Tiffany Beverly has a J.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology - Chicago-Kent College of Law and a M.A. in English from the University of Tennessee. Prior to moving to South Carolina, she worked as an attorney in Chicago, practicing business insurance litigation. Tiffany serves as the industry contact for contracts and assists faculty and industry to share research and technology openly by putting in place material transfer agreements and confidentiality agreements to protect intellectual property rights. She also works with faculty inventors to create non-enabling summaries of their technologies to help market them successfully.
Samuel Burgess is the Business Manager for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences. He has more than 28 years of professional experience in administrative services and fiscal management where he has worked in both the private and public sector. As Business Manager, he is responsible for the overall functions of human resources, grants management, the procurement of goods and services, management of the A & S Science Stockroom facility as well as the fiscal responsibility for managing and reporting on all departmental funds.
In addition to managing multiple operations, he has years of experience in public accounting with an emphasis in budgeting, forecasting and reporting financial information. During his years at the university, he has worked diligently to provide post-award and close-out services to faculty and/or principal investigators with external funding.
Dan Christmus is a Senior Sponsored Program Administrator and Team Leader in Sponsored Awards Management. He is the administrator serving the School of Medicine and is responsible for both pre-award and post award (non-financial) activities. He has worked in the SAM office for more than 29 years.
As the Director, Office of Research Compliance, Thomas Coggins is responsible for oversight and management of non-fiscal compliance activities related to sponsored research including drafting and implementing policy, serving as USC liaison to federal agencies, preparing compliance related training programs, and coordinating several institutional compliance committees (e.g. Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects and University Conflict of Interest Committee)
Stephanie Cook is the administrator for USC’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, which is charged with overseeing all aspects of animal care and use at most campuses of the University of South Carolina, including the School of Medicine. She manages NIH and USDA regulatory compliance activities for the committee including program evaluation, inspections, reporting, protocol review, and receipt/review of concerns regarding animal use and welfare. She also advises animal researchers regarding regulatory issues and administers daily operations for the TOPAZ online application system.
Gayle Haddock is the Training Coordinator for the Office of Research & Grant Development at USC. Her primary responsibility is to manage the GRANT (Gamecock Research Administrators Network Training) program, a comprehensive training program in research administration for faculty and staff. Gayle also handles outreach for the Office of Research & Grant Development; provides assistance to faculty with funding opportunity searches; offers training sessions both individually and through group classes for the newly updated COS/Pivot database; and delivers support to a variety of other research functions, including large collaborative proposals. Gayle has been with the Office of Research & Grant Development since 2010.
Gina Hambrick is an Accounting Manager for the University of South Carolina, Contract and Grant Accounting. She is responsible for assuring awards are in compliance with the University of South Carolina, Federal, and State fiscal policies and procedures. She is also responsible for Time and Effort certification and working with internal and external auditors. Gina earned an Associate in Accounting from Midlands Technical College and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Columbia College. She received her certificate as a certified Grant Manager from Management Concepts in September 2005. Gina has 13 years of experience in grant management.
Ruth Heacock serves as the HR and Research Development Director for the College of Engineering and Computing, and previously served as the Business Manager for the Department of Chemical Engineering. She has 22 years' experience in proposal development, including budget preparation, compliance with sponsor guidelines and proposal submission; and post award grant management, including budget issues, cost share, extension requests, reporting requirements, time and effort reporting, subawards, and close-out. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle, and has worked at USC for 20 years.
Beth Herron serves as the Associate Director of Research and Grant Development for the University of South Carolina (USC), Office of Research. Beth facilitates university-wide collaborative multi-million dollar multidisciplinary federal research proposals. In this role, she assists research teams in the development of collaborative proposals by working with the other members of the Research Development team to facilitate preliminary meetings among research units, assist with the identification of collaborators and development of partnerships, and direct the proposal development process by creating timelines, organizing proposal sections, and coordinating submission. Beth manages the Office of Research's internal funding competition, ASPIRE, teaches multiple courses for the GRANT program, and oversees special projects for the office as needed.
