CALS Business Services

    The CALS Business Services team is responsible for managing the daily operations and business activites of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and UVM Extension. These activities include financial transactions, budgeting and reporting, human resources and payroll transactions, and research administration. See the Business Services Functions dropdowns below for details.

    Business Services Contacts

    All general HR inquiries or requests should be sent to to be answered by a member of the CALS HR team (Katie Abbott, Mary Dunne, Virginia Jaquish, Danica Zirkle). Any sensitive issues may be sent directly to either Academic HR Administrator Katie Abbott or Extension HR Administrator Virginia Jaquish. Please refer to the chart below to identify your contact for financial needs.


    Human ResourcesFinance Team LeadFinance Business Support GeneralistPre-Award Administrator
    ASCIHR TeamJoAnne DearbornKaryn McGovernJenny Brown
    PBIOHR TeamJoAnne DearbornKaryn McGovernElisa Ziglar
    PSSHR TeamJoAnne DearbornPat EnglertElisa Ziglar
    CDAEHR TeamJoAnne DearbornMary O'ConnorElisa Ziglar
    NFSHR TeamJoAnne DearbornPat EnglertElisa Ziglar
    ExtensionHR TeamLisa McCraePlease contact calsfins@uvm.eduJenny Brown*
    Dean's OfficeHR TeamJoAnne DearbornMary O'ConnorElisa Ziglar

    * Pre-Award Jenny Brown handles Extension except Heather Darby (Rhonda True) and Lisa Chase (Elisa Ziglar).

    Post-Award Services - please visit

    Business Services Functions

    Financial Transactions

    • Check requests
    • Deposits
    • Journal entries and budget transfers
    • Purcard reallocations
    • Requisitions
    • Distribution changes


    • Annual budget process
    • Budget-to-actual reports
    • Ad-hoc financial and/or HR reports
    • Manage Axiom distributions

    Human Resources/Payroll Transactions

    • Additional pays
    • Classification changes
    • Job-related changes
    • Leaves of absence
    • Off-cycle pay adjustments
    • Overtime payments
    • Position description updates
    • Recruitments
    • Hiring positions


    • Proposal preparation and submission
    • Advance Accounts
    • No cost extension completion


    • Manage budgets
    • Review faculty effort
    • Distribution changes
    • Purchase orders on grants
    • Reporting
    • Ensure timely close-out process
    • Manage outgoing sub-awards
    • Request no cost extension
    • Assist with audits