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.


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

Michelle Romero Casias#

Proposals & Research Admin Systems Mgr.
Email: mcasias1@unm.edu
Phone: 277-7575
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.

Antoinette Sabedra (Team Lead)#

Sponsored Projects Officer
Email: asabedra@unm.edu
Phone: 277-7647
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

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.

Nick OlsonNick

Sponsored Projects Specialist, Sr
Email: nolson8@unm.edu
Phone: 277-2828
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.

Shannon JaramilloShannon

Sponsored Projects Specialist
Email: sscrivne@unm.edu
Phone: 277-0810
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.

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.

Rebecca Valdez (Team Lead)Rebecca

Sr. Sponsored Projects Officer
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.

Michael Jones#

Sponsored Projects Specialist
Email: mjones61188@unm.edu
Phone: 277-0591
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.

Rachel LukesRachel

Sponsored Projects Specialist
Email: rlukes@unm.edu
Phone: 277-1370
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
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.

Melissa SanchezMelissa

Sponsored Projects Specialist, Sr
Email: mmarti47@unm.edu
Phone: 277-0446
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: 277-0629
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.

Director of Sponsored Projects

Rosa Gonzalez-RosenblattRosa

Email: rosag@unm.edu

Phone: 277-2665

Unit Administrator 2

Tamaira AndradeTamaira

Email: andrade@unm.edu

Phone: 277-4287

Administrative Assistant III

Stephanie SanchezStephanie

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.