Posted in Staff Spotlight
May 5, 2023
Senior Director, Office of Human Subject Protections
- How long have you worked at Georgetown?
A total of 32 years, separated by just over two years away from Georgetown
- What led you to your position here at GUMC?
I have been engaged in clinical research for 30 years as a study coordinator, nurse practitioner and investigator. I am passionate about the implementation and safety of research participants, and running the Office of Human Subject Protections was a natural growth opportunity for me.
- In your role, how do you interact with the GUMC community?
The OHSP encompasses Research Quality Assurance and the Institutional Review Board. I encourage a very open-door policy to the larger research community; therefore, I readily provide help with all matters of research quality, regulatory questions, and those related to human subject protections. I enjoy most educating individuals and departments about quality implementation of research and will provide informal and formal educational sessions on a variety of clinical research topics.
- What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy guiding and leading individuals to provide quality clinical research care and to grow professionally as individuals.
- What is a skill you have that might surprise people?
I co-founded a nonprofit association, The International Association of Clinical Research Nurses, now in its 15th year. Through that association, I assisted in writing the Scope and Standards of Practice, now recognized by the American Nurses Association, and co-created a certification process for clinical research nurses.
- What did you learn about yourself as a professional during the pandemic?
I learned I am a servant leader who was able to assist in rapid problem-solving and dissemination of necessary knowledge through community building. I also learned that I am more resilient than I previously recognized.
- What do you like to do in your free time?
I am a creative person who enjoys painting, crafting and expressing creativity in cooking. My most recent hobby is learning how to become a beekeeper.
- What is your greatest achievement (personal or professional)?
Personally, I am very proud to have raised two beautiful children who are making their own unique contributions in this world. I am also very proud to demonstrate a commitment to continued education, completing my doctorate in nursing practice at the end of 2019. I am grateful that I persevered and am now applying the knowledge gained through the DNP program in my everyday work.
- What is the best lesson you have learned from working at GUMC?
Flexibility and autonomy! GUMC has taught me to independently identify and adapt to unique experiences and challenges.