Paloma Pearson holds an MBA from Baylor University, and serves as Program Manager, responsible for ensuring that the strategies, priorities, and operations of the CCIL are aligned and complementary to that of its strategic mission. This includes, but is not limited to: supporting the Deputy Director, Associate Director for Administration, and Program Leaders in a wide array of programmatic needs, as well as a specific focus on providing support to the Associate and Assistant Directors for Education in running educational programs. During her tenure in the CCIL, she has worked on programmatic development and implementation, leveraging resources, project and program management, financial and accounting responsibilities, and office support systems. She serves as a liaison between numerous departments and stakeholders, including donors, vendors, and shared resources.
Pearson has worked directly with the CCIL Director since joining Illinois, and has a deep understanding of the vision for the Center. She has coordinated data collection and accumulation efforts in support of the CCIL’s CCSG application to by aggregating the financial, productivity, and demographic data of all CCIL members and the External Advisory Committee. Additionally, she serves as the primary administrative support for two educational programs, including the NIH funded Tissue Microenvironment (TiMe) T32 training program and the high school research collaborative (researcHStart). Pearson also worked with the website developers for establishment of the cancer.illinois.edu website, and continues to manage its ongoing content. Prior to joining Illinois, Pearson served as Clinic Operations Manager for the Baylor Scott and White McClinton Cancer Center in Waco, Texas.