EPSCoR and other Sponsored Programs Office Staff
5550 W. Flamingo Road, Suite A2
Las Vegas, NV 89103
MAIN Line: 702.522.7070
- SSPO & EPSCoR Organizational Chart
- Research Affairs Council & Nevada EPSCoR Advisory Committee Organizational Chart
- System Sponsored Program Directors
Mrs. Lori Brazfield is the Director of the Nevada System Sponsored Programs Office which houses the Nevada EPSCOR program. She is responsible for the administrative operations which includes research compliance and program management. She works with the EPSCoR Chair along with the Vice Presidents of Research and the Nevada EPSCoR Advisory Board to support the strong focus of the state which is to build research, technology and workforce development within higher education.Lori has been with NSHE for over 10 years and involved in grants management and grant writing for over 15 years. Her non-profit and university career has focused on early childhood education and health education for K-16 and she previously worked for private enterprise managing special events. She is a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators and Society of Research Administrators International. She has her BA in Communication Studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and her MBA in Conflict and Negotiations from Trident University International.
Michele Casella is the Education, Outreach and Diversity Administrator (EOD) for the Nevada System of Higher Education Special Sponsored Programs Office (NSHE SSPO). In this role, she is responsible for ensuring that EOD activities are integrated throughout the three NSF EPSCOR projects currently funded in Nevada. Ultimately, she would like to work collaboratively with other research-based projects to provide continuity in STEM education and research and to build a more diverse STEM workforce.In 2002, Michele received a Bachelors of Science degree in Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her formal education and professional experience working for state and federal agencies, as well as for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, has made Michele successful in planning, implementing and evaluating pathway programs for traditional and non-traditional students in a variety of different disciplines. As a native Nevadan, Michele takes pride in her community and is dedicated to fostering a nurturing environment for success in higher education and beyond into a strong economic workforce….AGAINST ALL ODDS!
Althea Sheets is the Communications Specialist for the Nevada System Sponsored Programs and EPSCoR Office (SSPO/EPSCoR). She is responsible for media relations and press releases, websites, newsletters, highlights, publications, social media, and meeting/event logistics. She brings ten years of higher education knowledge and experience to NSHE, seven of those as the Communications Manager for Idaho EPSCoR, University of Idaho. In addition, she has twenty years of private industry and U.S. federal government finance and administrative experience working for Ida-West Energy Company, a subsidiary of Idaho Power; Scott Paper Company; the U.S. National Park Service, Death Valley National Park; the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; and the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines. She holds two undergraduate degrees, a Bachelors of Science in Business-Accounting and a Bachelors of Science in Communication Studies from the University of Idaho. Althea is committed to achieving SSPO/EPSCoR goals and objectives through the use of effective and easy to understand communication.
NSF EPSCoR Program Coordinator
Robin Gonzales joined the Nevada System of Higher Education System Sponsored Program's Office (NSHE SSPO) as the NSF EPSCoR Program Coordinator. In his role, he assists in progress reporting, maintaining project websites and databases, scholarship competition, event planning and all activities related to the NSF projects. An immigrant from the Philippines, he has lived in Nevada for six years. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and graduated Magna Cum Laude and Outstanding Graduate for his on-campus and off-campus involvements.
|Stephanie Borene (Holguin)
Program Coordinator, Nevada NASA Space Grant Consortium
Born in Guam and raised in Las Vegas, Stephanie joined the NSHE Sponsored Programs Office in 2014 as the Program Coordinator for the Nevada NASA Space Grant Consortium, providing NASA related scholarships, fellowships and research grants to Nevada higher education students and faculty. Previously, Stephanie served as the founding Executive Director of the student-run program, Grantwell at UNLV, where she led a team to successfully market and implement a $25,000 grant allocation project that resulted in the funding of three local nonprofit organizations. Additionally, Stephanie has served in numerous integral roles at Nevada nonprofits and as a Graduate Assistant at the UNLV Nonprofit, Community and Leadership Initiative. Stephanie earned a Bachelor's Degree in Counseling with Minors in Addictions Treatment and Gambling Counseling; and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha- the global honor society for public affairs and administration.
Marcie Jackson joined the Nevada System of Higher Education Special Sponsored Programs Office in December 2011. She is responsible for the budget, finance, and cradle-to-grave grants management of Nevada’s two Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) awards, which total over $22 million in Federal dollars and over $6.5 million in state dollars.She brings more than 13 years of grant proposal development and grant administration experience to NSHE. Marcie has a varied background in higher education, business, civil service, and non-profit management. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from UNLV. She is a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators and Society of Research Administrators International.
Laura Mercer is the web designer for all the websites within the EPSCoR/SSPO office. Laura manages all the website updates and archiving of documents as well as creating new websites. Laura received her Bachelor of Arts in Physical Geography with a minor in Business Administration from the University of North Texas in Denton TX. She went on to get her Certification in Web Design and graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Continuing Education in 2000. Besides running a successful web design/online marketing business, she spent 6 years teaching at UNLV and taught courses on Web Design, Dreamweaver I, Dreamweaver II, Search Engine Optimization, e-commerce and was a guest lecturer for a variety of courses with the web design certification program. She and her husband John have lived in Nevada since 1999, and recently their two boys started college here in the state.
|Ashleigh B. Oglesby
Post Award Manager
Ashleigh Oglesby formerly served as a U.S Federal Grants and Budget Specialist for the American Society for Microbiology (Washington, DC) managing PEPFAR (President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) funds for International Countries focused on improving TB/HIV laboratory capacity building. Prior to that Ashleigh worked at George Mason University as a Grants Administrator (pre-award) and Grants Accountant (post-award).
