Research & Innovation

Meet our Team

Clinical Trials

Jennifer Sisler, BSN, RN
Sr. Network Director, Clinical Trials and Research

Jennifer Sisler, BSN, RN Jennifer is a registered nurse by training and earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences. She is working toward earning her Master’s degree in Clinical Research Management, Organization, and Administration through Drexel University’s College of Medicine.

Most recently, Jennifer served as the Manager of Scientific and Clinical Affairs at Aesculap, where she led clinical research teams in the areas of devices and biologics. Additionally, she was instrumental in the establishment of the Medical Scientific Affairs Department and the Investigator Initiated Study Program at Aesculap. She is an award recipient of the Lehigh Valley Business 2018 Woman of Influence award and is a graduate of the Leadership Lehigh Valley community leadership immersion program.

In her current role, Jennifer serves as Senior Network Director of Clinical Trials and Research, where she is responsible for the leadership and oversight of the overall network strategy, operations and optimizations for the Clinical Trials and Research teams.

Jennifer currently resides in Bethlehem, PA with her husband Aaron, son Ethan, and daughter Cara. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing piano, and going to concerts.


Barbara Reynolds
Clinical Research Assistant

team Barbara Reynolds started her career at St. Luke’s in 1996 at the Visiting Nurse Association working in the Human Resources Department as an H.R. Assistant. In 2001, Barbara transferred to Allentown as the Administrative Coordinator for the President; and, also, the Vice President for Medical Affairs at that campus. As Barbara’s journey continued through SLUHN, she then transferred to Clinical Trials and Research in January of 2012. She enjoys working with a first-rate team that is involved in groundbreaking work in patient care. Prior to working at St. Luke’s, Barbara had an 18 year career at Bethlehem Steel Corporation working in the Transportation Department. Barbara received the prestigious St. Luke’s PCRAFT Award in 2010 which exemplifies the Network values of Pride, Caring, Respect, Accountability, Flexibility and Teamwork. She lives in Hanover Township with her husband Frank. On weekends, they love getting in the car and ending up at a spur of the moment destination. They have two grown children who are proud graduates of Temple University.


Danielle D'Haiti, BA
Study Start-up Project Coordinator II
 
Danielle joined the Clinical Trials & Research Office in September 2018 from Lehigh Valley Health Network where she gained her research regulatory experience in oncology clinical trials through NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) and their alliance with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Danielle began her career at St. Luke’s as a Regulatory Coordinator I where she was responsible for ongoing regulatory for oncology, cooperative group and med-surg clinical trials. In July 2020, Danielle transitioned into the Study Start-up Project Coordinator II role where she serves as the main point of contact for all new sponsored clinical trials at SLUHN and will take charge of the coordination of all study feasibility and start-up activities from inception through activation. Additionally, Danielle specifically drives the completion of all regulatory start-up activities and the creation of the Investigator Site File in preparation for the initiation and activation of each trial.

Danielle completed her undergrad at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. During her time there, she worked at the Volunteer Office and led the initiative to start a University-wide Relay for Life program through the American Cancer Society which continues to thrive today!

In her spare time, Danielle enjoys spending time with family, reading, and attempting crafts from Pinterest. She also appreciates “FunFacts” and random trivia.


Jasdip "Jas" Kaur, BS
Study Start-up Project Coordinator I

Jas earned her Bachelor's degree in Healthcare Policy and Administration with a minor in Business Administration from the Pennsylvania State University. Her journey in research began as an undergraduate researcher where she studied Refugee Population Health Crisis and Healthy Aging and Older Americans and had the opportunity to publish her research. After earning her degree, Jas held healthcare administration positions where she was responsible for the coordination of practice and emergency room patient flow activities.

In her most recent position, Jas was a research assistant/coordinator at Lehigh Valley Health Network where she wore many hats related to the start-up and conduct of general research in the Department of Emergency & Hospital Medicine. She also has experience with preparing manuscripts, presentations, and building surveys utilizing the research database, REDCap.

