The Advisory Council for Research Administration (ACRA) was established in 2016 to help build streamlined, simplified, and compliant ways to support the Boston University research enterprise. ACRA brings together representatives from across the research-intensive schools and related central offices to create an engaged and impactful BU research administration community.

ACRA Committee Charter

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Council Goals

  • Discuss process improvement, training, communication
  • Help identify issues and areas for improvement, both locally and centrally
  • Share insights, guidance and feedback
  • Actively work together to develop solutions
  • Disseminate information discussed at Council
  • Engage and develop the university wide research community

Council Members

Executive Sponsor

  • Gloria Waters, Vice President & Associate Provost for Research


  • Gretchen Hartigan, Assistant Vice President, Research – Post Award Financial Operations
  • Renna Lilly, Assistant Vice President, Sponsored Programs, Research – Pre-Award Services


  • Solaris Bujor, Financial and Administrative Director, School of Medicine – BUSM Financial & Grants Admin
  • Jean Daley, Associate Director of Research, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Rachelle Joseph, Director, Research Administration, School of Medicine – DOM Central Administration


  • Diane Baldwin, Associate Vice President, Sponsored Programs
  • Cynthia Bradford, Proposal Development Specialist, College & Grad School of Arts & Sciences – Biology
  • Nicholas Chan, Grants And Finance Administrator, Sponsored Programs
  • Valeria Stefania Claret, Grants And Finance Administrator, Sponsored Programs
  • Nancy Clinton, Administrative Manager, School of Medicine – Center-Whitaker Administration
  • Fiona Germain, Human Resources Business Partner, Human Resourcesy
  • Andrea Gordon, Grants Administrator, College of Engineering – ENG Administration
  • Aline Hillman, Administrative Director, School of Medicine – Pulmonary – Mizgerd Lab
  • Vivian Holmes,  Assistant Dean, Research Administration, School of Public Health – Research & Faculty Advancement
  • Julia Huntsman,  Director, School of Medicine – Office of Proposal Development
  • Emily Johnson, Grants & Operations Manager, Research – Hariri Institute 
  • Douglas Luke, Director, Finance and Administration, School of Social Work
  • Emeka Madubuike, Sr. Research Administrator, School of Public Health
  • Jen Marron, Associate Dean of Grants Administration, College of Engineering
  • Linda Martin, Associate Vice President, Research – Research 1
  • Mahara Pinheiro, Senior Manager, Sponsored Programs, BMC
  • Ryan Russell,  Director of Operations, Analytics & Systems, Sponsored Programs
  • Kristin Sacca, Senior Research Administrator, Post Award Financial Operations
  • Patricia Sheehan, Executive Director, Talent Man, Human Resources
  • Bettina Stevens, Associate Dean, Finance & Administration, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Christopher Sylvester, Senior Managing Research Administrator, Sponsored Programs
  • Marianne Taylor, Senior Grants Administrator, Wheelock – Office of the Dean – WCEHD Research
  • Nicole Tirella, Vice President of Financial Operations and University Comptroller
  • Stephanie Wasserman, Director, Grants and Contracts, BMC


  • Christina Grieves, Billing and Accounting Specialist Finance Operations
  • Tien Phung Truong, Billing and Accounting Specialist Finance Operations – Cash Management