Georgia State University, Region III Chair
Laura Letbetter began her research administration career in 2004 at Kennesaw State University, where she first worked as a proposal development specialist and later served as Director of Proposal Development and Programmatic Research. From 2013 to 2017, she was a contracting officer for the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is now Associate Director for Sponsored Research Development for the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. Her background includes teaching, editing, and program administration. She is a 2012 graduate of NCURA’s Executive Leadership Program, served as Region III Secretary from 2012-2013, and served as Region III’s regionally elected board member from 2017-2018.
Arkansas State University, Region III Immediate Past Chair
Emily Devereux is the executive director of the Research and Technology Transfer Office at Arkansas State University. She provides senior leadership and direction of the research development, pre-award and award office which includes growing research opportunities and partnerships, proposal development and submissions, grants and contracts management, specialized training, non-financial post-award functions, large sponsored project management, and student research development. She also directs Create @ State, A-State’s year-long program for student research development growth, engagement, and co-curricular assessment. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Public Administration at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
Scott Niles, PhD
Georgia Institute of Technology, Region III Chair-Elect
Scott Niles is a Contracting Officer at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He previously served as the Director of Research Integrity & Compliance at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. Scott has also worked in proposal development and as a grants and contracts administrator. He recently earned his PhD in Education Sciences with a focus in Research Administration. He is also Region III’s resident troubadour and can be found entertaining the hospitality suite with research administration themed cover songs.
Georgia State University, Region III Secretary
Kathleen Halley-Octa is the Director of the Office of Research & Sponsored Projects for the College of Education & Human Development. She leads a team of research administrators who oversee both pre- and post-award operations for the college, which has an annual portfolio of $22 million. Before joining the CEHD team in 2018, Kathleen worked at Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State University. She has served Region III as Website Coordinator and as a member of the spring meeting program and planning committees in 2018, 2019, and 2020.
Georgia State University, Regionally-Elected National Board Member
Kay Gilstrap is the Assistant Director of Business Operations in the Center for Molecular and Translational Medicine at Georgia State University. She is responsible for both pre- and post-award processes for the Center. She has been at Georgia State University for 8 years, prior to that Kay worked at Georgia Tech for 25 years, almost entirely in departmental administration. Kay has been a member of NCURA since 2007 and has presented and volunteered at every Region III meeting since 2008. She has also presented workshops and sessions at other regional and national meetings. Kay is a Certified Research Administrator and has served as Treasurer and Chair for Region III. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors of NCURA.
Jeanne Hermann-Petrin, PhD
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Region III Treasurer
Jeanne Hermann-Petrin is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Electronic Research Administration at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Jeanne leads a team providing services to The Office of Research, OSP, IRB, IACUC, IBC, and Research Safety Offices. Jeanne holds a PhD in Management Information System.
University of South Carolina, Treasurer-Elect
Bio coming soon!