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 or Brian.


Kim J. Patten, MS

Assistant Vice President (Research Development)

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 $400 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. 

Paul Sandoval

Director of Research Advancement

Paul Sandoval is the Director of Research Advancement providing overarching support for the administrative management of research programs and functions flowing through the Office of Global Projects, Defense Offsets and Research, Innovation and Impact.  Paul has Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Arizona and brings over 30 years of post-award experience from the Sponsored Projects Services office.

Connie Gardner

Manager, Research Development Administration

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Connie Gardner is the Manager, Research Development Administration, at the University of Arizona, leading and coordinating the administrative support efforts for the Research Development team.  She also provides executive associate support for the Assistant Vice President for Research Development. She brings over 20 years experience at the University of Arizona in the areas of accounting, program coordination, and administrative support and continues to assist with the University's Research mission daily.

Daniel Moseke, MS

Director, Research Development Operations

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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.

Lidia Macias, MS, MA

Coordinator, Research Development Operations

Lidia Macias is the Coordinator of Research Development Operations. She provides support in the limited submissions process, contributes to external RDS communications and funding identification, office operations responsibilities, manages communities of practice, and conducts communications with internal and external stakeholders. Ms. Macias has more than 7 years of experience in higher education administration at the institutional level; has collaborated in several large-scale, interdisciplinary, multi-institutional and international research initiatives. She is highly experienced in federal & state agencies, private foundations, and corporative funding programs in both pre and post-award stage. Other areas of her expertise include proposal development and the creation of impact strategies for research development. Ms. Macias has successfully coordinated the institutional and limited submissions for an R01 institution during the last four years and has contributed on policy review related to research misconduct and unwanted foreign influence. Ms. Macias holds a B.S. in Psychology, B.A. in Philosophy, an M.S. in Experimental Psychology, and an M.A. in Spanish and Latin American Literature. Her areas of research include national identity, otherness, soft & intellectual power, critical theory and intellectual history with a focus on contemporary Spanish literature.

Danielle Barefoot, ABD

Program Administrator, Internal Grants

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.

Elena Rodriguez

Event Coordinator

Elena Rodriguez is Research Development Services Event Coordinator responsible for event support for both in-person and online events. Elena started her University of Arizona career at BIO5 Institute where she was responsible for the logistics and execution of events such as The Precision Wellness Seminar Symposia (in-person), The Precision Wellness in the Time of COVID-19 (Virtually), BIO5 Open house and Reception, BIO5 Women of STEM, Student Industry Networking Event, and many others alongside colleagues at BIO5 Institute. Connected to her role with RDS, Elena will have the opportunity to work on events for RII including Convo with Cantwell, RII All Hands, as well as partnering on events at the University of Arizona Washington, D.C, Center for Outreach and Collaboration. Elena looks forward to focusing on events that connect UA faculty with external funding opportunities. Elena loves working for the University of Arizona, and her family has always been full of UA fans cheering for softball, baseball, basketball, and football. She is proud of her oldest daughter, a University of Arizona student who will be applying for the nursing program. The University of Arizona and the RDS team is exactly where Elena wants to be. Go Cats!

Leslie Hawthorne Klingler

Research Development Content Developer and Writer

Leslie Hawthorne Klingler is Research Development Content Developer and Writer, Research Development Services. She uses her writing, editing, and design skills to translate technical material into pieces that persuade broader audiences to support cutting-edge research and innovation at the University of Arizona. In addition, she is a portrait photographer and specialist in communication for causes that improve human health and well-being, particularly among the disadvantaged. Her experience includes a master’s degree, years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and six years living and working in Latin America. Fluent in Spanish, she is enjoying Tucson’s proximity to Mexico.

Industry Engagement

Brian Adair, PhD

Executive Director, Industry Engagement

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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.

Lindsay Ridpath

Program Manager, Industry Engagement

Serving the University of Arizona since 2019, Lindsay began in Business Development with the Alumni Association. She joined Research Development Services in late 2022 and brings her program and project management, business development, proposal support, and relationship building skills to help the University grow industry engagement. She supports efforts to identify, develop, and ultimately secure industry research sponsorship, collaborate with industry on federal proposal opportunities, identify and pursue student fellowships and internships, and more. In addition, Lindsay has experience with content creation for social media and web platforms and assists in the promotion of UA faculty, facilities, and other resources with industry. Lindsay has an MFA, is an RD mentee with the National Organization for Research Development Professionals (NORDP) for the 22/23 year, and holds a Certified Associate for Project Management (CAPM) certification. 

National Security Program

Nate Gahr

Senior Director, National Security Programs

Nate Gahr is Senior Director, National Security Programs at the University of Arizona. In this role, he provides support for faculty in pursuit of external funding for fundamental research programs supporting National Security topics, issues, and challenges.  Prior to joining the university in 2022, Nate spent more than 25 years in various leadership roles in the US Army, the Department of Justice, and the US Intelligence Community.  Most recently, Nate established the FBI Phoenix Field Office’s Counterintelligence Joint Taskforce, leading efforts of a diverse team from numerous federal, state, and local agencies along with community partners, to protect National Security interests throughout Arizona.  Nate has led numerous National Security efforts with a focus on advance conventional weapons and WMD counterproliferation.

