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Administration and Staff

Office of the Director

Office of the Director

Name
Lolita Jenkins
Administrative Specialist
480-727-8987
Kenro Kusumi
Professor, Associate Dean and Director

Director of the School of Life Sciences and associate dean for strategic partnerships in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Kusumi's research focuses on vertebrate genomics.

480-965-9215
Life Sciences E-wing, Room 219, 427 E Tyler Mall
Christine Willett
Assistant to Director
Melissa Yubeta
Director, Fiscal & Business Operations

Directs the budgetary, human resources, and financial operations for The School of Life Sciecnes. Arizona State University employee since 1997.

480-965-8731
Life Sciences E-wing Room 223

Business Office

Business Office

Name
Catherine Ashmead
Business Operations Manager Sr.

Ashmead is the Business Operations Manager Sr. in School of life Sciences.

480-965-5428
School of Life Sciences MC 4501
Kristine England
Business Operations Specialist
Krista Hartrick
Business Ops Specialist Sr

Manages Workday, Travel, and iLab approvals. Monitors/oversees a variety of account expenditures and organizes/prepares departmental administrative and financial reports. Administers stipend/participant payment coordination.

Kayleen Lilly
Business Operations Specialist

Provides order placement and order follow up assistance. Responsible for, cash handling, supplier registration, and parking validations. Acts as department P-Card holder.

480-965-9119
LSE 222
Business Operations Specialist Sr
480-965-3577

ASU Center for Biology and Society

ASU Center for Biology and Society

Name
Karin Ellison
Clinical Professor

Ellison's research and teaching focus on research ethics and ethics education. She directs the School of Life Science Ethics Program, is an editor for the Online Ethics Center (onlineethics.org), and serves on the APPE board.

480-727-7111
LSC 270
Jane Maienschein
University Professor of History of Science; Regents, President's, and Parents Association Professor; Dir., Center for Biology and Society; Faculty Leader, Human Dimensions; Distinguished Sustainability Scientist

Maienschein and her team research embryology, genetics, and cell biology. She specializes in the history and philosophy of biology and the way biology, bioethics and bio-policy play out in society.

480-965-6105
LSC 284
Jessica Ranney
Assistant Director
480-965-5364
Life Science C-wing 284 BOX 873301

ASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes

ASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes

Name
Leah Gerber
Founding Director

Gerber aims to accelerate the success of biodiversity management and sustainable biodiversity outcomes by fostering relationships among academics and decision makers.

480-727-3109
LSA 212

Facilities

Facilities

Name
David Bello
Academic Facilities Specialist
Miguel Carrillo Dominguez
Academic Facilities Spec Sr
Christopher McAdams
Project Manager, Construction & Laboratory Operations SOLS Environmental Health and Safety Officer
480-965-9914
427 East Tyler Mall LSE 251
Kevin McGraw
Professor and SOLS Associate Director

McGraw is an integrative behavioral ecologist who primarily studies the colors of animals such as birds to understand the costs, benefits and evolution of visual signals.

480-965-5518
LSC 522
DREMUND POWELL
Health and Safety Officer
Judy Swartz
Asst Manager
480-727-6004
LSE 237

Graduate Office

Graduate Office

Name
Emilia Martins
Professor; Assoc. Director, Graduate Programs

Martins studies behavioral evolution by mapping the ancient history of lizard communication in the southwestern US and by studying how sensory systems impact social behavior in the biomedically-important zebrafish.

480-965-0864
School of Life Sciences 372 Life Sciences Building A
Kylie Burkholder
Graduate Support Coord
Christopher Ferneding
Graduate Program Student Service Support Coordinator
Wendi Simonson
Events/Admin Program Cdr
480-965-7490
LSA 184
Amanda Vigil
Manager Graduate Programs
480-965-4016

IT Support

IT Support

Name
James Lagnese
Systems Support Analyst (IT), CC Tempe Deskside Support

Born, raised, lived on Long Island almost forever, Iowa then Arizona.

