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Ted Russo

Director of Research and Sponsored Programs, Research and Sponsored Programs


Ted directs the University’s program of grants and sponsored research and manages the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). 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 the University. Prior to joining Montclair State in February 2012, Ted was the Associate Director of Pre-Award Services at Worcester Polytechnic Institute for seven 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. Ted gained his “Certified Research Administrator” (CRA) designation in 2015. He is an active member of the National Council of University Research Administrators and has presented on various topics related to research administration regionally.

Catherine Bruno

Senior Post-Award Officer, Office of Sponsored Programs

Phone:      973-655-6923


Office:      The School of Nursing and The Graduate School, 423

Catherine Bruno is the Senior Post-Award Officer in the Office of 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 serves as the Office’s Budget Manager and is responsible for the fiscal administration of the Office’s various operating budgets. Prior to joining the University 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 of Science in Public Health Administration from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 1998.

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Kate Dorsett

Senior Post Award Officer & Research Systems Manager, Research and Sponsored Programs


Kate Dorsett has been a member of the OSP team since February 2018. In her role as Senior Post Award Officer & Research Systems Manager, she assists with various aspects of reporting and post-award administration. In addition, Kate coordinates Montclair’s Internal Awards program by preparing and distributing the guidelines and applications, providing support to the University Research Committee, and managing and monitoring the internal awards budgets. Kate previously served as a Grants Specialist with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development in Washington, D.C., where she managed a $2 million annual grant portfolio. Kate has a BA in Mathematics and Secondary Education and an MA in Higher Education Administration from Boston College.

Amanda Loucka

Pre-Award Specialist, Research and Sponsored Programs


Amanda Lopez has been a member of the Office of Sponsored Programs since July 2020. As the Pre-Award Specialist, she assists with proposal preparation, development and submission of grant proposals to external sponsors, including the preliminary review of sponsor requirements, and preparation of budgets and forms according to the guidelines established by Montclair State University, federal uniform guidance, and sponsors. Prior to joining OSP, Amanda received her BA in Psychology from Felician University and received her MA in Counseling from Montclair where she also worked as a graduate assistant.

Jonathan Parker

Proposal Development Manager-Major Projects, Office of Sponsored Programs

Phone:      973-655-3221


Office:      The School of Nursing and The Graduate School, 425

As a key member of OSP’s pre-award team, Jonathan works closely with faculty, staff, and administrators on developing and submitting proposals for external funding. He serves as a point person for coordinating the submission process of complex major institutional proposals. Jonathan joined Montclair from Rutgers University, where he worked in the central Office for Research in pre-award and research development roles. Prior to Rutgers, he served as Assistant Director of Research Development at Kean University. Jonathan is a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) and holds a doctorate in philosophy.  Prior to pivoting into research administration, he was a faculty member in philosophy.

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Samuel Wolverton

Senior Pre-Award Specialist, Research and Sponsored Programs


Sam joined the Office of Sponsored Programs in August 2012. As a senior member of OSP’s Pre-Award team, he supports faculty in preparing competitive proposals to federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as foundations and corporations. In addition, Sam manages OSP’s funding opportunities listserv; edits and publishes OSP publications; manages OSP’s social media presence; and presents at OSP trainings and events. Prior to joining OSP, he held positions in both publishing and accounting. Sam has a BA in English from Rutgers University.