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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 where she was Head of the Research Office having previously worked as the Manager for Administration and Strategic Initiatives in the National Centre for ... View Profile

Pre-Award Services

Michelle Mulkern

Michelle Elizabeth Mulkern

Assistant Director, Pre Award Team Lead
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 as a Project Assistant, where she coordinated grant proposals for an orthopedic research group. She received her undergraduate degree in Policy Studies from WPI in 2015, and her MPA from Clark University in 2021. View Profile
Lisa Masciarelli

Lisa M. Masciarelli

Asst Director, Pre Award & ERA
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5804
Lisa Masciarelli joined WPI as the Assistant Director, Pre-award, in November 2014. Lisa comes from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Graduate School of Nursing, where she provided support and coordination on school-wide grants and projects funded by NIH, HRSA, ACS and ONS. Previous to UMASS, she was Project Coordinator at Charles River Laboratories, where she submitted proposals to the FDA for toxicology, metabolism and pharmacokinetic studies. ... View Profile
Priscilla Vazquez

Priscilla Vazquez

Grants and Contracts Administrator
Phone: +1 (508) 8315489
Prior to coming to WPI, Priscilla worked at Commonwealth Medicine (the health care consulting division of UMass Medical School) as a Business Partner Services Specialist and certified proposal management professional. In addition to proposal writing and management, she brings to WPI her experience as an academic administrator for research departments at University of Vermont and UMass Medical School. Priscilla has a background in graphic design, as well as a degree in Arts Management from UMass Amherst. Office Phone: 508-831-5489 View Profile

Post Award and Compliance

Gabriel Johnson

Gabriel Johnson

Assoc Dir, Post-Award & Compl
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4989
Gabe Johnson joined WPI as the Associate Director, Post-Award and Compliance, in September 2012. Gabe is responsible for the general post-award administration of sponsored programs at WPI. He is also charged with identifying and managing risk and compliance issues related to sponsored programs. Gabe develops and presents workshops on grant management at WPI, and he also serves as a member of WPI’s Institutional Review Board. Before coming to WPI, Gabe worked in the sponsored programs office at Clark University. ... View Profile
Chelsea Holland

Chelsea Elizabeth Holland

Research Compl & Subaward Spec
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

Research Systems 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 Research Systems 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
Katelyn Turnbull

Katelyn Turnbull

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
Klelia Loloci-Silvestri

Klelia Loloci-Silvestri

Klelia joined WPI in April 2018. Klelia's current role is Grants and Contracts Administrator. Before joining WPI, Klelia served as Financial Banker for Santander Bank.  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