GGI Staff

Jennifer Byrne


Jennifer Byrne is the Founder of Greater Gift (501(c)3).  Through Greater Gift, over 80,000 vaccines have been donated to children in need in developing countries in honor of clinical trial participants.  Each vaccine  recognition expresses gratitude for the medical heroism of a trial volunteer or life science individual who is advancing health advancement locally to affect global impact…. one child at a time.  

Formerly, Jennifer was the Chief Executive Officer of PMG Research, Inc. (PMG).   During Jennifer’s 25 year tenure, PMG conducted over 7500 clinical trials with the inclusion of 150,000 trial participants across the development of hundreds of compounds, and medical devices.  Jennifer and her team established PMG Research as a market leader and also as a health care institution partner of choice.  With her leadership, PMG Research transitioned successfully to both a private equity partner, Frontier Capital, and in December of 2015 to a global Contract Research Organization, ICON plc.

Jennifer is highly committed to building better bridges between patients and their health care providers to the life science community.  Strategically, Jennifer is committed to help lead the transformation of clinical research as a care option for all patients within their natural continuum of care. She also strives to work within the ecosystem to drive more value through the improvement of the clinical trials enterprise.


Jennifer was recognized as a CenterWatch Top 25 Innovator and currently serves as an Advisory Board member to CISCRP, the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine, and Advisory Committee Member for NC Biotech Piedmont Triad.  She is also a Board Member of the Hospice Foundation and Summit School.  Jennifer earned her bachelor of science in Nutrition at Texas A&M University.  




Amanda Wright

Executive Director


Amanda began her career in clinical research in 1998, working as a Clinical Research Coordinator within the PMG Research organization.  Since that time has served in various roles across the site enterprise including leadership roles in operations, patient engagement, business development and marketing.  In addition to a passion for patient engagement, Amanda has dedicated a great deal of her time to forging mutually valuable strategic partnerships.  These partnerships are novel within the industry, and include executive-level decision makers across stakeholders.  Building consensus while creatively collaborating with a diverse range of contributors is essential to adapting to the changing landscape, while never losing sight of the importance of keeping patients at the forefront of innovation and collaboration.


 Amanda has been involved with Greater Gift since its inception in 2010, and has been an active advocate for building awareness and participation with Greater Gift throughout industry constituents.  As of 2013, Amanda assumed the role of Executive Director for Greater Gift, and since that time, she has led program development and expansion to include more than 30 industry partners.   


 In addition to Greater Gift, Amanda serves on numerous Boards and committees throughout the industry, many of which are centered around the engagement of patients and enhancement of the clinical trial process to address current industry trends.





Kevonna Hayes

Senior Program Coordinator


Kevonna Hayes is the Senior Program Coordinator at Greater Gift. Kevonnas’ role in the organization encompasses marketing, public relations, developing strategic relationship, community engagement and more. She has a passion for integration and working with the community, both locally and globally.  As a new employee at Greater Gift, she is excited to be able to show gratitude to the medical heroes who participate in clinical research while making an impact on the lives of children at the same time.




 Formerly, she worked as a Sleep Technologist, for a private practice in Connecticut where she learned the fundamentals of sleep medicine and pulmonary care. Her passion and love for developing the communication of health messaging to patients grew from her time at the position. Kevonna has worked at the Leadership and Legacy Group as the Marketing and Communications coordinator where she strategically developed the messaging for the brand.


  She has recently received two Master's degrees from High Point University in Health Communication and in Public Relations. During her graduate program, Ms. Hayes won the National Communication Association award for her outstanding work throughout the course of her program. She has also won Overall Best Research, Visual and Verbal Presentation at a Graduate Research Symposium. Kevonna has worked on projects for the ‘Willed Body Campaign’ at High Point University that sheds education and light on body donation for the development of medical students’ skills and has interned at World Relief High Point where she worked with a team to develop a campaign and launch the collection of home good items for newly arriving refugees. Kevonna’s passions include community development, health education, and developing her inner chef.  She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Hartford where she served as a staff writer for the newspaper.

Chiedza Mushayamunda

Program Coordinator Intern


Chiedza Mushayamunda, Chie for short, is joining Greater Gift as the Program Coordinator Intern. In this role, she will work with the Founder, as well as with the Senior Program Coordinator to complete projects for the organization. Chie is a native of Winston-Salem and is a rising Senior at Wofford College where she is studying English and Business.
 She is an active leader who has served as an Honor Council Representative, a student government representative her Freshman and Sophomore years, as well as student government Vice President. She also has successfully chaired the Special Events Committee for Wofford Activities Council. Further, Chie has interned at ABC of NC, a therapeutic and diagnostic center for children on the autism spectrum, as a social media intern, consulting to improve the organization’s social media presence and involvement. She has successfully launched and pitched an app, Sides, which she co-created as a way to connect the Wofford College community.