Welcome from the Program Chairs

Welcome to NCURA FRA 2021

Dear Colleagues,

As research administrators, we regularly display our keen ability to quickly adapt and shift our focus to ensure the greatest possible outcome for any matter we are responsible for executing. There is no challenge that we cannot handle, and we are always ready and willing to rise to any occasion. Throughout the majority of 2020 and the opportunistic obstacles to which we may have been faced as most of us transitioned to a telework environment, we quickly assimilated to a new normal. Our ability to adapt, illustrates the flexibility of research administrators and collectively the “versatility of us” (and btw, it is also our theme for this conference) that has allowed us to match the eminence of notable research and work that emanates from the organizations we represent.

Building on the success of the virtual Annual Meeting, knowing research administrators are “versatile” and considering the current circumstances of a global pandemic, the 22nd Annual Financial Research Administration Conference will be held virtually from March 15 – 17, 2021 with on-demand availability to all sessions for 90 days following the live conference.

Based on the program committee and presenters' hard work, efforts, and talents, we are confident the program will offer many valuable sessions to benefit all attendees. Equally important, there will also be some sessions emphasizing how COVID-19 has necessitated a change in some of the work we oversee and execute. Besides offering sessions and workshops that align with a particular track, we are incredibly excited about the diversity of thought and experiences the presenters within those tracks will offer. We are fortunate to have vast representation within the conference from colleagues and partners in academic institutions, hospitals, industry, and the federal government. Additionally, we are also pleased to share a new track explicitly devoted to diversity and inclusion. The topics that align with this thematic track will offer a platform to learn from one another and discuss ways to ensure the diversity of individuals, talents, and experiences that ultimately foster a culture of inclusion.

We hope you will join us for this great conference and look forward to seeing you.

Your Co-Chairs

Timothy Schailey & Sinnamon Tierney    



Program Committee

Erin Bailey
University at Buffalo
Tanya Blackwell
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Albana Cejne
Princeton University
Csilla Csaplár
Stanford University
Georgetta Dennis
Auburn University
Jaquion Gholston
Stevens Institute of Technology
Abby Guillory
North Carolina State University
Rashonda Harris
Research Consultant
Kiku Ichihara
Broad Institute
Jennifer Klenke
Washington University at St. Louis
Gabrielle Labayen
Nancy Lewis
University of California-Irvine
Sandra Logue
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Jill Mortali
Dartmouth College
Debra Murray
University of Maryland, College Park
Laneika Musalini
Tri-County Technical College
Allison Philabaum Shah
Temple University
Elly Pineda
University of Technology
Megan Roth
Abilene Christian University
Denise Rouleau
Tufts University
Jaroslav Sip
Czech Technical University in Prague
Andrew J. Steil
Brynn Tomlinson
Baker Tilly
Bonniejean Zitske
University of Wisconsin-Madison