OAA Business Services

OAA Business Services

The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) Business Services office is responsible for managing the financial and administrative areas of the OAA. Each unit specializes in different aspects of financial management and administration.

About OAA Business Services

Office of Academic Affairs Business Services is a dedicated unit structured as a centralized point of service focused on defined business functions. These functions include budget and finance, grants and sponsored projects, procurement and OAA special programs and development finance. OAA Business Services provides strategic, analytic and operational support to the units we serve. Our stakeholders include:

  • Drake Institute
  • External Engagement
  • Faculty Affairs
  • Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme
  • Graduate School
  • Inclusive Excellence
  • Kirwan Institute
  • OAA Marketing and Communications
  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Office of International Affairs
  • Office of Institutional Equity
  • Online Learning
  • Office of Outreach and Engagement
  • Resource and Budget Management
  • Scarlet & Gray Advantage
  • Student Academic Excellence
  • Sustainability Institute
  • Academic Programs
  • Office of Strategic Enrollment Management
  • Office of Undergraduate Education
  • University Senate

Budget and Accounting

Operational budget support, accurate fund accounting and timely reconciliation and reporting and consultation services

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Procurement and Travel

Advise, assist with, review, and approve travel and purchasing requests for the cost centers within and under OAA

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Grants and Sponsored Projects

Pre- and post-award administration needs

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Special Programs and Development Finance

Serving the financial, strategic and operational needs of OAA

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OAA Business Services is located at:
Mershon Center
1501 Neil Ave, Third Floor
Columbus, OH 43201
General Contact: OAABusinessServices@osu.edu

OAA Business Services enhances the knowledge, skills and competencies of employees in areas such as finance, accounting, budgeting, financial analysis, business planning and other relevant subjects. 

Training and development programs related to budgeting and financial management

PI Portal

Users who have sponsored projects and grant-related responsibilities can receive access to the PI Portal. For access to this system, please provide business-related justification and user information to OAA Business Services


The ePA-005 is the university’s sponsored projects proposal pre-approval application used by investigators who are submitting proposals to external sponsors. A fully-signed ePA-005 must be available to the Office of Sponsored Programs prior to proposal sign-off and submission. The ePA-005 application allows online creation and signature of the PA-005 form.  For users who have a need to enter an ePA-005 request, please e-mail Ginette Busque(.1).


For users who need access to the university’s cloud-based electronic signature system to initiate or create documents, please complete training in BuckeyeLearn. After training has been completed, the supervisor should request access via the OTDI Service Now system.


The university utilizes OnBase as its contract-management system. OnBase is used primarily by individuals who have external contract execution responsibilities. As such, access is available in limited cases. If the need does arise, please review the user guide. Once completed, please have a supervisor send a request to OAA Business Services with the business-related justification and user information.   


The Advancement System (TAS) contains gift and endowment-related donation information.  Access is limited, and training must be completed before access is approved. If there is a business need for access, please contact OAA Business Services with the business justification and user details.

Training and development programs related to budgeting and financial management:


  • Animal Subjects, Biosafety, and Grants
  • Managing Sponsored Programs Awards
  • Budgeting on Sponsored Programs Proposals
  • Appointing People on Sponsored Programs
  • An Overview of Compliance Issues in Sponsored Programs
  • A Department Administrator's Introduction to Office of Sponsored Programs Electronic Systems
  • Cost-sharing on Sponsored Programs
  • Human Subjects Research and Grants
  • Purchasing on Sponsored Programs
  • Workday: Grant Management Reporting and Analysis (Recorded Session)
  • Workday: The Grant Management Dashboard for Principal Investigators (Recorded Session)

Research Administration for Department Staff Training Series

An annual research administration training is available at the university. Please contact Karla Gengler-Nowak to receive email notifications of upcoming training sessions.


Executive Director of Finance and Business Services

Kerry Schmidt


Yusra Akileh

Financial Data Analyst

Garrett Boysen

Manager of Grants & Sponsored Programs

Ginette Busque

Senior Fiscal Associate

Chris Feil

Fiscal Officer

Michelle Freeman

Accounting Supervisor

Nicholas Gallagher

Manager of Procurement, Receivables, and Customer Service

Timothy E. Hornsby

Director, Budget & Finance

Kirti Pawan Jain


Mary Johnson

Fiscal Officer

Angela Lang


Shammi Liyanage

Fiscal Associate

Nicholas Maddron

Fiscal Associate

Sheri Matheny

Manager of OAA Special Programs & Development Finance

Deborah Miller

Grant Accountant

Matthew Pfanz


Juanita Ramirez-Huerta

Fiscal Officer

Sheena Riepenhoff

Regionals Director of Finance

Julie Sosa

Finance Director

Marta Sparano

Senior Fiscal Associate

Jeff Zelli