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Staff Directory

Mission and Values

The Research Accounting Office supports and works collaboratively with the university to provide post award financial services for externally funded sponsored research and activities. We provide comprehensive support and expertise on fiscal management, adherence to federal regulations, timely and accurate reporting and improvements to reduce administrative burden. Our mission is to protect the university’s externally funded research portfolio while maintaining a strategic balance of service and support based on core values: compliance, courtesy, performance and efficiency.

The fiscal management of externally funded sponsored programs for contracts, grants, cooperative agreements and awards is a critical function of the university and includes these post award financial functions:

  • Project/Account Setup
  • Expenditure Approval & Oversight
  • Invoicing and Collections
  • Financial Reporting
  • Effort Certification
  • Cost Share and Program Income
  • Subaward Monitoring
  • Closeout
  • Financial Compliance
  • Audits
    Staff Directory

    Title Email Office Phone
    Research Accounting general email
    Heather Saunders Director, Research Accounting ME 104 / Rm 334 561.297.0127
    Deon Pottinger Associate Director, Research Accounting ME 104 / Rm 336 561.297.4998
    Michael Simcox Assistant Director, Research Accounting ME 104 / Rm 335 561.297.4993
    Justine Cupo Senior Research Accountant & Financial Compliance Administrator ME 104 / Rm 331 561.297.2418
    Brittany McEntire Research Accountant ME 104 / Rm 332 561.297.2870
    Jessica Gallardo Research Accountant ME 104 / Rm 330 561.297.0956