Sara Rotz, MPA, CRA
Sara joined the PreAward Shared Services team in November 2021 with over eight years of research administration experience, which began with the State of Indiana. For the past five years, Sara worked in the sponsored programs office at Indiana University (IU), three of which she was Manager of Proposal and Award Services. Sara received her master’s degree in Public Administration from IU in 2014 and became a Certified Research Administrator in 2018. Her connection to Colorado stems from her time as an AmeriCorps member with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver. The mountains and over 300 days of sunshine called her back to this great state.
Alex has 8 years of grants management experience with government, industry and foundation sponsors, first in a nonprofit setting and then joining the Anschutz Medical Campus and PASS in 2018. He worked closely with investigators in the Departments of Surgery, Ophthalmology and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation for over three years and in July 2021 began a new role as PASS Manager, overseeing ongoing team development and preaward functions for the entire group. He received his master’s degree in Public Service Management from DePaul University in 2016. In his free time, Alex is an avid and mediocre rock climber, fly fisherman and all-around outdoor enthusiast.
Jessica joined the PreAward Shared Services team in March 2019, after completing the University of Colorado Denver’s Research Administration Workforce Curriculum certification. Jessica has a bachelor's degree in Biology from CU, and worked as a Senior Professional Research Assistant for over 20 years prior to her work in grants management, where she gained experience assisting PIs from the programmatic side of research in various departments working with government, industry, and foundation sponsors. Due to her diverse background, she brings a unique set of skills to her work on the PASS team, primarily supporting Geriatrics, Neurosurgery, and Rheumatology. Jessica has also worked at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, and Oklahoma State University – University Multispectral Laboratories. She loves to backpack, bake, and take weekend trips to her mountain cabin.
Haley majored in Organizational Leadership at the University of Oklahoma and has worked with multiple development teams within the nonprofit sector. Before moving to Denver, she worked as the volunteer coordinator at the Children’s Clinics in Tucson, AZ. She loves figuring out new organizational tools, volunteering at local nonprofits, traveling, and is always up for a good cup of coffee. Haley joined the PASS team in November 2019 and handles RPPRs and IPAs as well as assisting with various types of grant submissions.
Sarah joined the PASS team in April 2021 after obtaining her master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida. Prior to coming to the University of Colorado, she worked in UCF’s College of Engineering and Computer Science in a similar Grants Consultant position. She now works primarily with the Departments of Surgery and Ophthalmology providing PreAward support to faculty in the development of successful proposals. In her free time, Sarah enjoys reading, hiking, video games, and archery.
Olivia joined the PreAward Shared Services team in August 2021. Prior to this role, she worked in administrative positions at various higher education institutions including Auburn University, University of Florida, Villanova University and University of Maryland. She brings extensive experience in research administration, finance, database and document management along with grant experience from previous roles. Olivia received her bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Delaware Valley University and enjoys being of service while providing support to the teams that she serves.
Sauda joined the PreAward Shared Services team in October 2021. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Science at Colorado State University (CSU) in 2020. While at CSU, she enrolled in a grant proposal course where she gained experience in research and grant management. Prior to this role, she worked as a Case Manager for a nonprofit which allowed her to enhance her project management skills. Sauda has a passion for rewarding and fulfilling work. She loves to travel, explore new foods, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Ashley joined the PreAward Shared Services team in February 2022. Prior to coming to the University of Colorado, she worked in the sponsored programs office at Indiana University (IU) in a similar Grants Consultant position. Ashley received her master's degree in Public Administration from South University in 2017. In her free time, Ashley volunteers at the Indianapolis Zoo. She also loves traveling, photography, and anything to do with animals.
Virginia joined the PreAward Shared Services team in February 2022. Prior to joining the team, she worked as a Research Program Development Coordinator at Auburn University. Virginia received her bachelor’s degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and her master’s degree in political science and international affairs from the University of Georgia. In her free time, she loves to read, travel, and bake.