Staff

If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please contact the Office of Research Development and Strategic Initiatives at researchdev@kennesaw.edu.   ​

  • Evelina Sterling

    Dr. Heather Abbott-Lyon

    • Interim Director of Research Development & Strategic Initiatives
    • Associate Professor of Chemistry

    Email: habbott@kennesaw.edu     Phone: (470) 578-6140

    • Dr. Abbott-Lyon became Interim Director of Research Development & Strategic Initiatives in 2022, and has been at Kennesaw State University since 2011.

    • Ms. Amanda DesLauriers

      • Assistant Director

      Email: adeslaur@kennesaw.edu   Phone: (470) 578-3689

      • Ms. DesLauriers has worked in the Office of Research at Kennesaw State University since 2017. She first served as a pre-award grants and contracts specialist in the Office of Sponsored Programs Administration. In spring 2021, she  began her tenure as assistant director in the Office of Research Development and Strategic Initiatives.

        Ms. DesLauriers is responsible for guiding KSU faculty members through the proposal development process as they pursue external funding for their research activities. Among her duties, she disseminates funding information, performs outreach activities to the campus, works with faculty to identify potential funding sources and develops individualized strategic plans to obtain external funding. Ms. DesLauriers earned a BA degree in History and French from Marquette University and an MA degree in History from Western Michigan University.   

      • Ms. Veronica Kulon

        • Grants Writer

        Email: vkulon@kennesaw.edu

        • Veronica Kulon joined the Office of Research as the grants writer in 2022. In this position, she has been tasked with bringing in external funding to support institutional level research activities and academic programs that will enhance KSU’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.  

          Ms. Kulon brings to KSU over 15 years experience in the public and nonprofit sectors as an educator and grant writing professional. Her expertise includes attaining funding for educational institutions and community agencies from federal and state governmental agencies, including the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Department of Labor (DOL), the Department of Education (DOE), Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), and National Institutes of Health (NIH). She holds a BA degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Nonprofit Management degree from Florida Atlantic University.  

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