CPIA Council

About the CPIA Council

The Council for Certified Professionals in IACUC Administration (CPIA Council) is charged with overseeing the examination content, eligibility guidelines, and recertification guidelines for the Certified Professionals in IACUC Administration credential.  The CPIA Council is made up of a group of certified, volunteer subject-matter experts who reflect the diversity of skills, expertise, and backgrounds of the IACUC field. The CPIA Council works closely with both PRIM&R and with PSI, the company that provides professional testing and management services, in developing exam questions and examinations. 

Council member responsibilities include drafting and editing exam questions; reviewing exam forms; and reviewing exam and recertification applications. The CPIA Council works with PRIM&R and PSI to ensure that exam content, as well as the eligibility and recertification criteria, align with current practice. 

The CPIA Council is overseen by the Certification Committee of the PRIM&R Board of Directors. The Certification Committee puts out calls for new members approximately every eighteen months. Council members serve three-year terms, with an option to renew.  


Tanise Jackson, DVM, DACLAM, CPIA
Director, Animal Welfare and Research Integrity
Florida A&M University    

Vice Chair

Michelle Aparicio, BS, CPIA
Director, IACUC & IBC
Northwell Health


Staff Liaison

Maeve Luthin, JD
Associate Director for Professional Development



Shameen Afif-Rider, BS, LATG, CPIA, RAC
Associate Director - Regulatory Governance

Tom Greene, CPIA
IACUC Coordinator
WL Gore & Associates

Tracy Heenan, DVM, CPIA
Director, Office of Animal Care and Use
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill    

Jo Ann Henry, LATG CPIA
Assistant Director, IACUC
NYU Langone Medical Center

William Allen Hill, DVM, MPH, DACLAM, CPIA
Director, Laboratory Animal Resources
Florida State University    

Rachel Murray, MS, CPIA, RLATG
Research Compliance Specialist
Cincinnati Children's Medical Center

Cyndi Rosenblatt, MPA, CPIA
IACUC Program Manager
Medical University of South Carolina    

Sally Thompson-Iritani, DVM, PhD, CPIA
Director, (Interim)
Washington National Primate Research Center

Trina Smith, BS, MS, CPIA
Animal Care and Use Program Officer
Mississippi State University