The Association of Clinical Research Professionals
Academy Board of Trustees
CHAIR Barbara Grant Schliebe, MS, CCRA, CCRC, FACRP currently works as an independent contract monitor. Barbara is dual certified, first as a CCRC IN 1997 and as a CCRA in 2013, and in 2017 was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals. Barbara was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Texas in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Master’s Degree in Institutional Management from Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. Previously she has worked as a therapeutic, administrative and director of dietetics in hospital settings and as an instructor in the Coordinator Undergraduate Program in Dietetics at The University of Texas at Austin. Barbara’s research career began at UNC when she was hired as a clinical research nutritionist where dietary modification served as either a control or a variable. She transitioned into nutritional epidemiology and colon cancer prevention research while serving as a faculty member in the School of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology before retiring in 2008. She was approached six months later and offered a position as a monitor for investigator initiated GI studies at UNC, a position she continues intermittently to date. Barbara served on the CCRC exam committee for 8 years, with 3 years as its Chair. She served on the Academy’s Nominating Committee, Academy Competency Working Group, and the Academy Board’s CRA Working Group. In 2003 she was honored by ACRP as recipient of the Meritorious Service Award.
VICE CHAIR Norbert Clemens, MD, PhD, CPI, ACRP-PM, FACRP is a board certified physiologist. His broad exposure to worldwide healthcare issues includes service in several academic positions: as medical director for lntersan GmbH, PAION, and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International; as general manager and head of global clinical trial services at Analytica International GmbH; as Vice President Clinical Operations at Impulse Dynamics; and as Senior Manager Science & Clinical Affairs at Kaneka Pharma Europe based in Eschborn, Germany, his current position. He has been a board member of the research and development section of the German Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry, he has served as president of the German Society of Pharmaceutical Medicine and as treasurer of the International Federation of Associations of Pharmaceutical Physicians for several years. Norbert is a well-known trainer for investigators and site staff. He has served on the ACRP Board of Trustees as Vice Chair, Chair and Immediate Past Chair and he is a charter member and secretary of the German Chapter of ACRP.
IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR
Kelly M. Cairns, MA, BASc, CCRA, APMR is currently the Leader of Clinical Trial Operations and Business Support at Boehringer Ingelheim Canada Ltd and is certified as a CRA. In this role she leads a team of more than 30 in house research staff. Prior to this position she was the Manager of Investigational Supplies, Senior Research Associate, Research Associate and Clinical Trial Administrator all with Boehringer. Kelly has more than 25 years of research experience as a study coordinator, clinical research associate and project manager in a vast array of therapeutic areas, including HIV/AIDS, metabolic, CNS, cardiovascular disease, dermatology, immunology, and respiratory. Kelly completed her master’s degree in Leadership Studies in addition to her Bachelor of Applied Science, both from the University of Guelph. She has served in many roles with ACRP ranging from the Executive Committee of the CRA Forum, ACRP Canadian Chapter member, CRA exam committee item writer/member, Chair of the Global CCRA Certification Exam Committee, Vice Chair and Chair of the Academy Board of Trustees.
Joy Jurnack, RN, CCRC, CIP, FACRP has spent 25 years in research on human subjects, coordinating trials in hepatitis C virus, hemophiliacs co-infected with HIV and HCV, woman’s health issues in pre and post-menopause, pediatric hematology and chronic kidney disease. Ms. Jurnack began her nursing career in the GCRC at NY Presbyterian Hospital in 1985. She worked at the NY Regional Transplant Program as the organ procurement and education coordinator, created tools to help families understand brain death and developed a trust to obtain consent for organ and tissue donation. She served as the first Research Subject Advocate at Mount Sinai Medical Center in their NIH designated GCRC. At TKL Research, Inc., a research facility, she developed and implemented a GCP training program for per diem nurses, worked with senior leadership to open a Phase I Dermatological Unit and successfully complete the initial pharmaceutical sponsored overnight trial. Ms. Jurnack joined NYU IRB as the Education and Training Manager in 2009. There, Joy presented to doctors on principal investigator responsibilities in research, developed a monthly CME awarded IRB Grand Rounds and was a member of the Health Literacy Committee. Joy is a member of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research, (PRIM&R), obtained Certified Institutional Review Professional (CIP) in 2009, and a past member PRIM&R Membership Committee. Currently a research nurse in CKD, she is again with subjects and implementing research trials. She has developed SOP’s and division specific processes and served as a mentor to new coordinators hired and dialysis nurses.
Kristin Smedley has dedicated her life to changing people’s perceptions of blindness after her two sons were each diagnosed with a rare blindness at four months of age. In 2011, Kristin launched a mission to fund research and resources for children living with rare eye disease. In less than eight years, the Curing Retinal Blindness Foundation has raised over a million dollars and achieved the first legislation in US history to be submitted in Braille—legislation that advocates for better resources for blind and visually impaired Americans. Kristin testified at the FDA on behalf of the first gene therapy for an inherited disease, Luxturna, and she was recently named the Pennsylvania Ambassador for NORD.
Kristin is known for her constant collaborations and partnerships to drive an entire field to progress. She is the 2019 recipient of the Global Genes Champion of Hope Award and has been voted the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Power Person of Bucks County, PA.
