Board of Directors


Terri Bigham, CRA®, CFRA
University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.

Vice Chair

Stormy Staley, CRA®
Kaiser Permanente Northwest (KPNW) Center for Health Research

Immediate Past-Chair

Andrew Gray, CRA®, CPRA®, CFRA
University of Oregon


Shelly Berry Hebb, CPRA®
Texas A&M University


Georgetta Dennis, CRA®, CPRA®, CFRA
Attain Partners

Suzanne Alstadt, CRA®

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Brent Bell, CRA®

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Roberts Center for Pediatric Research

Gareth Evans, CRA®

University of Virginia

Jenifer Hoffman, CRA®, CPRA®

The Pennsylvania State University

Cathy Le, MBA, CRA®

Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California

Cira Mathis, CRA®
Khalifa University

Sheleza Mohamed, CRA®, CPRA®, CFRA
American Heart Association 

Jacqueline E. Rearick, CRA®
Yale University 

Rick Roberts, CRA®, CFRA
Morehouse School of Medicine 

Stephen L. Williams, CRA®
Wake Forest University

Suzanne Wiltgen, MS Ed, CRA®
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Chair Emerita

Patricia Buennemeyer, CRA®, CPRA®, CFRA

Board Emeritus

Jeffrey Ritchie, CRA®

Hamilton College

About the Board of Directors

The Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC) is a private, independent, nonprofit organization that develops and administers a voluntary program for the certification of individuals who meet the requirements established by RACC. It is composed of volunteers committed to the continuing improvement of the research administration profession and to assisting in the education and training of individuals who wish to become proficient in the research administration field. Through the Body of Knowledge and the certification process, RACC provides those entering the field with a training guide and a goal by which they can measure themselves as professionals.

RACC’s Board of Directors serves as the governing body for the organization. The Board is responsible for overseeing and administering the organization as well as validating its Certified Research Administrator (CRA®), Certified Pre-Award Research Administrator (CPRA®), and Certified Financial Research Administrator (CFRA) examinations. The Board plans, executes, and manages the organization’s policies, goals, initiatives, and approving the annual budget. In most cases, a Director’s term begins in October of the year they are selected and continues for three years. Directors may serve no more than two consecutive three-year terms.

Director Requirements

Knowledge and Experience:
Directors must:

  • Be a Certified Research Administrator (CRA), Certified Pre-award Research Administrator (CPRA), and/or Certified Financial Research Administrator (CFRA).

  • Maintain a RACC credential throughout the term of service.

Commitment to Uphold:
Directors must also annually sign and abide by RACC's:

  • Code of Ethics.

  • Non-Disclosure Statement.

  • Conflict of Interest Statement.

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement.

Director Responsibilities

Organizational Knowledge:
Directors must learn and develop an organizational knowledge of RACC's:

  • Bylaws, policies, and procedures.

  • Mission, programs, and needs.

  • Issues and trends that affect the organization.

  • Financial affairs to ensure fiduciary responsibilities are met.

Directors must:

  • Be a strong voice in promoting the organization.

  • Act in a way that contributes to the effective operation of the board including, but not limited to:

    o Focusing on the good of the organization, independent of personal agenda, self-interest, or the influence of others, and
    o Serving the organization rather than any special interest group

Directors are expected to:

  • Utilize their skills, knowledge, and professional experience for the betterment of the organization.

  • Follow and uphold RACC’s policies and procedures for conducting business.

  • Respect all decisions made by the board as well as the differing opinions, viewpoints, and privacy of Directors.

  • Attend board meetings and committee meetings and participate actively and conscientiously.

  • Prepare for meetings by reviewing the agenda and supporting documentation in advance.

  • Chair, co-chair, or actively participate on a board committee.

  • Lead and guide community volunteers working to complete tasks supporting RACC committee projects.

Estimated Time Commitments 

Active Board Participation: Two to four hours monthly. This includes attending board and committee meetings, reviewing agenda packet prior to meetings, and performing assigned action items.

Leadership Responsibilities: An additional two to four hours monthly. This includes positions such as committee chairpersons.

Executive Officers: An additional three to four hours monthly. This includes positions such as Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Secretary-elect, and Treasurer-elect.

RACC's Commitment to Directors

  1. Directors will receive, without request:
    a. Ample notice of all meetings.
    b. Minutes of all meetings.
    c. Bi-annual financial reports.
    d. Any other information relevant to upholding their responsibilities

  2. Executive Officers will respond in a straightforward and thorough fashion to any questions Directors ask, and feel are necessary to carry out their fiscal, legal, or moral responsibilities to RACC.

  3. Directors will be reimbursed for reasonable expenses in conducting and attending to RACC Board business, to the extent provided for in the Bylaws and Policy Manual.

  4. Directors’ time will be respected, and every effort made to utilize each person’s talents effectively.

  5. Directors & Officers Insurance will be provided and, to the extent allowed by law, indemnification from liability for reasonable and necessary RACC Board actions.

If you are interested in serving on the RACC Board of Directors, please check back for when the nominations window opens in late Spring of each year.

Office Contact

Please contact us via email for general inquiries at [email protected]

Office Address

Research Administrators Certification Council 
12110 N. Pecos Street, Suite# 220 
Westminster, CO 80234