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Anna Darrell

Director of Operations

adarrell@umn.edu | 612-624-7747

Anna is responsible for providing strategic direction for the college and ensuring the academic vision is supported operationally. Contact Anna with operational and administrative questions, as well as, CBS awards/recognition, scholarships, policy, task forces, and governance.

Shannon Langenfeld

Executive Assistant

lang1506@umn.edu| 612-624-2244

Shannon is the executive assistant to the dean and associate deans. Contact Shannon with questions about the dean's calendar, scheduling appointments, and administrative questions.


Reede Webster

John Curry

Development Officer
jcurry@umn.edu | 612-624-4770

Logan Miller

Advancement Associate and Campaign Logistics Coordinator

Lyndsay Stevens

Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Manager

Facilities and finance

Elizabeth (Liz) Eull

Director of Finance and Facilities

eullx001@umn.edu | 612-624-3207

Liz, in her role as Director of Finance and Facilities, has responsibility for overseeing the broad spectrum of financial and facility-related matters for the college. She works closely with the dean and college leadership to advance the college's mission and support the faculty, staff, and students of CBS. Her work is in turn supported by the staff that makes up the college's finance and facility teams.  

Christina Kramer

Facilities Manager

clkramer@umn.edu | 612-624-2918

Christina oversees CBS’ diverse portfolio of facilities, including administrative, office, teaching, and research spaces.  She works with CBS Departments to develop collegiate policies and procedures regarding facilities. Additionally, she advocates on behalf of CBS faculty, researchers, and administrators by acting as the CBS liaison to UMN Facilities Management. Christina represents the college during major renovation projects within CBS spaces. Please contact Christina with autoclave issues on the St. Paul campus.

Juli Pelletier

Finance Manager/Cluster Director

pelle003@umn.edu | 612-624-8728

Juli serves as cluster director for the CBS St. Paul campus departments and as finance team manager. Please contact Juli for help with policy and budget issues.

Amy Angel


angel188@umn.edu | 612-301-1147

Amy is responsible for setting up and maintaining BioTechnology Institute non-sponsored accounts. This includes internal faculty awards, sales accounts, graduate student spending accounts, and UROP awards for BTI. She also reconciles procurement cards for BTI. Contact Amy with questions regarding non-sponsored account setup and balances, procurement cards, and department deposits for BTI.

Kay Biermaier


bierm003@umn.edu | 612-625-6756

Kay serves as a procurement specialist, receiving and reviewing requests for changes to or cancellation of orders, overseeing CPS and amendment processes and controls, and processing receiving information for assets.  Additionally, Kay processes journal entries for the CBS cluster, and handles expense reimbursements and departmental deposits. Contact Kay with questions regarding procurement requests, errors, expeditions; expense reimbursements; historical salary adjustments.

Lori Nicol

Accountant II

l-nico@umn.edu | 612-625-2781

Lori serves faculty in pre-award, and post-award grant management assisting in grant proposal preparation to grant close-out. Additionally, Lori assists in faculty and graduate student payroll, effort certification and Check requests for REU’s and other participant payments. Contact Lori with questions regarding grant proposal preparation; status of grant and grant management; close-out of grants at project end; effort certification; REU/participant payments.

Launa Shun

Accountant II

shunx001@umn.edu | 612-624-6761

Launa serves as the departmental grant administrator for the Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. She is responsible for both the pre-award and post-award duties associated with sponsored projects. This includes assisting faculty, staff and students with proposal preparation, management of grants received, and the close out of those grants. Contact Launa with questions regarding proposal preparation (budgets, PRF routing, submission, etc.); status of grant (account setup, account balance, encumbrances, etc.); grant management issues (re-budgeting, requests to SPA or to the funding agency, interpretation of agency and University policies, etc.); close-out of the grant; effort certification; document approvals (Financial).

Taylor Utterberg



Taylor is responsible for setting up and maintaining EEB & Plant Biology non-sponsored accounts. This includes internal faculty awards, sales accounts, graduate student spending accounts, and UROP awards. She also reconciles procurement cards for both departments. Contact Taylor with questions regarding non-sponsored account set up and balances; procurement cards.

Human resources

Michael Huyen

Director of Human Resources 

huye0001@umn.edu | 612-624-2816

Timothy Kang

HR Generalist


Julia Sherbert

HR Generalist

cbshr@umn.edu | 612-624-7159

Marketing and Communications

Stephanie Xenos

Director of Marketing, Communications

sxenos@umn.edu | 612-624-8723

Lance Janssen

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

ljanssen@umn.edu | 612-624-0774

Adara Taylor

Science Communications Specialist


Research and Learning Technologies

Michael Waltonen

Director of Technology

waltonen@umn.edu | 612-625-0961

Mike leads the Research & Learning Technology group. He works with faculty and leadership to ensure his team maintains a relevant service portfolio.

Kalli Binkowski

Academic Technology Coordinator

kbink@umn.edu | 612-624-0641

Kalli works with instructors to support their course technology needs, anticipate and explore how technology should be applied to CBS instructional practices and strategies, and manage learning technology projects. Contact Kalli about technology projects; adapting curriculum to use new technology; or coordinating University resources for instructional projects.

Tom Kautz

Technical Analyst

tjkautz@umn.edu | 612-626-8126

Tom works with faculty and staff to define and manage technology projects for research, teaching, or administrative activities. He also manages functionality and design changes to the college website. Contact Tom with questions about technology projects, the CBS website, and using drones for research.

Chris Lee


chrislee@umn.edu | 612 626-9641

Chris manages web development, the CBS website back end, projects involving Drupal and workflow projects. He also helps with research hardware support. Contact Chris for assistance with web development, the CBS website or managing workflow projects. 

Evan Peterson

Instructional Technologist

evanp@umn.edu | 612-301-1879

Evan provides support and guidance on the use of technology in CBS courses and the creation of surveys. Contact Evan for help with using learning technologies such as Moodle, student polling (e.g. iClicker, Tophat), or multimedia; finding learning technology for a course; or using University survey tools.

Vlad Vladykin

Software Developer

vladykin@umn.edu | 612 301-1558

Vlad works with faculty and staff to design, implement and troubleshoot software solutions for various research projects. He also manages several databases.

Rachel Swansen


swansen@umn.edu | 612 301-1283

Rachel works with faculty and staff to provide technical support for their research equipment and other general technology needs. Contact her if you need assistance with or advice about your research equipment. Rachel can also point you in the right direction if you are unsure of which member of our team can help you with your latest technology projects or issues.