Office of Sponsored Programs Staff

Christine Chamberlain
Director of Office of Sponsored Programs

Christine Chamberlain has over 25 years of diverse and extensive administrative experience in federal grants, contracts, and program management.  She began her career at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D. C. working in the Architecture + Environmental Arts Program as a grants program specialist.   She was responsible for not only reviewing grant applications, but chaired the peer review panels in her area of responsibility.   After moving to the Pacific Northwest she continued her government service with the U. S. Department of Energy as a contracts specialist and the manager of their small business contracting program.  She then transitioned from being a federal employee to the federal contractor world as the manager responsible for establishing and implementing the program management systems for a $200 million regulatory-driven nuclear environmental cleanup program.  She then later went on to serve as the program manager responsible for the cost, schedule and management planning and control of a $50M construction/infrastructure improvement program.  Ms. Chamberlain served as the principal liaison between the U. S. Department of Energy (Washington State) management and a citizens' advisory board for all issues pertaining to the development of its federal budget and contracting strategies.

Christine was appointed by the Governor of Washington State to the Washington State Arts Commission and served as the chair of its Grants Committee and the Governor’s Arts Award committee.  Her volunteer work also included leadership positions on arts group boards of trustees, president of the local chapter of Soroptimist International, an organization devoted to advancing educational opportunities for women across the globe, and other community activities.  She has received awards for superior performance from both the National Endowment for the Arts and the U. S. Department of Energy.  She received her B.A. from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Ms. Chamberlain is a native of Lansing, Michigan and has two sons, Benjamin and Charlie.
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Shirley Dilworth
Office of Sponsored Programs Administration Assistant

Shirley Dilworth is one of those people who seems to know almost everyone who walks through the doors of GVSU--students and employees alike. Everyone knows her, too. In her 20+ years at GVSU, she has seen many students come and go, and many employees change and grow in their roles here at the university.

Shirley began in 1983 as a temp in Facilities Management. Three months later, she signed on as a permanent employee in the Development Department at WGVU, where she worked for many years.

More recently, Shirley worked in Pew Campus Student Services & Admissions, where she provided an invaluable service to students and staff.

Luckily, the GSGA office was able to "steal" her from Student Services/Admissions to serve in a dual role as Office Coordinator for both Graduate Studies & Grants Administration and the Autism Education Center. A short while later, Shirley began working strictly on the Grants side of Graduate Studies. She attended intensive training on Sponsored Project Administration at a National Council of University Research Administrators workshop and is rapidly becoming an expert on project administration.

Besides her duties at GVSU, Shirley is an active volunteer in her community and serves whenever there is a need for a reading or basic computer use tutor.

When not studying for a life enriching class, she enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with husband, Bobby. She is Mom to sons Curtis and Christopher, and is a very enthusiastic  "granny" to granddaughters Alyzia and Erica, and grandsons Christopher II, Kobe, and Devon. Shirley is a graduate of Grand Valley State University. 
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Casey Thelenwood, M.Ed.
Grants and Contracts Specialist


Casey Thelenwood began working with the Office of Sponsored Programs as a Graduate Assistant in 2010. She remained with the office as a Grants and Contracts Specialist after completing her M.Ed. in Literacy Studies with a focus on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Grand Valley State University. Before coming to Grand Valley, Casey received a B.A. in Education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Casey has several years of diverse employment experience in higher education, beginning with her work for the Housing Department, Office of New Student Programs, and the Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Program at the University of Michigan during her undergraduate career. She also has several years of teaching experience including her most recent position as an Adult Literacy Instructor in the refugee employment program at Bethany Christian Services. In her free time, Casey loves to read, travel, and spend time with her husband. She is also studying guitar and Arabic.

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Andrew Kienitz
Grants and Contracts Specialist



Andrew has been working at the Office of Sponsored Programs since 2008, first as a student assistant, then a graduate assistant, and now, after working at Western Michigan University, is back at GVSU as a Grants and Contracts Specialist.


Andrew received a BS in 2011, graduating from GVSU's Biomedical Sciences program where he was engaged in computational chemistry research. He is currently working on the last few classes of his Master's of Business Administration from GVSU. He brings a diverse set of experience, not only from his previous research and work at another western Michigan university, but from the perspectives gained from working with the Office of Sponsored Programs since it's early years. Andrew is excited to be working with the Seidman College of Business, the Padnos College of Engineering, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' math and science departments, which include Chemistry, Physics, Biomedical Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biology, Math, Statistics, Movement Science, and the Regional Math and Science Center.

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Heather DeCoster
Graduate Assistant

Heather joined the Office of Sponsored Programs in January 2014. She is currently working on her Master's in Health Administration with a certificate in Medical Informatics. Before joining the OSP Team, Heather worked in variety of positions both in healthcare and with international for-profit companies. Most recently, she managed the marketing and communications for primary care practices under Bronson Healthcare Group, a healthcare system that includes one of America's 100 Best Hospitals. Heather brings an interesting mix of expertise to the table including work in corporate communications, project management, health information systems and financial planning.  During her free time, Heather enjoys skiing, kayaking, swimming and spending time with her boys, Charlie (3) and Danny (1).
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