Alphabetized Staff Listing

Hilary Anderson

Hilary Anderson

  • Senior Subaward Analyst

Specialties

  • Create, negotiate, and administer sub-awards
Sarah Atkinson

Sarah Atkinson

  • Research Development Associate

Specialties

  • Pre-submission assistance for proposals (federal, state, foundation, and others)
  • Assist investigators with internal research processes (e.g., cost sharing, budget strategy, research administration)
  • Proposal development assistance: writing, editing, and assistance with submission logistics
  • When not at work, Sarah enjoys riding bikes, camping, being outdoors, and spending time with her family
Jim Baker

Jim Baker

  • Associate Vice President for Research Administration

Specialties

  • Intellectual property/patents
  • Technology licensing
  • Corporate research
  • Spin-off/start-up business development
Julie Baker

Julie Baker

  • MTRAC Program Manager
Rick Berkey

Rick Berkey

  • Director of Global Campus & Continuing Education - Global Campus
Jessica Brassard

Jessica Brassard

  • Director of Research Development and Communication
Jennifer Bukovich

Jennifer Bukovich

  • Assistant Director, Grants & Contracts

Specialties

  • Administration of sponsored research agreements, including negotiation practices, award processes, and contract language
  • Review, interpret, and negotiate agreement terms and conditions for sponsored agreements
  • Post-award support (eg. time extensions, changes in principal investigator, budget modifications, changes in scope, etc., excluding accounting functions)
Brent Burns

Brent Burns

  • Assistant Vice President for Research Integrity

Specialties

  • Manages human and animal subject research compliance areas including IRB and IACUC committees
  • Oversees and provides expert advice and leadership in areas related to research integrity and regulatory compliance issues for the University
  • Develops and conducts training for researchers in compliance areas
  • Leads research facilities and campus equipment search tool - Equipment Finder
  • Supports Laboratory Operations team efforts
Lisa Casper

Lisa Casper

  • Associate Director Startup Capital Programs
  • Husky Innovate Liaison

Specialties

  • Lean Startup
  • Design Thinking
  • Business model pitch prep
  • Connecting startups with local I&E resources
Natasha Chopp

Natasha Chopp

  • Director of Research Operations and Faculty Liaison

Specialties

  • Manage the University's limited submission program
  • Manage the University's foreign visitor approval process
  • Establish, manage, and market a public investment program for research initiatives, Superior Ideas
  • Manage the University's space management system, ASPIRE
  • Manage the Bhakta Rath, C2E2, and Michigan Tech Research award programs
  • Develop and maintain websites, social media sites, and other marketing tools
Nicole Cretney

Nicole Cretney

  • Associate Accountant

Specialties

  • Sponsored project invoicing
  • Receivable collection
David Dixon

David Dixon

  • Director of Biological Laboratory Operations
Karen Foltz

Karen Foltz

  • Senior Administrative Aide
Tammie Fraki

Tammie Fraki

  • Associate Accountant

Specialties

  • Sponsored Project Set-up
  • Post Award Management and Closeout
  • Expenditure Review
  • Financial Reporting
Shelly Galliah

Shelly Galliah

  • Marketing and Content Manager - Global Campus

Specialties

  • Research, write, edit, plan, and manage various communication and marketing deliverables
  • Brainstorm and implement strategies for developing and promoting Global Campus
  • Collaborate with both internal and external teams in forwarding Global Campus projects
  • Maintain and update the Global Campus website and social media
  • Help envision and develop various types of online programming
  • Promote the Global Campus identity and mission
  • Enhance relationships with present and future Global Campus partners
Jesse Garrow

Jesse Garrow

  • Stores Clerk
Erica Goff

Erica Goff

  • Director, Sponsored Programs

Specialties

  • Administration of sponsored programs proposal processes
  • Develop, review, and approve budgets and proposals prior to submission
Marilyn Haapapuro

Marilyn Haapapuro

  • Assistant Vice President, Sponsored Programs

Specialties

  • Review of policies and procedures including published guidelines for PIs and associated web content
  • Associate Vice President for Research Development
  • University Professor of Natural Resource Policy
  • Joint Appointment in Social Sciences and CFRES

Areas of Expertise

  • Climate change mitigation policy
  • Arctic climate change impacts
  • Energy conservation policy
  • Renewable energy policy
  • Indigeneity and climate policy
Amanda Irwin

Amanda Irwin

  • Graduate Admissions Manager - Global Campus

Specialties

  • Point of contact for all new online students from inquiry to start of classes, facilitating the transition to the academic advisor
  • Assist online students with financial aid planning, payment arrangements, and scholarship opportunities 
  • Identifying, establishing, and maintaining effective student relationships
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with referral groups and organizations
Cathy Jenich

Cathy Jenich

  • Assistant to the Vice President for Research

Specialties

  • Vice President for Research Department Operations
  • Michigan Tech Entrepreneurial Support Corporation Secretary
  • Superior Innovations Secretary
  • Research Advisory Council Secretary
  • Faculty Start-up
  • Lakeshore Center Liaison
  • Advanced Technology Development Complex Liaison
Kelly Kallio

Kelly Kallio

  • Assistant Vice President, Sponsored Programs

Specialties

  • Administration of sponsored research agreements, including negotiation practices, proposal and award processes, contract language, and post-award financial activities
Hayley Karinen

Hayley Karinen

  • Associate Accountant

Specialties

  • Sponsored Project Set-up
  • Post Award Management and Closeout
  • Expenditure Review
  • Financial Reporting
Christine Klein

