About Us

For Future Generations

The mission of Lillestol Research is our unparalleled commitment to the advancement of medicine, research excellence and compassionate care.

Our clinic is built on five core values: excellence in all we do, transparent integrity, collaborative teamwork, a sincere attitude of care, and professionalism in presentation and action.

  • 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 300 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.

  • 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 working closely with Dr. Lillestol on all of our clinical trials and directly manages the clinical research team. 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 and her husband, Scott, have 4 children, Elena, Eden, Everlee, and Thomas.

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

    Sub-Investigator

    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 and her husband, Zach, are die-hard Vikings fans and have 2 children; Finn and Isla.

  • 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.

  • Fiamma Marguerite D.  AdarveFiamma Marguerite D. Adarve, BSN

    Clinical Research Coordinator

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    Fiamma joined Lillestol Research in 2024 as a Clinical Research Coordinator. Prior to joining Lillestol Research, Fiamma worked as a Grant Writer and Care Coordinator in nonprofit work. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota. She is also a current graduate student at College of Saint Scholastica in the Master of Healthcare Administration program and is certified through the Yale School of Management Executive Education. She is from the Twin Cities, and now resides in West Fargo with her partner and pet.

  • Kayla K. BoydKayla K. Boyd

    Laboratory Coordinator

    kboyd(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    Kayla joined Lillestol Research in 2023 as the Laboratory Coordinator. She is currently attending Minnesota State Community and Technical College to pursue her MLT Medical Laboratory Technology degree. Kayla also brings 6 years of laboratory experience to our clinic, including clinical lab, hospital lab and blood banking experience.

  • Mary E. CraftMary E. Craft, BS

    Clinical Trial Assistant

    mcraft(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    Mary joined Lillestol Research in 2024 as a Clinical Trial Assistant. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Creighton University. Previously, she spent the summer of 2023 as an intern at Lillestol Research, and is currently studying for the Law School Admissions Test for the 2024 cycle.

  • 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.

  • Jalyn N. HansonJalyn N. Hanson, AAS

    Clinical Research Coordinator

    jhanson(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    Jalyn joined the Lillestol Research team in 2017. She attended Minnesota State Community and Technical College where she earned her degree as a Medical Administrative Assistant. Jalyn lives in Fargo with her husband, Brad, and their twin sons; Liam & Paxton. Jalyn was named Lillestol Research's "Shining Star" for the 2021 year.

  • Katlyn R. HarmsKatlyn R. Harms, AAS

    Clinical Research Coordinator

    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. Katlyn was named Lillestol Research's "Shining Star" for the 2018 year.

  • DeAnn K. HogansonDeAnn K. Hoganson, RN, BAN, CCRC

    Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

    dhoganson(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 named Lillestol Research's "Shining Star" for the 2014 year.

  • LouRae JohannesLouRae Johannes, CDT

    Director of Finance

    ljohannes(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    LouRae joined Lillestol Research in 2008 as the Director of Finance. 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.

  • Kelly KraftKelly Kraft, AAS

    Clinical Research Coordinator

    kkraft(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    Kelly joined the Lillestol Research team in 2019. She enjoys spending time with her family, crafting and gardening projects, fishing, multiple pets, and her additional career as a Residential Realtors® with Advantage Realtors Inc.

  • Andrea L. LillestolAndrea L. Lillestol, BS

    Director of Marketing

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    Andrea joined the Lillestol Research team in 2010 and is our Director of Marketing. 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 Core Property Group. He and his wife, Andrea, have two daughters; Lillian and Alice.

  • Kristofer M. LillestolKristofer M. Lillestol, BS

    Director of IT

    kris(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    Kris joined Lillestol Research in 2011 as the Director of IT. 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, CCRC

    Certified 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 Lillestol Research's "Shining Star" for the 2013 year.

  • Samantha S. NedreboSamantha S. Nedrebo

    Recruitment Coordinator

    snedrebo(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    Samantha joined Lillestol Research in 2024 as a Recruitment Coordinator. She attended Mayville State and North Dakota State University for Business management. She has several years of experience in customer service and technical support. Samantha lives in Horace with her husband, Nick, and daughter, Darryan. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and 2 dogs Bella and Ava, cat RJ, being outdoors, and traveling.

  • Tim R. OksendahlTim R. Oksendahl, AAS

    Finance Coordinator

    toksendahl(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    Tim earned his Associates Degree in Accounting through Globe University in 2017 and has 10 years of experience in the financial field. He enjoys watching sports and fishing. Tim lives in Moorhead, MN with his wife, Karlee, and two daughters; Peyton and Ella.

  • 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 is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years of nursing experience. Sara was named Lillestol Research's "Shining Star" for the 2011 year.

  • Shannon N. RubertusShannon N. Rubertus, BA

    Clinical Trial Assistant

    srubertus(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    Shannon joined the Lillestol Research team in 2020. She attended Minnesota State University Moorhead where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education. Shannon lives in Mapleton, ND with her husband Cody, and their two daughters; Shaylee and Cora.

  • Kayla M. TommerdahlKayla M. Tommerdahl, LPN

    Clinical Research Coordinator

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    Kayla joined Lillestol Research in 2021 as a Clinical Research Coordinator. She received her Practical Nursing degree in 2016 and has 3 ½ years of experience in the research field prior to starting at Lillestol. She lives in Fargo with her daughter, Audrianna, and her son, Gage. Kayla was named Lillestol Research's "Shining Star" for the 2023 year.

  • Kenzie R. UrbanecKenzie R. Urbanec

    Administrative Assistant

    kurbanec(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    Kenzie joined Lillestol Research in 2024 as an Administrative Assistant. She is also a licensed Realtor at Realty Xperts and is earning her Bachelor’s degree in Finance at Minnesota State University Moorhead. She has a one year old German Shepherd named Zeus.

  • 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. Makenzie also achieved her Certified Clinical Research Coordinator accreditation in 2009. She currently resides in Moorhead with her husband, Ryan, and their two children; Ross and Monroe. Makenzie was named Lillestol Research's "Shining Star" for the 2022 year.

  • Kadie M. WilliamsKadie M. Williams

    Clinical Research Coordinator

    kwilliams(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com
    Kadie joined Lillestol Research in 2022 as a Clinical Research Coordinator. She has over 3 years of medical screening and research experience prior to starting at Lillestol. She is currently studying Pre-Medicine and resides in the Fargo-Moorhead area.