She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Economics from George Mason University and is a Certified Research Administrator. When she doesn't have her nose to the grind, she enjoys traveling and running. Her personal motto: "The only leaps of faith you'll ever regret are the ones you don't take."
|Min Sun Park
Min-Sun Park is a Grants and Project Analyst for the Nevada System of Higher Education EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) and Sponsored Program Office. Min-Sun is responsible for managing federal grants and sponsored program accounts from account setup to award close-out, monitoring financial activity and producing financial reports, providing assistance to the director and research administrators on various post-award inquiries, assisting with audit management, and analyzing data related to the submission of reports, and handling funding receivables.Previously, Min-Sun has worked in international marketing for a multi-national company and in tradeshow sales for the convention and exhibition industry in Las Vegas. Min-Sun holds a master’s degree in Hospitality Administration from UNLV and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Administrative Assistant III
Angela Poole is an Administrative Assistant IV for the Nevada System of Higher Education Sponsored Programs\Nevada EPSCoR Office. She has been employed with SSPO since March 2002. Angie, as she is known, contributes an enormous amount of talents to this office. She is responsible for managing federal grants and sponsored program accounts from account setup to award close-out, monitoring financial activity and producing financial reports, providing assistance to the director and research administrators on various post-award inquiries, and assisting with audit management. She also processes over 30 purchase order requests for sub-awards per month. Alternate travel coordinator, credit card and financial transactions monitor, are all positions that Poole undertakes in her daily tasks.Poole moved to Nevada in August 2001 from Tempe, Arizona via Seattle, Washington. While in Seattle, Poole worked in the Public Health Lab in Shoreline. She was the Administrative Secretary and was responsible for many functions including managing the senior epidemiologist daily projects, transcribing medical and epidemiological reports, executing personnel/payroll responsibilities and managing computer equipment inventories.Angie attended and graduated from Tempe High School in Tempe, Arizona. She attended Mesa Community College, Mesa, Arizona and later, Renton Technical College, Renton, Washington.Poole likes to go to the gym to keep in shape, being contagious; she implores the rest of the office to attend and “Get in Shape”.
Alice Ward, considers herself a native Nevadan although she was born in Washington, DC. She was educated at St. Anne’s Catholic School, graduated from Bishop Gorman High School, attended UNR, and later graduated from UNLV. Graduating from a Nevada University was keeping up a family tradition as both parents graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno after WWII. Her mother and father were both Navy veterans who, from an early age, instilled in her a sense of civic duty. Their example provided the impetus that allowed her to raise and mentor her six children, coaching them in sports teams, serving on the school’s PTO, and later providing services as counselor to the homeless and to court mandated youth and their families.Ms. Ward is currently the MAP NVIE Research Administrator, NASA Space Grant Coalition Research Administrator, NASA EPSCoR Research Administrator; and will soon be taking on the research administration duties for the Nevada Collaborative Teaching Improvement Program or NeCoTIP. She facilitates the administrative side of various research and education focused activities that are part of the awards Nevada receives from various federal, state, and private entities. This work is highly detailed and requires cognizance of the fact that individual funding agencies have their own specific requirements which RA’s ensure are in keeping with state and federal guidelines. As a Research Administrator, her focus is to facilitate research by providing assistance to faculty researchers, students, and administrative officers through the gathering and dispensing of information, the administration of awards, and many other related tasks while keeping an eye out for opportunities to advance Nevada’s educational and economic growth.Starting in 1999, Ms. Ward’s oversaw the administration of the National Institutes of Health - Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network award to Nevada that was renewed as the IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence award (INBRE) before the award and administrative duties transferred to the University of Nevada Reno. She was the NSF EPSCoR Research Administrator and Outreach Coordinator before taking on her current duties. She holds a Bachelor’s in Communications and a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Administrative Assistant II
Toni Woods is an Administrative Assistant II with the Nevada System of Higher Education Sponsored Programs and EPSCoR Office (SSPO). Toni is the Office Manager with an enormous amount of responsibility. Woods also serves as the financial assistant and is responsible for reconciling over 75 state and grant accounts on a monthly basis. She controls all administrative functions to include serving as the travel coordinator; credit card and financial transactions monitor; files and customer support manager. Woods is also the USPS, FedEx and UPS coordinator.Toni has extensive experience in the administrative and accounting career field. She previously served as an Administrative Manager, Accounting Clerk and Customer Service Clerk. Woods also honorably served in the United States Army.Woods has been an employee of the State of Nevada for 3 years. She was employed as an Administrative Assistant II with the Department of Welfare and Social Services prior to coming to the SSPO. Woods gained extensive management, leadership and skills by providing supervisory guidance for 7 clerks. She also honed her communication skills by providing service to customers at the DWSS Front Desk. This was considered first contact with customers of the welfare office. Her accomplishments were nothing short of outstanding!Woods currently has an Associate Degree in Accounting.