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2020 Clinical Trials Day Nominees


Jeana Cromer, MPH, CCRP 

Director, Clinical Trials Administration   
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 
Memphis, TN 

Nominated by Kerry Wilson

As the Director of Clinical Trials Adminstration,"Jeana is always looking for ways to help the department run smoothly... She has an open-door policy, and is willing to help if issues arise." She makes sure everyone has what they need -- from staffing to databases! Jeana has been instrumental during the pandemic for keeping the department together and focused on its goals. Thank you for all you do, Jeana!  


Olukayode David Garuba, MS

Lead, Clinical Research  
Baylor College of Medicine 
Houston, TX 

Nominated by Dr. Aura Sanchez, Dr. Amy Sanyahumbi, Dr. Angeline D. Opina Gonzalez, Dr. Justin Zachariah, Dr. Betul Yilmaz Fortun, Dr. Sarah A. Sami, Dr. Stanley Oseghale, Sandra Pena, Elizabeth Menard, Eduardo Medellin and Kyle Hope

David was nominated for Clinical Trials Day because he is an outstanding leader and invaluable component in the Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital Pediatric Cardiology Research Core.  As stated by his nominators, “David is a, if not the, key cog in that research enterprise. David’s clear skill sets include organization, thoughtfulness, clear communication, curiosity, personability, institutional memory in research processes, and an enthusiasm that is positively infectious. David is quite capable of discerning when flexibility is required with research processes, and with research personnel, but is also well aware of those core principles that cannot be compromised.”  David has continued to grow in his role starting as a research assistant into a well-deserved leadership position.  He now trains new research hires and coordinates research projects from multiple studies in a range of specialties across the center.   



Barbara Keskiner, BS, CCRP

Director, Regulatory & New Business 
Clinical Research of West Florida, Inc. 
Tampa, FL

Nominated by Aydin Keskiner, BS 

Barbara was nominated for Clinical Trials Day by her husband.  For the past 18 years, they have grown their family owned and operated multi-site research company.  As stated by Aydin , “Barbara has served in many roles within our company, all of which she has excelled at while showing continued enthusiasm for clinical research, our staff, and the clinical research industry.”  Barbara recently passed the CCRP exam and is proud to add the credential to her title – adding another layer of value by externally showing others her industry knowledge and experience! We’re proud of you too, Barbara, and so glad to have you a part of this amazing research community!



Aryn Knight, BS, CCRP

Administrative Director 
Texas Heart Institute 
Houston, TX 

Nominated by Maria Ines Nunez, MD, MS, CCRP

Today on Clinical Trials Day we're honoring Aryn Knight. Aryn was nominated for being a positive force in clinical research education. She compiles and maintains a list of month educational opportunities for clinical research professionals and collaborates in numerous educational seminars, webinars, workshops and so much more. As stated by her nominator, "We all have benefited from Aryn's selfless service and contribution to SOCRA Members. We are honored to have her in our chapter." Aryn is a very involved SOCRA Member - she has served as a Chapter Chairperson for the Houston Galveston Chapter since 2013. She also serves on the Certification Committee and the Job Task Analysis Committee. It is clear that clinical research education and mentorship are a passion for Aryn and we're honored to have such a passionate and engaged member. 


Suzanne Phillips, MBA, BSN, RN, OCN, CCRP 

Research Nurse, Melanoma Medical Oncology 
MD Anderson Cancer Center 
Houston, TX 

Nominated by Suzanne Cain, BSN, RN, OCN, CCRP

Suzanne Phillips was nominated for Clinical Trials Day being an outstanding Clinical Trials Nurse.  As stated by her nominator, “It is her continued efforts that make her stand out as a shining star in our team – not only is she dedicated to her patients and protocols, but also to the team, sharing her experiences and knowledge.”  Suzanne has a love of science and understanding of the ‘why’ of clinical trials which makes her a natural clinical research nurse.  Her patients describe her as kind, caring, professional, competent, compassionate, and optimistic, one who excels in communication skills and problem-solving and has a calming presence.  


Connie Szczepanek, RN, BSN, CCRP

Cancer Research Consortium of West Michigan (CRCWM) 
Grand Rapids, MI 

Nominated by Debra Markus, CCRP, COT  

Connie was nominated for Clinical Trials Day for being an outstanding advocate for participants in clinical research.  Her nominator stated that “She demonstrates on a daily basis her willingness to work for the good of all those who give selflessly of themselves.  Through her unending generosity of time and resources, the SOCRA Western Michigan Chapter has benefited.”  In her current capacity as Director of the Cancer Research Consortium of West Michigan (CRCWM), she guides the path through difficult transitions as the field changes.  Connie is always ahead of the pack – “She seeks out answers to questions that haven’t yet been thought of.”  Connie is also a SOCRA speaker at our Annual Oncology Clinical Trials Conference and is a great asset to the roster of speakers.  



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    Certificate of Recognition







proudly presented to

Shirley L.T. Helm, MS, CCRP


on Clinical Trials Day, May 20, 2019



In honor of Clinical Trials Day, SOCRA recognizes SOCRA Members for their outstanding work in clinical research and their contributions to public health, medical advancement and improved health outcomes.


Shirley L.T. Helm, MS, CCRP, was nominated by Elizabeth Collins, CCRP, and Patricia Felt, CCRP, for numerous reasons – her recognition and inspiration of others, more than 20 years of clinical research experience, participation and dedication to SOCRA, and devotion to clinical workfoce development. 



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