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Paulina Tagle 

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Senior Director of Research and Sponsored Programs

Paulina is a Certified Research Administrator with over 30 years of research administration experience. She leads the pre-award administration and compliance team at CSUSB. Prior to CSUSB, Paulina served as Director of Grants and Contracts at Calstate Fullerton (14+ years) and as a research administrator (pre- and post-award) for over 16 years at the University of Southern California. Paulina earned her bachelor of science degree (Statistics) at the University of the Philippines - Diliman, and her master's in Communication Management at USC. 


(909) 537-3315

Cathleen Lucas

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Senior Grant Development Officer

Cathleen is a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) with over twelve years of experience in pre-award. She has both a Master's Degree in Communications as well as a Master's in Public Administration. Cathleen has extensive agency-specific specialized training for both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) grant proposal preparation and submission. She is trained and up to date on all of the agency processes and requirements, with considerable expertise in NIH submissions. She will ensure the integrity of the formal submission of grants to federal, state, and local agencies.


(909) 537-3829

Tanya Valery

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Research & Sponsored Programs Coordinator

Tanya comes to ORSP with past experience working at Claremont Graduate University and has her B.S. in Business Management, an MBA, and recently received an MPA degree in 2017 from CSUSB. As the office manager for ORSP, she reviews and analyzes data to ensure accuracy for the grant officers and project directors. She specializes in the development, reporting, auditing, and all the critical components of electronic proposal submission, as well as being responsible for all opportunity communications to faculty. She is also our Webmaster.


(909) 537-3018

Michael Gillespie

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Michael serves as a member of the IRB, IACUC, IBC, and RSC research ethics review committees, and provides advice and consultations on compliance requirements as they relate to sponsored programs. As a member of the Academic Research team, he is involved in developing office and campus-wide compliance policies and procedures. Michael has been with CSUSB for 25 years and has achieved significant educational milestones, including a Master’s in Public Administration and a Master’s in National Security Studies. He expects to complete his Doctorate in Education in 2024.


(909) 537-7588