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Staff

The Office of Sponsored staff are here to serve the UNM research community and partners. Below you will find more information about our staff. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.


Alyssa PierceAlyssa

Sponsored Projects Specialist, Sr
Email: alyssamp@unm.edu
Phone: 277-2828
Alyssa joined UNM in 2017 and has experience in pre award functions at the University. Prior to joining UNM she worked in the private sector for over 9 years where she gained pre and post award experience, reporting and analytical experience, as well as gained the fundamentals of proposal development. Alyssa holds a Bachelor’s Degree with concentration in Criminology from Western New Mexico University and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree with concentration in Forensic Psychology.

Araceli BelloAraceli

Sponsored Projects Specialist
Email: arabello@unm.edu
Phone: 277-0591
Araceli joined UNM in 2011 as a student employee at the ECE and Psychiatric department as an accounting assistant. She has also worked in the Procurement Card Department where she obtained extend knowledge of State, Federal and UNM Policies and procedures. She has four years of experience in the private sector as an accountant. She obtained a double Bachelor degrees in Economics and in Business Manager. Araceli joined the Awards Team in the Office of Sponsored Project in September 2017.

Betsy DrellackBetsy

Supervisor, Fiscal Services Special Projects
Email: bdrellack@unm.edu
Phone: 277-2258
Betsy Drellack joined the Office of Sponsored Projects in 2018. She is a Supervisor of Fiscal Services who works on special projects. She is returning to the University after working in General Accounting and the Purchasing Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Before UNLV, Betsy worked in Contract and Grant Accounting and the Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) here at UNM. Betsy received her B.S. in Elementary Education and M.B.A. from UNM.

Brianne LuceroBrianne

Sponsored Projects Specialist
Email: bri2009@unm.edu
Phone: 277-9517
Brianne has worked at the University of New Mexico (UNM) since 2009, where she began employment as a Student Employee and has since gained experience working in various departments around UNM. She joined the Office of Sponsored Projects in May 2017 where she works as a Sponsored Projects Specialist on the Proposal Team. Brianne graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Criminology and received her Master’s in Public Administration this past May.

Chris SaxtonChris

Manager, Sponsored Projects
Email: pasaxton@unm.edu
Phone: 277-7575
Chris has worked in a variety of roles in Research Administration in higher education over the past two decades that include serving as the Director of Resource Development and Grants Administration at Lone Star College, a Research Administrator for the University of Kentucky, and a Contract and Grants Administrator for the Department of Psychiatry at UNM HSC. Along the way, Chris has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Leadership and Administration at New Mexico State University and a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from the University of New Mexico. Chris serves as the Manager, Sponsored Projects and the Supervisor of the Proposal Team for OSP. He is responsible for the day to day operations of OSP and oversees a diverse team of professional staff members. As the Supervisor of the Proposal Team he oversees proposal submissions to ensure compliance with internal and external requirements. OSP is customer oriented and strives to provide excellent service to its stakeholders. To strengthen this philosophy, he is responsible for ensuring that the office meets and exceeds the needs of the UNM research community. If you have any questions or concerns about any aspect of OSP, please do not hesitate to reach out to Chris.

Hannah ClarkHannah

Manager, Sponsored Projects Contracts
Email: clarkh@unm.edu
Phone: 277-7647
Hannah joined the Office of Sponsored Projects in 2016 and now manages the Contracts Team. She has substantial experience with legal research, regulatory compliance, and contract negotiations. Hannah has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Juris Doctor degree.

Jamey CookJamey

Sponsored Projects Specialist, Sr
Email: jingles@unm.edu
Phone: 277-2902
Jamey joined UNM in 2007 working in grant funded positions in the education field at UNM Valencia Campus. She transferred to UNM Main Campus – Office of Sponsored Projects in the Fall of 2016. She brings with her grant and business experience, along with an Anderson School of Management Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Public Policy.

