Contact Information and Areas of Responsibility

CRESST II Central       Management Council       Partner Admin      


CRESST Central Hours of Operations: Monday to Friday, 8:00 am - 5 pm

Leland Cheyne

CRESST II Program Manager

Building 28 W-268


Phone: 301-286-9563

Mr. Cheyne is the Program Manager for the CRESST II Cooperative Agreement. He is the primary point of contact between the five CRESST II partner organizations and NASA/GSFC. He is responsible for administrative, financial, and day to day on-site operations.

He is the primary point of contact for the visitor program, requests for travel, CRESST II meetings, conferences, seminars, and consultants.

Erica Benton-Harrison

CRESST II Finance Manager

Building 28 W-268


Phone: 301-286-8370

Ms. Benton-Harrison is responsible for producing the CRESST II annual task budgets and consolidating the partner financial reports. She works with RAs and the CATO to get new tasks approved, and coordinates responses to financial queries.

Varada (Vivi) Vaiyda

Science Support Manager

Building 28 W-270


Phone: 301-286-7335

Ms. Vivi is the main point of contact for CRESST II employee on-boarding (e.g., badge applications/renewals and IT access). Her primary duties are to provide CRESST II orientations to new scientists and students, assist with scientist proposals, generally maintaining proactive communicatons with scientific staff, record-keeping, quality control over problem resolution, and CRESST II website updates.

Katherine (Katie) McKee

Career Development Manager

Building 28 W-272


Phone: 301-286-3063
Fax: 301-286-1681

Ms. McKee supports early career scientists through managing the Postdoc and Post-bacc Program and assists the Special Programs Manager with the Summer Internship Program. She also manages the scientist recruitment process and tracks government furnished equipment.

Aaliyah Kerr

Special Programs Manager

Building 28 W-268


Phone: 301-286-7780

Ms. Kerr is the manager of CRESST II Special Programs and is the main point of contact for workshops and meetings, travel reimbursements, consultants, and other activities that require a special programs task. She will also be taking on the internship program.

Keyerra Owens

Administrative Assistant

Building 28 W-272


Phone: 301-286-7583
Fax: 301-286-1681

Ms. Owens serves as the Program Administrative Assistant for CRESST II. She provides a variety of general program support including responding to inquiries, and collecting, assembling, and distributing information to our scientists from CRESST Central. She assists with formatting, proofreading, copying, and packaging both internal and external communication materials and reports. Additional duties include providing back up for the badging process, conducting quarterly publication searches and leading the CRESST Scientists of the Month initiative and LinkedIn Page. Ms. Owens joined CRESST II in December 2022.

Updated: 2023-Jun-05

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