Christine Klein

  • Accountant

Specialties

  • Sponsored Project Set-up
  • Post Award Management and Closeout
  • Expenditure Review
  • Financial Reporting
Kelsey Kocher

Kelsey Kocher

  • Pre-Award Analyst

Specialties

  • Develop, review, and approve budgets and proposals prior to submission
  • Assist Student Design program leaders with proposal development
Robin Kolehmainen

Robin Kolehmainen

  • Manager of Agreements and Operations, Innovation & Commercialization

Specialties

  • Reviews, negotiates, and processes Non-Disclosure Agreements, Material Transfer Agreements
  • Manages the University Trademark Program entailing the processing of license agreements with vendors to use university logos
  • Administering legal matters (patents)
  • Processes and manages license agreements with the university
  • Information system management
Kelly Kunishige

Kelly Kunishige

  • Associate Accountant

Specialties

  • Sponsored Project Set-up
  • Post Award Management and Closeout
  • Expenditure Review
  • Financial Reporting
Peter Larsen

Peter A. Larsen

  • Assistant Vice President for Research Development

Specialties

  • Enhancement of the research environment for external proposal success through networking/collaboration/information sharing events and related campus-wide efforts
  • Pre-submission assistance for proposals (federal, state, foundation, and others), in particular large and strategic university initiatives
  • Assist investigators with internal research processes (e.g., cost sharing, budget strategy, research administration)
  • Proposal development assistance: writing, editing, and assistance with submission logistics
  • Development of non-technical proposal sections (e.g., broader impacts, education, management, and outreach plans
  • When not in the office, can usually be found camping in the Keweenaw
Randy Laurn

Randy Laurn

  • Grants & Contracts Analyst

Specialties

  • Review, interpret, and negotiate agreement terms and conditions for sponsored agreements
  • Post-award support (e.g. time extension, changes in principal investigator, budget modifications, changes in scope, etc., excluding accounting functions)
  • Vice President for Global Campus and Continuing Education
Gina LeMay

Gina LeMay

  • Director of Sponsored Operations and Information Systems

Specialties

  • Assist VPR staff with human resource processes
  • Develop and oversee internal business and data processes by continually reviewing and improving them
  • Communicate proposal and award data to campus community
  • Assist the department with special projects
John LeMay

John LeMay

  • Stores Clerk
Stephanie LeMay

Stephanie LeMay

  • Grants & Contracts Analyst

Specialties

  • Review, interpret, and negotiate agreement terms and conditions for sponsored agreements
  • Post-award support (e.g. time extension, changes in principal investigator, budget modifications, changes in scope, etc., excluding accounting functions)
Jeffrey Lewin

Jeffrey Lewin

  • Director of Chemical Laboratory Operations

Specialties

  • Assists researchers in safely, ethically and legally managing chemicals from “cradle” (purchasing) to “grave” (disposal); assists researchers in the establishing procedures for the safe storage and use of chemicals

  • Is a member of Research Integrity’s Laboratory Operations team and works closely with Environmental Health and Safety and Facilities Management to establish procedures for safely working in research and teaching laboratories, shops, and studios

  • Provides a leadership role in the University's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) 

Jacob Manchester

Jacob Manchester

  • Director of Research Development and Corporate Research

Specialties

  • Engage with faculty and campus stakeholders to identify new opportunities and assist with proposal development:  writing, editing, and assistance with submission logistics
  • Develop and implement strategies for engaging companies and organizations to support sponsored research
  • Assist investigators with internal research processes (e.g., cost sharing, budget strategy, research administration)
Karl Meingast

Karl Meingast

  • Director, H-STEM Building Operations
Jay Meldrum

Jay Meldrum

  • Executive Director of the Michigan Tech Traverse City Research Center

Specialties

Point of contact and official liaison to the Grand Traverse area to help expand the developing regional relationship

Mike Morley

Mike Morley

  • Director, Technology Commercialization

Links of Interest

Specialties

  • Invention disclosure and portfolio management
  • Commercial and intellectual property assessment for new technologies
  • Technology marketing, commercialization planning, and licensing
Sherri Peters

Sherri Peters

  • Pre-Award Analyst

Specialties

  • Develop, review, and approve budgets and proposals prior to submission
Mike Reay

Mike Reay

  • Manager, Human Research Protection Program

Specialties

  • IRB Administration
  • Reviews IRB protocol submissions
  • Advises Assistant Vice President for Research Integrity on human subjects research federal regulations, policies and procedures
  • Vice President for Research
Jari Sague

Jari Sague

  • Director of Research Support

Specialties

  • Supports the Research Integrity and Research Development departments with various tasks, including event planning, RCR compliance, and financial reporting
  • When not in the office, Jari enjoys sports like golf, basketball, curling, and disc golf
Richelle Schwaller

Richelle Schwaller

  • Manager of Business Systems, Sponsored Operations Office

Specialties

  • Campus outreach activities, including creating and presenting educational/training materials for VPR staff
  • Analyze data to design, create, and communicate information to internal and external customers
  • Support VPR reporting needs
  • Provide user support
  • Assist the VPR units with special projects
Joel Smith

Joel Smith

  • Chem Stores Manager
Kaitlyn Studinger

Kaitlyn Studinger

  • Director of Animal Laboratory Operations
Kathleen Terando

Kathleen Terando

  • Pre-Award Analyst

Specialties

  • Develop, review, and approve budgets and proposals prior to submission
Joseph Watson

Joseph Watson

  • Associate Accountant

Specialties

  • Sponsored Project Set-up
  • Post Award Management and Closeout
  • Expenditure Review
  • Financial Reporting
Nate Yenor

Nate Yenor

  • Director of Technology Business Incubation