Kudos Korner | Dzenita Sukurica Blackwell

By SRAI News posted 04-19-2020 14:20


Kudos Korner | Dzenita Sukurica Blackwell

SRA International members rock! As research management and administration professionals, they never stop improving, learning, achieving, or earning new heights of success. We love sharing good news and offering a well-deserved slap on the back for recent personal and/or professional achievement. In keeping with that sentiment, please join with us as we congratulate Dzenita Sukurica Blackwell on her recent promotion!

SRA International is a professional networking community of learners. One way to gain knowledge and expertise is to share our stories of successful achievements with our peers and colleagues. Often research managers/administrators are cast in the role of promoting, supporting and applauding others. While this may be gratifying in many respects, it is also healthy to have pride in one’s own accomplishments. Kudos Korner offers SRA International members a wonderful and respectful venue for sharing and “bragging.”


Dzenita Sukurica Blackwell
Dzenita Sukurica Blackwell, BA, MBA student
Sponsored Projects Accounting Manager
UNC Chapel Hill, Office of Sponsored Research
SRAI member since 2017

Dzenita Sukurica Blackwell started working at the Office of Sponsored Research at UNC Chapel Hill in 2016 with no research administration experience. Very quickly, she made it her personal goal to learn the basics of the industry and ask many, many questions to advance her knowledge of post award financial management and regulatory compliance. 

After working as a Sponsored Projects Accountant, Closeout Team Lead for several years, she was recently promoted within her unit to Sponsored Projects Accounting Manager. Her team is responsible for financial reporting, cash management, and closeout of agreements of all types – federal and indirect federal flow through, industry, etc. 

Dzenita feels that SRA International’s network of RA professionals, training, and certificate programs have been truly impactful and reliable in her professional growth. Not only in helping her foster relationships with collaborating institutions, but also encouraging her to continue developing in various scopes within the research enterprise.

“Thank you SRA International!” ~ Dzenita Sukurica Blackwell 

Have Something to Share in Kudos Korner?
If you would like to share your story – please see the criteria below with some examples of noteworthy items of interest to the SRA International community that could be submitted to The Kudos Korner:

  • Recently published papers (e.g., articles, chapters, books, etc.)
  • Presentations (e.g., posters, sessions, workshops, video, web, etc.)
  • Professional Awards and Prizes (e.g., grants, contracts, honorary prizes/awards)
  • Recently earned degrees or professional accreditation (e.g., CRA, CIP, etc.)
  • Other honors (e.g., promotions, contest winners, organizational citations/recognition)
  • Transitions (e.g., new jobs, homes, family, retirement)

Please note that we will try and publish as many submissions as possible each month, but SRA International reserves the right to delay publication for future use or to edit and/or omit at its discretion.

Send requests for more information and all submissions via email to Debra Schaller-Demers at schalled@mskcc.org. We will make all attempts to confirm receipt of your submission and inform you of acceptance for publication. Please use this wording in the Subject Line of your email: SRAI Kudos

Be sure to include the following information:

    • Name (First, Last)
    • Degree
    • Organization/Affiliation
    • Email and phone number if we need more information
    • Geographic Location (City, State, Country)
    • SRAI Member Since _________ (YYYY)
    • A separately attached headshot jpg file
    • Description of your honor/accomplishment (limited to 500 words)

Authored by Debra Schaller-Demers, Senior Director, Research Outreach and Compliance
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
SRAI President Elect