The Association of Clinical Research Professionals

Academy Board of Trustees

Norbert Clemens, Academy Board of Trustees

CHAIR
Norbert Clemens, MD, PhD, CPI, ACRP-PM, ACRP-MDP, 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; as Senior Manager Science & Clinical Affairs at Kaneka Pharma Europe based in Eschborn, Germany, and as Director CTM EMEA at HOYA Surgical Optics, Frankfurt/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 also 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.

Steven Ziemba

VICE CHAIR
Steven Ziemba, PhD, MBA, CIP, CCRC, CPI, ACRP PM, 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.

Barbara Grant Schliebe, Academy Board of Trustees

IMMEDIATE PAST 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.

Kristin Smedley

PUBLIC MEMBER
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.

Jennifer Byrne

Jennifer Byrne is CEO and Board Chair of Javara Inc, an Integrated Research Organization (IRO) that offers comprehensive clinical research site services, as an integrated offering, within leading healthcare organizations. Her involvement in the clinical research enterprise has been vast including collaborations with hundreds of pharma, device, Contract Research Organizations (CROs), technology, site organizations, and other research service providers while working alongside hundreds of investigators and over 115,000 trial participants.  Prior to co-founding Javara Inc, Jennifer was formerly the CEO of PMG Research, a pre-eminent Site Management Organization, for which nearly 8,000 Phase I-IV clinical trials were conducted during her tenure. In addition to her Board of Trustees role with ACRP, she also serves as Board Chair for Greater Gift, is the Advisory Board Chair for the Wake Forest University Master’s in Clinical Research degree, is the Board Chair for Summit School, and serves in an advisory capacity for CISCRP, The Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine, The Dioko Fund, and The North Carolina Biotech of the Piedmont Triad. Jennifer is a graduate of Texas A&M University.

Robert Greco

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.

Jeff Kingsley

Jeffrey Kingsley, DO, MBA, MS, CPI, FACRP, received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Scranton with concentrations in biology, chemistry, history, and cultural anthropology, and his Master of Science degree in biochemistry. His medical degree was received from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine followed by his MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. Dr. Kingsley has been faculty with Family Medicine residency programs as well as Director of Family Medicine and Urgent Care. He currently holds faculty appointments with the Mercer School of Medicine and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Georgia. Dr. Kingsley is Chair and CEO of Centricity Research, an integrated research organization (IRO) with 40+ integrated clinical research offices throughout the US and Canada. Centricity conducts phase I through IV research in nearly every medical specialty; inpatient and outpatient; pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device. He has dedicated his career to clinical research since 2006. Dr. Kingsley is also founder, past Chair, and COO of hyperCORE International, a research site integrated network that has approximately 100 offices in five countries. Centricity and hyperCORE are changing the dynamic between sites and sponsors to serve sponsors in a way never achieved by sites in the past. Dr. Kingsley is the past Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Association for Clinical Research Professionals which represents more than 13,000 clinical research professionals internationally. He presently sits on the Board of the Academy for Clinical Research Professionals which maintains accredited certification programs to ensure the highest quality in clinical research. Dr. Kingsley presently sits on three additional Boards, and participates on numerous other local, national, and international committees. Dr. Kingsley obtained his Certified Principal Investigator (CPI) designation in 2009 and his Fellowship from ACRP (FACRP) in its founding year. He enjoys each day with his wife Christine and four beautiful children.

Robert O'Connor

Robert O’Connor, CCRA, ACRP-CP, FACRP, is a senior clinical scientist in The Procter & Gamble Company’s Baby, Feminine, and Family Care BioSciences Department. He has a BA in Biology from Drew University in New Jersey and a master’s degree in Biology from The University of Cincinnati. Before joining P&G Rob worked as a clinical research associate at ClinTrials in Nashville, Tenn. and at Kendle Research Associates in Cincinnati, Ohio. He joined P&G in 1994 worked for several years as a clinical researcher in the OTC medicine division before moving to the Paper Division. In his current role as a Clinical Scientist, Rob is responsible for protocol development, study design and management, and post-study activities for Pampers diapers and baby wipes. In addition, he is responsible for IRB review, FDA compliance, and monitoring of the safety of study subjects. Rob’s research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. He is a Fellow of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals and a member of the International Society for Biophysics and Imaging of the Skin (ISBS). He is a recognized expert in Bio-Instrumental skin measurements and has served as an internal P&G IRB member, as well as an adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati.

Naoki Tsutsumi

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.

Susan P. Landis

SECRETARY/TREASURER
Susan P. Landis
joined ACRP as Executive Director in June 2021. Landis brings to ACRP more than 25 years of experience in organizational leadership, including as Vice President, Quintiles, where she helped build and lead a global clinical research engagement group. Most recently, Landis served for 6 years as Head of Strategic Engagement & Communications at Duke Clinical Research Institute, where she led external and internal marketing for the world’s largest academic research organization.