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A small staff of professionals supports the faculty at the BioFrontiers Institute.

BioFrontiers Staff

  • Kathy Asta: Scheduling appointments with Leslie Leinwand or her lab
  • Stefanie Coltrain: Procurement, Marketplace
  • Joe Dragavon: Microscopy and imaging
  • Kristin Fox: Fundraising and development
  • Hilary Furlong:Fundraising and development
  • Lee Gutmacher: Human resources, payroll and personnel issues
  • Maly Her: Cost transfers, travel/expense reimbursements, internal service center billing, general and grant accounting processes
  • Matt Hynes-Grace: IT support
  • Janice Jones: Non-employee reimbursements, BioFrontiers seminar series travel and organization
  • Ryan Krumpeck: Desktop support, A/V support, video conferencing, Skype, large-format poster printing
  • Kim Little: BioFrontiers space, meeting agenda items, faculty hire and orientation
  • Amber McDonnell: IQ Biology Certificate Program, education programs
  • Jessica Miller: Student Assistant
  • Ashley Rasmussen: Grants, financial
  • Lee Silbert: finances, personnel, grant management, JSCBB operations
  • Andrea Stith: IQ Biology Certificate Program, education programs, student activities
  • Dan Timmons: IT support
  • Jana Watson-Capps: BioFrontiers programs
  • Claire Zai: Student Assistant

  • KathyAsta
    Kathy Asta
    Professional Assistant to Leslie Leinwand
    Kathleen (Kathy) Asta is the Professional Assistant to Leslie Leinwand, Chief Scientific Officer of the BioFrontiers Institute.  She not only helps to manage Leslie’s schedule, but also supports the Leinwand Lab more generally, as well as overseeing the day-to-day details of and applying for Leslie’s many grants.  Kathy recently moved to Boulder from Boston, where she served for 13 years as the Chief of Staff to the President of the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (the pharmaceutical research arm of Novartis, A.G).  Prior to that she served in various administrative positions at Partners Health Care/Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College and an M.Phil from Yale University, both in Music.

    To schedule appointments with Leslie Leinwand or for questions about the Leinwand Lab.

    Stefanie Coltrain
    Procurement Manager
    Ph:  303-735-7307

    Fax:  303-492-8425


    Stefanie Coltrain manages procurement for the BioFrontiers Institute and ensures compliance of procurement transactions. Before joining BioFrontiers, she worked for ten years with the UMC Directors/Finance Office and four years with the Dept. of Psychology & Neuroscience Finance Office. Stefanie has extensive knowledge of University policies and procedures; especially regarding procurement and a fluid knowledge regarding departmental grant expenditures. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Math from Saint Mary University, Leavenworth, Kansas.

    For all of your procurement needs and Marketplace questions.
    Joe Dragavon
    Director, BioFrontiers Advanced Light Microscopy Core

    (303) 735-6988

    Joe Dragavon is the Director of the BioFrontiers Advanced Light Microscopy Core, which is accessible to the entire CU-Boulder campus and the surrounding scientific community. Beyond maintaining the microscopes within the facility, he also provides user trainings and a wide-range of educational lectures covering topics that include introductory and advanced microscopy, fluorescence, and imaging. Joe has a PhD in Analytical Chemistry and has over 10 years of microscopy and light detection experience, including more than 5 years within the Dynamic Imaging Platform (Plate-Forme d’Imagerie Dynamique, directed by Spencer Shorte) at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France.

    For all of your microscopy and imaging needs.
    KristinFox Kristin Fox
    Donor Relations Manager

    Kristin comes to the Development group with professional experience in executive level sales, sales management and marketing, with enterprises ranging from Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurial start-ups. Kristin loves to enjoy family and friends, including husband Sean, two sons Connor and Trevor, and the family dog, Sheffie, as well as hiking, cycling, reading, traveling, and spectating and cheering on the sidelines. Kristin is thrilled to be working at The University of Colorado, Boulder with both the BioFrontiers and Development folks, and to learning much along the way.

    Contact Kristin with fundraising and development questions.

    Hilary Furlong
    Development Director
    Hilary Furlong joined the University of Colorado in September of 2015 as the first full-time development director for the BioFrontiers Institute. She brings to CU more than 21 years of fund development management success, and particular expertise in the management of healthcare campaigns and major gift programs.
    Prior to joining CU, Hilary served as a Vice President of a fundraising management consulting firm which focused on healthcare and medical research fund raising. Prior to that position, she was the chief development officer for the foundation serving St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center in Sun Valley, Idaho; and ran the fund development program at The Community School, a private K-12 school in Sun Valley. Hilary served as an admission officer for the University of Southern California earlier in her career, so she is looking forward to blending her experience in higher education and healthcare in support of the BioFrontiers Institute’s pioneering work.
    Hilary holds a B.A. in English from Vassar College and is recognized as a Certified Fund Raising Executive. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cycling, hiking, yoga and reading.
    For issues regarding fundraising and development
    Lee Gutmacher
    Manager of Human Resources

    (303) 735-7117

    Lee Gutmacher is the Manager of Human Resources for the BioFrontiers Institute.  She started her university career 25 years ago at Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from CU Boulder.

    For information regarding payroll and personnel issues.
    Maly Her
    General and Grant Accountant
    (303) 735-6775
    Maly Her is a University of Colorado Denver alumna. She worked in the Office of Grants and Contracts at the University of Colorado Denver | Aurora campus for 4 years. She has 1.5 years of billing experience and 2.5 years of post-award administration experience.
    For help with cost transfers, travel and expense reimbursements, internal service center billing, and general and grant accounting processes.
    Matt Hynes-Grace
    Janice Jones
    Program Assistant



    Janice Jones is the Program Assistant for the BioFrontiers Institute. Most recently, she served as Dr. Leslie Leinwand’s assistant. In her nine years at CU, Janice has developed an extensive knowledge of university policies, procedures, and requirements related to grants and contracts, faculty searches, and general administration. She also brings her experience in event management to BioFrontiers. Janice works with Kim Little and she is responsible for project management in coordination with senior staff; event coordination; financial and human resources transactions; and grant formatting, processing, and reporting. Before coming to CU, Janice enjoyed a challenging career as a small business owner and also worked in manufacturing.

