Research

Research Staff

Vice President for Research Office

David D. Reed

  • Vice President for Research
Cathy Jenich

Cathy Jenich

  • Assistant to the Vice President for Research
Jim Baker

Jim Baker

  • Associate Vice President for Research Administration

Specialties

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

Kathleen E. Halvorsen

  • Interim Associate Vice President for Research Development
  • University Professor of Natural Resource Policy
  • Joint Appointment in Social Sciences and SFRES

Areas of Expertise

  • Woody bioenergy
  • Climate change
  • Natural resource policy
  • Biodiversity policy
  • Bioenergy policy
Brent Burns

Brent Burns

  • Director of Federal Relations & Corporate Research

Specialties

  • Chief federal relations officer for the University.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key legislative branch and executive branch officials, their staff members, and higher education and other policy advocates and associations.
  • Develops and implements research strategies for engaging agencies, companies, and organizations.
Peter Larsen

Peter A. Larsen

  • Director, 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.
  • For the academic year 2019-20, he dedicates research development support to the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems. ICC members can reach out to him directly for prioritized proposal support.
  • When not in the office, can usually be found camping in the Keweenaw
Jessica Brassard

Jessica Brassard

  • Associate Director of Research Development

Specialties

  • Pre-submission assistance for federal and state sponsored proposals
  • Proposal development—writing, editing, gathering required items for submission
  • Manage the proposal development process (coordinating milestones, internal deadlines, meetings, e-mail reminders, etc.)
  • Support for early career faculty including assisting in finding funding opportunities, navigating processes at Michigan Tech, and developing white-papers and proposals
  • For the academic year 2019-20, she dedicates research development support to the  Health Research Institute (HRI). HRI members can reach out to her directly for prioritized proposal support.
  • Gets super excited about summer
Natasha Chopp

Natasha Chopp

  • Director of Research Operations and Faculty Liaison

Specialties

  • Establish, manage, and market a public investment program for research initiatives
  • Manage the University's space management system, ASPIRE
  • Provide assistance to conceptualize plans and tactics for establishing and enhancing relations with sources of long-term support
  • Develop and maintain websites, social media sites, and other marketing tools
  • Oversee the coordination of VPR campus 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
Richelle Schwaller

Richelle Schwaller

  • Senior Business Systems Analyst, 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
Jacob Manchester

Jacob Manchester

  • Business Information and Systems Analyst, Sponsored Operations Office

Specialties

  • Manage the Vice President for Research (VPR) TechTracS database to ensure data integrity and provide user support
  • Analyze data to design, create, and communicate information to internal VPR and external customers
  • Create and maintain documentation of the reporting procedures and operational processes for the VPR area
Mike Abbott
"Sure, we can do that."

Mike Abbott

  • Director of H-STEM Planning and Operations

Research Integrity

David Dixon

David Dixon

  • Biosafety Officer
Courtney Holzberger

Courtney Holzberger

  • Supervisor of ACF and IACUC Coordinator

Specialties

  • Coordinate and monitor activity that involves animal subjects
  • Advise and assist researchers with applications and revisions that involve animal subjects
Christina Lehmann

Christina Lehmann

  • Coordinator of Regulatory Review Boards
John LeMay

John LeMay

  • Stores Clerk
Jeffrey Lewin

Jeffrey Lewin

  • Chemical Safety Officer
Joel Smith

Joel Smith

  • Chem Stores Manager
Stephen Zapolnik

Stephen Zapolnik

  • Lab Operations Technician

Sponsored Programs Accounting

Tammy LaBissoniere

Tammy LaBissoniere

  • Director, Sponsored Programs Accounting
Christopher Stancher

Christopher Stancher

  • Manager, Sponsored Programs Accounting
  • 906-487-2244
  • DOW 617 - Satellite Pilot Office, and Lakeshore Center 205

Specialties

  • General oversight for all Sponsored Project Set-up, Post Award Management & Closeout, and Expenditure Review
  • Financial Audits
  • Project Payroll Certification Documents (PPCD)
Lori Baakko

Lori Baakko

  • Assistant Sponsored Programs Accountant

Specialties

  • Sponsored Project Set-up
  • Post Award Management and Closeout
  • Expenditure Review
  • Financial Reporting 
Chelsie Carne

Chelsie Carne

  • Billing Accountant

Specialties

  • Sponsored Program Invoicing
  • Expenditure Review 
Christine Klein

Christine Klein

  • Assistant Sponsored Programs Accountant

Specialties

  • Sponsored Project Set-up
  • Post Award Management and Closeout
  • Expenditure Review
  • Financial Reporting
Michelle Meneguzzo

Michelle Meneguzzo

  • Assistant Sponsored Programs Accountant

Specialties

  •  Sponsored Project Set-up
  • Post Award Management and Closeout
  • Expenditure Review
  • Financial Reporting
Kathleen Myers

