Business Office Staff and Job Areas

Business Office Organization

We have implemented some changes in the business office organization to continue improving and creating efficiencies in our processes and communication.

We have organized the Psychology Department business office into two sub-teams, and have an additional support representative from Sponsored Projects. We will be using two centralized email addresses for you to submit requests to our sub-teams, and the Sponsored Projects support team has a form you can fill as needed. It is essential to highlight that using these emails will allow us to manage the daily transactional volume and enable us to communicate with you more efficiently.

Please refer to the below chart for information on:

  • New team organization
  • Emails to submit your requests, and
  • Main activities performed for each team
Accounting Team Grants: Pre-Awards Grants: Post-Awards
Rebecca Riley and Melissa Pili
Angela Valencia
Sponsored Projects
Anna Tso

Support Request:
fill out their SmartSheet

NOTE: Requests must be submitted 15 DAYS BEFORE the sponsor's deadline

  • Operational advances
  • P-card receipts/submissions
  • Travel authorizations & reimbursements
  • Other reimbursements for expenses
  • Accounts payable & POs
  • Payroll activities & issues
  • Cash receipts
  • Foundation transfers
  • Key Requests


  • Hiring postings and processing/completion
  • J-1/H-1B Visas processing
  • TA hiring process
  • Terminations & transfers
  • Job changes (salary changes, FTE, etc.)
  • DCC requests
  • Student awards processing
  • And more

*Except for Faculty HR requests, which Maryori Puentes handles.

  • Review & interpretation of sponsor guidelines
  • Budget consultation & preparation, including new funding or contracts
  • Identify possible compliance issues
  • Creating a proposal in the system of record at the University of Arizona
  • Answer questions from the SPS Pre-award team
  • Create the submission application for the corresponding sponsor portal
  • Assist with pre-award information like Just In Time Requests, posting submission materials and any action that is requested before the award is in place
  • Grant accounts analysis & reporting
  • Backstops & NCE
  • Concurrence report review & sign-off
  • GA Awards: post-award processing
  • Supplemental compensation for summer pay
  • Effort certifications, etc.
  • IRB management


  • New sub-award establishment
  • Extensions/ending
  • Requisition & POA
  • Invoicing: AP (& AR, if needed)
  • And more

If you have any other requests, please email Maryori Puentes, and she will help you or assign your request to the correct member of the team.

Thank you so much for your collaboration in successfully implementing this new process.



Maryori Puentes
Manager, Business- Finance
Office: 520-621-9268 | Fax: 520-626-7628

Updated 03/02/23


Business Office