Administrative Support Staff

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Administrative Support Staff

June 2020

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


138 Curtiss Hall

 CARLA PERSAUD, administrative assistant to the Senior Associate Dean. Assists the Senior Asociate Dean with scheduling and projects. Facilitates CALS Center/Institute Director meetings and New Faculty Orientation schedule. Also provides programmatic assistant as requested to the Assistant Dean for Diversity and the CALS ADVANCE Equity Advisor.

Phone: 294-1823   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


 JOSIE SIX, budget and finance director and associate director for the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods; 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:   294-8920        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:

LORI OH, accountant; focus on the extension side of the college. Works with the Associate Dean of ANR Extension to budget, track financials and approve spending on ANR Extension accounts. Assists 40 ANR Field Specialists with invoicing and finance-related questions. Completes special projects as given by the Director of the CALS Budget and Finance Office.

Phone:  294-7661     E-mail:

LYNN LAWS, Research Program Coordinator for the Agriculture Experiment Station (AES). Responsible for AES reports to USDA/NIFA. Assists faculty with their AES project reports, providing assistance with science writing that demonstrates the public value of their research. Answers questions regarding AES research project policies and procedures.

Phone:  294-4544    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

139 Curtiss Hall, FAX: 294-5174


139C Curtiss Hall   Phone: 294-2517



139A Curtiss Hall  Phone: 294-8074


ROBYN DAVIS, HR Coordinator

139E Curtiss Hall      Phone: 294-9138


BECKY GREEN, HR Coordinator

139B Curtiss Hall      Phone: 294-6367


LORA SOCIA, HR Coordinator

1012 Communications Bldg   Phone: 294-3058


BETSY HAPPE, Staff Recruiting Specialist

2121 State Ave.      Phone:  294-8646

E-mail:  betsykh@iastate/edu

CARES Pre-Award Team

College of Agriculture [and Life Sciences] Research Excellence Support



ASRUN KRISTMUNDSDOTTIR, Director of the CARES PreAward team and CALS Research Development Lead

209 Curtiss Hall     Phone: 294-8842


MANDY VOYEK, PreAward coordinator; suport for AGEDS and CALS

209 Curtiss Hall      Phone 294-8022


KERRI BILSTEN, PreAward coordinator; support for ANSC

Phone: 294-1427      E-mail:

KENDRA LEE, PreAward coordinator; support for NREM and HORT

Phone: 294-6199     E-mail:

LISA STEPHANY, PreAward coordinator; support for ECON, CARD, and SOC

Phone: 294-6175    E-mail:

WENLI SU, PreAward coordinator; support for ABE

Phone: 294-5164    E-mail:

JULIE WEBB, PreAward coordinator; support for FSHN

Phone: 294-9166    E-mail:

KELLY YOHNKE, PreAward coordinator; support for PLPM and ENT

Phone: 294-2420    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 advisers, 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

MELEA REICKS LICHT, interim director of college relations & director of alumni 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.

Alumni relations - serves as the editor of STORIES, a twice-a-year alumni magazine, and STORIES Online, a monthly alumni e-newsletter. Coordinates communications and events to engage college alumni. Co-manages social media efforts for the college and publicizes and oversees alumni awards and events. Advises and consults with faculty and staff on communications issues, especially as it relates to alumni relations.

Phone: 294-8892    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: 

BARBARA McBREEN, communications specialist; specializes in feature stories, video communications, photography and works on marketing projects for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station. Writes and edits feature stories, news releases, online content, publications, exhibits and videos. She also works with media to provide content, sources and information on college activities and advises and consults with faculty and staff on marketing and media opportunities.

Phone:   294-0707        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:

HALEY COOK, assistant director of alumni relations and events. Organizes and implements events specific to college and alumni engagement; coordinates CALS young alumni program, Curtiss League. Co-manages social media efforts and assists with college communications efforts.  Advises and consults with faculty and staff on event management and marketing initiatives. 

Phone:  294-0705         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:                                                   

CALS Development

310 Curtiss Hall


SARAH ROELFS, interim senior director. CALS development team works closely with the dean, department heads, center directors and faculty to identify prospects, prepare proposals, and to develop strategies when calling on potential donors. This includes prospect research and cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors.   
Phone:    294-1031     FAX:    294-6613

BRANDON MUMM, assistant director of development

Phone:  294-1617     FAX: 294-6613


BOBBI SMITH, director of development                                                                                              
Phone: 294-1118      FAX: 294-6613

ALYSSA RUTT, assistant director of development

Phone: 294-9328      FAX: 294-6613


NICK VAN BERKUM, associate director of development

Phone: 294-9332      FAX: 294-6613

CAROL ELLIOTT, Senior Development Coordinator

Phone: 294-7677     FAX: 294-6613


KELSEY RUTZEN, development assistant

Phone: 294-4153           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.


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

MARK HONEYMAN, director of Iowa State research farms and Associate Dean. Overall administration and coordination of research farms that are located in Central Iowa and across the state of Iowa that serve the entire College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Handles ag land acquisitions, sales, easements, etc. Also serves as executive director for college affiliates, ISU Agricultural Endowment and Committee for Ag Development. Serves as ISU liason to eight regional research farm associations.

Phone:   294-4621               FAX:    294-6210


SALLY MEDFORD, secretary; provides secretarial support for coordinator and farms manager, coordinates annual progress reports for research and demonstration farms, responsible for processing payroll and personnel procedures.

Phone:   294-5045               FAX:    294-6210


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; 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 adviser 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


ELIZABETH MARTINEZ-PODOLSKY, Director of Multicultural Student Sucess

Phone:  294-1701


AUDREY KENNIS, Retention Coordinator

Phone:  294-2844


BETH FOREMAN, student services specialist; is responsible for coordinating special recruitment events and prospective student campus visits and tours for both individuals and groups. The position also helps manage the recruiting and marketing message content for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Beth serves as the advisor for the student ambassadors, and manages the risk management processes for those events. Beth is a member of the university recruitment committee and the college recruitment committee.

Phone:   294-4548               FAX:    294-2844



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

TIM CAREY, program assistant; works with undergraduate students from the time they are prospective until they enroll for their first semester. Responsible for managing all recruitment and marketing communications targeted toward prospective students, and their family members. Also, manages all of the college level orientation activities and represents CALS on the University Orientation Committee. Develops and manages processes to track and Serve APP students and their ISU CALS academic advisers.

Phone:   294-2766               FAX:    294-2844



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