UK Proposal Development Office


Suite 504, M.I. King Library 
Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0039 
Office: 859-257-2861
Fax: 859-323-1464 

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Proposal Development Office Directory

Kathy GrzechExecutive Director
Kathy Doyle Grzech, M.A., German/Linguistics, Vanderbilt University

Since joining PDO in 2000, Ms. Grzech has authored or co-authored numerous institutional proposals resulting in major awards to UK from federal and private sources and has been extensively engaged in development of many of UK’s largest multidisciplinary proposals as well as diverse individual grant applications. She previously held a joint appointment as associate director of the National Science Foundation-supported Appalachian Mathematics and Science partnership and is currently a writing specialist on UK’s NIH-funded minority outreach initiative, Interactive Learning Modules for Writing Grant Proposals. She serves on the advisory board for the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez in an NIH-funded grant to develop a Proposal Development Unit and on the Health Research and Education Task Force within the Washington, D.C. based Grants Resource Center to develop grant-seeking capacity among member institutions. She maintains an active workshop schedule, providing grant-writing training to faculty and staff at UK and nationally.


Barbara DuncanAssociate Director
Barbara Duncan, Ph.D., Philosophy of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Duncan joined PDO in 2004 with a background in literacy research and composition. During her graduate studies and as a visiting assistant professor in the UK College of Education, she taught numerous courses in educational policy, history, and writing. She previously served as a research assistant for the Journal of Educational Theory, a leading journal in educational policy. At PDO she is engaged with extensive proposal development across a wide range of disciplines and funding mechanisms, including support of a number of UK’s large institutional grant applications. She has led numerous workshops on grant-related topics, including fellowship and grant application training for graduate and undergraduate classes. Of note, she was awarded a subgrant to research teaching practices for the Appalachian Mathematics and Science Partnership Program, which was funded during academic year 2005-06.


Erik DavidshoferProposal Development Officer
Erik Davidshofer, M.A., Political Science, University of Oklahoma

Mr. Davidshofer joined PDO in 2011 upon completing his graduate degree at the University of Oklahoma where he taught courses in American federal government. He previously served as a counselor-tutor for first-generation college students enrolled in the federally funded Upward Bound program at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. He also completed an external internship as a constituent services representative for a Congressional office in Maine, where he helped manage cases on veterans’ affairs, pensions, telecommunications, and economic development. At PDO, his proposal development role involves working with faculty from a range of disciplines who seek funding from various public and private sponsors. Within this role, he has provided support toward the development of large institutional proposals and complex center grant applications. Mr. Davidshofer also serves as liaison to PDO's external funding opportunities database and presents grant-related workshops to UK’s faculty, staff, and graduate students.


Shana HerronProposal Development Officer
Shana Herron, M.S.
, Adult Education, Cornell University

Ms. Herron joined PDO in 2012 after a seven-year tenure as the Assistant Director of the University of Kentucky Asia Center.  At the Asia Center she worked with UK faculty to secure external funding to seed new Asian Studies faculty lines and build Asian Studies P-20 curriculum. She has submitted successful grant proposals to regional, national, and international foundations such as the Freeman Foundation and the Japan Foundation, as well as several federal agencies. In addition, Ms. Herron’s proposal development work was instrumental to the founding of the UK Confucius Institute in 2010. Ms. Herron also has experience in securing funding for programs in agricultural and fine arts disciplines from previous positions with Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and Community Farm Alliance in Frankfort, Kentucky.


Nicole Williams-MoellmanAdministrative Support Associate I
Nicole Williams-Moellman, B.A., Political Science, University of Oklahoma

Mrs. Williams-Moellman joined PDO in 2014 with prior experience in government administration both at the City of Tulsa and Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. She previously worked at the University of Oklahoma as a Peer Learning Assistant, helping students learn study methods and tutoring in the areas of Arabic, Calculus, U.S. History, and U.S. Government. Mrs. Williams-Moellman’s primary responsibilities for PDO are information dissemination, management of subject mailing lists, primary staff contact for web requests, incoming phones and walk-in visitors, coordinating workshop logistics and registrations, handouts and evaluations, maintaining office supplies and equipment and completing various other projects as assigned.


Graduate Assistant
Krista Stewart, M.S., Veterinary Science, Tuskegee University

Ms. Stewart joined PDO in 2014 and is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Public Health at the University of Kentucky, College of Public Health.  Her master’s research focused on the risk assessment of obesity in minority populations.  She was also involved in community outreach, including the implementation of the “Let’s Move” initiative for children within the Macon County, Alabama area.  Most recently, she worked as a Department of Energy Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education fellow at the Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine, aiding in building a risk ranking model to assess animal feed and human food hazards from farm to fork.  As a graduate assistant, Ms. Stewart’s responsibilities include disseminating information, updating the facilities description library, aiding with funding searches, and assisting PDO staff members with other various projects.