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Research Managers

Leslie Palmer

Research Manager

Leslie Palmer is a Clinical Research Manager at the University of Utah Department of Pediatrics. She currently works on the Utah Children’s Project, a cohort in the NIH Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program and loves working with the diverse and committed team of investigators, staff and students. She has worked on a number of large epidemiologic studies at the University of Utah over the past 25 years. She received a BS in Environmental Health from Brigham Young University, and a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of Utah. She enjoys attending plays, concerts, perusing home décor stores, and activities with family.

Amy Rogers

Research Manager

Amy Rogers has enjoyed being part of the Utah’s Children’s Project/ECHO team since 2019. She has had the opportunity of working at the University of Utah in different departments and on various research studies for the past 24 years. Prior to joining the Department of Pediatrics, her research experience was working with adult and elderly populations, so has enjoyed the experience of working on a study that involves children. In her spare time, she likes playing tennis, reading, and traveling.

Study Coordinators

Mary Ruth Wiggins

Mary Ruth Wiggins

Clinical Research Coordinator

Mary Ruth Wiggins enjoys hiking, camping, and taking pictures in all the beautiful places that Utah has to offer. She has always loved working with kids and has done so in many different settings including youth corrections, therapeutic group homes and K-8 schools. She is passionate about reading and literacy. Even though her own children are now grown, she can often be found leaving the library with a stack of children’s books. She is dedicated to supporting the well-being of children and is glad to be working with the Utah Children’s Project/ECHO program to better understand children’s health.

maryruth.wiggins@hsc.utah.edu

Julie Koldewyn

Julie Koldewyn

Study Coordinator

Julie Koldewyn graduated from USU with an MS in Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Science and Management in 2016 and has worked on the UCP/ECHO project since 2020.  In her spare time, she loves to foster rabbits for a local rabbit rescue, hike, and go to concerts.

julie.koldewyn@hsc.utah.edu

Halle Lee

Halle Lee

Study Coordinator

Halle is a study coordinator with the Utah Children's Project for the Preconception to Perinatal Outcomes (PPO) study and the ECHO program. In 2022 she earned her MS in Public Health with a certificate in Statistics. She is excited to combine her passion for research and reproductive health in this role. 

halle.lee@utah.edu

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Miguel Angel Covarrubias

Study Coordinator

Angel graduated from the University of Utah with a BS in Psychology and a certificate in Human Factors in 2022. He was born in Mexico and came to the United States when he was two years old. His favorite thing about Utah is all of the nature it has to offer. He has worked on the UCP/ECHO project since 2024 as a study coordinator. Angel is bilingual and works closely with Spanish-speaking patients. In his free time, he likes to go camping, dancing, and doing photography. 

angel.covarrubias@hsc.utah.edu

Alexis McNeil

Alexis McNeil

Study Coordinator (Cache Site)

Alexis lives in Cache valley with her husband and kids. She graduated from USU with a BS in Biology and Biochemistry in 2014, and has worked as a project assistant for the Utah Children's Project/ECHO Cache site since 2017. She enjoys puzzles, funny movies, traveling, and reading.

alexis.mcneil@hsc.utah.edu

Nikki Rice

Nikki Rice

Study Coordinator (Cache Site)

Nikki Rice moved to Cache Valley in 2017 with her husband and three kids. She has enjoyed hiking, running, biking, and skiing in the mountains almost every day since she arrived. She is a former kindergarten teacher and yoga instructor with a passion for research. She completed a master’s degree in kinesiology at USU in 2021. Working for the UCP/ECHO project has been a wonderful opportunity for her to combine her interest in research, her joy for working with children, and her desire to organize!

nikki.rice@usu.edu

Cecilia Campbell

Cecilia Campbell

Study Coordinator (Cache Site)

Cecilia graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science and Health. She is a passionate and dedicated professional in the field of healthcare and research. She has contributed to the SHINE Breast Cancer Study, Thyroid Cohort Study, and the National Children’s Study during its pilot phase. Currently she works as a Study Coordinator on the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program at Utah State University. During her off-time, Cecilia is a devoted parent to three Children who enjoys skiing, nature walks and the therapeutic experiences of Japanese Onsen. 

cecilia.campbell@usu.edu

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Kaitlyn Bird

Study Coordinator

Kaitlyn graduated from Brigham Young University in 2023 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health. She joined the UCP/ECHO Program in 2024 as a study coordinator. Kaitlyn has experience working with children of various backgrounds, from volunteering as a youth crisis counselor to her previous work as a behavior technician/therapist. She is excited to dive deeper into her interests in research and maternal and child health. When Kaitlyn is not working, she enjoys trying new foods, reading romance & high-fantasy novels, and going on adventures with her husband.

kaitlyn.bird@hsc.utah.edu

Lab Manager

Research Associates

Sandra Sandie Edwards

Sandie Edwards

Research Associate

Sandra “Sandie” Edwards is currently a Research Associate in the Department of Pediatrics. She has over 40 years of experience in survey methods and data collection including managing research studies using mail, telephone, face-to-face, and online questionnaires. She is interested in epidemiologic methods and has been an author on numerous publications on computerized data collection, study design, and participant recruiting.

sandie.edwards@hsc.utah.edu

Database Analysts

Shaobo Wang

Shaobo Wang

Database Analyst

Shaobo graduated from the University of Utah, with hands-on experience in data analysis and data modeling in an industry company: Haasen Tara Feed Inc.

At Haasen Tara Feed Inc., he was responsible for evaluating and improving statistical models, interpreting business logic in MySQL, and developing data quality assessment logic using EXCEL VBA, as well as creating input data UI for the company.

Shaobo has some technical background with SQL, R, and Excel VBA, and has worked with business intelligence tools such as Microsoft Power BI.

Administrative Assistant

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Coral Nolen

Administrative Assistant

Coral is the administrative assistant for the UCP and is happy to assist you with any office/administrative needs.

When she isn’t also hard at work as Lead Admin Assistant for General Pediatrics, she loves being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

coral.nolen@hsc.utah.edu

801-585-6943

Regulatory Coordinator

Graduate Students

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Bryce Johnson

Data Analyst; Graduate Research Assistant

Bryce lives in Vineyard, Utah, with his wife and three kids. He graduated with a BS in Genetics & Biotechnology in 2016 and has worked in the biopharmaceutical startup space until recently, pursuing an MSTAT in biostatistics. He loves powerlifting, yoga, reading high fantasy, and video games.

Bryce.Johnson@hsc.utah.edu

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Leslie Lilly Salamanca

Lab Staff; Graduate Research Assistant

I am a graduate research assistant for UCP/ECHO and in my first year of the Master’s of Public Health program at the U. I am passionate about public health issues such as child and maternal health in underserved communities. I am excited to continue my passion by contributing to UCP/ECHO. I enjoy spending time with family, reading or decorating my home.

lsalamanca@sa.utah.edu

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Millicent Wood

Graduate Research Assistant

I am a graduate research assistant for PPO/ECHO. I graduated with my Bachelor's in Biochemistry from BYU in 2019 and have worked in zebrafish-based research on cyanide poisoning since 2020. I am currently an MSPH candidate at the University of Utah. I am passionate about women's health and environmental exposures. I am excited to contribute to the PPO/ECHO projects. In my free time, I enjoy serving in my church, reading high-fantasy books, and spending time with my family. 

millicent.wood@pharm.utah.edu

Contact Us

Study Phone Number (Voice Only): 801-587-7373

Study Email: UCP@hsc.utah.edu

UCP ECHO Team 2023