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Research Opportunity Development and Advancement


Howard Bergman

Howard Bergman, CRA

Director of Research Advancement

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).

Bernadette Pabillare

Bernadette Pabillare

Research Advancement Administrator Sr.

Bernadette is a pre-award Research Advancement Administrator with over ten years experience in both pre-award and post-award research administration. She supports the MLFTC RODA team in the preparation and submission of sponsored projects to various funding agencies. In addition to research administration, she has worked as a Business Manager for a world-renowned cancer treatment and research institution in Southern California. In this position she was responsible for overseeing all administrative and grant administration activities for a cancer genomics division. Bernadette has been with ASU for ten years.

Mikayla Madjidi

Mikayla Madjidi, MEd

Research Advancement Administrator

Mikayla is a pre-award Research Advancement Administrator with the RODA team. She assists with the preparation and submission of government and foundation funding applications. Before joining the MLF Teacher’s College, she supported research advancement at the ASU Biodesign Institute, where she managed proposal preparation for interdisciplinary science, technology and engineering research. Her scholastic background is in English Literature (BA) and Secondary Education (MEd), which has provided a strong foundation for written communication, organization, and experience working with a diverse set of stakeholders and academic professionals. Mikayla has been a part of ASU, as a student or staff member, for over 15 years.


JulieAnna Carsen

JulieAnna Carsen, GPC

Assistant Director of Research Development

JulieAnna leads research and grant proposal development activities in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College by providing pre-award grant support services. She oversees sponsored project development through funding discovery and capture, strategic competitive intelligence, grant proposal writing, and project management for large-scale strategic initiatives. JulieAnna leverages her experience in communications, public relations, fundraising, and public administration to assist staff and faculty in developing compliant and persuasive grant proposals. She is a member of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals, the National Council of University Research Administrators, the Grant Professionals Association, and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and Army Special Operations Command. JulieAnna holds a BS in Mass Communications and is Grant Professional Certified through the Grant Professional Certification Institute.

Traci Quinn

Traci Quinn, PhD

Grant Support Specialist

Traci Quinn provides pre-award grant support services for faculty and staff in Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. She conducts targeted funding searches and tracks funding opportunities aligned with faculty research interests. Additionally, she supports grant proposal preparation, offers editing services, prepares grant writing resources, and conducts sponsor intelligence and reviewer feedback analyses. Throughout her career, she has developed and administered government and foundation grants for educational initiatives for which she was the project lead. She has served as a narrative partner, consultant, and editor for non-profit organizations and individuals seeking grant funding. Traci holds a PhD in Art History and Education with a concentration in community-based education and has her certificate in Grant Proposal Writing from The Grantsmanship Center. Before joining the RODA team, she was an educator and program administrator at the University of New Mexico, where she partnered with faculty and students to create inter-disciplinary curriculum and public programming.

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