Our team of seasoned industry veterans can anticipate your study challenges and proactively seek solutions.
Our team of seasoned industry veterans can anticipate your study challenges and proactively seek solutions.
President & CEO
As CEO, FitzGerald drives strategy, innovation, business development and quality in clinical research for the FHI Clinical team. He oversees 50 team members across 15 countries who are dedicated to achieving social impact by addressing unmet research needs in dozens of therapeutic areas.
FitzGerald has worked in the areas of clinical research and public health for more than 20 years. He has focused on clinical and medical device research, sexual health test counseling and clinical trial recruitment and retention.
In his previous role as Director, Global Research Services for FHI 360, FitzGerald drove growth of the full-service CRO by building the portfolio of Phase I – IV trials and diversifying service offerings in the US, Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. In his more than decade of work for FHI 360, he led clinical research services, business development and administrative teams to ensure a strong pipeline of opportunities aligned with the organization’s mission and capabilities.
Prior to joining FHI 360, FitzGerald served in a variety of senior roles at the American Sexual Health Association, including serving as the Director of New Service Development, a position which involved building new lines of business for the organization.
FitzGerald holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in materials science from Northwestern University.
Vice President, Global Strategy
With more than sixteen years of experience in clinical research monitoring and management, Ghiorghis Belai serves as FHI Clinical’s Vice President, Global Strategy. In this role, Belai is responsible for managing FHI Clinical’s relationships with sponsors and sites, and he works on project feasibility to ensure optimal implementation of trials.
Belai previously served as Director of Clinical Operations for FHI 360, where he managed the clinical research unit based in Nairobi, Kenya, while supervising and mentoring the FHI 360 Africa Regional Clinical Research Unit. In this role, Belai was responsible for reviewing study protocols, coordinating study implementation of multi-center and multi-country trials in Africa, and ensuring that studies adhered to protocol requirements and applicable regulations and guidelines.
With a background in clinical research, Belai has also worked as a clinical research associate for PharmaNet Development Group, Inc., and PPD, where he participated in multiple multi-center clinical research studies, assisted with project data clinical review and management, and presented at investigator meetings for assigned studies. In addition, Belai monitored sites according to applicable standard operating procedures and Food and Drug Administration guidelines and reviewed case report forms for adherence to protocol requirements.
Belai holds a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and a master’s degree in Clinical Research from the University of Liverpool.
Vice President, Global Clinical Operations
As Vice President, Global Clinical Operations, Claudia Christian leads the overall direction and strategic implementation of program execution for all clinical research activities at FHI Clinical, ensuring that high quality services are delivered on time and within scope and budget.
In her previous role as Director of Global Clinical Operations for FHI 360’s Global Research Services (GRS), Christian provided strategic direction for the organization’s clinical programs, ensuring compliance with policies and procedures as well as regulatory authority requirements and guidelines.
Christian has worked in clinical research across multiple indications for more than 25 years. She previously served as Vice President, Global Operations at ClinicalRM, and as Director Strategic Partnerships at PAREXEL. She has held multiple positions in pharmaceutical, biotech and CRO industries.
Christian holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Trinity College-Hartford and a master’s certification in Education from Saint Joseph College.
Throughout her career, Christian’s expertise has been sought in support of M&A activities. After having helped grow a company’s book of business 3x, she joined a small confidential leadership team to complete due diligence and support what was ultimately an $80M acquisition. At another engagement, Christian managed over $250M in net-based assets YOY through strategic partnerships with a portfolio value of over $750M annually.
Vice President, Business Operations
As Vice President, Business Operations at FHI Clinical, Rebecca Johnson leads the development of infrastructure to support the global portfolio. With an emphasis on building a strategic team and efficient processes, Johnson oversees the human resources, information technology, contracts, procurement and business intelligence functions. She has built a reputation for continuous improvement initiatives, global business management and team leadership. Her success is driven by an ability to align project and program strategy with business and financial goals through the establishment of effective policies and procedures.
In her previous role as Associate Director, Business Operations for FHI 360, Johnson led a team supporting a global portfolio of clinical research and partnerships with U.S. government, pharma, academic institutions and product development partners. Throughout her eight years at FHI 360, Johnson directed and oversaw large-scale continuous improvement projects and successfully implemented strategic initiatives through enhanced project management methodologies and reporting systems. Prior to joining FHI 360, Johnson served as a small business development volunteer with the Peace Corps.
Johnson also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Duke University, teaching a course on project management in development with a focus on the complex nature of global projects. She is PMP-certified and holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in Policy and International Development from Duke University.
Director, Global Project Management
As Director, Global Project Management at FHI Clinical, Doreen Collins leads cross-functional teams working on a diverse portfolio of international and U.S.-based projects and generates strategies to ensure the long-term success of the organization.
