SC CTSI Administration provides leadership, direction and support to SC CTSI core groups in areas of strategic and financial planning, development and integration of programs and services, cross-program communications, human resources, contracts and grants, and space and facilities management. The Administration team also serves as the liaison to SC CTSI stakeholders, including institutional leaders at USC and CHLA, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, the National Institutes of Health, the national CTSA consortium, and community organizations throughout Los Angeles.

Programmatic Development

The Programmatic Development office supports the design and launch of new resources and initiatives in collaboration with institute directors and all eight core groups.

Past projects included the Clinical Research Coordinator staffing service, the university-wide lean process improvement initiative, and the partnership with Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.

New projects include applying lean process improvement to make our institute more efficient, implementing Quality by Design to increase trial success, adapting SC CTSI resources to support remote research, and redesigning Safety Net Innovation Awards to include in-depth training and mentorship.

Operations & Finance


Nicki Apaydin Nicki K. Apaydin, PhD Associate Director of Communications Details
Thomas Buchanan Thomas Buchanan, MD SC CTSI Director/Principal Investigator Details
Michele Kipke Michele Kipke, PhD SC CTSI Co-Director/CE Director Details
Quinnie Le Quinnie Le, MBA Senior Director, Operations and Finance Details
Allison Orechwa Allison Zumberge Orechwa, PhD, MBA Senior Director of Strategy and Innovation; Interim Program Manager, Healthcare Delivery Science Details

Team Members

Jennifer Romero Jennifer Romero Operations and Special Projects Manager Details
Wendy Rosero Wendy Rosero, MPA Financial Reporting/Projects Manager Details
Jasmin Trigueros Jasmin Trigueros, BA Budget/Business Technician Details

Core Groups

Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design Details
Central Administration Details
Clinical Research Informatics Details
Clinical Research Support Details
Communications Details
Community Engagement Details
Evaluation & Improvement Details
Healthcare Delivery Science Details
Regulatory Knowledge & Support Details
Research Development Details
Workforce Development Details

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important - All publications resulting from the utilization of SC CTSI resources are required to credit the SC CTSI grant by including the NIH funding acknowledgment and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.