Frederic "Ted" Russo, Director
Ted directs the University’s program of grants and sponsored research and manages the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP). He develops policies and procedures to ensure the University is in compliance with federal and state regulations. He represents the University in liaison with external funding agencies, and negotiates sponsored grant and contract agreements with federal and non-federal sponsors. He develops strategic plans, and implements programs to promote the continued growth of research and sponsored programs activities at MSU. Prior to joining the MSU in February, 2012, Ted was the Associate Director of Pre-Award Services at Worcester Polytechnic Institute for 7 years. Prior to WPI, Ted held administrative positions at Clark University and Harvard University Medical School. Ted earned a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts from Harvard University Extension School in 1993, and received a Master’s in Public Administration from Suffolk University in 1998.
Marina Aloyets, Assistant Director
Marina Aloyets, a Pre-Award Officer in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at Montclair State University since 2009, has over eight years’ experience managing, negotiating, and seeking grants in nonprofit and university settings. She assists faculty and staff with preparing competitive grant proposals in submission to federal, state, local government agencies, as well as to foundations and corporations. In her current role, Marina manages the proposal development process; provides outreach and training to faculty individually and in educational workshops; and acts as a liaison to funding agencies. Prior to joining MSU, Marina was the Associate Director of Institutional Giving and Grants Management at the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society in New York City where she spearheaded all grant submissions for the $22-million international nonprofit organization. During her career she also managed and negotiated federal grants to medical service providers at Public Health Solutions in New York City and was a Grants and Contracts Officer at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Marina holds an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Ben Gurion University of the Negev, and has a B.S. in Finance from the Rutgers School of Business.
Catherine Bruno, Post-Award Officer
Catherine Bruno is the Post-Award Officer in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at Montclair State University. In her role, Catherine assists faculty in managing their grants by providing guidance in all aspects of their award from reviewing award and contract agreements to coordinating final report submissions. She serves as the liaison to funding agencies on issues such as no-cost extensions and issues that require prior approval. She is responsible for the subaward process including drafting of subaward agreements to other institutions, review and negotiating of agreements from other institutions, and monitoring of subaward deadlines. Catherine also manages MSU’s Internal Awards process by preparing and distributing the guidelines and applications, providing support to the faculty serving on the University Committees and serving as the fiscal agent on the internal awards budgets. She also manages ORSP’s operating budgets. Prior to joining MSU in August 2008, she was the Manager of Grants and Services to Cultural Organizations at the Westchester Arts Council in White Plains, NY. There she managed eight grant programs that awarded over $2 million in grants annually and served as the liaison to cultural organizations providing technical and capacity-building assistance. During her career, she was also a Grant Assistant for the New Jersey Historical Commission, an agency in the New Jersey Department of State, assisting in the administration of more than $6 million in grants to historical organizations throughout New Jersey. Catherine earned an MBA from Monmouth University in 2004 and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health Administration from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 1998.
Sangeeta Mehra, Post-Award Program Assistant
Sangeeta joined the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at MSU in September 2011 as the Post Award Program Assistant. In this role, she assists with all tasks involved with post-award assistance on grants including assisting faculty to understand procurement and hiring procedures, reviewing travel forms, and ordering. She manages the ORSP database including inputting award data, and running reports as needed. She creates Financial Records System (FRS) budget setups for new awards, no-cost extensions, etc. Sangeeta provides assistance with internal awards including scheduling, technical assistance, uploading applications to Blackboard, logistics for meeting, award notification, and various other related reporting for Internal Awards. She assists with the office management of ORSP with tasks such as ensuring proper inventory is available. She also creates and maintains post-award and internal award hard files. She works as part of the ORSP Team to meet overall office goals and to provide support and assistance to all ORSP staff as needed. Sangeeta graduated from Pace University with a B.A. in Economics in 1988. She has a financial background, and worked in a Financial Planning office for 5 years until 2011, working directly with clients and learning about investments. She was in customer service oriented positions in Retail banking as well. Prior to this, she worked at JP Morgan Chase for 9 years in various Business Analyst positions.
Dana Natale, Research Development Specialist
Dana Natale is a Pre-Award Officer for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at Montclair State University. As such, she assists faculty interested in preparing competitive proposals to federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as foundations and corporations. In addition, she provides training to faculty and staff, and acts as the liaison to funding agencies. Prior to joining the ORSP, Dana spent four years supporting experiential education and campus-community partnership development at MSU. As Assistant Director and Special Projects Coordinator for the Center for Community-Based Learning, she created a development plan and funding protocol, wrote grants, conducted research, and coordinated a variety of campus-community partnership projects. Before coming to MSU, Dana worked in research coordination and development positions for a number of non-profit organizations and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Research projects that she has undertaken and assisted in have been published in High Plains Applied Anthropologist, Journal of Palliative Medicine, New England Journal of Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education. Dana holds an M.A. in Anthropology and a B.A.in Psychology.
Sam Wolverton, Sponsored Programs Coordinator
Sam joined the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs in August 2012. His primary role is to assist the Pre-Award Officers with the proposal preparation and submission processes. In addition, Sam helps faculty locate funding opportunities by setting up InfoEd profiles and conducts custom searches. He is also responsible for the updating and maintenance of the ORSP website and helps in the development of training workshops as well as educational and outreach activities. Prior to joining OSRP, he held positions in both publishing and accounting. Sam has a B.A. in English from Rutgers University.