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.
Alex is currently the primary consultant for the Department of Emergency Medicine.
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.
Jessica is currently the primary consultant for the Department of Neurosurgery and the Department of Medicine - Divisions of Geriatrics and Rheumatology.
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.
Sarah is currently the primary consultant for the Departments of Ophthalmology, Radiation Oncology, and Surgery.
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.
Ashley is currently the primary consultant for the Department of Immunology/Microbiology and the Department of Medicine - Division of Hematology/Blood & Marrow Transplant.
Marienne joined the Pre Award Shared Services team in July 2022. Prior to joining the team, she worked at Indiana University in the Office of Research Administration for 9 years. She received her Master’s degree in English/TESOL from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). In her free time, she loves heated Vinyasa Yoga, traveling, and just taking it easy in local coffee shops.
Marienne is currently the primary consultant for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Department of Medicine - Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism & Disease.
Barny joined the PreAward Shared Services team in January 2023. He received his Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Management from St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, FL. Before joining the University of Colorado, Barny worked in the finance industry for several years. Barny’s previous position was as Senior Underwriter for D.R. Horton. His financial experience brings additional insights and organizational skills to the team. He enjoys traveling the world, kayaking, going to the beach with his children, or any activity that includes his family.
Barny currently assists all departments and divisions of PASS with NIH Progress Reports and Veterans Affairs Interagency Personnel Agreements (IPAs).
Sarah joined the PreAward Shared Services team in April 2023. Prior to joining the team, she worked at Indiana University in the Sponsored Programs office for 5 years. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from West Virginia State University. In her free time, she loves video games, going to concerts, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Sarah is currently the primary consultant for the Departments of Cell & Developmental Biology, Otolaryngology, and Physiology & Biophysics.
David joined the PASS team in August 2023 after obtaining his master’s in Research Administration from Johns Hopkins University. David has bachelors degrees in Psychology and Neuroscience from the University of Colorado Boulder. After completing his undergrad, David worked in the fields of Psychology and Neuroscience as a Professional Research Assistant for 8 years at CU Boulder. He worked on a variety of projects such as the Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) study and the Researching COVID to Enhance Recovery (RECOVER) study. These projects he worked on allowed him to experience working with fMRI, phlebotomy, and other unique forms of data collection. Like his research experience, David enjoys an eclectic mix of hobbies. He enjoys reading, video games, sketching, oil painting, guitar, bonsai, and spending time in nature (just to name a few).
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.
Ginny is currently assisting PASS with various projects and reporting needs.