Program Staff

Debora A. Clem

Administrative Director

Georgia CTSA Clinical Research Centers (GCRCs) / Emory University

Emory University Hospital


Debora Clem earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from North Georgia College in 1985. She began her career as a Science Librarian with the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Public Library in Chattanooga, TN before transitioning in 1996 to a Special Librarian position first with the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga and then with Zoo Atlanta in 1998. She began her academic career in 2001, as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Department of Medicine, Renal Division at Emory. She joined the General Clinical Research Center, now Participant & Clinical Interactions (PCI) of the Georgia CTSA, in 2005. She assumed the role of Administrative Director of the PCI in 2011 and completed the requirements to become a Certified Research Administrator in 2013.

Jane Clark, MPA

Associate Program Director - Research

Georgia CTSA Clinical Research Centers (GCRCs) / Emory University


Jane earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology Research from the University of Scranton, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University. Prior to her career at Emory, Jane worked at NYU in early stem cell research, and then at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, University of Maryland managing an NIH P30 Center grant focused on Schizophrenia research. Jane has been at Emory since 2004, first working at WinshipCancer Institute on lung and head/neck cancer clinical trials. Jane joined the Emory GCRC in 2014 to manage the Center for Health Discovery and Well Being study in the Predictive Health Institute. In 2016, she was promoted to Research Manager to manage the Scientific Advisory Committee protocol application and review process for new GCRC studies.  In 2017, Jane was instrumental in the development of the Think Big Symposium Series, and has coordinated 4 campus-wide events to date. Also in 2017, Jane helped to launch the NIH-sponsored All of Us Research Program at Emory, and in 2018 was promoted to Associate Program Director at the Emory GCRC.

Kateisha Oladipo

Program Coordinator

Georgia CTSA Clinical Research Centers (GCRCs) / Emory University


Kateisha Oladipo graduated from the University of Florida in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a concentration in Family Youth and Community Sciences. Prior to her career at Emory, Kateisha worked with several youth and community based non-profit organizations both locally and internationally. Kateisha began her career at Emory in 2014, and later joined the Emory University Georgia CTSA Clinical Research Centers (GCRCs) as Administrative Assistant and CR-Assist Scheduler. In February 2018, Kateisha assumed the role of Program Coordinator for the Emory University GCRCs.

Jeb Williams

Program Coordinator

Georgia CTSA Clinical Research Centers (GCRCs) / Emory Healthcare


Jeb Williams earned his Bachelors of Healthcare Administration from Reinhardt University in 2016. Prior to his career at Emory, Jeb worked in a clinical setting by caring for individuals within the Endocrinology and Vascular Specialties. Jeb began his career at Emory in 2018, and later assumed the role as Program Coordinator within the Emory University Georgia CTSA Clinical Research Center (GCRCs) in 2019. Jeb also works on the Georgia CTSA Translational Workforce Development (TWD) Program.

Sherry Coleman, DNP, RN, CHRC

Associate Executive Director, Clinical Trials

Emory University, Office for Clinical Research


Sherry is currently the Associate Director, Clinical Research Support Services – Office for Clinical Research (OCR).  With over 30 years’ experience in nursing, Sherry retired August 1, 2012 with 25 years of service with the Retirement Systems of Alabama.  Prior to joining the OCR, she worked for the Georgia Department of Public Health as Deputy Chief Nurse – state liaison for school nursing practice.  Sherry retired from the Alabama State Department of Education as the State School Nurse Consultant, where she served as a liaison and resource expert in school nursing practice working with local school districts and school nurses to promote quality nursing services and school health programs. Prior to her work in school nursing, Sherry worked at the University of Alabama at Birmingham as research nurse coordinator, research nurse manager and ultimately interim director for the Office of Clinical Research. 

Sherry has served at different levels throughout her career as staff nurse, charge nurse, school nurse, nurse preceptor, clinical research nurse/coordinator, nurse supervisor, clinical instructor, and nurse administrator.  She has a very diverse background having worked in many areas such as Medical –Surgical (Pulmonary), OB/GYN (labor and delivery, postpartum) Perinatal (well-baby and continuing care nursery), and Clinical Research (Federal and Non-Federal).

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Latoya Carter, MSHS, CCRP

Clinical Research Navigator

Emory University, Office for Clinical Research


Latoya is a Certified Clinical Research Professional with nine years of experience working in the research field. She has successfully managed multiple large clinical trials simultaneously from startup to completion in the Digestive Diseases Division at Emory University School of Medicine. Latoya’s educational background includes a Master’s degree in Clinical Research Administration from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Midwestern State University. In March 2018, she joined the Georgia CTSA Clinical Research Support Services team as a Clinical Research Navigator.

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Bekeela Davila, MPH

Program and Research Manager

Pilot Grants


Bekeela Davila graduated from the University of Illinois in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism degree. She began her career in 2007 at the University of Illinois as an Office Support Specialist. She then earned a Master of Public Health degree and a Graduate Certificate in Community Health Education from University of Illinois in 2008. In 2010, she worked at the University of Illinois as a Graduate Education Coordinator. She went on to the Arthritis Foundation, National Office in 2012 and served in the role of Information and Referral Coordinator. In 2014, Bekeela joined Emory University as a Senior Public Health Program Associate in the Rollins School of Public Health. She became the Program and Research Manager for the Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute in 2015.

