The Association of Clinical Research Professionals

Academy Board of Trustees

Norbert Clemens, Academy Board of Trustees

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.

Steven Ziemba

VICE CHAIR
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.

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.

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.

Jeff Kingsley

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

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.