Administrative Staff

Mark Abramson
IT Support
Office: 220 Hiram Smith Hall
Phone: 608.262.0247

Mark Abramson performs duties as the department’s IT expert, providing outstanding service for all technology-related issues. Mark also maintains all inventory records for A/V equipment, computers, copiers, and other miscellaneous items. Prior to joining LSC, Mark worked for American Family Insurance and M&I Bank (now BMO Harris Bank). Mark is an alumnus of LSC with a B.S. in Agricultural Journalism.
Sandra Bennett
Department Administrator
Office: 210 Hiram Smith Hall
Phone: 608.262.1463

Sandra Bennett is the Department Administrator for LSC. She is responsible for ensuring that departmental needs are met in the areas of personnel, instruction, grant and gift administration, budget management, and payroll. She is also the department administrator for the Department of Agronomy, the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, and Agroecology. She has been with the college over twenty years.
Tera Holtz
Assoc. Student Services Coordinator & Advisor
Office: 233 Hiram Smith Hall
Phone: 608.262.1241

Tera Holtz meets with prospective students and advises new and current undergraduates in LSC. She also helps coordinate the LSC graduate program and helps with enrollment and curriculum review. Please contact her if you are interested in learning more about Life Sciences Communication’s undergraduate major or graduate degrees!

Tera received her bachelor’s degree from UW-Madison in International Studies and Political Science with a Certificate in African Studies. As a first-generation college student, she is thrilled to help students from all backgrounds throughout their college career and beyond. Tera is also currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership from UW-Whitewater. Prior to joining LSC, Tera was an Outreach Specialist for the UW-Madison Neuroscience Training Program focused on recruitment and admissions for the PhD program and community outreach.
Sue Mielke
Financial Specialist
Office: 218 Hiram Smith Hall
Phone: 608.262.8056

Sue Mielke is the Financial Specialist for LSC. She provides financial management and maintenance of LSC department accounting transactions, purchasing and processing of supplies, and equipment and reimbursement processes. In addition, she monitors department budgets, reports, and billings from research grants and gift funds. Prior to becoming a UW employee, Mielke was a Clinical Operations Coordinator for Next Generation Medical Research.

Brennan Porter
University Services Program Associate
Office: 235 Hiram Smith Hall
Phone: 608.262.1464

Brennan Porter assists with various departmental needs, most notably setting up course availability and structure for enrollment of classes. He is the main contact for course offerings and changes while also providing support with all general inquiries. Feel free to contact him with any questions and he will be happy to direct you to the right resources.

Brennan is an alumnus of UW-La Crosse in Communication and Sociology and is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Counseling – Higher Education. Before joining LSC, he worked for Globe Education Network in administration, career services, and admissions departments.