Sponsored Programs Office

Team

Mindy Waite

Mindy Waite, PhD

Manager of Research Grants and Projects

Mindy received her Bachelor's Degree in Genetics from UW-Madison and her PhD in Molecular Biology, with a focus on Neuroscience, from the University of Michigan. In addition to her strong research background, Mindy has several years of grant development and writing experience. From her passion for science, communications, and grant development, Mindy has unique perspectives and communication tools to assist investigators in their pursuit of funding.

Mary Groce

Mary Groce

Administrative Assistant

Mary is responsible for covering the Aurora Research Institute's main reception desk. Mary also provides administrative support to the Sponsored Programs Office, Investigator-Initiated Research, the Early-Phase Cancer Research Program, and Research Analytics. She has been with Aurora Health Care for seven years, four of which were spent in the Philanthropy/Foundation Department.

Juanita (Terrie) Garcia

Juanita (Terrie) Garcia, MEd, RN

Grant Specialist, Senior – Pre-Award

Terrie has over seven years of experience in grant coordination and development. Prior to joining Aurora, Terrie coordinated federally funded grants and served as grant writer at Marquette University. Terrie is not new to Aurora – for seven years, she was an RN Community Health Educator. Through her experiences, she has gained a deep understanding of the needs and health disparities in the community and has developed strong working relationships with academic institutions and community organizations. Currently, Terrie is pursuing a PhD in Nursing at Marquette University.

Anne Kissack

Anne Kissack, MPH

Grant Specialist, Senior – Pre-Award

Anne received her Bachelor's Degree in Dietetics from Purdue University and her Master's Degree in Public Health from the University of Iowa. She completed both a clinical internship in Dietetics and an interdisciplinary Leadership Education for Neurodevelopmental and related disabilities (LEND) training program. She has 15 years of experience in grant writing and pre-award activities. Anne's work experience has included management, coordination and dissemination of federal, state and privately funded research and programs. She has served as a grant reviewer for the NIH, CDC, and nonprofit foundations and peer reviewer for research manuscripts.

Cassie Martin

Cassie Martin

Grant Specialist

Cassie joined Aurora Research Institute in November 2015. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in 2011. While there, she served as a research assistant within the Department of Psychology's Memory Research Lab and coordinated studies focused on visual recognition and memory. Her background includes various roles in patient care, most recently as an Account Manager. Cassie has always had a passion for science and research and is excited to join the Aurora Research Institute team.

Mindy Waite, PhD

Patricia Wolf, MBA

Grant Specialist, Senior – Post-Award

Patti received her Bachelor's Degree from UW-Milwaukee and her Master's in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University. She brings 12 years of experience in the field of medical education and has spent the last six dedicating her efforts to research. Patti has spent these last years working with Internal Review Boards, Sponsored Programs and Grants and Contracts programs across the country. She is looking forward to working with an excellent team of Grant Specialists at the Aurora Research Institute.