Administration

Executive Dean's Office

Photo: Laura Lawson.

Laura Lawson
Interim Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Office of the Executive Dean
Interim Executive Dean, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Office of the Executive Dean
Interim Executive Director, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Office of the Executive Dean
848-932-3600
Martin Hall, Room 104
sebsdean@sebs.rutgers.edu

Executive Dean Lawson provides leadership and oversight for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. She works closely with university leaders to develop and implement strategic initiatives that reflect and advance the university's research, education, and outreach missions.

Photo: Joyce Carlson.

Joyce Carlson
Senior Executive Assistant, Office of the Executive Dean
848-932-3503
Martin Hall, Room 104
jmcarl@sebs.rutgers.edu

Joyce Carlson provides executive-level administrative support to the Executive Dean and serves as principle liaison and as a primary point of contact for all senior administrators and outside constituents. She is also responsible for the planning and coordination of meetings and other events requiring leadership from the Office of the Executive Dean. She serves as a member of the Dean's Executive Leadership Team and the Dean's Cabinet.

Photo: Rubia Serra.

Rubia Serra
Administrative Assistant, Office of the Executive Dean
848-932-4216
Martin Hall, Room 104
rubia.serra@rutgers.edu

Executive Leadership Team

Photo: Margaret (Peggy) Brennan-Tonetta.

Margaret (Peggy) Brennan-Tonetta
Senior Associate Director, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Director, Office of Resource and Economic Development
848-932-3776
Martin Hall, Room 111
mbrennan@njaes.rutgers.edu
Website  |   Personnel

Margaret Brennan-Tonetta is responsible for the development and implementation of new economic development initiatives at NJAES such as the Rutgers Food Innovation Center, as well as administrative oversight of existing programs such as the Rutgers EcoComplex, Center for Advanced Food Technology, the Multispecies Aquaculture Demonstration Facility and the NJAES Technology Transfer program. She also provides economic assessments and operational recommendations for NJAES programs.

Photo: Wendie Cohick.

Wendie Cohick
Senior Associate Director, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Director of Research, Research
848-932-3777
Martin Hall, Room 104
cohick@njaes.rutgers.edu
Website  |   Personnel

Photo: Paul Elwood.

Paul Elwood
Vice Dean for Administration, Office of the Executive Dean
Associate Dean of Academic Personnel, Office of Human Resources
848-932-3551
Martin Hall, Room 104
pelwood@sebs.rutgers.edu
Website  |   Personnel

Paul Elwood is responsible for the integrated oversight and administration of the Financial and Business Administration, Budget and Planning, Human Resources, and Information Technology units that support the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. He leads efforts to identify and implement new processes integrating these areas to meet unit and University goals. Paul will also be responsible for making significant contributions to institutional planning and to operational strategies. In addition, Paul is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Office of Human Resources. He develops and implements the policies and procedures associated with human resource functions and is also responsible for administrative leadership and support for all matters related to the hiring, reappointment, promotion, and tenure process for faculty. He is also responsible for the interpretation and enforcement of employment terms covered by collective bargaining agreements and serves as a university representative in personnel-related activities including affirmative action, grievances, and harassment compliance.

Photo: Lisa Estler.

Lisa Estler
Associate Dean of Planning and Budgets
848-932-3575
Martin Hall, Room 101
estler@sebs.rutgers.edu
Website  |   Personnel

Lisa Estler serves as the Chief Financial Officer and financial liaison for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. She is responsible for the oversight and management of all budgets, financial operations and fiscal resources for all departments, centers, institutes, and stations within the school and experiment station. She is charged with the direction, analysis, reporting, and control of all business/financial funds; develops operating plans for personnel, space, physical plant construction, renovation, and facility resources; manages and monitors all funds available to the school and experiment station. As a member of the Executive Dean's Office, Lisa serves as an advisor to support individual faculty members, department chairs, center directors, and deans in strategic management of their resources as well as ensures efficient and effective utilization of all funds to best support the strategic goals of the school and the experiment station.

Photo: Mukund Karwe.

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

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: Thomas Leustek.

Thomas Leustek
Dean of Academic Programs, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
848-932-3000
Martin Hall, Room 109
leustek@sebs.rutgers.edu
Website  |   Personnel

Thomas Leustek is responsible for all undergraduate and graduate programs, budget, and general administration for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. He is also 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: Melissa McKillip.

Melissa McKillip
Vice Dean for Advancement, Office of the Executive Dean
Associate Dean of Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships
848-932-4214
Martin Hall, Room 104
melissa.mckillip@rutgers.edu
Website  |   Personnel

Melissa McKillip has broad responsibility for the integrated management of the philanthropy and strategic partnerships, communications and marketing, alumni and community engagement, and external affairs functions for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. She is a member of the Executive Dean's Leadership Team. Melissa is the chief development officer for the school and station and is primarily responsible for overseeing all development operations including major gifts, corporate and foundation relations, gift planning, and annual giving. She is also responsible for engaging the Executive Dean and key faculty with the top fundraising prospects and suspects for the school and station. In addition, Melissa is responsible for forecasting and achieving annual fundraising goals for the school and station by working in collaboration with the school and station's fundraising staff and those working on the school's behalf at the Rutgers University Foundation.

Photo: Brian Schilling.

