Leadership Team

Andrew Messick

Chief Financial Officer

Before joining CGIRB in 2008, Mr. Messick served as vice president at Wachovia Bank within its Corporate and Investment Banking group. Prior to working at Wachovia, Mr. Messick was a manager at Durkin Group LLC, a professional services firm. He began his career as an audit professional at Ernst & Young LLP.

Mr. Messick graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a major in business administration and a masters of accounting. He is a CFA charterholder and a CPA.

Dawn Pope

Chief Operating Officer

Prior to her current position, Ms. Pope served as Director, Client Services for CGIRB. Ms. Pope began her career in the clinical trial industry in 1998 with CGIRB. Since then, she has held a variety of functional and managerial roles in project management, IRB services, study start up, client relations and quality management.

Ms. Pope received her BA from Campbell University and is a Certified IRB Professional (CIP).

Jennifer Sodrel

Chief Technology Officer

Ms. Sodrel held the position of director of information management prior to her current role. Previously she held a number of key positions in business development, client relations and project management. Before joining CGIRB in 2002, Ms. Sodrel was vice president of business development and operations for The Qualified IT Source, Inc., a recruiting firm specializing in information technology. Ms. Sodrel began her career in the information technology industry in 1998 with Ciber Custom Solutions Group.

Ms. Sodrel earned her BA from University of South Florida.

Yvonne Higgins

Vice President, Quality Management

In 2011, Ms. Higgins came to CGIRB from the University of Pennsylvania where she served as Executive Director of the Human Research Protections Office since 2004. Prior to that, Ms. Higgins held positions at the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) within the Department of Health and Human Services as well within the offices of the US Army and the US Air Force Surgeons General. Ms. Higgins has been an AAHRPP site auditor since 2007 and was a member of AAHRPP’s Council 2009 – 2011.

Ms. Higgins also serves as CGIRB’s institutional officer.

Ms. Higgins earned her A.B. in Biology from Hood College and a Certificate in Human Research Ethics from the University of Washington School of Medicine. Ms. Higgins is a Certified IRB Professional (CIP).