Administration Personnel Directory

Office of Academic Programs

Photo: Laura Lawson.

Laura Lawson
Dean of Academic Programs
848-932-3000
Martin Hall, Room 216
ljlawson@sebs.rutgers.edu

Laura Lawson is responsible for all undergraduate and graduate programs, budget, and general administration for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.

Photo: Carol Andrew.

Carol Andrew
Assistant Dean
848-932-3000
Martin Hall, Room 204
caroland@sebs.rutgers.edu

Carol Andrew is responsible for the coordination of transfer student programs including the evaluation of transcripts, course registration, advising and maintains the transfer database. Carol advises pre-medical and pre-dental students. She also assists in the coordination and delivery of recruitment activities, orientations, faculty course evaluations, and general advising.

Photo: Penny Carlson.

Penny Carlson
Assistant Dean
848-932-3000
Martin Hall, Room 202
pcarlson@sebs.rutgers.edu

Penny Carlson is responsible for tracking students' graduation status in conjunction with academic departments. She coordinates the production of the commencement bulletin and organizes student participation in the graduation ceremony. Additionally she does general advising, assists with recruitment, student programs and orientations, and also maintains our programs in Rutgers Degree Navigator.

Photo: Latisha Crubaugh.

Latisha Crubaugh
Sr. Administrative Assistant
848-932-3000
Martin Hall, Room 215
crubaugh@sebs.rutgers.edu

The senior administrative assistant provides administrative support to the dean of academic programs and serves as departmental administrator. This position also serves as the coordinator for SEBS Convocation, Baccalaureate, First-Year Student Induction Ceremony, and the Annual Excellence Awards.

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Christina Kaunzinger
Faculty Coordinator, Living Labs
848-932-4273
Blake Hall, Room 100
christina.kaunzinger@rutgers.edu

Photo: Thomas Leustek.

Thomas Leustek
Associate Dean of Academic Administration and Assessment
848-932-3000
Martin Hall, Room 221
leustek@sebs.rutgers.edu

Thomas Leustek is responsible for the administrative aspects of undergraduate education at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, including course and curriculum revisions, teaching assistant and part-time lecturer allocations, articulations with New Jersey community colleges, and assessment of school academic programs.

Photo: Xenia K. Morin.

Xenia K. Morin
Senior Associate Dean for Learning
848-932-3502
IFNH, Room Suite 220
xenia.morin@rutgers.edu

Xenia Morin undertakes special projects related to curriculum innovation and resource mobilization to enhance our academic programs as well as enhancing faculty and staff training and development.

Photo: Liaan Pechera.

Liaan Pechera
Assistant Dean
848-932-3000
Martin Hall, Room 205
pechera@sebs.rutgers.edu

Liaan Pechera provides administration and communication support as well as student advising in the Office of Academic Programs at SEBS. Her efforts in administration and communication support ensures that the OAP functions smoothly and efficiently within an increasingly electronic and online academic environment. In addition, she also advises students on range of topics such as academic issues, policies, major/minor selection, student responsibilities, and procedures. She maintains and oversees electronic and software infrastructure such as MyMajor and Perceptive Content, and manages effective use of SSC Campus, Simphony, etc. Moreover, she provides support for the Associate Dean in developing and planning of technological and procedural strategies to enhance and streamline the administrative function of the OAP. She also supervises workflow and activities for the principal secretary at the OAP.

Photo: Sharice Richardson.

Sharice Richardson
Assistant Dean
848-932-3000
Martin Hall, Room 204
sharice@sebs.rutgers.edu

Sharice Richardson is responsible for the coordination of first-year student academic programs, advising, and registration. She evaluates first year outside transcripts, international baccalaureate, and advanced placement credits. Sharice also assists the associate dean in the coordination and delivery of recruitment activities, and advises the SEBS Student Recruitment Committee.

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Serafina Smith
Assistant Dean of Recruitment and Advising
848-932-3000
Martin Hall, Room 205
serafina.smith@rutgers.edu

Photo: Judith Storch.

Judith Storch
Dean for Undergraduate Education for the George H. Cook Campus
848-932-3625
Cook Student Center, Room 127
storch@sebs.rutgers.edu

Judith Storch is the Campus Dean for Cook Undergraduates, advisor for the SEBS Governing Council, and a professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences on G. H. Cook Campus. Dean Storch works closely with students, faculty, and staff to create lively, cohesive, diverse, and inclusive communities on campus. She facilitates the implementation of academic and social programs for students, such as leadership breakfasts and research mixers.

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Suzanne Sukhdeo
Coordinator, Student Success Initiative
848-932-3760
Bartlett Hall, Room 217
ssukhdeo@sebs.rutgers.edu

Suzanne Sukhdeo is responsible for analysis and strategic planning for student retention. She sits on the Academic Retention Committee and the Rutgers-wide Student Success Committee.

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Meredith Taylor
Research Associate, Ag and Urban Programs
Blake Hall, Room 117
meredith.taylor@rutgers.edu

Photo: Julie Traxler.

Julie Traxler
Associate Dean for Academic Programs
848-932-3000
Martin Hall
traxler@sebs.rutgers.edu

Julie Traxler is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Academic Services component of the Office of Academic Programs. This encompasses advising, registration, admissions, recruitment, scholastic standing, degree certification/graduation and all areas related to academic policies, procedures and programs.

