Staff

Jacqueline Jonklaas, MD, PhD, Program Director

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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.

Kathryn Turner, BSN, RN, CPN, Nurse Manager

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Kathryn serves as the Nurse Manager for the Clinical Research Unit. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, she began her studies at Michigan State University and finished undergrad at the University of Maryland, College Park where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Public and Community Health. After taking a year off to work, she went back to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Kathryn began her nursing career specializing in pediatrics at Children’s National Medical Center and became a Certified Pediatric Nurse in January 2017. While at Children’s Hospital, Kathryn fulfilled charge nurse and preceptor roles and was Chair of her unit’s Shared Nursing Leadership Committee. Kathryn hopes to eventually pursue a DNP degree from Georgetown University while working on the CRU. In her spare time, Kathryn enjoys hiking, camping, gardening, cooking, yoga, music, traveling, and spending time with friends.

Angie Wilkins, BA, Program Manager

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Angie serves as the Program Manager 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 obtained 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

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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

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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

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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 of needlework such as needlepoint, counted cross stitch, knitting, and crocheting; and not least of all, her 4 grandchildren.

Agnès Powers, RN, Clinical Research Nurse

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Agnès (pronounced An-yes) serves as a Clinical Research Nurse on the CRU. She graduated with a nursing degree in Paris, France where she grew up. She has worked at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital for close to 20 years. She practiced in a post-surgical unit and cared for patients who underwent orthopedic, limb salvage, or urology procedures. Her interests include running (she volunteers in her local running club), playing “Escape the Room” type games, baking French patisserie, and reading historical fiction.

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Jude Uwah, MBBS, Laboratory Manager

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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.

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Elan Donnellan, BS, Program Coordinator

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Elan (pronunciation: “a lawn”) serves as the Program Coordinator for the Clinical Research Unit. She is the ResearchMatch Liaison for Georgetown University and is responsible for facilitating the SEPCOM approval process. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychobiology at Simmons College and is currently a doctoral student at Howard University in the department of psychology. Her research is focused on how cardiovascular response to stimuli might be influenced by inhibitory control. She grew up in the proximity of the Framingham Heart Study and moved to DC from Boston with her husband and two cats (Ms. Fortune & Ruckus). For no reason in particular, she knows every verse in Edgar Allen Poe’s poem “The Raven”. If she had hobbies, they would undoubtedly be fishing and making model replicas of homes around Georgetown.

Shar Guo, RN, Clinical Research Nurse (PRN)

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Shar serves as a Clinical Research Nurse on the CRU. She is from the Queen City (Cincinnati, Ohio) and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences at The Ohio State University. She then studied at the University of Cincinnati and received a BS in Nursing. Since graduating, Shar has worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital on a surgical oncology unit serving charge and preceptor roles. In her free time she enjoys exploring restaurants, traveling and cooking.

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Amy Hallameyer, BS, Clinical Research Assistant

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Amy is a Clinical Research Assistant for the CRU. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from VCU in 2019. She has worked in patient care in a variety of settings including dermatology, chiropractic, cardiology/internal medicine clinics and completed an EMT training program. She is very excited to be a part of the Clinical Research Unit. Before discovering her love of healthcare, Amy spent time working on a farm and with food access and education initiatives. In her free time, she still enjoys growing vegetables – as well as skating, plant-based cooking, walking dogs at her local animal rescue, and kayaking on the beautiful water of the Potomac River!

Jordan Branch, RN, Clinical Research Nurse

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Jordan serves as a Clinical Research Nurse on the CRU. She has worked as a pediatric nurse at Children’s National Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Hospital. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh and went on to obtain her Master of Science in Nursing with a focus in Clinical Nurse Leadership at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She has cared for cardiac, surgical, genetic and transplant pediatric patients. With a background in science and nursing, Jordan decided to venture into the world of clinical research. In her free time, Jordan enjoys spending time with her Cavachon as well as engaging in DC sports.

Greg Wang, RN, Clinical Research Nurse

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Greg serves as a Clinical Research Nurse on the CRU. He came to nursing as a second career after many years as a lawyer/lobbyist. Since graduating from Georgetown University with a Masters of Science in Nursing, Greg’s nursing journey has included pediatric emergency, psychiatric trauma, and infectious disease research.

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Lani J. Ocdamia, BSN, RN, Clinical Research Nurse

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Lani serves as a Clinical Research Nurse on CRU. She is originally from the Philippines and was first employed by Medstar Georgetown University Hospital in 2002, and has been with the hospital to date. She works on 6M which caters to post-surgical patients of Orthopedic Limb Salvage, Urology teams along with overflow patients from general surgery, medicine and transplant. She is a permanent weekend night shift RN that takes on the roles of a preceptor and charge nurse. She enjoys taking long walks when weather permits and takes care of her husband and two sons at home when she’s not at work.

Gillian Arleth, BS, PRN, Clinical Research Assistant

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Gillian is a PRN Clinical Research Assistant for the CRU. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2022. She previously worked as a research assistant in a pharmacology lab at UNC. Additionally, she has cared for patients as a hospital volunteer and nursing assistant. In her free time, Gillian enjoys hiking, biking, and baking.

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Laura Franch, BS, Clinical Research Assistant

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Laura is a Clinical Research Assistant for the CRU. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology & Physiology from the University of Maryland in 2021. She also earned minors in Health, Humanities and Medicine, and Human Growth & Development. Laura has experience caring for patients as both a medical assistant and as a hospital volunteer, and aspires to one day become a physician. In her free time, Laura enjoys discovering new music, collecting candles and plants, and traveling!

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Tyra Albert, MS, BS, Clinical Research Assistant

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Tyra serves as a Clinical Research Assistant for the CRU. She attended Towson University and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science on a pre-medical track. Tyra recently completed her Master of Science degree in Physiology with an emphasis on investigating health disparities at Georgetown University. She has prior experience with direct patient care as a medical assistant in oncology and also completed an array of internships as a physical therapy technician. Her community involvement includes volunteering in advocacy work and diversity and inclusion initiatives. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, wellness podcasts, reading, traveling, and exploring new restaurants in the DMV area.