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Our team of experienced clinical and regulatory professionals match your passion for disrupting the healthcare industry. 

Our experts have all the experience in clinical research management, operations, and regulatory affairs necessary to successfully execute your medical device or drug clinical trial.
Proxima CRO Team
Our Business & Administration Team
LARRY LAWSON
Founder & Executive Chairman
KEVIN COKER, JD, MPH, MS
CEO & Co-Founder
JAYE THOMPSON, PhD
COO & Co-Founder
Alisa Hamilton
Mgr. of Ops, Marketing & Comms.
Guillermo Montes
Director of Finance and Accounting
Keegan Kelly
Business Development Associate
Jayci Blackburn
Office Manager
Our clinical team
Matt Wagener
Vice President of Clinical Operations
Stephanie Mull
Director of Project Management
Michelle Wawrzyniak
Clinical Research Associate
Vinson Pagan
Clinical Research Associate II
Liz Martin
Clinical Project Manager
Desmond Baldwin
Clinical Research Associate II
Paul Lewis, MS
Senior Statistician
Melissa Miller, MS
Senior Clinical Data Manager
Jenna Martin
Clinical Research Associate II
Sondra Simpson
Clinical Project Manager
Maureen Halfon
Clinical Trial Assistant
Our Regulatory Team
Isabella Schmitt, RAC
Director of Regulatory Affairs
Jeanelle Lopez, MBA
Regulatory Project Coordinator
Taylor Lunsford
Regulatory Affairs Associate
Nicole Mathews, MPS
Regulatory Affairs Associate
Andrew Frink
Regulatory Affairs Manager
Ken Fujiwara, PhD
Regulatory Affairs Associate
Joel Reid
Regulatory Affairs Associate
Ellie Reynolds, MBE
Regulatory Affairs Manager
Alan Cooper, MS
Regulatory Consultant
Syd Wiggins, MS
Regulatory Affairs Associate
Aryan Abedi
Quality Assurance & Regulatory Associate
Our advisors
Dr. Reade De Leacy, MBBS (Hons), BSc, FRANZCR
Medical & Scientific Advisor
Bambi Grilley, B.S., RPh, RAC, CIP CCRC, CCRP
Regulatory Advisor
Billy Cohn, MD
Medical Advisor
Joe Wernike, Ph.D., M.D.
Medical Advisor
Nicholas C. Anderson, MA, MBA
Reimbursement Market Access
Our Experts

Larry Lawson is a Founder and Executive Chairman at Proxima. He has 45+ years of experience in the healthcare industry.

He has been the founder, board member, and executive at several medical device companies: eCardio Diagnostics, Decisio Health, HeartcoR Solutions, and Preventice. He is an Angel Investor with the Goose Society, TMC Venture Fund, and Angel MD.

He is a Distinguished American Award recipient from the Horatio Alger Association.

LARRY LAWSON
Founder & Executive Chairman

Kevin Coker is a Co-Founder and the Chief Executive Officer at Proxima. He has 20+ years of experience in the healthcare industry.

He has been the founder, board member, and executive at several life science companies: Worldwide Clinical Trials, McKesson Corporation, and US Oncology.

Kevin is an attorney and is certified in regulatory affairs. He has worked with hundreds of pharmaceutical, biotech, and life science companies.

KEVIN COKER, JD, MPH, MS
CEO & Co-Founder

Dr. Jaye Thompson is a Co-Founder and the Chief Operating Officer at Proxima. She has 25+ years of experience in the healthcare industry.

She is an entrepreneur and has been an executive at several biotech companies: Synergos Inc (Founder, acquired by inVentiv Health), Opexa Therapeutics, and Repros Therapeutics.

Jaye is a biostatistician with clinical trial and regulatory expertise and has a history of assisting emerging companies meet their milestones.

JAYE THOMPSON, PhD
COO & Co-Founder

Matt received his Biomedical Sciences degree from Texas A&M University and has over 15 years of industry experience working across multiple life science businesses in critical areas, including clinical operations, business operations, and business development. He also has experience in the lung, GI, hematology, orthopedic surgery, and radiation oncology research programs.

Matt Wagener
Vice President of Clinical Operations

Stephanie has over 20 years of clinical research experience working from the site, CRO and sponsor perspectives. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Concordia University in St. Paul, MN, with a degree in Natural Science - biology and math.

Stephanie Mull
Director of Project Management

Prior to joining Proxima, Isabella served as the Senior Regulatory & Quality Manager at a medical device company, where she outlined the regulatory strategy & put together design controls & design history documentation. She was the Dir. of CMC & Quality at a biopharmaceutical company, where she oversaw all manufacturing and analytical processes and timelines and ensured CMC regulatory strategy was sufficient for filings in Europe and the US.

Isabella Schmitt, RAC
Director of Regulatory Affairs

Alisa graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a B.B.A in May of 2016, where she was a 4-year letterman scholarship-athlete. She has over eight years of business management experience in healthcare.

Alisa Hamilton
Mgr. of Ops, Marketing & Comms.

Michelle has over 5 years of clinical research experience working for CROs. She has a variety of experience throughout the clinical trial process including training, quality assurance , FDA audits, clinical trial administration and records management. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI, with a degree in Psychology and Social Sciences.

Michelle Wawrzyniak
Clinical Research Associate

Previous to Proxima, Jeanelle worked in the Oil and Gas Industry as a Project Lead focusing on Quality Control and Compliance. She dedicates her attention to process analysis for improvements on delivery. She also enjoys working with internal and external Marketing Communications. She received her MBA from the University of Houston - Victoria and continues to volunteer with the American Heart Association.

