Tamara Roosevelt -
Proposal Development Office Lead

I started my University of Illinois career in March 2008, when SPA Post Award was called Grants and Contracts. After a little over three years at G&C I was approached to join the new Engineering Shared Business Center, and this is when my eyes were opened to proposal submissions. While at ESBC I worked with different engineering colleges who collaborated with faculty throughout the campus.  It was in 2014 that I received the call from NCSA to join their business office team and work solely on proposals. I found my niche working on proposals during these four years. While at NCSA I had the pleasure to work on many successful projects, meet many collaborators across campus as well as external to campus, and get to know many of the faculty affiliates. The School of Information Sciences, who I worked with frequently on joint collaborations, created a position that I could not pass up, and so I ended up as the Assistant Director of Research Services at the iSchool. In this role I managed and supported a team of grants and contracts professionals, project managers, and a research development coordinator. With the new growth of the iSchool it was an exciting time to watch the number of submissions almost quadruple and our research portfolio boom with successful awards.

Now here we are, 2023, and I am back at NCSA leading the new Proposal Development Office, eager to quadruple the number of submissions and increase our research portfolio, and I have just the team who can do that!

In my personal life I have five children with an age range of 9 to 27, and I have a beautiful granddaughter who has stolen my heart! I love attending all of the sports my kids are involved in, including basketball, soccer, volleyball, softball, and football.  I’m not sure I have much spare time, but I love spending time with my friends and family.

Janessa Gentry -
Proposal Development Office Coordinator

I started my career at UIUC in 2006 as the receptionist of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) where I was responsible for prox card access, inventory and supervising three students. A couple of years later, I was asked to move into the lab building where I started my extensive relationship with grant proposals. After four years of pre-award experience along with various tasks (PCard purchases, travel reimbursements, visitor itineraries & logistics, etc.) for faculty, staff and students; I was then asked to join the business office to take on proposal development for the entire IGB.

After 12 plus years at the IGB, I decided it was time for a change. I have been so happy to be a part of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) since January 2019. I love the team atmosphere and this dedicated, helpful group that is so innovative and is always changing the world for the better.

I grew up in northern Illinois but have been in Champaign-Urbana for almost 17 years.  I met my husband (who is a saint and the Avett Bros Archivist creator of Long Story Short... on Patreon) playing co-rec softball and we have two wonderfully intricate daughters.  Our oldest wants to be a baker, a fashion designer, and an astronaut.  She is also an avid Star Wars buff and a great big sister.  Our little one is a crazy lady but melts your heart with her smiles and all the love you see in her eyes for her big sis!

I enjoy baking, puzzles, running, yoga, traveling to much warmer places, and love to play softball & volleyball and watch sports (March Madness, Patriots/Buccaneers). 

I’ve been told I’m extremely passionate about everything so I can only say that this guarantees your proposal is my top priority!

Nikki Kopmann -
Proposal Development Office Coordinator

I have spent most of my career working in non-profits including a few years with local credit unions and almost a decade with Developmental Services Center (DSC). I wore many hats at DSC, some of which involved grants. I joined the grants team at Beckman in 2019, working with both pre- and post-award. I’m now part of the PDO and excited to be part of the team!   

I’m from Paxton and graduated from UI, so I’ve been in this community my whole life.  My husband Matt and I have two kids:  Noah (10) and Madi (7).  They make me laugh, drive me crazy and keep me on my toes!  Noah loves basketball, Rubik’s cubes, cheesy jokes and Pokemon. Madi loves gymnastics, dolls/Barbies, being a “mother hen” to kids of all ages, and cuddling. 

Our time outside of work is usually spent on kids’ activities, family and church.  I love coffee drinks and a cocktail or glass of wine, trying new foods, laughing, indulging in a massage, and going for walks. 

Alaine Martaus - 
Research Development Coordinator

I joined the UIUC campus in 2010 as a doctoral student in the School of Information Sciences (iSchool), researching youth media and literacy. I’m passionately interested in informal learning, fan studies, and youth literature, and I still review novels for the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. I was a professional librarian for nearly a decade, and I have Masters degrees in Library and Information Science (from Florida State University) and in Children’s Literature (from Hollins University). 

I happened on the world of research development by an accident of fate, after joining the Research Services team at the iSchool (under Tamara Roosevelt) and am thrilled to have found a career that combines my love of research support with my skills in information organization, writing, and collaborative learning. It’s especially exciting to bring my efforts to a new group of researchers at NCSA, and I look forward to contributing all I can to the PDO.

Originally from Florida, born and raised, I have lived in DC, London, Arkansas, and other places, until finally realizing that I’m a Midwesterner at heart. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling with my husband Tim, baking and cooking, sewing and needlework, watching British mysteries, and of course, reading.

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