About: Meet Our Team
AAHRPP's Board of Directors is composed of individuals concerned with research involving humans as research participants. Several of AAHRPP's Board members represent research participants or other community stakeholders.
Amal Al Omari, PhD, MS
Chief Scientific Officer, Office of Scientific Affairs and Research
King Hussein Cancer Center
Amal Al-Omari holds a PhD degree in Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. She has more than 20 years of experience spanning pharmaceutical research & development, academia, oncology research and research administration. In her capacity as the Chief Scientific Officer at King Hussein Cancer Center she leads the Office of Scientific Affairs & Research which hosts the KHCC’s Hospital-Based Cancer Registry, the Center for Research Shared Resources (with a dedicated clinical trials unit) and the Center for Grants and Contracts Management. Dr. Al-Omari is also responsible for review of institutional research collaboration agreements, material transfer agreements, research grant agreements and all clinical trial contacts with CROs and pharmaceutical companies. She is also a member of the KHCC's Research Council.
Amal's research interests are mainly related to the epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), in particular oncologic malignancies in Middle Eastern populations, especially in Jordan. In addition to research exploring genetic and epidemiologic predictors of outcome to cancer treatment among Jordanians and other Middle Eastern populations. Dr. Al-Omari initiated a research quality assurance project at KHCC by establishing and implementing a comprehensive Human Research Protection Program. The program was awarded Full AAHRPP accreditation in June 2019 and KHCC was the first institution in Jordan and among very few cancer centers worldwide to have this quality designation. She also oversees strategic networking with leading institutions at the regional and international level to promote and advance clinical research activities, increase patient access to clinical trials, as well as research training and capacity building.
Amy Ben-Arieh, JD, MPH, CHPSE
Director of Research Compliance
The Fenway Institute (TFI) at Fenway Community Health
Amy Ben-Arieh is the Director of Research Compliance at The Fenway Institute (TFI) at Fenway Community Health. She is a member of Harvard Catalyst's Regulatory Foundations subcommittee on SBER, and a member of Portsmouth Regional Hospital's research ethics committee. Prior to joining TFI, Amy served for several years as an associate chair of Partners Human Research Committee. Her educational background is in health law, bioethics, and human rights.
Tracy Harmon Blumenfeld, MBA
Co-Founder & CEO
Quincy Byrdsong, EdD, CIP, CCRP
Vice President, Research Operations
Before coming to Ballad Health, Quincy had operational responsibility for providing the full spectrum of leadership for the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences at Lipscomb University. Prior to his role at Lipscomb University, he served as the Associate Vice President for Research Administration at Wellstar Health System.
Currently, Dr. Byrdsong continues to speak to national audiences in the areas of executive research administrative oversight and the establishment of dynamic education programs and curricula for research administration, responsible conduct of research, conflicts of interest, and human subjects protections.
Linda Coleman, JD, CIP, CHC, CHRC, CCEP-I
Director, Human Research Protection Program
Linda Coleman is the Director, Human Research Protection Program at Yale University. Before joining Yale in 2016, Ms. Coleman held several positions at Quorum Review an independent IRB and consulting company acquired by Advarra in 2019. (She was Vice President of Legal & Regulatory Affairs in 2016, Director of Regulatory Affairs & General Counsel from 2011-2016, and Director of Regulatory Affairs from 2007-2011). Prior to Quorum, Ms. Coleman was an attorney at Bennett, Bigelow & Leedom where her practice focused on health and employment law including Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, litigation, transactional, and behavioral health.
Ms. Coleman is actively involved with several organizations. Some of her areas of involvement include the following: IRB harmonization; return of research results; diversity, equity, and inclusion in research; decentralized clinical trials; common rule and sIRB implementation strategies; research data protection; clinical trial process improvement; research quality and compliance; and the use of technology in research. She is also a frequent presenter on a variety of topics such as operations management, research integrity, good clinical practice, research oversight, the operationalization of regulatory and institutional requirements pertaining to research, and global bioethics. In 2019, Ms. Coleman was appointed as a member to the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protection (SACHRP) and SACHRP’s Subpart A Subcommittee (SAS) where she evaluates and provides recommendations on current issues related to human subjects research.