Collins previously served as Senior Director, Public Health at RTI International. During her seven years with RTI, she acted as Project Director, Clinical Site Monitoring Director, and Country Implementation Manager on several clinical trials in the U.S. and in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Pakistan and Tanzania, and on a health information systems Global Health Security project in Guinea.
Before joining RTI, Collins was the project director of a multinational pediatric/maternal HIV clinical research network of 41 sites in Argentina, Brazil and the U.S., and she assessed and monitored international health research projects in Cambodia, India, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon and is fluent in French.
Collins holds a bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a master’s degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and is a Certified Project Management Professional.
As Director of Proposals at FHI Clinical, Peggy Coyle builds partner relationships and manages proposals, budgets, timelines and personnel. In addition to her experience in proposal development, Coyle is a skilled clinical research project manager with experience working in clinical trials management and clinical trials capacity building. Her therapeutic areas of focus include infectious diseases, oncology and early development, and she has extensive experience in clinical research and vaccines that includes both site and Institutional Review Board (IRB) development.
In her previous role as Senior Clinical Research Manager at FHI 360, Coyle was responsible for development of new proposals and for strategy development, communication and proposal building with team members both inside and outside of the organization. She provided clinical project management for the implementation of research projects, including initial project management of an Ebola vaccine trial in Sierra Leone, and she trained staff in clinical research fundamentals in Monrovia, Liberia. She also led the FHI 360 Clinical Research team in Vietnam for six years.
Coyle holds a bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a master’s degree of Education and Science in Public Health from the University of Toledo.
Director, Site Management
Twanna Davis is responsible for setting the overall direction, strategy and performance standards for international clinical research activities, including planning, executing, monitoring and reporting on international clinical trials. Davis leads and mentors FHI Clinical’s diverse international clinical monitoring team while maintaining the appropriate resources to meet contractual obligations and ensure adherence to quality management practices. She provides oversight to ensure that the organization and the conduct of regulatory and non-regulatory clinical programs comply with policies and procedures, Regulatory Authority requirements and guidelines, and International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) guidelines in support of global business objectives.
Davis brings a total of 18 years of clinical research experience and a commitment to changing the world through innovation to her role at FHI Clinical. For the past seven years, she has been an adjunct faculty member at Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy and Health. She previously served as Principal Process Owner-Project Services at Rho, where she wrote companywide processes to assist with Trial Master File compliance standards across functional areas. Prior to joining Rho, she served as Senior Director of Clinical Operations, Global Clinical Monitoring Services at Premier Research, where she provided operational and strategic oversight for several countries.
Davis holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, as well as a master’s degree in Project Management and an MBA from DeVry University.
Associate Director, Clinical Operations
Kathy Bowerman brings more than 20 years of experience in pharmaceutical research and development, including 17 years in clinical trials project management, to her role as Associate Director, Clinical Operations at FHI Clinical.
Her experience includes Phase II-IV research with children and adults in immunology, cardiology, women’s health, hematology, diabetes, internal medicine, tropical diseases and oncology. She has served as the project manager of several large-scale, multi-center clinical trials, as well as multi-protocol programs with smaller and specialized populations, including pediatric studies and studies in resource-constrained settings.
Prior to assuming her role at FHI Clinical, Bowerman served as Senior Clinical Research Project Manager for FHI 360, where she was responsible for the overall coordination and management of clinical studies. In this role, Bowerman identified risks and contingencies, monitored study progress and timelines, coordinated cross-functional collaboration, and provided accurate, timely invoicing while ensuring that sponsor expectations were met.
Bowerman holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has achieved Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) status.
Associate Director, Finance
Alan Hampton has 15 years of experience as a Controller in the hospital and health care industry. As Associate Director, Finance at FHI Clinical, he manages all financial activities including project budgeting, reporting and forecasting, while partnering with Business Operations.
Alan previously served as the Associate Director, Finance at FHI 360. Prior to joining FHI 360, he held various positions at Siemens Medical Solutions, INC Research (now Syneos Health) and PPD. He is experienced in budgeting, managerial finance, accounting and financial planning.
Alan served as a Senior Airman in the United States Air Force and holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and an MBA from North Carolina State University.
Associate Director, Proposals
Nathan McKinney brings more than a decade of experience in proposal management to FHI Clinical. As Associate Director of Proposals, he ensures the security and integrity of all proposal documentation, coordinates creation and review of all proposal inputs, and directs communication with customers and submission of the final proposal.
Prior to FHI Clinical, McKinney served as a Senior Proposal Manager at FHI 360 and RTI International, supporting strategic bids to a wide variety of government and commercial customers.
McKinney holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Broadcast Journalism from Appalachian State University.