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Management Team

Eric Hayashi, MBA
President & CEO

Eric contributes more than 25 years of experience in the clinical trials industry. Eric was appointed as LabConnect’s CEO in our first full year in operations. Since 2006, LabConnect has earned a spot on the Inc. 500/5000 list every year—an achievement held by less than .5% of companies on the list. Additionally, no other company in Washington State has been on the Puget Sound Business Journal’s list of the top 100 fastest growing private companies more than LabConnect. Prior to LabConnect, Eric was VP of Corporate Development for Radiant Research, a company that provides Phase I-IV study conduct and drug development services to the biopharmaceutical industry. At Radiant, he continuously served on the company's three-person executive team and was responsible for sales, marketing and acquisition activities. Joining Radiant in its first year in operations, he was instrumental in Radiant’s growth to 1,000 employees in less than six years. Prior to Radiant, Eric served as VP of Site Management and Director of North American Operations at MDS Harris (MDS Pharma Services), as President and CEO of a regional site management organization, and as a Senior Consultant with Accenture. Since 2003, Eric has also served on the faculty of the University of Washington’s master’s and certificate programs in biomedical & regulatory affairs. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in economics from Whitman College. Eric lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife and two children.

Jodi Colligan, CPA
Chief Financial Officer

Jodi brings more than 25 years of experience serving in finance leadership roles within publicly traded, start-ups and global organizations. Ms. Colligan’s skillset is extensive and includes international reporting and restructuring, acquisition integration, debt & equity restructures and strategic transformations, to name a few. Other skills she has are SEC reporting, SOX implementation and finance process reengineering. Prior to joining LabConnect, Jodi was a partner at NextLevel Consulting where she was interim CFO serving various public and private equity owned client companies. She has also served as Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer at Getty Images where she managed a team of over 100 - encompassing external reporting, GAAP/IFRS, controllership, shared services and finance systems. She holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Northern Colorado and is a CPA and CMA. Jodi lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and two teenage sons.

Jeff Mayhew
Chief Development Officer

One of LabConnect’s founding partners in 2002, Jeff has more than 30 years of operations and business development experience within the health care industry. He also brings LabConnect more than 20 years of international business experience. Jeff is responsible for the oversight of LabConnect’s new business and network development activities and the company’s Scientific Operations division. Before starting LabConnect, Jeff was Founder and Director of Nexus Health Management International, where he was involved in the development of inpatient behavioral health services in Southeast Asia. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Strategic Alliance Development for Charter Behavioral Health Systems, Vice President of Operations/Development at Option Care, Inc. and as a Franchise Operations Manager for Medicine Shoppe International. Jeff earned his BA degree in economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Barry Simms, MBA
Chief Operating Officer

Barry oversees LabConnect’s operations and brings more than 16 years of healthcare experience to the company. Prior to joining LabConnect, he successfully led teams, departments and regions for a global contract research organization (CRO). He has also filled roles such as Clinical Research Associate (CRA), Manager of Corporate Training, Country Manager of North America and Senior Executive Director of Clinical Operations. Barry was also instrumental in growing CTMS—a 100-person CRO—through its acquisition by Chiltern, a 4,300-person CRO with a global reach in 46 countries. Barry spent eight years at Chiltern where he held multiple senior roles such as line management oversight for the North American Clinical Operations Department including US CMO Line Managers, Clinical Research Associates, Clinical Team Leads and Clinical Trial Administrators. His professional specializations include leadership development, process improvement and client management. Barry has a BS in accounting from the University of Virginia College at Wise, and an MBA from King University. He lives in Bristol, Tennessee, with his wife and two daughters.

Trenton Harris, MSM/MBA
Executive Vice President

Trenton brings a diverse skill set and clinical trials experience to his role. His efforts support LabConnect’s growth and expansion strategy in new business initiatives as well as providing vendor, organizational development and internal leadership. In addition, Trenton champions LabConnect’s corporate social responsibility strategy. With more than 25 years of success in leadership positions, including CEO and CFO roles, Trenton has led national and global organizations through turnarounds, rapid growth and globalization. Prior to joining LabConnect, Trenton spent nearly a decade as a senior executive in drug development for Covance’s central laboratory and cardiac safety divisions in the USA and Europe. He has also been a senior executive in commercial banking, CEO of a midmarket manufacturer and Senior Partner with VentureScale, SPC, a social impact professional services firm. Previously, Trenton served as Board Chair of Seattle-based non-profit Network for Business Innovation & Sustainability and Treasurer, Board of Directors, Reno Tahoe Winter Games Coalition. He holds an MSM/MBA from Purdue University with program study at Stanford University. Trenton lives in Seattle, Washington, with his family.

Jason Cash, MS, MA
Vice President, Finance

Jason has more than 15 years of experience in the global contract research organization (CRO) industry serving in leadership roles within both publicly traded and privately held companies. Prior to joining LabConnect, Jason worked at Covance International as the Executive Director of Revenue and Project Analysis. In this role, he was responsible for monthly revenue calculation, the global project analysis function and integration activities. Prior to Covance, Jason spent eight years at Chiltern International where he held several roles of progressive responsibility. He holds an undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University in business management, as well as graduate degrees from Clemson University in economics and Indiana University in finance. He is an accomplished leader that has helped companies transition through periods of significant growth and change. His professional interests include financial oversight, financial reporting and team building. Jason lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife and two children.

