The Governance Committee is responsible for guiding the association’s Board of Trustees to operate at the highest level and make the best use of their collective capacity through ongoing review and recommendations that will enhance the quality, efficiency, and future viability of the Board. For more information about the committee’s objectives, key responsibilities, and meeting schedule, please refer to the Committee Charter below.
The Governance Committee is a committee of the ACRP Board of Trustees, and appointments are restricted to Trustees currently serving on the Board.
Vice President R + D Quality Assurance
Thousand Oaks, CA
David Morin, MD, FACP, CPI, FACRP
(Vice Chair, ABoT Immediate Past Chair)
Director of Clinical Research
Holston Medical Group Sites
Elisa Cascade, MBA
(ABoT Vice Chair)
Chief Product Officer, Advarra
Catherine Shuster, BS, MS, BChE
(ABoT Public Member)
Boynton Beach, FL
Sassan Azad, Msc, PMP, ACRP-CP
Director, Medical Affairs Operations, A.I. Vali Inc.
Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, AzadMedica Inc.
Tiffany Mayo, MD
Assistant Professor, Director of Dermatology Clinical Research
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
ACRP Staff Liaison:
Director of Governance and Operations
Article I. Purpose
The Governance Committee, a standing committee of the ACRP Board of Trustees, works to ensure Board effectiveness, overseeing board composition, structure, roles and performance, orientation of new members, and the organization’s bylaws and policies.
Article II. Authority
In discharging its responsibilities, the Governance Committee is a strategic advisory committee reporting to the ACRP Board of Trustees. It shall have full access to any relevant records of the organization. The Committee shall have the authority to obtain advice and seek assistance from internal and external advisors and consultants.
Article III. Composition
The Governance Committee shall consist of no less than three (3) and no more than seven (7) members from the ACRP Board of Trustees, including the following ex-officio members:
The Committee members and chairperson shall be recommended by the incoming ACRP Board Chair and appointed annually by vote of the ACRP Board of Trustees. Committee members will serve one-year terms and may serve up to four terms, with terms commencing at the start of the fiscal year. An individual may be appointed as Chair for one additional, one-year term if s/he has served for four terms.
The ACRP Executive Director, and any staff s/he deems necessary, shall be invited to attend meetings of the Governance Committee, in a non-voting capacity.
Article IV. Meetings
The Committee shall meet at least four times per year, in person or via telephone or videoconference with authority to convene additional meetings if necessary. All Committee members are expected to attend each meeting. The Secretary of ACRP shall act as the Secretary of the Committee, keeping a minute record of all proceedings of the Committee. The Committee shall report such proceedings at the next succeeding regular meeting of the ACRP Board of Trustees.
A simple majority of the members of the Governance Committee shall constitute a quorum for any meeting. The act of a majority of the members present at a Committee meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Committee.
Article V. Responsibilities
Governance Committee responsibilities include:
Article VI. Standard of Care
In exercising their responsibilities, members of the Governance Committee will act in good faith and with that degree of diligence, care and skill that ordinarily prudent persons would exercise under similar circumstances. The Committee will incur only costs that are reasonably and appropriate in relation to ACRP’s assets, its purposes, and the skills available to the organization.