The Office of the Dean is in 215 Jordan Hall of Science, which is located at the south end of the building. The dean's office is organized into the following areas:
- Dean of the College of Science
- Associate & Assistant Deans
- Finance & Administration
- Marketing Communications
View the dean's office organizational chart.
Mary Galvin, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Science
Mary Galvin joined the College of Science as the William K. Warren Foundation Dean in August 2015. As dean, Mary leads and inspires more than 550 faculty, staff, and postdoctoral researchers in the college, which is home to more than 1680 undergraduate and 450 graduate students.
Lisa Mercurio is the executive assistant to the Dean of the College of Science. Lisa provides high-level administrative support including preparing essential correspondence and communications to internal and external audiences; conducting research and gathering data to inform the Dean's decision-making; managing daily administration to ensure efficient, effective operations; coordinating projects and special events related to donors and current and prospective faculty, staff, and students; and other administrative responsibilities in support of the Dean and the College of Science.
Lisa is a 1992 graduate of Notre dame with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force (having completed the AFROTC program at Notre Dame), Lisa was stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, where she worked in the digital exploitation branch of what was then the National Air Intelligence Center. After taking time off to raise a family, Lisa re-entered the workforce, taking a part-time position at the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library. Lisa lives in Granger with her husband and three children.
Kim Kirkpatrick is the administrative coordinator for the College of Science. Her primary responsibilities include assisting with faculty appointments and providing administrative support to the dean, assistant deans, and dean’s office staff. Kim also plays a key role in managing the logistical side of student development programs, as well as coordinating many of the departmental outreach and showcase events.
An experienced professional in the area of supply chain management, customer service, and process management, Kim previously held positions at a number of major retail and service corporations, including: The Limited Corporation, American Hotel Registry, Avon Manufacturing, Aerial Communications, and 20th Century Fox. She graduated from Western Illinois University earning a Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain Management with honors.
Michael Hildreth, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies
Michael Hildreth is the associate dean of research and graduate studies and a professor of physics. He directs the research and strategic planning efforts of the College of Science and serves as the college’s primary liaison to Notre Dame Research and the Graduate School.
Sister Kathleen Cannon, OP, D. Min
248 Nieuwland Science Hall
Sister Kathleen Cannon is the associate dean for collegiate sequence majors, international studies, and diversity. She advises students in the science-education, science-business and science-computing majors, and is responsible for diversity issues, college election, and award committees.
Malgorzata Dobrowolska-Furdyna, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies
Malgorzata Dobrowolska-Furdyna is the associate dean for undergraduate studies and the Rev. John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C. Professor of Physics. She directs the undergraduate affairs of the College of Science, serves as chair of the college undergraduate committee, and is liaison to the Registrar's Office and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and Special Projects
Clarence Earl Carter is the assistant dean for faculty affairs and special projects. He is responsible for faculty appointments and milestone management; facilities oversight; assisting the dean, associate deans and department chairs in college-wide efforts; and serves an integral role in the strategic planning process. In addition, he also served as the interim managing director of the Notre Dame Haiti Program from 2013 to 2015.
Father James Foster, C.S.C, M.D.
Center for Health Advising, 219 Jordan Hall of Science
Father Foster directs the Center for Health Sciences Advising and serves as chair of the preprofessional studies program. He closely monitors developments within the health profession admissions process including new schools, course requirements, and curriculum developments.
Kathleen J. S. Kolberg, Ph.D.
Center for Health Advising, 219 Jordan Hall of Science
Kathleen Kolberg is an assistant dean for undergraduate studies. She is responsible for student advising, focusing on overloads, transfer credits, and graduation issues. She also advises science and engineering students on preparation and admission to health profession schools.
Senior Administrative Assistant
Lori Goffeney is the senior administrative assistant to the associate and assistant deans for undergraduate studies. Lori works collaboratively to expedite student processes and has a detailed understanding of University policies and procedures. She provides assistance on issues such as graduation, registration, withdrawals, leaves of absence, and course building.
Lori has been with the University of Notre Dame for more than 25 years. She began her career at Notre Dame working in the Offices of Student Accounts, Financial Aid, and the Registrar. She has been with the College of Science since 1996.
Sean Kassen, Ph.D.
Academic Advancement Program Director
Sean Kassen is the director for academic advancement in the College of Science. He works directly with the University Relations Office to externally promote the priorities of the College of Science to individuals, companies, and foundations.
Allen Utterback, MBA
Assistant Director, Facilities
110 Jordan Hall of Science
Allen F. Utterback II, assistant director of facilities, joined the College of Science in December of 2008. His responsibilities include facilities management for the Jordan Hall of Science and the Chemistry facilities, overall safety and security protocol, space management tracking, event planning, renovation planning, and sustainability/continuous improvement planning. Allen leads the College of Science Safety Committee and the I-SAW Program.
Prior to working in the College of Science, Allen spent almost eleven years as the Administrator of Corby Hall at the University of Notre Dame and oversaw facilities, food service, housekeeping, and automobile fleet maintenance, and annual budgeting and analysis. He also has experience as a staff accountant performing investment monitoring, management of human resources, and accounts payable responsibilities. Allen earned a Bachelor of Science in Management with a major in accounting from Purdue University, West Lafayette and his Master of Business Administration from Purdue University at Westville.
William W. O'Hayer, MBA, CPA, CIA
Senior Director, Finance and Administration
William O’Hayer, senior director of finance and administration, joined the College of Science as its first business manager in 2004. He is responsible for budget and financial management, marketing communications, and human resources for the college. Bill is actively involved in strategic planning and goal setting, ongoing tracking of progress against goals, identifying appropriate resources in support of initiatives, and promoting continuous improvement across the college.
Prior to joining the University, Bill spent ten years in manufacturing, most recently at Bayer Diagnostics. He managed manufacturing accounting teams, performed capital budgeting and analysis, originated an internal audit function, and trained extensively in process improvement techniques, including Total Quality Management, Kepner-Tregoe process consulting, lean manufacturing techniques, and Six Sigma Black Belt tools. Bill holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, and CPA and CIA designations.
Kassie Spencer, MBA, CPA
Associate Director, Finance and Administration
Kassie Spencer, associate director of finance and administration, is actively involved in the financial and human resources management for the college, including budgeting, forecasting, funds analysis, process improvement, hiring, and performance management.
Prior to her role as associate director, Kassie worked for Crowe Horwath LLP as a Senior Staff Tax Accountant and as the department administration manager for the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics (ACMS) within the College of Science. A graduate of Saint Mary’s College in 2007, Kassie obtained a CPA designation in 2009 and received her Master of Business Administration from Indiana University - South Bend in 2014.
Marissa Gebhard, MNA
Associate Director, Marketing and Communications
Marissa Gebhard directs the marketing communications of the College of Science. She is responsible for websites, printed material, press releases, and electronic communications. In consultation with the dean and dean's leadership team, she creates and implements the college strategic communications plan. She advises College of Science department chairs, directors, and program administrators with print and online marketing communications. She joined the College of Science in 2005.
Marissa earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Management from Saint Mary’s College, and a Master of Nonprofit Administration from the University of Notre Dame.
Senior Graphic Design Specialist
Lotta Barnes, senior graphic design specialist, joined the College of Science in May 2012. Lotta designs a range of print and online marketing communications for the college, its six departments, and its graduate programs, including recruitment booklets, signature event invitations and booklets, conference postcards, online advertisements, and promotional products on behalf of the Office of the Dean.
Lotta earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising from Southern Methodist University in 2003. Prior to joining the College of Science, she worked for advertising agencies in Sweden and New York. She has designed for several national and international corporations. Lotta was also a competitive swimmer for 20 years and had the honor of representing Sweden in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Assistant Director, Marketing Communications
Tammi Freehling joined the College of Science in May 2016 and brings 19 years of experience to her role as assistant director, marketing communications. She manages websites, social media channels, and writes news stories, among other duties. Tammi has a passion for nonprofit work and she values career experiences at various nonprofits in Grand Rapids, Michigan, including Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.
Tammi studied English language and literature at Lake Superior State University and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art and Design. Tammi continued her education with Unleashing Your Leadership Potential, an executive education course at Mendoza College of Business.