SSPO & EPSCoR Staff
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!
NSF Program Coordinator
Mayara Cueto-Diaz is the NSF Program Coordinator for the Nevada System of Higher Education Special Sponsored Programs Office (NSHE SSPO). In this role, she assists the Research Administrator with NSF EPSCoR progress reporting and account management and the Educational Outreach and Diversity (EOD) Administrator with scholarship competitions and the development and implementation of a student peer ambassador program. She is also responsible for maintaining project websites and databases and for coordinating meetings and events related to the NSF projects. Mayara holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Gibran Chavez-Gudino is the Research Administrator for the Nevada NASA Space Grant Consortium (NVSG) and NASA EPSCoR programs. He is responsible for the operational planning and execution of statewide NVSG initiatives including scholarship contests, conferences, as well as general promotion of the program. One of his main goals is to engage students and faculty to broaden participation for the program statewide. While at Harvard University, Gibran worked extensively with international scholarships and grants including Fulbright Mexico (García-Robles), Fulbright Argentina, Becas Caldas out of Colombia, and Science without Borders (Ciência Sem Fronteiras) out of Brazil. Working with over 150 students and administering over $7 million in awards per year, Gibran has a wide array of experience with scholarship management and administrative tracking within higher education. He earned a BA in Political Science and Religious Studies from the University of San Diego and a Masters in Theological Studies (MTS) from Harvard Divinity School. Gibran is a political junkie as well as a soccer fanatic.
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.
|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
MinSun Park is the Research Administrator managing education grants and sponsored programs for the Nevada System of Higher Education System Sponsored Programs Office (NSHE SSPO). MinSun has had both pre-award and post-award grant administration experience within NSHE SSPO since 2008. In her role, she administers grant application, RFP solicitation, budget, subward monitoring, financial, and reporting. In addition, she is responsible for overseeing seven-year Nevada GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program) Subgrant awarded to NSHE institutions in the amount of over one million annually. Previously, she had experience in marketing service for a British multi-national company and had worked in tradeshow sales and account management for the convention and exhibition industry in Las Vegas. MinSun holds a Master’s Degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
Althea Sheets is the Communications Specialist for the Nevada System Sponsored Programs and EPSCoR Office (SSPO/EPSCoR). She is responsible to execute the communications program through publications, websites, videos, infographics, social media and events. Althea came from Idaho EPSCoR, University of Idaho where she spent over seven years as the Communications Manager before joining Nevada EPSCoR in the Fall of 2014. She brought ten years of higher education knowledge to NSHE as well has twenty years of private industry and federal government experience. She holds two undergraduate degrees – Communication Studies and Accounting – from the University of Idaho. Althea is a family history buff and loves spending time with her family off-roading in the Nevada desert.
Alice Ward has been a Nevada resident her entire life as her parents both graduated from UNR in the 1940's. Needless to say, she's seen dramatic changes come to the Las Vegas valley over the years. Currently, she is a Research Administrator for special projects within the Nevada System of Higher Education. In 1999, Ms. Ward 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 came to NSHE in 1998 as the Project Coordinator of the UNLV HiPSEC before moving to the Chancellor's office. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Administrative Assistant III
Toni Woods is an Administrative Assistant III with the Nevada System of Higher Education Sponsored Programs and EPSCoR Office (SSPO). Toni is also 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, 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. 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 and leadership 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 Associates Degree in Accounting.