We’re Here to Help: Sandy Wilson

Title

Finance and Accounting Manager

My focus

My area of focus is finance and administration.  As part of the fiscal leadership team, I help project, prepare, and monitor our operating budget, process accounts payable and accounts receivable transactions, complete account reconciliations and other finance and administrative tasks.  I also hold the role of HR Facilitator, the liaison between the UMKC-HR Office and the Office of Research and Development Staff.  I provide communications and assistance to the ORS staff in areas of benefits, payroll & records, training, recruitment, and employee relations.

Where I came from

After graduating from Emporia State University with a Business Administration Degree, I worked several years at KU Medical Center in the Accounts Payable and the Grant Accounting Offices. Upon moving to California, I worked for several years at California State University-Los Angeles in the General Accounting Office until my family and I relocated back to the Kansas City Metropolitan area where I began working in the Kansas City, Missouri School District in the Early Childhood Program.   After leaving the KCMO School District, I came to UMKC and have worked in the Office of Research Services for twelve years.

What I love about working in Research Administration

I work with a wonderful group of Research Administrators in the Office of Research and Economic Development who are dedicated and committed to a job well done.  It is rewarding to work with a group of people who go up and beyond to assist others in making their research dreams come to fruition.   I enjoy hearing about the array of interesting and potentially life, health, and technology, changing research that’s being conducted at UMKC.  I also enjoy having the opportunity to interact and supervise student employees.  We’ve had some great student employees working in our office and it is always a pleasure to see them develop, mature, and graduate from UMKC.

Some favorite things

My favorite things are my family (smile).  My husband, Vincent, and I have been married for 29 years and we have three children. Two daughters and a son. Our oldest daughter, Alexandria, is a graduate of UM-Columbia School of Law; she will be getting married this July.  Our second daughter, Victoria, is a junior at the University Central Missouri, majoring in Criminal Justice.  Our youngest, Vincent Charles, is a freshman in high school, who enjoys playing basketball and is currently on the tennis team at his high school. In my free time, I enjoy reading, going on long walks, attending worship services at my church, teaching primary Sunday school, and participating in volunteer opportunities that focus on children, women and the homeless.

Core Facilities Spotlight: UMKC Innovation Center

The UMKC Innovation Center is a vital hub for developing connections between the university and the community to create entrepreneurial opportunities and growth within our region and across the country. Through education, counseling and access to resources, students, faculty and community-based clients are able to hone their business basics, evaluate commercialization opportunities and connect with the right resources. Specializing in technology commercialization, the Innovation Center delivers tools and support to aspiring and existing business owners resulting in increased jobs for the communities it serves. Led by director Maria Meyers, the center offers a unique suite of high-impact interconnecting programs: Digital Sandbox, KCSourceLink, Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance (PTAC), MOSourceLink, ScaleUP! Kansas City, Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC), SourceLink®, and Whiteboard2Boardroom

Learn more about the UMKC Innovation Center here!

Mark Your Calendar

UMKC Technology Jump is now accepting proposals.

Please see the attached announcement for information and an application for the Office of Technology Commercialization’s Tech Jump.  Please contact Eric Anderson at ericwa@umkc.edu or 816.235.5091 with questions.

Applications must be received by Midnight, April 30, 2018.

 

One Health Research Symposium

August 19-20, 2018,
Kansas City Convention Center
301 W 13th St. 2100 Entrance, Room 2103 A
Kansas City, MO 64105

http://kclifesciences.org/events/

 

Science to Art

Science to Art images are due on April 27th and questions can be directed to Shaylee Yount of the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute syount@kclifesciences.org