Nichole Lacy, AAS, CVT, CVPM

Principal Clinical Research Associate

  • Graduated from Front Range Community College with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Research Technology in 1999.

  • Passed the national board exam and became a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) in 1999 and worked in private practice as a CVT from 1999-2007.

  • Passed the national boards and became a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) in 2007 and worked as a CVPM in private practice from 2007-2013.

  • Worked as a part-time Instructor at Front Range Community College and IBMC (Institute of Business & Careers) teaching courses in Pharmacology and Client Relations from 2008-2010.

  • Started my amazing career at AlcheraBio in February 2013.

Fun Fact:

  • Used to breed CFA registered Cornish Rex cats, but now we just have two pet cats- one Sphynx “Gwenie” and one Selkirk Rex “Agatha.”

My Inspiration as Part of the Team:

  • The desire to work with intelligent people who share my passion for improving the lives of animals each and every day.

Linnea Bloomquist, B.A.

Principal Clinical Research Associate

  • I worked as a veterinary assistant when I was in high school and during the summers while I was in college

  • I went to New York University and graduated with a degree in Dramatic Literature, with a minor in Creative Writing

  • After college, I was a veterinary technician at a cat clinic for six and a half years before coming to AlcheraBio

  • I participated in clinical trials while working as a tech

  • I have been a monitor at AlcheraBio since April 2015

Fun Fact:

  • I play the viola in my town’s community orchestra, and I’m in a band called the Rude Mechanicals

My Inspiration as Part of the Team:

  • Animals have always been an important part of my life, and it makes me proud to be a part of making their lives better

Kristen Ryan, PSM-MBS

Principal Clinical Research Associate

  • Have my Masters Degree in Biotechnology & Genomics, which somehow led me to Veterinary Health!

  • Have been working at AlcheraBio since 2015

  • Moved through the ranks from the Clinical Administration Team to the Monitoring Team

  • I love being able to work from home and the flexibility of the job (Cali and Gunther love it too)

  • I love being able to travel all over the country to work with different Animal Hospitals

Fun Fact:

  • In my spare time, Cali and I enjoy adventures together (riding in the Jeep to the beach, swimming/hiking) We love any activity we can do together (especially cuddling) and visiting her sisters in Vermont.

My Inspiration as Part of the Team:

  • Working towards getting medications approved that would positively impact the health of our pets is very rewarding

Lesley McNamara, B.Sc

Senior Clinical Research Associate

  • Been with AlcheraBio since 2014

  • Worked at Merck for 20 years in human and animal health research

  • Merck Human Health worked in areas of diabetes and cardiovascular medicine.

  • Merck Animal health areas of research include food production animal, companion animal areas of pain and obesity. Contributed to pre-clinical discovery studies for Previcox and GastroGard (equine).

  • Worked in equine hospital performing anesthesia and ICU care, and running clinic laboratory.

Fun Fact:

  • I like to spend my free time doing activities with my dogs, hiking, kayaking, sheepherding and competing in rally obedience.

My Inspiration as Part of the Team:

  • I feel it is great to be a part of bringing exciting and innovative new veterinary products to Pet Owners

Jennifer Mauger, AAS

Senior Clinical Research Associate

  • Started working in a veterinary hospital at 16 years old

  • I have worked in small animal hospitals, emergency hospitals and pre-clinical pharmaceutical before working as a monitor of clinical trials

  • Was able to perform surgeries while in the pre-clinical department

Fun Fact:

  • After having my son, I watched the doctor use a hemostasis product on him, which I helped bring to market while working in the pre-clinical department

My Inspiration as Part of the Team:

  • Seeing that what I help bring to market can help the lives of so many pets, mine included

James Ward, B.Sc

Clinical Research Associate II

  • Previous study director of domestic and international projects for J&J

  • Scientific positions in toxicology, pharmaceutical R&D, pharmacology and pre-clinical studies

  • Previously employed by Wyeth-Ayerst, Anaquest, Merck and Johnson & Johnson

  • Most proud of 3 patents for J&J Medical, collaborating with international affiliates

Fun Fact

  • I enjoy boat sailing

My Inspiration as Part of the Team:

  • I enjoy working on a variety of products that improve the quality of life for animals.

Karen Six, B.Sc

Clinical Research Associate II

  • Received Associate in Applied Animal Science degree from the University of New Hampshire

  • Received Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Hampshire

  • Worked as exam room tech and receptionist at two different small animal clinics

  • Employed as a Vivarium and Reproductive Toxicology Technician at Ciba Giegy

  • Employed as a Monitor at SCIREX Corporation, Pfizer Animal Health and currently at AlcheraBio

Fun Fact:

  • In between monitoring for Pfizer Animal Health and AlcheraBio I took a little break from monitoring while my husband and I owned and operated a Great Harvest Bread Company bakery

My Inspiration as Part of the Team:

  • Being part of a team that contributes to helping our furry friends live longer and healthier lives

Kenna Weiner, B.Sc, DVM

Clinical Research Associate II

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California, Davis

  • Bachelor of Science in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego

  • Previously worked as a practicing small animal veterinarian for 15 years

  • I found my way to AlcheraBio through 2 veterinary school classmates that also work for AlcheraBio

Fun Fact:

  • I spend my free time caring for my 2 daughters, 1 dog and 1 cat.  I also enjoy working out and soaking up the California sunshine while hiking.  