Cody Nicholls, PhD

Research Development Associate

National Security Programs

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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.

Global Offsets Program

Todd Shallcross

Director, Global Offset Programs

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 Global 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.

Michael Messina

Manager, Global Offset Programs

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.     

Team Science & Proposal Development

Marie Teemant, MA

Associate, Research Development

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. 

Aimee Jo Gibney, PhD

Associate, Research Development

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Aimee Jo is part of the RDS strategic research advancement ecosystem dedicated to supporting faculty researchers at all levels by identifying funding opportunities, assisting in the development and review of grant proposals, building diverse teams in response to research center/institute and consortia opportunities, navigating UArizona institutional resources, and leading a broad spectrum of training activities in competitive grantsmanship such as early-career awards, the responsible and ethical conduct of research, sponsor site visits, and resubmission strategies for nearly-funded proposals. With a background in rhetoric & linguistics, the highlight of her work in nearly 10 years within the RD landscape is reading about scientific discoveries, analyzing and conveying complex scientific information in straightforward terms, and being immersed in revising and editing grant narratives across disciplines bridging science and humanities. Aimee Jo subscribes to the International Network for the Science of Team Science (SciTS) listserv, is a member of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP), and attends regional and national conferences offered by the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), and Women in Data Sciences (WiDS) among other professional venues. She is a transplant to the Southwest and is in awe of the desert environment and faculty research aimed at climate resilience for all.

Emily Kotay

Assistant Director, International Research

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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.

Robin E. Richards, PhD

Senior Associate, Research Development

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Robin Richards is a Senior Associate, Research Development specializing in engineering and physical sciences proposals. He has a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Imperial College London and is a co-inventor on 19 issued U.S. patents. In 2006, Robin joined UArizona after spending 20 years in industry where he managed interdisciplinary basic science and advanced technology collaborations involving government, universities, national laboratories, and industry. Prior to joining Research Development Services, he was the Assistant Director for a UArizona-led Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Chad Marchand

Associate, Economic Development Commmunity Engaged Research Development

Born and raised in Omak, Washington, Chad is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. Chad earned his Bachelor of Arts (’05) in Political Science and History and his Master’s Degree (’14) in Public Administration from the University of Arizona. In May 2019, Chad received his Master’s in Professional Studies in Applied Intelligence with a concentration in Homeland Security. Chad is now a Ph.D. student at St. John’s University pursuing a degree in Homeland Security.

Chad joined the Colville Tribal Gaming Commission as Chairman in October 2020. Previously, Chad was with The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) and served in the role of Vice-President of NCAIED and Interim Executive Director of Native Edge Finance, Inc. from October 2018 to December 2021.

For his work, Chad was the recipient of the Arizona Daily Star 40 Under 40 Award 2009, Omicron Delta Kappa Community Service Recognition Award in February 2011, the Children & Family Services Champions for Children & Families Award in April 2011, the University of Arizona Outstanding Young Alumni Volunteer Award in May 2011, and most recently received the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development Native American 40 Under 40 Award in October 2016.

Courtney Coffey, PhD

Associate, Research Development

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Courtney Coffey is a Research Development Associate specializing in education, training and diversity-focused proposals. Her background is in cultural anthropology, with a focus on China and gender politics. Courtney enjoys fostering new connections between faculty and staff with similar research and service aims, and all aspects of grant proposal development. Helping individuals (or teams) create compelling and clear narratives through intensive developmental editing is a particular highlight of her work. She is a member of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). Supporting proposals that create engaging, culturally-affirming learning environments for underserved communities and underrepresented students is both gratifying and humbling for Courtney. 

Greg Hitt

Associate, Economic Development & Community Engaged Research Development

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Greg Hitt is a Research Development Associate specializing in economic development and community engagement.  In this role he supports faculty in search of external funding opportunities and assisting in the development and review of proposals.  Additionally, Greg supports University wide efforts relating to local and regional economic development initiatives by enhancing local and statewide government relationships and their economic development agencies.  Prior to joining the UArizona, Greg spent nearly 20 years working for Pima County where he supported the County in a variety of roles, including planning and infrastructure development, utility coordination, and economic development activities.  Greg is an alumnus of Arizona State University and the UArizona, an Arizona native, and has served on local planning and development committees in the Tucson area.

Jen McCormack, PhD

Associate, Research Development

Jen McCormack is a research development associate specializing in health sciences and health disparities proposals. Prior to her appointment in RDS, Jen served as the Sr. Director of Development and Research for a nonprofit in the GuVo District of the Tohono O’odham Nation. Combining western academic and Indigenous research paradigms, Jen secured and managed federal, state, foundation, and private grants, and worked with multiple federal and state agencies. Through her career, she has consulted in research development and governance.

As a professor of geography and American Indian Studies, Jen taught with an emphasis for first generation university students and Native American/Tribal colleges. She gained field-based experience in Indigenous health, governance, education, and public policy with the Native Nations Institute at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development. Jen received her MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and her PhD in Geography and American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona. Her dissertation research was supported by the National Science Foundation and collaborative research with the Gwich’in Nation in the Arctic borderlands.