Meet the Team

We welcome faculty to reach out to us directly. If you are interested in corporate research opportunities – either as faculty or a potential partner – feel free to reach out to Kim, Brian, or Kaushik.

 

Kim J. Patten, MS

Assistant Vice President (Research Development)

Research Development
Corporate Engagement
Research Development Operations

Kim Patten is Assistant Vice President for Research Development, at the University of Arizona. She leads a team of research development professionals that excel in supporting faculty in their pursuit of extramural funding from federal, corporate, and foundation sponsors resulting in more than $300 million in awards to campus since 2014. Part of this success is based on a holistic view of research development and the research lifecycle with an emphasis on the societal impacts of research such as the incorporation and promotion of undergraduate research experiences, core community partnerships, and inclusive practices. Prior to joining UA, Patten managed projects and programs in conservation, renewable energy, and distributed data systems both nationally and internationally. As Associate Director at the Arizona Geological Survey she managed and conducted research on a more than $30m portfolio, including Co-PI on a $3.6m National Science Foundation (NSF) project and project manager of a $22m U.S. Department of Energy project. Prior to her work at AZGS, she was Programs Director at a science-based non-profit organization where she helped develop the organization's research portfolio resulting in the organization's first NSF funding. 

Connie Gardner

Senior Program Coordinator

Research Development
Corporate Engagement
Research Development Operations

Connie Gardner is a Senior Program Coordinator providing programmatic and administrative support to Research Development Services. She is responsible for RDS events, and assists with the limited submission program and internal funding programs. She brings 15 years experience at the UA and continues to assist with the University's Research mission daily.

Daniel Moseke, MS

Manager, Research Development Operations

Research Development
Research Development Operations

Daniel Moseke is the Manager, Research Development Operations administering the limited submissions process for the university. He is responsible for supporting the RII internal funding program, dissemination of The Current and Limited Submissions newsletters, and also assists the team with proposal support. Daniel has an MS in Global Technology and Development from Arizona State University and many years of experience across multiple departments at both the University of Arizona and University of Virginia. He has overseen projects, events, and grants for the UVA McIntire School of Commerce, UVA Office of the Provost, the UA parking department, UApresents, UA Chemistry & Biochemistry, and the UA Renewable Energy Network. Previously, he was the Program Coordinator at the UA-led Energy Frontier Research Center providing logistical and administrative support for the Center's staff of PIs, post-docs, students and staff at UA and partner institutions. Daniel is an alum of the University of Arizona, a longtime resident of Tucson and an active volunteer in the local bicycle community.

Danielle Barefoot, ABD

Program Administrator, Internal Grants

Research Development
Research Development Operations

Danielle Barefoot is the Program Administrator of Internal Grants where she administers internal competitions for the university in collaboration with other campus units. She has extensive experience with grants and major awards from applicant, reviewer, and administrator perspectives. Most recently, Danielle served as Assistant Director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships, where she administered and advised for more than 22 competitive scholarship processes, introduced students to opportunities available, and mentored them as they applied. She has received numerous fellowships to support her undergraduate and graduate studies and research. In 2017, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Chile where she conducted her dissertation research on Cold War university student activism. She is an active member of the Fulbright Alumni Association, both the national organization and the Arizona chapter. Danielle is completing her Ph.D. in History with an emphasis on Latin America. She holds an M.A. in History from the University of Arizona and a B.A. in History and Modern Languages (Spanish) with Honors from Georgia Southern University.

Ashley Oliveros

Coordinator, Research Events

Research Development
Research Development Operations

Ashley Oliveros is the Coordinator of Research Events responsible for overseeing and supporting RII’s annual schedule of events including faculty engagement and development events, program office visits and other sponsored research events. Ashley has a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from California State Polytechnic University Pomona, and holds a CPCE certification from the National Association for Catering and Events. She has obtained years of experience in event management serving as a Catering Director in Palm Desert, and Business Development Director with a non-profit organization in Tucson.

