Management Team

Meet the Management Team

Compass Point Research, Inc. has been a leading provider of turn-key clinical trial solutions for more than 15 years. From founder and CEO Dr. Lori A. Nesbitt to our newest clinical research professional, all Compass Point Research staff share a commitment to:

  • Integrity
  • Loyalty
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit
  • Customer Service

Instilling these values into our culture requires continuous and intentional focus, open communication, and accountability to one another. Compass Point Research maintains the highest ethical standards and work practices. Our customers′ satisfaction is our top priority.


Lori A. Nesbitt, PharmD, MBA, Founder and CEO

Achiever, Relator, Individualization, Learner, Activator

Lori Nesbitt, PharmD, MBA has an extensive background in University-based research and knows how important access to quality care can be for patients. Dr. Nesbitt′s research career first began in Academic Medical Centers as Assistant Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina, and then as Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine and Pharmacology at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Nesbitt founded Compass Point Research in 1996 after witnessing the frustration that comes along with limited access to clinical trials in a patient′s community.

Dr. Nesbitt received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from Purdue University and later completed a post-doctoral psychopharmacology residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Nesbitt received her MBA from Tulane University.

Contact: [615] 418-8987
Email: lnesbitt@compasspointresearch.com


Catherine Gregor, MA, CCRP, Regional Operations Manager

Achiever, Context, Deliberative. Significance, Intellection

Catherine Gregor serves as a Regional Operations Manager for Compass Point Research. She is responsible for managing site activities to ensure timely delivery of service and is an external liaison to federal, industry and academic agencies. Prior to joining Compass Point Research, Ms. Gregor worked as a contract and regulatory manager for several Amputation Prevention research groups. In addition, Ms. Gregor has worked in a multitude of clinical settings and has published and consulted on clinical research operations in private and academic practice nationwide. She has frontline clinical experience having worked as a clinical coordinator on a number of industry-sponsored and investigator-initiated trials throughout her tenure.

Ms. Gregor graduated Cum Laude with Departmental Honors and a Masters degree from Loyola University Chicago in 2004. She is currently an MBA candidate specializing in Healthcare Management at Belmont University in Nashville.She joined Compass Point Research in May of 2010.

Contact:[615] 522-5400
e-mail: cgregor@compasspointresearch.com


Kellie Andrews, Director of Institutional Review Board Operations

Restorative, Individualization, Developer, Harmony, Connectedness

Kellie Andrews currently serves as the Director of Institutional Review Board (IRB) Operations for Patient Advocacy Council, Inc. Patient Advocacy Council, Inc., an IRB management company, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Compass Point Research. For the past 10 years, Ms. Andrews has been involved with every aspect of the IRB, including regulatory affairs management, streamlining and implementing IRB operations, employee training, consultation with hospital facilities and public relations.

Prior to her current role, Ms. Andrews has served as a Regulatory Specialist and IRB Manager for Patient Advocacy Council. Her comprehensive knowledge base and excellent customer service skills have been instrumental in the company’s continuous improvement in internal processes for ethical review as well as our paperless submission software, eIRB.

Contact: [251] 479-5472
Email: kellie@pacirb.com