Lauren James

Associate Program Director

Collaboration and Multi-Disciplinary Team Science / Emory University


Lauren James graduated from Florida State University (FSU) in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Business Management. After graduation, Lauren moved to Atlanta to work in Hospitality Management and later joined the City of Atlanta’s Parks and Recreation department. Lauren joined the Georgia CTSA in May 2019 as a Senior Program Coordinator for Collaboration and Multi-Disciplinary Team Science.

Cheryl Sroka

Project Coordinator

Research Education Programs / Emory University


Cheryl Sroka graduated from King’s Business College in Raleigh, NC, then attended North Carolina State University and Kennesaw State University. She has worked as a Deputy Clerk of the Wake County Superior Court, legal secretary, life and health insurance agent, and business broker. Before coming to Emory in December 1990, she was in public relations at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Alexey Kurbatov, MSc

Information Analyst

Research Education


Alexey Kurbatov graduated from the Samara State Aerospace University in 1998 with a MSc Degree in Computer Science. Alexey has served at different levels throughout his career as a software and database developer, system analyst, change management and IT compliance coordinator. In 2008, he joined the Research Education Programs of Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance as the Information Analyst.

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Karen A. Lindsley DNP, RN, CDE, CCRC


Coordinating Center / Emory University


Karen Lindsley graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Master of Science in Nursing degree. In 2017, she completed a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Health Systems Administration at Emory University School of Nursing. Lindsley is also certified as a diabetes educator and clinical research coordinator. She has worked in various roles as a diabetes educator for the Mayo Medical Center and the Joslin Diabetes Clinic and as a clinical research nurse and research supervisor at Emory University, School of Medicine, Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes. In June 2018, Lindsley joined the Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance as the Manager of the Research Coordinating Center and Regulatory Knowledge & Support (RKS).

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Mugisha Niyibizi

Senior Research Administration Coordinator

Recruitment Center / Emory University


Mugisha Niyibizi graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She worked in virology research laboratory to continue research projects she began during her undergraduate years. In 2013, Mugisha moved to Atlanta and started the Master of Public Health program at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She graduated in 2015 with an MPH in Epidemiology and worked for the Emory School of Medicine in the division of Rheumatology as a Public Health Program Associate. Mugisha joined the Georgia CTSA in February 2018 as a Senior Research Administrative Coordinator for the Recruitment Center.

Michael Proctor

Technical Project Manager

Informatics / Emory University

Michael Proctor earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunication Management from DeVry University in 2003. Before his Emory career, Michael worked at Georgia Institute of Technology as an IT Professional for the past 15 years. During the last five years, Michael managed all technology related to the Georgia Tech Online Master’s programs as a Senior System Engineer. He joined the Georgia CTSA as a Technical Project Manager in February 2021.

Morgan Greenleaf

Innovation Catalyst Technical Project Manager

Innovation Catalyst / Emory University


Morgan graduated from the University of Virginia in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Following graduation, Morgan moved to Atlanta to join Cox Communications as a project manager and product manager. Next, Morgan joined Accenture's consulting practice focused on product development for telecom and network clients. Morgan then completed a Master of Science in Product Management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh while developing antibiotic resistance diagnostic tools for low resource microbiology laboratories. Most recently, Morgan was the product manager for mobile apps at Dick's Sporting Goods. In 2020, Morgan is joining the Innovation Catalyst program where he will focus on developing mobile applications.

Nikki Llewellyn, PhD

Associate Director, Research Projects

Evaluation & Continuous Improvement / Emory University


Nikki Llewellyn graduated from Emory University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience and behavioral biology. After graduation, she worked as a Research Coordinator at the Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression, part of the Department of Psychiatry at Emory. In 2005, she moved on to the University of Cambridge in the U.K, where she coordinated epidemiological research projects at the European Prospective Investigation of Cancer (EPIC-Norfolk), part of the Department of Public Health and Primary Care. Nikki later returned to the U.S. to pursue a Ph.D. in developmental psychology, specializing in social and biological factors affecting mental illness; she graduated in 2015. She returned to Emory in 2016, joining the Evaluation & Continuous Improvement program of Georgia CTSA.

Amy Stehlik

Communications Manager

Emory University


Amy Stehlik earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Ball State University. While continuing her education in the Master of Business Administration program at Georgia State University, she began her career in marketing at S&P Global. She spent the next decade at Thomson Reuters, progressing to a VP of Marketing. During the next 10 years, she worked as the VP of Marketing and Communications for a communications firm with Rollins School of Public Health as a client. Prior to joining the Georgia CTSA as the Communications Manager in February 2019, she served as a strategic marketing consultant to Emory University.

Amber Weber, MPH

Program Coordinator

Evaluation & Continuous Improvement and Communications / Emory University


Amber Weber graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. While in Chapel Hill, she worked as a research assistant at the UNC Medical School studying the relationship between mothers and infants during the postpartum period. Additionally, she served as a Care Manager for a locally run clinic to identify necessary treatment resources for patients with chronic illness conditions. Following her undergraduate career, Amber moved to Atlanta to begin the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She worked as a graduate research assistant conducting quantitative and qualitative research in current tobacco control policies and cancer survivorship studies. In 2019, she graduated with an MPH in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. Amber joined the Georgia CTSA in June 2019 as a Program Coordinator for the Evaluation & Continuous Improvement (ECI) program and Communications.