Administrative Staff

Mark Abramson

IT Support


220 Hiram Smith

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


210 Hiram Smith Hall

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.

Claire Holesovsky

Communications Assistant


203 Hiram Smith Hall

Claire Holesovsky is the Communications Assistant for the department. She is responsible for implementing communications strategies, maintaining web content, and executing social media strategies. She also updates LSC’s databases and media lists, tracks our media exposure, and assists with general administration duties. Claire is a first year Master’s student in the LSC program after receiving her Bachelor’s in LSC.


Dana Maltby

Student Services Graduate Assistant


235 Hiram Smith Hall

Dana Maltby is one of two Student Services Graduate Assistants for LSC. She is responsible for assisting undergraduates with advising, supporting curriculum organization, and coordinating the scholarship reception in the spring. She is also responsible for assisting the Student Services Coordinator and the Communications Assistant with marketing initiatives and other projects. Dana is a Master’s student in the Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis program at UW-Madison with a concentration in student affairs at higher education institutions.

Dana is available at the front desk between 9:00am-12:00pm daily if you want to schedule an appointment with her or if you need any general assistance.



Sue Mielke

Financial Specialist


218 Hiram Smith Hall

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.

Tera Holtz Wagner

Student Services Coordinator


233 Hiram Smith Hall

Tera Holtz Wagner meets with prospective students and advises new and current undergraduates in LSC. She also helps coordinate the LSC graduate programs and assists with enrollment and curriculum review. Please contact her if you are interested in learning more about Life Sciences Communication courses or degree options!

Tera received her bachelor’s degree from UW-Madison in International Studies and Political Science with a Certificate in African Studies and a Master of Science in Education at UW-Whitewater with an emphasis in Higher Education Leadership. As a first-generation college graduate, she is motivated to help students from all backgrounds navigate through their college career and beyond. Prior to joining LSC, Tera was an Outreach Specialist for the UW-Madison Neuroscience Training Program focused on recruitment and admissions for the Ph.D. program and organization of community outreach and events.

Students (prospective and current) interested in meeting with Tera should use Starfish to set up an appointment. Directions for using Starfish can be found here.