Jas joined St. Luke's University Health Network in January 2021 in the role of Study Start-up Coordinator I. In this role, she will focus on the coordination and facilitation of all start-up activities for the Med-Surg studies and Oncology Cooperative Group studies from initial contact through to study activation.

Jas resides in Easton, PA with her family. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, and traveling.


Kasey Sheeran
Regulatory Coordinator I
Kasey earned her certificate as a Medical Office Specialist from Northampton Community College. She embraced a 20-year career working as a Quality Specialist in both the quality and regulatory departments at medical device companies, B. Braun Medical and Aesculap, Inc. 

Kasey joined the Clinical Trials & Research office in October 2019 as a Clinical Research Assistant, and in February 2020 accepted the position of Regulatory Coordinator I. She is responsible for ongoing regulatory activities for med-surg clinical trials.

In her spare time, Kasey enjoys cooking, going on vacation with her family, and going to her favorite teams sporting events.


Erin Shigo, BS
Regulatory Coordinator I

Erin earned her Bachelor's degree in Public Health from Muhlenberg College. Her journey in clinical research began with her role as Research Assistant and Scholarly Activities Coordinator at Lehigh Valley Health Network, where she coordinated various aspects of research studies within the Department of Emergency & Hospital Medicine. While supporting clinical investigators, she gained in depth knowledge of many aspects of the clinical research process.  Specifically, Erin contributed to IRB submissions, essential regulatory tracking, investigator site file maintenance, screening/enrolling patients, and data entry. She also supported data analysis, as well as drafted and submitted abstracts and manuscripts for principal investigator-initiated original research.

Erin joined St. Luke's University Health Network in April 2021 in the role of Regulatory Coordinator I. In this role, she is responsible for the review, preparation, and submission of oncology and med-surg clinical trial protocols and associated documents to the Institutional Review Board as well as maintaining compliant audit-ready investigator site files for the duration of clinical trials undertaken by SLUHN.

Erin resides in Jim Thorpe with her family and adorable dog, Cleo. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, yoga, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Cheri Wolfe, BA, CP, CCEP
Manager, Research Finance and Compliance
Cheri WolfeCheri earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. She later pursued her paralegal certificate at Hofstra University which she achieved with honors. She began her career in law firms focusing on bankruptcy, wills and estates, real estate, and domestic relations but eventually found her way to healthcare. 

She began her journey in clinical research as a clinical contract coordinator at Aesculap Implant Systems, LLC, where she was responsible for drafting and negotiating Clinical Trial Agreements and site budgets for a Phase III clinical trial. Cheri quickly transitioned to the role of clinical research coordinator gaining in-depth experience in the clinical research process. In her almost nine years of service at Aesculap, Cheri continued to expand her knowledge into healthcare compliance and transitioned into a Compliance Specialist role and was subsequently promoted to Senior Compliance Specialist. During that time, she became a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional. 

In her most recent role as Healthcare Professional (HCP) Consultant Manager, she managed all physician consulting agreements for various types of engagements and associated budgets within the finance department. She was instrumental in the development of the Fair Market Value tool used to determine physician consultant hourly rates to ensure compliance with federal laws and regulations.

Cheri started working at St. Luke’s University Health Network in November of 2019, joining the Clinical Trials & Research team as the Manager, Research Finance & Compliance. Cheri is very excited to join the St. Luke’s family and is already St. Luke’s proud!

Cheri resides in Macungie with her husband Larry and their two daughters, Emily and Kady. In her free time, Cheri’s priority is spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys reading and traveling, especially to the beach and Disney World.


Jeri "JJ" Lichtenwalner, MS, CCRC, CCRP
Research Finance and Compliance Specialist

Jeri 'JJ' LichtenwalnerJJ is a native Oklahoman and moved to Pennsylvania in 2013. Since moving to the area, she obtained a Master’s degree in Health Care Administration from Drexel University. Prior to that, she earned a Bachelor of Science, in Health and Human Performance from Northeastern State University. JJ has an extensive background spanning multiple therapeutic areas and has over 15 years experience in oncology research. She holds her ACRP certification as a clinical research coordinator and her SOCRA certification as a clinical research professional. 

