Staff Directory

Kathleen Harris

Kathleen Harris

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Kathleen Everett Harris is Senior Associate Vice President for Research in the Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR). In this position she assists the VPR and Tech Transfer with policy-making decisions concerning the research infrastructure of the university and directs the day-to-day operation of the Office of Research Services.



Amy Cook

Amy Cook

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Amy Cook serves as Associate 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.



Emily Everette

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 companies.



Brittney Moore

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.



Desiree Castillo

Desiree Castillo

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Desiree Castillo 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.

Proposal Services

Laura Bilbao

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.



Cory Blackwell

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.



Karen Bone

Karen L. Bone

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Karen Bone serves as an Analyst II for the Office of Research Services. In her role as a Proposal Services Team member, she works with faculty/staff/students to develop budgets for their proposals, check proposals for completeness and prepare them for submission to different agencies.



Reda Rafei

Reda Rafei

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Reda Rafei serves as Analyst II for the Office of Research Services. She works with faculty members to develop budgets for their proposals, checks proposals for completeness and prepares them for submission, and assists with training.



Shayne Sims

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.



Colette Solpietro

Colette Solpietro

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Colette Solpietro serves as the Assistant Director for the Office of Research Services. In this position she manages the Proposal Services Team for the Office of Research Services.

Award Services

Jennifer Chavira

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.



Nicole Smith

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.

Student Assistants



Shelbi Cooper

Shelbi Cooper

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Shelbi Cooper is an Undergraduate Student Assistant for the Office of Research Services. In her role, she serves the office in preparing, organizing and scanning files, labeling, answering phones and assisting the staff with any assigned tasks. Shelbi is an undergraduate student studying accounting in the Rawls College of Business

Varun Vanka

Varun Vanka

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Varun Vanka is a Graduate Student 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. Varun is a master’s degree candidate in the Rawls College of Business in the management information systems program. He anticipates graduating in December 2014.