My Inspiration as Part of the Team:

  • My passion is promoting animal health and wellbeing, which in turn, helps the health and wellbeing of their pet parents.  Being part of AlcheraBio allows me to be part of a team that has this common goal.

Melvin De Boer, DVM, PhD

Clinical Research Associate II

  • I received my PhD from Massey University in New Zealand, but my PhD studies were conducted while working for Cognosco, a research subsidiary of Anexa Animal Health (now Anexa FVC). This unique combination of clinical research ánd veterinary practice was a great experience in a stunning country

  • Although I received my DVM degree from Utrecht University in The Netherlands, I never practiced in my home country. (Btw, a great country to visit)

  • My clinical years were in the UK as a mixed animal veterinarian with a primary focus on bovine medicine, and in New Zealand as a dairy veterinarian

  • During my final years of vet school, I conducted two student research projects. The first one at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada and the second at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia

  • What are the odds working in the US for a company with roots in New Zealand? I think it’s great!

Fun Fact:

  • The best way of travel is to live all around the world and enjoy life to the fullest potential.

My Inspiration as Part of the Team:

  • I love high-quality scientific research that fuels my geekiness while still having a ‘finger in the clinical pie.’ All of that with a global perspective: What’s not to love?!

Catherine DelGaudio, B.Sc

Clinical Research Associate I

  • I started at AlcheraBio as a Data Entry/Study Assistant when I was in my junior year of college.

  • I’ve been a Data Entry/Study Assistant, Associate Clinical Administrator, Clinical Administrator, Senior Clinical Administrator, Manager of Clinical Resources and Senior Manager of Clinical Resources.

  • I have been with AlcheraBio since January 2013

  • Before working at AlcheraBio, I was an Animal Care Intern at the Staten Island zoo.

Fun Fact

  • My dog was featured in the AlcheraBio informational video. The attached image of Martini was taken during that process and she loved being the center of attention.

My Inspiration as Part of the Team:

  • I love the fact that we help improve the lives of animals around the world. The investigational veterinary products that are being tested in our many clinical trials have the ability to improve the quality of life for the animals that use them. I also love AlcheraBio’s team environment. The people that make up the AlcheraBio team are fantastic at constantly encouraging each other to learn and develop. If someone doesn’t know how they should be tackling a certain task, there is always someone around willing to help figure the situation out.

Christie Cevallos, B.Sc

Clinical Research Associate I

  • I have been a Clinical Administrator since 2015 and in 2018 I became a Monitor

  • I have a Bachelor of Science in Laboratory Animal Science from Rutgers University

  • I was a veterinary technician at a small animal and exotic veterinary hospital

  • I volunteered at wildlife rescue centers to rehabilite animals back into the wild

  • I am a licensed Emergency Medical Technician

Fun Fact:

  • My dog Snoopy will always lay on his back when he sees a hamster because he loves the way they scratch his belly.

My Inspiration as Part of the Team:

  • My passion for animals.

Carly Eidman, B.Sc

Clinical Research Associate I

  • I graduated from Delaware Valley University with a B.S. in Animal Science

  • Before AlcheraBio, I was a veterinary technician at a small animal hospital in central NJ

  • Growing up with only my pets as siblings gave me the passion for wanting to work towards helping animals every day.

Fun Fact:

  • I raise Nigerian Dwarf goats, chickens, and honey bees.

My Inspiration as Part of the Team:

  • Being able to help with the process of creating drugs that can benefit the lives of animals all over the world.

Evelyn Chang, B.A., LVT

Clinical Research Associate I

  • Graduate of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

  • Licensed Veterinary Technician (DE) and Certified Veterinary Technician (NJ)

  • Worked as both a Veterinary Technician and Supervisor of the Veterinary Assistants at Raritan Animal Hospital.  Focused on patient care, devised and implemented new training procedures, helped educate clients on animal health topics, and developed marketing concepts.

  • Worked as Scientist 1 in Pre-Clinical Research, assisting in surgical model development for medical devices, at Ethicon INC, a Johnson and Johnson Company.  Assisted in the development and implementation of new surgical procedures and technologies.

  • Worked with Sales and Marketing departments on Design Validation, Voice of Customer, and Professional Education labs at Ethicon INC, a Johnson and Johnson Company.   Showcase current products, developing prototypes, and gather input from surgeons and nurses.

Fun Fact:

  • Enjoy baking and cooking since “People who love to eat are always the best people” -Julia Child

My Inspiration as Part of the Team:

  • I really like working at AlcheraBio since we are working with cutting edge Veterinary Medicine.  It is great to learn about new innovative ways to help improve animal health and work with colleagues who share the same passion.  Seeing cute animals in the waiting rooms of our sites is also a great plus!