Tony Huggins is the Director of the Office of Contract and Grant Accounting at the University of South Carolina. He has been working with Sponsored Programs since 1990. His office focuses on compliance with Federal, State, and other guidelines of the various sponsors of Research and other restricted endeavors of the University. He oversees audits and all accounting rules and regulations as they apply to Sponsored Programs. Tony is a USC graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Business Management.
Annette Jordan is the supervisor of the Travel Office for the University of South Carolina, Controller's Office. She coordinates and supervises the processing of travel authorizations and reimbursements for all USC campuses in accordance with Federal and State regulations and University policies and procedures. Annette also coordinates and manages the operation of the University travel accounting system in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and has responsiblity for submitting required reports of financial activity to regulatory agencies and others. Her accounting experience spans18 years.
Venis Manigo was born in Walterboro, SC and attended public schools of Colleton county, graduated from Walterboro High School in 1976 Graduated with a BA in Business Administration from Furman University in Greenville, SC in 1980. Ms. Manigo came to the University in 1992 after working for 4 1/2 years at the Budget and Control Board's Information Technology Management Office as a Procurement Specialist. She started her career as an Information Technology buyer and is currently the Director of Purchasing. Over the years, Ms. Manigo has served in several different capacities: Carolinas Minority Supplier Council board of directors, Eau Claire Cooperative Health Clinic board of directors, Co-Chair of Family Fund initiatives and the Community Advisory Committee for the President. She has been participating with Precepts Bible study at Riverland Hills Baptist Church in Columbia SC for over 10 years and enjoys spending time with family and friends. She enjoys puttering in her yard and working out at the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness center.
Elaine Marshall is the Director of Sponsored Awards at USC Upstate. She has been with the University since 1996 and works with all faculty and staff on the Upstate campus who pursue grant funding. She also occasionally teaches English and continuing education grants classes. After completing the GRANT program in May 2007, Elaine passed the Certified Research Administrator exam and was recertified in 2012. Elaine has a BA in English and History and an MA in English Literature from Clemson, where she also taught full-time before coming to USC.
Danielle McElwain serves as a Senior Sponsored Program Administrator for the University of South Carolina (USC), Office of Sponsored Awards Management, providing professional guidance to principal investigators and business managers for the acquisition and management of externally funded programs and projects. She also negotiates awards terms and conditions with sponsoring agency representatives, and develops contracts and subcontracts. Danielle holds a national Certified Research Administrator Certification (CRA) from the Research Administrators Certificate Council and has presented at national and regional National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) conferences.
Danielle previously served as a Manager for the USC Office of Research Development, facilitating and updating its GRANT (Gamecock Research Administrators Network Training) program and introducing e-learning courses to that program's curriculum. In addition, she has assisted with facilitation of university-wide collaborative multi-million dollar multidisciplinary federal research proposals.
Bob Roscoe currently works for the Arnold School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics as a Research Associate. He assists with pre and post award grant administration for the department, Prevention Research Center, and Department of Family Medicine in the USC School of Medicine. Previously, he held the position of Assistant Director for the Institute for Families in Society (IFS), a multi-disciplinary research unit which seeks to enhance the well-being of families at the community, state, national, and international levels. While there he was responsible for budgeting, fiscal management, and leading the administrative team. He has fifteen years of experience as a senior level manager leading teams for a public agency; he retired after a 25-year career in law enforcement, eleven of which he held the position of Second in Command of a 74-person agency. He has BA in Sociology, and MA in Leadership and Public Administration from Centenary College.
Richard White is a technical writer and manager for the Office of Research & Grant Development limited submissions program and the University of South Carolina's SmartState® Program. He joined USC after a 20-year career in marketing and public relations in both state government and publicly-held Fortune 500 health care, manufacturing, and distribution corporations. Richard earned his bachelors and masters degrees in Journalism and Mass Communication from USC, and his MBA from the University of Memphis. A GRANT program graduate, he has also been certified in research administration (CRA) by the national Research Administrators Certification Council, and has served as an adjunct professor in the USC College of Mass Communication and Information Studies.