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Co-Directors for Sponsored Projects Services

Marlene V. Casey, CRA

As co-director of Sponsored Projects Services (SPS), Marlene Casey manages the day-to-day operations of both the pre-award and the post-award services. She joined the SPS staff in 1988 as a grant and contract specialist. Prior to joining UB, Casey worked at Children's Hospital in the Department of Pediatrics.

Casey received her undergraduate degree in community and human services from Empire State College SUNY and is a certified research administrator. 

Jeff Schieder, CRA

Jeff is the director of pre-award services at Sponsored Projects Services (SPS). He served as an agreement administrator for 15 years at SPS before being promoted to a co-director in August 2016. Before this, Jeff spent 4 years with the UB Department of Family Medicine, serving as a survey research assistant and then assistant director of development. He holds a MPA from SUNY Albany Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and a BA in Political Science from SUNY Buffalo.

Mary Kraft

Mary Kraft is co-director in UB's Sponsored Projects Services, a role she's held since 2013. She started at UB in 1999 as a grant specialist in the former Sponsored Programs Administration office. She was promoted to grant administrator during the pre- and post-award merger in 2006.

Kraft holds a BA in communication from Empire State College SUNY.