Administrative Support Staff

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Administrative Support Staff

August 2022

138 Curtiss Hall

ALISON PARKER, executive assistant to the Dean. Assists the Dean with scheduling, projects, named positions, faculty advancement, university awards and administrative searches.

Phone: 294-3830    FAX:    294-6800


132 Curtiss Hall


JULIE ROBERTS, administrative specialist; provides administrative and fiscal support to the Associate Dean/ANR Director, ANR field specialists and ANR campus staff. Phone/data coordinator for Curtiss Hall.

Phone: 294-7801   FAX:  294-5174


CALS Budget and Finance

133 Curtiss Hall

FAX: 294-5174


JORDAN GILLESPIE, budget and finance director; provides fiscal administrative leadership and support in the operation of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station, the college, and ANR Extension. Oversees the preparation and financial management of the CALS, AES, and ANR EXT budgets, pre- and post-award administration of the college's sponsored funding, financial management of international operations, and college human resources.

Phone:   294-2123        FAX:    294-8716


MICHELE ROGERS, accountant; responsible for developing and overseeing the college budget (701/704-01-XX). Reviews Goldsheets for college approval; approves P-card purchases. Prepares the annual FAEIS report. Computes and allocates Student Computer Fees to departments. Cross-trained to provide backup to the human resource areas; approves purchase requisitions for Ag Administration accounts. EASE form coordination for administration. Reviews and approves special course fees for college. Assists on special projects.

Phone:  294-6455   E-mail:

JANET BRODIE, accountant; approves proposal budgets and advises faculty on pre-and post-award compliance issues, completes invoicing and assists in preparation of extension requests and budget modification requests for the Iowa Soybean Association awards, works on the budget process for IAHEES, prepares financial reports for required federal reporting on USDA formula funds, and approves purchase requisitions for Ag Administration accounts.

Phone:  294-0875   E-mail:

KIM VO, accountant; reviews budget proposals and approves goldsheets for the college. Manages business services for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Works on special projects as assigned by the Director of the CALS Budget and Finance Office.

Phone: 294-8542    E-mail:

WENDY BORJA-DIAZ, accountant

Phone: 294-8331    E-mail:

CALS Human Resources Service Team

209 Curtiss Hall, FAX: 294-5174



209 Curtiss Hall      Phone: 294-9978



209 Curtiss Hall      Phone: 294-8074



209 Curtiss Hall      Phone: 294-7248


JERI DERRIG, Staff Recruiting Specialist

2121 State Ave.    Phone:  294-3195


CARES Pre-Award Team

College of Agriculture [and Life Sciences] Research Excellence Support



ÁSRÚN KRISTMUNDSDÓTTIR, CALS Research Development Lead and Director of the CARES PreAward team

139E Curtiss Hall     Phone: 294-8842


KENDRA LEE, PreAward Coordinator; primary support for NREM and HORT

Phone: 294-6199    E-mail:      

KERRI BILSTEN, PreAward Coordinator; primary support for ANSC

Phone: 294-1427      E-mail: 

LISA STEPHANY, PreAward Coordinator; primary support for ECON, CARD, and SOCCJ

Phone: 294-6175    E-mail:  

MANDY VOYEK, PreAward Coordinator; primary support for PPEM, interim support for AGEDS and GDCB

Phone 294-8022       E-mail: 

MICHELLE MILLER PreAward Coordinator;  support for AGRON

Phone 294-1277       E-mail: 

SETH WILMES, PreAward Coordinator; primary support for ABE

Phone: 294-5164   E-mail:

SHANNA SPEER, PreAward Coordinator; primary support for FSHN and CCUR

Phone: 294-9798   E-mail:


Career Services

15 Curtiss Hall

MIKE GAUL, career services director; serves as the coordinator of Career Services activities for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Audiences worked with include undergraduate and graduate students in the college of Agriculture and Life Sciences, college faculty with special emphasis on faculty advisors, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumni, and employers of our graduates. Specific elements of the position include developing programs that serve all of the above mentioned audiences.

Programs with special emphasis include Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Day, Iowa State University CyHire tool, career-related seminars, and other programs for students to assist them in: a) resume preparation, b) interview skills, and c) job search strategies. Promote on-campus visits by employers seeking employees for full-time and summer employment. Work with alumni who are in the process of changing employment or are considering a significant career change. Target employers not familiar with Iowa State University to consider Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students for their personnel needs. Publicize career opportunities available in agricultural and life sciences areas to potential students.

Phone:   294-4725         FAX:    294-9477     E-mail:

LOIS BENNING, administrative specialist; coordinates all aspects of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Services Office including arranging and executing company interviews; maintenance of CyHire system; updating office website; management of work study students; coordinating CALS Career Day annually; handling purchasing and budget. Curtiss Hall key coordinator.

Phone:   294-4725        FAX:    294-9477      E-mail:

 Communication Services

304 Curtiss Hall

ANDY ZEHR, director of college relations; provides leadership for internal and external relations in support of programs and goals of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station. Advises administrators, faculty and staff on communications and public relations issues and strategies, and oversees the operation of Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service.

Phone:  294-9123     E-mail:

WHITNEY BAXTER, communications specialist; works on internal and external information and public relations projects for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station. Writes, edits and coordinates the college administration website, news releases, publications, exhibits, video and other communications projects. Works with news reporters, providing information on college activities and sources for public relations issues. Advises and consults with faculty and staff on communications and public relations issues.

Phone:  294-2314     E-mail:

MADELYN OSTENDORF, communications specialist

Phone: 294-8892  E-mail:

ANN Y. ROBINSON, science writer and communications specialist; covers research stories and projects for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Iowa Nutrient Research Center. Writes news releases and feature stories, edits and coordinates administration of the INRC website, social media and outreach. Assists with other CALS webpages, videos, publications and communication projects. Advises and consults with faculty and staff on communications issues and opportunities.

