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Research Accounting Accountants and Areas of Responsibility 

The following is a list of Accountants who manage research awards in the Controller’s Office at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The list gives the Accountant’s name, phone number and email address. The list shows each Accountant’s area of responsibility. The Accountant code is an internally assigned code.

If you have a question regarding a certain sponsor, locate the sponsor on the list and contact the appropriate Accountant



Research Accountant


David Bennet (AN)

(413) 545-1421

Research Accountant / Receivables


Monthly Analysis of Research Receivables

Deposit and Reconcile Cash Receipts

Federal Letter of Credit Draws and Reporting

Unrestricted Research Awards

Foundation Awards

Sara Cooper (AP)

(413) 545-1411

Research Accountant


IALS (Institute for Applied LIfe Sciences) - Tracking and monitor setup

CUMIRP (Center for UMass Industry Research on Polymers)

UMII (UMass Innovation Institute)

UMBA (UMass Building Authority)

FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)

Private Industry

NSF (National Science Foundation) Awards with REU and Participant Support

Federal Pass Thru from the Above Agencies

David Gazzillo (AS)

(413) 545-1412

Senior Research Accountant


Curriculum Credit Monitoring and Management

Cost Share Monitoring and Management

Post Award - Receive and Distribute Award Actions to Grant Accountants (Red Folders)

Milestone and Chart of Account Monthly Reporting

Assist in Development of Ongoing Operational Policy and Procedures

Amherst Campus Construction Projects

Federal Financial Aid (Perkins, Pell, FSEOG, FWS, Direct Loans

DHS (US Dept. of Homeland Security)

DOD (Dept. of Defense - USAF, ONR, Army, AFOSR)

DOJ (US Dept. of Justice)

DOT (US Dept. of Transportation)

ERS (Economic Research Services)

EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)

FEMA (Federal Emergency Mgmt. Agency)

Gaming Commission

NSA (National Security Agency)

NIST (National Institute for Standards and Technology)

NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration)

NPS (National Park Service)

PVLSI (Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute)

USDA (US Dept. of Agriculture including Forestry Service)

USDC (US Dept. of Commerce)

USDI (US Dept. of Interior)

Various State Awards

Federal Pass Thru from the Above Agencies

Martin Konowitch (AE)

(413) 545-1417

Research Accountant


Program Income

Interest Tracking

Compliance issues associated with the financial management of International Research

International Awards

USAID (U.S. Information Agency)

NSF (National Science Foundation) Awards Without REU and Participant Support-See Sara Cooper For NSF Awards with Participant Support and REU

SBA (Small Business Administration)

Federal Pass Thru from the above agencies

Patrick Mignault

(413) 545-1117

Research Receivables Mananger


Manage Research Receivables-Letter of Credit Draws, Reporting, and Collections

Develop and implement effective and efficient processes in the area of cash management

Provide technical support to all cash management functions

Grants Core Team Member-Amherst Campus (Research Receivables)

Federal Letter of Credit Cash Draws and Reporting

Reconciliation of Closed Accounts Funded by Federal Letter of Credit

Collection of Overdue Receivables

Follow up on Over expenditures

Resolve Bad Debt Receivables

Policies and Procedures for Cash Management

Liz Ortiz (AS)

(413) 545-1416

Senior Research Accountant


Grants Campus Core Team Lead - Amherst Campus

PeopleSoft A/R, Billing, Payroll, BuyWays and Smart Grant Issues/Troubleshoot

Institutes, Associations, and Societies (PVLSI - see David Gazzillo)

College Work Study (CWS) - off campus agencies (FWS-Federal Work Study)

Colleges and Universities

Other Non-Federal Sponsors

NSF - CASA and Mass Nanotech

USDA Federal Appropriations-UMass Extension and Experiment Station

Assist in development of ongoing operational policies and procedures

Denise Storm

(413) 545-7011

Compliance Manager


A-133/Financial Audit

Grant Campus Core Team Member for Amherst Campus (Compliance and Audit)

Subrecipient Monitoring

Ongoing Development and Implementation of Post Award Policies and Procedures Based on Laws, Regulations, and Guidelines

On Campus Training - Post Award

On Campus Compliance Reviews/Audits Federal Allowability

Vacant (AR)

(413) 545-1414

Research Accountant

DOE (Department of Energy

HHS/NIH (Health and Human Services/National Institute of Health)

NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

NEA (National Education Association)

USGS (U.S. Geological Survery)

USFWS (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities)

STSI (Space Telescope Science Institute)

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Federal Pass Thru from the Above Agencies

Lori Dwyer (AT)

(413) 545-1410

State Research Accountant

David Bennet (AN)

(413) 545-1421

Interim State Research Accountant

Commonwealth of MA State Agencies

-AGR (Dept. of Agricultural Resources)

-DCR (Dept. of Conservation and Recreation)

-DOE (Dept. of Education)

-DOT (Dept. of Transportation)

-DPH (Dept. of Public Health)

-ENE (Dept. of Energy)

-EPS (Executive Off of Public Safety & Security)

-EQE (Dept. of Environmental Protection)

-FEW (Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife)

-RGT (Dept. of Higher Education)

-VWA (Office of Victim & Witness Assistance)

-WEL (Dept. of Transitional Assistance

Commonwealth of MA Local Government (Cities, Towns, Counties)

Other State Agencies

Pass Thru from the Above Agencies

Room 405 Goodell Building
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Tel:  (413) 545-0806
Fax: (413) 545-4233

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