480-965-7863
LSE B72 427 E Tyler Mall

Laboratory Coordinators

Laboratory Coordinators

Name
Anup Abraham
Laboratory Coordinator
R Armer
Laboratory Manager
480-965-9046
LSE B-70
Joanna Henry
Laboratory Coordinator
480-965-3317
LSA L1-90
Heather Hutcherson
Laboratory Coordinator
LSC L1-54 Basement Level of LSC
Kim Michel
Laboratory Coordinator
480-965-1653
LSC 226
Gary Tahmahkera
Laboratory Coordinator
480-965-4138
Office: School of Life Sciences E-wing LSE B19

Marketing and Communications

Marketing and Communications

Name
Carl Jimenez
Events/Admin Program Cdr
480-727-3617
Megan Joyce
Graphic Design Specialist
Samantha Lloyd
MultiMedia Specialist

A videographer in the VisLab working with departments across ASU to tell their stories in the most compelling and visually interesting way possible.

965-9167
LSE B60
Dominique Perkins
Marketing and Communications Manager
Jo Ramirez
Desktop Publishing Spec

Jo works to assist with the daily needs of designers in the production of creative work for both the School of Life Sciences and other departments while attending a rigorous curriculum toward a degree in Music Therapy.

480-965-8109
LSE B61
Jacob Sahertian
Dir Academic Media

Mr. Sahertian runs the VisLab, an ASU design studio offering a complete range of graphic, web and video design services for various marketing needs.

480-727-8743
LSE B58

Personnel Office

Personnel Office

Name
Susan Sapergia
Dept HR Manager
480-965-9299
Department HR Specialist
Mariana Maldonado
Department HR Specialist Sr

Primarily responsible for hiring post-doctorates, initiating visas (H1-B / J-1), hiring faculty associates/instructor renewals, process faculty teaching, and summer salary research/teaching. Special projects as assigned.

480-965-5574
School of Life Sciences  
Lisa Nuttall
Department HR Specialist
480-727-8319

Research Advancement

Research Advancement

Name
Charlotte Bowens
Research Advancement Manager
Elena Davis
Research Advancement Admin Sr
480-965-9971
Megan Derksen
Research Advancement Admin Sr
480-965-6233
Meghan Stell
Resrch Advancement Admin
480-965-1087
Wim Vermaas
Foundation Professor and Assoc. Director

Vermaas and his team conduct basic and applied research on cyanobacteria, a group of photosynthetic microbes, using these organisms as a chassis to produce useful compounds (biofuels, green chemicals) from sunlight and CO2.

480-965-6250
LSE 549

Research Staff

Research Staff

Name
Frank Bungartz
Herbarium Research Specialist

Arizona State University
July 2017 - present: Curator of Lichens and Digital Data

Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands
November 2004 - present: Adjunct Scientist (CDF Lichen Inventory)

480-727-5867
Natural History Collections, Room 151D 734 W Alameda Dr
Bianca Cruz
Research/Lab Aide
David Fleming
Research Technician
Kevin Haight
Research Specialist Sr
480-727-0954
LSE 218
Murray Johnston
Research Specialist
Osman Kaftanoglu
Research Technologist

Kaftanoglu is an apiculturist working on honey bee colony management, honey bee behavior, reproductive biology, genetics and breeding

480-727-1889
Honey Bee Research Lab 6858 E. Old Pecos Rd
Sangmi Lee
Research Specialist Sr
480-727-5977
734 W. Alameda Dr., Suite #147
Elizabeth Makings
Research Specialist

I am a botanist interested in the diversity, distribution, and evolutionary history of plants and applying this knowledge toward outreach and conservation.

ASU Herbarium 734 W. Alameda
James Roth
Research Technician
480-965-5232
LSC 410
Yvette Ruiz
Research Specialist Sr
480-301-4998
MCCRB

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Name
Michael Angilletta
President's Professor; Assoc. Director Undergraduate Programs

Angilletta combines models and experiments to understand how animal populations adapt to changing environments.

