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Financial Analyst Health

Owosso, MI
November 30, 2020

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Laura A. Athey

**** ******* **. 734-***-****

Jackson, MI. 49201 E-mail:

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY: Looking for a new opportunity to contribute to the organization that draws on the strengths of my tenure leading an academic unit. Commended for outstanding faculty communication and support. Highly adaptable to and flexible in academic working environments in order to meet deadlines. Exemplary internal communication skills that are sincere and down-to-earth, with a big picture vision of the organization and its needs; quick, confident decision-maker, using excellent judgment. Winner of the Distinguished Research Administrator Award

(OVPR-2009) and the Excellence in Staff Award (SPH-2009). PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

University of Michigan, School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI (1997 - Present) Department of Biostatistics, Business Administrator Lead (1998 - Present) Manage the daily operation of the Department of Biostatistics. Direct all aspects of budget and financial planning for a complex, research-driven department; supervise human resources; direct grant administration and finances. Oversight of 4 distinct, complex research groups within Biostatistics, including Statistical Analysis of Biomedical and Educational Research (SABER), Kidney and Epidemiology Cost Center

(KECC), Center for Statistics Genetics (CSG), Cancer Center Biostatics Unit (CCBU). Represent the School of Public Health, as requested by the Dean’s Office and the Department Chair.


• Provide leadership and oversight of all administrative, operational, and financial matters for Biostatistics;

• Apply strategic thinking in planning for and executing activities to achieve the School and Department’s academic mission and goals;

• Create a work environment that results in the recruitment and retention of a talented, high-performing, collaborative, engaged, and diverse staff;

• Initiate special projects as deemed necessary or conduct special assignments as requested by the Dean’s office and Chair;

• Ensure compliance with external entities related to all federal and non-federal sponsored program activity, University policies and procedures, and School policies;

• Ensure excellence, effectiveness, and efficiency within all facets of Biostatistics administration and operations; and

• Promote efficiencies in operations and internal communications. Laura A. Athey


Financial and Administrative Management:

• Direct, plan, report, and manage the department’s budgets, general fund appropriations, and gift funds;

• Create ad hoc reports as requested by Chair and Dean, including statistical and financial analyses;

• Administer faculty-incentive programs, year-end merit evaluations, salary program, and salary changes;

• Oversee four large complex research Centers within the department, ensuring compliance of sponsor and University regulations;

• Oversee resource allocations using proper stewardship and judgment;

• Oversee the appointments, insurance, and funding of approximately 100 graduate student research assistants and graduate research instructors;

• Plan, manage, and monitor Biostatistics annual operating budget;

• Ensure compliance with LEO and GEO union regulations; and

• Oversee approximately 150 general and non-sponsored accounts, including endowments and recharge accounts.

Grants and Contracts:

• Preproposal - create and authorize approximately 285 grants and contracts annually, including federal and non-federal. Create and or audit budget projections, plans and grant/contract administrative reports—ensuring correct financial analyses and operational records;

• Extensive experience with, NSF fastlane, era commons esnap, eResearch, and other sponsored application/progress report requirements; and

• Oversee approximately $43 million in post award annual research dollars, ensuring compliance with Federal and University policies. Human Resources:

• Financial management of faculty salaries, letters of offer and retention, research incentives, additional pay and faculty growth models. Analysis of compensations related to incentives and salary equities as it compares to levels of professor or research professor and comparing levels of expertise within other universities/colleges within the Biostatistics field.

• Develop, maintain, and interpret human resource policies, procedures, internal control documents, and best practices. Stay abreast of developing University policies and advise unit faculty on the potential impact on unit policies and procedures;

• Prepare personnel paperwork for faculty, lecturers, administrative staff, research staff, and temporary employees. This includes changes of status, posting positions, new hires, candidate summary forms, job data and salary distribution worksheets, and transfer and termination paperwork on eRecruit; Laura A. Athey


• Administer faculty personnel functions including coordinating visa applications for visitors and new researchers;

• Administer non-academic personnel/human resource functions including compensation and classification, performance management, staff relations, recruiting and retention, and orientation;

• Develop and implement processes and procedures for employee appraisals, staff development, new staff on-boarding, and exit interviews;

• Provide direct supervision of staff with HR responsibilities in the areas of student/non-student temporary hiring, timekeeping and payroll processing, reconciliation; and

• Serve a total of 45 faculty, research faculty, and research scientists, 89 staff, and 98 GSRA/GSI appointments.