Corporate Engagement

Kim J. Patten, MS

Assistant Vice President (Research Development)

Research Development
Corporate Engagement
Research Development Operations

Kim Patten is Assistant Vice President for Research Development, at the University of Arizona. She leads a team of research development professionals that excel in supporting faculty in their pursuit of extramural funding from federal, corporate, and foundation sponsors resulting in more than $300 million in awards to campus since 2014. Part of this success is based on a holistic view of research development and the research lifecycle with an emphasis on the societal impacts of research such as the incorporation and promotion of undergraduate research experiences, core community partnerships, and inclusive practices. Prior to joining UA, Patten managed projects and programs in conservation, renewable energy, and distributed data systems both nationally and internationally. As Associate Director at the Arizona Geological Survey she managed and conducted research on a more than $30m portfolio, including Co-PI on a $3.6m National Science Foundation (NSF) project and project manager of a $22m U.S. Department of Energy project. Prior to her work at AZGS, she was Programs Director at a science-based non-profit organization where she helped develop the organization's research portfolio resulting in the organization's first NSF funding. 

Brian Adair, PhD

Director of Corporate Services (within Research Development Services)

Research Development
Corporate Engagement

Brian grew up in Tucson, with his first direct exposure to UA's world-class research in the Arizona Materials Laboratory as a high school freshman intern. He returned to Tucson in 2018 to join the University of Arizona to support corporate partnerships in Arizona and beyond. For the two decades in between, he worked at three start-ups, a non-profit contract research company, and an environmental science and engineering consulting firm to address challenges related to clean air, water, and energy. Brian's career evolved from laboratory research and product development, to management of multidisciplinary science and engineering projects, to client development and stewardship. He served as adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a member of the Mecklenburg County Air Quality Commission, and board member of Envision Charlotte. Brian graduated with a BS with honors in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Connie Gardner

Senior Program Coordinator

Research Development
Corporate Engagement
Research Development Operations

Connie Gardner is a Senior Program Coordinator providing programmatic and administrative support to Research Development Services. She is responsible for RDS events, and assists with the limited submission program and internal funding programs. She brings 15 years experience at the UA and continues to assist with the University's Research mission daily.

Global Offsets Program

Todd Shallcross

Director, Defense Offset Programs

Research Development
Global Offsets Program

Todd’s career has included 32 years at Raytheon Missile Systems and its predecessors Hughes Aircraft and General Dynamics, two years as an Offset consultant for small businesses and universities, and four years developing the Defense Offset Program at UA. During the first 15 years at Raytheon, Todd worked in various positions involved with business development, strategic/operational planning, mergers & acquisitions, and discretionary/R&D funds management. For the remaining 17 years, Todd was responsible for all aspects of Land Combat Systems Offset programs worldwide and ultimately was named Director of Strategic Offset Programs & International Development for the Missile Systems business unit. During Todd’s career at Raytheon, he served on a number of company-wide efforts related to product development and capture management process improvement as well as individual capture efforts at multiple business units of Raytheon where his country-specific subject matter expertise was required. Todd received his bachelor’s degree in business management from California State Polytechnic University and later, an MBA.
Todd and his wife, Paula live in Tucson and have four children and four grandchildren.

Mike Messina

Manager, Defense Offset Programs

Research Development
Global Offsets Program

Michael Messina’s career includes over 38 years with BAE Systems Platforms and Services Sector, most recently as the Vice President for Industrial Cooperation Programs (Offset).  In this position Mr. Messina successfully lead the worldwide Offset/Industrial Cooperation Programs (ICP) across all Business Areas that comprise BAE's Platforms & Services. In this role, Mr. Messina was responsible for setting worldwide export strategy for the Offset requirements of BAE’s worldwide customer base.  Responsibilities included the development of Offset plans and solutions, negotiation of Offset Agreements with the customer and successfully implementing those agreements.  Mr. Messina formulated and approved Offset risk analysis and was responsible for the performance of Offset contracts within specified budgets. Mr. Messina's career with BAE also includes several years as an International Program Director responsible for marking and program management in selected regions.  He served as President of the DIOA (Defense Industry Offset Association) for 7 years and served for many years on the DIOA Executive Committee. 
Mr. Messina has an MBA from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from California State Polytechnic University.  Mr. Messina is married to Jane and live in Minneapolis.  They have two daughters and two grandchildren.     

Office of Global Projects

Eric Bergthold

Executive Director

Research Development
Office of Global Projects

Eric Bergthold is an international development professional with more than 20 years of project and business development experience in over 15 countries in Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe, including 9 years’ resident experience in Japan, Eritrea, Ukraine, Cambodia and Indonesia. He has extensive experience managing and implementing international projects for donors such as USAID, Danida, the World Bank, UNDP, Chevron and Government-funded grants and contracts. He has proven business development experience including capture planning, business intelligence, proposal management, recruiting and technical writing and played key roles in securing over $500m in federal awards and nearly $5m in non-federal awards. Through his work, he has communicated and collaborated with high-level government actors, multilateral and bilateral donors, civil society leaders, universities, private companies, and others on policy development and project implementation. His international research experience includes organizing and leading research assessments, preparing survey instruments, managing research teams, collecting, cleaning and analyzing data and writing technical reports. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Eritrea from 1995-1997 and an English language teacher in Japan from 1992-1994. He has a M.A. in Applied Anthropology with a focus on Community, Health and Development.

John Magistro

Senior Business Development Manager

Research Development
Office of Global Projects

John Magistro is the Senior Business Development Manager in the Office of Global Projects, supporting proposal initiatives with University of Arizona faculty in international development. He holds MA and PhD degrees in development anthropology from Binghamton University and held post-doctoral fellowships at the US Agency for International Development and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He served four years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, West Africa, and has more than 20 years of experience in international development serving in various capacities involving academic and applied research, project design and management, proposal writing, and monitoring and evaluation. He has worked across a broad spectrum of governmental, non-governmental, and private sector institutions with multi-sectoral, technical expertise in climate change adaptation and resilience, food security, livelihoods, smallholder production and market systems development, disaster risk management, and natural and water resources management. He previously held a position as Associate Research Social Scientist in the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology at the University of Arizona (2006-2010) where he was responsible for management of a USAID-funded Natural Resources Management and Development Portal (https://rmportal.net/), as well as co-PI and coordinator of a university linkages grant to establish a new Disaster Risk Science and Sustainable Development MSc degree program with Bahir Dar University in Ethiopia. He has secured USAID grant awards totaling $36.45m and has worked in over thirty countries in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.

Research Development Services

Courtney Coffey, PhD

Associate, Research Development

Research Development
Research Development Services

Courtney Coffey is a Research Development Associate specializing in education, training and diversity-focused proposals. Previously she helped develop and submit grant proposals for both federal and private foundations at the College of Education. After completing a B.A. in English literature from CU-Boulder and experience teaching ESL in Taiwan, Courtney served as a volunteer English teacher with the Peace Corps in Sri Lanka. There she encountered both applied and cultural anthropologists. Those encounters spurred her to pursue anthropological studies at the University of Arizona, with a focus on gender and contemporary China. Post-doctoral work includes directing a binational drug abuse prevention program at the Border Health Foundation, sponsored by SAMHSA, and teaching high school English for several years. Additional teaching experience includes creating and facilitating a course on cultural awareness for the Center for Integrative Medicine, and managing a clinical internship for diverse, low-income pre-med students offered by the College of Medicine. Courtney enjoys supporting proposals that create engaging, culturally-affirming learning environments for underserved communities and underrepresented students. 

Rebekah Coşkun, DrPH

Associate, Research Development

Research Development
Research Development Services

Bekah Coşkun is a Research Development Associate specializing in biomedical sciences. She has a diverse sociobehavioral science background in public health, genetics, evaluation, medical anthropology, and policy. She received her Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in Maternal and Child Health with a minor in Genetics as well as a Post-Graduate Medical Anthropology Certificate from the University of Arizona where she conducted mixed-methods research on reproductive genetics decision-making among pregnant women and reproductive genetic counselors. She completed a National Cancer Institute T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cancer Prevention and Control Health Disparities Training Program where she worked on the implications of direct-to-consumer (at-home) cancer genetic testing on cancer prevention.

Aimee Jo Gibney, PhD

Associate, Research Development

Research Development
Research Development Services

Aimee Jo Gibney serves as a Research Development Associate primarily focused on strengthening extramural research capacity in the areas of health sciences and data sciences. With a PhD in Rhetoric and Linguistics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, she pursued a traditional faculty career path and then switched course applying strengths in technical editing to the field of environmental consulting. Her background in academia was also a natural fit for strategic research and proposal development planning. She joins UA from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, where she served as a curriculum capstone and writing instructor, reviewed proposals for federal sponsors, and developed grant writing bootcamps and other workshops to help advance the university’s research goals. Other disciplines of interest include science and rural communities initiatives, environmental health, informatics, and (learning) Spanish.

