Nora Eccles Harrison Cardiovascular Research & Training Institute

CVRTI Core Staff

Greg Brown - Facilities Specialist

Greg Brown
Facilities Specialist
(801) 587-9507 | Greg.Brown@utah.edu

Greg joined the CVRTI in June 2021 and has been at the University of Utah for about 3 years.  In support of building operations and personnel, he enjoys a balance of special projects and standing duties that keep things moving towards CVRTI’s goals and mission.

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Brandee Brunsvik - Grants and Contracts Officer

Brandee Brunsvik
Grants and Contracts Officer
(801) 587-9527 | Brandee.Brunsvik@utah.edu

Brandee joined the CVRTI in 2019 as an Administrative Assistant and was promoted to Grants and Contract Officer in 2021. Brandee works closely with the Operations Director, Faculty, and Core Staff providing pre- and post-award grants management. She serves as the primary contact between Principal Investigators and external grant administrative offices at the University of Utah.

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Kat Cannon Headshot - Administrative Assistant

Kat Cannon
Administrative Manager
(801) 587-9508 | Kat.Cannon@utah.edu

Kat Cannon is an Administrative Assistant at the CVRTI. She works closely with the Grants and Contracts Officer, the Operations Director, Principal Investigators, and their labs providing administrative support. With five years of previous administrative experience at the University of Utah Hospital and a combined 12 years in Executive Assistant roles, Kat has gained a robust knowledge of management and efficient handling of requests.

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Jerry Jenkins Headshot - Administration

Jerry Jenkins
Administration
(801) 587-9525 | Jerry.Jenkins@utah.edu

Jerry joined the CVRTI in January 1976, as a member of the Electronics/Machine Shop Core. His special focus was designing and constructing PC boards and wiring and constructing equipment used for research. Over the years, Jerry’s role evolved to include purchasing for labs and general accounting. In 2011, he was promoted to Administrative Manager and continues to help with institute accounting.

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Coby Leavitt - Lab Specialist

Coby Leavitt
Lab Specialist
(801) 587-pending | Coby.Leavitt@utah.edu

Coby joined CVRTI in June 2022 as a laboratory specialist. He oversees management of the operating room and associated facilities that investigators and their teams perform studies in. With over a decade of experience working in the veterinary field, Coby is extremely well versed about the needs of a dynamic and fast-paced surgical suite, as well as keeping the teams that use them happy. 

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Ryan Mazzie
Grants and Contract Officer
(801) 587-9514 | ryan.mazzie@utah.edu

Ryan joined the CVRTI in 2022 as a Grants and Contract Officer.  Ryan works with faculty to provide pre- and post-award grant management.  Ryan will serve as the primary contact between the CVRTI Principal Investigators and external grant administrative offices at the University of Utah.  

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Headshot of Diane Ragan, CAP, MEP, OM - Executive Assistant

Diane Ragan, CAP, MEP, OM
Executive Assistant
(801) 581-8183 | Diane.Ragan@utah.edu

Diane is an active member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) where she has held several positions and continues to enjoy mentoring other Admins. She is a Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) with a specialty in Organizational Management and a certificate in Meeting and Event Planning.

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Haonan Yang, MS - IT Specialist Headshot

Haonan Yang, MS
IT Specialist
(801) 587-9524 | Haonan.Yang@utah.edu

Haonan is an IT Specialist with eight years of experience working in the higher education industry. He works with lab staff, trainees, and Investigators,resolving IT issues and educating them on various software and networks. 

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