Who is your SRAI Leadership: Meet the Northeast Section & Chapter Leadership

by SRA International on Friday, April 27, 2018

In each monthly issue of the Catalyst, the “Who is your SRA Leadership?” column introduces you to the SRAI leadership, committee members and volunteers. This virtual platform serves as a good starting base to meeting the members of the SRAI community. This is a great opportunity to get to know each other and we at the Catalyst want to hear from you! Share your story! Contact us to be featured in a future column, or nominate a co-worker or colleague to share their story.

In this issue, we will feature 7 of your colleagues:Cindy Morin, Kate McCormick, Marchon Jackson, Surekha Vishwasrao, Debra Sokalczuk, Angela Yost and Norma Berry from the Northeast Section and Chapters.  


Cindy Morin, President, Northeast Section 

What is your title and organization?
Financial and Business Manager, Johns Hopkins University

How many years have you worked in Research Administration?
26 years

Why SRAI?
From the moment I became a member of SRAI I have always felt welcome and a part of this great organization. SRAI has opened the door to a vast range of educational, professional and networking opportunities that have played a key role in my career growth.

What does volunteering for SRAI mean for you?
It means giving back. SRAI has given so much to me and my personal growth over the years that I truly enjoy volunteering and giving back to others. Volunteering has allowed me to help colleagues, learn from colleagues, build friendships and expand networking opportunities. For this I am grateful and proud to serve our organization.

What is one thing people don’t know about you?
I tend to be a shy person (probably shocking to those of you who know me). It often takes me time to get into my comfort zone but once I am look out, there is no stopping me.

What makes you smile?
Spending quality time with family, friends and my pets. Helping others and seeing pure joy and happiness on someone else’s face. 

Is the glass half empty of half full?
Half full.

What’s your life philosophy?
Life is too short and tomorrow is not a guarantee. Do what makes you happy, be with those that make you smile and love life.


Kate McCormick, President Elect, Northeast Section

What is your title and organization?
Senior Grant Administrator, Suffolk University

How many years have you worked in Research Administration?
23

When did you join SRAI?
1998

Why SRAI?
Initially I went to both SRAI and NCURA meetings, but at the first SRAI meeting I went to by myself, I signed up for a dinner group and was instantly welcomed by the group of friends going to that event and they got me involved in the organization and from there I just continued to get more involved with SRAI.

What does volunteering for SRAI mean for you?
I enjoy volunteering in both my professional and personal life. I like to give back. And volunteering with SRAI has given me so much, it has helped me to do things I never thought I could, like speaking in public, giving presentations and being president of the Northeast Section and running meetings!

What is one thing people don’t know about you?
Well most people who know me know I love to travel, but they might not know that I patted a cheetah in Kenya, rode a camel around the pyramids in Egypt, went diving on the Great Barrier Reef and fed a wild kangaroo on Kangaroo Island in Australia. Oh, and I also held the largest owl species in Europe in the Czech Republic. He was HEAVY!!

What makes you smile?
Having new adventures with good friends makes me smile.

Is the glass half empty of half full?
It depends on the day, but mostly half full.

What’s your life philosophy?
Have fun and enjoy your life!


Marchon Jackson, Secretary, Northeast Section

What is your title and organization?
Director of Sponsored Programs Accounting and Compliance, University of Maryland College Park

How many years have you worked in Research Administration?
15

When did you join SRAI?
2015

Why SRAI?
I love SRA International’s diversity and its culture of openness. It is enriching to be active in an organization whose membership spans the entire spectrum of research institutions and locations around the world. In addition, this organization has encouraged me to be involved and provided opportunities to do so.

What does volunteering for SRAI mean for you?
It is an opportunity to engage with fellow peers to learn more about the field and to provide help to those who are starting a career in research administration.

What is one thing people don’t know about you?
I have an addiction to sci-fi and zombie movies. It is really getting old for my family, but I cannot get enough! 

What makes you smile?
My four children (most of the time).

Is the glass half empty of half full?
Half full.

What’s your life philosophy?
Seek first to understand and then to be understood.


Surekha Vishwasrao, Treasurer, Northeast Section

What is your title and organization?
Director of Finance, University of Maryland Baltimore, Department of Physical Therapy & Rehab Science

How many years have you worked in Research Administration?
21

When did you join SRAI?
1999

Why SRAI?
Knowledge in research with broad prospective 

What does volunteering for SRAI mean for you?
Willingness to provide expert services to the people without expectation.

What is one thing people don’t know about you?
My strong willingness and unconditional service to the society, community and people.

What makes you smile?
I myself make me smile.

Is the glass half empty of half full?
Personally, glass is always half full.

What’s your life philosophy?
Knowing myself which gives me a sense of power over myself. I always believe in mastering myself by knowing all my opinions, thoughts, feelings and feel independent.


Debra Sokalczuk, Chapter Representative, Northeast Section

What is your title and organization?
Grants Manager, The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania

How many years have you worked in Research Administration?
Over 25

When did you join SRAI?
2008

Why SRAI?
A friend introduced me, and it fell into line with my career path of working in research administration.

What does volunteering for SRAI mean for you?
Helping wherever needed for the good of the organization, program or the person that I am helping.

What is one thing people don’t know about you?
That I have a 10-year-old granddaughter and enjoy traveling with my RV.

What makes you smile?
Watching others succeed.

Is the glass half empty of half full?
I usually take the glass as being half empty, so that you have room to grow and learn.

What’s your life philosophy?
One day at a time, tomorrow is not here, yesterday is gone so all we have is the present. Make the most of it.


Angela Yost, Chapter Representative, Northeast Section

What is your title and organization?
Research Project Manager, University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy

How many years have you worked in Research Administration?
19

When did you join SRAI?
2015

Why SRAI?
I’d originally joined SRAI to become more active within our local Allegheny chapter and community.

What does volunteering for SRAI mean for you?
Volunteering means having a valuable opportunity to network, learn, and pass on information learned.

What is one thing people don’t know about you?
I’m pretty much an open book. Anyone who knows me will know I love animals.  I love to learn and I pride myself in my work. As for something people DIDN’T know…well – here you are Pitt community! I was originally accepted to Penn State as a Journalism major before ultimately attending Pitt for my bachelor’s in accounting and my MBA.

What makes you smile?
Anything cute and fuzzy.

Is the glass half empty of half full?
Half full – I try to look at the brighter side of things. When it gets rough, I remind myself how fortunate I am.

What’s your life philosophy?
Treat others as you’d prefer to be treated.


And we present one of our great volunteers from the Northeast Section:

Norma Berry, SRAI Volunteer

To read about Norma Berry, please click here


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