Meet the Staff

  • Kristin Watkins, PhD - Director of Grants is responsible for all facets of the district’s grants management from pre-award through the grant close-out process. She is a resource to help vet funding opportunities, facilitate planning and guide teams through the proposal process and seeks to support collaborative development of competitive proposals. Kristin reviews and approves for submittal all grants; the only exclusions are locally funded grant requests of $10,000 or less that do not include salaries / benefits / technology / new curriculum (not approved yet by board) or sole-source purchase requirements. To be on the safe side, please run your project by the grants department early in the development process. On the post-award side Kristin works with the business manager, grant financial specialist and grant clerks to ensure projects are managed well and that funds are spent down according to project timelines. Kristin is responsible for Fund 22 – Designated Purpose Grant Funds. Her goal is to help D11 staff maximize the benefit of every grant dollar awarded, while ensuring compliance with all district policies and funder regulations and guidelines. 

    Sherri Martinez - Business Manager is responsible for creating and maintaining solid accounting practices for all grants received by D11, including those received by schools and individual departments.  Sherri monitors and reviews financial expenses for compliance with funder and school district requirements and regulations.  She helps prepare budgets and prepares and submits annual and interim financial reports for each grant in the district.  Sherri creates interim, internal reports to assist grantees in managing their money.  She monitors grant payroll, conducts or supervises all accounting and fiscal activities on behalf of the grants department, and serves as a liaison between the grants department and other administrative departments. 

    Bobbi Ashley - Senior Grants Specialist provides administrative and technical support to ensure efficient and effective operation of the grants department and Designated Purpose Grant Funds. Bobbi assists in providing knowledgeable financial oversight and guidance for federal, state and local/private grants awarded to the district and its schools/departments, ensuring compliance with applicable policies, regulations and spending guidelines. She performs a wide range of tasks related to budgeting, accounting, reconciliation and procurement functions. Bobbi also supports the Grants Business Manager in analyzing budget trends and spend down, implementation of governmental fiscal policy and regulations, interpretation of grant-related statues and tracking of the multiple funding streams that comprise the Designated Purpose Grant Fund (DPGF) as well as related general fund accounts.   

    LaDawn Stegman-Financial Grants Specialist  provides administrative and technical support to ensure efficient and effective operation of the grants department and Designated Purpose Grant Funds. LaDawn assists in providing knowledgeable financial oversight and guidance for federal, state and local/private grants awarded to the district and its schools/departments, ensuring compliance with applicable policies, regulations and spending guidelines. She performs a wide range of tasks related to budgeting, accounting, reconciliation and procurement functions. LaDawn also supports the Grants Business Manager in analyzing budget trends and spend down, implementation of governmental fiscal policy and regulations, interpretation of grant-related statues and tracking of the multiple funding streams that comprise the Designated Purpose Grant Fund (DPGF) as well as related general fund accounts.   

    Chris Dale - Grants Clerk manages a portfolio of grants. Chris helps ensure compliance to district, federal, state, and /or private grantor guidelines, regulations, policies, and procedures. She maintains accurate and current fiscal and programmatic records for grant programs and tracks all fiscal activity to ensure timely and compliant spending.  Chris also assists in the completion of quarterly, annual, and/or final reports as required by the grantor and prepares requests for funds as needed. She works with Project Directors (PD) to provide fiscal and/or administrative support as necessary, often helping PDs and their support staff to understand and properly document grant expenditures.