Prior to joining St. Luke’s, JJ gained experience in the conduct of oncology clinical trials at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) as a clinical research coordinator and then as a specialist. After her time at CTCA, JJ worked at Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups where she assisted in writing investigator initiated protocols and served as regulatory reviewer.

JJ joined St. Luke's in February 2020 as Manager of Oncology Clinical Trials where she managed the day to day operations of the oncology clinical trials team. In March 2021, JJ accepted the position of Research Finance and Compliance Specialist where she will focus on preparing budget proposals and facilitating the budget and contract negotiation of oncology clinical trials with our industry Sponsors.   

JJ lives in Mertztown, PA with her husband David and their puppy Sophie. They enjoy spending time with friends and family, the outdoors, antiquing, and traveling.


Justine DeLong
Research Finance Coordinator I

Justine DeLong Justine DeLong joined the Clinical Trials Office at St. Luke’s in October 2016 as the Research Finance Coordinator I. Her duties include creating and maintaining study folders, databases, invoice preparation, Accounts Receivable, Collections and Sponsor liaison for billing inquiries for all clinical trials run through SLUHN. Prior working at St. Luke’s, Justine embraced a 16 year career at ClearChannel Airports division as the Accounts Payable Manager and Team Accountant for 200+ Airports in the United States, Canada, Caribbean Islands, Guam, Australia and New Zealand.

Justine lives with her husband and one very spoiled kitty named Zelda in Lehigh County where she considers herself an experienced home DIY’er. When not working on home projects, she maintains a large flower garden for all the birds, bees and butterflies in the neighborhood.

 

Amy Grossman, RN
Oncology Research Nurse I
Amy has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare field. She began her career as a patient care assistant in an assisted living facility. Her passion and drive to care for oncology patients led her to St. Luke's. Amy earned her diploma at the St. Luke's School of Nursing and holds certifications in chemotherapy and biotherapy from the Oncology Nursing Society and phlebotomy from the Helene Fuld School of Nursing.

In her most recent role, Amy served as a nurse case manager where she advocated for and supported patients as they navigated the healthcare system from patient education to assisting in arranging private duty nursing care. She missed in-person patient care and saw an opportunity to return to her passion in oncology nursing at St. Luke's.

Amy joined the Clinical Trials & Research Team in April 2021 in the role of Oncology Research Nurse I where she will lead the coordination of oncology clinical trials undertaken by SLUHN in the disease site areas of breast, melanoma, and brain.

Amy resides in Hellertown with her family. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking, walking her dogs, and continuing her education.

 

Carolyn Seith, MSPH, CCRP
Oncology Clinical Research Coordinator II
team Carolyn Seith is an Oncology Clinical Research Coordinator II at St. Luke’s. She coordinates registry trials for: chronic lymphocytic leukemia, melanoma, multiple myeloma, and solid tumor molecular biology. Prior to this, she was a part time professor at a local Community College and taught biology, anatomy and physiology. She received her B.S. from Cornell University in Nutritional Biochemistry and her MSPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Public Health. She finds working in cancer clinical trials rewarding because the field of oncology clinical research is full of advances in immunotherapies and targeted treatments. It’s exciting to be part of the St. Luke’s oncology research team who cares for these clinical trial patients.

 

Vivian Colon
Oncology Clinical Research Coordinator I
Vivian graduated from Lehigh Valley College in 2006 with an Associate Degree in Medical Assisting and Applied Science. Vivian has been with St. Luke's University Health Network for 12 years. She started working in the St. Luke's Medical Clinic in 2009 and has since held positions in Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, and Rheumatology.

After her mother underwent treatment at the St. Luke's Anderson Campus - Cancer Center, she knew she wanted to be a part of that team! She then worked at the Infusion Center for 4 years where she gained Oncology experience.

