Research Administration Advisory Board (RAAB) 

The Research Administration Advisory Board (RAAB) was developed in 2022 to provide feedback, insight and advice on a variety of initiatives, ideas and action plans proposed by VCU research leadership. As VCU’s research enterprise grows and cross-disciplinary research becomes more prevalent across the university, adaptation is necessary to provide an infrastructure capable of supporting the changing environment. The RAAB’s unique contribution to the VCU research enterprise is its ability to deliver in depth analyses of urgent issues through the lens of those carrying out the day to day operations of research at VCU.

The RAAB reports to the Associate Vice President of Research Administration (OVPRI), the Senior Associate Vice President of Finance and Operations (OVPRI), and the Director of Grants and Contracts Accounting (Controller’s Office). Members are selected to represent a diversity of experience, perspective and background, while also reflecting the different roles in the research administration community.


Ezrah Medina, CRA, co-chair
Assistant director, Grants and Contracts Accounting

Lydia E. Klinger, CRA, co-chair
Director for strategic collaboration, Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation

Lisa Gagliano
Grants administrator, Department of Psychology, College of Humanities and Sciences

Felicia Harris, MBA, CRA
Director of sponsored programs, College of Humanities and Sciences

Madrenna Horn
Senior accountant, Grants and Contracts Accounting

Sabrina Lumpkin, MSG, CRA
Associate director, Division of Sponsored Programs

Juellisa Secosky, MSHA, CRA, CCRC
Assistant director, clinical research finance administration, Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center

Ashley Tankesley
Director of sponsored programs, College of Engineering

Candice Weber
Associate director for research administration and training, School of Medicine

RAAB project summaries

Fall 2022 project summary

F and A cost recovery sharing feedback from the research administrator focus group (Oct. 2022)

RAAB in the news

Fostering Collaboration Between Research Administrators and Senior Leadership: A Model for Success (by Ezrah Medina, NCURA Magazine Jan/Feb 2023)