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The Grants Office
730 E. Long Street


Shane Kirby MBA, Grants Office Director, has extensive experience at the college working to develop and manage externally funded projects. He has expertise in proposal development, project management, labor market data analysis, experiential learning, curriculum development and academic infrastructure. Shane earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida as a double major in Finance and Marketing and earned his MBA with distinction. Shane holds certifications in marketing analytics, Quality Matters curriculum development, NCURA Research Administration, tutoring and supplemental instruction (SI) and licensed in life, health, and annuity insurance. His ability to integrate both creative and analytical skills provides a unique skillset primed for grants development.

Mary Vaughn has been with Columbus State for 20 years. Prior to joining the Grants Office, she served as Interim Dean of Business and Technical Programs and, for the prior 17 years, as Chair of the Integrated Media & Technology Department, which included Computer Science, Digital Design, Web Design, Game Development/Design, and Digital Photography. Mary has more than 20 years of interactive marketing experience in the private sector including senior leadership positions at companies such as CompuServe, Metatec Corporation, and Wyse Advertising with responsibility for product development/marketing for the interactive media/online industry with emphasis on global partnerships. Education include an A.B., magna cum laude, from St. Peter’s University, M.A., the Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. ABD from Ohio University. In addition, Mary holds certifications in international business and multiple focuses of marketing including direct marketing, global marketing, strategic marketing, and social media.

Ruth Sternberg, Grants Development Coordinator, earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from The Ohio State University, followed by a master's in history (American Studies) from Kent State University. Prior to coming to Columbus State, she worked for more than 20 years as a print journalist, specializing in exploring the education sector, and eight years in nonprofit resource development for a variety of organizations. Ruth's goal is to collaborate with staff and faculty to further their work and deepen the connections within Columbus State and between the college and surrounding communities. She enjoys teaching others to tell their stories for impact.

John Paul Vandermark, Grants Management Coordinator, joined the team in 2015 with strong project management experience working at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.  He has expertise in project launch and deployment, project management, sustainability planning, capital procurement, and facility infrastructure. John Paul earned a bachelor’s degree from the Ohio State University. He also served his country for ten years as a United State Air Force Medic.

Neil Herbkersman serves as a consultant to build, enhance, and refine the processes of the grants office and mentor staff in the development of successful funding proposals. Neil retired as the Senior Director of Advancement at Sinclair Community College where he served for 26 years. During that time, Sinclair has received over $162 million in grants primarily from public agencies. He is an author of 13 publications and is a highly requested national speaker who has delivered over 100 presentations and workshops. Neil received the Lifetime Service Award in 2002 presented by the Council for Resource Development, an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges. The Lifetime Service Award was based on his extraordinary contributions to the Council for Resource Development at the national, regional, and state levels.

All of the staff in the Grants Office use Compression Planning® with Storyboarding to help faculty and staff develop proposal ideas in a directed, time efficient manner. For more on Compression Planning® with Storyboarding,® please visit the following website: McNellis Company