The Univsersity of Arizona

About Us

Lauren Zajac, CRA

Executive Director, Research Administration
(520) 621-0724

Lauren Zajac, a certified research administrator, is Executive Director of Research Administration for the University of Arizona Health Sciences (UAHS). She works to develop highly impactful and sustainable administration research services, tools, and strategies consistent with the UAHS-sponsored research goals outlined in the UA's Never Settle strategic plan. Prior to joining the UA, Lauren held several positions with the University of Chicago, including executive director, pre-and post-award management, in the Department of Medicine; director of sponsored programs; senior manager of contracts; and grants and contracts manager in University Research Administration. She also was research administrator with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at Northwestern University. She is a member of the National Council of University Research Administration and has served as study section member for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in political science, graduating cum laude with highest distinction from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed the Executive Program for Emerging Leaders at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Rachele Peterson, MS

Associate Director
(520) 626-8733

Rachele Peterson oversees operations for our "one-stop shop" research administration team that supports the management, maximization, and compliance of the sponsored research portfolio across UAHS. Rachele has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Analysis with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Science in Clinical Research Management summa cum laude from Arizona State University.

Melibea Ahumada, MA

Coordinator, Research Administration
(520) 626-7723

Sean Armstrong, CRA

Manager, Research Administration
(520) 626-1156

Kellie Bemelmans, JD

Coordinator, Clinical Trials and Regulatory Administration
(520) 626-3767

Sarah Clarke

Coordinator, Research Administration
(520) 626-7375

Murphy Davis

Research Administrator, Pre-Award
(520) 626-0717

Kristi L. Davis

Coordinator, Clinical Trials Administration
(520) 626-1425

Shannon Edwards

Coordinator, Clinical Trials Administration
(520) 626-1167

Dyann Garcia

Research Administrator, Pre-Award
(520) 626-2139

Danielle Gartner, CIP

Senior Research Administrator
(520) 626-4180

Chris Gaul, MBA

Senior Research Administrator
(520) 626-1542

Karen Grinfeld, MA

Senior Research Administrator
(520) 626-4317

Julie Johnson

Research Administrator, Regulatory Affairs
(520) 626-7114

Elisha Johnson, JD

Research Administrator, Clinical Trials
(520) 626-7822

Haley McCombs

Coordinator, Pre-Award
(520) 626-8905

Annet Mejia

Principal Accountant, Clinical Trials
(520) 626-5301

Samantha Munguia

Manager, Research Administration
(520) 626-9449

Mary Nielsen

Coordinator, Clinical Trials Administration
(520) 621-2029

Dionisia Saner

Clinical Research Informatics Specialist
(520) 626-6369

Amy Tary, MEd

Assistant Director, Research Administration
(520) 626-4663

Angela Valencia, MPH

Research Administrator, Pre-Award
(520) 626-5051

Josephine Valladee, CRA

Research Administrator, Pre-Award
(602) 827-2637

Jillian Wilson

Associate Director, Clinical Research & Global Initiatives
(520) 626-2179

Elena Young, MS, CCRP

Coordinator, Clinical Trials and Regulatory Administration
(602) 827-9963