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Sarah Polasky

Sarah Polasky, PhD

Senior Director

Dr. Polasky leads the Research Opportunity Development and Advancement team and provides strategic guidance and administrative support to faculty and staff developing and submitting proposals for funded projects. Sarah identifies funding opportunities and works to match solicitations to the research goals of faculty and staff. She assists with monitoring college efforts, project statuses, and reporting for college and university requests. Sarah also works with faculty and staff from other departments to coordinate and advance interdisciplinary efforts. Sarah is a member of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals, the National Council of University Research Administrators, the Society of Research Administrators International, the American Educational Research Association, the American Evaluation Association, and the Arizona Educational Research Organization. She holds a BS in psychology, as well as an MA and a PhD in educational psychology with a concentration in lifespan developmental psychology. Prior to joining RODA, Sarah worked on a variety of local, state, and federally funded research and evaluation projects.


Howard Bergman

Howard Bergman, CRA


Howard leads the proposal preparation and submission team for government, corporate and foundation research opportunities. He interacts with senior internal and external personnel on significant technical matters and strategic decisions to develop policies and procedures that follow university, state and federal laws and guidelines. Howard assists in the resolution of complex research issues (both pre- and post-award) and conducts training sessions in research-related areas. Howard is a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators and the American Association of University Administrators. He holds a BA in psychology and has earned the designation of Certified Research Administrator (CRA).


JulieAnna Carsen

JulieAnna Carsen

Grant Writing Resource Specialist

JulieAnna provides pre-award support to assist faculty and staff with strategic proposal development. Before joining the RODA team, she developed, administered and secured funding for a variety of tribal and city government projects in southwest Arizona. JulieAnna leverages her background in government communications strategy and competitive sponsor intelligence to provide grant writing resource support in the forms of meetings with faculty and staff interested in writing grants, solicitation searches, editing and framing to ensure adherence to funder expectations, and assistance with interpreting reviewer feedback for proposal revision and resubmission.


Bernadette Pabillare

Bernadette Pabillare

Research Advancement Administrator

Bernadette’s primary responsibility is the development, preparation and submission of sponsored projects proposals to various funding agencies. This includes assisting faculty in areas such as: proposal preparation; budget development; and resolving complex administrative issues related to conflicts of interest, allowability of proposed costs, cost sharing, F&A waivers, subcontracting, intellectual property, and institutional review board applications. She is a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators and holds a BS in organizational management.