Professional Experience

South Carolina Research Authority

Program Manager (July 2016-Present) (Columbia, SC)
  • Serve as the Program Manager for the SC EPSCoR (Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) program which is a science-driven state based National Science Foundation (NSF) program.
  • Develop, implement, and manage STEM programs to increase research capacity, research competitiveness, STEM workforce pipeline in South Carolina.
  • Develop, implement, and manage the GEAR Program to support collaboration between junior faculty and senior faculty at academic research universities demonstrating connections between experiments, theory, computation, and simulation with alignment with the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) (discover, manufacturer, and deploy advanced materials twice as fast at lower costs).
  • Develop, implement, and manage the GEAR Collaborative Research Program (CRP) to support collaboration between junior faculty from predominately undergraduate institutions (PUI) and senior faculty from academic research universities demonstrating connections between experiments, theory, computation, and simulation with alignment with the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) (discover, manufacturer, and deploy advanced materials twice as fast at lower costs).
  • Develop, implement, and manage the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program to increase undergraduate student’s research participation in ongoing research during the academic year and/or the summer in the areas of life science (including biomedical), physical science, engineering, and mathematics and to increase the number of undergraduate students pursuing Master and Ph.D. programs and careers in STEM.
  • Develop, implement, and manage the Scientific Advocate Network (SAN) program to support URM undergraduate students in materials science research; recruiting URM students to Master and Ph.D. programs relating to materials science; research experiences for high school students; research experiences for K-12 Teachers; and STEM camps for high school students.
  • Develop, implement, and manage the Stimulus Research Program (SRP) to support faculty collaborations from academic research universities and predominately undergraduate institutions (PUIs) to solve complex problems in the areas of life science (including biomedical science), physical science, engineering, and mathematics; to increase the capacity of faculty and their institutions; to increase collaboration and inclusion among colleges and universities; and to position collaborative teams to pursue large-scale national funding for research.
  • Develop, implement, and manage the Phase-0 Program to support South Carolina small businesses in their proposal development activities to compete effectively for SBIR/STTR funding in either to support MADE in SC or the South Carolina Science and Technology Plan (Vision 2025).
  • Develop, implement, and manage professional development sessions for undergraduate students and graduate students to include graduate school (Master and Ph.D. programs) preparation (e.g., the importance of gaining research experiences, preparation for graduate school admission exams (GRE, MCAT)), financing graduate school (assistanceships), and career opportunities in Materials Science.
  • Develop, implement, and manage STEM undergraduate student, graduate student, and postdoctoral fellow poster presentations sessions, judging, and awards.
  • Collect, analyze, and report project data in the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) in to include participant name, email address, participant type (e.g., Principal Investigator, Co-Investigators, Faculty, Other Professional, Graduate Student, Undergraduate Student), participants’ contribution to the project, funding support, foreign travel, foreign collaborators, and domestic and international project collaborations.
  • Collect and deposit peer-reviewed published journal articles and juried conference papers into the NSF Public Access Repository (NSF-PAR) for compliance with NSF Public Access Requirements.
  • Facilitate faculty team meetings on program planning, program implementation, and program administration.
  • Develop funding solicitations, review proposals for funding, and recruit reviewers for external review of proposals. Develop and disseminate confidentiality and conflict of interest agreements to external reviewers. Collect written external reviews of proposals and disseminate external reviews to proposers recommended for funding and not recommended for funding. Proposers recommended for funding are required to submit written responses to address areas of weaknesses and other requested information.
  • Issue award letters, no cost extension approvals/not approved, and budget revision approvals/not approved.
  • Receive, review, and monitor Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training documentation, Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval, and Institutional Animal Care Use Committee (IACUC) approvals.
  • Conduct needs assessment with interviews, meetings, surveys, etc. to identify barriers, technical assistance needs, and programs and services needed in South Carolina.
  • Conduct site visits, presentations, and outreach activities with stakeholders in South Carolina.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

HRSA Grant Reviewer (January 2018-Present)
  • Serve as a HRSA Grant Reviewer for the Division of Independent Review (DIR) to evaluate proposals for funding in a fair, equitable, and objective manner to provide healthcare services for persons living with HIV (PLWH).
  • Participate on Objective Review Committee (ORC) panels including pre-conference ORC activities.
  • Participate in HRSA DIR Quarterly Review Trainings.