Vivian joined the Clinical Trials & Research team in December 2021 in the role of Oncology Clinical Research Associate I, where she was responsible for maintaining quality data for SLUHN clinical trials as well as the collection, processing, and shipping of all lab and pathology specimens as required by clinical trial protocols. In April 2021, Vivian transitioned into the role of Clinical Research Coordinator I, where she will lead the coordination of clinical trials in the disease site areas of breast and hematology.

Vivian describes herself as a woman of faith who loves traveling as a missionary. She volunteers every Saturday at The Gathering Place, a warming station in Bethlehem which feeds and clothes the homeless. She loves the ocean, reading, and game nights with family. She has 3 boys, two of which serve in the U.S. Army/National Guard. Vivian says that her youngest son, Isias has a laugh and smile that can melt the coldest heart.


Janine Schippang, BS
Oncology Clinical Research Coordinator I


Janine earned her Bachelor's degree of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh in May 2015 and will finish up her Master's of Science in Drug Discovery and Development from Drexel University in May 2021. Much of her coursework encompassed the drug development process and clinical trials.

In her most recent role, Janine served as Medical Assistant in Surgical Oncology at St. Luke's University Health Network. Prior to that, she held positions as Medical Assistant in Podiatry and Orthopedics at Coordinated Health Systems, was a Rehabilitation Aide in Physical and Occupational Therapy at UPMC Center for Rehab Services, and a Technical Aide in Radiology and CT Scan for Lehigh Valley Health Network.

Janine joined Clinical Trials and Research in April 2021 in the role of Clinical Research Coordinator I on the oncology team. She will lead the coordination of oncology clinical trials undertaken by SLUHN specializing in gynecologic and gastrointestinal disease sites.

Janine resides in Bethlehem with her significant other, Josh, and their son, Jericho. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, movies, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

 

Luz Herrera, MA 
Oncology Clinical Research Associate II

team Luz graduated from Star Technical Institute in 1993 as a Medical Assistant & ECG Technician. After completing her internship, she was hired as a Medical Assistant and was able to use her skills to provide excellent patient care. Luz has been employed with St. Luke’s’ University Health Network since 1999 and began working in the Clinical Laboratory / Pathology Department prior to Clinical Trials.

As a Oncology Clinical Research Associate II she processes and coordinates laboratory samples and receives the resulting data from the central laboratory facilities. Luz also participates in global conferences calls and meetings to review clinical trial progress, and also tracks completed CRFs and sets up systems for rapid CRF entry into databases.

Luz enjoys working at St. Luke’s, and believes her job is very rewarding. She loves being part of the Clinical Trials Office, and always strives to provide the best care for our patients.

In her free time she enjoys reading and spending time with her family and friends.


Kimberly Brooks
Oncology Clinical Research Associate II

team Kim Brooks has lived in the Bethlehem area almost her entire life. She graduated from Northampton Community College with an Associates Degree in Applied Science. She began her career at St. Luke’s in 2009, working with the Cancer Care Associates surgical oncology team, and then the medical oncology team. Working with Cancer Care Associates helped her to obtain the knowledge needed to work as a clinical research associate. Kim joined the clinical trials team in November 2015. Her main role in the department is Data Manager, but also helps to process lab specimens as needed. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband Mike, daughter Riley, son Logan, and their dog Bailey, and cat Lucky. They enjoy taking trips together to the beach, swimming in the pool and building snowmen in the snow. She also enjoys decorating and gardening.


Grace Choo
Oncology Clinical Research Associate II

Grace Choo Grace graduated from Municipal Training Center in New York in 1995 as a Certified Medical Assistant , Phlebotomist and EKG Technician. She began her career in Vento Medical Center in New York, where she gained extensive experience working for very busy medical office.

After moving to Pennsylvania in 2009, Grace joined the St. Luke’s Family Practice in Palmer, and later decided to stay within the St. Luke’s family joining the St. Luke’s Hematology and Oncology group in 2013.

Working for Hematology and Oncology was a very rewarding experience which initially sparked her interest in clinical trials and research, and ultimately steered her into her new career. In December 2016 Grace began this new career when she joined the Clinical Trials Office as a Oncology Clinical Research Associate II, focused on Data Management and Lab/Pathology processes.