Brian Schilling
Senior Associate Director, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Director, Cooperative Extension
848-932-3591
Martin Hall, Room 309
schilling@njaes.rutgers.edu
Website  |   Personnel

Brian Schilling leads all Cooperative Extension programs. Rutgers Cooperative Extension helps New Jersey's diverse population to adapt to a rapidly changing society and improve their lives and communities through an educational process that uses science-based knowledge.

Leadership Council

Photo: Gregory DiLalo.

Gregory DiLalo
Director of Information Technology
848-932-4111
ASB II, Room 162
dilalo@sebs.rutgers.edu
Website  |   Personnel

Greg DiLalo is responsible both directly and indirectly for all Information Technology facilities, human resources, infrastructure, policies, and compliance at both the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Serving as the chief technology officer to the Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources, he oversees the operation of the Office of Information Technology Services (ITS), all activities related to the management of computing and communications hardware, as well as enterprise and departmental class server administration, applications development, and end-user desktop support for voice, video, and personal computing. Greg represents the school and experiment station on several standing university IT committees dealing with architectures, human resource classifications, procurement programs, special initiatives, etc. and directly manages enterprise cluster operations and the administrative storage area network.

Photo: Gloria Dominguez-Bello.

Gloria Dominguez-Bello
Director, New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health
848-932-3500
IFNH, Room 220
mg.dominguez-bello@rutgers.edu
Website  |   Personnel

The institute builds on Rutgers' extensive and pioneering work in the fields of agriculture, food science, nutrition science, and human health. The institute, one of the primary initiatives of the university, focuses on society's pressing challenges in cardio-inflammatory disease, cancer, and obesity.

Photo: Michael J. Green.

Michael J. Green
Director, Office of Communications and Marketing
848-932-4201
Martin Hall, Room 111
mike.green@rutgers.edu
Website  |   Personnel

Mike Green is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Office of Communications and Marketing. He ensures that organizational communication needs are met and new communication tools are developed, implemented, evaluated, and reengineered as necessary to meet our clientele's needs. As part of the Executive Dean's office, Mike works with university units, the school, and the experiment station to ensure greater organizational coordination, consistency, and clarity of all communication.

Photo: Teresa Pergher.

Teresa Pergher
Assistant Director, Office of Human Resources
848-932-3683
Martin Hall
tpergher@sebs.rutgers.edu
Website  |   Personnel

Teresa is the initial contact providing direction and advisement to all SEBS departments on personnel-related matters, i.e., searches and recruitment (faculty/staff) and through NTT reappointments, retirements, resignations, terminations, salary in-grades, acting appointments, reclassifications, and making certain that all terms and conditions of employment are handled in compliance with University rules and regulations. She also provides training education on various human resources topics and university-wide HR initiatives. She often serves on search committees for administrative staff and assists the Vice Dean for Administration in serving as University representative in personnel-related matters such as Affirmative Action, grievances, and harassment compliance. For faculty affairs, she provides adherence to the faculty appointment/reappointment process: managing faculty offer letters and faculty contracts, and coordinates the faculty promotion and reappointment process each cycle. Teresa also oversees the Sabbatical and Competitive Fellowship Leave Programs. As Unit Approver, she oversees recruitment requests in the Rutgers Onboarding Classification System (ROCS) and monitors unit compliance.

Photo: Xenia K. Morin.

Xenia K. Morin
Senior Associate Dean for Learning, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
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: Mary Nucci.

Mary Nucci
Assistant Dean for Campus Engagement, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
848-932-9242
Cook Office Bldg., Room 227
mnucci@rutgers.edu

Mary Nucci is responsible for leading school co-curricular activities and generating school-wide engagement among faculty, students, and staff. She coordinates existing programs, such as the SEBS Science Cafes, the fall research mixer, and alternative science career programming, develops new programs that support the SEBS community, and provides active collaboration with other SEBS and Rutgers organizations seeking to build our campus learning community.

Photo: John Reinfelder.

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

Photo: Jenice Sabb-Dumas.

Jenice Sabb-Dumas
Assistant Dean/Director, SEBS Educational Opportunity Fund
848-932-3738
Martin Hall, Room Room 211
jenice.sabb@rutgers.edu
Website  |   Personnel

Under Dean Sabb's leadership, the SEBS EOF office works to facilitate student academic success by strengthening office functioning and program services. Working with administrative and academic offices, Dean Sabb fosters collegial rapport that creates opportunities for on and off-campus collaboration. In addition to her administrative duties, Dean Sabb is responsible for managing campus, university and state budgets, securing funds necessary for the enhancement of programming to create and support opportunity for student intellectual and personal growth. Dean Sabb believes that through education individuals gain a greater understanding of themselves and the world around them.

Photo: Oscar Schofield.

Oscar Schofield
Chair, Department Chairs Council
848-932-3265
MCS Bldg., Room 318C
oscar@marine.rutgers.edu

Photo: Zenash Tassew.

Zenash Tassew
Associate Director, Office of Financial and Business Administration
848-932-3780
Martin Hall
tassew@sebs.rutgers.edu
Website  |   Personnel

Photo: Julie Traxler.

Julie Traxler
Associate Dean for Academic Programs, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
848-932-3000
Martin Hall, Room 109
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.

Photo: David Tulloch.

David Tulloch
Director, General Honors Program, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
848-932-3611
Blake Hall, Room 227
david.tulloch@rutgers.edu

Photo: Lori A. White.

Lori A. White
Secretary of the Faculty
848-932-5606
Lipman Hall, Room 108
lori.white@rutgers.edu