Office of Sponsored Programs Staff

Christine Chamberlain

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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Ashley McCarter, MBA

Office of Sponsored Programs Administrative Assistant

Ashley began working with Grand Valley State University in September of 2013 as a secretary in the Human Resources Department. She joined the Office of Sponsored Programs in April of 2014 as the department's administrative assistant. Prior to GVSU Ashley worked for the Grand Rapids Public Schools system as the district's Receptionist and support to the Assistant Superintendent/Executive Director of Public Safety. While at GRPS she managed payroll for the Department of Public Safety and Security, redesigned and managed the district's alarm and key card system and managed all overtime for the security officers.

Ashley may be new to the staff/faculty side of GVSU but she is no stranger to the GVSU family. She received her undergraduate degree, a B.S in Communications, from GVSU in 2008. After taking almost a year off from school she received her Master's degree in Business Administration from The University of Phoenix in 2010. Ashley is currently a member of the planning committee for Young Professionals in Higher Education at GVSU. In her free time, Ashley enjoys the gym, being outdoors, shopping, and spending time with her family and friends.
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Andrew Kienitz, MBA

Grants and Contracts Specialist

Andrew has been working at the Office of Sponsored Programs since 2008, first as a student assistant, then a graduate assistant, and now, after working at Western Michigan University, is back at GVSU as a Grants and Contracts Specialist.

Andrew received a BS in 2011, graduating from GVSU's Biomedical Sciences program where he was engaged in computational chemistry research. Andrew also received his Master's degree in Business Administration from GVSU in 2014. He brings a diverse set of experience, not only from his previous research and work at another Western Michigan university, but from the perspectives gained from working with the Office of Sponsored Programs since it's early years. Andrew is excited to be working with the Seidman College of Business, the Padnos College of Engineering, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' math and science departments, which include Chemistry, Physics, Biomedical Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biology, Math, Statistics, Movement Science, and the Regional Math and Science Center.
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Melissa Wright

Grants and Contracts Specialist

Melissa began working at Grand Valley in June 2001, as the Marketing & Logistics Coordinator for the Autism Education Center (a state of Michigan grant funded entity). In that role, Melissa was responsible for the development and execution of statewide training activities, managing website content, and was instrumental in maintaining a balanced grant budget of over $1.5M annually. In her new role with the Office of Sponsored Programs, Melissa will play an active role in maintaining university grants, building upon relationships with partnering departments and program agencies, and coordination of grant activities. Melissa has over 10 years of work in the Grant arena.

A graduate of Ferris State University, Melissa received her undergraduate degree, a B.S. in Marketing. In her free time, Melissa enjoys reading, sewing, being outside and spending time with family and friends.
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Donny Nowicki

Graduate Assistant

Donny received his BS in 2011, graduating from Adrian College with a liberal art’s degree in education. After graduation he worked as a public school health/physical education teacher.

Donny joined the Office of Sponsored Programs as a Graduate Assistant in September 2014. He is a graduate student studying Public Health with an emphasis in health administration. His plans for the future are to work in the area of public health at the state or local health department. Donny enjoys spending time with friends and playing sports when not at work.
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Matthew Kienitz

Student Worker

Matthew joined the Office of Sponsored Programs in August of 2013. He is currently working on his undergraduate degree in National Resource Management. Matthew's extensive background with databases such as Banner and Access has made him very beneficial and vital to the Office of Sponsored Programs team. When Matthew is not attending classes, studying or working at OSP he is enjoying his time on the golf course. Matthew not only enjoys playing golf but he also worked for a local golf course in his hometown, Reed City, on weekends for the past few summers.
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