Research Business Operations (RBO) provides research administration oversight and support to clinicians and staff conducting research activities at Children’s Mercy. 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 well-being of children through research. Please find the contact information for Research Administration and our support team leaders below.
Location: 2420 Pershing, 4th Floor; Suite 401
Phone: (816) 701-1345
Supports the administrative functions related to the execution of research projects at Children’s Mercy.
Tom Curran, PhD, FRS, Executive Director, Research Institute
Mary Tomlinson, Vice President, Research AdministrationEmail
Grants Administration Pre-Award
Oversees pre-award functions, including federal and foundation submissions, tracking/reporting proposals, the internal grants program, and assisting investigators with external submissions and identifying funding opportunities.
Candice Foster, Manager, Grants Administration - Pre-Award Email
Negotiates and drafts, as needed, all manner of research agreements such as confidentiality and data use agreements. Negotiates industry budgets.
Gina Brown, JD, Manager, Research Contracts AdministrationEmail
Research Education and Communications
Manages general training for Children’s Mercy staff working in research and supports CRI and RBO communication efforts.
Kelly Dickerson, BSN, BS, RN, CCRP, Research Education ManagerEmail
Provides financial management support for Federal, Foundation, Industry, Start Up/Bridge, Residual and Institutionally Funded Awards.
For inquiries related to Non-Industry Funding, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For inquiries related to Clinical Trials Funding, please contact PatientCountTracking@cmh.edu
Sarah Kluesener, Senior Manager, Research and Grants Accounting
Patient Care Budget & Billing
Supports the coordination of Patient Care Budget & Billing in a clinical trial project. Email
Liz Meng, MBA, Budget & Billing Manager (Patient Care)
Research Clinical Research Operations and Support
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, RN, MSN, MBA-HCM, CCRC, CPN, Director, Clinical Research OperationsEmail