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Becoming a clinical research leader requires more than academic knowledge. It requires the expertise of seasoned professionals. The George Washington University’s Clinical Research Administration faculty members are world-class drug development and policy experts with current experience in the field. You will have the advantage of their insights and guidance as you complete your clinical research degree.


Kim Berman, MS

Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Professor Kim Berman has been a freelance medical writer in the pharmaceutical industry since 1995, dividing her time between regulatory documentation and scientific manuscript preparation. Her clients range from large pharmaceutical firms to small biotech companies and contract research organizations.

She began her career in medical writing as a research laboratory coordinator at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where she managed the neurosurgery research laboratory, taught microvascular surgery courses to surgical staff and residents, and helped the department’s neurosurgeons and research fellows write manuscripts and presentations. Her first job in the pharmaceutical industry was as a clinical study monitor at a small contract research organization that specialized in ophthalmology drug development trials. From there, she moved to Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals, working as a project manager in clinical trials and then as a medical writer/editor for their pharmacology research group. After 9 years with P&G, she started her own contract writing and editing firm, Ink2.

Professor Berman is a long-time member of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA), often gives lectures and presentations at AMWA annual conferences, and is a peer reviewer/editor for the AMWA Journal. She is certified as a scientific editor by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (BELS), and served as BELS president from 2005 to 2007.


David D. Bloomer, MHA, PMP, CCRA

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Mr. Bloomer has over 23 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry specializing in Clinical Research. Mr. Bloomer has extensive experience working with Sponsors, CROs and Academia in the areas of Project Management, Training, Clinical Trials Monitoring and Management, CRA Line Management and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor. He has held positions as: Director, Program Delivery, Quality Management and Training Manager, Senior Global Project Manager, Clinical Operations Lead, Lead Clinical Trials Manager in Project Management, Regional Clinical Research Associate Manager and Lead/Field Clinical Research Associate. In addition, Mr. Bloomer has extensive therapeutic experience in CNS and Cardiovascular.

Mr. Bloomer currently serves as Director, Program Delivery, General Medicine and Vaccines for a large CRO. In addition to his current position, Mr. Bloomer also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership in the Department of Clinical Research Administration at The George Washington University Medical Center, located in Washington, DC. During his 15 year teaching career at GWU, he has taught courses in the areas of: Business of Clinical Research, Clinical Trials Monitoring and other courses related to Clinical Research. He has also been a national speaker on the topics of Clinical Trial Monitoring State Laws and Clinical Trial Contracts. Mr. Bloomer received his Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration with a second major in Sociology from Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana and a Masters in Health Administration from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mr. Bloomer holds the prestigious Project Management Professional (PMP) certification through the Project Management Institute (PMI) and is a Certified Clinical Research Associate (CCRA) through the Association of Clinical Research Professionals.


Joan Butler, Ed.D.

Program Director for Clinical Research Administration,
Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Dr. Joan Butler has over 25 years’ experience in drug development and has held executive, project management, regulatory and clinical research positions within the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Butler was chosen as the industry project manager representative loaned to FDA’s Office of the Commissioner to aid the implementation of the ‘team based managed review process’ within the Centers for Drugs and Biologics for PDUFA implementation for which she received special recognition.

Dr. Butler has taught at the George Washington University since 2008.  During this time, she continues to serve as the Director, Clinical Research Administration Programs.  Dr. Butler has taught several courses within the graduate Clinical Research Administration program, and has focused on evaluating and updating the curricula in both the undergraduate and graduate programs.


Edward Carthew

Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Edward F. (Ed) Carthew joined the George Washington University Faculty in 2013. He was most recently the Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis. Over the years, his assignments have included leadership and executive roles in health care human resources and operations. His background in human resources management includes talent acquisition and retention, compensation, employee relations, employee benefits, and leadership development. In the operations area, Mr. Carthew has led both clinical departments such as imaging and laboratory as well as facilities and support services departments including engineering, housekeeping and food and nutritional services. Mr. Carthew holds a Masters Degrees in Industrial Relations from Saint Francis University, Loretto, Pennsylvania and a Masters Degree in Health Care Administration from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. In addition to teaching and consulting, community activities include serving as a Guardian Ad Litem in the 12th Judicial Circuit of Florida and President of the Board of the Sarasota Literacy Council.


