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Office of the Dean

Location & Contact

Natural Sciences Building 6205
Phone: (858)534-5635
Fax: (858)534-7314

  • Deans

  • Bill McGinnis, Ph.D.
    (858) 534-4281

  • Richard A. Firtel, Ph.D.
    Associate Dean
    Urey Hall Room 1625
    (858) 534-4714
    Fax: 858-534-5535

  • Gabriele Wienhausen, Associate Dean for Education

    Gabriele Wienhausen, Ph.D.
    Associate Dean for Education
    (858) 534-3105

  • Administrative Staff

  • John C. Bauer
    Assistant Dean and Executive Officer
    (858) 534-8202

    Responsible for budgetary and fiscal matters, space planning, and analysis and policy development; consults on academic personnel policy, divisional safety program, capital planning, and divisional administrative questions and organizational issues.

  • Alla Reisner

    Alla Reisner
    Executive Assistant to the Dean
    (858) 534-4281

    Provides executive and programmatic support to the Dean; manages Dean’s calendar and travel; supervises daily office activities; plans and coordinates divisional meetings and events. Serves as liaison to the office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and other units on campus.

  • Melanie Ridenour
    Senior Personnel Analyst
    (858) 534-1967

    Serves as academic personnel point of contact for the division; reviews and analyzes all academic personnel actions; provides counsel to the Dean, Section Chairs, faculty and staff regarding current, proposed and new academic personnel policies, procedures and practices.  Melanie also coordinates endowed chair appointments and works on various special projects.

  • Maysoon Lehmeidi
    Educational Program Coordinator
    (858) 534-1920

    Provides comprehensive program management and administrative support for the development and implementation of MAS degrees and Certificate programs in the Division of Biological Sciences. Participates in program and curriculum development, event management, marketing, public relations, and outreach associated with all educational programs within the Division of Biological Sciences.

  • Bonnie Weems
    Dean's Office Assistant
    (858) 534-5635

    Provides general administrative support to the dean's office including scheduling, travel arrangements, and reimbursements with attention to projects and events managed by External Relations and the Associate Dean of Education.

  • External Relations / Communications / Development Staff

  • Kim McDonald
    Director of Science Communications
    Natural Sciences Building 2105
    (858) 534-7572
    Fax: (858) 534-5224

    Serves as the science communications officer for both the Biological Sciences and the Physical Sciences Divisions; publicizes research and other activities for the divisions in the popular news media through news releases, magazine articles, interviews, and television programs.

  • Brittany Lonero
    Associate Director of Development
    (858) 822-5148

    Brittany focuses on strengthening relationships with alumni and friends of the Division through philanthropy and engagement. She connects supporters of the Division with their areas of greatest passion so that they may strongly feel the impact of their generosity.

  • Tamika A. Franklin
    Interim Director of Alumni Affairs, Biological Sciences
    (858) 246-0327

    Tamika works specifically with the Division's growing alumni community to create meaningful connections to the Division of Biological Sciences in San Diego and abroad through on and off-campus programs, faculty and student interactions and volunteer experiences.

*Unless otherwise stated, Dean's Office Staff are located at 6205 Natural Sciences Building on the Revelle College Campus.