ORA Staff Directory

Leadership

Christopher Boynton
Director, Office of Research Administration
Room 403 Corbett Hall
207.581.1472
christopher.boynton@maine.edu
Serves as the University’s Authorized Institutional Representative with the authority to submit applications or proposals and negotiate, execute, and otherwise obligate the University on the resulting grants, cooperative agreements, or contracts for sponsored projects.

Administrative Support

Leisa Preble
Administrative Specialist CL1
Room 424 Corbett Hall
207.581.1484
lpreble@maine.edu

Pre-Award Services

Pre-Award Services is responsible for the review, processing, and submission of proposals to external sponsors; negotiations, formal acceptance, and execution of awards; and project account set-up in PeopleSoft consistent with award conditions and University cost sharing obligations.
Debbie Carver, CRA
Assistant Director, Pre-Award Services
Room 422 Corbett Hall
207.581.1477
debora.carver@maine.edu
Manages the internal operations of Pre-Award Services. Oversees, coordinates, and monitors activity related to grant and contract offers from Federal and State government, industry, and other sponsors. Negotiates and accepts incoming agreements and contracts. Processes agreements and contracts in preparation for account setup. Processes OPAS requests.
Laura Ward
Proposal Manager
Grant and Contract Administrator III
Room 416 Corbett Hall
207.581.3016
lauraw@maine.edu

Manages the incoming proposal workload between pre-award proposal staff members. Oversees, coordinates, and monitors proposal activity. Provides guidance on proposal preparation, including the review of proposal budgets and budget justifications, full proposals for completeness and compliance with sponsor requirements and University policies, and submission of final proposals to sponsor.  Additionally, processes grant awards for account setup.

Susannah Fisher
Grant and Contract Administrator I
Room 418 Corbett Hall
207.581.1492
susannah.fisher@maine.edu
Provides guidance on proposal preparation, including the review of proposal budgets and budget justifications, full proposals for completeness and compliance with sponsor requirements and University policies, and submission of final proposals to sponsor.
Wendy Powers
Grant and Contract Administrator II
Room 415 Corbett Hall
207.581.1481
wendy.powers@maine.edu
Provides guidance on proposal preparation, including the review of proposal budgets and budget justifications, full proposals for completeness and compliance with sponsor requirements and University policies, and submission of final proposals to sponsor.

Deborah Esparza-St. Louis
Grant & Contract Administrator III
Room 421 Corbett Hall
207.581.1499
deborah.esparzast@maine.edu

Reviews, coordinates, and monitors activity related to grant and contract offers from Federal and State government, industry, and other sponsors. Negotiates and accepts incoming agreements and contracts. Processes agreements and contracts in preparation for account setup. Processes OPAS requests. Serves as back-up to Assistant Director in her absence.
Meghan Dill
Grant Accountant I
Room 426 Corbett Hall
207.581.1483
meghan.dill@maine.edu
Creates new projects, enters project budgets into the general ledger, and completes project allocation forms.
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Post Award & Fiscal Services

Post-Award and Fiscal Services acts as a liaison between the university and external sponsors once an award has been made and assists faculty and staff with cradle-to-grave project administration including contract and subcontract negotiation, project set-up and monitoring, modification of awards, project invoicing and accounting, financial and effort reporting, and project close-out activities.
Frank Belanger
Grant Accountant III
Room 404 Corbett Hall
207.581.1582
franklin@maine.edu
Manages campus-billed projects. Performs sponsor invoicing and financial reporting as well as the reconciling, revising, and closing out of projects. Handles Schedule of Collections.  Assists faculty with current award balances and carry-forward amounts. Reviews and prepares adjustments as needed, processes award close-outs.
Robert Lavigne
Grant Accountant IV
Room 414 Corbett Hall
207.581.1482
lavigne@maine.edu
Manages accounting for Letter-of-Credit (LOC) projects. Prepares Federal Financial Reports (SF425s), assists faculty with current award balances and carry-forward amounts. Reviews and prepares adjustments as needed and processes award close-outs. Manages the funding of cost-sharing commitments. Assists with A-133 audits.
Shannon Johnson
Post Award Staff Associate I
Room 424 Corbett Hall
207.581.1476
sjohns66@maine.edu
Assists Associate Director with grant transfers, change of PI/key personnel requests, no-cost extensions, award closeout, and general reporting. 
Jenny Rapp
Grant Accountant I
Room 406 Corbett Hall
207.581.1497
jenny.rapp@maine.edu
Performs budget modifications and/or revisions, and processes labor and cost adjustment requests.
Tammy York
Subaward Officer
Room 408 Corbett Hall
207.581.1455
umsubawards@maine.edu
Manages all subaward activity, including subaward development, invoice processing, monitoring,  and close-out.
 
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Office of Research Compliance

Gayle Jones
Director, Office of Research Compliance
Room 400 Corbett Hall
207.581.1498
gayle.jones@.maine.edu
Manages the daily operations of the Research Integrity and Compliance group. Oversees, coordinates, and monitors activity related to research integrity and compliance (including human subjects, animal care, biosafety, responsible conduct of research, financial conflict of interest, and export controls). Reviews human subjects and animal care applications before approval can be granted for research compliance.
Amanda Ashe, CRA
Senior Research Compliance Officer
Room 401 Corbett Hall
207.581.1480
amanda.ashe@umit.maine.edu
Assists in the development and implementation of programs to ensure compliance with federal regulations pertaining to  research. Serves as University Compliance Officer for Export Control Regulations and I-129 Attestations.
Paula Portalatin
Research Compliance Officer II
Room 402 Corbett Hall
207.581.2657
paula.portalatin@maine.edu
Assists in the development and implementation of programs to ensure compliance with federal regulations pertaining to research (including human subjects, animal care, biosafety, responsible conduct of research, financial conflict of interest, and export controls). Reviews animal care and human applications before approval can be granted for research compliance.
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Information Technology Services and Reporting

Cliff Wilbur
Assistant Director, Information Management
Room 410 Corbett Hall
207.581.1419
cwilbur@maine.edu
Oversees ORA’s information management needs including data systems design and management & network management. Provides PARS technical support and generates ad-hoc reports of extramural activity.  Serves as University contact for the Federal CCR and ORCA.
Robin Crocker
Document & Communications Administrator II
Room 412 Corbett Hall
207.581.1471
rcrocker@maine.edu
Manages incoming documents and performs quality control and archiving functions. Performs PARS and sponsor website registration and support services. Assists with network management and data systems design, maintenance, and management, publishes data, and generates monthly and ad-hoc extramural activity reports. Maintains ORA website.
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