Who We Are

The Post-Award staff serves the campus in all matters relating to the management of RF accounts, both sponsored and non-sponsored. With years of experience and expertise in a wide range of subjects, Post Award provides a valuable resource to faculty and administrators. From the establishment of accounts to in-depth accounting support and much more, assistance is available through the entire lifecycle of a RF award.

Office Location: Room 209, Campus Activities Building
Mailing Address: 155 Elizabeth Blackwell Street, Syracuse, NY 13210
Office Fax: 315-464-9765



Gina McMahonGina McMahon, Director of Sponsored Programs Post Award
Phone: 315-464-4665
Email: mcmahong@upstate.edu

  • Management of Post Award Services
  • Financial Reports
  • Service and Facility Review/Management
  • Clinical Practice Plan Financial Management
  • RF Institutional Funds Financial Management
  • Account Closeout

Debora WeberDebora Weber, Sponsored Programs Administrator
Phone: 315-464-4666
Email: weberd@upstate.edu

  • Sponsor guideline inquiries
  • Effort reporting
  • Subawards & Subcontracts



Lori GeroLori Gero, Sr. Accounting Specialist
Phone: 315-464-4225
Email: gerol@upstate.edu

  • Assistance with budget modifications/submissions
  • Balance inquiries/projections
  • Cost Transfers – OTPS expenditures/salary distributions
  • Account reviews for allowable expenditures
  • A/R Billing and Collections
  • Financial Reporting

Debra LabenskiDebra Labenski, Accounting Specialist
Phone: 315-464-4226
Email: labenskd@upstate.edu

  • Cash Deposits – Sponsored & Practice Plans
  • Balance inquiries/projections
  • Rejected PO’s



Stephen RusinkoStephen Rusinko, Sponsored Programs Associate
Phone: 315-464-4228
Email: rusinkos@upstate.edu

  • Account establishment
  • Report creation
  • RF Report Center training
  • IFR forms
  • Security access



Kolleen BuckKolleen Buck, Grants Assistant
Phone: 315-464-5146
Email: buckk@upstate.edu

  • IFR forms
  • Rejected PO’s
  • Notification of accounts ending