Leadership

Under the direction of the Vice President for Research, the Office of Sponsored Projects supports faculty and staff engaged in sponsored research activity.

Shandra S. White

Director, Office of Sponsored Projects and Research Enhancement Unit 

Shandra White is the director of the Office of Sponsored Projects at the George Washington University (GW). In this role, Shandra oversees all pre- and post-award research administration activities and directs the office’s Research Enhancement Unit. She actively engages research sponsors to increase visibility of GW’s research capabilities and drives efforts to diversify the university’s research portfolio.

In previous roles at GW, Shandra has served as the sponsored projects manager for the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and as a research administrator with GW’s Grants and Contracts Accounting Services.

Shandra’s professional experience spans 18 combined years in federal and private grants and contracts management and university research administration. She has held positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Public Welfare Foundation and George Mason University. Shandra holds a bachelor's degree in business.

Contact:
shandra@gwu.edu | 202-994-3744

Sylvia Ezekilova

Associate Director, Office of Sponsored Projects

Sylvia Ezekilova has more than 20 years of professional experience in proposal review and approval, award acceptance and negotiation, post-award administration, subaward management, compliance monitoring, and training. She currently serves as the associate director of sponsored projects and is responsible for oversight of the contracts and award acceptance team. During her time at GW, she has gained more than 10 years of progressively responsible experience in research administration. Ms. Ezekilova spearheaded the training of local staff on these topics.

Contact:
sezekils@gwu.edu | 202-994-6076

Monique Foxx

Assistant Director, Pre-Award Management

Monique Foxx joined the Office of Sponsored Projects in January 2015 as the assistant director for pre-award management. Her responsibilities include overseeing a professional team responsible for providing technical guidance and ensuring compliance for investigators seeking external funding. In addition to proposal development, Monique is responsible for facilitating training and development on pre-award topics. Before coming to GW Monique served more than 10 years in the field of research administration and management, at organizations such as the Hill Group, Pew Charitable Trusts, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Children’s National Medical Center, MedStar Research Institute, and the Georgetown University Medical Center.

Monique earned her bachelor's degree in biology from Hampton University and her master's degree in health services administration from the George Washington University. Monique is interested in community service and she enjoys cooking, leisure reading and traveling.

Contact: 
mfoxx@gwu.edu | 202-994-0896

Ted McKoy

Assistant Director, Award Set-up and Subaward Management

Ted McKoy oversees the subaward and award set-up processes within the Office of Sponsored Projects. He has more than 17 years of experience in research and grant administration with particular interests in systems interfacing, process improvements, efficiency development and system automation. Ted’s previous employers include Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Harvard Cancer Center and the National Cancer Institute. He has been at GW’s Office of the Vice President for Research for more than eight years.

Contact: 
emckoy@gwu.edu | 202-994-1784

Alma Starks

Assistant Director, Post-Award Management

Alma Starks is the Assistant Director of Post-Award Management at GW. Alma has substantial expertise in aspects of sponsored projects, including pre-award, award set up, financial accounting, post-award management and award close out. She has 13 years’ experience working in higher-education institutions. At GW, she oversees sponsored project post-award management, including providing training to central office staff, department/school administrators, and PIs. Alma is pivotal in major process improvement and system implementation for managing GW sponsored projects. She played a significant role in developing the PI Dashboard, an online tool for PIs to access personalized award information in a user-friendly and informative way.

Contact: 
astarks@gwu.edu | 202-994-7995