Lori became the CFAES Grants & Contracts Administrator in 2009, when she joined The Ohio State University to improve grant development services for the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).
She is responsible for the overall management of the Grant Development Support Unit, SEEDS: The OARDC Research Enhancement Competitive Grants Program, and other ancillary grant programs offered through CFAES. She is responsible for the day to day operations of pre-award research administration for the college. She works extensively with faculty and senior leadership as well as departmental administrators and administrative offices and was instrumental in the completion of the NCURA Peer Review.
Lori has a very diverse background including non-profit grant writing, law enforcement, fraud investigations and benefit fundraising. She has been involved in federal grants management at various levels since 1998 and in public service since 1990 and has past experience in writing requests for proposals, sub-award negotiations, monitoring, and pre- and post-award activities. She received her B.A. in Organizational Management from Malone University in Canton Ohio. She is a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA), the International Society of Research Administrators (SRA) and the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP). Lori served on the National Council of Research Administration Region IV Board of Directors from 2014-2016. She serves on the OSU Office of Research Administration Research Council (ARC) and as the CFAES representative on the OSU Postdoctoral Advisory Committee. Lori is a Certified Research Administrator and has led over 50 national, regional and local presentations and workshops.
She has also served on numerous local boards, including the Holmes-Wayne-Ashland Workforce Policy Board, Workforce Investment Act Youth Council, and the Volunteer Guardianship Program of Holmes County. In addition she had served on multiple task forces for Community Planning and Domestic Violence Prevention. Lori is a graduate of both Holmes and Wayne County Leadership Programs.
As of April 2017 the Grant Development Support Unit has been instrumental in securing $71 million in new funding to CFAES.