Research Associates (RAs) play an important role in ensuring the quality of ACRIN’s clinical research. The current increased scrutiny of clinical research makes this role even more important than in the past.

RAs are largely responsible for making certain that:

  1. Data are collected and reported in a timely fashion
  2. Data are accurate and correctly reflect the patient’s medical records
  3. Appropriate documentation is maintained
  4. All study procedures are performed in compliance with hospital regulations, federal regulations, and good clinical practice

RAs who work on ACRIN trials are invited to get involved in the RA Committee by participating in any of the subcommittees: Education, Quality Assurance, Networking and Communications and Mentorship.

The executive functions of the RA Committee are coordinated by the smaller RA Executive Committee, which facilitates the integration of RAs into the ACRIN organization. The committee chairperson serves as liaison to the ACRIN Steering Committee.

Executive Committee Members

Wendy Smith, BS, RT(R) (CV), CCRP, Chair
Lorna Beccaria, BS, RN, CCRC
Cynthia Cobb, BS, RT(R) (CT), CCRP
Martha Heckel, BA
Monene Kamm, AS
Susanne B. Lenz, MA, CCRP
Roslynn Marzan, BS, CCRP
Ferdnand Osuagwu, MSc, MD
Tracy Sitton-Petro, CTR, CCRP
Tina Taylor, CCRP

RA Executive Committee Contact List [PDF]

Subcommittee Members

Wanda Marfori, MD
Dina De Palo
Cheryl Noller, RT (R) (M), CPC
Anna Fagan, BS
Kathleen Thomas, BS
Rhonda Wardlow, AS, CCRP