Senior Management

Dana Cost
Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Cost possesses over 20 years of Human Resources and organizational development experience in a multitude of industries. She graduated from Philadelphia University with a Bachelor’s in Accounting and then spent 10 years in the retail management field overseeing 50+ employees with their EDI/purchasing system.

Ms. Cost joined QDS in 2011 initially as HR Manager and has continued to expand her responsibilities. She oversees benefits, compensation, employee relations, diversity, staffing management for projects, adherence to timelines, and proposals to new clients and business development.

In 2018, Ms. Cost’s expanded her role within QDS to assist with corporate strategy, and oversee operations ensuring that staff continue to provide superior customer service while always delivering the highest quality output. She is a member of the corporate Board of Directors.

Lisha Morancie
Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Morancie has over 15-years of experience in corporate Finance and Accounting. She has worked in various industries throughout the years including clinical research, trust funds, health care, and non-profit housing. Ms. Morancie has managed the day-to-day financials of both large and small companies across the United States of America.

Ms. Morancie graduated from Temple University’s Fox School of Business in 2008 with a Bachelor’s in Finance and Risk Management. She obtained her Master’s in Business Administration in 2011 with a concentration in Business Administration and Health Care Management.

Since joining QDS in 2013, Ms. Morancie has managed the company’s profitability, financial forecasting, year-end financial preparation, assisted with budget proposals, and oversees the performance of all ongoing studies. Ms. Morancie is a member of the corporate Board of Directors.

Shani Harris
Director of Clinical Operations

Ms. Harris has 18 years of experience in the CRO/Pharmaceutical industry within the Clinical Research, Medical Device, and Biopharmaceutical industries working in Global Project Management, Account Management, Global Regulatory Affairs, and Federal Services Clinical Studies.

She has significant expertise in global study design. Ms. Harris has worked directly with leading Oncologists on study drug development for clinical trials studies. She has organized and designed international meetings objectives for Oncology Advisory Board conferences for Hematology and Solid Tumor. Within her years, Ms. Harris has developed teams across various countries as Germany, Paris, Belgium, and London.

She has worked as part of an integrated Oncology Drug Development Team, Accelerated Research & Development Global team, and Global Project Groups. Her career expertise extends to writing radiographic evaluation protocols (REP’s) for Radiology and Medical Devices studies.
Within her 18years, she has become a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in Clinical Trial design systems for Integrated Evidence Generation Plan (IEGP) process across Global studies.

Within her career, she has contributed to numerous successful NDA’s. Ms. Harris has presented at various seminars on Oncology, Clinical Study Management, and Drug Development. She has also served as an Administrator on an Oncology Advisory Board for Hematology and Solid Tumor.

Since joining QDS as the Assistant Director of Clinical Operations,  she has overseen Clinical Operations, data management, and biostatistics.

Ms. Harris has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a PMP certificate in Project Management Professional.

John Paige
Chief Information Officer

Mr. Paige has focused on implementation and management of IT solutions, specializing in Microsoft based technologies, networks, and security for over 20 years.

A graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, Mr. Paige joined Intelligent Electronics in 1992 eventually becoming IT, Systems Engineer for their subsidiary XLConnect Solutions, Inc., providing network, server, and workstation support.  XLConnect was acquired by Xerox in 1998, and he continued working for Xerox Global Services as Senior Systems Manager, managing a data center and IT support services for over 1000 employees before joining QDS in 2007.

In his role with QDS, Mr. Paige manages Information Technology, supporting QDS’ network and systems, and Clinical Information Services supporting the QDR application, and is on the board of directors.

Ellina Babouchkina, BS, RN, MD
Director, Data Operations and Clinical Programming (CDISC SME)

Ms. Babouchkina has over 20 years in the CRO/Pharmaceutical industry and SAS programming environment with sound knowledge of clinical study data collection, extraction, manipulation, analysis and reporting in a multitude of therapeutic areas.

She has over 10 years of extensive knowledge and experience with CDISC Standards, mapping data and creating/validating SAS datasets and xpt files based on CDISC SDTM versions 3.1, 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.1.3, 3.2 and 3.3 Implementation Guides. She assisted in presentation of Seminar “Realizing Efficiencies in the CDISC Process” during the 44th DIA Annual Meeting.

As a CDISC Platinum Member and part of the CDISC Advisory Council, Ellina has participated in the processes of nominating candidates for the CDISC Board of Directors, CAC Face-to-Face Meetings and teleconferences with CDISC Board of Directors and Regulators from FDA and PMDA for discussions on CAC and CDISC activities. As a CDISC SDS (Submission Data Standards) team member, she participates in the internal review of the new documents, TAUGs and SDTM; attends CDISC Intra- and Inter- Change Face to Face meetings and SDS Extended Leadership Team Meetings. Ellina was involved in SDTMIG v3.3 preparation for release/publication as a member of CDISC Publication Team. For over the last 2 years Ellina has been a CDISC Submission Data Standards Team representative on CDISC Global Governance Group.

During her 20 year tenure at QDS, she has worked as a Clinical Programmer Analyst/Database Analyst; Manager, Clinical Information Systems; Senior Manager, Quality Assurance – Data Integration, CDISC Integration and Validation Expert. Since 2012, as a Senior Manager, Data Integration and Standardization, she oversaw and supported all of the company’s SDTM creation and validation processes. Since 2017, she oversees all Statistical Programming personnel and activities, including scheduling of programming tasks, resource planning, timelines and quality of all QDS deliverables to our clients.

Ellina possesses a Bachelor of Science, Registered Nurse; Medical Doctorate and Certificate Program in Computer Science degrees.

Andrew Ricchezza

Since joining QDS in 2012, Andrew has worked in both SAS programming and statistical roles.  Andrew has been a lead Biostatistician with QDS for over 8 years.  The projects he has led from a statistical and programming perspective have spanned all phases – I to IV – of clinical research and numerous therapeutic areas, including oncology, neurology, vaccines, and infectious disease screening devices.  He has authored over 20 statistical analysis plans and his statistical and programming contributions on integrated summaries of safety and efficacy have led to successful NDA submissions with the FDA and EMA (European Medicines Agency).

Considering QDS’ standing as a gold-level CDISC member and a leader in the early-adoption and application of CDISC data standards for decades, Andrew has extensive experience with implementing the ADaM standard.  He volunteered on the CDISC ADaM team at the 2015 Summer CDISC Intrachange Conference and assisted in development of ADaM Implementation Guide version 1.1.  He regularly attends CDISC continuing education seminars to stay current on all ADaM updates and leads all intra-organizational training on implementation of the CDISC ADaM data standard.  

Andrew holds a M.S. in Biostatistics from Drexel University and a B.S. in Mathematics from Temple University.