- Esther Choi: Student Assistant
- Stefanie Coltrain: Procurement, Marketplace
- Emilia Costales: BioFrontiers web, newsletters, building digital signage,
- Joe Dragavon: Microscopy and imaging
- 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
- 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
Esther Choi is an undergraduate student assistant for BioFrontiers. She assists the BioFrontiers' administrative staff with various tasks while updating the BioFrontiers Calendar and the Local Seminars of Interest Calendar. She is studying Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology scheduled to graduate in Spring 2018.
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.
Emilia is the Communications Manager for the BioFrontiers Institute and tasked with helping everyone learn about all the amazing science going on across the Institute. She develops stories for the website and newsletters, interacts with media contacts and creates printed materials about BioFrontiers' research and faculty. She also regularly tweets @BioFrontiers. In her spare time, she gives tours of the beautiful Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology building and helps building occupants stay informed. Emilia has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
For help with the BioFrontiers website, BioFrontiers newsletters, printed materials, social media, media relations, building digital signage, building intranet, building tours and building newsletter.
Director, BioFrontiers Advanced Light Microscopy Core
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.
Manager of Human Resources
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.
General and Grant Accountant
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.
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.
Desktop & Audio Visual Support
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.