Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Ken Sylvester


Ken is responsible for research administration and development on the Flint campus. He has 15 years experience in externally funded research at U-M's Institute for Social Research in Ann Arbor.  His publications focus on the history of migration, household and environmental change in North America.  He earned his Ph.D. at York University (Toronto, Ontario), and M.A. and B.A. at the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Ontario).  See a recent CV here.


Erin Kingsley

Research Process Manager

Erin is responsible for pre-award proposal management and submission, post award accounting, financial management of the office.

Erin earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan and a Masters in Business Administration at the University of Michigan-Flint.


Joanne Devore

Research Process Coordinator

Joanne is responsible for pre-award proposal management and submission, post award accounting, financial management of the office.

Joanne earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources (with a minor in Accounting) at Baker College.


Andre Louis

Research Program Manager

Andre is responsible for providing project management support for faculty and staff, as well as managing the initiatives emphasizing undergraduate research. He is the manager of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, co-coordinator of both the Meeting of Minds Undergraduate Research Conference, and the UM-Flint Student Research Conference, the Brand Administrator for the University's Qualtrics system, and the contact for research poster printing.

Andre earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the University of Michigan-Flint.


Mary Mandeville

Research Compliance Specialist

Mary is responsible for assisting the campus community with issues regarding Human Subjects Protection and Research Compliance; and is the campus contact for training and administration of the eResearch Regulatory Management system. In her capacity, Mary works closely with the chair of the Institutional Review Board.
Mary earned her Bachelor's Degree from Michigan State University, her Master's Degree from Kansas State University, and an MBA from Eastern Michigan University. Additionally, Mary is a Certified IRB Professional (CIP).  Certification is from the Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIMR).