Our Instructors

Carol Kirshnit

Carol Kirshnit, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and the coordinator of the Academic and Staff Assistance Program at UC Davis Health. Her more than 20 years of clinical experience include working in university counseling centers, hospital settings, employee assistance, and private practice. She earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and social relations from Harvard University, and masters and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Loyola University of Chicago. Her areas of special interest include stress management, dealing with depression, relationship issues, parenting, sports psychology, work-life balance, health/wellness, and coping with grief/loss. Carol says she feels honored to be in the position of providing support and assistance to members at the UC Davis Health employee community and their family members on both work-related and personal concerns.

Brooke Herevia

Brooke Herevia is a Research Administrator in the Proposals Unit at the Office of Research at the University of California, Davis. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Multicultural and Gender Studies from California State University, Chico and has lived in both Northern and Southern California cities. In addition to contracts and grants experience, she has over seven years of accounting experience with both for-profit and non-profit companies. She enjoys research administration and the UC Davis community.

Marianne McClelland

Marianne McClelland has fifteen years of intellectual property experience. She began her copyright career as an Art Historian at art museums and art colleges in Washington, D.C., including the Smithsonian Institution. She holds a Master’s degree in Art History and a dual Bachelor’s degree in Art History and English. She is currently the Intellectual Property and MTA Analyst for UC Davis InnovationAccess within the Office of Research. She helps manage campus copyrights for The Regents and negotiates material and data transfer agreements to protect the university’s research rights.

Terry Duperron

Terry Duperron is the electronic research administrator in the Sponsored Programs unit of the Office of Research at the University of California, Davis. He has been with the Sponsored Programs unit for over 3 years. Before serving as the electronic research administrator, he functioned as the closeout analyst working with sponsors and researchers in meeting final reporting requirements. He now assists campus users with accessing and using sponsor electronic research systems.

Brian Russ

Brian D. Russ is a Contracts & Grants Officer in Sponsored Programs overseeing the Awards Team that handles research agreements for the Colleges of Engineering, Letters & Sciences, and Agricultural & Environmental Sciences. Brian holds a BA in Political Science from UC Davis, a Masters of Public Policy from CSU Monterey Bay, and a J.D. from the McGeorge School of Law. Brian has served in Sponsored Programs in various roles for the past seven years and, prior to joining UC Davis, served as a non-profit executive in Santa Cruz County. Brian is also a licensed attorney.

Grace Liu

Grace Liu, J.D. is the Associate Director of Sponsored Programs, serving the Awards side of the SPO team. She has seven years of university research administration experience. Prior to joining UC Davis in November 2016, she was at Fresno State’s Sponsored Programs Office. She also has many years of private law practice experience.

Majesta Ewing

Majesta Ewing is one of the Proposal Analysts in the Sponsored Programs unit of the Office of Research at the University of California, Davis. She received a BA in Communication and Psychology from the University of California, Davis. Prior to becoming a Proposal Analyst, she was instrumental as part of the transition to Cayuse SP for submitting proposals to Sponsored Programs for review, which is now utilized by all of the research community. As a member of the Cayuse transition team she had the opportunity to teach others about the system while also assisting Sponsored Programs during the cross-over period. As a Proposal Analyst she now assists the School of Medicine Departments, mainly working with Internal Medicine.

Marlene Mooshian

Marlene Mooshian is a contracts and grants analyst on the proposals team in the Sponsored Programs unit of the Office of Research at the University of California, Davis. She has spent 15 of her over 30 years of experience in research administration and academic personnel on campus. In addition to working in Sponsored Programs, she has worked at the department level as a research administrator, financial analyst, instructional support analyst, personnel administrator, and academic personnel coordinator. She also brings experience from outside of the university from positions such as a research administrator for the Armed Forces overseas, office manager for private construction firm, and a number of financial/administrative positions for Hewlett-Packard and Genesis Electronics.

Kelly Musselman

Kelly Musselman is a Contracts & Grants Analyst in the Sponsored Programs unit of the Office of Research at the University of California, Davis. She has over 10 years of Research Administration experience, including 6 years as a Department Administrator for the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department. Kelly recently passed the Certified Research Administrator Examination and is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration at Southern New Hampshire University.

Alyssa Bunn

Alyssa Bunn is a Contracts and Grants Officer in the Sponsored Programs unit of the Office of Research at the University of California, Davis. She has over 16 years of experience with contract and grants administration, including at the department level, in research development as part of the Interdisciplinary Research Unit of the Office of Research, and in Sponsored Programs. These varied positions have provided Alyssa with extensive experience working with faculty and staff to develop, prepare and submit all types of proposals. Her work currently focuses on advising faculty and staff on the budgetary and research administration best practices and assisting with proposal submissions.