College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Plant Science & Landscape Architecture



Lauren Argabrite
Administrative Assistant II

  • Agricultural Science and Technology (AGST), including Agricultural Education administrative support
  • Undergraduate student/alumni records management
  • Undergraduate student reflectors, room, and computer access
  • Social media and website editing  
  • AGST events, calendar, and faculty travel coordination

Chris Behnke
IT Support Associate

Diana Cortez

Lecturer & Academic Advisor

  • Prospective student inquiries and tours
  • Academic Programs Support
  • Course design
  • Course scheduling
  • Academic reports
  • Academic website updates
 Yifei Fan

Business Manager

  • ● Account management-Unrestricted Research
    ● Contractual hires (ex: C1, C2, PostDoc)
    ● Travel
    ● J1-OPT, H-1B, F1 Visa processing; Visiting scholar requests
    ● NRA payroll forms
    ● Pre-Award review and main point of contact with
    AgPAS for proposals
    ● Monitors expiring appointments
    ● Departmental Purchasing and Travel Card holder
    ● Payroll processing
    ● Departmental telephone and cellular representative
    ● Inventory
    ● Package receiving and notification


Portia Greene

Executive Administrative Assistant


  • Assistant to Chair (Internal Relations)
  • Liaison w/ external stakeholders
  • Coordinator for Plant Science
  • Committees- scheduling, membership, correspondence
  • Support for Merit and Awards Committee, Third Year Review and APT processes
  • Governance Documents
  • Calendars, internal 
  • Staff Hiring Coordination with Business Office
  • Parking Coordinator; Search Committee Coordinator

Marcina Garner
Executive Administrative Assistant

Office of the Chair

  • Assistant to the Chair-External Relations
  • Departmental and Extension support for related events, calendars, and travel coordination
  • Seminar (travel coordination)
  • External-related event scheduling for Agricultural Education and Extension Program 
  • Alumni records management
  • Departmental reflectors
  • Social media and website editing  
  • Website management

Shirley Goff

Business Services Specialist

  • ● Post-award management-Sponsored research grants
    ● FWS payroll
    ● Requisitions for Purchase
    ● Office supplies
    ● Departmental Amazon Prime account
    ● Develop reports
    ● Package receiving and notification
    ● Receipt and deposit of checks


Shaun Faulkner
Facilities Manager

  • PSLA Facilities Manager
  • Departmental liaison with University of Maryland Facilities Management
  • Departmental Fleet Coordinator
  • Space inventory control officer for PSLA offices, laboratories,research support rooms, and common rooms
 Meghan Fisher-Holbert

Agricultural Technician Supervisor

  • Supervise Greenhouse Personnel
  • Support Research Activities
  • Setting and Monitoring Environmental Controls
  • Implement IPM Program and Nutrient Management
  • WPS Compliance

Michelle Neff
Director of Financial Services

  • ● Account management-State accounts
    ● Departmental budgeting
    ● Graduate assistants
    ● Lecturer agreements
    ● Tenure-track hires (coordinate with Office of the Chair)
    ● Staff hires
    ● Course budgeting
    ● Purchasing card/Travel card review and management
    ● Federal Work-Study contact for the department
    ● Summer Salary
    ● Oversee Payroll for department
    ● Assist Chair with departmental strategic planning
    ● Travel (backup to Fay)


Ruth Miller
Business Serv Spec

  • ● Account management-Start-up accounts
    ● Account management-Cost-share accounts
    ● Foundation and Scholarship accounts
    ● Student Award disbursement
    ● Greenhouse bench and growth chamber billing
    ● Undergraduate and hourly graduate student hiring
    ● Key and swipe card requests
    ● Payroll processing
    ● Miscellaneous accounting and business projects as necessary

 Sydney Wallace

Greenhouse Manager 

Plant Growth Facilities Manager

  • Plant Growth Facilities Operations and Maintenance
  • Plant Care Supervision
  • Space Allocation


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