Department Staff

These are the people who actually keep the Department of Chemistry running.

Office Staff

Laura Cervini
Business Manager

Laura is responsible for financial matters regarding the Department.

Renée Stephen
Office Manager
GMCS 209

Renée is responsible for overseeing office matters regarding the Department.

  • Refer an issue to the Chair
  • Student Grievance Procedures
  • Class scheduling
  • TA assignments
  • Lecturer and Student contracts
  • Faculty/Grant contracts
  • Academic Transaction Forms
  • RTP process
  • Faculty travel
  • Commencement Coordinator
  • Special Study Grades
  • Faculty/Staff Attendance
  • HR issues
  • Evening Exam/Review Session Reservations
  • Instructional Student Assistants (hiring process)
  • Faculty Searches
  • Chemistry Scholarships

Instructional and Technical Staff

Mark Gelle
Organic Storeroom Supervisor
CSL 505

Mark runs the stockroom that furnishes materials to many of the research labs and all of the organic laboratory courses, including Chem 232L and 432L.

Marcia Godinez
Freshman Storeroom Supervisor
CSL 531

Marcia runs the stockroom that furnishes materials to all of the lower division laboratory courses including Chem 100, 102, 200, 201, and 202, serving some 800 students each semester.

F. LeRoy Lafferty
NMR facility Director
CSL 225A

LeRoy keeps all the Department's NMR spectrometers (600 MHz, 500 MHz, and 400 MHz) operating, and assists students and faculty with data acquisition and analysis.

Maria Penalosa
Solutions Storeroom Supervisor
CSL 504B

Maria and her student staff, in the Organic & Upper Division Stores (the Solutions Room, CSL-504, and the Equipment Stockroom, CSL-503) support the teaching labs by preparing and staging reagents and instruments, and managing their hazardous wastes. Research labs can arrange for the issue of some chemicals and equipment when available, then provide replacements to the teaching stock.

Equipment Support Technician and Machinist


Equipment Support Technician and Machinist is responsible for:

  • design and/or fabrication of research/teaching equipment from metals, plastics, or wood;
  • vacuum pump maintenance or repair;
  • assistance with a mechanical problem in one of the labs or offices;
  • access to the machining, sheet metal, and woodworking tools in the Chemistry Shop.