Robert Greco, BS, RPh, CCRA, ACRP-CP, FACRP is a registered pharmacist and has worked in the clinical research industry for about 20 years. After several years as a community pharmacist, Mr. Greco entered the industry and has held several positions at CRO, Biotech, Large Pharma and as a consultant. His different roles have provided a good variety of experience serving as a Drug Safety Surveillance Associate, a CRA at several levels, a Trial Manager and a leadership role on a Global Project Team. Mr. Greco has participated in many study teams monitoring or managing studies and has been involved in data reviews and the writing of core submission documents. While he’s enjoyed every role, Mr. Greco has always found the monitoring piece the most enjoyable. He’s always held that there is nothing like working at a study site to fully appreciate the deep responsibility everyone has to the study subjects and the public at large. He earned his CCRA Certification in 2002 and has enjoyed working with colleagues as an ACRP volunteer. Mr. Greco has served as a CCRA Exam Committee Item Writer and Exam Committee Member and Chair as well as on the CRA Academy Working Group and the Fellows Working Group. Mr. Greco was named an ACRP Fellow in 2017 and earned the ACRP-CP designation in 2018.
Glenda Guest, CCRA, RQAP-GCP, TIACR has an extensive background in the clinical research industry having worked as a monitor, project manager, data management coordinator, database programmer, quality assurance auditor and senior trainer since joining the clinical research profession in 1997. She is the Vice President of Norwich Clinical Research Associates Ltd. (NCRA) a full service clinical contract research organization (CRO) based in upstate NY, USA since 1994. Through her extensive experiences in a CRO environment she’s developed a unique perspective, not only of the regulatory requirements for regulated product development and market approval, but also the insights from collaboration with multiple sponsor companies’ varying approaches in meeting those requirements. Ms. Guest is a published writer, certified clinical research associate, registered quality assurance professional (GCP) and a certified clinical research trainer. An invited speaker at local and global professional meetings, she was the recipient of ACRP’s 2015 Global Conference Top Speaker Award. Glenda is an active member of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP), New York State MedTech Association, MAGI and the Society of Quality Assurance (SQA). She has maintained her ACRP Certified Clinical Research Associate (CCRA) status since April of 2002. She has also maintained her status through SQA as a Registered Quality Assurance Professional – Good Clinical Practices (RQAP-GCP) since April 2007. She attained Certified Trainer status (TIACR) via the International Association of Clinical Research in March 2015.
Jeff K. Kingsley, DO, MBA, CPI, FACRP is founder and CEO of IACT Health, a research management organization, and ten wholly owned and integrated clinical research offices throughout Georgia. This family of companies conduct phase I through IV research in nearly every medical specialty. His medical degree was received from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2001 and he completed his MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School in 2011. Following medical school, Jeff completed residency training in Family Medicine with the Columbus Regional Healthcare System and was hired as academic faculty immediately upon graduation. He has been director of several departments and holds faculty positions with Mercer School of Medicine and Georgia Regents University. Additionally, Jeff has been President of an international non-profit organization, has two board seats, and served as the 2017 Chair and the 2016 Vice Chair of the ACRP Board of Trustees.
Naoki Tsutsumi, CCRA has 30 years of experience in clinical research and works for AstraZeneca as global auditor and regulatory inspection coordinator. Prior to that, he spent 21 years in clinical operations for Bayer, obtaining regulatory approval for the first oncology product in the company by leading the clinical study team as the study manager. He is a member of the editorial committee of Clinical Research Handbook, the most popular textbook for Clinical Research Professionals with 300,000 users in Japan, and is also a member of the education committee for JSQA (Japan Society of Quality Assurance). He has published more than five co-authored reference books for clinical researchers. He was a committee member of the Academy’s Global CCRA Exam Committee from 2012 through 2018. He has also served as ACRP’s Japan Chapter president since 2013. Mr. Tsutsumi conducts monthly seminars for clinical researchers in Japan and has led investigator training programs in Vietnam. Through his leadership, dozens of of clinical researchers from various organizations in Japan have attended ACRP annual conferences.
Steven Ziemba, PhD, MBA, CRCP, CIP, FACHE, CCRC, CPI, FACRP is the Lead IRB Reviewer and Assistant Professor in Healthcare Administration for Northcentral University, an accredited and nationally regarded online university. He is also the founder and principal of Research Site Consult, LLC, a consulting business for healthcare organizations involved or interested in clinical research. Mr. Ziemba holds several graduate degrees and professional designations, including a PhD in Healthcare Administration, MS in Biomedical Science and MBA with a concentration in Pharmaceutical Industry Studies. Additionally, he is certified as a Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) and Principal Investigator (CPI), a Certified IRB Professional (CIP), Fellow of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (FACRP) and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). In addition to his work, Mr. Ziemba is an active volunteer of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals, working with the association as it strives to enhance the quality of clinical research. Among other activities, he has served on the association’s Board of Trustees, including as its 2016 Chair.
Jim Kremidas joined ACRP as Executive Director in October 2015. Mr. Kremidas has over 30 years of experience in the health care industry, including positions in the lab, sales, marketing, strategic sourcing, and clinical operations at Eli Lilly and Company, Quintiles, inVentiv Health, and CenterWatch. While at Lilly, he led the development of the first functional area to focus on global enrollment optimization. Kremidas is a founding advisory board member at the Center for Information & Study on Clinical Research Participation and a volunteer for the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative.
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