MAES Staff and Leadership

MAES provides resources for researchers and faculty. Functional areas include research facilities, administration, accounting, and communications.


BRIAN BUHR   Director   -  -   612-624-1234

As the Director of MAES, Brian Buhr is responsible for representing MAES at the state, regional, and national level. He oversees strategic planning for the unit and helps coordinate MAES initiatives with those of CFANS.

GREG CUOMO   Deputy Director   -   -    612-625-1158 

As the Deputy Director of MAES, Greg Cuomo oversees the daily management of the MAES administrative office and helps to coordinate with department heads across the colleges on MAES funded projects.


TAMMY BERGAN   Finance Professional 2   -   -   612-625-9716 

Tammy Bergan is a finance professional for MAES. She is responsible for providing financial support to MAES in all areas.

Contact Tammy in regard to:

  • Payroll
  • RARF/SGI/Varietal Development allocations
  • Federal funds
  • Loan pool

DOUG BRINKMAN    Research Professional 3    -   -   612-384-2478 (c)

Doug Brinkman manages and oversees the Growth Chambers located on the St. Paul Campus. He is employed by the MAES, but works for university personnel who are using growth chambers for research, plant propagation or seed production. He manages and maintains growth chambers for users but also hopes to be a resource for users who would like to discuss controlled environments and artificial light sources as they relate to plant growth and development. There is much to learn so Doug also hopes to have meaningful conversations with users that will improve my understanding of their needs in order to find positive methods to meet those needs.

Contact Doug in regard to:

  • Using growth chambers for controlled environment research
  • Discussing the capabilities of the chambers and what chambers would be best suited for the type of plant research they intend to pursue
  • Concerns regarding light quality and quantity, including UV or the Shade Avoidance Response (SAR, SAS), as well as how to measure photo-synthetically active radiation (PAR) and take spectra of their lamps for publishing purposes
  • Using the model plant arabidopsis thaliana for research
  • Discussions regarding new lighting and chamber technology 

THA CHA  Assistant Greenhouse Manager   -   -   612-624-3631

Tha Cha is the assistant greenhouse manager for the MAES Plant Growth Facilities. He is responsible for providing greenhouse support.    

Contact Tha in regard to:

  • Greenhouse environment
  • Pest management
  • Supplies

SHELLY GUSTAFSON    Communications Specialist    -   -  612-625-2741

Shelly Gustafson is the communications specialist for MAES. She is responsible for setting up and maintaining the MAES websites, responding to media requests, and communicating MAES researcher's accomplishments to a wider audience.

Contact Shelly in regard to:

  • Website content
  • Media requests
  • MAES feature and research impact story ideas
  • USDA-NIFA Federal Reporting and Plan of Work

JEANNE HUDSON    Executive Accounts Specialist   -   -   612-625-7020 

Jeanne Hudson is the executive accounts specialist for MAES. She is responsible for processing payments to vendors, travel and employee reimbursements, PCard reconciliation, journal corrections, new chartfield setups, and deposits.

Contact Jeanne in regard to:

  • Vendor payments
  • Travel and employee reimbursements
  • PCard reconciliation
  • Journal corrections
  • Deposits

CHERYL ROGERS   Finance Professional 3  -   -   612-624-6971 

Cheryl Rogers is the MAES finance area lead worker. She is responsible for monitoring AES federal and state research projects, federal fringe adjustments, reporting website access, and an information source regarding AES financial data including RECAP, CRIS, ISO billing, and AES financial database.

Contact Cheryl in regard to:

  • Financial reporting website data questions and/or access issues 
  • Regional travel approval
  • Federal fringe benefit adjustments
  • AES year end closing
  • MAES reporting site assistance

RUTH SANBORN   Administrative Associate 2   -   -   612-625-5795 

Ruth Sanborn works with a variety of matters related to MAES research projects, assisting researchers and staff with technical, process, and policy-related questions regarding new project proposals and progress and final reports. This involves the use of REEport, USDA/NIFA's online system for submitting project initiation forms and reports for formula projects and NIFA grants. Other issues Ruth works with include Minnesota's participation in multistate committees and projects and some internal MAES RFP processes.

Contact Ruth in regard to:

  • MAES projects
  • REEport
  • Multistate committees and projects

ANDREW SCOBBIE   Manager   -   -   612-625-1228  -  612-803-8007 (c)

Andrew Scobbie works for the MAES Ag. Services Department as campus operations manager in St. Paul. Andy is responsible for the research plot land and related facilities on the St. Paul campus.

Contact Andrew in regard to:

  • Requesting research plot space
  • Plot history
  • Plot tillage and preparation
  • Herbicide and fertilizer application
  • Animal waste management
  • Vehicle and equipment maintenance

DYLAN VANBOXTEL   Digital Content Lead  -  -   612-626-4925

Dylan VanBoxtel is the Digital Content Lead for MAES and CFANS. He will focus on strategy, consultation, design, execution, and approach for visual content creation for MAES. His primary responsibilities include video storytelling and photography for MAES. 

Contact Dylan in regard to:

  • Video and photo consultations and requests
  • MAES video and photo permissions and third-party usage

PAM WARNKE   Manager   -   -   612-625-3153

Pam Warnke is the manager for the MAES Plant Growth Facilities. She is in charge of the daily operations and management of the Plant Growth Facilities on the St. Paul campus.    

Contact Pam in regard to:

  • Greenhouse space and billing
  • Pest management
  • Fertilization and watering