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About the Virginia Chapter
Welcome to the Virginia Chapter of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP). We proudly serve the state of Virginia to provide up-to-date information, continuing education credits, and networking for the research community. We are a comprehensive organization of clinical research professionals from a variety of backgrounds.

As a chapter of the ACRP, the mission of this organization shall be to provide a readily accessible mechanism for regional program development for clinical research professionals to foster professional interaction, continuing education, problem-solving, and discussion of professional issues.

Note: You must be an ACRP Member to join a local chapter. Learn more about ACRP membership.

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Joining and Renewing Chapter Membership
ACRP membership is required to join our chapter. ACRP membership offers invaluable global networking and professional development opportunities including access to many resources: Clinical Researcher, The Wire, online communities, discounts on offerings, and more. Select ‘Membership’ from the menu bar on the ACRP home page for more information on the many benefits.

We look forward to seeing you at our chapter meetings and hope that you will consider becoming more involved in the Chapter at some point by volunteering for a committee or running for a Board Member position.

Benefits of Virginia Chapter Membership
Becoming an active member in your local ACRP chapter is a great way to learn more about clinical research in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry and it also provides many great benefits; a member of the Central Virginia Chapter of ACRP can expect to receive the following benefits:

  • Obtaining research-related continuing education credits for each speaker meeting you attend – which counts towards certification maintenance
  • Discounted registration for chapter sponsored educational programs
  • Networking in all areas of research with other engaged research professionals
  • A valuable resource for information, training, and employment opportunities

Remember, only members of ACRP can become members of the local Chapter. Our Chapter is active in the National dues collection program. This means that the national organization will collect dues for local membership at the same time they collect your national dues.



Role:  To plan and execute a full-day educational symposium for chapter, ACRP and other clinical research professionals

Committee Chairs:

  • Katie Rea, UVA
  • Rochelle Brown, VCU
  • Susan Rockwell, Consultant

Committee Members:

  • Barry Herndon, Parexel 
  • Christina Ludwick Hartman, Virginia Research Center
  • Jessica Nichols, Carilion Clinic     
  • Kim Bullock, UVA
  • Kristina Cooper, Carilion Clinic    
  • Shay Brill, Gates Medical Research Institute
  • Tina Bryant, Carilion Clinic


Role:  To provide educational events to our chapter members

Committee Chair: Shay Brill, Gates Medical Research Institute

Committee Members:

  • Brooke Chenault, UNOS
  • Francis Farrell, Carilion Clinic
  • Jessica Nichols, Carilion Clinic
  • Robin Jones, Focused Ultrasound
  • Tina Bryant, Carilion Clinic            


Role:  To lead the chapter, providing guidance and oversight of all chapter activities

Committee Chair: Christina Ludwick Hartman, Virginia Research Center

Committee Members:

  • Barry Herndon, Parexel - Past Chapter Chair
  • CJ Woodburn, UVA – Treasurer
  • Francis Farrell, Carilion Clinic 
  • Gina Gualtiere, Takeda
  • Gwen Darby, HCA Healthcare – Secretary, Membership Co-Chair
  • Katie Rea, UVA – Fall Symposium Tri-Chair            
  • Kim Bullock, UVA
  • Rochelle Brown, VCU – Fall Symposium Tri-Chair
  • Sandra Burks, iTHRIV      
  • Shay Brill, Gates Medical Research Institute – Education Chair, Past Chapter Chair
  • Sherrie McNamara, Prestige Consumer Healthcare/Fleet – Membership Co-Chair
  • Susan Rockwell, Consultant – Fall Symposium Tri-Chair, Past Chapter Chair


Role: To increase membership awareness, engagement, satisfaction, and retention.

Committee Members:

  • Gwen Darby, HCA Healthcare
  • Sherrie McNamara, Prestige Consumer Healthcare/Fleet
  • Shelby Hamm, Carilion Clinic


Role:  To develop communication content for the Chapter through the Online Community, Chapter Website, Direct E-Mail, and social media

Committee Chair: Christina Ludwick Hartman, Virginia Research Center

Committee Members:

  • Jessica Nichols, Carilion Clinic
  • Shay Brill, Gates Medical Research Institute
  • Shelby Hamm, Carilion Clinic
  • Sherrie McNamara, Prestige Consumer Healthcare/Fleet



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Contact: Susan Rockwell

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