David E. Ash

Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies


Mary Montoye
Executive Director, Research and Graduate Studies

  • Lead Director of ORGS Staff and Operations
  • Contracts and Subcontracts for all Colleges
  • Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Issues
  • Material Transfer Agreements, Data Use Agreements, Non-Disclosure Agreements



Susan Klumpp
Executive Secretary

  • Faculty Excellence Exhibition Liaison



Office of Sponsored Programs 

Melinda Brakenberry
Associate Director, Sponsored Projects

  • Budget analysis and forecasting
  • Specialized sponsor requests
  • Report submission support
  • Subcontract and independent contractor development



Lenora Calkins
Research Officer

  • College of The Arts and Media
  • College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • College of Science and Engineering:
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Geography and Environmental Studies
    • Physics
  • Library



Deborah Clark
Research Officer

  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Education and Human Services
  • College of Science and Engineering:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Enrollment and Student Services
  • Public Broadcasting



Sarah Caszatt Hall
Coordinator, Post-Award Sponsored Projects

  • Payroll reviews, including analysis and forecasting
  • Purchase requisition and independent contractor questionnaire reviews
  • Internally funded programs grant support
  • Compliance tracking and support



Rick Middleton
Research Officer

  • College of Health Professions
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Science and Engineering:
    • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
    • Mathematics
    • Statistics, Actuarial & Data Sciences
  • Police



Robin Decker
Executive Office Specialist

  • ORGS Financial Accounting


Anne Kea
Executive Office Specialist

  • Faculty Research and Creative Endeavors Committee Liaison



Staff Excellence Awards

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies excels in service, and in recent years four of our staff members have received CMU Staff Excellence Awards. This honor is given to employees who demonstrate a commitment to the university's Service Excellence Values: Care, Knowledge, Availability and Follow Through.

Sarah Caszatt Hall was awarded a CMU Staff Excellence Award in 2018. Sarah is the Coordinator for Post-Award Sponsored Projects for the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. She has been recognized for her work ethic, professionalism, dedication and ability to solve problems effectively and efficiently. 



Mary Montoye is the Executive Director of the Office of Research and Graduate Studies and a 2015 Staff Excellence recipient. She has been recognized by CMU faculty for her exceptional work ethic and a commitment to supporting the research efforts of the entire university. 



Deborah Clark, who was also honored in 2015, is a Research Officer in the Office of Sponsored Programs. Deborah's abilities as a grant writer and coordinator of major proposal projects have earned praise from CMU faculty for many years.

Lenora Calkins was chosen to receive a 2014 Staff Excellence Award. She is a Research Officer in the Office of Sponsored Programs. Faculty members nominated Lenora for her hard work, her collegiality, and her commitment to excellence. 

ORGS is proud to recognize these staff members for their commitment to CMU Service Excellence values!