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Administrative Staff

The Department of Computer Science administrative team, which is led by Karen Lavelle, consists of professional staff members supported by an office assistant. The administrative team supports the Department's research, academic, fiscal, and administrative functions.

Department Staff

Carlyn Chatfield
Carlyn Chatfield
Web Editor / Publicist
Office: Duncan Hall 3138
Email: carlyn#|)@^:(rice.edu
Phone: +1 713 348-5198
Responsibilities: Serves as primary contact for the department web site and manages updates to the site; creates and executes marketing and public relations strategy; writes and edits articles about CS faculty and students; supports internal communications; coordinates filming and photography; oversees social media
Melissa Cisneros
Melissa Cisneros
Administrative Assistant
Office: Duncan Hall 3056
Email: mcisnero#|)@^:(rice.edu
Phone: +1 713 348-3834
Responsibilities: Provides administrative support to Professors Kavraki and Vardi; serves as the coordinator for Communications of the ACM Manuscript Central
Annepha Hurlock
Annepha Hurlock
Project Coordinator / Administrative Assistant
Office: Duncan Hall 3080
Email: annepha#|)@^:(rice.edu
Phone: +1 713 348-5186
Responsibilities: Provides administrative support to Professors Sarkar and Cooper; serves as administrative assistant for DARPA_MUSE project
Karen Lavelle
Karen Lavelle
Department Administrator
Office: Duncan Hall 3124
Email: klavelle#|)@^:(rice.edu
Phone: +1 713 348-2062
Responsibilities: Primary business manager of the department: prepares, authorizes and approves proposals, purchases, and expenditures; oversees capital projects and the recruitment of faculty and staff
Belle Martinez
Belle Martinez
Temporary Events / Administrative Coordinator
Office: Duncan Hall 3122
Email: bellem#|)@^:(rice.edu
Phone: +1 713 348-8213
Responsibilities: Coordinates all CS events; serves as the front office receptionist providing general administrative support in the department
Deedra McFadden
Deedra McFadden
Accounting Assistant III
Office: Duncan Hall 3139
Email: deedra.m.mcfadden#|)@^:(rice.edu
Phone: +1 713 348-2393
Responsibilities: Serves as the main point of contact for undergraduate and graduate student timesheets, and SPAFs; assists with proposal preparation and agency reporting, processes reimbursements for faculty and research staff, balances all department D and G funds
Sherry Nassar
Sherry Nassar
Accounting Assistant II
Office: Duncan Hall 3140
Email: nassar#|)@^:(rice.edu
Phone: +1 713 348-2031
Responsibilities: Primary contact for procurement, inventory control, expense reports and expense reimbursements for all undergraduates, graduate students, and Rice visitors; orders all department supplies
Beth Rivera
Beth Rivera
Graduate and Undergraduate Program Administrator
Office: Duncan Hall 3125
Email: beth.rivera#|)@^:(rice.edu
Phone: +1 713 348-3820
Responsibilities: Coordinates the department’s undergraduate and graduate programs; serves as the primary point of contact for students, faculty, and visitors
Lena Sifuentes
Lena Sifuentes
Accountant and Financial Analyst
Office: Duncan Hall 3123
Email: lenas#|)@^:(rice.edu
Phone: +1 713 348-6325
Responsibilities: Assists faculty and department administration with management of all funds; analyzes and interprets agency guidelines regarding use of funds; provides financial reports, projections, and recommendations to faculty and department administration; handles graduate student and faculty summer salary payroll, academic release time, and effort reporting
Addison Verger
Addison Verger
Assistant Web Editor
Office: Duncan Hall 3138
Email: Addison.J.Verger#|)@^:(rice.edu
Responsibilities: Serves as secondary contact for the department web site and manages site transition to Drupal platform.

Student Assistants

Brian Clark
Brian Clark
Office Assistant
Office: Duncan Hall 3077
Email: brian.t.clark#|)@^:(rice.edu
Phone: +1 713 348-2773
Research Interests: History and archeology of Sub-Saharan Africa, with particular emphasis on Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa
Samuel Robedee
Samuel Robedee
Marketing Assistant
Office: Duncan Hall 3138
Email: scr4#|)@^:(rice.edu
Phone: +1 832 523-1109
Responsibilities: Interviews Computer Science faculty, staff, students, and alumni and publishes articles in web site, blog, and social media