Associate Vice President


Kathleen Bienkowski, Associate Vice President for Research Administration Services

Kathleen oversees the operation of Emory’s Research Administration Services. Kathleen graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Psychology and studied Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She has twenty-six years of experience in global professional services, with specific experience in developing and leading multi-function shared service centers.

RAS Central Operations Team

Denise Ehlen

Denise Ehlen, Director of Operations/Projects

Denise oversees operations and special projects for Central Operations in Emory’s Research Administration Services. Denise possesses over twenty years of experience in pre- and post-award research administration as well as business incubation and outreach. Prior to joining Emory, Denise assumed a variety of leadership roles including Director for Business Outreach, Executive Director of the Technology Park/Incubation Services, and Director of Research and Sponsored Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Denise graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with degrees in political science and education/mentoring. She also possesses professional certificates in social entrepreneurship (USASBE), technology transfer (WKI), and business coaching (Growth Wheel).

Amanda Exum

Amanda Riley, Assistant Director 
Amanda supports the continued development of Research Administration Services (RAS) Operations. Her main responsibility is supporting the Director and Associate Vice President (AVP) by executing and managing projects related to pre- and post-award administration required to build and maintain the RAS operating model. Amanda possess nine years of post-award research administration experience, nearly five of which have been acquired at Emory. Amanda joined Emory in April 2013 in the Office of Grants and Contracts (now Finance, Grants and Contracts). Since, she has held positions in the Cancer & Imaging RAS and RAS Operations. Amanda graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in finance.

Kesley Tyson, Project Manager/Operations Support Specialist

Kimberly Caroline, Training Specialist