Elizabeth Koury, MS
Vice President, Scientific Affairs

Liz leads the Scientific Operations and Technical Affairs teams. Liz brings more than 16 years of experience in conducting and overseeing scientific research in the areas of neuroscience, oncology and immunology. She is responsible for leading a team of scientists, sample management professionals and contract managers strategically supporting clients within the pharmaceutical industry. She also has extensive experience in drug discovery and development of small and large molecules as well as facilitation of technology transfers and assay oversight with external collaborators. During her time at LabConnect, Liz has been responsible for the scientific oversight and clinical phase project management of numerous pharmaceutical products. In addition, she has grown her team and the client base positioning LabConnect to have an increasing presence in the pharmaceutical industry. Liz has a BS in biology/allied health from Elizabethtown College and an MS in pharmaceutical chemistry from Lehigh University. Liz lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Michael Stump, PhD
Vice President, Operations

Mike joined LabConnect as Vice President of Operations in December 2015. He has more than 14 years of experience in research and development of complex biological systems. Prior to joining LabConnect, Mike worked at the director level for another contract research organization (CRO) lab focused on pharmacokinetics studies and he co-founded a biotechnology company that specialized in the development of a platform technology for bacterial based vaccines with a focus on a novel, spore-based anthrax vaccine. Previously to this experience, he was a research scientist for a portable mass spectrometry company where he developed a rugged biological/chemical mass spectrometer system for the South Korean government and a unique interface for an atmospheric ionization mass spectrometer for the Department of Homeland Security. Mike has a PhD from the University of Arkansas, has served as a research faculty member at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and as a visiting scientist at Savannah River National Laboratory. Mike lives in Unico, Tennessee, with his wife and three children.

Eudoro van der Biest, MS
Vice President, Information Services

Eudoro has more than 25 years of IT experience, including lengthy experience in manufacturing, healthcare systems and laboratory information management systems. At LabConnect, he has managed the IT department’s rapid growth from a U.S.-based operation to a global network of more than 30 laboratories supporting users around the world. Prior to joining LabConnect, Eudoro was the Database Administrator for Wellmont Health System, a 1,000-bed health system with more than 20 Oracle databases and 250 SQL Server databases. He has led numerous projects and has expertise in the design and implementation of software systems. He has also participated in the CDASH project (a CDISC standard) and CareSpark, an innovative effort to improve health through the collaborative use of health information. His research in applied mathematics concerned reducing errors in finite precision environments when solving large linear equation systems using Gaussian elimination and developing a new pivoting strategy to decrease the accumulation of rounding error and computing time to increase result accuracy. Eudoro has a BS and MS in computer science from East Tennessee State University and lives in Kingsport, Tennessee, with his wife and two children.

Stacy Kirn-Barker, MT (ASCP)
Director, Project Management

Stacy has more than 20 years of experience in the field of clinical laboratory science and more than 14 years of experience in the central laboratory industry. Stacy is responsible for the oversight of central lab project management services offered by LabConnect. In her time at LabConnect, she has personally managed more than 75 studies ranging from small Phase I studies to large, global Phase III and IV studies across numerous therapeutic areas. Stacy holds a BS in clinical laboratory science from the University of Kentucky and is certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology as a medical technologist. Stacy currently resides in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and a very spoiled dog named Bob.

Danuta Kuszczak, PhD, MS
Director Project Initiation

Danuta joined LabConnect in 2006. She has more than twelve years of experience in the following therapeutic areas: obstetrics/gynecology, oncology, cardiology, dermatology, gastroenterology, immunology/infectious disease, nephrology/urology, neurology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, psychiatry/psychology and pulmonary/respiratory diseases. Her key areas of expertise include the overall direction, coordination, implementation, execution, control and completion of domestic and global cross-functional or single service projects. She holds a PhD in chemistry from Technical University of Gdańsk, Poland, a MS in chemistry from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at East Tennessee State University. Danuta lives in Johnson City, Tennessee, with her husband and son.

Andre Merza
Director, Quality

Andre brings 20 years of experience in quality assurance and Regulatory Affairs across all stages of drug, biologic and device lifecycle. At LabConnect, Andre is responsible for the oversight of the quality and regulatory areas. Prior to joining LabConnect, Andre held positions in the industry as an Associate Director of Quality and as a Quality Assurance and Study Director. He has contributed to regional and national professional quality seminars and obtained professional certification from the Society of Quality Assurance. Andre earned a BS in business administration from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. He lives in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Stephanie Weber
Director, Early Development Services

Stephanie joined LabConnect in 2009 bringing more than 10 years of combined central and specialty laboratory project management experience across domestic and global clinical trials. She is responsible for the management and oversight of LabConnect’s EDS group within Scientific Operations specializing in the sample management of early phase studies. At LabConnect, Stephanie combines her experience working with biomarkers and complex sample collection and logistical requirements to help develop LabConnect’s comprehensive sample tracking platform, SampleGISTICS™. She has a degree in chemistry from The College of Staten Island as well as a law degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Stephanie currently resides in Camas, Washington, with her husband and two children.

Greg Forgey
Manager, Operations

Greg has more than 20 years of supply chain experience working with Fortune 500 companies managing logistics spend ranging between 25 and 50 million annually. Greg oversees clinical trial materials, investigative support services, biorepository services and logistics services. He is an expert at optimizing inventories, production and distribution. He is also a proud veteran of the US Army and the Virginia National Guard. Greg lives in Bluff City, Tennessee, with his wife and two dogs.