Jen Kalaidis-Meslow

Jen Kalaidis-Meslow

Jen Kalaidis-Meslow

Administrative Manager

kalai004@umn.edu

Fiscal strategic support for departmental budgets, MN Drive initiatives, administrative reports, and day-to-day operations of the PMB, BTI, and EEB administrative cluster.

Jen Kalaidis-Meslow is the Administrative Manager for the St. Paul Administrative Cluster at the College of Biological Sciences. Her commitment to environmentalism and sustainability brought her to CBS after having spent the last few years living and working in Los Angeles. As a new Twin Cities resident, Jen enjoys exploring the local bike trails, lakes, and restaurants the metro area has to offer. An avid traveler, she enjoys visiting new locations, both near and far, and hopes to one day visit all seven continents.

Amy Angel

Amy Angel

Amy Angel

Accountant

angel188@umn.edu

Non-sponsored account set up and balances, procurement cards, department deposits for BTI

Amy has been working at the University for over five years and lives northwest of the Twin Cities. In her spare time, she likes to travel and go camping, hiking, and bicycling. Amy has two chihuahuas and fosters dogs for a local animal rescue.

Tori Lafky

Tori Lafky

Tori Lafky

Principal Office and Administrative Specialist

lafky004@umn.edu

Front desk support, package receiving and sending, e-mail list updates, U Market orders, audio/visual equipment and room scheduling.

Tori is a CBS alumni who has been with the admin cluster since 2019. She was inspired to join the college by her love of biology, and she still enjoys learning new scientific names and phylogenies and reading up on the latest discoveries. When the weather allows, Tori spends much of her free time outdoors, where she can usually be found playing tennis, hiking, or relaxing by a body of water. During the other nine months of the year, Tori enjoys trying new recipes, game nights, digital artwork, and pestering her friends with animal fun facts.

Lori Nicol

Lori Nicol

Lori Nicol

Executive Accounts Specialist

l-nico@umn.edu

Grant Proposal preparation, status of grants and grant management, close-out of grants at project end, effort Certification, REU/participant payments

Lori has worked at the U of M in CBS for 33 years starting as a secretary and then working through accounting to Grants Management. She started in what is now the department of Plant & Microbial Biology in part because of her love of plants, and she has enjoyed being a part of BTI and CBS Finance for the last seven years. Lori has three daughters who have grown up in and around CBS in various ways, and they still have a healthy interest in science, as does her husband. Outside of work, Lori enjoys running, biking, crocheting, knitting, reading, traveling and music. She also loves cats and currently has two: a Bombay short-hair and a medium-hair tabby. Ask about her menagerie of Amigurumi that she created over the course of 2020!

 

Michael Ouverson

Michael Ouverson

Michael Ouverson

Graduate Coordinator
Graduate Program in Microbial Engineering

ouver005@umn.edu

Departmental purchasing, employee reimbursements, and general accounting requests for BTI, EEB and PMB.

Ruth Weleczki

Ruth Weleczki

Ruth Weleczki

Project Specialist

rweleczk@umn.edu

Coordinates faculty annual review and P&T processes; coordinates and manages faculty searches; provides and oversees web and print communication for seminars.

Ruth lives in St. Paul with her husband and quirky pandemic puppy. She (often) likes running, cross-country skiing, and reading detective stories. During the pandemic, she has mastered her baking and fire-pit skills, and before it is over, she hopes to learn to play Cribbage.