Staff

Adminstration

Shann Emerald, CCRC Director of Research Seattle Women’s: Health, Research, Gynecology ​

Shann Emerald, CCRC

Director of Research

Shann has extensive experience working in clinical research. She attended Seattle Central College then graduated from Concorde Career College in San Diego. She is a registered x-ray technician, certified clinical research coordinator (CCRC), certified medical assistant (CMA), and a certified bone density technologist (CBDT). As our Director of Research, Shann is our main contact with both sponsors and other vendors during study start-up and manages our regulatory affairs. When she’s not working, Shann is a yoga and Pilates fanatic! She also enjoys skiing and rollerblading with coworker Jennifer.

Dominique Garcia, CCRC, MA Research Administrator Seattle Women’s: Health, Research, Gynecology

Dominique Garcia, CCRC, MA

Research Administrator

Dominique was born and raised in San Diego and relocated to Seattle to complete her BS in Physiology from Seattle Pacific University and her Master’s in Cultural Studies at the University of Washington. She began working at Seattle Women’s as a Recruitment Coordinator during her undergraduate years, transitioning into a Research Assistant position, then to a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator and finally to Research Administrator. She enjoys spending time with her fiancé and their adopted elderly dog Ernie. ​​

Kayla Hinkley Business Administrator Seattle Women’s: Health, Research, Gynecology

Kayla Hinkley

Business Administrator

Kayla is a New Mexico native who received a BS in Public Health and minors in Medical Administration and Health Education from New Mexico State University before relocating to Seattle. She has experience managing healthcare facilities and manages Seattle Women’s business and financial activities. She is passionate about dance, fitness, adventuring with friends and spoiling her Pit Bull Bruce!​​

Research Team

Ava Commissariat ​Clinical Research Coordinator Seattle Women’s: Health, Research, Gynecology

Ava Commissariat

​Clinical Research Coordinator

Ava grew up near Seattle and moved to Arkansas to attend Hendrix College. She graduated with a BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She then worked as a clinical research coordinator at immunology and oncology clinics in South Florida. She recently moved back to Seattle to be closer to her family. She enjoys swimming, yoga, and spending time with her family and dog.

Roberta D'Alba Clinical Research Coordinator Seattle Women’s: Health, Research, Gynecology

Roberta D’Alba

​Clinical Research Coordinator

Roberta was born and raised in Italy and moved to the UK in 1995 where she worked as a physician for 12 years. She received her M.D. from the University of Milan School of Medicine. Her postgraduate training was in Ultrasound Diagnostics and Liver Disease. She moved to the Seattle area with her family in 2008. Her hobbies include traveling, yoga, cooking, sailing and hiking.

Jennifer Tran Clinical Research Coordinator Seattle Women’s: Health, Research, Gynecology

Jennifer Tran

Clinical Research Coordinator

Jennifer, a Seattle native, graduated from the University of Washington with a BS in Public Health. She started her career at Seattle Women’s as an Office Assistant while finishing school. She became a full-time research assistant after graduation before transitioning into a clinical research coordinator. In her free time Jennifer loves rollerblading with coworker Shann and visiting US national parks with her family.

Clinic

Mary Meyer, RMA Medical Assistant Seattle Women’s: Health, Research, Gynecology

Mary Meyer, RMA

Medical Assistant

Mary has many years of experience practicing as a medical assistant. She is a certified RMA (Registered Medical Assistant) and a CBCT (certified bone densitometry technologist). Born in Texas, Mary moved to Nebraska and graduated as salutatorian. She then relocated to South Florida where she worked in Rheumatology, Oncology and Family Medicine before settling down in Seattle. Mary is an avid lover of Broadway musicals and is a Seattle Opera season ticket holder. She also has a passion for photography, cycling, and her two hairless cats Bandit and Red.

Meredith Coffroth MA Assistant Seattle Women’s: Health, Research, Gynecology

Meredith Coffroth

MA Assistant

Meredith, born and raised in Seattle, is completing her degree in Medical Anthropology with a minor in Global Health. Prior to working at Seattle Women’s, she interned at Swedish Hospital as a Health Scholar for 15 months. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her dog, watching movies with friends and baking.

Karen Selander Administrative/ Research Assistant Seattle Women’s: Health, Research, Gynecology

Karen Selander

Administrative/ Research Assistant

Karen was born and raised in Seattle. She earned her BS in Health Informatics and Health Information Management from the University of Washington. She is currently working towards a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification. Karen has a love for animals, sewing, and gymnastics.