Ann Marie Cisneros, MBA

Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Ann Marie Cisneros has over 20 years of leadership including time in the military, educational and consulting sectors. She served for four years on active-duty in the United States Air Force as a Medical Technologist. In 1998, she began a career in clinical research working as a Clinical Research Associate at a large contract research organization. In her position she was involved in the high profile fraud case involving the drug, Ketek. As part of her involvement, she testified twice before a congressional Sub-Committee on The Safety of Our Drug Supply. Ms. Cisneros has worked in consulting capacities as a Clinical Research Associate and as a Clinical Recruiter within the pharmaceutical, device and patient recruitment industries. She manages CRAs and preferred client relations, and also monitors metrics and key deliverables, scopes and negotiates contracts, manages change in scope issues, recruits for open positions, and manages timesheets/expenses for a team of approximately 30 contract CRAs and/or Lead CRAs. Ann Marie has taught at The George Washington University since 2008. Since then she has been teaching in the graduate CRA program and also contributes to curriculum development.


Cesar Cisneros, MS

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Cesar's educational background includes two Master's of Science degrees in psychology and nursing and one bachelor's degree in biology and medical technology. He has worked in hospital laboratories as a Medical Technologist supporting all departments, and as a nurse in medical intensive care, emergency medicine departments and psychiatric departments. Cesar has worked as a CRA and has been a Lead Global Project Manager for the past 11 years. In the position of Global Project Manager, he has managed internally monitored studies, outsourced studies, study budgets, time lines, co-written protocols, and organized investigator meetings among other responsibilities. Overall, Cesar has 20+ years of clinical experience, which includes 14 years of pharmaceutical industry experience. Cesar is well versed in dealing with leadership/management aspects and project management activities based on his strong professional background in clinical care, clinical research, project management and leadership.


Eileen Dickman

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Dr. Dickman has been an adjunct assistant professor at The George Washington University since 2001. She has been a clinical trials project manager for over 10 years, managing the financial and administrative processes for industry-sponsored, federally-sponsored, and investigator-initiated clinical research trials. Before becoming involved in the clinical side of research, she worked in preclinical development focusing on the molecular etiology of congenital heart abnormalities. She received her B.A. from the University of California, San Diego in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, received her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences (focus on biochemical and molecular nutrition) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and completed her post-doctoral work at the Medical College of Georgia while obtaining her MBA from Augusta State University.


Erica Elefant, R.N., M.S.W.

Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Erica Elefant has close to 20 years of drug development experience and continues to work in the pharmaceutical industry. She is currently employed at Janssen Pharma as an Associate Director/Clinical Project Scientist within the department of CNS/Scientific Affairs. In this role, Elefant is responsible for managing publications, post marketing clinical studies and activities to further the scientific and clinical understanding of pain and psychiatric therapies. Prior to coming to Janssen, Elefant was a Sr. Clinical Scientist at Bristol Myers Squibb where she oversaw clinical operations for Phase 1 and 2 clinical trials and clinical development portfolios at the asset level. She also worked as a research nurse at Thomas Jefferson University and Pediatric Nurse at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In addition Elefant held an adjunct faculty appointment at Drexel University and is currently an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University for the graduate Clinical Research Administration Program.


Ray Francis

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Ray Francis is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Research and Leadership and a Professorial Lecturer in Education in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development. His teaching assignments include instructing in the Master Teacher Leadership Development Program (MTLDP), which provides a unique opportunity for faculty in medicine, health sciences, and the basic sciences to enhance their teaching skills, pursue scholarship in education, and develop their leadership.

Francis’ research interests are leadership, leadership coaching, human resource development, and organization development. With over 20 years of experience in health care, Francis has served as an officer in the Army Medical Department, a consultant, and as an instructor. 

