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EHE Research Staff

Natasha Slesnick is a Professor of Human Development and Family Science in the Department of Human Sciences at The Ohio State University. Her research has focused on intervention development and evaluation for substance abusing mothers, homeless youth and families. She has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1998 and has written over 90 peer reviewed publications, book chapters and books. After opening a drop-in center for homeless youth in Albuquerque, NM, she moved to Columbus, OH in 2004 and opened her second drop-in center. As Associate Dean for Research and Administration, her goal is to facilitate student, faculty and staff’s research efforts so that the immense potential of the College of Education and Human Ecology can be maximized to improve the well being of our community.

Kimberly Lightle received her PhD in Educational Studies in 1995 from The Ohio State University, College of Education with a focus on science teacher education. She has been funded through five National Science Foundation programs (National STEM Digital Library, Discovery Research K-12, International Polar Year, Climate Change Education, and Geoscience Education) as well as the Ohio Board of Regents and NASA with budgets totaling more than $7 million. In her duties as Assistant Dean, she supports faculty in identification of funding opportunities and the development and submission of proposals as well as compliance-related issues on sponsored projects.

Nicole Carter Luthy, Ph.D. is the Director of Strategic Research Initiatives in the EHE Office of Research. In this role, she leads the college’s effort to engage K-12 schools by facilitating partnerships and collaborative projects between EHE researchers and K-12 educators. Nicole is particularly interested in initiatives and opportunities to improve EHE’s impact in high-needs, under-resourced schools and communities.

Michael Moses leads both the pre- and post-award support efforts in the EHE Office of Research. He joined the college in April, 2015, supporting faculty in managing funded research projects and interfacing with college and OSP staff, sponsors, and collaborators. After receiving his BA from Kenyon College in 2000, Michael lived in Cambridge, MA for several years and gained his first experience in grants & contracts working for the Dept. of Public Health. Upon returning to Central Ohio, Michael worked as a Sponsored Program Officer at OSP for 8 years, providing pre- and post-award support to various colleges and departments. During this time, he became a Certified Research Administrator. His current duties include monitoring project financials and personnel appointments, facilitating sponsor prior approval requests, interpreting award terms and conditions, interfacing with collaborating institutions, and assisting with progress and financial reports.

Ann Smith is a Grants & Contracts Specialist for the Office of Research. She joined the college in July, 2018, and supports faculty in proposal submissions and manages funded research projects. Ann is a life-long resident of Ohio, where she earned her Accounting degree from Hocking College. She comes to us with 13 years of experience in grants & contracts working for the Grants & Contract Office and the Capital Projects Finance department at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

Toni Brown is the administrative coordinator for the EHE Office of Research. She joined the university in 2016 as an administrative associate for the college of Nursing. Toni earned her bachelor's degree in Mass Media Communication in 2005. She serves as the primary contact for the EHE Office of Research, assists with planning workshops and events including the yearly EHE Research Forum.