Staff

The Office of Sponsored Projects 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.


OSP Main Email - osp@unm.edu | OSP Main Phone Number - 505-277-4186

Antoinette Sabedra (Team Lead)antoinette

Sponsored Projects Officer
Email: asabedra@unm.edu
Phone: 277-7647
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With nearly 10 years of service at UNM, Antoinette has held increasing levels of research administrator positions and has overseen projects funded by both public and private sponsors. Prior to joining UNM, she held positions at Technology Ventures corporation and H&R Block, where she gained experience in compliance and an understanding of industry. In addition to her background in research administration, she has experience in leading and developing staff, supporting faculty, making data driven decisions, accounting, and planning and coordinating trainings and conferences. Antoinette holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Anderson School of Management at UNM.

Tim WesterTim

Sponsored Projects Officer
Email: twester@unm.edu
Phone: 277-1264
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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.

Nick OlsonNick

Sponsored Projects Specialist, Sr
Email: nolson8@unm.edu
Phone: 277-2828
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Nick is currently the Systems Coordinator and a Sponsored Projects Specialist for the Office of Sponsored Projects. He is a member of the Proposal Team and has extensive experience in reviewing and submitting proposals to private, federal, state, and local government sponsors. Through this experience Nick has gained operational knowledge of each sponsor’s unique portal, Cayuse SP and Cayuse 424. As the Systems Coordinator, Nick currently provides day-to-day system support to the UNM research community. Nick has been with the University since 2013. He graduated from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor’s degree in Economics in 2012.

Amanda DiMercurioAmanda

Sponsored Projects Specialist
Email: adimercurio@unm.edu
Phone: 277-2902
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Amanda has worked at the University of New Mexico (UNM) since 2017, where she began employment as a Student Employee for the Office of the Medical Investigator (OMI). As a committee member for the Grief Services Initiative, her dedication and efforts contributed to the success of OMI Grief Services Program expansion. She became a full time Administrative Assistant, engaging in administrative, liaison, and program coordination activities. She joined Office of Sponsored Projects in February 2021 as a Sponsored Project Specialist for the Proposal Team. Amanda graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and she will graduate with her Master’s in Public Administration from UNM May 2021.

Maria AcevesMaria

Sponsored Projects Specialist
Email: maceves1@unm.edu
Phone: 277-9517
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Maria Aceves joined the Office of Sponsored Projects in June 2021 as a Sponsored Projects Specialist for the Proposal Team. She comes from Houston, Texas where she attended the University of Houston and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Teaching and Learning in 2014. Before coming to UNM, she worked in Public Elementary Education for 7 years as a Teacher and Library Media Specialist. Maria has strong communication, problem solving and critical thinking skills, experience with budget management and grant writing, and received her Master’s degree in Library Sciences in 2018.

Rebecca Valdez (Team Lead)Rebecca

Sponsored Projects Officer, Sr
Email: rvaldez3@unm.edu
Phone: 277-2341
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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.

Rachel LukesRachel

Sponsored Projects Specialist, Sr
Email: rlukes@unm.edu
Phone: 277-1370
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Rachel has worked at the University of New Mexico since 2015, beginning at UNM Continuing Education as a work study and student employee. She graduated with her BLA from the University of New Mexico in 2016 with focuses in Geology and American Studies. Rachel has since gained experience during her time at UNM as an Administrative Assistant, an Enrollment Service Representative, and working two years as an Admissions Advisor. She joined the Office of Sponsored Projects in August of 2019 and works as a Sponsored Projects Specialist on the Awards Team.

Brianne Lucero (Subawards POC)brianne

Sponsored Projects Specialist, Sr
Email: bri2009@unm.edu
Phone: 277-0629
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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.

Caroline CabiedesCaroline

Sponsored Projects Specialist
Email: ccabiedes@unm.edu
Phone: 277-0810
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Caroline has worked at the University of New Mexico since 2016. She started her career at Zimmerman Library as a work study employee. She graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2017 with a BA in Evolutionary Anthropology and a minor in Communication. Caroline has since gained experience in higher education, working two years as an Admissions Advisor. She joined the Office of Sponsored Projects in February 2021 and works as a Sponsored Projects Specialist on the Awards Team.

Michael Jones#

Sponsored Projects Specialist, Sr
Email: mjones61188@unm.edu
Phone: 277-0591
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Michael joined UNM in the spring of 2019. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Anderson School of Management and has since gained experience working in both the public and private sector. Michael has performed various compliance reviews of Government agencies, which include Custom and Borders Protection (CBP), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and a Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) 16 Examination of the Department of Defense (DoD). Michael also holds experience in accounts receivable, accounts payable and revenue recognition.

Melissa SanchezMelissa

Sponsored Projects Officer, Sr
Email: mmarti47@unm.edu
Phone: 277-0446
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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.

Shawnee MartinezShawnee

Sponsored Projects Specialist, Sr
Email: sjmartin@unm.edu
Phone: 277-0526
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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 Contracts 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.

Shannon Pogzebashannon

Sponsored Projects Specialist, Sr
Email: sscrivne@unm.edu
Phone: 277-1260
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Shannon has worked at UNM since 2012 in various administrative and academic advisement positions in the College of Education. She is familiar with federal laws that apply to student information such as FERPA. She has built relationships with many key offices on campus and understands administrative policies of the university from conducting internal audits of freshman and transfer student orientation sessions in her previous role. Shannon holds a Master’s in Public Administration degree with a concentration in Human Resources from UNM.

Rosa Gonzalez-RosenblattRosa

Director of Sponsored Projects
Email: rosag@unm.edu
Phone: 277-2665
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Rosa is the Director of both the Office of Sponsored Projects and the Contract and Grant Accounting Office on Main Campus. In these roles she is responsible for ensuring her departments deliver efficient and effective support and quality customer service to the entire University main campus research community in the pursuit and management of external funding, while assuring all internal controls and regulatory compliance.

Rosa has over 20 years of leadership experience and in-depth knowledge of Sponsored Research Administration and Grant Accounting. Her experience includes Pre and Post award research administration as well as accounting and compliance, both at the department and core office level. Additionally, she has extensive knowledge and experience in management, process development, process improvements, electronic research administration systems, data analysis and reporting and human resources.

Rosa holds a bachelor’s degree with a dual concentration in Accounting and International Business and a Master of Business Administration, both from the UNM Anderson School of Management. She is also a Certified Research Administrator.

Michelle Romero CasiasMichelle

Proposal and Awards Team Manager
Research Systems Administrator
Email: mcasias1@unm.edu
Phone: 277-7575
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Michelle Casias is the Proposals & Electronic Research Administration Manager for the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP), with the responsibility of overseeing the day-to-day operational activities of the proposal team and the Cayuse proposal submission system. Prior to joining the OSP team, she held leadership roles at the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce and the New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED). Prior to her role as the Director of Operations and Executive Affairs with NMHED, she worked as a Program Manager, proposing and overseeing a variety of grants through public and private entities, with research, academic and student support components. Michelle comes to OSP with extensive knowledge and experience in operations management, proposal preparation and processing, grant management, policy and procedure development, regulatory compliance, and contract negotiation and management. She has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration (B.B.A.) with a concentration on Operations Management from the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico.

Stephanie SanchezStephanie

Admin Assistant
Email: ssanche1@unm.edu
Phone: 277-4186
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Stephanie joined UNM in 2004 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. Stephanie is a UNM Alumni and holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.