University of Wisconsin–Madison

Hub Staff by Functional Area

The Hub Staff serve these departments: Entomology Forest and Wildlife Ecology Plant Pathology

In the event of an emergency, contact UW Safety.

See Also:  Hub Staff – Alphabetical Order, Tasks by Hub Staff Member

Hub Director

Drake_David_Thumb (1) Name: David Drake
Title: Director of Russell Labs Service Center
Phone: 890-0445
Office:215 Russell Labs

Hub Manager

  Name: Donna Cole
Title: Academic Department Manager/Administrator of Russell Labs Service Center
Phone: 608-263-4520
Office: 280 Russell Labs
  • Budget and financial administration
  • Human Resources contact for payroll, benefits
  • Policy and procedure on academic, instructional and outreach functions in Russell Labs
  Name: Tami Flock
Title HR Assistant
Phone: 608-263-4346
Office: 278 Russell Labs
Email: tflock@wisc.ed
  • Human Resources contact for payroll, benefits

Front Desk Reception

Name: Laurie Ballentine
Title:Univ Svc Prg Assoc
Phone: 262-2671
Office: 237 Russell Labs
See this page for expertise details.

Financial Services

Name: Margaret Webster
Title: Financial Specialist Program Supervisor
Phone: 608-262-3073
Office: 237E Russell Labs
  • Oversee all financial to include pre-award to post award closeouts
  • Supervise financial area
  • Supervise student and LTE payroll
Name: Laurie Luther
Title: Senior Administrative Specialist
Phone: 608-262-0235
Office: 237D Russell Labs
  • Pre-award
  • Grant proposals and budgets
  • Cayuse
  • NSF Fastlane
  • ECRT and effort reporting
  Name: Amber Hawkey
Title: Financial Specialist 3
Phone: 608-263-4519
Office: 237C Russell
  • Expense report approval
  • Purchasing
  • Direct payments
  • Payment to individuals
  • Charge backs
  • Work orders – internal and external
  • Requisitions to include CORS
  • Academic Service Agreements Sole Source bids
  • Ordering supplies to include MDS and UW Fleet


  Name: John Slaybaugh
Title: HelpDesk
Phone: 608-890-0248
Office: 436C Russell Labs
  • Computer HelpDesk
  • Printers
  • Desktop Support

Student Services

Name: Todd Courtenay
Title: Student Services Coordinator
Phone: 608-262-9926
Office: 284 Russell Labs
I coordinate all things related to academic programs including both undergraduate students and graduate students.If you would like more information about our academic programs, please contact me.Current UW-Madison students can use my WiscCal Scheduling Assistant link to make an appointment.


  Name: Mat Bohne
Title: Instrument Maker
Phone: 608-225-3122
Office: B70 Russell Labs
  • Emergency contact for Russell Labs
  • Designs and constructs scientific field equipment and laboratory apparatus
  • Provides and oversees repair and maintenance in Russell Lab facilities including offices, labs and offsite Ag buildings and fields
  Name: Timothy Lorenz
Title: Instrument Maker
Phone: 608-219-6911
Office: B81 Russell Labs
  • Develop and maintain instrumentation and lab equipment
  • Assemble and design unique scientific equipment
  • Maintain building facilities to include refrigeration units, -80 freezers, water systems, belts, switches and general instrumentation
Name: Thomas Dettinger
Title: Instrument Maker
Phone: 608-265-9233
Office: 290 Russell Labs
  • Maintains plant growth rooms
  • Facilities repair, installation and maintenance
  • Fabricate lab equipment
  • Departmental fleet vehicles
Name: John Wipperfurth
Supervisor/Building Manager

Title: Instrument Maker
Phone: 608-333-2619
Office: B81 Russell Labs
  • Fabricate and repair lab equipment
  • Maintain building facilities
  • Aid in layout design and construction to fabricate required items