Kathleen Myers

  • Office Assistant, Sponsored Programs Accounting

Sponsored Programs 

Marilyn Haapapuro

Marilyn Haapapuro

  • Director of Industry Sponsored Programs

Specialties

  • Administration of industrial sponsored research agreements, including negotiation practices, proposal and award processes, and contract language.
  • Develop, review and approve budgets and proposals prior to submission to industrial sponsors, including those with federal pass-through funds.
  • Review, interpret and negotiate agreement terms and conditions with industrial sponsors.
  • Review, interpret and determine applicability of Federal Acquisition Regulations in federal pass-through awards.
  • Provide post award support (eg. time extensions, changes in principal investigator, budget modifications, changes in project scope).
Kelly Kallio

Kelly Kallio

  • Director of Government Sponsored Programs
Hilary Anderson

Hilary Anderson

  • Assistant Sponsored Programs Analyst

Specialties

  • Develop, review, and approve budgets and proposals prior to submission
  • Review, interpret and negotiate agreement terms and conditions for government agreements and contracts
  • Create, negotiate, and administer sub-awards
  • Post-award support (e.g. time extension, changes in principal investigator, budget modifications, changes in scope, etc., excluding accounting functions)
Jennifer Bukovich

Jennifer Bukovich

  • Sponsored Programs Analyst

Specialties

  • Develop, review, and approve budgets and proposals prior to submission
  • Review, interpret, and negotiate agreement terms and conditions for government agreements
  • Create, negotiate, and administer sub-awards
  • Post-award support (eg. time extensions, changes in principal investigator, budget modifications, changes in scope, etc., excluding accounting functions)
Carol Frendewey

Carol Frendewey

  • Sponsored Programs Analyst

Specialties

  • General oversight of Foundation, Association and Society proposals and awards
  • Develop, review and approve budgets and proposals prior to submission
  • Review, interpret and negotiate agreement terms and conditions
  • Provide post-award support (e.g. time extensions, budget modifications, changes in scope, excluding accounting functions)
  • Assist with industrial and foreign sponsored proposals and awards
  • Manage departmental general fund and research project finances and budgets
Lydia Gockenbach

Lydia Gockenbach

  • Office Assistant
  • 906-487-2226
  • Lakeshore Center, Third Floor

Specialties

  • Assist Analysts with proposal and award processes
  • Coordinate the preparation and hardcopy/electronic submission of proposals and awards
  • Track proposal and awards in department databases
Kelsey Kocher

Kelsey Kocher

  • Assistant Sponsored Programs Analyst

Specialties

  • Develop, review and approve budgets and proposals prior to submission
  • Review, interpret and negotiate agreement terms and conditions for government agreements and contracts
  • Create, negotiate, and administer sub-awards
  • Post-award support (e.g. time extension, changes in principal investigator, budget modifications, changes in scope, etc., excluding accounting functions) 
Randy Laurn

Randy Laurn

  • Assistant Sponsored Programs Analyst

Specialties

  • Develop, review, and approve budgets and proposals prior to submission
  • Review, interpret and negotiate agreement terms and conditions for government agreements and contracts
  • Create, negotiate, and administer sub-awards
  • Post-award support (e.g. time extension, changes in principal investigator, budget modifications, changes in scope, etc., excluding accounting functions)
Sherri Peters

Sherri Peters

  • Office Assistant

Specialties

  • Assist Analysts with proposal and award processes
  • Coordinate the preparation and hardcopy/electronic submission of proposals and awards
  • Track proposal and awards in department databases 
Char Spruce

Char Spruce

  • Assistant Sponsored Programs Analyst

Specialties

  • Develop, review, and approve budgets and proposals prior to submission
  • Review, interpret and negotiate agreement terms and conditions for government agreements and contracts
  • Create, negotiate, and administer sub-awards
  • Post-award support (e.g. time extension, changes in principal investigator, budget modifications, changes in scope, etc., excluding accounting functions)
Kathleen Terando

Kathleen Terando

  • Assistant Sponsored Programs Analyst
Carol Wiitanen

Carol Wiitanen

  • Senior Sponsored Programs Analyst

Specialties

  • Develop, review, and approve budgets and proposals prior to submission
  • Review, interpret, and negotiate agreement terms and conditions for government agreements
  • Create, negotiate, and administer sub-awards
  • Post award support (eg. time extensions, changes in principal investigator, budget modifications, changes in scope, etc., excluding accounting functions)

Innovation and Commercialization

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
Mike Morley

Mike Morley

  • Director of Technology Commercialization, Innovation & Commercialization

Links of Interest

Specialties

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

Nate Yenor

  • Technology Commercialization Associate
  • Interim MTRAC Director
Carlyn Tiedt-Scott

Carlyn Tiedt-Scott

  • Office Assistant