Arkansas State University, Region III 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 trainings, 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.
North Carolina State University, Region III Immediate Past Chair
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 State University, Region III Chair-Elect
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.
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.
Robert G. Bingham-Roy, MBA, CRA
Georgia Institute of Technology, Region III Treasurer Appointed Board Member
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.
Scott Niles, PhD
Georgia Institute of Technology, Region III Secretary
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.
University of South Carolina, Appointed Executive Committee Member
Danielle McElwain, CRA is the Director of Research for the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) at the University of South Carolina. Danielle and her staff provide guidance to the CEC faculty for development of proposals, management of awards, coordination of the preparation of large collaborative proposals, and submission of all proposal submission for CEC. Additionally, Danielle coordinates a PI academy for the faculty in the College of Engineering and Computing.