Kirk Dombrowski, Ph.D. — Vice President for Research
Kirk Dombrowski became Vice President for Research at UVM in April 2020. When asked about moving to Vermont Dombrowski noted:
"I believe the opportunities to grow research at UVM are significant. Coupling the university’s expertise in health and medicine with its land-grant mission opens up strong possibilities for strategic research growth in many of UVM’s academic units. Similarly, the longstanding focus of UVM on research in sustainability and the environment is at the top of the nation’s—indeed the world’s—priorities. Promoting broad social science and humanities scholarship in parallel, as I’ve done at the University of Nebraska (UNL), resonates with the progressive spirit of the State of Vermont and attracts the best and brightest students. I very much look forward to joining UVM during this dynamic period of its history."
Dombrowski held several additional leadership positions at UNL. He was the founding director of the university’s Rural Drug Addiction Research Center, an NIH designated Center of Biomedical Research Excellence; interim director of the Nebraska Center for Virology, a ~90,000-square-foot biochemistry research institute; and director of UNL’s Minority Health Disparities Initiative, a university-wide faculty, recruitment, development and community engagement initiative that he was brought to Nebraska to lead in 2013.
A cultural anthropologist by training, Dombrowski is also an active researcher whose work straddles the social and behavioral health sciences, a link he has used to address issues public of concern and social good, such as HIV infection dynamics, drug and alcohol addiction, minority health disparities, and suicide prevention in Native American/First Nation communities. Dombrowski’s research has received funding from NSF, NIH, and numerous foundation sources, and his published work has appeared in social science, computer science and health science journals.
For more information, see Dr. Dombrowski's CV (PDF).
Dan Harvey — Director of Operations / Assistant Dean of the Graduate College
Dan Harvey is the Assistant Dean of the Graduate College and Chief of Staff for the Office of the Vice President for Research. As Assistant Dean, Harvey is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the College, and as Chief of Staff he is responsible for the oversight of and coordination with the administrative units that make up the research enterprise of the University.
Prior to this position, Harvey was the Assistant Dean and Chief of Staff for the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences from 2005-2010.
A graduate of the UVM Class of '84, Harvey used his Communication degree to land a position at Vermont Public Television (VPT), Vermont's public television network. He was a director for many years before moving into administration, culminating in his appointment as General Manager from 1999-2005. He helped oversee VPT's transition to digital broadcasting and in his tenure at the station, VPT won dozens of regional and national awards for television production. Harvey received a 2004 New England–region Emmy award for his work on the landmark local comedy series "Windy Acres."
Harvey resides in Georgia Center, Vermont with his family.
Jeralyn Haraldsen, Ph.D. — Director of Research Development
Dr. Jeralyn Haraldsen was trained as a scientist and has broad and extensive experience in scientific communication. She has a B.S. in biotechnology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and went on to complete Ph.D. training in molecular microbiology at Tufts University in 2003, and postdoctoral training in parasitology and cellular microbiology at the University of Vermont in 2007. She was mentored in providing grant proposal support by working with the Office of Proposal Development at Tufts University. She is an active member of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP).
Since 2007, Haraldsen has assisted principal investigators from diverse disciplines in the preparation and submission of over 150 grant and federal contract proposals to a variety of funding agencies. In her role within UVM OVPR, she has assisted in securing nearly $98 million in research funding for UVM researchers. She provides grantsmanship, writing and editing support, with a focus on responsiveness to the funding agency's requirements. In addition, she provides overall project management assistance for large or complex proposal submissions.
Prior to this position, Haraldsen was a grant specialist in the Division of Hematology/Oncology within the UVM College of Medicine (2013-2015), and served as a freelance scientific grant writing consultant and scientific editor (2008-2013).
Andrea Elledge — Engagement Officer
Andrea (Andi) Elledge is the Engagement Officer for the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and Associate Director of the Vermont Advanced Computing Core (VACC).
As OVPR Engagement Officer, her priority is to work with UVM faculty and students, the surrounding community, and across the State of Vermont to promote and support entrepreneurship and innovation by engaging in two-way community interactions.
As Associate Director of the VACC, she is responsible for the VACC's operations and management. The VACC facilitates discovery by providing rapid access to large-scale advanced computing infrastructure while offering responsive technical support to our UVM researchers.
Ms. Elledge has worked at UVM for over 10 years in different positions with the OVPR. She graduated from UVM in 2010 with a master’s degree in public administration.
Anita Lavoie — Executive Assistant
Anita Lavoie is the Executive Assistant to the VP for Research. In this capacity, she supports all the administrative needs of the VP for Research and is the initial point of contact for all inquiries and communications for the Office of the VP for Research. Anita has served on the UVM Staff Council for a number of years in various capacities and is thankful to have the opportunity to support and advocate for the needs of staff and colleagues. She brings to the OVPR office a multitude of past experience including administrative, legal, community outreach, event planning, and facility management.
When not working, her favorite passions are her children, her gardens, and any and all types of renovation and interior decorating.
Kerime Toksu — Senior Web Developer
Kerime (Keri) Toksu a full-stack web developer who is responsible for all web development/maintenance as well as the creation and maintenance of administrative tools for the Office of the Vice President for Research and various of its administrative units. She also administrates and trains administrators on OVPR's internal funding software.
Keri enjoys working in higher education and helping to support research at UVM. She also enjoys playing with natural language processing (NLP) and, along with a partner, successfully passed the Turing test with an entry in the Dartmouth College DigiLit contest. She has taught web development in an "immersive" setting, UX at the college level (a course she developed), and is a maker of wearables (Arduino).
An author of non-fiction and fiction, her book on web development for General Assembly, "The Practitioner's Guide to Web Development," was published by Grand Central Publishing in January 2015. Her most recent short story was included in the anthology "Stories That Need to Be Told 2016" and published in December 2016.
She has a Master's degree in Latin American Literature/Translation (Linguistics), has done coursework in software engineering and data science (but didn't see the need for a degree), and is fluent in French and Spanish.
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