Jeanelle Lopez, MBA
Regulatory Project Coordinator

Vinson has over 6 years experience as a clinical research associate.

Vinson Pagan
Clinical Research Associate II

Liz is a Clinical Project Manager with over twelve years of experience in diverse roles that center around clinical trials. She has managed and coordinated clinical trials across different research areas, including informatics, cardiology, and medical device implants. She has a B.S in Applied Science and Technology from Thomas Edison State University, an M.A. in Healthcare Administration, and an M.B.A. in Project Management, both from Wayland Baptist University. 

Liz Martin
Clinical Project Manager

Guillermo has 18 years of finance and accounting experience, working with clients in various industries on budgeting, financial planning & analysis, financial dashboards, and general accounting and KPI's. He earned his B.A. in Accounting and Finance from Florida International University in 2003.

Guillermo Montes
Director of Finance and Accounting

Taylor Lunsford is a Regulatory Affairs Associate from Houston, Texas and holds degrees from the University of Houston and the Defense Language Institute. Before working with Proxima, he served in the Army as a Mandarin Chinese translator and intelligence analyst.

Taylor Lunsford
Regulatory Affairs Associate

Prior to joining Proxima, Nicole received her B.S Biomedical Sciences from Texas A&M University. She has completed several internships in the fields of psychology, genetics, clinical dermatology, and pharmaceutical sciences. Nicole is also a graduate student at UNC Chapel Hill working on a Master of Professional Science in Biomedical and Health Informatics.

Nicole Mathews, MPS
Regulatory Affairs Associate

Keegan Kelly received his B.E.S.S. in August 2020 from Texas State University. He has previous experience working in a nursing home and volunteering at the community health center.

Keegan Kelly
Business Development Associate

Desmond has many years of experience managing clinical studies.

Desmond Baldwin
Clinical Research Associate II

Mr. Lewis holds a B.S. in Mathematics and an M.S. in statistics from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Ph.D. candidate in Biostatistics from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Through his 15 years of experience, he has advised many life science companies on statistical methodologies, regulatory affairs, and clinical product development, and has represented clients at the FDA.

Paul Lewis, MS
Senior Statistician

Melissa has over five years of experience in Data Management and has also worked in computer system validation for both EDC systems and electronic signatures. She has also gained experience in SAS programming with both statistical analyses and data manipulation.

Melissa Miller, MS
Senior Clinical Data Manager

Andrew Frink is from Dallas, TX, and is a Regulatory Specialist for Proxima. Andrew enjoys learning about emerging technologies, but is particularly interested in gene therapy immunotherapy, and diagnostics. When he is not working, he enjoys hiking and bike riding with his family.

Andrew Frink
Regulatory Affairs Manager

Ken Fujiwara received his B.S. in Biology from Duke University; a Ph.D in Integrative Molecular and Biomedical Sciences from Baylor College of Medicine. He has an extensive bench science background in biomedical research labs during his graduate career at BCM, and also as a research technician at the Duke University Center for Human Genetics and the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy.

Ken Fujiwara, PhD
Regulatory Affairs Associate

Joel has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and German. He also has undergraduate research experience in neuroimaging at the Waco VA.

Joel Reid
Regulatory Affairs Associate

Ellie Reynolds is from Dallas, Texas and is a Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs Associate for Proxima. She just completed her M.B.E. in Bioengineering at Rice University and previously received her B.E. in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. Prior to completing her master's degree, she worked in strategy consulting for biotech and pharma companies and is eager to combine her educational background and professional experience in this role.  

Ellie Reynolds, MBE
Regulatory Affairs Manager

Alan spent 8 years designing & testing production active sonar systems for the US Navy. He hold a B.S. in electrical engineering from A&M & an M.S. in EE - electromagnetics/acoustics from Uni. of Texas. Since 2015, he has worked for a small medical device design firm implementing design controls, writing specifications & verification procedures, designing & testing circuitry and software algorithms, & managing standards compliance testing.

Alan Cooper, MS
Regulatory Consultant

Jayci has over 3 years of administrative, bookkeeping, marketing, and human resources experience. Previous to Proxima, she was an HR Administrative Assistant at Abundant Solutions.

Jayci Blackburn
Office Manager

Jenna has been monitoring clinical trials for over 4 years for both CRO and sponsor companies. She graduated with a B.S. in Biology from North Park University in Chicago, IL and has completed a postgraduate course in Microbiology at James Cook University in Australia.

Jenna Martin
Clinical Research Associate II

Syd Wiggins is a Regulatory Affairs Associate from The Natural State who holds a B.S. and M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Arkansas and the University of Florida, respectively. Her research experience includes cancer biology and the development of biomaterials for localized drug delivery.

Syd Wiggins, MS
Regulatory Affairs Associate

Sondra has 12 years of clinical research experience starting with a master's degree in biomedical sciences with a focus in clinical research management. Her experience covers site, sponsor, and CRO support of studies in all phases ranging from small first in human to global phase 3 and post-marketing studies.

Sondra Simpson
Clinical Project Manager

Maureen graduated from the University of Texas in San Antonio with a B.S. in Health. Maureen previously worked for a pharmaceutical company where she helped the office manager, regulatory and data management departments accomplish many different tasks on a daily basis.

Maureen Halfon
Clinical Trial Assistant

Aryan received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A&M University. He has experience in Design and Development, Quality Control, and Quality Assurance and is particularly interested in the use of biomaterials and production of cost-effective medical devices to improve quality of life for patients from various socioeconomics background.

Aryan Abedi
Quality Assurance & Regulatory Associate
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