SC Department of Health and Environmental Control

Fiscal Manager (August 2014-July 2016) (Columbia, SC)
  • Assumed senior level position in the Division of STD/HIV of the Bureau of Disease Control and served as the backup Division Director with signatory authority approval.
  • Supervised the Division’s Fiscal Team – Developed and updated job descriptions, reviewed applications, screened and rated applications on assessment tools, scheduled job interviews, coordinated interview panel members for interviews, developed job interview questions, interviewed applicants, rated and scored applicants, completed hire forms, and extended verbal and written job offers. Conducted employee performance planning phases, annual performance evaluations, employee disciplinary meetings as necessary, and staff meetings. Coached and mentored employees.
  • Attended and participated in monthly management meetings.
  • Co-Administered the Division of STD/HIV $65 million program portfolio funded by HRSA, HUD, CDC, 340b Revenue, and the state of South Carolina to provide healthcare services for persons living with HIV (PLWH).
  • Participated in monthly conference calls with HRSA Project Officer and provided programmatic and fiscal updates.
  • Co-planned and participated in HRSA site visits and HRSA reverse site visits.
  • Supervised financial monitoring activities and conducted audit/financial monitoring reviews of the Ryan White Part B Program, Ryan White Part B Supplemental program, MAI (Minority AIDS Initiative) program, Emerging Communities program, HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS) program, ADAP (AIDS Drug Assistance Program) program, HIV Prevention (Category A, B, C) program, and Special Projects. Ensured expenditures were tracked monthly and audit/financial monitoring reviews field work are conducted by the end of the state fiscal year. Generated and reviewed monthly/quarterly reports for fiscal compliance with state and federal policies.
  • Conducted Audits/On-Site Financial Reviews site visits and technical assistance site visits. Scheduled dates for Audits/On-Site Financial Reviews, determined the test period and funding sample, prepared Audit/On-Site Financial Review binders, conducted audit field work, held entrance/exit conference meetings, and authored and issued Site Visit Reports from site visits.
  • Developed Corrective Action Plans organized by Finding/Issue, Action(s) Needed, Person(s) Responsible, Target Completion Date, and Status.
  • Reviewed and approved/disapproved Ryan White Part B, Ryan White Part B Supplemental, MAI, EC, HOPWA, and Special Projects invoices.
  • Reviewed and approved/disapproved cash advance requests pursuant to contractual agreements and state and Federal regulations.
  • Reviewed and approved/disapproved budget revisions.
  • Monitored fiscal and contract compliance and reported non-compliance.
  • Monitored and ensured follow-up with audit findings and recommendations conducted by the Division of STD/HIV and the Office of Internal Audits. Reviewed auditee response to audit findings and recommendations and prepared Division response to Office of Internal Audits. Provided technical assistance to auditees needing assistance in implementing acceptable financial controls.
  • Prepared quarterly, mid-year and annual reports including preparation of annual allocation and expenditure reports for the Federal government.
  • Received and reviewed A-133 Single Audit reports to verify that pass through funding from SC DHEC is reported, identified Findings and Question Costs, and developed Corrective Action Plans for addressing issues identified in the A-133 Single Audit Reports.
  • Developed and maintained policies and procedures for fiscal/contractual compliance.
  • Developed fiscal and contractual monitoring tools based on state and Federal regulations.

University of South Carolina

Post-Award Services Coordinator (February 2010-August 2014) (Columbia, SC)
  • Assumed newly created position in Arnold School of Public Health (ASPH) Office of Research.
  • Worked with Principal Investigators to include clinical trials in stroke recovery, long sleep, chemicals in food and water, cancer prevention, women’s health initiatives, obesity, nutrition, cardiovascular disease, and health disparities.
  • Conducted focus group sessions and administered surveys to assess needs and services.
  • Developed and implemented policies and procedures to ensure compliance.
  • Developed and presented workshops on best practices.
  • Conducted orientations for new department chairs, faculty, and staff.
  • Provided progress report assistance to faculty and staff researchers.
  • Monitored subrecipient contracts and provided training on how to monitor subrecipients to include periodic progress reports, site visits, invoices, and payments.
  • Monitored Indirect Cost Distribution (Splits) to include faculty receiving 10% of recovered IDC in their Research Incentive Account on a monthly basis.
  • Monitored Effort Reporting and compliance with Time and Effort Report submission.
  • Disseminated restricted fund notifications to include direct cost balance, indirect cost balance, unmet cost share, and outstanding commitments on a monthly basis.
  • Developed job descriptions, review applications, screen and rate applicants, interview applicants, and complete hire packets to include I-9 Employment Eligibility Form, IRS W-4 Form, Authorization Agreement for Electronic Deposits, Retirement Election Form, and Notice of Separation.
  • Responded to Audit requests.
  • Completed report and data requests for the Federal government and USC.
  • Other duties included technical assistance, system training, budget management (budget balancing, reconciliation, re-budgeting), and advice/consulting for project close-out process.

Heyward Management Group, Inc.

Managing Director (February 2003-December 2009) (Columbia, SC)
  • Served as Managing Director of HMG and services included Brand Marketing, Fundraising, Multimedia Production, Political Campaign Management, and Web Hosting and Design.
  • Responsible for administrative and fiscal matters to include strategic planning, budgeting, business license renewal with city and county, tax preparation and filing, payroll, bank deposits, etc.
  • Managed employees, vendors, and volunteers.
  • Developed and presented client proposals.
  • Negotiated and managed contracts with clients and vendors.
  • Managed client’s projects to include developing timelines/milestones, project implementation, budgeting, progress reporting, meeting deadlines, project close-out, and project evaluation.
  • Worked with outside attorneys on contractual matters.
  • Clients included small businesses, corporations, non-profit organizations, and political campaigns.

Rick Wade for Secretary of State Campaign

Finance Director, (October 2001-November 2002) (Columbia, SC)
  • Started as a volunteer and then hired to work on campaign.
  • Oversaw financial and accounting activities of the campaign to include processing payroll and campaign expenditures and bank deposits.
  • Organized fundraising events in South Carolina to reach $500,000.00 campaign goal.
  • Represented the campaign at events.
  • Recruited and managed volunteers for campaign activities.
  • Coordinated interviews with the media (Associated Press, The State Newspaper, Radio Stations –Andy Thomas Show and Big DM).
  • Prepared press kits.
  • Prepared and submitted disclosure reports to the South Carolina State Ethics Commission in a timely manner.
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