Meet the Office of Research Administration Team

Our professional team of grant and contract officers and research financial administrators includes experts in grant applications, proposal development, contract negotiation, expenditure review and financial closeout from sponsors such as the National Institutes of Health and the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine.


Office of Research Administration

Felicia Beanum
Executive Director, Office of Research Administration
Tricia Pearce
Associate Director, Clinical Trials Administration Office
Eric Lorico
Manager, Post Award Reporting and Compliance
Lesa DeVance
Manager, Grants and Contract Services
Cynthia Villegas
Senior Administrative Assistant

Grant and Contract Services

Lloyd Dysim
Senior Grant and Contract Officer

Service areas:
Hematology/Oncology, Pulmonary, Radiation Oncology

Colleen Loew
Senior Grant and Contract Officer

Service areas:
Biomedical Science, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Regenerative Medicine

Stacy Miller
Senior Grant and Contract Officer

Service areas:
Academic Affairs, Endocrinology, Geriatrics, Liver and Digestive Diseases (Gastrointestinal), Liver Transplant (Hepatology)

Helen Morales
Senior Grant and Contract Officer

Service areas:
Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, General Internal Medicine, Health and Safety, Imaging (Nuclear Medicine and Magnetic Resonance Imaging), Infectious Diseases, Medical Affairs (Epidemiology and Research & Outcomes Management), Nephrology, Ophthalmology, Pathology, Pharmacy, Research Institute, Rheumatology

Tansy Aguilar
Grant and Contract Officer

Service areas:
Heart Institute, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, Women's Cancer

Clinical Trials Administration Office

Debra Lynch, JD
Assistant Manager

Role: Contract review and negotiations

Angelina Wheeler
Principal Grant and Contract Officer

Role: Contract review and negotiations

Samuel Adams
Principal Grant and Contract Officer

Role: Contract review and negotiations

Suzanne Calzada
Senior Grant and Contract Officer

Role: Budget analysis, CDAs and amendments

Michael Natale
Grant and Contract Officer

Role: Budget analysis, CDAs and amendments

Omid Zia
Grant and Contract Officer

Role: Budget analysis, CDAs and amendments

Brent Meinders
Grant and Contract Officer

Role: Budget analysis, CDAs and amendments

Linn Defensor, RN, MSHS-CRA, CCRP
Senior Research Coverage Analyst

Role: Coverage analysis

Suzanne Bernstein
Senior Research Coverage Analyst

Role: Coverage analysis

Sha'mela Mitchell
Contract Coordinator

Post Award Reporting and Compliance

Vicki Tieu
Program Manager, Research Cores
Miguel Villaneda
Principal Post Award Analyst
Sami Naber
Senior Post Award Analyst
Dashay Breda
Senior Post Award Analyst
Mary Kostikyan
Senior Post Award Analyst
Alejandrina Ramos
Post Award Analyst
Liangfan "Edward" Xiao
Post Award Analyst
Aida Sharapkhanyan
Post Award Analyst
Annette Sorisho
Post Award Analyst
Eliezer Espinoza
Post Award Analyst
Ahnyier "A.C." Chambliss
Post Award Analyst

Research Data Analytics

Dioni Olguin
Research System Administrator
Demetria Pizano
Research System Administrator
Office of Research Administration

If you have questions or wish to learn more about the Office of Research Administration, please call us or send a message.

6500 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1150
Los Angeles, CA 90048