In addition to her work in human research protection, Ms. Coleman has been actively involved in the area of education access through her work as the Executive Director and Founder of Education Access Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing students with limited financial resources with free and low cost access to courses and programs aimed at helping students prepare for and succeed in higher education and other career endeavors.
Jonathan Green, MD, MBA
Director, Office of Human Subjects Research Protections
National Institutes of Health
Jonathan Green, MD, MBA, is Director, Office of Human Subjects Research Protections for the National Institutes of Health where he oversees the human research protection program for the NIH Intramural Research Program. Prior to joining the NIH, Dr Green was professor of medicine, pathology, and immunology, as well as Associate Dean for Human Studies, and Executive Chair of the institutional review board at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. He received his medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit followed by residency training in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital. He then completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center, and additional post-doctoral training at the University of Chicago. He received an MBA from Washington University Olin School of Business in 2017. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases, and critical care medicine.
Dr. Green continues to serve as an attending physician in the Medical Intensive Care Unit and Pulmonary Consult Service at the NIH Clinical Center and has conducted both basic science and clinical research on the regulation of the immune response. Dr Green has had a long standing interest in biomedical ethics. He had been a member of the Barnes Jewish Hospital Ethics Committee since 2000, leading the clinical ethics consultation service from 2001-2005 and serving as Chair of the Ethics Committee from 2005-2009. After joining the Washington University Institutional Review Board in 2008, he assumed the role of committee co-chair in 2009. In 2010, he was appointed Associate Dean of Human Studies and Executive Chair of the IRB at Washington University in St Louis. Dr Green served on the Secretaries Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) from 2015-2018, also serving on the Subpart A subcommittee.
Harold (Hal) Hackerman, CPA
Ellin and Tucker, Chartered
Cindi Hart, RN
President and Founder, Spokes of Hope
Customer Success Partner, Regenstrief Institute
Cindi Hart is a Registered Nurse working in medical informatics supporting principal investigators. A two-time cancer survivor and caregiver to her husband who is also a cancer survivor, Cindi is an internationally recognized cycling and speed skating coach, and President and Founder of Spokes of Hope, a nonprofit organization focused on survivorship.
Ms. Hart and Spokes of Hope support patients with cancer; survivors in remission, "emphasizing that cancer isn’t contagious, but that hope is, Cindi is changing the way cancer is perceived and cycling towards the future to empower, unify and inspire cancer survivors.” Cindi comes to AAHRPP with the intention of optimizing her experiences and paying it forward.
Elizabeth Jacobs, MD, MAPP, FACP
Vice President for Research
MaineHealth Institute for Research
Liz Jacobs is Vice President for Research at MaineHealth and the Director of the MaineHealth Institute for Research. Prior to joining MaineHealth, she was the inaugural Chief of Primary Care and Valued Based Health, Professor of Medicine and Population Health Science and Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Medicine at the University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Medical School. She attended medical school at the University of California at San Francisco and trained as a general internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellowship and an Associate Masters in Public Policy at the University of Chicago.
After struggling to care for limited English-speaking patients during medical school and residency, she decided to pursue a research career investigating disparities in health care. Dr. Jacobs’ research interests include access to, and cultural specificity of, medical care delivered to patients, the impact of interpreter service interventions on the cost and quality of healthcare, health literacy and numeracy, and the role that trust in health care plays in racial/ethnic disparities in health care. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Aging, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The California Endowment, The Russell Sage Foundation, The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute and the Office of Minority Health.
She is recognized as an expert on the provision of linguistically accessible and culturally competent care and has served on Office of Minority Health, Joint Commission, National Quality Forum, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute and AHRQ expert panels. She has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, edited two books, and authored numerous book chapters. In addition, she works with other investigators to design culturally specific research, and teaches residents and medical students about practicing culturally sensitive medicine. Dr. Jacobs has practiced as a primary care physician in Federally Qualified Health Centers her entire career and looks forward to continuing to practice in Maine.
Nancy M P King, JD
Professor of Social Sciences and Health Policy
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Nancy M P King is Professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy and Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and Co-Director of the Center for Bioethics, Health, and Society and the Bioethics Graduate Program at Wake Forest University. Her scholarship addresses a range of bioethics issues, including: informed consent, benefit, and uncertainty in health care and research; the development and use of novel experimental biotechnologies; international and cross-cultural questions in human subjects research; and equity and justice in health care and research.
