Administration Personnel Directory

Office of Academic Programs

Photo: Richard D. Ludescher.

Richard D. Ludescher
Dean of Academic Programs
848-932-3000
Martin Hall, Room 216
rdl@sebs.rutgers.edu

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

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.

Photo: Thomas Leustek.

Thomas Leustek
Associate Dean of Academic Administration
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.

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Sharice Richardson
Acting Associate Dean for Academic Programs; 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. She is also 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.

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: 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: Lee Schneider.

Lee Schneider
Assistant Dean
848-932-1095
Martin Hall, Room 211
lds@sebs.rutgers.edu

Lee Schneider is responsible for undergraduate advising, working specifically with undecided students, Animal Science and Nutritional Science students prior to major selection. He also assists with recruitment activities, orientations and student organizations. Additionally he works with the Cook Campus Alumni Association and academic departments to help build community within Rutgers University and the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.

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.

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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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Romal Vaidya
Acting 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.

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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
Professor in Urban Forestry
848-932-0050
80 Nichol Ave., Room 102
grabosky@njaes.rutgers.edu

Photo: Malcolm Watford.

Malcolm Watford
Director, G. H. Cook Senior Honors Program
732-932-7418
Thompson Hall, Room 130
mwatford@sebs.rutgers.edu

Malcolm Watford is responsible for all aspects of program administration of the G. H. Cook Senior Honors Program, including oversight of registration, credits, and grades.

On-Line Education Initiative

Photo: Craig Phelps.

Craig Phelps
Coordinator of On-Line Education Initiative
732-932-9800, ext. 6224
ENRS Bldg., Room 236
cphelps@envsci.rutgers.edu

Craig Phelps is responsible for providing support to faculty and staff who are interested in developing new online or hybrid courses and instructional materials.

Program in Science Learning

Photo: Rebecca Jordan.

Rebecca Jordan
Executive Director of the Program in Science Learning
848-932-9164
Waller Hall, Room 209
rcjordan@sebs.rutgers.edu

Rebecca Jordan is responsible for overseeing two minor degree programs: Professional Youth Work and Development and Science Teacher Education (a gateway into the Graduate School of Education’s Teacher Certification program). Given that youth development and K-12 teaching are highly regulated fields, The Program in Science Learning serves an essential role in facilitating the necessary experiences for students to enter fields involved with youth and education. In addition, Rebecca is also an assistant professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources and maintains a research and outreach program where learning is studied in both people and fish.

Photo: David Howe.

David Howe
Instructional Technology Specialist
848-932-9164
Waller Hall, Room 209
dave.edtech@rutgers.edu

David Howe is associated with the Program in Science Learning as an advisor for integrating technology into our educational projects.

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 Agricultural and Urban Programs

Photo: Laura Lawson.

Laura Lawson
Dean of Agricultural and Urban Programs
848-932-8010
Blake Hall
ljlawson@sebs.rutgers.edu

Laura Lawson supports academic and outreach efforts that connect urban and suburban communities with agriculture in order to enhance the economy, landscape and culture of New Jersey.

Office of Leadership and Organizational Development

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Mary Powers Nikola
Director of Leadership and Instructional Development
848-932-3719
Martin Hall, Room 303
nikola@njaes.rutgers.edu

Mary Nikola is responsible for implementation of leadership strategies, organizational development interventions and professional development programming for faculty, staff, customers and stakeholder groups for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Mary is the Director of the New Jersey Agriculture Leadership Development Program which is a two year leadership development initiative for New Jersey’s farmers and agri-business professionals. She is an adjunct faculty member of the Rutgers’ Center for Management Development teaching in Advanced Leadership, Human Resources Management Series, Leadership Development Certificate Series, and the Executive Mini MBA.

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: Angela Bublitz.

Angela Bublitz
Program Coordinator
848-932-5069
Food Science and Nutritional Sciences Bldg. East, Room 122
angela.bublitz@rutgers.edu

Angela Bublitz 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. Angela also assists the current international student community in adjusting to life on campus by enhancing outreach and engagement efforts.

Rutgers Gardens

Photo: Laura Lawson.

Laura Lawson
Faculty Director
848-932-8010
Rutgers Gardens Office
ljlawson@sebs.rutgers.edu

Laura Lawson supports academic and outreach efforts that connect urban and suburban communities with agriculture in order to enhance the economy, landscape and culture of New Jersey.

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.