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Staff Directory

Amy Cook

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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 also manages the ORS Award Services team.

Amy Cook

Colette Solpietro

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Colette Solpietro serves as the Senior 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 Senior Administrator, 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.

Emily Everette

Cui Romo

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Cui Romo is an Attorney, 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 Supervisor 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

Laura Bilbao

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Laura Bilbao serves as Sr. Analyst for the Proposal Services Team in the Office of Research Services. In this role she works with faculty members to develop budgets for proposals, checks proposals for completeness and prepares them for mailing to agencies.

Laura Bilbao

Cory L. Blackwell

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Cory L. Blackwell serves as a Senior Analyst 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

Stephen Robertson

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Stephen Robertson serves as an Analyst II 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.

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Shayne Sims

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Shayne Sims serves as Lead Analyst 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 an Analyst II 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 Analyst 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

Nicole Smith

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Nicole Smith serves as Analyst II for the Award Services Team in the Office of Research Services. In this position she assists the Unit Supervisor 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. Nicole also serves as the liaison between Texas Tech and the awarding agency when any communication is needed.

Nicole Smith

Student Assistants

Abdullah Ejaz

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Abdullah Ejaz 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. Abdullah is a master's degree candidate in the Computer Science Department. He anticipates graduating Dec 2018.

Mariela Grimaldo

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Mariela Grimaldo 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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