Grace is also a recipient of the prestigious St. Luke’s PCRAFT Award – an honor that embodies the Network values of pride, caring respect, accountability, flexibility and teamwork.


Thomas F. Parsons, RN, CCRP
Manager, Med-Surg Clinical Trials
 
team Tom Parsons is a graduate of the Abington Hospital School of Nursing, ('92). and began his career in research as a research coordinator in 1997 after being an Operating Room nurse at the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital for 5 years . He obtained his certification as a research coordinator in 2001 through the ACRP and then in 2012 through SOCRA. Prior to coming to work at St. Luke's Health System, Tom has served as a Research Manager at the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, a Director of the Cooper Research Institute at Cooper University Hospital in Camden New Jersey, and as a Research Manager at the Temple Cancer Center in Philadelphia. He is also a certified CPR instructor for the American Heart Association since 1988. Tom has served in the U.S. Army from 1976-1987 as a cryptographic communications repairman, and as a medical aidman.

In his spare time while not working, Tom enjoys traveling, fishing, swimming and watching the Eagles and Steelers football games.


Heather Cunningham, BSN, BEXSc, RN
Med-Surg Research Nurse I

Heather earned her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with minors in Coaching and Biology in 2016. She went on to achieve her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from DeSales University in 2018. Heather is currently furthering her education toward earning her MSN-FNP from Moravian College.

In her most recent role, Heather served as a registered nurse at St. Luke's Allentown Cardiac/Neurology level 2 step down unit. She has also held positions in home health nursing, sports medicine training and basketball coaching.

Heather joined the Clinical Trials & Research team in April 2021 where she will lead the coordination of medical device and drug clinical trials across multiple therapeutic areas on the Med-Surg team.

Heather resides in Emmaus, PA with her husband Brian and their two dogs. In her free time, she enjoys weight lifting, tenting, and hiking.

 

Susan Hahn, CCRP 
Med-Surg Clinical Research Coordinator II

Susan Hahn Susan joined the St. Luke’s Clinical Trials team in December of 2016 as a Med-Surg Clinical Research Coordinator I in the ever-growing and ever-exciting field of clinical research.

Susan started her career in the clinical research field more than 20 years ago working in an Allergy/Asthma/Immunology private practice where she participated in all aspects of clinical research and a variety of clinical trials. On a personal level, Susan believes that working as a Clinical Research Coordinator provides a sense of reassurance and education to a patient that cannot be provided on any other health-related platform.

While not working, Susan enjoys spending time with her children and helping family members who own a local produce farm. Additionally, Susan is very active with her church where she is a parish board member and is the Chairperson of the Altar Guild. Additionally, Susan enjoys volunteering with her local country fair.


Margaret Clement, CNA 
Med-Surg Clinical Research Coordinator I

Margaret graduated From Lehigh Career Technical Institute in 2014 as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She worked for 4 years providing quality care to the elderly in Allentown, PA. In 2018, she joined St. Luke's as a Clinical Research Associate I.

Margaret excelled in her role and in January 2020 earned her promotion to Clinical Research Coordinator I. She is going to Lehigh Carbon Community College to achieve her certificate as a Licensed Professional Nurse. In her free time she likes to spend time with her family and plan getaways with her husband.


Kyle McFadden, BA
Med-Surg Clinical Research Coordinator I
Kyle earned his Associate Degree in Criminology from Penn State University and is currently working on achieving his Bachelor's Degree in Law & Society at Penn State World Campus.

He started his career at St. Luke's University Health Network working in the adult inpatient psychiatric unit for 8 years. During his time on the psychiatric unit, Kyle also worked as an on call Clinical Research Assistant for the Clinical Trials and Research department. 

Kyle officially joined the Clinical Trials and Research department as a Clinical Research Coordinator I in September 2020, where he now leads the coordination of clinical trials across multiple therapeutic areas on the Med-Surg clinical team.

Kyle resides in Bethlehem, PA and enjoys spending time with his family.