Corporate & Foundation Giving Staff and Sponsored Research Office

Wilson House

706 E. College Ave. Appleton WI 54911

8 am-5 pm
Amy Kester

Director of Corporate, Foundation and Sponsored Research Support
Campus Phone: 920-832-6816
Campus Address: Wilson House Room 308 Development

As a grants specialist, Amy has put boots on the ground in the middle of war zones, disaster sites, pandemic regions, crowded orphanages, and urban slums all around the globe to help bring life-saving assistance to people in need. With over $11 million in grant funding awards, she holds a B.A. from Macalester College (political science, with a philosophy minor) and a Master of Public Administration degree from U.W. Oshkosh. She joined Lawrence in 2013 and currently leads the department’s work to secure and manage gifts and grants from local and national foundation and corporate donors, as well as state and federal agencies. A self-described liberal arts junkie, Amy enjoys lifelong learning, traveling, reading, gardening, kayaking, spoiling her two pugs, and collaborating with people creating positive change in the world.


Anna Simeth

Associate Director of Corporate, Foundation and Sponsored Research Support
Campus Phone: 920-832-6554
Campus Address: Wilson House Room 307 Development

Since joining the Lawrence grants team in 2014, Anna has focused on work with faculty grantseekers, and with local corporate and foundation donors and sponsors. She can help faculty and staff develop research or project ideas, search for funders, and support the editing and submission process. Anna would also be happy to talk to local businesses seeking deeper partnerships with Lawrence through student internships, athletic sponsorships, and community collaborations. She holds degrees in English, journalism, and interior design. Anna enjoys the silent sports, like skiing, kayaking, reading, eating, and antiquing.


Ariela Rosa
Ariela Rosa

Assistant Director of Corporate, Foundation and Sponsored Research Support
Campus Phone: 920-832-7446
Campus Address: Wilson House Room 304 Development

Ariela earned her Bachelor of Arts in English with a history minor from Lawrence before joining the grants team in 2016. You may recognize her from her previous position as the temporary writer and editor in our communications department. While Ariela is new to the world of grants, she can help faculty through all steps of the grants process, from developing project ideas to submitting proposals, managing awards, and everything in between. She also looks forward to building, maintaining, and strengthening partnerships with corporations, government funders, foundations, and community leaders. Ariela has been delving into crafts lately and has learned some neat sewing tricks.  


Lissette Jimenez
Lissette Jimenez

Grants and Special Gifts Coordinator
Campus Phone: 920-832-6764
Campus Address: Wilson House Room 305 Development

The grants team was delighted to welcome Lissette to the grants team in 2015. They knew they had found the perfect fit when the phrase "state and federal regulations" failed to make her even blink! With almost a decade of experience administering state and county social service programs, Lissette coordinates restricted fund and grant management compliance at Lawrence, while also serving as a point of contact for grants information and events. Lissette enjoys spending time with family and friends and is passionate about education, helping others through volunteering and giving back to her local community. Fluent in English and Spanish, she was born in Guatemala and raised in Chicago; she considers herself a closet Packer fan.


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