Meet our Team

Cancer Clinical Trials
Rosemarie Cabral

Rose became passionate about taking care of others at an early age, leading to her start in the healthcare world working as a Student Nurse Extern (SNE) in 1999 in the Oncology Unit and enrolling in Northampton Community College’s Nursing School. Upon obtaining her RN License in July of 2000, she continued to further her education by pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree at Cedar Crest College in 2002. She continued to work as an oncology nurse for 10 years at St. Luke’s Hospital, serving 2 of those years as a surgical oncology nurse.

In 2007, Rose’s growing interest in the field of research in oncology, and her impressive record of performance, led to her appointment as an Oncology Research Nurse. In this capacity, she was responsible for the management of patients participating in clinical trials, advocacy, and coordination of care for patients enrolled on clinical trials.

In June 2013, Rose was further promoted to her current position of Manager of Integrated Oncology Clinical Trials, in which she is responsible for the overall oversight of Oncology clinical trials operations and staff. Having earned her Oncology Certificate of Nursing (OCN), she is now in the process of obtaining her Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) certification.

A devoted wife and mother, Rose lives with her husband, John, her daughter, Isabella, and her beloved Schih Tzu, Max, in Bethlehem. Deeply involved in Isabella’s school community, she serves as an acting medical chaperone for her daughter’s school band. Rose also enjoys decorating, gardening, and traveling.

Deborah R Kane

Deb has been a Clinical Research Coordinator for over 25 years. She started when she worked in rheumatology, where clinical research was done in the office. The research aspect combined with patient interaction was very appealing. She worked part time when her sons were young and when she returned full time, she became an oncology research nurse. This became her passion and she has been in this position ever since.

Deb lives in Lower Saucon with her husband, Joe, and their cat. She loves to travel, garden, and read.

Robyn Rex

Robyn completed her training as a Registered Nurse at Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey in 2001. She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the National Honor Society for two-year college programs. After graduation, Robyn’s nursing career began in maternal child health, working on a comprehensive labor and delivery unit. She was trained in labor and delivery, post partum care, and well baby care. She also functioned as a surgical nurse in the L&D operating room for C-Sections.

She then transitioned into Oncology nursing in 2003 where she built a strong foundation and love of Oncology. Robyn became a member of the Oncology Nursing Society and obtained her Oncology Nurse Certification in 2005. Shortly thereafter she became an Assistant Nurse Manager, which allowed her to be more involved with other aspects of the cancer program, including community outreach and oncology research, later becoming a Research Nurse in 2006. She was an integral member of a cancer team helping to broaden the oncology research portfolio of available trials for patients. She joined the Society of Clinical Research Associates and became a Certified Clinical Research Professional in 2009.

Robyn continued to work in NJ until 2012 when she decided she wanted to be closer to home in order to spend more time with her husband and two young children. She then joined the St. Luke’s family as an Oncology Research Nurse located primarily at the Anderson Campus. She is the coordinator for Melanoma and Neuro-Oncology clinical trials. Working in clinical trials at St. Luke’s has afforded her the opportunity to be a part of innovative projects leading the way in cancer treatments. Her enthusiasm for her work and dedication to her patients earned her recognition as a Rising Star in 2014.

Jillian Timer

Jillian Timer earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Cedar Crest College in January 2013. She began her nursing career caring for pediatric patients in various roles, both in the hospital care setting as well as in home care. During this time, Jillian became a Certified Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Nurse and developed a passion for working with Oncology patients as well as a strong interest in clinical research. Jillian recently joined the Clinical Trials team in November 2016 as an Oncology Research Nurse and is excited to begin a new chapter in her nursing career. She will primarily serve as coordinator for head, neck and renal cancer studies. Jillian is proud to be working with an expert team that provides exceptional and innovative care to the patients of St. Luke’s University Health Network.

Jennifer Howgate-Klingaman

Jennifer has had a lifelong interest in research, but took a circuitous path to get there. Before pursuing research, Jennifer had over 20 years of experience as a registered architect in residential design. After retiring from architecture and moving to Pennsylvania, Jennifer started on her goal of becoming a research nurse when she entered the St. Luke’s School of Nursing diploma program and graduating in 2012. After graduation, Jennifer began working at St. Luke’s Hospital in the medical/surgical oncology unit, acquiring valuable experience as an oncology nurse. In 2014, she joined the research team in the Oncology Clinical Trials department as an Oncology Research Nurse, where she serves as the coordinator for the lung, pancreatic, and hematologic studies.

Along with pursing her research work, Jennifer is also working on her Master of Nursing degree in Clinical Trials Research at Drexel University with expected completion of the program in the Winter of 2016.

Jennifer lives with her husband and children on a small hobby farm in Northampton County, PA. She enjoys reading a good book when time allows.

Carolyn Seith

Carolyn Seith is an Oncology Clinical Research Coordinator 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 M.S.PH 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.

Nicole Kern

Nicole graduated from East Stroudsburg University with a BS in 2015. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Public Health at East Stroudsburg University as well. Nicole joined St. Luke’s back in 2011 and served many positions within the network that includes being a PCA on P7, the Program Assistant for the Community Health Center on 8th Avenue, and the Family Liaison for the St. Luke’s Mobile Medical Van. In December 2015, she joined the Clinical Trials team as a Clinical Research Associate coordinating trials in both Oncology and Med-Surg. In November 2016, Nicole was promoted to a Clinical Research Coordinator in Oncology where she mainly works on Brain, Head and Neck, and Gu trials. She is proud to have had many opportunities and great experiences here at St. Luke’s and looks forward to what the future may bring.

Kendra Campbell

Kendra joined the St. Luke’s Clinical Trials team in November 2016 as a Clinical Research Coordinator for Oncology Clinical Trials. Kendra moved to Pennsylvania in October 2016 after earning her Master’s Degree in Public Health in May at Emerson College and Tufts University School of Medicine. Her love of science, research, and medicine began at St. Lawrence University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2014. While at St. Lawrence, Kendra completed an internship with the Director of Oncology at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Together they conducted a retrospective cohort study, which further confirmed Kendra’s love for research and sparked her interest in Oncology. Kendra was also a Dental Assistant from 2011 to 2016 while earning her degrees.

When she’s not at St. Luke’s, Kendra can be found at the PPL Center watching her significant other, Greg, play for the Phantoms. Through her connection with the Phantoms, Kendra is member of the LV Phantoms Wives Organization which gives back to the Lehigh Valley community by supporting local charities. The ‘Building Hope for Kids’ Project is one that the organization has had much success, and plans to continue on for years to come.

Kendra also enjoys traveling, baking, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her friends and family.

Lauren Downing

Lauren received her Bachelor’s Degree in Bio-Behavioral Health from the Pennsylvania State University with a minor in Psychology in 2012. She began her career at Lehigh Valley Health Network in the Technical Partner role on a Medical Surgical Unit at the Cedar Crest site. She later transitioned into the role of a Pre-Engagement Specialist working outside of the hospital at One City Center on Hamilton Street in Allentown. She started working at St. Luke’s University Health Network in November of 2016, joining the Clinical Trials team as a Clinical Research Coordinator in Oncology.

Lauren’s interest in research began as she worked in 2010, under the supervision of Dr. Tricia Kelly at Breast Care Specialists, LLC in Allentown, as a research assistant to facilitate a clinical research project examining the re-excision rates of lumpectomy sites in breast cancer patients. Additionally, Lauren worked as a Front Desk Attendant at Advanced Imaging for Breast and Body LLC, in 2011.

When she is not working, Lauren enjoys traveling, cooking/baking, spending time with family and friends but most of all spending time with her Golden Retriever, Jager.

Lauren is very excited to join the St. Luke’s team and to begin this new role as a Clinical Research Coordinator. She is looking forward to all the growth and learning opportunities this position will bring in the future.

Luz Herrera

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 Clinical Research Associate 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

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. Kim also teaches a class for Sunday school at her church, and helps co-direct with her children’s soccer league. She also enjoys decorating and gardening.

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 Clinical Research Associate in Oncology, 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.