The Association of Clinical Research Professionals

Content Committee

The purpose of the ACRP Content Committee is to identify and/or develop content that informs, engages, educates, and provides value to ACRP members and the clinical research community, via ACRP’s various delivery methods through any form of media, technology, training program, or event. For further information on the Content Committee’s goals, objectives, key responsibilities, and meeting schedule, please refer to the Committee Charge below.

2020 Content Committee Members

Staci Horvath, CCRA
Little Elm, TX

Beth Bieze, MA, CCRA
(Vice Chair)
Project Manager
ProTrials Research
Naperville, IL

Anne Blanchard
(ACRP Board Liaison)
Clinical Research Executive Consultant
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Lead Clinical Research Associate
Clinilabs Drug Development Corp.
Louisville, KY

Jessica Fritter
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Powell, OH

Krishna Mahida
Flemington, NJ

Melanie L Morrison, BS, CCRA
Vice President, Clinical Operations
Aduro Biotech
San Francisco, CA

Margaret Potrikus, BSN, CCRC
Manager, Quality and Compliance
Concentrics Research, LLC
Noblesville, IN

Risa Ramsey, PhD, EMBA, RN, CCRC
Associate Professor and Director Office of Clinical Research
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Memphis, TN

Joseph Richardson, RN, CCRC
Research Nurse Coordinator
University of Alabama Birmingham
Birmingham, AL

Alexa Richie, FL
Operations Manager
Mayo Clinic
Jacksonville, FL

Carlotta Rodriguez, MS, CIP, CHRC
Director, IRB
Rutgers Health Sciences Campus at Newark
Newark, NJ

Paula Smailes, RN, MSN, CCRP
Visiting Professor
Chamberlain College of Nursing
Columbus, OH

Nadine Spring, MPH, CCRC
Director, Clinical Research – Pediatrics
Emory University
Atlanta, GA

Jerry Stein, PhD
Summer Creek Consulting LLC
Fort Worth, TX

ACRP Staff Liaison:
Bridget Gonzales, CCRC
Director, Training and Professional Development

Committee Charge

The purpose of ACRP’s Content Committee is to identify and/or develop content that informs, engages, educates, and provides value to ACRP members and the clinical research community, via ACRP’s various delivery methods through any form of media, technology, training program, or event. “Content” may be educational, research oriented, or other industry-specific information that is identified by the committee as relevant to ACRP’s mission and strategic goals.

Goals and Objectives

Content Development

  1. Identify and/or develop content that informs, engages, educates, and provides value to ACRP members and the clinical research community.
  2. Establish a team of subject matter experts (SMEs) to provide clinical research expertise to review and/or develop content. Ensure peer review and provide home study suggestions when appropriate.
  3. Ensure that content is accurate and timely by enlisting the expertise of subject matter experts and/or through an established peer review process.
  4. Ensure that educational content is in compliance with appropriate Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, our Joint Provider for CME, CNE and ACHE Continuing Education Units.
  5. Identify industry knowledge gaps for clinical research professionals, proactively alerting ACRP about trends.
  6. Identify content-related opportunities to grow business partnerships, enhance ACRP’s brand, and support ACRP’s mission.
  7. Inform/develop relevant content to support ACRP’s marketing initiatives to targeted membership segments
  8. Consider the strategic value of content as it pertains to driving membership engagement and supporting ACRP’s goals, initiatives, and brand.
  9. Ensure that an historic record or resource library of clinical research content is maintained by ACRP

Other Goals

  1. Track the success of content and engagement as it pertains to achieving ACRP’s strategic and financial goals
  2. Ensure legal protection of ACRP’s intellectual property. Like all ACRP volunteers and committee members, Content Committee volunteers must sign a confidentiality and nondisclosure agreement prior to service on the committee. Through this agreement, committee members acknowledge ACRP’s full legal ownership of all content and products related to the work of the committee and requires members to protect and maintain the proprietary or confidential nature of ACRP-related information.

The scope of the Content Committee extends to all ACRP programs, conferences, publications, and educational products.

Meeting Schedule:

The Content Committee will establish a meeting schedule annually based on the goals and needs of ACRP. Meetings will be held by teleconference and will be financially supported by ACRP.

 Committee Representation:

  1. Up to 15 ACRP members in good standing and appointed by ABoT
  2. Leadership will include a Chair, Vice Chair and ABoT Liaison
  3. Committee members must be independent of Academy Committees and Academy Board including any certification exam committee and certification exam item writing.  Members must wait at least 2 years after Academy committee service and 2 years after taking an ACRP Certification Exam before volunteering on the committee.
  4. The ACRP Executive Director, Senior Director, Operations, and Editor in Chief will be invited to participate in meetings as non-voting members.
  5. The Director of Training and Development will serve as the Staff Liaison to the Committee and will participate in all meetings as a non-voting member.

 Committee Roles:

The Content Committee Chair leads and facilitates the work of the committee.

Vice Chair
In the absence of the Chair, the Content Committee Vice Chair leads and facilitates the work of the committee. While it is the intent to have succession planning within committees through mentoring of all committee members including the Vice Chair, it should be understood that based on the needs of the committee, the Vice Chair may not automatically ascend to the Chair position at the completion of his or her term as Vice Chair.

ABoT Liaison
An ABoT Liaison is appointed to each committee to enhance the connection between the committee and ABoT. The ABoT Liaison is a fully participating member of the committee. S/he will provide committee progress reports to the ABoT and clarification to the committee around strategies outlined by ABoT that may impact Content Committee. The ABoT Liaison serves a one-year term and may be reappointed by the ABoT at their discretion. The ABoT Liaison may not serve as Chair or Vice Chair of the Committee.

Staff Liaison
The Committee Staff Liaison provides all necessary support to the Chair, Vice Chair, and all committee members to facilitate the work of the committee, including scheduling and setting up teleconferences, maintaining rosters, preparing agendas and supporting materials, taking minutes, conducting the annual orientation, and managing the annual committee nomination process and new member onboarding. The staff liaison to the Content Committee is ACRP’s Head of Training and Development.

 Term Length:

  • Committee members serve a two-year term, and may serve one consecutive term of two years
  • Terms start in the year the member joins the committee.
  • Previous members may return to serving the committee, per the needs of the committee, after a one-year break in service.
  • If an individual has served two two-year terms, s/he may be appointed as Chair for an additional one-year term.  Those who have not completed two two-year terms may also be appointed as Chair at any time during their service on the committee. ABoT reappoints Chairs

 Terms for Appointed Alternate Committee Members 

  • A member appointed by the ABoT to complete the unexpired term of a vacant regular committee seat, will be considered a first term committee member, no matter how much time is left in the vacated term s/he is filling. Upon completing this first term appointment, the committee member may be considered for a second term renewal through the regular committee nomination process as defined in ACRP’s Committee Nominations Policy.

 Working Groups:

The Content Committee may form working groups as needed to support ACRP’s annual goals and projects, such as:

  • Annual meeting program development and speaker identification
  • Recruiting authors for Clinical Researcher or other ACRP publications
  • Training and development project identification

Working group rosters will be appointed by the Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee as needed and  will be drawn from a pool of subject matter experts (SMEs)  identified by the committee. SMEs must be members in good standing with ACRP.


The Committee is accountable to the ACRP Board.  The ABoT Liaison will provide regular verbal or written reports on the committee’s activity at board meetings and will submit a final written report to ABoT in the last quarter of the year.