GuideStar’s accomplished leadership team directs the key functional areas of the organization, articulating strategic priorities and guiding philosophies while providing support and supervision.

Rhonda J. Paz, PhD, CRCP

Chief Operations Officer

In her role as Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Paz is responsible for strategizing and implementing new service lines and products as well as the formation of expert operational units to support the variety of service needs of client research sites. She oversees all staff units, ensuring that operating goals and performance metrics are achieved.

Dr. Paz has more than 25 years of leadership experience in clinical research. Before joining GuideStar, she was the Associate Center Director for Scientific Administration of the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium, a joint effort between Tulane University, Louisiana State University, and Xavier University of Louisiana. In this capacity she was responsible for establishing a centralized administration to oversee and manage scientific programs, internal grant programs, research informatics, as well as basic, translational and clinical research core facilities. Prior to that she served as the Director of Clinical Research for two prestigious medical centers, where she was responsible for the implementation and operations of the clinical research programs. Her experience makes her uniquely adept at program development, start-up and re-engineering of research operations.

Rhonda holds a PhD in Health Administration and a BA in Business Administration and Management. Additionally, she has earned a designation of Certified Contract Research Professional.