Meet the Staff

With over 35 years of combined experience in proposal development, grants management and accounting, the SPA staff is dedicated to assisting faculty and staff through all stages of program sponsorship, from searching out funding sources to tracking program expenses for secured grant projects.

Postion Vacant, Director

Overall Admin & Oversight:

  • Contract negotiations
  • Prep, review & approval of applications
  • Grant contracts & agreements
  • Project extensions
  • Programmatic changes
  • Budget modifications
  • Policy development


Tracy BainterSenior Grants Specialist 

Grant Preparation and Submission:

  • Proposals
  • Tracking and Research
  • Preparation and Review of Materials
  • Grant contracts & agreements
  • Project extensions
  • Programmatic changes



Kathy Horner, Senior Grants Accountant

Grant Management for:

  • School of Education
  • College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
  • Legal Clinic

Other Responsibilites:

  • Manages accounting for federal and student financial aid

Kristine Plagman, Grants Accountant

Grant Management for:

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • Law School
  • Cowles Library
  • College of Business & Public Administration
  • School of Journalism & Mass Communication

Sponsored Programs
Administration (SPA)

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2507 University Avenue
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