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The staff at OEI bring a diverse set of qualifications to our organization. Our staff scientists have collectively published numerous books, peer-reviewed articles, and technical documents. Our in-house administration, GIS expertise, and graphic design capabilities enable us to lead our projects from concept through production.


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JoAnna L. Thayer, Grants Administrator
B.A., SUNY Oswego

JoAnna Thayer has served Onondaga Environmental Institute (OEI) since October 2011. In this role, Ms. Thayer manages and coordinates grants, assistance agreements and contracts; plans, implements and evaluates proposals and awards; provides oversight on subawards, subcontracts, sponsorship programs and multi-institutional teams; works closely with the controller to maintain a General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) compliant bookkeeping system to facilitate budget management, invoicing, tracking and reporting; and ensures compliance to established organizational administrative and financial policies and procedures as well as State and Federal regulations. Cumulatively, Ms. Thayer has been managing grants for 8 years between her time at OEI and her previous positions as AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Coordinator and Service-Learning Coordinator at the Family Resource Center/Girls & Boys Club of Anaconda-Deer Lodge County, Montana. She has overseen millions of dollars in grant funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), U.S. Corporation for National and Community Service (US CNCS), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), County of Onondaga and a multitude of local municipalities and private sources. She brings a wealth of experience from previous positions coordinating service-learning, youth development, volunteer programs and substance abuse prevention. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Oswego State University in 2006 double-majoring in Public Justice and Psychology.