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

Dominique Barragan, CCRC, MA

Executive Director

Dominique was born and raised in San Diego, CA. She moved to Seattle to complete her BS in Physiology from Seattle Pacific University, and went on to obtain her Master’s in Cultural Studies at the University of Washington. As the Executive Director, Dominique oversees the team at Seattle Women’s and all operations. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their rescue dog Ernie.

Shann Emerald, CCRC 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.

Valerie Croley

Valerie Croley

Business Administrator

Valerie has lived in Seattle since 2004 after relocating from Savannah, GA, where she received her BA in Painting. After working in the software field, she redirected her attention to finance and operations, where for the past 10 years, she worked for several biotechnology companies in clinical finance and medical affairs. She joined Seattle Women’s with a passion to be a part of a small, but dedicated group, looking to better the lives of their patients through clinical research. In her spare time, Valerie enjoys exploring wine country, working in her garden and renovating her first home with her husband.

Research Team

Ava Commissariat

Ava Commissariat, CCRC

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 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 Seattle Women’s: Health, Research, Gynecology

Roberta D’Alba, CCRC

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.

Bella Lee - Recruitment Specialist

Bella Lee

​Recruitment Specialist

Bella was born and raised in Seattle, and graduated from the University of Washington with a BS in Psychology research. Her undergraduate research focused on children’s understanding of social hierarchies and race, and she has experience working with vulnerable mental health populations. In her spare time, Bella enjoys drawing, painting, cooking, baking, and exercising.

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

Mary Meyer, RMA

Clinical Lead

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 Seattle Women’s: Health, Research, Gynecology

Meredith Coffroth

Clinical Research Coordinator

Meredith was born and raised in Seattle. She attended the University of Washington and received a BA in Medical Anthropology with minors in Global Health and Human Rights. Prior to working at Seattle Women’s, she interned at Swedish Hospital for 15 months and with local schools in Seattle. In her spare time, she enjoys going on walks with her dog and learning to cook.

Karen Selander Seattle Women’s: Health, Research, Gynecology

Karen Selander

Office Manager

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.

Liza Grandolfo, BSN, CCRC

Clinical Research Coordinator

Liza was born and raised in Illinois where she earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Lewis University. She worked as a Registered Nurse in Critical Care and Emergency for many years, then entered into the field of Critical Care, Nephrology, and Dermatology research. She is passionate about sports, though no longer competes, and her focus now involves research, travelling around the world, family and her cat.

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

Jennifer Tran

Clinical Research Coordinator

Jennifer, a Seattle native, graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Public Health. She started her career at Seattle Women’s as an Office Assistant while finishing school before transitioning into a Clinical Research Coordinator. Jennifer is now in graduate school at the University of Washington, where she will receive her Master’s in Healthcare Administration. In her free time Jennifer loves rollerblading with coworker Shann and knitting.