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CDISC Executive Operations Team

David R. Bobbitt, MSc, MBA

President and Chief Executive Officer

David R. Bobbitt is an entrepreneur, fundraiser, and nonprofit executive who has been privileged to lead and launch many amazing organizations. Prior to joining CDISC, he served as President of the SCORE Foundation in Washington, DC, where he led the organization to significant growth while maintaining high-quality services to America’s entrepreneurs. He served in a senior executive role to launch New York Genome Center, the newest next generation genomic sequencing and bioinformatics platform in the world. David also built the largest private sector fundraising program for kidney disease services and research in the U.S. He holds an MSc in engineering and an MBA from Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia.


Nicole Harmon, Ph.D.

Chief of Staff

Nicole Harmon brings over 15 years’ non-profit leadership experience to CDISC. Her unique background includes tactical planning, capacity building, fiscal management, fund-raising, program and policy development, educational outreach, advocacy, grants management, public relations and marketing. In her role with CDISC, she serves as a strategic partner to the CEO providing leadership and coordination across the organization while ensuring successful development and execution of the global CDISC brand, building and maintaining relationships with public and private funders, collaborating with CDISC members, nonprofit partners, and board of directors and enacting CDISC goals in alignment with the organization’s philosophy, mission and vision. Dr. Harmon previously worked with the National Kidney Foundation, the Texas Hospital Association/Healthcare Trustees, the American Cancer Society, and in the field of mental health and brain injury research and rehabilitation.

Lauren Becnel, Ph.D.

Vice President, Strategy and Innovation

Lauren Becnel leads informatics programs and technologies at CDISC, including the SHARE metadata repository, which houses all CDISC standards, and the CDISC, HL7 and ISO standard BRIDG translational research domain information model. For over five years, Dr. Becnel has served on the BRIDG Steering Committee, which she now co-chairs. With experience in biomedical informatics and research IT, Dr. Becnel previously served as faculty Director of a large, diverse biomedical informatics group and a high-performance research computing center supporting epidemiological studies, clinical trials, biobanking resources, genomics and other ‘omics analysis, and enterprise application development. She maintains a faculty position at the Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine.

Rhonda Facile, MS

Vice President, Standards Development

Rhonda Facile brings over 25 years of clinical development experience to CDISC and has worked at a global CRO, as well as pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in the United States and abroad. She has worked at CDISC since 2012, developing and contributing to the CDASH (CRF) standards program and the CDISC SHARE project. Ms. Facile currently manages the CFAST therapeutic area standards program and ensures that all CDISC standards projects progress and comply with CDISC development processes and policies. She holds a BA degree from the University of Texas at Austin and an MS in Organization Leadership and Ethics from St. Edwards University.

Shannon Labout, CCDM

Interim Chief Standards Officer and Vice President, Education

Shannon Labout has over 20 years' experience working in healthcare technology and clinical research organizations in the US and EU. Ms. Labout is a clinical data management and standards leader with a career reputation of pursuing and achieving excellence through affirmative team leadership. During her career, she has developed expert knowledge of ICH clinical development processes, and implementation of industry standards (CDISC, GCDMP and ICH GCP). Prior to her current position at CDISC, Ms. Labout held the positions of Senior Director of Education at CDISC, Director of Data Management at Statistics & Data Corporation, and Manager of Clinical Data Management at both Astellas Pharma Europe and Tyco Healthcare Mallinckrodt. She currently serves as Board Chair of the Society for Clinical Data Management. Ms. Labout is a Certified Clinical Data Manager (CCDM), and received her BA in Organizational Leadership from Maryville University.

Marine Laurent

Vice President, Finance

Marine Laurent guides CDISC’s financial strategy and sustainability, working with the Leadership Team in achieving the CDISC mission, vision, and strategic goals. She is a seasoned professional with over 10 years’ operational finance, treasury and purchasing experience and a strong track record in supervising complete financial processes, including designing and executing financial and management reporting, structuring operations, and strategic business planning. Prior to joining CDISC, Ms. Laurent served as CEO/CFO of France Alter Eco, a French market organic and fair-trade food distributor. Earlier in her career, she was CFO of Australia-based Boost Media International. From 2005 to 2007, Ms. Laurent was an Internal Auditor for Sanofi-Aventis.

Sheila Leaman

Vice President, Membership & Events

Sheila Leaman brings a unique background in Public Relations and Human Resources to her role at CDISC. She focuses on membership recruitment, seeking out new opportunities as well as ensuring membership retention, providing a high level of membership satisfaction. During her tenure, Ms. Leaman and her team have significantly increased CDISC membership worldwide. She also leads the smooth operations of CDISC events, such as our annual Interchanges, where hundreds of attendees gather to network, share their expertise, best practices, and lessons learned about implementing CDISC data standards to enable clinical research to "speak the same language."