Alphabetical By Last Name
Rhea Austin - Administrative Professional III
Rhea Austin brings more than two decades of professional experience to Georgia Tech, including office operations, administration, and customer service. Rhea provides technical, logistical, and administrative support for our Office of Sponsored Programs teams.
Diane Barney - Manager, GTRI DoD Prime Contracts
Diane Barney is a the Manager of the DOD Prime Team supporting awards for the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). Diane has a Graduate Certificate from the University of Virginia in Government Contracts and Procurement and an undergraduate degree in Finance from George Mason University.
Rochelle Barry - Manager
Rochelle Barry is the Manager for the Office of Sponsored Program’s closeout team. Rochelle earned her Master of Social Work from Georgia State University and completed undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Prior to Georgia Tech, Rochelle worked for the federal government for 15 years as State Director for National Services in Georgia.
Lura Birge - Team Lead
Crystal Blackman-Philbert - Contracting Specialist
Crystal Blackman-Philbert is a Contracting Specialist providing post-award support for the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTARC Awards). She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and has research administration experience that includes post award administration and closeout.
Abigail Boyd - Business Analyst
Lakita Brooks - Manager - Computing, Business, and Design
Lakita Brooks is Manager of Grants and Contracts Administration for Colleges of Computing, Business, and Design. She has more than 20 years of grants and contracts experience at Georgia Tech and Georgia State University. Lakita is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager and Certified Research Administrator. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix.
Lea Brooks - Contracting Officer
Lea Brooks is a Contracting Officer supporting awards for Academic Grants and Contracts Administration (GTRC Awards). Prior to joining OSP, Lea was part of the research administration team for the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. She also brings experience from Morehouse College and the public sector. Lea received a Bachelors's in Psychology from the University of Phoenix.
Roberta Burke - Director, Government & Not-For-Profit Contracting for GTRI
Roberta Burke’s team manages sponsored research agreements with government and not-for-profit entities on behalf of the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), an applied research business division of Georgia Tech. Roberta has served the Office of Sponsored Programs since 2005. She previously served in the military for 22 years. She has a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from California State University and is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM).
Leland Butisbauch - Contracting Officer
Leland Butisbauch is a Contracting Officer supporting awards for the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTARC Awards). Leland has a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the University of California San Diego and an undergraduate degree in Intercultural Studies from William Jessup University. Leland is also a Certified Federal Contract Manager.
Tom Capitano - Contracting Officer
Tom Capitano is a Contracting Officer supporting awards for Academic Grants and Contracts Administration (GTRC Awards). Tom has a Master’s degree in Science Management with an emphasis in Research Administration from Emmanuel College, Boston.
Rebecca Caravati - Interim Vice President for Research Administration
Rebecca Caravati, CPA, is the Executive Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs. She is an alumna of Wesleyan College and is a certified public accountant. Previously, Rebecca served as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the University of Georgia Foundation and served the Georgia Tech Research Institute for 23 years, including service as Deputy Director for Finance and Research Administration.
Kim Carter - Financial Analyst
Kim Carter is a Financial Analyst on the subawards team. Kim earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a degree in Computer Information Systems from Midway University in Kentucky.
Catherine Cassidy - Contracting Officer
Catherine Cassidy is a Contracting Officer supporting awards for Academic Grants and Contracts Administration (GTRC Awards). Catherine has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Agnes Scott College. Catherine is also a Certified Research Administrator.
Alicia Chapman - Manager
Kamie Cunningham - Grants Administrator
Kamie Cunningham is a Grants Administrator on the closeout team. Kamie manages all deliverables in the Contract Information System (CIS) and coordinates with faculty and staff to ensure compliance. She has more than 20 years of experience supporting research administration.
Victoria Custodio - Contracting Officer
Victoria Custodio is a Contracting Officer on the subawards team. She has a Master of Business Administration from Georgia Tech. Her undergraduate studies in Biology were completed at Mercer University.
Vannessa Daniels - Manager - Sciences and Liberal Arts
Vannessa Daniels is the Manager of Grants and Contracts Administration for Colleges of Sciences and Liberal Arts. She has nearly three decades of experience in research administration, including over 20 years of service as a Contracting Officer and Manager at Georgia Tech. She has a Master’s in Applied Social Sciences and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Vannessa is a Certified Research Administrator.
Naranja Davis - Contracting Specialist
Naranja Davis is a Contracting Specialist with the Office of Sponsored Programs. Naranja has a Master of Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology and completed undergraduate studies in communication at Kennesaw State University.
