Congratulations to the 2010 Inspiring Change Leadership Award Recipients

Sonia Barragan

Associate Director

Research Management Group

Sonia has been at Stanford since 1995, when she started in the Department of Psychiatry Sleep Disorders Center as an Administrative Assistant, and then served as a Data Aide and a Financial Analyst. In 2000 she moved to the Research Management Group (RMG) as a Research Process Manager Associate. Within only a year she was promoted to Research Process Manager and in 2009 she was promoted to Associate Director.

Sonia strives for excellence and has made extraordinary contributions to RMG and the SoM. She was instrumental in RMG's efforts to support SoM faculty with the submission of 500+ grant proposals in response to the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding opportunities. Sonia successfully coordinated the transition of RMG's grant files from paper to electronic (over 1-million pieces of paper). She designed and implemented the RMG Log of proposal and award transactions to monitor workload, develop metrics, and provide departments with the ability to track status of their transactions. She is playing a significant role in the development and implementation of the University's new research administration system, SeRA.

Sonia handles all her responsibilities with dedication and integrity. She approaches challenges with patience and grace even in stressful situations. She is considerate of her staff and customer's needs and is helpful and responsive. Her communication style is clear and thoughtful. Sonia ALWAYS has a smile on her face. She is truly an exceptional manager and person and represents RMG and the SoM at its finest!

Nancy Lonhart

Associate Director and Administrative Manager


Nancy Lonhart has led change and innovation within two research centers, the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research (PCOR) and the Center for Health Policy (CHP) by fulfilling the spirit of the "Inspiring Change Leadership" award activities (implementing new processes, systems, organizational structures, or operating paradigms) and goals (transformative improvements in service, efficiency, value, effectiveness, outcome, or satisfaction). The centers' scope is quite large and complex, with relationships within the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics, across the university, the Stanford Center for Longevity, Economics, Management Science and Engineering, Stanford Institute for Economics and Policy Research, and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.  Nancy Lonhart joined the centers in July of 2007, before which she served the University as administrative services manager for the Department of Anthropological Sciences in the School of Humanities and Sciences.

Her responsibilities at PCOR and CHP include administrative and financial oversight, strategic planning, grants/contracts management, and staff supervision.  During her tenure, the centers have grown and so have her responsibilities. She has led her administrative team to work efficiently, as a service-oriented support group with an eye on the large picture of making significant research and educational contributions within the School of Medicine, Stanford as a whole and to the needs of the health care delivery system nationally and internationally.  Nancy inspires others through her hard work, good cheer, professionalism, and belief in those around her. She has a knack for planting seeds and helping others to be more effective in their jobs. Her deep commitment to scholarship and health care motivates everyone around her.