Steve Koogler
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.


Justo Torres
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.


Laura Letbetter
Georgia State University, Region III Board Member

Laura Letbetter, CRA, is the Associate Director for Sponsored Research Development for the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. She has worked in research administration since 2004 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.

Jeanne Hermann-Petrin, PhD
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Region III Treasurer-elect

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.

Scott Niles, PhD
Georgia Institute of Technology, Region III Secretary

Scott 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.

Kay Gilstrap
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.


Pat Green
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.