Laura Baker, MS, RN, NE-BC is the the Director of the Pediatric Clinical Research Center and Research Nursing at Seattle Children’s, and has held this position March of 2017. In her role at Children’s Laura is responsible for all research nursing at Seattle Children’s, and daily operations of the PCRC. Recently Laura has been focus on shared governance for research nurses, competencies, and research integration throughout the Seattle Children’s system. Prior to her role at Children’s, Laura has served as the manager of the Research Coordinator Core at the University of Washington, and as a Clinical Coordinator on the Clinical Research Unit at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Almost Laura’s entire nursing career has been in clinical research, and is honored that she gets to work at making every day better for research nurses. Laura’s inspiration and passion for research comes from her mom who has been a research nurse for over 25 years.
Aris Beoglos Eliades, PhD, RN, CRN-BC, supports research and evidence-based practice at Akron Children’s Hospital. During her tenure at Akron Children’s, she served in education and research leadership positions within the nursing division and the Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute and was instrumental in building the nursing research program and advancing clinical research nursing. Prior to her roles at Akron Children’s, she was faculty at The University of Akron and a research coordinator at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. She has been the recipient of several awards recognizing research expertise including the March of Dimes Ohio Research Nurse of the Year. Aris has served as member and Chair of the IACRN Research Committee, Leadership Fellow Mentor, and member of the Committee Chair & Leadership Collaborative. A published author, reviewer, and speaker, she is passionate about mentoring nurses to build and share their expertise to advance the practice of clinical research nursing.
LaShawna Green, BS, BSN, RN, CCRC, CVRN-BC
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Mallory Hillard, MSN, NP, AGPCNP-BC
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Chair, Committee Chair & Leadership Collaborative (CC&LC)
Tamara Kempken Mehring, MSN, RN, CRN-BC is the Clinical Nurse Specialist on the UW-Clinical Research Unit (CRU) at University Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. In this role, Tamara works with the interdisciplinary research teams and direct care CRNs to implement and operationalize clinical research on the UW- CRU. Tamara has been an IACRN member since 2009 serving on a variety of committees. She co-authored the Clinical Research Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice first and second editions. She has served in leadership roles with IACRN as a Board Member at Large, Chair of the Education Committee, Co-chair of the Conference Planning Committee, and co-founder and facilitator of the IACRN Leadership Program. She was the 2022 IACRN DCRNA recipient. Over her career as a CRN, Tamara has worked as a RN study coordinator, bedside RN, and charge RN. The idea of shaping the future of healthcare through clinical research and bridging the research and the clinical is what she loves most about being a CRN.
Elize Pietersen, PhD, RN started her clinical research career at the University of Cape Town. During the 24 years as a clinical research nurse she has been involved in studies related to psychiatric genetics; colorectal cancer genetics; latent tuberculosis infection among health care workers and a randomised control trial related to colorectal adenoma polyp prevention.
Elize holds a Hons. B.Soc.Sc degree in nursing and also in psychology and a post-graduate diploma in Nursing Education and Administration. Her PhD focused on molecular epidemiology, susceptibility profiles, outcomes and transmission dynamics in patients with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) in South Africa.
She continues her clinical research career as an independent nurse researcher. She authored several journal publications, including as first author, and presented her research findings at local and international conferences. Elize is the author of 2 chapters in Mental Health Nursing, 7th edition and serves on the editorial board of Primary Health Care Research and Development, Cambridge press.
Karyn Boyar, DNP, FNP-BC, RN is an Assistant Professor at New York University Meyers College of Nursing. Karyn began her career as a clinical research nurse in 2003. She spent 10 years as a clinical research nurse researcher, mostly in the area of Parkinson’s disease and dystonia and linked her work activities with the patient community as well as the academic community. She is currently the Program Director for a new Masters in Clinical Research Nursing at Meyers and is the course leader for several grad and undergrad courses including Professional Nursing and Contemporary Issues in Healthcare.
Brandi Showalter, PhD, RN, CCRP is an Assistant Professor at Cizik School of Nursing at UT Health Houston with over 25 years of nursing experience in various areas and over 20 years in clinical research experience. She has worked as a research nurse, clinical research monitor, and a clinical research educator in areas of psychiatry, dermatology and oncology. While at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Brandi was integral in the development and implementation of the Research Nurse Residency program for newly graduated nurses. In her current position, she is developing a post bachelor’s Clinical Research Certificate program to be launched in Fall 2023. Brandi’s research interests include ethical issues in clinical research, specifically in research nursing, and professional education of clinical research professionals.
Jane (Jayinthie) Govender, RN lives in Aotearoa New Zealand where she is the Clinic Manager of Dementia Prevention Research Clinic (DPRCs) National Network. In her role Jane leads and manages the Auckland-based DPRC multidisciplinary clinic staff and coordinate operations of the national network of DPRCs to ensure consistency and cohesion. Jane works with the National DPRC Director and Management Committee, manage and coordinate a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, scientists and research staff, and closely monitor progress of the national network of DPRCs against agreed objectives.
Jane started her Clinical Research Nurse Career in June 2005 at the Durban International Clinical Trials Unit National Institute of Health funded HIV research organisation at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa. As a Study Coordinator Jane facilitated large multi-centre international studies in HIV medicine. In this capacity she participated in scientific and management committees of the NIH and progressed to the Chairperson of the Training and Education subcommittee of the ACTG. Jane has also been mentored by and been part of a team to mentor newly established ACTG sites both internationally and domestically. Jane has continued to maintain contact with her mentors internationally.