/QA
Lauren is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator and has been working in the field of research since 1997. She brings to us nearly a decade of expertise working with Alzheimer's disease and Dementia patients at a world renowned clinic. Lauren also has over four years of experience as a social worker with diverse groups of people, and those suffering from Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Insomnia.
Leigh Anne Whitaker, BSN, RN | Senior Project Manager/Clinical Research Nurse
Leigh Anne is a Registered Nurse with over 10 years of experience working with pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. In addition to her extensive experience in psychiatry, she has also worked at several large medical/surgical hospitals and gained nursing skills in pre/post operative care, urology, emergency care, critical care, oncology, dialysis, cardiovascular, neurological and diabetes care. She also was the Director of Nursing at a large skilled nursing facility prior to joining us in 2008.
Leticia Goodwin, BSN, RN / Senior Project Manager/Clinical Research Nurse
Leticia "Tish" Goodwin joined CNS Healthcare in 2016 as a Clinical Research Coordinator. Tish's nursing experience includes pediatric and adult populations in both acute inpatient and outpatient settings. She brings to the team over 30 years of diverse nursing experience including mental health, cardiology, nephrology, oncology, telemetry, trauma, tracheostomy, diabetes, family relations and staff development. Tish received her Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and is fluent in Spanish.
Melissa Pohle, RN | Senior Project Manager/Clinical Research Nurse
Melissa is a Registered Nurse and works with CNS Healthcare as a Clinical Research Coordinator. She joined us in 2006 and has over 15 years of experience as a psychiatric nurse in both outpatient and inpatient healthcare facilities.
Sandeep Jandir, MBBS | Senior Project Manager/Rater
Sandeep is a foreign trained physician who completed her training at Government Medical College in Punjab, India and Stetson University and is working to complete an internal medicine residency in the United States. She has a special interest in SPM (Social Preventive Medicine) and is a published author focusing on adolescent reproductive and sexual health, as well as surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases. She joined CNS Healthcare in 2016 as Clinical Research Assistant and in 2017 was promoted to Clinical Research Coordinator.
Niketa Kamble, MBBS | Senior Project Manager/Rater
Niketa joined the team in 2017 as a Research Assistant, and was quickly promoted to a CRC position. She graduated from Medical School at Topiwata National Medical College in Mumbai, India, and completed an internship at BYI Nair Charitable Hospital. She is fluent in English, Hindi, and Marthi. She brings experience in working with adolescent and adult patient populations with a wide range of medical conditions.
Karen "Ivy" Mae K Gabon, BSN, RN | Project Manager/Clinical Research Nurse
Ivy is a Registered Nurse and joined CNS Healthcare in 2021 as a Clinical Research Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing from Chamberlain University and a Bachelor of Science in Public Health Sciences from the University of California. Karen brings many skills to the team including experience in clinical care management for adult acute progressive medical/surgical patients, diagnostic evaluations and rating scales, and many clinical skills.
Brandon Williams, MBA | Project Manager
Brandon joined our team in 2018, as Intake Specialist, and in 2021 was promoted to work as a Clinical Research Coordinator. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Minor in Chemistry and an MBA from Saint Leo University and has extensive customer service experience.
Domonique Holloway | Clinical Research Coordinator/Lab Manager
Domonique joined CNS Healthcare in 2010. She manages all aspects of the lab including phlebotomy, ECGs and vital signs. She is IATA certified and ensures the lab is managed within the regulated guidelines.
Emir Hadziavdic, BA | Research Assistant/EDC
Emir holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Psychology from University of North Florida. Prior to joining the team in 2018, Emir worked as a Case Manager and Residential Counselor. Emir will work to support EDC at our site.
Hailey Caswell, BS | Research Assistant
Hailey joined the CNS Healthcare team in 2021 as a Research Assistant. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Minor in Computational Biology and Chemistry from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. Hailey comes to us with customer service experience and extensive research and laboratory experience.
Harjot Kaur, BS | Research Assistant
Harjot joined the CNS Healthcare team in 2021 as a Research Assistant/Intake Coordinator. She is a recent grad from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. Harjot brings many years of customer service to her role along with volunteering on several projects in Central Florida.
Jamilla Sanders | Research Assistant/Lab
Jamilla joined CNS Healthcare in 2015. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient healthcare settings. She manages all aspects of the lab including phlebotomy, ECGs and vital signs. She is IATA certified and ensures the lab is managed within the regulated guidelines.
Maria Baca, BA | Research Assistant
Elizabeth Sandoval, BS | Research Assistant
Nancy Walton | Regulatory/QA Specialist
Nancy joined our team in 2014, as our Regulatory/QA Specialist. She comes to us with over 15 years of experience as a Medical Assistant. Nancy provides continuous quality oversight of regulatory compliance and data collection.
Ashley Rich, BA | Director of Client Services
Ashley joined the team in 2013 as the Director of Community Relations and transitioned to the Director of Client Services in 2019. She received a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of North Florida and has over 10 years of marketing experience in the mental health community. Prior to joining CNS, Ashley worked as a Marketing Manager for a psychiatric inpatient hospital. She now oversees all client services for CNS Healthcare's Jacksonville location.