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Team member of BME
Rachel Arnold
Asst. Director, Facilities
UAW 2119
404.385.0131
Key Responsibilities:

Oversee department’s core infrastructure facilitating department operations including Research and Facilities operations. Advise on space use and allocations; implement space utilization plans set forth by Chair; Supervise, train and coach administrative and operational staff.

Garron Phillip Barrett
Garron P. Barrett
Financial Administrator III
TEP
404.385.5015
Key Responsibilities:

Assigned a group of principal investigators and research personnel; advises and interprets research funding, process cost transfers, calculate budget revision and transfers, process student hire, salary distributions, review and approve expenditures, answer audit inquiries and generate expenditure and projection reports.

Team member of BME
Valencia Cantrell
HR Consultant
UAW 2114
404.385.1352
Key Responsibilities:

Manages all issues, policies and procedures relating to human resources for BME faculty and staff.

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MacKenzie Carvalho
Administrative Professional Senior
UAW Academic Office
Key Responsibilities:

Administrative Support for Academic Office, Student TA hiring, Student credentialing for Emory and Grady.

Tracie-Dinkins
Tracie Dinkins
Financial Manager I
TEP 201
404.385.0372
Key Responsibilities:

Finance lead in the areas of grants management and procurement. Oversees accounts management for GT Foundation accounts and an assigned group of principal investigators and research personnel. Advises and interprets research funding; process cost transfers; calculate budget revision and transfers; process salary distributions; review and approve expenditures, answer audit inquiries and generate expenditure and projection reports.

Shuana Durham
Shuana Durham
Assistant Director of Financial Operations
TEP 201
404.385.1792
Key Responsibilities:

Supervises financial staff in areas of grants management and procurement; oversee and advises management on department’s operating budget and assist in defining financial policies. Oversee faculty salary planning and distributions; new faculty startup funding; department cost share; reconciles accounts and prepares monthly state budget amendment; responds to audit inquiries; coordinate budget transfer with other departments and oversee year end closeout procedures.

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Mitchell Everett
Ph.D. Programs Manager
UAW 1112
404.385.0482
Key Responsibilities:

Manages the daily operations of the Coulter BME Ph.D. programs.

Paul Fincannon
Paul Fincannon
Academic Advising Manager
UAW 1114
404.894.9061
Key Responsibilities:

Manages the daily operations of the Academic Office. Serves as Academic adviser for all BME Junior and Senior students to include credit and course evaluation, permits, and general advisement. Advises students whose last names begin with M-Z.

Nicole-Gallahue
Nicole Gallahue
Academic Program Coordinator
UAW 1106
Key Responsibilities:
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Jerry Grillo
Communications Officer II
Petit Institute 1116
N.A.
Key Responsibilities:

Assists with the Department's communications initiatives and storytelling, particularly research communications and other news writing. 

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April Heard
Program and Operations Manager, Biolocity
Key Responsibilities:

Manages program planning and implementation of funding cycle activities for the Biolocity commercialization program, including monitoring project budgets, progress, and metrics; logistics and communications for program events; and educational activities.

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Ornella Ingram
HR Coordinator
UAW 2115
404.894.2662
Key Responsibilities:

Provides support on issues related to human resources for BME faculty and staff.

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Phillip Jackson
Facilities Manager
UAW 2126
404.385.7120
Key Responsibilities:

Support and coordinate BME facilities operations.

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Athena Jones
Assistant Director, Administrative Operations
UAW 2106
404.894.1134
Key Responsibilities:
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Pat Jordan
Master's Programs Manager
UAW 1109
Key Responsibilities:

Manage the daily operations and academic advising for the BME Department Master Programs – MBID and MSBMED.

Chordae Lauderdale
Chordae Lauderdale
Finance Administrator III
TEP 201
N.A.
Key Responsibilities:

Assigned a group of principal investigators and research personnel; advises and interprets research funding, process cost transfers, calculate budget revision and transfers, process student hire, salary distributions, review and approve expenditures, answer audit inquiries and generate expenditure and projection reports.

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Courtney Law
Managing Director, Biolocity
TEP 107 / HSRB W248
404.727.3577
Key Responsibilities:
Lisa Lewis-Fears
Corporate Relations Manager
UAW 1109A
404.385.8046
Key Responsibilities:

Provide programming for corporate partners within the development and academic offices. Establish and maintain relations with corporate representatives, other Institute units and alumni for purposes of promoting undergraduate student recruiting and placement opportunities in internships and co-op positions.

Sandra Maffey
Sandra Maffey
Admin Professional Sr
TEP 234
404.385.6528
Key Responsibilities:

Provides administrative support for biomedical engineering faculty in the cardiovascular arena; for the Awards and RPT committees; and for special projects for the Chair.

Steven Marzec
Steven Marzec
Operating Sys An/Dev Lead
UAW 0234 / HSRB W246
404-385-1572
Key Responsibilities:

Responsible for the operating system and associated subsystems for the BME department on the Georgia Tech and Emory campuses.

Jesus Mata-Acosta
Jesus Mata-Acosta
Acad & Research IT Support Engr
UAW 0208
404.385.1572
Key Responsibilities:

Assists the lead systems analyst by providing technical support, advising on computer hardware/software questions and/or problems.

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Adam McCallum
Translational Research Advocate
UAW 4109
404.385.5020
Key Responsibilities:

Serve as a liaison between Coulter BME faculty members and the technology transfer offices at both Georgia Tech and Emory, facilitating the translation of biomedical engineering research to identify solutions for clinical problems.

