The OSP staff welcomes you. Please view our staff directory to help determine which OSP staff member’s area of service is most appropriate to your needs. Our Administrative Assistant can help direct you.

Contact Information

Browning Administration
Room 110
Mail Stop: 224

[email protected]

Portrait of Curtis Pendleton

Senior Director of Sponsored Programs

Curtis Pendleton - [email protected], (801)863-6039

Curtis has worked as the Senior Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs at Utah Valley University for the past 17 years where he administers pre- and post-award grant and contract services for the University. He has extensive experience as a peer reviewer for federal grants working for different departments of government. Curtis Pendleton holds a Master’s degree in Special Education and Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling, is nationally certified as a Grant Professional Certified (GPC), and holds several other certifications in grant administration. He has more than 28 years of experience as a grant writer, fund raiser, and grant administrator, and has raised more than $200,000,000 from federal, state, corporate and private foundations. He also has considerable experience working with leaders of industry, government, non-profit, and community organizations at the local, national, and international level to raise funding for a wide variety of programs, services, activities, and facilities.


Portrait of Linda Helt

Administrative Support

Linda Helt - [email protected], (801)863-6084

The Administrative Support III position assists the UVU community in accessing the resources and services of OSP and in assisting OSP staff in the performance of their duties. This individual manages an extensive database of grant proposals and awards, and provides financial management to the office.


Pre-Award Services

Portrait of Ethan Sproat

Program Director of Grant Development

Ethan Sproat - [email protected], (801)863-6770

The Director of Grant Development fosters grant-writing training activities among UVU faculty and staff by conducting grant searching and writing workshops, providing targeted and individualized training, hosting guest lectures on related topics, and developing on-line training materials. He helps faculty transition from receiving internal grant funding to obtaining external resources. Ethan coaches and assists with proposal development and provides proposal editing assistance (when given sufficient advanced notice). He orchestrates an annual faculty visit to grant program officers in Washington, D.C. and oversees a peer mentoring and proposal review service. Ethan is the OSP primary point of contact for novice grant writers who are seeking funding for new projects and programs.


Portrait of Carlos Cortez

Program Director of Sponsored Research

Carlos Cortez - [email protected], (801)863-6479

The Director of Sponsored Research facilitates efforts to expand grant opportunities available through sponsored research to increase applied research involvement of faculty, grant-related engagement opportunities for students, and institutional research capacity. He oversees the sponsored program proposal submission process for government grant proposals assuring that all proposals meet internal and external requirements for submission, and that they are submitted in a timely manner. Carlos coaches and assists faculty in budget preparation and is the OSP primary point of contact for government grant submissions and government contracts.


Portrait of Kathryn Johnson

Program Director of Contracts and Foundation Grants

Kathryn Johnson - [email protected], (801)863-8171

The Director of Contracts and Foundation Grants reviews federal and foundation grant contracts to ensure compliance with applicable laws and institutional policy.  Kathryn negotiates terms and conditions of grant awards and contracts and acts as the intermediary in communication with sponsor representatives and UVU OGC. 

Kathryn is also the primary institutional point of contact for private and corporate foundation grant relations and acts as a liaison with UVU Institutional Advancement to ensure the non-federal entity is available for contact.  She oversees the sponsored program proposal submission process for foundation grant proposals assuring that all proposals meet internal and external requirements for submission, and that they are submitted in a timely manner.



Portrait of Janis Raje

Contractual Grant Writer

Janis Raje - [email protected]

An independent, off-campus grant writer who facilitates proposal preparation and submission for major federal grants and other grants as assigned. She has worked with the Office of Sponsored Programs for over 20 years and helped prepare proposals in all colleges and many disciplines and programs. To request her assistance, please contact the Senior Director of Sponsored Programs.



Post-Award Services

Alex Hartvigsen

Director of Post-Award Services

Alex Hartvigsen – [email protected], (801) 863-5685

The Director of Post Award Services negotiates and facilitates the acceptance of government grants and contracts on behalf of the University. Alex provides training, mentoring, and assistance to new grant awardees and provides individualized in-service training to project investigators and program administrators of grants and contracts. She assists with budget revisions, review of progress reports, management of sub awards and contracts, and grant closeout activities. She serves as a liaison between the institution and the sponsor when necessary, and is the OSP point of contact for all questions and matters related to post-award grants and contracts.


Portrait of Dee Larson

Accountant II Post Award Financial Services

Dee Larson- [email protected], (801)-863-4449

The Post-Award Accountant provides financial compliance support to grant recipients once the grant has been awarded. She oversees time and effort reporting activities, monitors personnel and acquisition expenditures of grants, and performs ongoing compliance reviews of grant-related expenditures to ensure grant funding is used in compliance with institutional, private, and government entity regulations.


Patricia Mike

Accountant I Office of Sponsored Programs

Patricia Mike – [email protected]  (801) 863-7221

She provides accounting support to the CTE Director, manages business and financial affairs, establishes best practices and maintains compliance with federal and state rules and regulations for Perkins funding. Also, Patricia assists with outreach efforts in CTE programs among special populations, non-traditional students and students in non-traditional CTE fields.