Chris D’Urbano - Manager - Engineering
Chris D’Urbano is the Manager for Grants and Contracts Administration for the College of Engineering. He has over 27 years of experience at Georgia Tech including management of government contracting teams and oversight of data operations. Prior to Georgia Tech, Chris worked for Westinghouse (now Northrop Grumman) in project management and contracting. Chris is an alumnus of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, where he earned a degree in Political Science.
Melinda Francis - Administrative Professional III
Melinda Francis is the Administrative Professional for the Subaward team, supporting the Contract Officers and Specialists. Melinda manages all subawards in the Contract Information System (CIS) and manages supplier contracts in Workday.
Timothy L. Gehret - Contracting Officer
Timothy Gehret is a Contacting Officer and coordinates Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards. A licensed attorney, Timothy earned his JD from the Charleston School of Law. He has a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications from the University of Florida.
Karon Gray - Contracting Specialist
Karon Gray is a Contracting Specialist for the Closeout Team. Karon earned a Master of Public Administration from Georgia State University and completed undergraduate studies at Georgia Southern University earning a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Journalism. She is a Certified Research Administrator, awarded by the Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC) and has more than 15 years of experience in sponsored programs as well as research and governmental administration.
Katrice Green - Contracting Officer
Katrice Green is a Contracting Officer supporting Academic Grants and Contracts Administration (GTRC Awards). She holds a Master of Applied Social Sciences degree with a concentration in Public Administration from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Her previous research administration and contracting support experience includes service at Emory University and the Florida Department of Education.
Tia Haines - Contracting Specialist
Tia Haines is a Contracting Specialist on OSP's Closeout Team. She joined Georgia Tech, bringing private sector experience in business operations and financial analysis. Tia holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing from Albany State University.
Teri Hansen - Manager, GTRI Other Sponsored Contracts
Teri Hansen is the Manager for GTRI Other Sponsored Contracts. She has over three decades of experience in subcontract administration and research contracting including Georgia Tech and Boeing . Teri holds a Master of Science in Contract and Acquisition Management from Florida Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Auburn University.
Patricia Head - Data Architect
Patricia Head is the Data Architect for the OSP Data and Enterprise Systems Team. She has over two decades of project management, database and systems experience at Georgia Tech, including previous service as an Accountant for the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). She holds a bachelors degree in Computer Science from Albany State University.
Deanna Hendrickson - Manager, Research Education & Outreach
Deanna Hendrickson is the Manager of Research Education and Outreach, responsible for training development, assessment, and outreach for the Office of Sponsored Programs. She has over 20 years of experience in research administration. Deanna earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University and is a Certified Research Administrator.
Bruce Henry - Director, Sponsored Program Audits, Closeout and Small Business Plans
Bruce Henry is the Senior Assistant General Manager for Finance and Audit. His team oversees Closeout for sponsored projects and supports small business administration. Bruce has served financial operations at Georgia Tech for over two decades. He is an active member of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NCUBO).
Allyson Hogan - Subaward Compliance Monitor
Allyson Hogan is on the Subaward Team. Among her duties, Allyson monitors subaward invoices for compliance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Kennesaw State University. She started her professional finance experience in the banking industry. Allyson is currently enrolled in the Master of Public Administration program at Georgia College & State University.
Cindy Hope - Director, Government & Not-For-Profit Contracting for Academic Units (RI)
Cynthia (Cindy) Hope’s team manages sponsored research agreements with government and not-for-profit entities on behalf of Georgia Tech’s colleges, interdisciplinary research institutes, centers, professional education, and other non-GTRI units. Previously, Cindy was Assistant Vice President for Research and Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs at the University of Alabama.
Timothy Jackson - Contracting Officer
Greg Kalogridis - Contracting Officer
Steffanie Kruzan - Contracting Specialist
Steffanie Kruzan is a Contracting Specialist supporting Georgia Tech Research Institute grants and contracts (GTARC Awards). She brings previous experience from Western Connecticut State University and the University of Washington, including research administration, database management, compliance and program support. Steffanie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Photography from the University of Washington.
Kadian Leslie - Contracting Officer
Kadian Leslie is a Contracting Officer supporting awards for Academic Grants and Contracts Administration (GTRC Awards). She has more than 11 years of experience in Grants Administration in governmental and nonprofit organizations as well as institutions of higher education. Kadian has a Master of Public Administration from Binghamton University and is a Certified Research Administrator.
Sherry Levy - Contracting Officer
Sherry Levy is a Contracting Officer supporting Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) on our team focused on Department of Defense Prime Contracts. She has worked in the Office of Sponsored Programs for over 16 years. She holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Michigan, a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from ESI International in partnership with George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Arts from The Ohio State University.
Michael Little - Small Business Administrator
Michael Little, GCPA, is the Small Business Administrator for the Office of Sponsored Programs. Michael worked for Georgia’s Tech’s Office of Business and Procurement Services for 18 years before joining OSP. The Small Business Administrator (SBA) is responsible for preparing subcontracting plans on federal contracts that are expected to total an estimated cost of $700,000. The Small Business Administrator also has the oversight responsibility for preparing and submitting the data that documents actual performance in terms of dollars paid to small/disadvantaged business concerns.
Sarah Mills - Contracting Officer
Sarah Mills is a contracting officer supporting awards for the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTARC Awards). Sarah earned her JD and MPA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as undergraduate degrees in biology and psychology from the University of Kentucky. She has previously worked in research administration at the University of Kentucky and under industry contracting at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Ben Mistry - Business Analyst
Bhupen (Ben) Mistry is a Business Analyst for the OSP Data and Enterprise Systems Team. He has more than two decades of experience with database and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, including Workday and PeopleSoft. Ben holds a Bachelor’s in business from Lamar University in Texas and is certified in Workday Financials.
Brenna Muldrow - Contracting Officer
Brenna Muldrow is a Contracting Officer supporting Department of Defense awards for the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). Brenna has an undergraduate degree in Management, Leadership, and Innovation from Georgetown University.
Scott Niles - Contracting Officer
Scott Niles is a Contracting Officer supporting awards for Academic Grants and Contracts Administration (GTRC Awards). Scott has a PhD in Interdisciplinary Education Sciences from the University of Kentucky and a Master’s degree in Journalism from Marshall University.
Stacey Oliver-Johnson - Contracting Officer
Stacey Oliver-Johnson is a Contracting Officer supporting Academic Grants and Contracts Administration (GTRC Awards). Stacey has more than two decades of experience in federal and non-federal grants and contracts administration, working at Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, Emory University, and Morehouse School of Medicine. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Steven Pilcher - Manager
Steven Pilcher is the Manager for the Subaward team supporting the pre- and post-awards for grants and contracts to subawardees. Steve has a Master of Business Administration from Webster University and an undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Central Florida.
Marcia Scott - Executive Assistant
Marcia Scott is the Executive Assistant supporting Rebecca Caravati and the Office of Sponsored Programs. She has more than 15 years of executive support experience from professional organizations.
Lucy Shin - Contracting Officer
Lucy Shin is a Contracting Officer on the Subaward team. She earned her JD from Emory University School of Law. Her undergraduate studies in Political Science and Korean were completed at The Ohio State University. Prior to joining OSP, Lucy worked as a Contracts Negotiator at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.
Dan Sibble - Contracting Officer
Dana Simpson - Director, Subawards / Enterprise Systems / Administrative Support
Dana Simpson has more than 25 years of service to Georgia Tech’s Office of Sponsored Programs. As the Director for Operations, she oversees the Institute’s research subawards operations and monitoring, as well as data and enterprise systems and administrative support. Dana has a Master of Public Administration from Kennesaw State University and is a Certified Research Administrator and Certified Federal Contract Manager.
Terra Stephens - Contracting Specialist
Allison Tapp - Contracting Officer
Allison Tapp is a Contracting Officer supporting Department of Defense Prime Awards for the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTARC Awards). Allison brings over eight years of professional defense contracting experience to Georgia Tech. She holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Winthrop University.
Jamie Turner - Contracting Officer
Jamie Turner is a Contracting Officer supporting Academic Grants and Contracts Administration (GTRC Awards). He has over a decade of experience in financial analysis, accounting, and grants management. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, Jamie served as a Senior Grants Financial Accountant within the Corporate Finance office at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). Jamie holds a Master of Accountancy from Kennesaw State University.
David Walker - Contracting Officer
David Walker is a Contracting Officer supporting Academic Grants and Contracts Administration (GTRC Awards). Prior to joining Georgia Tech, David developed private sector management experience followed by a position as Assistant Director for Proposal and Award Management with The University of Southern Mississippi, which is also his alma mater.
Pamela Ware - Contracting Officer
Lucy Yarbrough - Contracting Officer
Nadia Zitman - Contracting Specialist
Nadia Zitman is a Contracting Specialist on the subawards team. She brings more than 25 years of service and experience at Georgia Tech to our team, including the Office of Sponsored Programs and Office of Research Integrity Assurance. She was one of the first Georgia Tech personnel to complete the departmental certification for research administrators.