Andrew C. West, MBA, MHA

Center Administrator, Sr.

Emory University

Andrew West graduated from Emory University in 1993 with a History major and and English minor. After graduation, he began working full-time for Wesley Woods, the geriatric and chronic care wing of Emory Healthcare. During his time with Wesley Woods, Andrew obtained an MBA and MHA from Georgia State University. He then left Wesley Woods to work as a consultant for BDO Seidman, LLP. After two years of consulting, he returned to Emory University to manage finances and research administration for the Department of Pathology. In March 2008, West assumed the Center Administrator, Sr. role of the Georgia CTSA.

Sidnee Nicole Paschal Young

Director of Finance

Emory University

Sidnee Nicole Paschal Young earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Spelman College and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University. In 1998, she began her career in research administration at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. in Washington D.C. In 2003, she progressed to academic research administration, joining Emory University as a Financial Analyst in the School of Medicine. In 2005, she completed the requirements to become a Certified Research Administrator and expanded her role in the School of Medicine Dean's Office. In March 2008, she joined the Georgia CTSA as the Director of Finance.

Elizabeth Pittman Thompson

Director of Communications

Emory University

Elizabeth Pittman Thompson graduated from the University of Georgia in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree, majoring in public relations. She began her communications career as the Advancement Coordinator for the Atlanta College of Art at the Woodruff Arts Center. In 2005 she progressed to Oglethorpe University where she served as the Media Relations Manager. In August 2008, Thompson joined Emory University and the Georgia CTSA as the Director of Communications. In 2017, she also began to concurrenlty serves as the Senior Associate Director of Web Projects and Communications for Emory University School of Medicine.

Martha J. Willis, MS

Program Manager

Georgia Institute of Technology

Martha Willis earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia and a Master of Science degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in electrical engineering. She is a retired Naval Reserve Officer and worked in sales and marketing roles in industry (Hewlett Packard, Agilent Technologies, and GE Healthcare) for 15 years. She is currently the Program Manager for a number of different translational research initiatives at Georgia Tech and became the Program Manager for the Georgia CTSA in January 2013.

Debora A. Clem

Administrative Director

Clinical Research Network / Emory University

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.

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.

Bekeela Davila, MPH

Manager, Program & Research

Emory University

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, Davila 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 Georgia CTSA in 2015.

Nikki Llewellyn, PhD

Manager, 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 PhD in developmental psychology, specializing in social and biological factors affecting mental illness; she graduated in 2015. She returned to Emory in 2016, joining Georgia CTSA as the Manager of Research Projects for Evaluation & Continuous Improvement.