Francis also holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Loyola University Chicago, a masters degree in human relations from Pacific Lutheran University, and a doctorate in education from The George Washington University. Additionally, Francis has earned a certificate in leadership coaching from Georgetown University and holds the credential of Associate Certified Coach from the International Coach Federation.


Kenneth Garrison

Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Kenneth "Ken" Garrison has had a multi-faceted career highlighted by three distinct phases: corporate finance, small business ownership, and nonprofit management. Ken is the CEO of the Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP) based in Alexandria, Virginia. SCIP is a nonprofit membership organization that conducts educational seminars and training conferences on four continents. Members are located in 70 countries and are generally employed by multinational corporations. He manages SCIP operations and works closely with the Board of Directors to establish goals and objectives –inclusive of developing strategic plans for the society.

Previously, he served as President of the Federation of Credit and Financial Professionals, a nonprofit organization that provides services to commercial credit, collection, risk, and financial managers. Concurrently, he served as the Executive Vice President of Smyth Group Services, a technology-based organization providing credit information sharing within a competitive environment. Earlier in his career, he served as President of Finance Credit and International Business (FCIB), owned and operated a commercial printing business, and worked in the corporate world, on the treasurer's staff at Reynolds Metals Company.


Marijke Geldenhuys, MSHS

Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Professor Marijke Geldenhuys has been involved in Clinical Research for the past decade. She is the owner and founder of a Clinical Research Education and Development company in her home country, South Africa. Professor Geldenhuys was instrumental in establishing a model for a professional development training program for clinical research staff in developing countries, and in developing a clinical Quality Assurance system for research field sites. While working for the University of Cape Town alongside global partnerships and consortiums she has worked towards developing new quality research sites in Africa. Through her extensive involvement with education and quality assurance in clinical research, she has been intimately involved with GCP at all levels, and has gained much insight into applying GCP principles to real-life scenarios in the field.

Professor Geldenhuys is the vice-chair of the National Human Research Ethics Committee (NHREC) subcommittee on GCP standardization in South Africa and an accredited GCP facilitator. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Clinical Research Administration from the George Washington University in 2008. She received the GWU Outstanding Health Sciences Graduate Student Award in that year. She also holds various degrees in Nursing, Midwifery and Neonatal care.


Beth Harper

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Professor Beth Harper is the Chief Clinical Officer of Centerphase Solutions, Inc., a technology-enabled consultancy specializing in protocol optimization services. Previous roles for Professor Harper included President of Clinical Performance Partners, Inc., a clinical research consulting firm specializing in enrollment and site performance management, as well as Sr. Vice President at D. Anderson and Company a firm specializing in patient recruitment and retention.

In addition to her 27+ years of clinical research experience, Professor Harper has published and presented extensively in the areas of study feasibility, protocol optimization, site selection, patient recruitment and protocol optimization and productive sponsor-site relationships.


Kenneth Harwood

Director of the Program in Health Care Quality
Director for Research for the Program in Physical Therapy
Associate Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Health Care Sciences

Professor Harwood is the Director of Health Care Quality Initiatives for the Program of Clinical Research and Leadership and the Director of Research for the Program in Physical Therapy. Formerly, he was the Vice President of the Practice and Education for the American Physical Therapy Association where he oversaw Association efforts and activities designed to improve and enhance the state of physical therapy education and practice. In addition, Dr. Harwood held previous full-time academic positions at Columbia University, New York University and SUNY, Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn, and a number of consulting positions as a physical therapist and ergonomist.

Dr. Harwood research interests include ergonomics, low back pain care, health care policy and quality. He has published and presented nationally and internationally in the field of occupational health, low back pain care and prevention, safe patient handling and movement, health care policy and quality, and leadership. He is a founding editorial board member of the American Journal of Safe Patient Handling and Movement, a manuscript reviewer for a number of physical therapy and rehabilitation journals, and a grant reviewer for the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).

