Ms Susan Perkins holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Salisbury University and a Master of Science in Community Health Management from Old Dominion University in the US. Susan became involved with the RHD community while serving as a US Peace Corps volunteer in rural parts of South Africa’s Limpopo Province where she was the administrative site manager for the REMEDY study from 2012 to 2014. She then joined the Unit in a full-time, on-site capacity as programme manager in November 2015 when A/Prof Zühlke was awarded a large 5-year grant to provide scientific and technical guidance to the growing global initiative to end RHD. Susan’s primary role is to oversee the programmatic aspects of the RhEACH/RHD Action projects.
Ms Roxi-Lynn Vergotine obtained her Bachelors of Administration from the University of the Western Cape in 2016 and joined the team in early 2017. Roxi was already a familiar face to many when she joined the team as she worked for the Mayosi Research Group at Groote Schuur Hospital as the Data Quality Officer from 2009 to 2015. In that position, Roxi provided data management and administrative support to various cardiac database projects that included IMPI, ARVC and RHDGen. Roxi now applies her skills from previous experience in her work for the CHDRU where her primary role is that of data administrator for the International Quality Improvement Collaborative for Congenital Heart Surgery (IQIC) registry.
Mr Cameron Hendricks is currently studying towards an undergraduate degree in Community Health Sciences at the University of the Western Cape and majors in Sociology, Psychology and Ethics. Cameron joined the team in August 2017 as a part-time research assistant. He assists with record retrieval and data capturing by working with the Clinicom national hospital database system.