480-965-4321
LSC 488
Joshua Caulkins
Assistant Director, Undergraduate Programs
Joni Fesler
Program Coordinator
480-965-7615
Amy Pate
Assistant Director of Faculty Support
480-965-1033
LSC 226E
Sarah Prosory
Instructional Designer

Instructional Designer, School of Life Sciences

Courtney Shobert
Associate Director, Academic Programs
Laura Zafirakis
Business Analyst

Undergraduate Advising

Undergraduate Advising

Name
Michael Angilletta
President's Professor; Assoc. Director Undergraduate Programs

Angilletta combines models and experiments to understand how animal populations adapt to changing environments.

480-965-4321
LSC 488
Gabriel Bushnell
Student Services Coord Assoc

Bushnell assists students at the advising front office with scheduling, overrides, and general questions. He works in the front office of Life Sciences Building A, room 189 and can be reached at 480-727-6277.

Serena Christianson
Academic Success Coordinator

Christianson is the lead coordinator for all career and internship-related programming and advising for SOLS. She brings an enthusiastic approach to personalizing each student's path to academic and professional success.

Milton Corbin
Academic Success Specialist

Corbin has been a part of the ASU community for 4 years as an Academic Success Specialist and joined the School of Life Sciences undergraduate advising team January 2020. He enjoys helping students.

480-965-3450
Christine Ditter
Academic Success Specialist

Ditter has worked for ASU for 3 years and joined the SOLS Advising team in January 2020. With an emphasis on personal development, she works closely with students to help them create academic goals and plans of action.

Ivy Esquibel
Academic Success Coordinator

Esquibel helps match students with relevant, high-impact experiences to complement their education and help them achieve their goals. Esquibel promotes SOLS in the community and works with student development and retention.

480-965-0952
Marlene Garcia
Academic Success Specialist

Garcia is an Online Academic Success Specialist for the School of Life Sciences.

Jennifer Gibbs
Manager, Academic Advising

Gibbs has been the Academic Success Manager in the School of Life Sciences since July 2019. She is an advocate for increasing access to higher education and elevating the successes of our students.

480-965-1269
LSA 129B
Amy Glasscock
Academic Success Specialist

Glasscock joined the SOLS Advising team in October 2019 as an Academic Success Advisor. She works closely with students to help them develop academic plans and goals.

Amina Hajdarovic
Academic Success Specialist

Hajdarovic has been with ASU for the last 4 years, 3 of them within School of Life Sciences as a Graduate Coordinator Sr. She now works as an Academic Success Specialist, primarily with the online student population.

Brittnie Kermes
Academic Success Coordinator

Kermes is an adviser in the School of Life Sciences. Kermes has a fitness and wellness background that she incorporates into her advising appointments. Kermes serves as an authorized signer for the department.

Yanet Penaloza
Student Services Assistant

Penaloza is part of the SoLS advising team, where she assists in all front office operations. Penaloza is currently pursuing her M.Ed in Higher and Post-secondary education at Arizona State University.

480-727-6277
Scot Schoenborn
Assoc Director Academic Svcs

Schoenborn has managed academic advising in the School of Life Sciences for the past ten years. He takes a transformational approach to his advising, inspiring students to reach their full academic and career potential.

480-965-3721
LSA 193
Courtney Stone
Academic Success Coordinator, Prehealth

Stone joined the SOLS team in January 2020 as an Academic Success Coordinator. She will be working to provide pre-health resources for online students in SOLS.

Emily Vedder
Academic Success Coordinator

Vedder has been with ASU since 2016. She also oversees the Learning Resource Center, SOLS Ambassadors, and the SOLS Undergraduate Newsletter.

480-965-2282
Shea Ziccarelli
Academic Success Specialist

Ziccarelli has been with ASU since 2017. Her main goal is to provide a supportive environment for SoLS online students so that they can reach their full academic and career potential.

VisLab

VisLab

Name
Megan Joyce
Graphic Design Specialist
Samantha Lloyd
MultiMedia Specialist
 
965-9167
LSE B60
Jo Ramirez
Desktop Publishing Spec
 
480-965-8109
LSE B61
Jacob Sahertian
Dir Academic Media
 
480-727-8743
LSE B58