Dr. Harwood has been honored by a number of academic institutions for lectureships, received the 2010 Advocacy Award for Improved Caregiver Safety, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from SUNY, Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn, a member of the team that won the 1996 Woodbridge Award for Excellence in Research, and presented testimony on behalf of the APTA to a United States Senate Subcommittee.


Kimberly Hunsicker

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Professor Hunsicker has a diverse background first as a critical care nurse and nurse practitioner (CRNP), providing a first exposure to clinical research at the investigative site. She has also held leadership positions within many CRO and Sponsor Clinical Research & Development organizations. Kim has spent many years on the Sponsor side leading and managing Clinical Development Operations organizations within both large Pharma and small Biotech companies, such as Johnson & Johnson, Allergan, LifeCell and most recently Inovio. She has experience in developing and executing hundreds of clinical trials. Kim has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work on all types of products within Clinical Development Operations. Her favorite focus is working with teams to develop very challenging combination products, specifically drug/device and biologic/device combinations. Both products have a synchronized clinical development plan that needs to be executed flawlessly.

Professor Hunsicker received her MSN at Villanova as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and MBA at Moravian College. She also held CRNP preceptor roles at both Villanova and DeSales Universities.


Katherine Jestila, BS, MSHS

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Professor Katherine (Jane) Jestila is currently an independent clinical research consultant for human trials and clinical compliance. Prior to working in clinical research, she was a registered nurse in the states of Arizona and Massachusetts and she also worked in Washington, DC. She has professional experience in academics, industry as well as clinical experience in various roles including study coordinator, Director of Clinical Affairs, Program Coordinator, and Clinical Monitor.

More recently, Professor Jestila obtained a post-graduate certificate in Clinical Research Administration from the George Washington University CRA program. While working in the various roles above, Professor Jestila has conducted site visits in multiple EU countries, participated in worldwide investigator meetings and has been responsible for data reconciliation of non-US data for NDAs that included data from multiple countries outside of the United States.


Jessica Lee

Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Professor Jessica Lee has 20 years of experience in clinical research and drug/vaccine/device development. In her full-time position as Senior Director of Clinical Development at a biopharmaceutical, she oversees all aspects of medical writing and clinical operations. Her work has contributed to the successful marketing applications for numerous products, including an HPV vaccine, HIV and HBV antivirals and molecular diagnostic assays. She is a current member of the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) and Drug Information Association (DIA).


Charlotte Lofton

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership


Gaetano Lotrecchiano

Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Professor Lotrecchiano is an assistant professor of Clinical Research and Leadership and of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Lotrecchiano has been faculty at George Washington University since 2005 and has spent some of that time as faculty at Children’s National Medical Center. He has worked within the Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD) as an advisor to the Center for Applied Developmental Science and Neuroeducation and has alliances with multiple regional universities and initiatives including advisory roles to the Innov@N (Innovation) for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers initiative at GSEHD, the Maternal and Child Health funded Pathways Program at Howard University, the Khalifa Bin Zaven al Nehavan Foundation initiative to create a sustainable rehabilitation center and professional education in the Eastern Region of the United Arab Emirates.

Dr. Lotrecchiano has served in a number of positions administering disabilities and rare disease programs throughout his career including the NIH funded Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC), Rare Diseases Clinical Research Center (RCDRC) and has been responsible for leadership and faculty development programs. As a past principal investigator of the District of Columbia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (DC LEND) program at Children’s National Medical Center, Dr. Lotrecchiano has been instrumental in providing a holistic approach to adult health professional training that accommodates for competency based learning designs as well as state-of the art-blended learning delivery techniques.


Trudy Mallinson

Associate Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Dr. Trudy Mallinson is a visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Research and Leadership, George Washington University, Washington DC. She is also holds a position in the newly launched Office for Clinical Practice Innovation. Her research interests include both rehabilitation outcomes and health policy research. Dr. Mallinson has particular expertise in developing and refining instruments (surveys and assessments) that measure health care outcomes. She has particular interest in applying modern psychometrics to visualization of multiple data sources for enhnaced clinical decision-making.