• Supervise up to 9 FTE, both exempt and non-exempt, while assisting with the supervision of 80 research staff;

• Play a key role in maintaining and strengthening performance standards for a superior work environment;

• Mentor staff to succeed, excel, and advance within their employment and within the University; and

• Oversee the Student Administrative offices, consulting with decision making, policy making, and creating an atmosphere of positive influences. Policy Setting and Business Operations:

• Develop, enact, and maintain administrative policies and procedures, researching user input and needs of user groups;

• Participate in strategic planning, advise the Chair on University and SPH policies and procedures, and enact short- and long-term departmental goals;

• Monitor business operations via operational analyses and review periodic special reports and sponsor requirements for specific research groups;

• Approve space allocations within established priorities;

• Advise and counsel supervisors and staff on employment activities, reclassification requests, salary adjustments, staff relations, and grievances;

• Oversee departmental renovations; and

• Manage the unit’s service and support functions and determine staffing requirements.


• Represent Biostatistics to other administrative units and external agencies, with authority to commit to administrative policies and procedures; and

• Represent the School of Public Health, as requested by Dean’s Office regarding internal controls and input on University-wide committees. Laura A. Athey


University Service:

• Served four years on the School of Public Health’s Excellence in Staff Awards Committee; successfully nominated two awardees from Biostatistics 2002 and 2006;

• Served on the Core Competency Committee for the University of Michigan as representative for the School of Public Health;

• Trainer for the Research Administrators Instructional Network (RAIN) Day 2 of 4 created to train new grants administrators;

• Member of the School of Public Health classification mapping/stabilization team;

• Member of the Sponsor Project Advisory Team (SPA). An administrative team who tackles administrative issues that effect the entire University; and

• Chair of the Office of the Vice President for Research Staff Service Awards Program Committee (2010-2014).

Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, Business Administrator Associate

(1997 - 1998)

Planned and supervised administrative and operational activities, with moderate authority to make commitments on behalf of Health Behavior and Health Education. Prepared departmental budget projections and plans, including staffing requirements for management approval; monitored the financial status of budget allocations and initiated corrective action when required; developed and enacted administrative procedures; approved salary adjustments and reclassifications for assigned staff; conducted studies of and prepared recommendations for purchases of major equipment; interviewed, hired, trained, and evaluated the performance of five assigned staff; resolved operating problems and employee grievances; conducted studies of and approved space allocations; enacted the university-wide Cost Accounting Standards within the department; per Dean’s office request, involved in the GAMS Grant Application Management System implementation team for U of M. Western Michigan University, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Kalamazoo, MI (1993 - 1997)

Project Manager / Financial Analyst

Budgeted and administered four state and federally funded projects totaling approximately $9 million.

Developed and managed budget, forecasted budget, ensured fiscal integrity and budget deadline, calculated pre-proposal budgets, reallocated resources as necessary, reconciled budget, collected and analyzed statistical data, performed budget pre-audits, supervised a team of three, compiled data for and prepared final drafts of financial reports to the University and funding agencies, exercised full signature authority on all budgets, and approved all expenditures. Promotions of two levels within tenure. Laura A. Athey


Industrial Technology Institute, Ann Arbor, MI (1988 - 1990) Accounts Receivable / Invoicing Officer

Invoiced contracts per terms of government and private-client contracts. Supported documentation for funding agencies, compiled and cost-analyzed data, created reports for funding agencies on an as-needed basis, worked with project managers to ensure fiscal and resource integrity of contracts, maintained contract files and detailed contract budgets and related cost allocations, and collected all past-due accounts within six months of promotion, totaling approximately $600,000. EDUCATION

BA in Business, Magna Cum Laude, Spring Arbor University, May 2001. AA in Business Administration, high honors, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, May 1995.

Laura A. Athey





Trivellore Raghunathan, Professor, PhD

Professional reference, past supervisor

University of Michigan

Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Email:

Phone: 734-***-****

Mike Kalasinski

Professional reference, past supervisor

Retired Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration, School of Public Health University of Michigan


Phone: 810-***-****

Mike Boehnke, Professor, PhD

Professional reference

University of Michigan

Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health Email:

Phone: 734-***-****

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