Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Staff Directory

Office of Research & Sponsored Programs Annotated Directory Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP)

Staff Member


Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP)

Stephanie Couch
Interim Associate Vice-President
(510) 885-3022

Oversees ORSP; leads PI and PI Advisory Committee meetings
Internal research capacity building; Strategic plan for research
Committee on Research
Represents CSUEB system-wide and in professional organizations
Develops community partnerships
Institutional official for IACUC

Anne Wing
Office Manager
IRB & IACUC Coordinator
(510) 885-4212

Initial point of contact for ORSP assistance
Supports Institutional Review Board (IRB), Committee on Research, and PI Advisory Committee
Assists with Faculty Support Grant management
Meetings and Events (e.g. Week of Scholarship)


Sean Williams
(510) 885-2301

Compliance with laws, regulations, policies, and procedures
Risk assessment and monitoring
Research-related training
Review and approval of grant awards, contracts, and subcontracts

Mark Vidal
Compliance Specialist
(510) 885-3738

Account set up and purchasing
Independent contractor and subcontract agreements
Compliance and risk review (pre- and post- award)
Time and effort documentation
Coordination with Finance and Administration and HR

Mary Weldele
Animal Care Facility Supervisor
(510) 885-3441

Supports Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
Assists with applications for IACUC approval to use animals in research, teaching, or other capacities
Supports compliance with laws and regulations

Pre-Award & Post Award

Jeanne Dittman
Director, Grant Administration
(510) 885-4006

Oversees all pre-award & post-award staff
Reviews proposals prior to submission
Assists PIs with complexities of post-award administration
Develop & deliver PI and grant-funded staff trainings
Continuous improvement, policies, procedures, protocols, etc.


Susan Wageman
Grants Strategy Officer
(510) 885-2315

Grant proposal development and submission
Partners with University Advancement to engage private funders (cultivation, negotiation, grant reporting and stewardship)
Funding opportunity identification and analysis
Capacity building: systems, policies, procedures and training

Lindsay Merbaum Sinclair
Pre-Award Officer
(510) 885-3738


Grant proposal development, submission, and award negotiation
Assists PI with data management plan development and new grant set-up (launch, hiring, faculty payments and release time)
Funding opportunity identification
Advises on grant report preparation
Stewards University assets derived from grant funded projects

Chantal Ebarle
Sr. Grant Proposal Coordinator
(510) 885-4239

Budget development support
Funding opportunity notifications
Funding search and training
Proposal timelines, documents, budgets, routing, and submissions


Gina Kekiwi
Sr. Grant Administration Coordinator
(510) 885-4232

Post-award management support
Assists with documentation, budgeting and accounting, faculty payments and release time, travel, hospitality, and fiscal reports
Provides training and mentoring for PIs and grant funded staff

Melissa West
Grant Support Coordinator
(510) 885-4229

Award documentation, budget revisions, routing & PI orientation
Assists with documentation, budgeting and accounting, faculty payments and release time, travel, hospitality, and fiscal reports
Serves as resource and mentor for PIs and their staff

Angelica Garcia
Grant Support Assistant
(510) 885-7335

Provides administrative support for Center for Student Research and faculty affiliated with ORSP: documentation, budgeting and accounting, and narrative and fiscal reports

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