Dr. Mallinson has been investigator or co-investigator on projects to develop assessments in a range of post-acute rehabilitation settings, outpatient oncology, and ophthalmic surgery. She also developed an assessment to examine supports and barriers to participation in physical activity in persons with arthritis. Her current interests include measuring a variety of rehabilitation issues: recovery of consciousness in patients with severe traumatic brain injury, concussion, and chronic wound healing.

She recently led a project that co-calibrated the existing Medicare-mandated post-acute assessment instruments, making it easier to compare patient outcomes across post-acute care settings. She has served on a variety of CMS (Medicare) contracts to develop a single patient assessment tool for post-acute care: the Continuity Assessment Record and Evaluation (CARE) making key contributions during the design phase, analysis of the pilot data, and item analysis of the functional scale items. She has also participated in the subsequent post-acute care payment reform demonstration project and consulted to the outpatient therapy payment alternatives project.


Paige McDonald

Director, Health Sciences Core Curriculum
Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Dr. Paige McDonald has over 20 years of leadership in military, educational and consulting sectors. She served for five years on active-duty in the United States Navy as an Antisubmarine Warfare Officer and Administrative Department Head. In 2004, she and a fellow Naval Academy graduate started their own corporate coaching business, BeaconLeader Inc. The company delivers training to small and medium sized companies in leadership development, organizational development, process improvement, and change management.

Dr. McDonald has over 16 years experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in various higher education settings. She has taught at The George Washington University since 2008. Since then she has designed undergraduate and graduate courses for both online and blended delivery. Currently she teaches courses in leadership and organizational change.

Dr. McDonald’s research interests include adult learning, blended learning, online learning, meta-cognition, reflective practice, and change. Her most recent publications include book chapters on how blended learning aligns with the needs of adult learners and how blended learning facilitates future reflective practice.


Terris Moss, MBA, MS

Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Professor Terris Moss has over 15 years of diverse experience in the clinical research industry, having held managerial and leadership positions in pharma, small biotech, and CROs in clinical operations, clinical project management and global program management. Her experience spans multiple therapeutic areas including: Allergy, Anti-Infective, Cardiovascular, Central Nervous System, Dermatology, Endocrinology (thyroid disorders, growth hormone, obesity and diabetes), Gastroenterology (Cystic Fibrosis), Oncology, and Nephrology (renal dialysis). Terris has worked on five NDA submission teams resulting in drug approvals. Currently, Terris is applying her clinical program management expertise in the managed health care setting by working closely with senior medical leadership in developing and managing therapeutic programs and health care quality initiatives. Terris, who holds a license for practical nursing and a project management professional certification, earned her B.A. from Douglass College and her M.S. in Health Sciences from George Washington University. She is presently matriculating at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in the PhD program in Biomedical Science with a focus on Health Care Quality.


Samar Nasser

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Dr. Nasser is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Research and Leadership at The George Washington University. She was previously employed as a Physician Assistant at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center where she managed the care of patients in the Hypertension and Vascular Disease Clinic, while concurrently working in the field of clinical research. Her clinical research roles were as Assistant Medical Director in the Center for Urban and African American Health, and Sub-Investigator/Co-Investigator on several clinical research and pharmaceutical trials in the Division of Translational Research and Clinical Epidemiology in the Department of Internal Medicine. Dr. Nasser has co-authored numerous journal articles and several book chapters focusing on cardiovascular disease/hypertension and ethnic disparities.


Raymond Panas, PhD, MPH

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Dr. Raymond (Ray) Panas started in the pharmaceutical industry in 1995 as a Clinical Research Associate for ClinTrials Research. He has worked for several pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies including Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Wellstat Therapeutics, and TAP Pharmaceuticals. Over the years he has served as a Senior Clinical Research Associate, Clinical Trials Manager, Therapeutic Program Director, Director of International Clinical Development, and Director of Global Pharmacovigilance and Safety Surveillance. During the past several years, Dr. Panas has worked on numerous clinical trials, investigational new drugs, and marketing authorization applications in several countries including several drug compounds which have received regulatory approval.

