Our Staff

Administration

Kacie Flynn, CRA

Kacie Flynn

Executive Director

Kacie earned her Bachelors Degree in Art Education from Humboldt State University with a Certificate in Gallery Studies. Kacie has been with the Sponsored Programs Foundation in a number of roles since August 2010. She has earned the designation of Certified Research Administrator (CRA) from the Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC), and is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Research Administration from Johns Hopkins University.

Kacie has been actively involved with the CSU Auxiliary Organizations Association (AOA) for several years. The members that make up the Auxiliary Organizations Association (AOA) are the auxiliaries of the 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system. She is currently serving as the 2020 AOA President.

Kacie focuses on building a strong and customer service focused organization that enables HSU to increase the number of proposals to a wide range of research, scholarly and creative opportunities; develop processes and practices that enhance data tracking and management of awards; and expand HSU’s outreach to other stakeholders, including other CSUs and institutions of higher learning, and community and industry partners.

Pre Award

Pia Gabriel

Pia Gabriel

Pre-Award Specialist

Pia was born and raised at the edge of the Alps in southern Germany. She studied biology at University of Munich, and came to Humboldt County for the first time in 2001 as a visiting student to HSU’s Wildlife Department. In 2005 she moved to Humboldt permanently to pursue a PhD in Behavioral Ecology in cooperation between HSU’s Wildlife Department and Technical University of Munich. During her studies and since completing her degree in 2012, Pia has gathered extensive experience preparing and administering grants in cooperation with HSU faculty, government agencies, and consultancies. She has worked as an ecological consultant on local ecological issues, and as a biologist with Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge. She joined the SPF team in the Pre-Award office in July 2015.

Erika Wright

Erika Wright

Pre-Award Specialist

Erika Wright was born and raised in Eureka, California and is a graduate of Humboldt State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Ethnic Studies. She moved to London in 2002 and completed a Master's degree in Postcolonial Literature at the University of London, School of Advanced Studies. She lived in Berlin for a year and then went to China to teach at Xi'an International Studies University through a program with HSU. An avid traveler, her next move was to Perth, Western Australia where she lived for five years; volunteering for Oxfam and Slow Food and teaching full time at Murdoch University. She moved back to Humboldt and has been with SPF since November of 2014.

Post Award

Sam Caudill

Sam Caudill

Grant Analyst

Sam graduated from Humboldt State University in Fall 2015 with a Bachelors in Economics and a minor in Photography. She came to work for the Sponsored Programs Foundation as a front office student assistant in the summer of 2014, while earning her degree, and has been a member of the SPF family ever since. In her spare time, Sam practices her entrepreneurial skills. She runs her own house cleaning business, photography business, and does event planning for friends.

Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson

Lead Grant Analyst

Anthony Johnson started with SPF in 2004 working in Purchasing and has served as the Lead Grant Analyst in the Post-Award Office since 2010. He received his Bachelors from Chico State University in 1993. Anthony served 8 years in the U.S. Army and previsouly worked for the former Humboldt Bank for 4 years. Anthony is an avid fly fisherman and devoted baseball fan.

Leslie Rodelander

Leslie Rodelander

Grant Analyst

Leslie has her MBA degree in Management from San Diego State University and a Bachelors in Physiology from University of California, Berkeley. She worked for 4 years in finance in biotech and for 11 years as a research grant administrator for the San Diego State University Research Foundation. Leslie and her family are recent (and grateful!) transplants to Humboldt County and she has been with SPF working in the Post-Award office since July 2014.

Angela Turner

Grant Analyst

Angela moved to Humboldt County in August 2017 from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Angela has a Bachelors in Anthropology and a Bachelors in Liberal Arts from Northwestern State University. She served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Maine before obtaining her Master’s degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford. Angela was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to New Zealand in 2002, where she volunteered with Amnesty International New Zealand while doing postgraduate work in International Development. Since then, Angela has worked with non-profits throughout the United States through grant writing and grant management. Angela returns to Sponsored Program after briefly serving as a Grant Support Coordinator in 2017.  Angela enjoys travel, hiking in the redwoods, and all things dog-related

Compliance

William Cook

William Cook

Compliance Officer

William is a Humboldt State University graduate, where he received his Bachelors of Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting.  He has over seven years of local accounting experience working in both the public and nonprofit sectors. He is active in the community in various volunteer roles. William joined Sponsored Programs as a Compliance Officer in June, 2015.

Front Office

Erika Andrews

Erika Andrews

Administrative Support Coordinator

Erika received two Associates Degrees from Cypress Community College in Psychology and English. She is currently finishing her B.A. in English: Writing Practices and a minor in Comparative Ethnic Studies. Erika is actively involved with many campus organizations, some including Toyon Literary Magazine and Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority, Inc. In the future, she plans to receive her M.A. in Media and Cultural Studies. Erika joined the SPF team in May 2018. 

Brittany Bauserman

Brittany Bauserman

Grant Support Coordinator (GSC)

Brittany was born and raised in McKinleyville, California, and is a graduate of Humboldt State University where she earned a Bachelor of Art degree in Art Studio with an emphasis in Photography with a minor in Journalism. In addition to her position with SPF, she has a photography business in which she specializes in lifestyle and documentary style family portraiture. She has been with SPF since November of 2014.

McKinley Caywood

McKinley Caywood

Student Assistant

McKinley is an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies with a concentration in Third World Development and a double minor in Social Advocacy and Spanish. She is also an active member of Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority here on campus. After graduation she hopes to move to Europe to pursue her master's degree in Human Rights or International Development. McKinley joined the Sponsored Programs team in Fall 2018 after moving back to Humboldt from her study abroad year in Madrid, Spain. 

Sally Hang

Sally Hang

Grant Support Coordinator (GSC)

Sally is an alumni from Humboldt State; she obtained her B.A. and M.A. in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavioral Neuroscience. She works as one of our Grant Support Coordinators in addition to teaching in the Psychology Department. She is an avid community volunteer, researcher, and traveler. She has been with SPF since June, 2015.

Angel Lomeli

Angel Lomeli

Grant Support Coordinator (GSC)

Angel relocated to Humboldt in 2014 to study Kinesiology at Humboldt State. Angel is a Patricia O. McConkey Outstanding Graduate Student Award winner who earned her B.S. and M.S. in Kinesiology from HSU. Angel began as a Student Assistant with the Sponsored Programs Foundation in 2016, during which time she also served as the Research and Services Coordinator for the North Coast Concussion Program. She plans to continue her involvement with the NCCP and concussion research, to continue promoting academic excellence in the Humboldt community, and hopes to one day teach again. Angel proudly serves as the Academic Affairs Advisor for a sorority on campus and volunteers with TRiO and Upward Bound students.

Binta Wright

Binta Wright

Administrative Support Assistant

Britney “Binta” Wright is an HSU alumni, Class of 2018, with a BA in French & Francophone Studies and a minor in Dance Studies. In 2017, she had the opportunity to study abroad in Sénégal as part of a pilot program started by Dr. Joseph Diémé. Following graduation, she worked for the County of Humboldt, Department of Health and Human Services for 1 ½ years before joining SPF in January 2020. She can be spotted in the community performing in a variety of art forms, whether it be singing, dancing or acting. In the near future, she hopes to pursue her Masters in Diplomacy.  

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Susan Brater

Susan Brater

Admin. Analyst/IRB Coordinator

Susan is an Administrative Analyst as well as the IRB Coordinator. Susan has a degree in both Education and Accounting and holds a Certified Public Accountant’s license from Colorado. She also has experience teaching college courses in Accounting both in Hawaii and at Humboldt State University. She has been with SPF since 2011.