Office of the Dean

Jordan Hall of Science

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:

View the dean's office organizational chart.

Dean of the College of Science

Mary Galvin, dean of the College of Science

Mary Galvin, Sc.D.

Dean of the College of Science

(574) 631-6456

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.

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Lisa Mercurio

Lisa Mercurio

Executive Assistant

(574) 631-6456

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

Kim Kirkpatrick

Administrative Coordinator

(574) 631-3136

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.

Associate & Assistant Deans

Mike Hildreth, Associate Dean

Michael Hildreth, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies

(574) 631-6458

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.

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Sister Kathleen Cannon

Sister Kathleen Cannon, OP, D. Min

Associate Dean

248 Nieuwland Science Hall
(574) 631-5812

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.

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J. Daniel Gezelter, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

(574) 631-6375

J. Daniel Gezelter is the associate dean for undergraduate studies and a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He 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.

View Dan Gezelter's full biography.

Steven Corcelli named ACS Fellow

Steven Corcelli, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Studies and Faculty Development

(574) 631-2361

Steven Corcelli is the the associate dean for interdisciplinary studies and faculty development, and a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Corcelli oversees searches for faculty for different interdisciplinary groups, such as the Stavropolous Center for Interdisciplinary Biophysics and the neuroscience major, among others. He will also oversee professional development for faculty.

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Father James Foster

Father James Foster, C.S.C, M.D.

Assistant Dean

Center for Health Advising, 219 Jordan Hall of Science
(574) 631-4890

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.

View Father Foster's complete biography.

Kathleen Kolberg

Kathleen J. S. Kolberg, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean

Center for Health Advising, 219 Jordan Hall of Science
(574) 631-4890

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.

Lori Goffeney

Lori Goffeney

Senior Administrative Assistant

(574) 631-6375

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.


Allison Maddox Slabaugh

Allison Maddox Slabaugh, MNA

Academic Advancement Director

(574) 631-2425

As the Academic Advancement Director for the College of Science, Allison serves as the development liaison for the college, working closely with college administrators, center/institute directors, faculty, advisory council members, and fundraisers to advance key academic and research priorities.

Allison has been a part of the development team since 2010 where she has served as corporate relations coordinator, associate director, and most recently, director of foundation relations for the Colleges of Science and Engineering.  

Prior to joining the University, Allison worked in a pediatric research laboratory at Saint Louis University. Allison received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology, with minors in business and chemistry, from Indiana University, and her Master of Nonprofit Administration through the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.


Allen Utterback

Allen Utterback, MBA

Assistant Director, Facilities

110 Jordan Hall of Science
(574) 631-2331

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.

Finance & Administration

Bill Ohayer

William W. O'Hayer, MBA, CPA, CIA

Senior Director, Finance and Administration

(574) 631-2948

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.

Joseph Quinn

Joseph Quinn, M.S., CPA

Program Director, Finance and Administration

(574) 631-2577

Joseph Quinn, program 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.

Joseph has worked at the University since 2011, most recently as a senior accountant for sponsored programs.  A graduate of the University of Notre Dame in 2009 in finance, he received his master's degree in accountancy-financial reporting from Notre Dame in 2011. Joseph obtained a CPA designation in 2013.

Marketing Communications

Tammi Freehling

Tammi Freehling

Associate Director, Marketing Communications

(574) 631-5833

Tammi Freehling, associate director, marketing communications, is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the college communications team, production and placement of assets, revising and refining the strategic communications plan for the college, and developing systems and tools to streamline marketing operations, among other duties. Tammi has 20 years of experience working on marketing communications teams in the for-profit and non-profit sectors.

Tammi studied English language and literature at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. She completed Unleashing Your Leadership Potential, an executive education program at Mendoza College of Business and is working toward her Master of Science in Communication from Purdue University. Prior to joining the Dean's Office in May 2016 as assistant director, marketing communications, Tammi was editor and project manager at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Deanna Mccool

Deanna McCool, M.A.

Assistant Director, Marketing Communications

(574) 631-0548

Deanna McCool, assistant director, marketing communications, has more than 20 years of experience as a writer and communications professional. She writes for the college’s print and online publications, develops content for social media, and assists with the strategic communications plan. Before joining the University, she worked for nearly 10 years as a freelance writer and technical editor. She has also worked as a public relations professional for the conservation communications agency D.J. Case & Associates, and as a newspaper reporter at The South Bend Tribune.

A graduate of Indiana University-Bloomington with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Deanna earned her Master of Arts in Science Writing from Johns Hopkins University in 2018. She teaches science journalism as a term assistant teaching professor for Notre Dame's Journalism, Ethics and Democracy minor, and volunteers as a co-coach for the Mishawaka Catholic School robotics team.

Lotta Barnes

Lotta Barnes

Senior Graphic Design Specialist

(574) 631-2272

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.