Previously, Dr. Panas worked for the Allegheny County Public Health Laboratories, Montifiore Hospital, and the University of Pittsburgh in various clinical and research laboratories investigating various immunologic conditions. He was licensed as a Certified Clinical Research Associate (CCRA) by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals in 1997 and as a Technologist in Immunology (I ASCP) by the American Society of Clinical Pathology in 1995.

Dr. Panas has served as an officer or board member for several organizations. He is currently a member of the American Public Health Association, American Society for Clinical Pathology, Association of Clinical Research Professionals, Drug Information Association, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, and Who’s Who in Science and Healthcare. He has been on an advisory panel for invivodata, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, and Walden University. He has contributed to and presented several posters, oral presentations, and publications.

Dr. Panas joined The George Washington University as an Assistant Professor in August 2009. He has taught several courses for the Clinical Research Administration program including Clinical Research Industry, Clinical Trials Management, and International Clinical Research. He has provided curriculum support and update for courses in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Additionally, Dr. Panas has served as an instructor for Walden University (Minneapolis, MN), University of Liverpool/Laureate Education (Liverpool, UK), and the Community College of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh, PA).


Perry Payne

Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Dr. Perry Payne joined the faculty of the Department of Clinical Research and Leadership in November 2009. Prior to joining the department, he was an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Health Policy at GWU in the School of Public Health and Health Services.

At a young age, Dr. Payne was interested in medicine, but also the wellness of communities. Growing up in segregated environment in a poor neighborhood in Arkansas, he learned firsthand about health care disparities and greater social factors which led to such disparities. These early influences impacted his educational pursuits. Dr. Payne's interest in science was satisfied by research experiences from his sophomore year of high school and throughout college and by majoring in biology. His community-level interests were satisfied by participating in volunteer health-related projects and groups focused on increasing the diversity of medical professionals in our nation. As a researcher, he focused on molecular genetics early – learning all the basic lab techniques before his senior year in high school. In college, he applied these techniques to the study of genetic factors impacting cardiovascular disease, more specifically genetic factors impacting restenosis after angioplasty. Dr. Payne's biology background prepared him for medical school, but his other interests led him to participate in a joint medical and masters of public policy program which eventually led to a brief stint in law school. The interdisciplinary nature of his early thoughts continue to affect his work today as he pursues genetic strategies to assessing the diversity of individuals in clinical research with an eye towards improving current policies which require analysis of race/ethnicity in clinical studies funded by the federal government.


Mary Pontiff

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership


Sandra “Sam” Sather, RN, MS, BSN, CCRA, CCRC

Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Sandra “Sam” Sather an industry consultant whose mission is to promote clinical quality systems worldwide for investigation sites, sponsors/ CROs and ethics committees. She has over 25 years of clinical experience as an RN with a Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Training and Performance Management. In 2002, Sather co-founded Clinical Pathways, a clinical research consulting firm located in the Research Triangle Park area in North Carolina, USA, and works with sponsors, vendors, sites relating to drug and device trial execution. Sather is dual certified by the Association for Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) for almost 15 years as a clinical research coordinator and a clinical research associate; she serves on the ACRP Academy Board of Trustees and Regulatory Affairs Committee (RAC). Sather is a frequent facilitator and speaker for industry projects and events. Her consulting focus ranges from quality system needs assessment and implementation, training development and delivery to project management, monitoring and auditing of clinical trials.


Nicholas Scalzo

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Dr. Nicholas (Nick) Scalzo’s dissertation research – Radical Organizational Change and Organizational Memory Systems – has helped scholars and organizations understand how to retain organizational memory and knowledge while navigating the seas of organizational change and provided a blueprint for organizational leaders to follow to successfully implement change initiatives.

Dr. Scalzo is the principal architect of OnTrack, a training and organizational development consulting firm helping organizations maximize their potential through human resource development. He is also currently an Adjunct professor in the Health Services program at George Washington University, an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Management, Center for Labor and Industrial Relations, at New York Institute of Technology, an Adjunct professor at the University of Maryland University Center, and an Adjunct professor at Stony Brook University. His expertise is in human resources, managing change, organization memory, leadership development, team building, organizational training and development, and executive coaching.

