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Meet the Staff

With over 35 years of combined experience in proposal development, grants management and accounting, the SPARC 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.

Mary Pat Wohlford, MA, MHA, Ph.D., Director

Overall Admin & Oversight:

  • Drake's Authorized Representative
  • Contract negotiations
  • Prep, review & approval of proposals
  • Grant contracts & agreements
  • Project extensions
  • Programmatic changes
  • Budget modifications
  • Policy development
  • Research Compliance
  • Research Integrity
  • Tech Transfer Support
  • Provost's designee to IRB and IACUC

Tracy Bainter, Ph.D., Senior Grants Specialist 

Grant Preparation and Submission:

  • Proposals Development
  • Tracking and Research
  • Preparation and Review of Materials
  • Institutional Review Board-staff
  • Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee-staff

Kristine Plagman, Senior Grants Accountant 

Grant Management for:

  • Grants Accounting
  • Budget Preparation
  • Project Extensions
  • Budget Modifications

Tricia Atterberg, Grants Accountant 

Grant Management for:

  • Grants Accounting
  • Grants Tracking and Reporting
  • Budget Preparation
  • Proposal Development Support


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