I am honored to be a candidate for the Board of Directors of SRAI. I love research administration and my involvement with SRAI and want to continue to pay it forward and help others advance their career in research administration. Understanding our work is much easier when we network with our peers, and I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues at the International Board level to promote education, collaboration and networking for all our SRAI members.
I have gained my experience through the lens of multiple institutions in Oregon, Colorado, Arizona and Washington, working with researchers from a wide variety of academic disciplines including biomedical, biological and environmental sciences, psychology, nursing, computer science, engineering, education, business, agriculture, and arts. I have supported researchers as a Pre-Award, Post-Award, and Departmental Administrator at land-grant and non-land-grant academic institutions, some with very high research classification, a not-for-profit research institute, and a hospital. I am now on the Vancouver campus of Washington State University as a Pre-Award/Proposal Development Administrator - finally finding my niche after over 20 years in the research administration field. While we are part of a larger, very high research level university, we also function much like a primarily undergraduate institution, providing a broad and somewhat unique perspective of research administration.
As a member of SRAI since 2011, I have served in a number of leadership roles. I am currently serving as Immediate Past President of the Western Section, and have also served as the Secretary/Treasurer and President-Elect/President of the Western Section as well as President of the Pacific Northwest Chapter. I am also a member of the SRAI Membership Committee (formerly a co-Chair), and have attended every Annual and Western Section meeting since fall 2014, obtaining four SRA Certificates since 2011 - Pre-Award, Research Law, Clinical Trials and Grantsmanship.
As we all know, to be effective research administrators and advance our careers, we must continually update our knowledge base. I have a personal commitment to life-long learning and would like to expand this commitment to help SRAI grow, thrive, and provide our members with the best possible learning opportunities. With a broad range of personal and SRAI experience, I look forward to the opportunity to pay it forward and serve on your SRAI Board of Directors.
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