Emily Kotay

Associate, International Research

Research Development
Research Development Services

Emily has a breadth of experience developing programs in higher education and public management. Prior to joining the Research Development Services (RDS) team in RII, Emily focused on partnership development to enhance international collaborations, and has assisted UArizona faculty and students in applying for the Fulbright program. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine, where she taught English and conducted youth development and community engagement projects for more than two years. Within RDS, Emily focuses on international research opportunities and scholarly exchange. Emily holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas, and a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College in cultural anthropology.

Emily Meyer, PhD

Research Development Associate

Research Development
Research Development Services

Emily Meyer is a Research Development Associate specializing in biomedical sciences. Emily joins us from University of California, Davis, where she received a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics in 2021. Her doctorate research focused on mathematical modeling of processes involved in cardiac pacemaking at multiple scales from subcellular signaling to tissue geometry, with an emphasis on analysis of the mechanisms leading to arrhythmias. Emily’s academic interests span a wide range of disciplines, and as an undergraduate and M.A. student she pursued research in pure mathematics as well as experimental neuroscience. Beyond her own research, Emily brings two years of experience as a writing consultant working with graduate students and postdoctoral scholars on projects spanning a wide variety of discipline, scope, and editorial concern.

Cody Nicholls, PhD

Research Development Associate

National Security Programs

Research Development
Research Development Services
Cody Nicholls phd

Cody Nicholls is a Research Development Associate for National Security Programs at the University of Arizona. In this role he provides support for faculty in pursuit of external funding (federal, foundation, industry) for fundamental research programs supporting national security topics, issues and challenges, Defense, Intelligence and Homeland Security-related discovery and innovation. Previously he served for just under 10 years as the Assistant Dean of Students for Military and Veteran Engagement at the University of Arizona. Cody is a nine and a half year veteran of the Army Reserves and Wyoming National Guard. During his tenure in the Reserves he completed two deployments to the Middle East, Iraq (2004-2005) & Kuwait (2008-2009) and one state side mobilization, in the National Guard, immediately following 9/11 (2001-2002).

Cody served as the National Co-Chair for the NASPA Veterans Knowledge Community with his term of service March 2018 – March 2020. Cody received the “Super Et Ultra” Award from the Veterans Knowledge Community for going “above and beyond” in his service to his fellow veterans in February of 2019 at the NASPA Annual Symposium on Military-Connected Students. He currently serves as a member of the steering committee for the Southern Arizona Military/Veteran Community Network. He serves as an executive board member of the Association of the United States Army Tucson Chapter and serves as the Secretary for the Board of Directors of the Tucson Committee on Foreign Relations. Cody previously served as a member of retired US Senator Jeff Flake’s (AZ) military and veteran advisory council. Cody currently serves on US Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick’s veteran advisory council. Cody earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education with a major concentration in Organization & Administration from the College of Education and a minor concentration in Entrepreneurship from the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. Cody is a founder and investor in Post.Bid.Ship headquartered in Scottsdale Arizona

Robin E. Richards, PhD

Senior Associate, Research Development

Research Development
Research Development Services

Robin Richards is a Senior Associate, Research Development, specializing in Physical Sciences, at the University of Arizona. He has a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Imperial College London and is a co-inventor on 19 issued U.S. patents. Robin joined UA in 2006 after gaining 20 years of industrial experience in both R&D and the electronic chemicals business. Robin has managed inter-disciplinary basic science and advanced technology collaborations involving government, universities, national laboratories and industry with multi-million dollar annual budgets. Prior to joining Research Development Services he was the Assistant Director for a UA-led Energy Frontier Research Center for 4½ years – funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Marie Teemant, MA

Associate, Research Development

Research Development
Research Development Services

Marie Teemant is the Associate, Research Development for Honors & Awards. She assumed this position after a successful graduate fellowship with Research Development Services, utilizing her background in visual communications to support the communications efforts of RDS, including The Current and Limited Submissions newsletters. Marie has been part of the University of Arizona community since starting her M.A. in Art History (completed 2016). While Marie's main area of support is in nominations for Honors & Awards, she has also supported proposals in the arts and humanities.