Jacqueline Jonklaas, MD, PhD, Program Director
Dr. Jonklaas serves as the Program Director for the Georgetown Clinical Research Unit. In addition to oversight of the clinical research unit, she is also one of the co-directors of the two committees that prioritize research protocols and allocate resources. Dr. Jonklaas obtained her MD at Georgetown University. She also completed her residency and her endocrine fellowship training at Georgetown University. She is currently an associate professor in the endocrinology division at Georgetown University. Her time is equally divided between research, clinical activities, and teaching. Her area of particular interest, both with respect to research and patient care, is the management of thyroid cancer and hypothyroidism. She also directs the endocrinology courses for Georgetown Medical School’s first and second year medical students.
Shaunagh Browning, RN, FNP-BC, Nurse Manager
Shaunagh serves as the Nurse Manager for the CRU. She is responsible for its administration, management and direction of the operational, personnel and financial activities. In addition, she coordinates inter-institutional collaboration with Howard University, MHRI and the VAMC as part of the GHUCCTS and assists investigators in implementation of their protocols. Shaunagh enjoys the opportunity to use her advanced practice skills and provides those skills to investigators by completing study exams and biopsies for selected protocols. She is currently the president and founding member of the International Association of Clinical Research Nurses. Shaunagh received her baccalaureate degree in nursing from George Mason University in 1988 and completed her master’s at Georgetown University in 1998 in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. In the past, Shaunagh has worked as a Diabetes Nurse Educator, Practitioner, Study Coordinator, and Diabetes Program Manager for Georgetown University Endocrinology Department. She has also worked with Medtronic MiniMed as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in their insulin pump program. Shaunagh enjoys collecting recipes and cooking them for her family.
Sinéad Gilmore, BS, Outreach Program Coordinator
Sinéad serves as the outtreach Program Coordinator for the CRU. She serves as the coordinator of SEPCOM for PCIR and the primary ResearchMatch Liaison. Sinead is also responsible for DXA scan operation. Using these skills, she provides clinical assistance for pilot studies and phase I-III clinical trials. Sinead recently graduated from James Madison University, where she earned a BS in Biology, Cum Laude with distinction. During her undergraduate career, Sinead spent two years conducting research in a molecular biology lab at JMU, and participated in a biomedical research internship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In her free time, Sinead enjoys running, trying new recipes, and planning her next adventure. She loves to travel, and holds dual-citizenship to both the U.S. and Ireland.
Angie Wilkins, Financial Program Coordinator
Angie serves as Financial Program Coordinator for the CRU. Her responsibilities include reconciling CSRs, managing and ordering supplies, contacting and paying vendors, preparing cost center transfers, and billing for CRU services by creating invoices and preparing expense reports. She also serves as the Human Resources Contact for the Unit, processing all Human Resource requests through GMS, including employee costing allocations. Angie graduated from Prince George’s Community College with a degree in Accounting. She transferred to University of Maryland University College and expects to obtain her bachelor’s degree in Accounting by the summer of 2016. In her free time, Angie enjoys baking and spending time with her family.
Terry Jeffs, RN, Assistant Nurse Manager
Terry serves as the Charge Nurse on the CRU in addition to her role as a Clinical Research Nurse. She is a professional member of International Association of Clinical Research Nurses, Oncology Nurse Society and Sigma Theta Tau. Her certifications include: Dexa Scan, Metabolic Cart and ACLS. Before joining the CRU in 2003, Terry worked on a specialty surgical unit at Georgetown University Hospital where she cared for adults including liver and kidney transplant patients from the then newly launched Transplant program as well as neurology, urology, orthopedic, ophthalmology and reconstructive plastic surgery patients. In 1998, she graduated from George Mason University with a BSN. Since 1984, Terry and her husband are co-owners of a successful small business. Together they enjoy adventure traveling with their four grown children and grandson. Her hobbies include gardening, yoga and art. She is proficient in German.
Rory Kassner, RN, CCRP, Clinical Research Nurse
Rory serves as a Clinical Research Nurse on the CRU. She has worked as a nurse on the unit for over 15 years and is a Certified Clinical Research Professional through SoCRA. She is also ACLS certified. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in the Philippines. She was a surgical and psychiatric nurse in the Philippines before she was recruited to work as a nurse at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York in 1982, where she started as a surgical nurse and then became a Clinical Research Nurse in 1984. She has worked and trained in various academic medical institutions, conducted Phase I-III clinical trials in adult and pediatric populations as well as a variety of clinical specialties. Her interests include the science of spirituality. Rory is involved in various prayer ministries and advocates for upholding the mission of “Cura Personalis” or healing of the whole person.
