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Research Development & Support Team

Liane Moneta-Koehler, PhD

Liane Moneta-Koehler headshotDirector, Federal Funding and Compliance

Liane Moneta-Koehler oversees federal proposal development; the Limited Submission Opportunities (LSO) process for the University; the development of relationship with federal sponsors and collaborators; and a range of compliance activities that fall within the purview of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research including export compliance. Liane joined the office as a Research Development Program Manager in 2017 and has experience with various external sponsors, including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Health Resources and Services Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, Department of Education, and U.S. Army.

Upon receiving her Ph.D. in Psychology and Human Development from Peabody College, she completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in Vanderbilt’s Office of Biomedical Research, Education and Training (BRET), where she helped to coordinate a consortium of 17 institutions through an NIH Common Fund award.  Liane has research expertise in the areas of math cognition and doctoral student success.  She also teaches general psychology and college preparatory classes at the Turney Center Industrial Complex.

Contact Liane via or (615) 322-2875.

Joanne Spitz, MA, CRA

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Director, Research Development
Foundation Funding

Joanne joined the Research Development and Support team in May 2021. She will develop and lead a team in support of faculty research focusing on Foundations and other private sponsors.

Before joining Vanderbilt, Joanne served for five years as the Senior Director of Grant Initiatives, Corporate and Foundation Relations, at Baylor University resulting in a significant increase of Foundation and other private support for faculty researchers.

Prior to joining Baylor, Joanne worked for 32 years in research development and administration at Washington University in St. Louis in multiple departments and schools, including Neuroscience, Biology, and the Olin Business School.  While at Olin, Joanne worked for 11 years as the administrator of an interdisciplinary research network sponsored by The MacArthur Foundation. Joanne also was instrumental in the establishment of a new grants program for the Olin School and served as its first Grant Development Manager.

Joanne is a Certified Research Administrator (CRA), holds a BA in English from St. Louis University and a master’s in liberal arts from Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to her career in research development and administration she worked as a freelance academic editor for over 15 years.

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Janice Ascano, PhD

Biomedical Science and Engineering Research Development Officer

Janice joined the Research Development and Support team in October 2020 as a Development Officer responsible for providing support to faculty research proposals related to basic sciences and campus-wide biomedical research initiatives. Janice has collaborated with faculty in the School of Medicine Basic Sciences and School of Engineering for strategic proposal development. Prior to joining Vanderbilt in March 2019 as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for Scientific Research, Janice managed the grants and research programs for the International Rett Syndrome Foundation for nearly 8 years, providing strategic vision, campaign planning, and administration to support $20M in research awards and contracts inclusive of basic, translational, and clinical research with academia and the pharmaceutical industry. She trained as a postdoctoral scientist at Rockefeller University and Dartmouth College, specializing in gene regulation and signal transduction pathways. Janice received her PhD in Molecular Genetics & Biochemistry from the University of Cincinnati and her BS in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Contact Janice at or by phone (615) 343-4609

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Catalin Cristoloveanu, PhD

Research Development Specialist

Catalin Cristoloveanu manages the Limited Submission Opportunities (LSOs) for the University and works with faculty from all disciplines to develop proposals for federal opportunities. Catalin received his Ph.D. in History from Indiana University in 2017 and B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 2009. At Indiana University, he co-taught history courses and was an active member of the Russian and East European Institute and the Romanian Studies Organization, where he worked with faculty and graduate students to develop and support interdisciplinary educational and cultural initiatives. Prior to working at Vanderbilt, Catalin worked in academic and freelance editing. He has also taught English in South Korea and tutored adult immigrants at the Nashville Adult Literacy Council.

Contact Catalin via or (615) 343-8198.

Portrait of Charlotte Forstall Charlotte Forstall, PhD

Research Development Specialist 

Charlotte Forstall joined RDS in May 2021. Charlotte received her PhD in Art History from Indiana University in 2019, her MA from George Mason University in 2012, and her BA from Randolph-Macon College in 2007. Her research specialty is art and architecture of the ancient Mediterranean, including how ancient art has influenced public art in the United States. Previously, Charlotte worked at the IU Institute for Advanced Study.

Contact Charlotte at or by phone (TBD)

Jessica Graham headshotJessica Graham, MA

Export Compliance Specialist

Jessica comes to Vanderbilt University from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where she worked national security matters for the past 10 years. During this time, Jessica worked closely with US universities to better understand threats to the US academic sector and means to mitigate such threats and protect the innovative research and development conducted at US universities. In 2017, Jessica was awarded a sabbatical to the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, where she studied alongside other security practitioners from around the world. She received her B.A. (English with Psychology minor) and M.A. (English Literature) from Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi; prior to her work in the federal government, Jessica was a freelance writer and also taught English and World Literature courses at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi and Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. Jessica also lived in China for two years, working with a non-profit organization as a liaison to the Chinese government seeking ways to provide medical and educational assistance to the tribal peoples of Yunnan Province; she speaks Mandarin Chinese.

Jessica is an ECTI Certified Export Compliance Professional (ECoP) in both Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

Contact Jessica via or (615) 343-1593.

Daniel Gregory headshotDaniel Gregory

Program Coordinator

Daniel Gregory supports areas of research compliance with a specialty in export compliance.  Prior to working at Vanderbilt University, Daniel served as an export control specialist at East Carolina University and a regulatory compliance specialist at Siemens Corporation. He has over 8 years experience with export licensing, government regulations, delivering training, and improving regulatory programs. He is an ECTI Certified Export Compliance Professional (ECoP) in both Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

Contact Daniel via or (615) 343-5493.

Susannah Imhoff headshotSusannah Acuff Imhoff, MA

Research Development Specialist

Susannah Acuff Imhoff supports faculty across the university to navigate the federal funding landscape and develop competitive research proposals. Before arriving at Vanderbilt in November 2018, Susannah worked as a Research Associate in Strategic Insights for the U.S. Pharmacopeia in Washington, DC. She received her MA in Applied Anthropology (Cultural and Medical) from the University of Memphis in 2013. Her background is in social science and her research focus is community-based healthcare financing in Africa, and included NIH-funded roles as a research mentor and site supervisor in Uganda. She has worked in research for over 14 years, including with Rhodes College’s Minorities in Health Disparities International Research Training program, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the University of Memphis Center for Research on Women. She taught as a university instructor of cultural anthropology at the University of Memphis and Memphis College of Art.

Contact Susannah via or (615) 343-6713.