Meet our team!


Dr. Justine Reel
Associate Dean for Research and Innovation



Areas of Expertise:

  • Grant proposal reviews
  • Internal grant reviews
  • Faculty writing circles
  • Interprofessional collaborations and matchmaking
  • Innovation projects
  • Training

Kristi Ramadani

Kristi Ramadani
Executive Assistant


Areas of Expertise:

  • Special project, Administrative, Interprofessional collaborative event, Research productivity report, and Research events support
  • Emergency contact for the Research and Innovation Team

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Pre-Award Grant Support Specialist


Areas of Expertise:

  • Grant proposal development and budget support
  • Finding funding opportunities
  • Funding calendar
  • Assisting with grant submissions
  • External grant consultation
  • Grant training

Richard Huse

Richard Huse
Research Grant Administrator 


Areas of Expertise:

  • Post-award grant support with emphasis on budget monitoring and management
  • Faculty support on the pre-award side with proposal development activities for both internal and external grants

Valerena Candy

Dr. Valerena Candy
Professional Editor

Areas of Expertise:

  • Manuscripts
  • Grant Proposals
  • Book chapters
  • Conference Abstracts
Robert Bucciere

Robert Bucciere
Systems Training & Reporting Specialist


Areas of Expertise:

  • Serve as liaison to Institutional Research and College for data systems
  • Train and provide consultation to faculty for activity insight/Digital Measures activity
  • Help with research productivity tracking and reporting to College

Rachel Kantor

Rachel Kantor
Data Support Specialist 

Areas of Expertise :

  • Graphical Data Representations
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Tabular Data Representations
Nathan Holtsclaw

Nathan Holtsclaw
Business Officer, Business Core Service Team


Areas of Expertise :

  • Post-award grant support
  • Internal and external grants

Relevant Resources

UNCW Office of Innovation and Commercialization 

SPARC Grants Officer
Patty Fox
McNeill Hall 2059-B

Health and Human Services Librarian
John Osinski
Randall Library 2059