Phone:  294-3066       E-mail:

JULIE STEWART, communications specialist; internal communications, including editor of the weekly CALS Online faculty-staff newsletter; financial and administrative management for the Communications Service. Creates and manages digital photo database. Provides support for communications and alumni programs, including database management and financial accounts.

Phone: 294-5616  E-mail:

ANGIE WEEKS, events planner

Phone: 294-0705  E-mail:

CALS Development

310 Curtiss Hall


SARAH ROELFS, executive director

Phone:  294-1031     FAX: 294-6613


MICHELLE BLAIR, associate director of development

Phone:  515-370-3778     FAX: 294-6613


CAROL ELLIOTT, senior development coordinator

Phone:  294-7677     FAX: 294-6613


MICHAELA VAN DE BERG, development coordinator

Phone:  294-4153     FAX: 294-6613


ANNIKA HOLTZBAUER, development assistant

Phone:  294-9294     FAX: 294-6613


CALS Office of Partnerships

33 Curtiss Hall

RAY KLEIN, director. Create and nurture public-private partnerships of all kinds that result in new investors in CALS programs and new revenues that help fulfill the college's vision.

Phone: 294-3303    Email:  

Global Programs

0018 Curtiss Hall

SHELLEY TAYLOR, director; manages day-to-day operations and serves as financial manager of the CALS Global Programs office, oversees project and financial management of funded grants/agreements, and provides overall leadership of global agriculture programs.


SUE FINESTEAD, account specialist; initiates payments, travel reimbursements, purchasing transactions, personnel actions, and maintains databases and website for CALS Study Abroad and Global Programs. Assists Associate Dean of Academic/Global Programs with international travel arrangements and other projects as assigned.


JOSIE SIX, fiscal officer, Global Programs; associate director, Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods.


JODI CORNELL, director, CALS Study Abroad, Exchange Coordinator. Assists in program development and maintenance for undergraduate study and work abroad programs including travel courses, exchanges and work abroad programs. Includes planning, directing and evaluating College of Agriculture and Life Sciences student study abroad programs, recruiting students and processing applications.


VISHA ARUMUGAM, program assistant, CALS Study Abroad; provides professional support and leadership in Global Programs, CALS Study Abroad office. Assists in program development and maintenance for undergraduate study abroad programs including travel courses. Manages scholarships and program evaluations and study abroad visitors.


JESSICA BOERTJE, program assistant, CALS Study Abroad; provides professional support and leadership in advising students for undergraduate study and work abroad programs including travel courses, exchange and work abroad programs.


NICOLE HURLBURT, communications specialist, CALS Study Abroad and Global Programs: provides communication support in creating and implementing communication and marketing plans along with website management and developing promotional materials CALS Study Abroad and Global Programs. Coordinates non-grant funded visitor requests and itinerary plans for non-grant funded visitors. Writes publications highlighting students, faculty and staff through CALS Study Abroad and visitors through Global Programs.


Research Farms

103 Curtiss Hall

TIM GOODE, farms manager; supervises and manages farm operations for research farms that are located across the state which includes crops, livestock, machinery, equipment, and buildings.

PHONE: 294-1608            FAX:  294-6210


TERRI ARNOLD, administrative specialist; provides accounting, fiscal, budget, and audit support for all research farms, Committee for Agricultural Development, and ISU Ag Endowment.

Phone:   294-1719               FAX:    294-4621


Student Services

20 Curtiss Hall

HOWARD TYLER, Assistant Dean for Student (Undergraduate and Graduate) Services and Success; provides administrative leadership to outcomes assessment, learning communities, new student orientation, student recruitment and retention, serves on the University Recruitment Committee, the University Registration and Classification Committee, the University Academic Advising Committee, the college Academic Affairs Committee, the college Curriculum Committee, and the college Student Affairs Committee. His other college responsibilities include serving as academic advisor for all the Agriculture Exploration (undecided) students and reviewing and taking action on requests for exceptions to University policies regarding undergraduate registration and degree requirements. He is a professor in the Animal Science Department.  He teaches AgEdS 110C, orientation for new students.

Phone:   294-2766               FAX:    294-2844


ANDY ZEHR, program coordinator; develops and implements college level undergraduate marketing and recruitment programs. Responsible for direct marketing to students and those who influence them, collaborating on recruitment and marketing communications and leading efforts for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in a recruitment program targeting prospective students (first time and transfer), parents, alumni, academic units, faculty, cooperative extension, educators and specialists, business/industry collaborators, high school teachers and counselors, community colleges, and the university office of admissions. Works with university and college administration and faculty to determine and implement innovative strategies for student recruitment and college marketing.

Phone:   294-9123               FAX:    294-2844


JUSTIN ROBERSON, Retention Coordinator

Phone:  294-6828


ESPERANZA MOOTHART, Student Services Specialist

Phone:  294-1701



Phone: 294-4875  E-mail:

DAVID ROSS, half-time record analyst, updates and maintains the degree audit system for AgLS. Reviews audit adjustment requests using established policies and guidelines to determine course eligibility for university and college requirements.  Enters approved adjustments in the degree audit system. Represents AgLS on the DARS Steering Committee. Evaluates degree audit processes and makes recommendations for changes when needed. Enters curriculum changes in ADIN. Assists with orientation and convocation; runs queries on the universityÕs student database; sends out mass emails to students in the college; assists students with schedule changes.
Phone:    294-2879              FAX:    294-2844


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Phone: 294-5015  E-mail:

MARCY CHEVILLE, administrative specialist

Phone: 294-2555  E-mail: