About Us

For Future Generations

The mission of Lillestol Research is to improve quality of life through research excellence.
Our clinic is built on five core values: excellence in all we do, transparent integrity, collaborative teamwork, a sincere attitude of care, and diligence toward the highest possible standards.

  • Michael J. LillestolMichael J. Lillestol, MD, FACP, PI
    President

    lillestolmd(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    Dr. Lillestol is a board certified Internal Medicine physician in practice since 1977. He began his interest in clinical research in 1990. He has served as a Principal Investigator on more than 200 clinical research trials since that time. Dr. Lillestol earned his Doctorate of Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota in 1974. He has received numerous honors and appointments throughout his medical career. He is also a registered Pharmacist in North Dakota and Minnesota.

  • Mary L. LillestolMary L. Lillestol, RN
    Vice President/Chief Financial Officer

    mary(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    Mary is a Registered Nurse and graduate of Abbott Northwestern School of Nursing and Golden Valley Lutheran College. She has been involved in clinical research with Dr. Lillestol since 1990. She has served as a Clinical Research Coordinator on multiple trials and continues her clinical research involvement at Lillestol Research as the Vice President/CFO.

  • Kimberly L. PetersonKimberly L. Peterson, JD
    Chief Operating Officer

    kpeterson(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    Kimberly joined Lillestol Research in 2006 as its Chief Operating Officer. She earned her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of North Dakota. Kimberly also earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Chemistry from UND. Kimberly negotiates clinical trial budgets and contracts, prepares for regulatory submission, and is responsible for overall clinic management/operation. She and her husband, Matt, have three children; Hunter, Connor, and Anna.

  • Jamie M. BrownJamie M. Brown, PA-C
    Director of Operations/Sub-Investigator

    jbrown(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    Jamie joined Lillestol Research in 2012 as the Director of Operations. She serves as Sub-Investigator on all of our clinical trials. Jamie earned her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree from University of Wisconsin La Crosse-Gundersen Lutheran-Mayo PA Program in 2007. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2004. Jamie works closely with Dr. Lillestol on all of our clinical trials and directly manages the clinical research team.

  • Amanda P. DahlinAmanda P. Dahlin, LPN
    Clinical Research Coordinator

    adahlin(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    Amanda joined Lillestol Research in 2017 as a Study Coordinator. She is a Licensed Practical Nurse with over six years of nursing experience. She earned her Associates Degree from North Dakota State College of Science. Amanda and her husband Ryan, have three daughters, Isabella, Olivia and Emma.

  • Melissa K. DahnMelissa K. Dahn, MA
    Recruitment Specialist

    mdahn(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    Melissa joined Lillestol Research in 2013 as our Recruitment Specialist. Melissa has a Medical Assistant degree from Minnesota School of Business and previous work experience at various healthcare organizations and hospitals.

  • Karissa M. EmersonKarissa M. Emerson, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
    Sub-Investigator

    kemerson(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    Kari joined the Lillestol Research team in 2015 as a clinical research coordinator. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Nursing in 2013 from Concordia College and went on to obtain her Doctor of Nursing Practice – Family Nurse Practitioner degree in 2018. Kari currently serves as a back-up Sub-Investigator on all of our trials and practices as a nurse practitioner at ima Healthcare. She is a die-hard Minnesota Vikings fan and lives in West Fargo with her husband, Zach, and their son, Finn.

  • Jeremy  EngelstadJeremy Engelstad, BS, CCRC
    Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

    jengelstad(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    Jeremy joined Lillestol Research in 2013 as a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator. Prior to joining Lillestol Research, Jeremy had 9 years of industry experience. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from University of Minnesota - Crookston and attended the University of North Dakota pursuing a Master’s Degree in Wildlife Biology. Jeremy and his wife, Kristi, have two sons.

  • Heather FuchsHeather Fuchs, RN, BAN
    Recruitment Specialist

    hfuchs(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    Heather joined Lillestol Research in 2018 as a Recruitment Specialist. She is a Registered Nurse with 13 years of nursing experience. She earned her Bachelor of arts in Nursing from Concordia College. Heather and her husband, James, have a daughter, Brierre, and a son, Drew.

  • Jalyn HansonJalyn Hanson, AAS
    Administrative Assistant

    jhanson(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    Jalyn joined Lillestol Research in 2017 as an Administrative Assistant. She attended Minnesota State Community and Technical College where she earned her degree as a Medical Administrative Assistant. Jalyn lives in Fargo with her boyfriend, Brad, and kitty, Charlie.

  • Katlyn R. HarmsKatlyn R. Harms, AAS
    Clinical Trial Assistant

    kharms(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    Katlyn joined the Lillestol Research team in July of 2015. She attended Minnesota State Community and Technical College where she earned her Human Resources Degree. Katlyn and her husband, Nate, have twin girls; Teagan and Tenley.

  • Leah E. HustadLeah E. Hustad, BS
    Clinical Research Coordinator

    lhustad(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    Leah joined Lillestol Research in 2016 as a Clinical Research Coordinator. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from North Dakota State University. She comes to Lillestol with several years of clinical research experience. Leah and her husband, Eric, have four children.

  • LouRae JohannesLouRae Johannes, CDT
    Senior Billing & Collections Coordinator

    ljohannes(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    LouRae joined Lillestol Research in 2008 as the Senior Billing & Collections Coordinator. She is responsible for daily financial operation, coordinating of clinical research trial budgets, invoicing, payments, and other financial aspects of Lillestol Research. Prior to joining Lillestol Research, LouRae worked in clinical research and finance.

  • Andrea L. LillestolAndrea L. Lillestol, BA
    Marketing Coordinator/CTA

    andrea(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    Andrea joined the Lillestol Research team in 2010. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Apparel and Textiles from North Dakota State University with a Minor in Marketing from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Andrea and her husband, John, have two daughters; Lillian and Alice.

  • John M. LillestolJohn M. Lillestol, BSBA
    Director of Study Finances

    john(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    John joined Lillestol Research in 2007 as the Director of Study Finances. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration Degree from North Dakota State University. John coordinates and manages study finances within the financial team at Lillestol Research. John also manages the commercial properties owned by Lillestol Property Group and works as a commercial realtor with Dakota Commercial. He and his wife, Andrea, have two daughters; Lillian and Alice.

  • Kristofer M. LillestolKristofer M. Lillestol, BS
    Information Systems Manager

    kris(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    Kris joined Lillestol Research in 2011 as the Information Systems Manager. He has worked previously for Microsoft and Noridian Administrative Services in support, programming, development and analysis of IS systems. Kris earned his Bachelor of Science degree in information systems from the University of North Dakota in 2002.

  • Alexander F. LiuAlexander F. Liu, BA, MA
    Clinical Research Coordinator

    aliu(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    Alex joined Lillestol Research in 2012 as a Clinical Research Associate. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Administration from Concordia College and a graduate of the Minnesota School of Business with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Assistance. Alex was named the "Shining Star" for the 2013 year.

  • Carly A. McManusCarly A. McManus
    Laboratory Coordinator

    cmcmanus(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    Carly joined Lillestol Research in 2017 as our Laboratory Coordinator. Carly has 3 years of industry experience in the lab and as a phlebotomist. She is currently pursuing her Medical Laboratory Science degree from Rasmussen college. Carly lives in Wahpeton with her husband Sean and two dogs.

  • Pamela A. MelanderPamela A. Melander, LPN, CRA
    Clinical Research Associate

    pmelander(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    Pam joined Lillestol Research in 2008 as a Clinical Research Associate. She earned her LPN degree from the North Dakota State School of Science and brings 15 years of nursing experience to Lillestol. Pam has been involved in clinical research since 2005.

  • DeAnn K. MillerDeAnn K. Miller, RN, BAN, CCRC
    Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

    dmiller(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    DeAnn joined Lillestol Research in 2010 as a Study Coordinator. She is a Registered Nurse with over 10 years of nursing experience. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Nursing from Concordia College. DeAnn was also named the "Shining Star" for the 2014 year.

  • Sara A. PropeckSara A. Propeck, BAN, RN, CCRC
    Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

    spropeck(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    Sara joined Lillestol Research in 2008. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Nursing from Jamestown College in 1996. Sara also achieved her certified clinical research coordinator accreditation in 2011. She brings nearly 12 years of nursing experience to our clinic, including acute coronary care unit and oncology nursing. Sara was named Lillestol Research's "Shining Star" for the 2011 year.

  • Sarah M. RosbachSarah M. Rosbach, CCRC
    Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

    srosbach(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    Sarah joined Lillestol Research in 2007 with 5 years of industry experience and 8 years of phlebotomy experience. Sarah attended Concordia College with emphasis in Biology and Spanish. Since joining the Lillestol Research team she has received her certification as a clinical research coordinator. She currently resides in Fargo with her husband, Eric, and their daughter, Anne Marie. Sarah was named Lillestol Research's "Shining Star" for the 2016 year.

  • Nick TaralsonNick Taralson, RN, BSN
    Clinical Research Coordinator

    ntaralson(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    Nick joined Lillestol Research in 2014 as a Study Coordinator. He is a Registered Nurse and graduated from North Dakota State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Nick worked at Essentia Health for several years prior to joining Lillestol Research. Nick and his wife, Brie, reside in Fargo with their daughter.

  • Makenzie A. VeitchMakenzie A. Veitch, BA, CCRC
    Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

    mveitch(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    Makenzie joined Lillestol Research in 2017 as a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator. Prior to joining Lillestol Research, Makenzie had 9 ½ years of industry experience. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminal Justice with a Minor in Women’s Studies from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She currently resides in Fargo with her husband, Ryan, and two “fur babies”; Norma Jean and Joey.