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Orla Baxter

Orla Baxter

Director Sponsored Programs
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5449
Orla Baxter joined WPI as Pre-award Services Specialist in February 2016, was appointed Associate Director for Pre-Award in February 2017, and Director in January 2019.  In addition to her role as Director of OSP, Orla continues to provide support for complex proposals with multiple partners and cost share requirements.  Prior to coming to WPI, Orla worked at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Orla has a BSc in Biotechnology and an MSc in Computing and Information Systems. View Profile

Pre-Award Services

Kristen Bronger

Kristen Bronger

Grants and Contracts Administrator
Phone: +1 (508) 8316629
Kristen Bronger joined the Office of Sponsored Programs in June 2022. Before joining the Pre-Award team, Kristen worked in the Robotics Engineering Department for three years. Prior to WPI, Kristen was a contracted engagement specialist for NOAA Fisheries. She has a BSc in marine and coastal policy and management, and a Master of Environmental Management from Macquarie University (Australia). View Profile
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Allison Kunze

Grants and Contracts Administrator
Allison Kunze joined the Office of Sponsored Programs in November 2021. Prior to WPI, Allison worked as the grants administrator for the department of Earth and Environment at Boston University, a center administrator for the Center for Systems Neuroscience, and as a senior staff administrator in grants administration at the Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences previous to that. She received her bachelor's degree in music performance from Seattle Pacific University. ... View Profile
Michelle Mulkern

Michelle Elizabeth Mulkern

Associate Director, Pre Award Services
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6158
Michelle Mulkern joined the Office of Sponsored Programs in February 2017. Prior to coming to WPI, Michelle worked at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She received her bachelor's degree from WPI in 2015, and her MPA from Clark University in 2021. She is active in the United Way of Central Massachusetts Women's Initiative and with The Women of WPI Alumna group. View Profile

Courtney A White

Grants and Contracts Administrator
Courtney White joined the Office of Sponsored Programs in February 2022. Before joining the Pre-Award team, Courtney worked in the Bursar Office for four years. Courtney holds a BS in Business Administration from Nichols College.  View Profile

Post-Award Services

Chelsea Holland

Chelsea Elizabeth Holland

Sr. Assistant Director, Contracts and Subcontracts Administration
Phone: +1 (508) 8316652
Chelsea D'Urso joined OSP as the Research Compliance and Subaward Specialist in February 2016. Chelsea is responsible for the negotiation and management of subawards, and she helps administer our research compliance activities. Before coming to WPI, Chelsea worked in MIT's Technology Licensing Office, managing compliance obligations for federally-funded intellectual property. She is a graduate of Boston University. View Profile
Kristin Keane

Kristin Keane

ERA Support Specialist
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6374
Kristin Keane joined the Office of Sponsored Programs in November 2013. Prior to coming to WPI, Kristin worked for many years in Operations Management for various industries. As the ERA Support Specialist, Kristin is responsible for the overall management of information systems within OSP. She supports WPI’s research enterprise by managing the implementation, development, testing, training, and support of OSP’s electronic systems for proposal tracking and award management. As a member of the Post-Award team, Kristin also manages a portfolio of awards. View Profile
Klelia Loloci-Silvestri

Klelia Loloci-Silvestri

Phone: +1 (508) 8316732
Klelia joined WPI in April 2018. Klelia's current role is Grants and Contracts Administrator. In her Post-Award role, Klelia assists faculty and staff with processing new awards, internal budgets, managing incremental funding and requesting extensions.  Klelia holds a master's degree in Business Administration from Anna Maria College, and a master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Anna Maria College.   View Profile
Katelyn Turnbull

Katelyn Turnbull

Sr. Grants and Contracts Administrator
Phone: +1 (508) 8315797
Katelyn is responsible for administrative management of sponsored research awards at WPI with a role in the Post-Award department.  She assists PIs and other research personnel with tasks including but not limited to processing new awards, managing incremental funding, requesting extensions, adjusting internal budgets, and assisting with performance reports.  Additionally, she functions as the liaison between OSP and Marketing for questions regarding sponsored research for press releases and other promotional publications.  Before coming to WPI, Katelyn, a Clark ... View Profile

Faculty Support - Grant Specialist

Nicole Caligiuri

Nicole Karen Caligiuri

Grants Specialist II
Nicole joined WPI in 2017, as a department administrative assistant for Computer Science, and joined Sponsored Programs in 2020. She supports specific faculty with complicated grant loads.  Before coming to WPI, Nicole taught middle school. She has a BA in History from UMass Dartmouth, with a concentration in European History and Islamic Studies.  View Profile