ACRP Celebrates 2022 Class of Fellows Representing the Clinical Research Profession

ACRP Fellow

The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) is proud to welcome its new class of 2022 Fellows. Recognized with the FACRP designation as a thought leader in the clinical trial industry, each member has demonstrated commitment to advancing the clinical trial profession by sharing their experiences and mentoring others in the field.

“We are honored and excited to welcome three distinguished new members to this esteemed group,” said Susan Landis, Executive Director of ACRP. “Selection as an ACRP Fellow is recognition that you sit at the head of the class, and are willing to share your knowledge to enhance the workforce and further elevate clinical trial quality.”

Meet the members of the ACRP Fellows class of 2022:

Staci HorvathStaci Horvath, CCRA, FACRP, has dedicated more than 20 years to the clinical research industry, most of which has been spent working in oncology. With experience in many aspects of clinical research, including in site management organization, clinical site, contract research organization, and sponsor settings, she endeavors to work within the perspective of all stakeholders. She is currently the Senior Director for a small biotech company leading the project management, monitoring, and data management aspects of clinical trials. A Certified Clinical Research Associate (CCRA) since 2002, she has served as a volunteer with ACRP for 10 years, most recently as the Chair of the Content Committee.

Big Prediction: Remote monitoring has been around for years now as a supplement. What I’ve seen is sites adopting it even more and providing full remote access to their electronic records for sponsors. While there will always be a time and place for site visits, remote access will continue to rise.

Erika Stevens

Erika Stevens, MA, FACRP, leads research transformation advisory and assurance services. In this capacity, she advises on process improvement initiatives for cancer centers, life sciences organizations, academic medical centers, hospitals, and health systems to increase productivity, quality, and efficiency in operations and to boost cross-functional relationships, administration, manufacturing, and compliance. Her regulatory knowledge and quality oversight of the Code of Federal Regulations includes, but is not limited to, Good Manufacturing Practice, Good Laboratory Practice, and Good Clinical Practice. She has more than 20 years of research and development experience, including more than 12 years in research management serving in roles such as Vice President for Research, Director of the Clinical Trials Office, Director of Clinical Research, and Director of Research Operations. Currently Immediate Past Chair of the Association Board of Trustees for ACRP, she is also a Past President of the New York Metropolitan Chapter and served two terms as Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board for Clinical Researcher, the Association’s peer-reviewed journal. Additionally, she is a published author whose work has appeared in a variety of peer journals, including the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Clinical Researcher, Regulatory Focus, Applied Clinical Trials, Clinical and Translation Science, and the Journal of Mental Health and Aging. She earned a BA from the University of Vermont, an MA from Case Western Reserve University, and an MA from Temple University. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from Case Western University.

Big Prediction: Even as the pandemic moves into a new phase, I don’t think we’re done with world events having an impact on clinical trials, whether it’s war, inflation, or something completely unforeseen today. What will be required of us all will be continued agility.

Nicki TiekenNicki Tieken, MSHS, CCRA, ACRP-CP, FACRP, is an Independent Clinical Research Consultant with 25 years of industry experience. She earned a Bachelor of Applied Science from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science in Health Sciences from George Washington University. Through a variety of roles, her experience ranges from coordinating Phase I and oncology trials, to monitoring and managing clinical trials in numerous therapeutic areas, to supporting inspection readiness activities. She served as an adjunct instructor for the Clinical Research Administration program at George Washington University and is presently a member of the Advarra Institutional Biosafety Committee. She is a Certified Clinical Research Associate (CCRA) as well as an ACRP Certified Professional (ACRP-CP), and serves as the Vice Chair of the CCRA Exam Committee for the Academy of Clinical Research Professionals.

Big Prediction: We’re going to see a big focus in the next one to two years on the transition for research sites to leverage more digital media via systems and platforms. They’ll have to incorporate them into their practices. Sponsors have largely made the transition, but some sites are still struggling with this and using paper. Sites will need to use more digital data capture to make it easier to share information.

 View all ACRP Fellows and learn more about applying for the 2023 Class of Fellows.