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Romal Vaidya
Coordinator of Academic Services and Student Records
848-932-3000
Martin Hall, Room 205
vaidya@sebs.rutgers.edu

Romal Vaidya supervises and trains our records staff and federal work study students. She is responsible for the maintenance of student academic records, coordination of registration, first year student selection of major processes, and provides general advising for SEBS students. Romal also assists deans with transfer credit evaluations using RU Transfer, maintenance of MyMajor, evaluates operations of Perceptive Content and ImageNow, assists deans with graduation procedures such as determining honors awards, and represents SEBS in the school’s recruitment and advising efforts.

Photo: Joseph Ventola.

Joseph Ventola
Assistant Dean for Academic Programs
848-932-3000
Martin Hall, Room 200
ventola@sebs.rutgers.edu

Joe Ventola is responsible for providing academic and career advising, degree checks and related administrative duties for all Rutgers students majoring in biological sciences. Joe directs the SEBS Scholarship Program and procedures associated with the disbursement of Dean’s undergraduate scholarships. He serves as the primary scholarship liaison for awards to the Financial Aid Office, Undergraduate Admissions Office and Student Accounting Services. He also counsels both first year and upper class students and assists with academic functions and events for the Office of Academic Programs.

Educational Opportunity Fund

Photo: Jenice Sabb.

Jenice Sabb
Assistant Dean for Special Programs
848-932-3738
Martin Hall, Room 226
jenice.sabb@rutgers.edu

Photo: Jacqueline Moore.

Jacqueline Moore
Assistant Director for Special Programs/EOF Manager
848-932-3515
Martin Hall, Room 226
jacqueline.moore1@rutgers.edu

Photo: Ileana D. Almaguer.

Ileana D. Almaguer
Senior Counselor for Special Programs
848-932-3531
Martin Hall, Room 219
almaguer@rutgers.edu

Photo: Damarys Romero.

Damarys Romero
Counselor
848-932-3738
Martin Hall
damarys.romero@rutgers.edu

Photo: Edrice Wyatt.

Edrice Wyatt
Senior Counselor
848-932-3738
Martin Hall
edrice.wyatt@rutgers.edu

Photo: Martha Estevez.

Martha Estevez
Administrative Assistant
848-932-3738
Martin Hall
me298@rutgers.edu

Honors Programs

Photo: Jason Grabosky.

Jason Grabosky
Director, General Honors Program
848-932-0050
80 Nichol Ave.
grabosky@njaes.rutgers.edu

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John Reinfelder
Director, G. H. Cook Senior Honors Program
848-932-5737
ENRS Bldg., Room 260
reinfelder@envsci.rutgers.edu

Hutcheson Memorial Forest Center

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Myla Aronson
Director
848-932-4275
ENRS Bldg., Room 101
hmfdirector@sebs.rutgers.edu

Rutgers Ecological Preserve

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Richard G. Lathrop
Faculty Director
732-932-1580
ENRS Bldg., Room 129
lathrop@crssa.rutgers.edu

Rutgers Gardens

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Lena Struwe
Faculty Director
848-932-6343
Rutgers Gardens Office
struwe@sebs.rutgers.edu

Photo: Bruce Crawford.

Bruce Crawford
Managing Director
732-932-8451
Rutgers Gardens Office
rugardens@sebs.rutgers.edu

Bruce Crawford is responsible for the general operations of Rutgers Gardens. This includes the day-to-day financial and personnel details, maintenance concerns within the Gardens, as well as interaction with faculty and staff of the university. He is responsible for the oversight of the long term planning and development of the Rutgers Gardens master plan and works closely with the development office at SEBS and the Rutgers Foundation to help provide the funding for the future development of the Gardens.

Student to Professional Internship Network

Photo: Kristen Lester.

Kristen Lester
Senior Program Coordinator
848-932-3000
Martin Hall, Room 211
kaf38@sebs.rutgers.edu

Kristen Lester is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operation of the SEBS SPIN Program. She also manages employer services, maintaining and expanding the program's network of employers.

Office of the Dean of International Programs

Photo: Mukund Karwe.

Mukund Karwe
Dean of International Programs
848-932-5487
Food Science and Nutritional Sciences Bldg. East, Room 122
mkarwe@sebs.rutgers.edu

Mukund Karwe is engaged in expanding the international agenda for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. This includes increasing the opportunities for undergraduates to spend a semester or summer abroad in programs that fit within their curriculum and enhance their educational goals, highlighting and supporting the many international activities among the faculty that already exist within the school, and cultivating an international community at the school. He serves as a resource for students and faculty seeking information on international opportunities.

Photo: Megan Francis.

Megan Francis
Assistant Dean
848-932-3333
Food Science and Nutritional Sciences Bldg. East, Room 122
megan.francis@rutgers.edu

Megan Francis works to provide international experiences both at home and away for SEBS students. To achieve this goal, Megan collaborates with the Dean of International Programs to increase student engagement in study abroad opportunities, international research initiatives, and through on campus events. Megan also works with partner institutions overseas to create new and exciting opportunities for study abroad in the sciences. She further serves as the main point of contact for the 2+2 and 3+2 dual degree programs with partner institutions in China.

Photo: Hyunjin Yeo.

Hyunjin Yeo
Program Coordinator
848-932-5069
Food Science and Nutritional Sciences Bldg. East, Room 122
hyunjin.yeo@rutgers.edu

Hyunjin Yeo is the main point of contact for both undergraduate and graduate-level international students at SEBS. She works with various departments on campus to ensure a smooth application and enrollment process for incoming international students. Hyunjin also assists the current international student community in adjusting to life on campus by enhancing outreach and engagement efforts.