About Us-Office of Sponsored Programs - Carnegie Mellon University

Linda Feuster

Interim Director

Office: 2013

Phone: 412-268-8746

Email: lfeuster@andrew.cmu.edu

Linda was named Interim Director in June 2014.  Prior to this position, she was Assistant VP and Assistant General Counsel for CMU, after moving from the University of Pittsburgh where she supported the Office of Research in her role as Associate General Counsel.  Linda also has a M.B.A. from the Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh. 

Lynn Young

Manager

Office: 2022

Phone: 412-268-8746

Email: lynny@andrew.cmu.edu

Lynn joined the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) as a Contracts Officer in 1998 and was promoted to Contracts Manager in 2002. Lynn previously worked as a business manager for the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh for twelve years.   As  Contracts Manager, Lynn is actively involved with all aspects of the development and negotiation of the University’s research agreements as well as oversight of the contract personnel.   Lynn holds a BA in Foreign Language and International Trade  from Eastern Michigan University and a MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.  


Darlene Kapcin

Office Manager

Office: 1001

Phone: 412-268-8746

Email: dp7a@andrew.cmu.edu

Darlene joined CMU in 1987.  She joined OSP in 2006 serving in many capacities.  She manages the office and provides administrative assistance to all OSP staff.

Robert Kearns

Senior Pre-Award Administrator

Office: 2025

Phone: 412-268-5837

Email: rk2a@andrew.cmu.edu

Rob joined OSP in 1985. Over the years, Rob served in many capacities (pre-award administrator, subcontracts administrator).  Rob currently manages non-federal pre-award research activities.

Amanda Baumann

Pre-Award Administrator

Office: 2021

Phone: 412-268-6455

Email: aab39@andrew.cmu.edu

Amanda joined OSP in August 2013. She is responsible for processing submissions and awards related to the NSF and NIH. Prior to joining the OSP staff Amanda was with the University of Pittsburgh where she acquired more than 13 years of experience with research grants.


Diane McCrea

Pre-Award Administrator

Office: 2011

Phone: 412-268-1419

Email: dm8k@andrew.cmu.edu

Diane has been with CMU for 21 years working in both OSP as well Sponsored Projects Accounting (SPA).  Diane's main OSP function is to reconcile proposal and award data and transmit award details to SPA.

Matt Bartman

Senior Contracts Officer

Office: 2016

Phone: 412-268-2255

Email: mbartman@cmu.edu

Matt joined the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) in 2000.  Matt previously worked as an Environmental Consultant for the Department of Defense/Department of Navy.  As a Contracts Officer Matt has been involved with the development and negotiation of many types of agreements pertaining to Sponsored Research.   Matt has advanced degrees in Public Health and Public Management.  Matt is an avid sports fan and enjoys travelling with his wife and two daughters.

Christine Bedillion

Senior Contracts Officer

Office: 2026

Phone: 412-268-9912

Email: cbedilli@andrew.cmu.edu

Prior to joining CMU in September 2011, Christine worked at the University of Pittsburgh negotiating research related agreements.  She has also worked in the area of legal and compliance for a variety of industry and nonprofit organizations, and received a MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

Patricia Clark

Contracts Officer

Office: 2024

Phone: 412-268-3483

Email: clarkp@andrew.cmu.edu

Patty joined OSP in September, 2012.  Prior to joining CMU, Patty worked as a Contracts Officer for 8 years at the University of Pittsburgh and was Deputy General Counsel at Allegheny Energy, now known as First Energy.

Brenda Fink

Contracts Officer

Office: 2020

Phone: 412-268-1770

Email: bfink@andrew.cmu.edu

Prior to joining CMU in December 2013, Brenda worked as the Director of Internal Audit and as Program Manager of Information Technologies at Port Authority of Allegheny County.  She also worked in the areas of law and procurement.  Brenda received a MBA and Masters Degree in Management of Information Systems from the University of Pittsburgh and a JD from Duquesne University.

Kristen Jackson

Subcontract Officer

Office: 2015

Phone: 412-268-9527

Email: kristenr@andrew.cmu.edu

Kristen has worked in OSP since 2007.  She currently is responsible for issuing Subcontracts and Professional Service Agreements under both Federal and Non-Federal grants and contracts.  Prior to her role as Subcontracts Administrator, Kristen was a Senior Pre-Award Administrator and oversaw the federal proposal submission process as well as federal pre-award administration.  Kristen has a B.S.B.A in Accounting from Slippery Rock University.

John Porco

Contracts Officer

Office: 2019

Phone: 412-268-1195

Fax: jporco@andrew.cmu.edu

John works on a variety of agreements for the University, including Non-Disclosure Agreements, Material Transfer Agreements, and Data Use Agreements.  John joined the OSP in October, 2013.

Julia Sobol

Contracts Officer

Office: 2018

Phone: 412-268-2812

Email: sobolj@cmu.edu

Julia joined OSP in August 2013.  Julia's main responsibility is to review, negotiate, and execute Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA's) for the university.  Prior to joining CMU, Julia managed in-house legal and compliance matters for a nonprofit policy and grant-making institute in New York.

A Jeffrey Abels

SPARCS Project Manager

Office: 1024

Phone: 412-268-7296

Email: abelsaj@andrew.cmu.edu

Jeff Abels, a member of the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) since 2007, left his role as subcontracts administrator in the Spring of 2013 to lead OSP in the implementation of Carnegie Mellon University's new Sponsored Projects and Research Compliance System (SPARCS) electronic system. Jeff has been involved with academic research administration for over 18 years including holding positions in pre- and post-award central administration as well as acting as a campus business manager.  Jeff received his graduate degree from the Heinz College in the Spring of 2013.


Chris M. Lambert

SPARCS Business Analyst

Office: 1023

Phone: 412-268-3570

Email: lambertc@andrew.cmu.edu

Chris joined OSP in December of 2013 to provide business analysis and support for the SPARCS implementation.  Prior to working for OSP, he worked for 16 years at California State University San Marcos where he also received his B.S. and MBA degrees.