Grants & Contracts Accounting Office

1555 Poydras Street, Suite 805
Mailbox #8711
New Orleans, LA 70112

Staff Contacts and Services

Staff Contacts

Tanya Stevens-O'Rourke
Assistant Controller, Grants and Compliance
504-865-5581 - Main Line
862-8000, ext. 2793- Direct Line

Lori Rigby
Associate Director
ext. 2773

Lanissa Grogan-Stewart
Senior Accountant
ext. 2610

John Collins
Accountant III
ext. 2699

Gail Lassair
Accountant III
ext. 8337

Maggie Liang
Accountant II

Barbara Harris
Administrative Assistant

Ray Busche
Systems Specialist

Nicole LaBranche
Accountant III
ext. 2797

Joni Bran
Senior Accountant

Crystal Hebert
Accountant III

Jessica Bourne
Systems Analyst Financial

Michelle Huber
Systems Analyst


The Office of Grants and Contracts Accounting is dedicated to serving the post-award needs of investigators and departmental administrators by providing a post-award accounting function for all awards received by the University. The office is responsible for establishing accounts for new awards in the University accounting system, entering the appropriate budget and overhead information for each award, and preparing all billing and financial reporting as required by the sponsoring agency. Assistance is provided to investigators and administrators on issues such as allowability of costs, availability of funds, cost sharing, and general information regarding accounting and costing policies. Other areas of responsibility include grants and contracts accounts receivable, award closeout, record retention, and coordination of the annual federal audit.

Grants and Contracts Accounting follows a cradle-to-grave management concept, in which one accountant is responsible for an award from inception to closeout. This practice of using a single point of contact eliminates uncertainty and provides a consistent relationship between the investigator and the office. However, any staff member can offer assistance in the absence of the department's assigned accountant.

If you have any questions, or would like to speak to someone about your award(s), please feel free to call, e-mail, or just drop by the office. Someone will be happy to assist you.