USM Office of Research

The USM Office of Research advances and supports research at USM for faculty, staff, and students as they pursue scholarly knowledge regionally, nationally, and internationally. Staff provide oversight for research administration, development, and investment.

The Office is headed by Kris Sahonchik, who serves as the Director of USM Research & the Director of the Cutler Institute. Other staff provide development, financial, administrative, and compliance support for all research efforts around USM.


Kris Sahonchik, Director of USM Office of Research & the Director of the Cutler Institute 


Tamara Blair Kirk, Director of Research Service Center


Terry Shehata, Ph.D. Senior Policy Associate, Research & Economic Development
Maine Economic Improvement Fund Coordinator


Maggie Vishneau, Senior Policy Associate, Research & Organizational Development


Laura Woods-Vachon, Policy Associate, Research & Organizational Development


Ross Hickey, Director, Office of Research Integrity and Outreach (ORIO)

Research Service Center (RSC)
Tamara Blair Kirk, Director 

Research Service Center Staff:
Jennifer Camire
Noreen Cremin
Dee Dipaolo
Melissa McLellan
Maggie Mondak
Kurt Stokes
Gwendolyn Swan
Maureen Wissman