Chelsea Evans

Clinical Research Associate I

  • Vet Assistant/Team Lead in Veterinary Clinic for 11 years

  • Veterinary Technician in Clinic for 5 years

  • Foster/Volunteer for Animal Rescue Project of Kalamazoo

  • Volunteer with rescue for 15 years

Fun Fact:

  • In 2017, I adopted out over 200 kittens.  I also advocate for FIV positive cats!

My Inspiration as Part of the Team:

  • I love seeing and interacting with all kinds of different clinics!

Melissa Hartinger, DVM

Clinical Research Associate II

  • I graduated from UC Davis School of Vet Med in 2003

  • I worked in small animal private practice in Davis for nearly 15 years

  • I decided I wanted to make a change, but I was looking for a way to still have an impact in vet med

  • I discovered AlcheraBio through a vet school classmate, and I knew it would be a perfect fit

  • I started my career as a monitor with AlcheraBio in January of 2018.

Fun Fact:

  • I love to cook, garden, read, and snuggle with my golden retriever.

My Inspiration as Part of the Team:

  • I love being part of a process that contributes to the health and wellness of animals worldwide!

Erica Ofeldt, DVM

Clinical Research Associate II

  • Worked for Johns Hopkins Medical School’s Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychiatry Department conducting obesity and ingestive behavior research

  • Volunteered and shadowed the Comparative Medicine Department at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

  • Special interest in Public Health, prior to veterinary school took masters classes in Public Health, and during veterinary school took extra electives in Public Health, Lab Animal Medicine and Research

  • Completed an externship at National Institute of Health with the Comparative Medicine Department

  • Worked as a Public Health Veterinarian on ensuring compliance with government regulations for the United States Department of Agriculture

Fun Fact:

  • I consider myself an avid collector of fur babies. My husband and I have 3 dogs: Bandit, Bimmer, and Boh and 2 cats: Raven and Gulliver.

My Inspiration as Part of the Team:

  • I have always had a passion for the One Health Initiative, and by working at AlcheraBio I am able to help contribute to the advancement of animal health and potentially benefit human health.

Joy McDougal, B.A.

Clinical Research Associate I

  • Certified Guide Dog Mobility Instructor for 9+ years training dogs for the blind and instructing students who are visually impaired to live, work, and care for the guide dogs.

  • Worked as a Veterinary Technician at Raritan Animal Hospital

  • Managed a cat boarding facility, and was a Groomers Assistant

  • Served as a Veterinary Product Information Specialist, addressing and recording adverse reactions related to animal health products

  • Worked on Rutgers University farm, managing sheep, goats, and swine

Fun Fact:

  • Currently enrolled as a student at The University of Massachusetts obtaining my Masters in Education

My Inspiration as Part of the Team:

  • I love contributing to animals around the world, aiding in the development of new drugs that enable animals to live longer, healthier, and happier lives

Jennifer Maher, B.Sc

Clinical Research Associate I

  • I studied Nutritional Science at Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

  • I have worked as a veterinary technician since 2015 at both private practices and animal shelters

  • I have previously worked as a research associate on various U.S.D.A. studies

Fun Fact:

  • I am a fur-foster parent; I almost always have a foster kitten or puppy under my roof

My Inspiration as Part of the Team:

  • Seeing the big picture on how we are helping towards innovating and improving animal health

Shauna Glynn, B.Sc, DVM

Clinical Research Associate II

  • Attended veterinary school at Ross University, School of Veterinary Medicine and performed a clinical year at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine

  • Previously worked as a practicing small animal veterinarian in Edison and Bridgewater, NJ

  • Graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Nutritional Science

  • Was the medical director of People for Animal Welfare on St. Kitts, a feline and canine rescue group in St. Kitts

Fun Fact:

  • I have 2 children, 3 dogs, and 3 cats

My Inspiration as Part of the Team:

  • I’m inspired to work at AlcheraBio because I am very excited about the advancement of veterinary medicine and being part of the people that bring new treatments for different conditions to pets and their people in order to make their lives better

Kelly Romoleroux, B.Sc

Clinical Research Associate I

  • I have a Bachelors degree in Animal Science with a concentration in Companion Animal Science from Rutgers University

  • I joined the AlcheraBio team as an Associate Clinical monitor in November of 2018

  • I worked as a Laboratory Assistant while I studied at Rutgers

  • I was a Small Animal Technician for Priority One Services at Columbia University

  • I have recently become a volunteer for the ASPCA and hope to become a fur-foster parent in the near future

Fun Fact:

  • I chose to go to the Galapagos Islands instead of having a sweet 16 birthday party and did not regret a thing!

My inspiration as part of the team:

  • As a pet owner, I know people do everything in their power to keep their pets happy and healthy, so it is very rewarding to be able to contribute to the process of developing new veterinary products that will improve the quality of life for pets, worldwide.