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Research and Sponsored Projects Administration provides administrative oversight and support to clinicians and staff conducting research and sponsored projects activities at Children’s Mercy Kansas City.

Our department includes professionals experienced in contract and budget negotiation and execution, grant application support, research accounting, research education, and clinical research operations. Our dedicated teams work with internal and external customers to facilitate communication efforts in order to support the needs of those committed to improving the health and wellbeing of children through research.

Please find the contact information for Research and Sponsored Projects Administration and our support team leaders below.

2401 Gillham Road
Kansas City, MO 64108

(816) 731-7373

Supports the administrative functions related to the execution of research and sponsored projects at Children’s Mercy.

Shawn St. Peter, MD, Surgeon-in-Chief and interim Chief Scientific Officer

J. Steven Leeder, PharmD, PhD, interim Executive Director, The CMRI, Associate Chair-Research, Department of Pediatrics

Mary Tomlinson, Vice President, Research and Sponsored Projects Administration

Tony Jenkins, Senior Director, Research and Sponsored Projects Administration

Facilitate the day to day financial and administrative tasks involving sponsored projects from proposal development through project closeout. Research Business Partners act as the liaison between the Principal Investigator and Research Administration.  

Kathleen Dumont, Sr. Manager, Office of Research Business Management


Provides oversight of clinical research operations, including seeking clinical trial opportunities, coordination of trial activities, and driving collaborations between physicians, clinicians, and external research companies.

Jaylene Weigel, MSN, MBA-HCM, RN, CCRC, CPN, Sr. Director, Clinical Research Management and Support

Teams under this office include:

  • Clinical Research Operations and Development

    • Jennifer Dolan, MSN, RN, CCRC, Director, Clinical Research Operations

    • Michael Venneman, MSN, MBA-HCM, RN, CCRC, Sr. Manager, Clinical Research Management and Support

  • Clinical Trial Finance

    • Invoicing, Industry Clinical Trials, Budgets Negotiations, Compensation, Residuals, Coverage Analysis

    • Lori Hildebrandt, MBA, Director, Clinical Trial Finance

    • Contact: 

  • Clinical Research Charge Review

    • Oversees and facilitates research billing on fully executed contracts and awards that include patient care, facilitate the manual and automatic holds processes, and charge segregation.

    • Jessica Bird, CPC, Manager, Clinical Research Charge Review 

    • Contact:

  • Research Quality, Monitoring, and Regulatory Affairs


The pre-award team is dedicated to supporting Children's Mercy staff with federal and foundation proposal submissions, subaward collaborations, tracking proposal metrics, management of the internal grants program and assisting investigators with identifying funding opportunities.

Candice Foster, Sr. Manager, Grants Administration — Pre-Award 


The grants administration subaward team is dedicated to supporting Children's Mercy staff through all subaward collaborations. 

Kathryn Einsel, Manager, Subaward Services


Provides financial management support for Federal, Foundation, Industry, Start Up/Bridge, Residual and Institutionally Funded Awards.

Maureen Huckaby, Director, Research Institute Accounting

For inquiries related to Sponsored Programs, Gifts, and Non-Industry Funding, please contact

For inquiries related to Startups, Divisionally Funded, Areas of Emphasis, and Cores, please contact


Negotiates and drafts, as needed, all manner of research agreements such as confidentiality and data use agreements. Negotiates industry budgets.

Xiomara Aguilera, Sr Manager, Research Contracting


Manages training and education for Children’s Mercy staff conducting research and supports the CMRI and Research Administration communication efforts.

Kelly Dickerson, PhD, RN, CCRP, Sr. Manager, Research Education & Communications 

Contact Research Education:

Contact Research Communications: