Nephrology Associates

Our Staff

Our experienced clinical research team will streamline the process of starting your study, and assure that your study is conducted with the utmost efficiency and accuracy.

Cindy Yancy-Spurgeon, BS, CCRC, CCRP

Research Manager

Mrs. Yancy-Spurgeon has been a Clinical Research Coordinator for over 19 years. Her therapeutic areas of experience include CKD, ESRD, Hospital based studies, GERD, GI, Women's health, vaccines, and many others. Cindy has been a Clinical Medical Assistant since 1995, and received her Bachelor of Science from Bryan College in 2010. Cindy has been certified as a Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) from the Association of Clinical Research Professionals(ACRP) as well as Society of Clinical Research (CCRP). Cindy is certified with CITI, OSHA, IATA, and BLS.


Donna Bunten, CCRP, PM-LPC

Senior Clinical Research Coordinator
Managing Hospital Coordinator 

Mrs. Bunten is a Certified Research Professional and joined SERRI in July 2013. Donna brings 16 years of Clinical trial experience. She obtained her certification through Society of Clinical Research Professionals and has extensive background in Phase I-III and Managing hospital trials. Her therapeutic areas include Sepsis, Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Rheumatology, Endocrinology, Mental Health, Infectious Disease, Cardiology and Chronic Pain.

Donna has completed CITI,OSHA and IATA training and is BLS certified. She is currently credentialed at Erlanger, Memorial and Parkridge Hospital.


Jessica Smith-Goins, BS

Research Office Manager/Executive Assistant

Jessica earned a B.S. in Education with a concentration in English from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and joined the SERRI team in 2013.


Kathy Brown, CCRC

Data Entry Specialist

Kathy is certified through ACRP and joined SERRI in August of 2010. She enters data for the Research coordinators at SERRI. She is well versed with the many types of Electronic Data Capture and has completed CITI training.