Office of Sponsored Programs Staff
Director of Office of Sponsored Programs
Christine Chamberlain has over 25 years of diverse and extensive administrative experience in federal grants, contracts, and program management. She began her career at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D. C. working in the Architecture + Environmental Arts Program as a grants program specialist. She was responsible for not only reviewing grant applications, but chaired the peer review panels in her area of responsibility. After moving to the Pacific Northwest she continued her government service with the U. S. Department of Energy as a contracts specialist and the manager of their small business contracting program. She then transitioned from being a federal employee to the federal contractor world as the manager responsible for establishing and implementing the program management systems for a $200 million regulatory-driven nuclear environmental cleanup program. She then later went on to serve as the program manager responsible for the cost, schedule and management planning and control of a $50M construction/infrastructure improvement program. Ms. Chamberlain served as the principal liaison between the U. S. Department of Energy (Washington State) management and a citizens' advisory board for all issues pertaining to the development of its federal budget and contracting strategies.
Christine was appointed by the Governor of Washington State to the Washington State Arts Commission and served as the chair of its Grants Committee and the Governor’s Arts Award committee. Her volunteer work also included leadership positions on arts group boards of trustees, president of the local chapter of Soroptimist International, an organization devoted to advancing educational opportunities for women across the globe, and other community activities. She has received awards for superior performance from both the National Endowment for the Arts and the U. S. Department of Energy. She received her B.A. from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Ms. Chamberlain is a native of Lansing, Michigan and has two sons, Benjamin and Charlie.
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Office of Sponsored Programs Administration Assistant
Shirley Dilworth is one of those people who seems to know almost everyone who walks through the doors of GVSU--students and employees alike. Everyone knows her, too. In her 20+ years at GVSU, she has seen many students come and go, and many employees change and grow in their roles here at the university.
Shirley began in 1983 as a temp in Facilities Management. Three months later, she signed on as a permanent employee in the Development Department at WGVU, where she worked for many years.
More recently, Shirley worked in Pew Campus Student Services & Admissions, where she provided an invaluable service to students and staff.
Luckily, the GSGA office was able to "steal" her from Student Services/Admissions to serve in a dual role as Office Coordinator for both Graduate Studies & Grants Administration and the Autism Education Center. A short while later, Shirley began working strictly on the Grants side of Graduate Studies. She attended intensive training on Sponsored Project Administration at a National Council of University Research Administrators workshop and is rapidly becoming an expert on project administration.
Besides her duties at GVSU, Shirley is an active volunteer in her community and serves whenever there is a need for a reading or basic computer use tutor.
When not studying for a life enriching class, she enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with husband, Bobby. She is Mom to sons Curtis and Christopher, and is a very enthusiastic "granny" to granddaughters Alyzia and Erica, and grandsons Christopher II, Kobe, and Devon. Shirley is a graduate of Grand Valley State University.
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Casey Thelenwood, M.Ed.
Grants and Contracts Specialist
Casey Thelenwood began working with the Office of Sponsored Programs as a Graduate Assistant in 2010. She remained with the office as a Grants and Contracts Specialist after completing her M.Ed. in Literacy Studies with a focus on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Grand Valley State University. Before coming to Grand Valley, Casey received a B.A. in Education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Casey has several years of diverse employment experience in higher education, beginning with her work for the Housing Department, Office of New Student Programs, and the Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Program at the University of Michigan during her undergraduate career. She also has several years of teaching experience including her most recent position as an Adult Literacy Instructor in the refugee employment program at Bethany Christian Services. In her free time, Casey loves to read, travel, and spend time with her husband. She is also studying guitar and Arabic.
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Andrew Kienitz is the Graduate Assistant for the Office of Sponsored Programs. Andrew began working at OSP in 2008, when it was still the Grants Development and Administration Office, while working toward an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences. He is currently in Graduate School as a full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) student.
Thinking about writing a grant but don't know how to find potential funding sources? Contact Andew with requests for or questions about a grant search, which is a tool for new and veteran PIs to assist in finding external funding for a project.
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