His previous work experience was with JP Morgan, Dime Savings Bank, and National Securities Clearing Corporation, Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC), and Stony Brook University (SBU), where he had progressively increased responsibilities in Training, Organizational Development, and Human Resources.

Further, Dr. Scalzo has won best paper award at the Conference on Corporate Communication in Wroxton, England in June 2005 and has recently published an article – Memory Loss? Corporate Knowledge and Radical Change (Journal of Business Strategy, Vol. 27, No. 4, 2006), based on his research.


Karen Schlumpf

Instructor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Professor Karen Schlumpf is an epidemiologist/data analyst with over 20 years of experience in research and statistical analysis. She has been teaching at The George Washington University since 2003. She currently serves as the Research Course Director and teaches courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, quantitative analysis and research methods. Professor Schlumpf has been recognized with the GWU Bender Teaching Award in recognition of excellence in the classroom and inducted into the GWU Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Prior to becoming full-time faculty, Professor Schlumpf has conducted research focused on the issues of blood donation - assessing blood demand, collection, screening, processing and utilization. Other research experience includes neurogenetic linkage and gene mapping, infantile feeding disorders, and health service utilization.


Mark Stavish

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership


David Szabla

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership


Catherine Turley

Associate Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Dr. Catherine Turley has over 20 years experience in radiography and radiation therapy and has held staff, management and educator positions in those clinical fields. She has served on the Research Grants and Advisory Panel of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists Research and Education Foundation and as both a member and chair of the Editorial Review Board of Radiation Therapist.

Dr. Turley has taught at The George Washington University since 1994. During this time, she has served as Director of the Radiation Therapy, Clinical Health Sciences and Clinical Management and Leadership Programs. Dr. Turley was a pioneer in the development of GWU’s online courses and degree programs in the health sciences. Currently she teaches courses in leadership and human resource development.

Dr. Turley’s research interests include leadership, professional identity and adult learning. Her publications in these areas have received recognition; Dr Turley was named the Harold Silverman Distinguished Author in 2005 and 2011 by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and an article which she co-authored received the Emerald LiteratiNetwork 2010 Highly Commended Award.


Deborah Waddill

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership

For the past twenty five years, Dr. Deborah Waddill has managed, designed, developed, implemented, and evaluated large-scale, technical training programs and projects. Clients include, but are not limited to, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Kaiser Permanente, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (now part of Kaiser), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and AT&T (now at&t). Currently, as President of Restek Consulting, Dr. Waddill provides consulting services on the strategic selection, design, development, and implementation of technology-enabled learning products and services.

While at GW, she was awarded the Ralph Stone Servant Leader Award. Her dissertation on Action E-Learning earned “Dissertation of the Year” from Phi Delta Kappa -- GWU Chapter and the World Institute of Action Learning (WIAL).

Dr. Waddill serves as a board member for a start-up videoconferencing learning management system firm. She speaks regularly at conferences, is a reviewer for the HRD Review, and publishes in scholarly journals and textbooks on a variety of research topics related to technology, leadership, and learning. Recently, Dr. Waddill co-authored a text entitled The e-HR Advantage (2011).


Dorraine Watts

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Before entering academia full-time Dr. Dorraine Watts spent over 20 years with the Inova Health System, in her final position she was the Executive Director of Research for the Health System, responsible for the oversight of all research including FDA Clinical Trials, grants, sponsored projects, and unfunded investigator initiated research, as well as all institutional IRB’s. Her clinical experience includes over 15 years as an Emergency Department and Critical Care nurse.

She has been involved in teaching in higher education since 1990, teaching for George Washington University, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, George Mason University and St. Petersburg College.

Additionally, Dr. Watts has written extensively with over 50 publications in her research area spanning nursing education, pre-hospital care, emergency services, critical care, trauma, and patient safety.