    For non-employee reimbursements, BioFrontiers seminar series travel and organization.
    Ryan Krumpeck
    Desktop & Audio Visual Support
    303-735-8016 office

    720-244-3151 mobile


    Ryan helps to foster good relationships between the BioFrontiers Institute and its audio and video equipment and desktop computers. He supports BioFrontiers faculty, staff and students with software, hardware and A/V assistance, bridging the uneasy gap between human and machine.

    For help with troubleshooting computer issues, audio visual set up and support; video conferencing; Skype; large-format poster printing; and web streaming and class capture.
    Kim Little
    Program Manager



    Kim Little is Program Manager for BioFrontiers. Initially working to assist in scheduling end user/planning meetings for the JSCBB building and HR/purchasing for the CIMB initiative (when BioFrontiers was just a gleam in some exceptionally visionary eyes), her responsibilities have grown with BioFrontiers to include organizing and documenting our Task Force, faculty and staff meetings and activities; facilitating the IQ Biology program; event coordination and faculty hiring and providing support for faculty and staff. Kim has enjoyed watching the building, staff and faculty grow and is excited to be a part of the research, education and innovation that defines BioFrontiers Institute.

    For help with scheduling BioFrontiers space, meeting agenda items, faculty and staff support, and making connections with BioFrontiers faculty and staff. She is happy to help.
    Amber McDonnell
    Education Programs Manager

    Amber McDonnell is the Education Programs Manager for the BioFrontiers Institute. In this position, she works with IQ Biology students and with students participating in other BioFrontiers supported education programs and activities. Before joining BioFrontiers, she worked in education for over nine years in the areas of academic advising, student and staff management, and academic operations and administration. Amber also brings experience in international education with her most recent position as director of an English language school. Amber received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership with a specialization in Strategic Innovation & Change Management from Colorado State University.

    Jessica Miller Jessica Miller
    Student Assistant

    Jessica Miller is a student assistant for BioFrontiers. She maintains the BioFrontiers calendar and assists the BioFrontiers administrative staff.  She is pursuing a bachelor's degree in the MCD Biology department. She is scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2018.

    Ashley Rasmussen
    Grants Manager/Financial Analyst
    Ashley Rasmussen is the Grants Manager and Financial Analyst for the BioFrontiers Institute. She handles all grant administration tasks including pre and post-award activities. She has five years of grant administration experience and has worked at Duke University as well as the University of Texas at Austin. Ashley received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Boise State University.

    For information on grants
    Lee Silbert
    Lee Silbert
    Assistant Director of Operations and Financial Management



    Lee Silbert is the Assistant Director of Operations and Financial Management for BioFrontiers. Just prior to joining the institute, he held similar positions in the departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. Initially starting his career at CU in behavioral neuroscience research in the Maier-Watkins lab, Lee went on to be a consultant with the Change Management unit in System Administration and a budget and policy analyst in the Office of Planning, Budget and Analysis on the Boulder campus. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Richmond.

    For issues relating to Institute finances, personnel, grant management and JSCBB operations.
    Andrea Stith
    Andrea Stith
    Assistant Director for Interdisciplinary Education



    Andrea is the assistant director for interdisciplinary education at Biofrontiers. Her professional interests include graduate and postdoctoral education, broadening participation in STEM, and the internationalization of higher education. Prior to joining BioFrontiers, she served as a research fellow at the Graduate School of Education of Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China. While in Shanghai, her research focused on national and institutional policies that impact the career prospects of postdoctoral researchers. Previously, she studied science/technology and higher education policies as a German Chancellor Fellow at Humboldt University in Berlin and Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich.  Dr. Stith has held program management positions at non-profit organizations in the Washington, DC area, including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. In 2002-2003 she was an AAAS/NSF Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the Office of Legislative Affairs at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Stith received her doctorate in Biophysics from the University of Virginia; and, she received her bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Delaware in 1995.

    For information on the IQ Biology Certificate Program and other student activities associated with BioFrontiers.
    Dan Timmons
    IT Director



    Dan Timmons is the IT Director for BioFrontiers.  Prior to taking the IT director position, Dan was the IT manager for the MCD Biology Department at CU-Boulder for four years and was also a Laboratory Coordinator for the MCD Biology teaching labs for several years.

    Contact Dan

    Jana Watson-Capps
    Associate Director



    Jana Watson-Capps serves as chief-of-staff and head of strategy for BioFrontiers. She works with administrators, faculty, and students from across the CU system and external partners to develop and implement the institute's interdisciplinary programs and industrial partnerships.

    Before joining BioFrontiers, Jana taught in the Biology Department at Metro State College of Denver and worked as a project/development consultant. She is interested in bringing diverse groups of people together in new ways to advance bioscience research, education and applications to help society. She received her Ph.D. in Biology from Georgetown University and her B.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University.

    If you would like more information about our programs at BioFrontiers.
    Claire Zai
    Claire Zai
    Student Assistant


    Claire Zai is a student assistant for BioFrontiers Institute specifically in charge of keeping the the BioFrontiers Calendar and Local Seminars of Interest Calendar up to date. She also assists the BioFrontiers’ administrative staff with various tasks. She is studying both Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience while pursuing a co-current masters degree. She is scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2018.