August 2022

iTHRIV Under the Microscope


Kayla Calvo

Kayla Calvo is the Director of Finance for iTHRIV, working to ensure the needs of the organization and the researchers iTHRIV supports are met. On a typical day Kayla handles a large variety of accounting and grant administration responsibilities. She is also known to drop everything to support a fellow research administrator with submitting a funding proposal; all of which she handles with grace and professionalism.


Kayla joined UVA in 2014 as a temp to reorganize the Division of Infectious Disease’s financial documents. It was during this time that she was first introduced to research administration. A year and a half later, while working as an Administrative Assistant within the Department of Medicine, Kayla advanced to a new role as a Grants and Contracts Specialist within the Department of Medicine. Through this position she gained valuable experience working closely with investigators and managing a variety of different types of grants. Kayla joined the iTHRIV team in 2019.

Aside from her day to day role, Kayla is passionate about supporting her fellow Research Administrators and has taken the initiative to create RAPTR, the Research Administration  Program for Training and Resources. The goal of RAPTR is to increase the knowledge base of the research administration workforce by creating training programs, providing tools and resources, and standardizing research administration processes. The newest program in RAPTR is RAMP UP, Research Administration Mentoring Program University Partnership. Kayla is truly excited about the potential for this unique new program and is grateful to iTHRIV for giving her this platform. RAMP UP is currently a pilot program and is a partnership with the School of Medicine Office of Grants and Contracts and the UVA Office of Sponsored Program.


When Kayla is not ensuring fiscal compliance, providing mentorship, or assisting researchers with the complexities of grants funding, she enjoys baking and spending time with her husband and two children!

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