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Dean's Office Staff

The Dean's Office provides support to CBS faculty, staff and students through Advancement and Communications efforts, Finance, Facilities, Human Resources and Research and Learning Technologies.


Andrea BackesAndrea Backes

Chief Administrative Officer

| 612-624-3207

As chief administrative officer, Andrea is responsible for creation and oversight of the collegiate budget in addition to CBS Human Resources. Additionally, she analyzes financial, student, space and human resources data to inform strategic decision making. Contact Andrea with questions about budget issues and data requests.


Anna Cullen

Executive Assistant to the Dean | 612-624-7747  

Anna Cullen is executive assistant to the dean and is responsible for administrative support to the Dean and Associate Deans, as well as management of front office staff and operations. Contact Anna with questions about the dean's calendar, scheduling appointments and administrative questions.

Kristal Leebrick

Kristal Leebrick

Executive Office & Administrative Assistant| 612-624-2244

Kristal Leebrick is executive office and administrative assistant to David Greenstein, Associate Dean for Research; Clarence Lehman, Special Advisor to the Dean; John Ward, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education; and Marlene Zuk, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs.



Reede WebsterReede Webster

Chief Advancement Officer | 612-624-9460

Reede Webster oversees the College of Biological Sciences Advancement Team, which includes Alumni and External Relations, Development and Communications and Marketing. Reede works with donors and alumni to cultivate support for the College. Please contact Reede if you would like to discuss giving options, scholarship and fellowship support, or engagement opportunities.

Stephanie XenosStephanie Xenos

Director of Marketing, Communications and External Relations

| 612-624-8723

Stephanie Xenos manages the college's communications and marketing efforts. She works closely with units and departments to develop print and digital communications, and develop strategic communications and marketing plans. Contact Stephanie about new research and story ideas for collegiate publications; university and college branding guidelines; news releases and media relations; videography, photography and creative resources.

John CurryJohn Curry

Development Officer | 612-624-4770

John oversees programs and pathways for alumni, friends and donor participation that provide tangible benefits and advance the goals of the College of Biological Sciences. Feel free to contact John regarding alumni and giving opportunities. 

Lance JanssenLance Janssen

Senior Communications and Marketing Specialist

| 612-624-0774

Lance Janssen works with CBS Student Services and University Admissions to develop marketing and communications to prospective and current students. He provides additional communications and marketing support for college-wide events such as commencement and the annual donor recognition dinner. Contact Lance for help with student-focused marketing materials; undergraduate student features; web analytics and metrics; social media.

Keegan CardaKeegan Carda

Advancement Associate


Keegan supports the College’s advancement efforts through donor stewardship and event planning. He works to build long term relationships with friends of the College and ensure donor and alumni recognition and engagement. Contact Keegan regarding donor stewardship, engagement opportunities and giving opportunities.

Gina Van Thomme

Communications Associate

 | 612-625-2247

Gina supports digital and email communication for CBS. Contact Gina for website and profile directory updates, submissions to the CBS news and events page and content for the undergraduate BioBlog email.


Christina KramerChristina Kramer

Facilities Manager | 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 PelletierJuli Pelletier

Finance Manager/Cluster Director

| 612-624-8728

Juli Pelletier 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 AngelAmy Angel

Accountant | 612-301-1147

Amy Angel 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 set up and balances, procurement cards and department deposits for BTI.

Kay BiermaierKay Biermaier

Accountant | 612-625-6756

Kay Biermaier 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, handles expense reimbursements and departmental deposits. Contact Kay with questions regarding procurement requests, errors, expeditions; expense reimbursements; historical salary adjustments.

Janet HopkinsJanet Hopkins

Executive Accounts Specialist

| 612-624-3648

Janet Hopkins processes invoices for the college. Additionally, she can assist with purchase requisitions as needed.  Contact Janet with questions regarding billing invoices; requisitions.

Lori NicolLori Nicol

Accountant II | 612-625-2781

Lori Nicol 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.

Nicole Schaub

Accountant | 612-624-6769

Nicole Schaub 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 Nicole with questions regarding non-sponsored account set up and balances; procurement cards.

Launa ShunLauna Shun

Accountant II | 612-624-6761

Launa Shun 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 grant; effort certification; document approvals (Financial).


Rachel KalaidisRachel Roach

HR Consultant | 612-624-4506

Rachel is responsible for managing the HR functions of the College of Biological Sciences such as employee/labor relations, workforce planning, guidelines for compensation, conflict management, and performance management. She is available for one-on-one consultation and training regarding HR policy, procedure, best practices and will, in consultation with the college/department administration, initiate and implement operational improvements and developmental training.

Kelsey CookKelsey Cook

HR Generalist | 612-626-5455

Kelsey welcomes all new CBS employees to the college with an orientation session. In addition, Kelsey is the initial contact for staff regarding general HR questions. She advises hiring supervisors on recruitment and hiring procedures and best practices, assists in the coordination of leave requests, and helps assure compliance with University HR and payroll policy.


Michael WaltonenMichael Waltonen

Director of Technology | 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 BinkowskiKalli Binkowski

Academic Technology Coordinator | 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 KautzTom Kautz

Technical Analyst | 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.


Evan PetersonEvan Peterson

Instructional Technologist | 612-301-1879

Evan provides support and guidance on the use of technology in CBS courses and 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.