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Staff Directory

Amy Cook, J.D.

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Amy Cook serves as Managing Director, contract negotiator, for the Office of Research Services. In her role, she writes and reviews contracts, subcontracts, and agreements, negotiates awards, and resolves questions from sponsors and investigators for all private companies. 

Amy Cook

Colette Solpietro, CPRA

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Colette Solpietro serves as the Senior Unit Assistant Director for the Office of Research Services. In this position she manages the Cayuse Research Suite of products including Cayuse 424 and Cayuse SP. Additionally, she manages ORS website, ORS training, and manages the proposal and award data, including all standard and ad hoc reporting.

Colette Solpietro

Emily Everette

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Emily Everette serves as a contract negotiator for the Office of Research Services. She primarily works with state and local agencies. In her role, she writes and reviews contracts and subcontracts, negotiates awards, and assists with questions from sponsors, principle investigators, and departments.

Emily Everette

Cui Romo, J.D.

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Cui Romo is the Associate Managing Director, contract negotiator, for the Office of Research Services. In his role, he writes and reviews contracts, subcontracts and agreements, negotiates awards, and resolves questions from sponsors and investigators for all federal sponsors.

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Brittney Moore

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Brittney Moore serves as Unit Manager in the Office of Research Services. In her role, she provides administrative support to the Senior Associate Vice President for Research. She handles personnel action forms, travel, budgets, and other various duties for ORS staff. Brittney also manages the Sr. Business Assistant, Lead Specialist and Student Assistants.

Brittney Moore

Sandra Gallegos

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Sandra Gallegos serves as Lead Specialist for the Office of Research Services. In this role, she inputs proposal and compliance information into the database, conducts monthly reporting, and maintains miscellaneous agreements. Additionally, she assists faculty members with inquiries and generating reports.

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Heather Vaughn

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Heather Vaughn serves as Sr. Business Assistant in the Office of Research Services. In her role, she provides administrative support to the staff of the Office of Research Services.

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Proposal Services

Cory L. Blackwell, MBA, CPRA

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Cory L. Blackwell serves as Program Manager for the Office of Research Services. In his role as a Proposal Services Team member, he works with faculty/staff/students to develop budgets for their proposals, check proposals for completeness and prepare them for submission to different agencies.

Cory Blackwell

Feroza Haq, MSS

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Feroza Haq serves as a Research Administrator I for the Proposal Services Team in the Office of Research Services. In this position, she assists faculty, staff, and students in preparing proposals for submission to various agencies. She provides support with budget preparation and checks to make sure proposals meet agency and university requirements before submission.

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Amy Hoover

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Amy Hoover serves as a Research Administrator for Proposal Team in the Office of Research Services. In this role, she assists faculty, staff, and students in preparing and submitting proposals for sponsored projects. She provides support in developing budgets for sponsored projects, reviews proposals for congruency with agency and university requirements, and prepares them for submission to various agencies.

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Cassandra C. Huey, Ph.D.

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Cassandra C. Huey, Ph.D. serves as a Research Administrator I for the Office of Research Services. In this role, she works with faculty, staff and students to prepare and submit grant proposals to federal and non-federal agencies, foundations and non-profit organizations. She helps provide guidance for the development of budgets and other required documentation for proposal submission. 

Cassandra Huey

Shayne Sims, CPRA

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Shayne Sims serves as Assistant Director for the Proposal Services Team in the Office of Research Services. In this position she assists faculty, staff and students in preparing and submitting proposals for sponsored projects. She provides administrative support in completing the research proposal and provides budget support and review for proposals submitted.

Shayne Sims

Garry Wesner

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Garry Wesner serves as a Research Administrator I for the Office of Research Services. In his role as a Proposal Services Team member, he works with faculty/staff/students to develop budgets for their proposals, check proposals for completeness and prepare them for submission to different agencies. He obtains additional approvals, as necessary, from the Chancellor and the TTU Board of Regents.

Garry Wesner

Award Services

Jennifer Chavira

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Jennifer Chavira serves as Lead Administrator for the Award Services Team in the Office of Research Services. In this position she assists the Associate Director of Research Services in processing the award to enable Office of Research Accounting (ORA) to budget and process the funds. Her responsibilities include entering awards in ORS databases, processing PSAs and subcontracts, confirming all compliance issues are completed, initiating extensions, and assembling award packets for ORA. Jennifer also serves as the liaison between Texas Tech and the awarding agency when any communication is needed.

Jennifer Chavira

Jennifer Fidler

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Jennifer (Jenn) Fidler serves as a Research Administrator I for the Award Services Team in the Office of Research Services (ORS). Her responsibilities include entering awards in ORS databases, drafting and processing awards, subawards, and amendments, confirming all compliance issues are completed, initiating extensions, and assembling award packets for Accounting Services. Jenn also serves as the liaison between Texas Tech and the awarding agency when any communication is needed.

Olivia Martinez

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Olivia Martinez serves as a Research Administrator I for the Proposal Services Team in the Office of Research Services. In this position, she assists faculty, staff, and students in preparing proposals for submission to various agencies. She provides support with budget preparation and checks to make sure proposals meet agency and university requirements before submission.

Stephanie Picquet, J.D.

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Stephanie Picquet serves as a contract negotiator for the Office of Research Services. In her role, she writes and reviews contracts, subcontracts and agreements, negotiates awards, and resolves questions from sponsors and investigators for all federal and state sponsors.

Student Assistants

Vinay Jayachandra

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Vinay Jayachandra is a Graduate Assistant for the Office of Research Services. In this position he serves as IT support, which includes developing, hosting and maintaining the website for the Office of Research Services. He also is responsible for troubleshooting and maintaining all systems. Vinay is a master's degree candidate in the Computer Science Department. He anticipates graduating December 2020.

Madelin Gonzalez

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Madelin Gonzalez serves as a Student Assistant in the Office of Research Services. In this role, she answers phones, makes files, and serves as an assistant to the Unit Supervisor and Sr. Business Assistant.

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