About RCSA

Staff

Daniel Linzer
President & CEO

Daniel Linzer

Daniel Linzer became the President of Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) on October 1, 2017, after serving on the faculty and in the administration of Northwestern University.

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Daniel Gasch
Chief Financial Officer

Daniel Gasch

Daniel Gasch has been the Chief Financial Officer of Research Corporation for Science Advancement since 2001.

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Silvia Ronco, Ph.D.
Senior Program Director

Silvia Ronco, Ph.D.

Silvia Ronco came to Research Corporation in September 2003 from the University of South Dakota where she was professor of chemistry.

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Richard Wiener, Ph.D.
Senior Program Director

Richard Wiener, Ph.D.

Richard Wiener began working as a program officer at Research Corporation in September 2006. From 1995-2006 he was a physics professor at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon and Chair of the Division of Natural Sciences from 2004-2006.

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Gail Craig-Jager, CPA
Financial Administrator

Gail Craig-Jager, CPA

Gail Craig-Jager joined RCSA with responsibilities in accounting and human resources. She has over 25 years in financial management including experience in higher education administration at Furman University and the University of Arizona. She holds a B.A. in economics and business administration from Furman University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Arizona.

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Lisa Jo Kastigar
Executive Assistant to the President

Lisa Jo Kastigar

Lisa Jo Kastigar has supported chief executive officers and boards of directors for more than 25 years, most recently at the University of Arizona Health Network Hospital Systems. She holds a B.A. degree with a dual major in English and journalism. Ms. Kastigar joined RCSA in December of 2015.

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Senior Program Assistant

Kathleen Eckert

Kathleen Eckert comes to RCSA with broad experience, including administrative duties in several nonprofit organizations as well as consulting, civil engineering, law, publishing, and investment firms. She has served as an executive assistant to a director of development, as well as an executive secretary, a legal secretary and in various support roles. She is familiar with legal, architectural and engineering terminology, and has specialized in managing communications and correspondence with top executives in overseas corporations, including Japan and Great Britain.

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Thomas Kennedy Goodenow, B.S.
Director of Information Technology

Thomas Kennedy Goodenow, B.S.

Mr. Goodenow is the Director of Information Technology and has been with RCSA since 2003. He provides leadership, direction, and management of all technology systems at RCSA. His responsibilities include managing the network, servers, desktops/laptops, mobile technologies, voice and data telecommunications, and the grant management system. He holds a BS in electrical engineering technology from Michigan Technological University.

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Dan Huff, J.D.
Communications Director

Dan Huff, J.D.

Mr. Huff has been with RCSA since 2007. He has reported and written on a wide variety of topics for newspapers, magazines, broadcast TV news, video productions, websites and social media. He has also ghostwritten speeches and journalistic commentary and has produced advertising copy for both print and video. He is an avid photographer. He holds a J.D. degree from the University of Arizona.

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Kylie Johnson
Event Coordinator

Kylie Johnson

Kylie Johnson comes from a background of event planning and hospitality. She has an associate’s degree in interior design and a certificate in wedding planning. She has worked at various resorts including Walt Disney World, and as an assistant wedding planner.

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Debra Keiser
Program Assistant, Post-Award Coordinator

Debra Keiser

Debra Keiser is responsible for overseeing the general operations of the office and processing post-awards. She has office management experience and has most recently worked with the University of Arizona Foundation/Leadership Giving, Board and Donor Engagement Department. For more than 30 years she has assisted executives in marketing, financial, property management, educational, private foundations and non-profit organizations. Debra brings effective processing, communication, and organizational skills to RCSA.

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