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Ted Russo

Director of Research and Sponsored Programs, Research and Sponsored Programs

Phone
973-655-3219
Email
russot@montclair.edu
Location
The School of Nursing and The Graduate School, 415

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

Email:       brunoc@montclair.edu

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

Post-Award Officer, Research and Sponsored Programs

Phone
973-655-6927
Email
dorsettk@montclair.edu
Location
The School of Nursing and The Graduate School, 427

Kate Dorsett has been a member of the OSP team since February 2018. In her role as Sponsored Programs Administrator, she assists with various aspects of reporting and post-award administration. In addition, Kate coordinates Montclair State’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.

Christina Carter

Pre-Award Specialist, Research and Sponsored Programs

Email
carterc@montclair.edu
Location
The School of Nursing and The Graduate School, 413

Christina joined the Office of Sponsored Programs in June of 2022, having returned to Montclair State after eight years away. As Pre-Award Specialist, she strives to engage thoughtful stewardship through the preparation of competitive grant proposals for a variety of sponsors. Prior to joining the Office of Sponsored Programs, she managed a federal grant portfolio across the lifecycle for The Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Christina began her career working for Independence Township Building Dept. in Clarkston, MI. She has supported several large-scale capital projects, including the Manhattanville project at Columbia University in the City of New York, where she earned her BA. She credits her interest in growing educational communities a tribute to maverick educators like her mentor and hometown hero, Mel L. Vaara.

Amanda Lopez

Junior Pre-Award Specialist, Research and Sponsored Programs

Phone
973-655-5367
Email
lopezam@montclair.edu
Location
The School of Nursing and The Graduate School, 415

Amanda Lopez has been a member of the Office of Sponsored Programs since July 2020. As the Junior 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 MSU, 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 MSU where she also worked as a graduate assistant.

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Samuel Wolverton

Senior Pre-Award Specialist, Research and Sponsored Programs

Phone
973-655-3223
Email
wolvertons@montclair.edu
Location
The School of Nursing and The Graduate School, 421

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.