About RCSA

Staff

Robert Shelton, Ph.D.
President

Robert Shelton, Ph.D.

Robert N. Shelton became president of RCSA in March 2014.

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Daniel Gasch, CPA
Chief Financial Officer

Daniel Gasch, CPA

Danny has extensive community leadership roles having served as President of a community foundation, a day school, a tax credit organization and as Treasurer and board member for numerous community and not for profit organizations.

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Silvia Ronco, Ph.D.
Program Director

Silvia Ronco, Ph.D.

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, Ph.D.

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, CPA

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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Executive Assistant to the President

Patricia Maguire

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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Program Support Specialist

Kathleen Eckert

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

Thomas Kennedy Goodenow, B.S.

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

Dan Huff, J.D.

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

Sofia L. Morris

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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Consultant

Kathleen Parson, Ph.D.

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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Program Support Specialist

Lisa Yeager

The most recent addition to the RCSA staff, Ms. Yeager has 10 years’ experience in corporate meeting planning and an extensive background in database management. A 2003 graduate of the University of Arizona, with a BA in Fine Arts, she has worked with clients in North and South America, Europe and half a dozen Asian nations. She has also been called upon to manage multiple large projects, train coworkers and manage vendor relations.

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