Melissa SanchezMelissa

Sponsored Projects Specialist, Sr
Email: mmarti47@unm.edu
Phone: 277-0829
Melissa joined UNM in 2005 as a student employee at the UNM Children’s Campus. During this time she advanced to an administrative role as well as obtained her BA in Math Education, BS in Spanish, and MA in Secondary Education. She then worked in the College of Education as a Program Coordinator. With experience working on grant-funded programs as well as overseeing financial aspects in both former UNM positions, she now works as a Senior Sponsored Projects Specialist in the Office of Sponsored Projects. Melissa has experience with award setup, proposal submission, and contract negotiation.

VACANTVACANT

Sponsored Projects Specialist
Email:
Phone: 277-4186

Nick OlsonNick

Sponsored Projects Specialist
Email: nolson8@unm.edu
Phone: 277-0810
Nick joined UNM in 2013. He started at UNM as a Records Management Clerk and joined the Office of Sponsored Projects in October of 2017. He is currently part of the proposal team. Nick graduated from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor’s degree in Economics in 2012.

Rebecca GarciaRebeccaM

Sponsored Projects Specialist
Email: rbmccain@unm.edu
Phone: 277-0526
Rebecca joined the Office of Sponsored Projects in June 2018 as part of the Awards Team. She has previously worked in the Office of Human Research Protections in support of the IRB, as well as with the School of Medicine processing student affiliation agreements and completing site compliance for medical student clinical rotations. Rebecca holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography, and is currently working on her Masters in Health Administration.

Rebecca ValdezRebecca

Supervisor, Fiscal Services Awards
Email: rvaldez3@unm.edu
Phone: 277-2341
Rebecca joined UNM in 2012 and has experience in both, pre and post award functions at the University. She started at UNM as an accountant in Contract and Grant accounting, and is now a Supervisor-Fiscal Services in the Office of Sponsored Projects, managing the Award Team. Prior to joining UNM she worked in the private sector for 13 years where she gained private sector accounting experience in the government contracting field- as a fixed asset accountant, construction field- as a staff accountant, and as a staff accountant in a local CPA Firm. Rebecca holds a Bachelor’s Degree with concentration in Accounting from UNM.

Shawnee MartinezShawnee

Sponsored Projects Specialist, Sr
Email: sjmartin@unm.edu
Phone: 277-1711
Shawnee joined UNM in 1998 in Mailing Systems then later transferring and working with Student Services/Student Recruitment at the College of Pharmacy, Internal Medicine and Combined BA/MD Degree Program. She started at the Office of Sponsored Projects in July 2016 and is currently on the Awards Team. She has pre award experience in reviewing and processing proposals, awards, contracts and subawards. Shawnee earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Anderson School of Management with a concentration in Human Resources.

Stephanie SanchezStephanie

Administrative Assistant III
Email: ssanche1@unm.edu
Phone: 277-4186
Stephanie joined UNM in 2009 and has experience in the administration of academic departments, research centers and central core offices. She started at UNM as a student employee in the Civil Engineering Department, and is now an Administrative Assistant III in the Office of Sponsored Projects, assisting in the management of front office operations. Prior to joining UNM she worked in the fast food industry as a Cashier for 4 years where she gained experience in customer service and working with the public. Stephanie holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education from UNM and is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.

Tamaira AndradeTamaira

Unit Administrator 2
Email: andrade@unm.edu
Phone: 277-4287

Tim WesterTim

Contract & Grant Administrator
Email: twester@unm.edu
Phone: 277-1264
Tim joined UNM in 2009 and is a Contracts and Grants Administrator on the Proposal Review Team in the Office of Sponsored Projects. Originally from the Seattle area, Tim came to New Mexico with the United States Air force and then worked for twelve years as a customer service manager in retail. Tim is also a New Mexico Small Business Owner who pilots unmanned aerial vehicles (sUAV) conducting orthomosaic field mapping, aerial photography and videography.