Deborah Olasin Fontaine, MS, GNP is a BSN graduate of Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA. After practicing in Philadelphia for several years, she attended Boston University There she became a Nurse Practitioner and received her MS in Gerontology. She is AMA certified and has, since joining the ADRC in 1992, concentrated on working with AD, Parkinson’s disease (PD), and other movement disorders.
Helen Vanderswag, RN earned an Associate degree at Palomar College and B.A. from the University of Phoenix. She joined the ADRC in 2002. In her 22 years of nursing experience she has worked in psychiatric inpatient and home care, and clinical research. She comes to us from the Geropsychiatry Unit at the VA Medical Center.
Sarah Espinoza, BA grew up in Sinaloa, Mexico and returned to the US at the age of ten. Sarah moved to San Diego for her BA in Spanish Literature at the University of California San Diego. Sarah has studied abroad in Argentina and travelled to Peru, Bolivia and Brazil. Sarah became interested in language acquisition and retention through her travels and personal history. Sarah is a Hispanic Study Research Associate at the ADRC and plans to pursue an MA in Speech Pathology.
Lillian O. Pacheco, BS was born in Juarez, Chihuahua and raised in Mesilla, NM, Lillian attended New Mexico State University and majored in nursing, then decided to join the US Navy, where she became a Boatswainsmate and was stationed in San Diego on the USS Boxer LHD-4, then transferred to Honolulu, HI where she started her family. Lilly began working at UCSD in 2001 as a lead technician in the Department of Anatomic Pathology. After 4 years she was recruited to work in the Department of Radiology as a Clinical Research Manager and focused in Magnetic Resonance Imaging as the golden standard to detect liver diseases and over 30 clinical trials and experimental medications, in brain (MS), bone (Osteopenia, Osteomalacia and Osteoporosis), nerve (Brachial plexus), uterine fibroids and today in the Department of Neuroscience Alzheimer’s and Dementia disease.
Mirranda Boshart, BS attended University at Buffalo, where she received her BS in Psychology in 2005, while minoring in Biology and following a pre-med curriculum. Under the direction of David E. Sandberg, PhD, Mirranda coordinated a 13 site, NIH-funded research program, focused on understanding and improving the Health-Related Quality of Life for parents and children with Disorders of Sex Development.
Vanessa Candare, BA, is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Disease clinical trials. She joined the Shiley-Marcos ADRC in 2015 after working with UCSD’s Clinical and Translational Research Institute on vascular surgery, infectious disease, Women’s Health, and Alzheimer’s trials. Vanessa grew up in San Diego and moved to Okinawa, Japan in 1997 for 5 years. Vanessa returned to San Diego in 2002 and earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of California San Diego. She is currently going back to school to pursue a master’s degree as a Physician Assistant.
Rick Seghers was raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He moved to San Diego in 2003 to work for UCSD as the Research Protocol Coordinator for the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center, a multi-study research group investigating the causes and effects of neurobehavioral disturbance associated with HIV infection and/or substance abuse. In 2014 he accepted a position at Moore’s Cancer Center as the North County Clinical Trials Coordinator and in 2015 he accepted a position with UCSD’s Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and a Clinical Research Coordinator.