About RCSA

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Robert Shelton, Ph.D.

President
Robert N. Shelton became president of RCSA in March 2014.
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Daniel Gasch, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

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Silvia Ronco, Ph.D.

Program Director
Silvia Ronco came to Research Corporation in September 2003 from the University of South Dakota where she was professor of chemistry.
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Richard Wiener, Ph.D.

Program Director
Richard Wiener began working as a program officer at Research Corporation in September 2006. From 1995-2006 he was a physics professor at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon and Chair of the Division of Natural Sciences from 2004-2006.
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Gail Craig-Jager, CPA

Financial Administrator
Gail Craig-Jager joined RCSA with responsibilities in accounting and human resources. She has over 25 years in financial management including experience in higher education administration at Furman University and the University of Arizona. She holds a B.A. in economics and business administration from Furman University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Arizona.
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Patricia Maguire

Executive Assistant to the President
Patricia Maguire is Executive Assistant to the President of the foundation. She is instrumental in planning meetings of the Board of Directors and various committees. In addition she has previously provided support to other officers and supervised RCSA staff in the ongoing preparation of grants and awards. Patricia earned a BA in English from the University of Washington. She also has extensive experience in the fields of hospital administration and medical technology.
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Bob Hoekstra

Program Support Specialist
Bob Hoekstra comes to RCSA with more than 20 years of work in the non-profit sector. His bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and experience in research at Amoco Chemicals provide him with a solid background to support RCSA programs funding the physical sciences. Bob also has extensive administrative and grant management experience with both large and small foundations, including the Community Foundation for Sonoma County, Arizona State University Foundation, Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Tucson.
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Kathleen Eckert

Program Support Specialist
Kathleen Eckert comes to RCSA with broad experience, including administrative duties in several nonprofit organizations as well as consulting, civil engineering, law, publishing, and investment firms. She has served as an executive assistant to a director of development, as well as an executive secretary, a legal secretary and in various support roles. She is familiar with legal, architectural and engineering terminology, and has specialized in managing communications and correspondence with top executives in overseas corporations, including Japan and Great Britain.
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Thomas Kennedy Goodenow, B.S.

Director of Information Technology
Mr. Goodenow is the Director of Information Technology and has been with RCSA since 2003. He provides leadership, direction, and management of all technology systems at RCSA. His responsibilities include managing the network, servers, desktops/laptops, mobile technologies, voice and data telecommunications, and the grant management system. He holds a BS in electrical engineering technology from Michigan Technological University.
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Dan Huff, J.D.

Communications Director
Mr. Huff has been with RCSA since 2007. He has reported and written on a wide variety of topics for newspapers, magazines, broadcast TV news, video productions, websites and social media. He has also ghostwritten speeches and journalistic commentary and has produced advertising copy for both print and video. He is an avid photographer. He holds a J.D. degree from the University of Arizona.
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Sofia L. Morris

Office Coordinator
Ms. Morris has been with RCSA since 2002. She is responsible for all program reports necessary to meet tax and internal requirements. At times she handles communications with grantees, occasionally acting as a go-between among grantees and RCSA program officers when technical reporting and procedures are complicated by special conditions. She also keeps her coworkers armed with office supplies. Her studies are in records management and music.
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Kathleen Parson, Ph.D.

Consultant
Ms. Parson began work as a part-time program officer at RCSA in January 2008. She is professor emerita of biology and chemistry at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN where she was Academic Dean from 1995-99 and coordinated numerous grant proposals, including awards from the Keck, Mellon, Ford, and Bush Foundations. She served as an NSF-DUE Program Director from 2004-2006.
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Jack Pladziewicz, Ph.D.

Senior Consultant
Jack Pladziewicz came to Research Corporation as a program officer in 2003 and served as vice president from 2008 until his retirement in 2010. He returned as interim president in January 2013 and served until mid-March 2014. Before joining RCSA he was a professor of chemistry and department chair at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he was on the faculty from 1973-2002 and is now professor emeritus. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Wisconsin-Eau Claire, a Ph.D. with specialization in inorganic chemistry working with James Espenson from Iowa State University and did postdoctoral research with Henry Taube and Eugene van Tamelen at Stanford University.

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