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Avard Moncur
Academic Program Coordinator II
UAW 1106
Key Responsibilities:
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Aqila Monsanto
Financial Administrator III
TEP
404.385.7272
Key Responsibilities:

Assigned a group of principal investigators and research personnel; advises and interprets research funding, process cost transfers, calculate budget revision and transfers, process student hire, salary distributions, review and approve expenditures, answer audit inquiries and generate expenditure and projection reports.

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Chris Nguyen
Computer Support Specialist
HSRB W204
Key Responsibilities:

Assists the lead systems analyst by providing technical support, advising on computer hardware/software questions and/or problems.

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John Nicosia
Associate Director and Project Manager, Biolocity
TEP 105
404.385.4800
Key Responsibilities:
Luke O'Connell
Luke O'Connell
Director of Development
UAW 2122
404.385.0471
Key Responsibilities:

Manages Georgia Tech development operations for the Department. Works with alumni, friends, corporations and foundations to build support and advance Coulter BME's activities. Serves as principle liaison with Georgia Tech's Office of Development and the Georgia Tech Foundation.

Team member of BME
Vickie D. Okrzesik
Web Developer Sr.
Key Responsibilities:

Develops internal web applications, provides technical support, and assists with website initiatives.

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Alex Ortega
Senior Development Assistant
UAW 2125
Key Responsibilities:

Assists with development operations for the Department. Works with alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations to build support and advance BME's activities.

Team member of BME
Kim Paige, Ph.D.
Educational Outreach Manager, Retention Advisor
UAW 1116
404.385.5042
Key Responsibilities:

Broadly defining, developing, and implementing programs to support recruitment, retention, and outreach initiatives for targeted groups across BME. undergraduate and graduate programs; advising and supporting holistic student success. 

Ketki Patil
Ketki Patil
Instructional Lab Coordinator
UAW 0239
404.667.7320
Key Responsibilities:

Instructional lab coordinator to support the undergraduate lab courses. 

Team member of BME
Fadrika Prather
Program Support Coordinator
UAW 3123
404.894.3613
Key Responsibilities:

Administrative support for the McCamish Parkinson's Disease Innovation Program, GTNeuro, and the Neuroengineering Center.

Responsible for:
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Gul Shah
Corporate Relations Manager
UAW 1108
Key Responsibilities:

Provide programming for corporate partners within the development and academic offices. Establish and maintain relations with corporate representatives, other Institute units and alumni for purposes of promoting graduate student recruiting and placement opportunities in internships and co-op positions.

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Chloe Shay
Director of Projects
HSRB W226
404.727.9875
Key Responsibilities:

Assisting the Department administrator at Emory with managing the operations of Coulter BME, including department finances; administrative staff; GRA student effort distributions; and serving as a liaison with the School of Medicine, Laney Graduate School, and the broader Georgia Tech and Emory University communities.

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LaTinza Shelton
Financial Administrator III
TEP
404.894.5798
Key Responsibilities:

Assigned a group of principal investigators and research personnel; advises and interprets research funding, process cost transfers, calculate budget revision and transfers, process student hire, salary distributions, review and approve expenditures, answer audit inquiries and generate expenditure and projection reports.

Team member of BME
Colleen Spellen
Administrative Assistant
HSRB E180
404.712.9136
Key Responsibilities:

Responsible for administering the administrative affairs for biomedical engineering faculty, oversees office operations. Ensures office activities comply with policies and procedures. Initiates, processes and maintains records and invoices. Support for BME Assoc. Chair for Emory who is responsible for hiring, promotions and tenure for both Emory and GT faculty as well as BME Seminar and coordinates domestic and foreign travel arrangements.

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Shawn Stern
Director of Development
Key Responsibilities:

Manages Emory development operations for the Department. Works with alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations to build support and advance Coulter BME's activities. Serves as principle liaison with Emory Advancement and Alumni Engagement.

Team member of BME
Elisabeth Suto-Bardoczi
Admin Professional Sr.
UAW 3101
404.385.1152
Key Responsibilities:

Provides administrative support to Academic Professionals and Lecturers in the Coulter Department; Coordinator for room reservations in the Whitaker Bldg. Assists in supporting Coulter Department events.

Sheyil Taylor
Sheyil Taylor
Business Administrator for Research
UAW 2104
404.385.1155
Key Responsibilities:

Responsible for administering the business affairs (financial & administrative) for a team of biomedical engineering faculty. 

Roselyn Taylor-Haralson
Roselyn Taylor-Haralson
Faculty Support Coordinator
UAW 3119
404.894.1359
Key Responsibilities:

I work directly with faculty providing administrative and business support. 

Team member of BME
Leita Young
Administrative Assistant
HSRB W200
404.712.9716
Key Responsibilities:

Provides administrative support and oversees office operations. Ensures office activities comply with policies and procedures. Initiates, processes and maintains records and invoices. Oversees ordering and maintenance of office supplies and forms. Coordinates domestic and foreign travel arrangements. Processes VISA paperwork for international staff, students and visiting scholars.

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Lisa Zuba
Grants Administrator Lead
Key Responsibilities:

Coordinates the Department’s pre-award grant submission process, including assisting with the preparation of required materials, forms, and budgets, serving as an interface for proposal management with various groups involved in the process.