University of Central Florida, Region III Chair
Steve Koogler is the Assistant Director, Contract & Grants, College of Science, College of Education, College of Business and Office of Research & Commercialization where he manages a team for both pre- and post-award. Steve holds a B.S. in Healthcare Management and MBA in Healthcare Administration.
North Carolina State University, Region III Chair-Elect
Justo Torres is the Director for Contracts and Grants at North Carolina State University. Justo oversees a staff of 27 professionals dedicated to the compliant financial management of nearly $400 million in annual awards.
Justo has been a member of NCURA since 1997, and has served as Program Chair for several Regional meetings. Justo has held elected offices at other professional associations throughout his career in research administration.
Georgia Institute of Technology, Region III Board Member
Laura Letbetter is a contracting officer at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. She began her research administration career in 2004 at Kennesaw State University and is a 2012 graduate of NCURA’s Executive Leadership Program. Her background includes teaching, editing, and program administration.
Robert G. Bingham-Roy
Georgia Institute of Technology, Region III Treasurer
Robert G. Bingham-Roy, MBA, CRA, Research Associate and Director of USG Sponsored Programs. Rob Roy has been involved in research compliance for over 30 years. He has been researcher, principal investigator, department administrator, center associate director for research and administration, and is currently on assignment to the University System of Georgia.
Deborah L. Smith, Ed.D.
University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Region III Secretary
Debbie is Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, where she is responsible for policy development selection and implementation of electronic routing and data base systems, and all pre-award and non-financial post-award activities. She is a graduate of NCURA’s Leadership Development Institute and The University of Tennessee Leadership Institute.
Georgia State University, Region III Immediate Past Chair
Kay Gilstrap is the Grants & Contracts Officer III in the Center for Molecular and Translational Medicine at Georgia State University where she manages pre- and post-award processes for the Center and advised faculty on award management. Kay is a Certified Research Administrator.
Vanderbilt University (Retired), Appointed Executive Committee Member
Having recently retired from Vanderbilt University, I have over 48 years of experience in Research Administration. I began my career in Research at the National aeronautics and Space Administration, serving as a Contract Negotiator and Price Analyst. After 5 years at NASA, I moved into the University realm where I have worked at several universities in many capacities, including Director of Grants Administration, Director of Grants and Contracts Accounting, Director of Technology Transfer, Director of Research, Chief Financial Officer, Coordinator of Emergency Medical Services. I now have the privilege of serving as a consultant for Research Administration issues.
In support of NCURA, I have served on the National Board, National Financial Management Committee, Region 3 Treasurer, Chair-elect, and Chair. I have served on numerous Program Committees at both the National and Regional level. I received both National and Regional Outstanding Service Awards.
Serving NCURA has been a very rewarding experience. Not only have I benefitted from the program offerings at NCURA, but being associated with experts in this field and getting to know them on a personal level has been invaluable.