Professor King has published over 100 scholarly articles and book chapters, and is co-editor of The Social Medicine Reader (3rd ed., Duke University Press, 2019), Beyond Regulations: Ethics in Human Subjects Research (UNC Press 1999), and Bioethics, Public Moral Argument, and Social Responsibility (Routledge 2012). Her new book, Bioethics: A Path Forward, coauthored with Larry R. Churchill and Gail E. Henderson, will be published by UNC Press in 2022. Professor King teaches a variety of courses in bioethics, medical humanities, and research ethics to medical students and faculty and to graduate students in bioethics and the health sciences, and has taught bioethics in national and international settings. She is a fellow of the Hastings Center, and has served on hospital ethics committees, IRBs, DSMBs, the NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee, and the DHHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee for Human Research Protections.
Heather Pierce, JD, MPH
Senior Director for Science Policy; Regulatory Counsel; Director of Policy for AAMC Center for Health Justice
Association of American Medical Colleges
Heather Pierce is Senior Director for Science Policy and Regulatory Counsel at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Director of Policy for the AAMC’s Center for Health Justice. She serves as AAMC's leader for scientific regulatory issues including human subject protections, clinical research, conflicts of interest, research data sharing, evidence-based regulation, diagnostic test development, and collaborations between industry, government, and academia in biomedical research. She is the subject matter expert for the AAMC's Forum on Conflict of Interest in Academe and for Convey, the AAMC's global financial interest disclosure system. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she has led the organization on issues related to COVID-19 testing and regulatory aspects of vaccine and treatment development.
Ms. Pierce currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) and was previously the Chair of the Board of Directors of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R). She regularly speaks at national forums on issues related to the protection of human subjects, regulatory burden, research security, research ethics, biospecimens, scientific misconduct, and legislation and policymaking related to research, and has published articles and commentaries on these topics in Nature, Science, The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, and The American Journal of Bioethics. She has served on committees, working groups and task forces of organizations including the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and the National Dialogue on Healthcare Innovation. Prior to joining AAMC, Ms. Pierce was an attorney in the Health Care Group of the law firm of Ropes & Gray LLP in New York. Her regulatory practice focused on medical research and clinical care. She received her law degree from NYU School of Law and her MPH in Health Law from Boston University.
Stephen Rosenfeld, MD, MBA
North Star Review Board
Stephen Rosenfeld is a hematologist who earned his medical degree from Cornell. He trained in internal medicine at Dartmouth and completed his hematology fellowship at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He spent 19 years at NIH, holding positions at NHLBI and the NIH Clinical Center, doing both basic and clinical research, and finally working in medical informatics and administration. He ended his time at the NIH as the Chief Information Officer of the Clinical Center.
Dr. Rosenfeld moved from Bethesda, Maryland to Portland, Maine, where he was the CIO of MaineHealth, a large independent delivery network, before moving to Olympia, Washington as the CEO of the Western Institutional Review Board (WIRB) and then the Executive Board Chair of Quorum Review, a position he held until 2019. In addition to his medical degree, he holds a Master's in Business Administration from Georgetown. Dr. Rosenfeld received the honor of Distinguished Professor of Medicine from Daegu Catholic University Medical Center in Korea in 2013. In July 2013, he was appointed to the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) and in 2016 he was appointed Chair of SACHRP, and served in that role until 2021. In 2019 he joined the board of the Association for Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP).
Julie Anne Zawisza, MA, MT(ASCP)
Senior Director, Global Regulatory Policy
Merck & Co., Inc.
Julie Anne Zawisza is Senior Director, Global Regulatory Policy at Merck, a leading pharmaceutical company that works to bring forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases. Prior to serving in her current role, Ms. Zawisza was Global Head of Regulatory Policy and Intelligence with Baxalta, a biotechnology company focused on rare diseases. Ms. Zawisza previously served in a variety of roles at FDA including Associate Director for External Relations at the Center for Device Evaluation and Research, Senior Advisor, Global Regulatory Policy, Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research’s Office of Communications, and Assistant Commissioner for Public Affairs.
Ms. Zawisza holds an undergraduate degree in medical technology from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in Science, Technology and Public Policy from The George Washington University, and a certificate in public health from Georgetown University.