Marjorie Lieberman, RN, Clinical Research Nurse
Marjorie serves as a Clinical Research Nurse on the CRU. She has been an RN since 1967. She graduated from Temple University School of Nursing in Philadelphia, PA. She also received her BA in Human Resource Management in 1992; and in 1998, she received her Oncology Certification (OCN). Her various clinical experience includes working on medical, surgical and oncology units in different capacities: a staff nurse, a unit clinician responsible for staff and patient education, a chemotherapy infusion nurse, as well as a research nurse. While on the CRU, she is involved in Phase I-III research studies, patient and staff education, serving as a resource for oncology subjects. She particularly enjoys working with the elderly. Her interests outside of the CRU include most forms needlework such as needlepoint, counted cross stitch, knitting and crocheting; and not least of all, her 4 grandchildren.
Jude Uwah, MBBS, Laboratory Manager
Jude serves as the Laboratory Manager for the CRU. He is responsible for the orchestration of the laboratory operations, which includes maintaining laboratory specimens' chain of custody, maintenance of laboratory equipment, inventory and ordering of supplies, staff training and managing laboratory efforts of community visits. He is a foreign medical school graduate with years of clinical experience, including approximately ten years of clinical research experience. He is certified with an International Air Transport Association (IATA) certification. Jude is a dedicated and innovative team player.
Alison Biviano, BS, Clinical Research Assistant
Alison serves as a Clinical Research Assistant for the CRU. Some of her responsibilities include taking vital signs, phlebotomy, performing ECG's, and placing IV's. She provides assistance for pilot studies and phase I-III clinical trials. Alison is a recent graduate from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences. She plans to attend an accelerated nursing program with hopes of becoming a Neonatal nurse. In her spare time, Alison loves to spend time with friends and family as well as exploring D.C. and going to the beach.
Virgilio Garcia Gazo, BS, Unit Secretary
His responsibilities include providing administrative support, such as scheduling and reconciling appointments, welcoming patients and investigators, entering medical expenses, preparing files, directing phone calls, transmitting emails, and faxing/photocopying documents. He received his Bachelor of Science from Purdue University in Biology with a concentration in Health and Disease. Outside academia, he ran his own Lifestyle column with an established online news site based in Chicago. On his own time he enjoys attending events at the Kennedy Center and taking unexpected excursion.
Sarai Bradley, BS, Clinical Research Assistant
Sarai serves as a Clinical Research Assistant for the CRU. Some of her responsibilities include taking vital signs, phlebotomy, and performing ECG's. She provides assistance for pilot studies and phase I-III clinical trials, and is IATA certified. Sarai is a recent graduate from Randolph College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Throughout her undergraduate career, she volunteered her time with the school’s Natural History Museum practicing taxidermy and taxonomy. In her spare time, Sarai enjoys activities that involve nature and exploring different cultures.
Margarita Dimatulac, BS, Clinical Research Coordinator
Margarita serves as a Clinical Research Coordinator on the CRU. Her responsibilities include regulatory support for pilot and phase I-III clinical trials including: preparation of IRB submissions, and SEPCOM application submissions. Margarita also provides investigators with assistance in protocol and consent form writing, participant scheduling, and payment. Prior to her role as the Clinical Research Coordinator, Margarita worked on the CRU as a Clinical Research Assistant, providing clinical support for study participants. She is IATA certified. Margarita is a graduate of James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, and a concentration in Health Studies. Throughout her undergraduate career, she loved to volunteer within the Harrisonburg community. In her spare time, Margarita loves to do outdoor activities, read, and travel to new places.
Linh Huynh, Student Assistant
Linh serves as the Student Assistant on the CRU. She assists with administrative projects under the direction of the Nurse Manager, Outreach Program Coordinator, and Financial Program Coordinator. Her responsibilities include updating protocols, transcribing meeting notes, and creating spreadsheets to ensure administrative order on the unit. Linh is a current undergraduate student at Georgetown University studying Global Health and on the Pre-Medical track. Outside of school, she teaches Citizen CPR within the DMV Metropolitan area and is working towards her EMT-B certification. In her free time, she enjoys running, doing yoga, and trying new restaurants.