Attributing much of her success to the support of the people she works with, as well as being a problem solver, Nicole J. Fernandez holds considerable expertise in line management and resourcing. She began her studies at the University of Kansas in 1997, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in health information management in 2001. During this time, she supported her education by working as a lifeguard and swim instructor with the Jayhawk Club; the head lifeguard for the Robinson Natatorium at the University of Kansas; and, briefly, as a law clerk for Butt, Thornton & Baehr PC. Subsequently completing an internship at the University of New Mexico Hospital in 2001, she served as an underwriter for CNA Insurance from 2001 to 2004 and as a risk management data specialist for the University of Kansas Hospital from 2004 to 2005.
In 2005, Ms. Fernandez joined PRA Health Sciences, where she spent the next 11 years as a senior country startup specialist and concurrently served as an in-house clinical research associate and in a startup lead position. In 2016, she joined both Chiltern International and Labcorp Drug Development, formerly Covance, as a clinical operations manager, where she remained until 2018 and 2022, respectively. During her time with Labcorp, she was responsible for managing and resourcing for her department, meeting with project teams to allocate resources, and attending meetings to give reports on work status, and notably achieved her Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification in 2021. Since 2022, Ms. Fernandez has served as the director of business development for Peri.
Having accomplished much throughout the years, Ms. Fernandez considers the highlight of her career to be achieving the position of line manager with Labcorp, which was one of her longstanding career goals. Additionally, she created several initiatives within her department at Labcorp to aid in departmental growth and process improvement. Looking toward the future, Ms. Fernandez hopes to continue to grow professionally and rise to positions of increasing responsibility, either in clinical operations or another area, in order to provide mentorship and guidance to others.