Team and contacts

Kristy McLean

Research Coordinator
(775) 782-7737 | WPEB 446

B.S., Industrial & Organizational Psychology, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1996

Kristy serves as the team's research coordinator. She joined the ERO in May 2023 as a as technical editor. She is a communications specialist with 25 years combined experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Her diverse background includes such roles as a middle school English teacher, nonprofit executive director, magazine editor, tech-sales liaison for online B2C deliverables, online learning program manager, technical writer and trainer for software, hardware and large-scale retail point-of-sale systems for Fujitsu and McDonald’s. While raising her family, Kristy launched an independent marketing and communications firm focused on organizational development, capacity building, fundraising and grant writing for nonprofit organizations. She is eager to utilize her wide range of skills and expertise to further the College of Engineering research initiatives. Kristy enjoys skiing, tennis, pickleball, traveling and spending quality time with family and friends.

Roger J. EvansRoger Evans

Project Manager, Research Grants
(775) 784-6857 | WPEB 452

M.S., Human Resource Management (Team Management), Chapman University, Orange, CA, 1996
M.S., Electrical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH, 1990
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 1982

Roger joined the ERO team in July 2022. He has extensive experience in program and project management, both through the Air Force, where he served for 21 years, and as a commercial contractor supporting government programs. In the Air Force, he supported managing all aspects of launching of 17 classified DoD satellites, and he was the launch base program manager for the DoD/NASA Clementine satellite program; Clementine discovered water in the North Pole and South Pole caverns on the moon. His experience further expands from nonprofit efforts to corporate management as well as teaching college courses on space technology. Roger is passionate about program/project management and strives to support all team members in order to ensure a successful outcome.

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Julia Henning

Technical Grant Editor

M.S. Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, 2027
B.A. Journalism and Integrated Media, Biola University, 2014

Julia joined the ERO as a technical grant editor in the spring of 2023. She brings 10 years of experience in media, public relations, fundraising and program management for public, private and nonprofit organizations locally and internationally. She is passionate about helping people achieve their goals and looks forward to utilizing her writing, editing and proposal development skills to support new research. Julia is currently pursuing a M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.

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Catherine Leon

Technical Grant Editor
(775) 682-5125 | WPEB 450

B.A., English Literature and Spanish Literature, UNR, 2004

Catherine boasts a solid track record in grant writing and development strategies spanning more than a decade. Her expertise lies in preparing state, federal and private foundation grant proposals and reports; managing donor databases; supporting development departments during periods of transition; and facilitating community initiatives. Her collaborative efforts have benefited local organizations such as Northern Nevada Legal Aid, The Children’s Cabinet, the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada, Sierra Nevada Journeys and others. Catherine is a native Nevadan, a proud graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno and an FAA-certified drone pilot. She is excited to support College of Engineering faculty through her role at ERO.

Brett ShireyBrett Shirey

Grants & Projects Analyst 2
(775) 682-7768 | WPEB 451

Brett came on board full-time as of February 2020 as our Grants & Projects Analyst, after serving in a temporary capacity for approximately 6 months. Prior to coming to UNR, Brett was a part of the local banking industry for 15 years. In that role, he provided professional banking services to individuals and business clients, as well as other administrative task, i.e., auditing documents, creating reports and ensuring compliance with adopted policies and procedures. Brett brings a lot of enthusiasm to the ERO team and looks forward to assisting Engineering faculty throughout the proposal development process.