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Academic Affairs and Research Support Services

Academic Affairs Support Team

Julie Banta

Director, Academic Affairs and Research Support Services


K701a – Goodman


Lauren Bergeleen, MBA

Programs Coordinator II


K731 – Goodman

Lauren Bergeleen currently provides exceptional administrative support to Dr. Russell Bowler, MD, PhD in the department of Precision Medicine and Academic Affairs. She organizes his busy schedule, email correspondence, assists in grant submissions, and coordinates other special projects to allow Dr. Bowler to focus on his research and clinical skills. Along with being support to Dr. Bowler, Lauren supports multiple Research Core services including Biostatistical Services, Clinical Pathology, Mouse Genetics, Research Informatics Services, and the Quantitative Imaging Lab. Some of her responsibilities include travel arrangements and reimbursements, purchase orders, copy editing for manuscript and grant submissions, external invoices, and monthly reconciliations. Lauren also serves as a liaison to other internal programs and departments, like the Grants Management Department, as well as external hospitals and other entities. A native of California, her and husband came to Colorado looking for new adventures with their lovable pup named Winston. Lauren joined National Jewish Health in the Autumn of 2022 after leaving a dental office management role. She is excited to advance in this current role as it aligns with her professional goals. She can be reached at, 303-270-2548 or at her desk in Goodman, K731.


Jennie Brozena-Taylor

Administrative Professional II, Academic Affairs


A637 – Smith Building

Jennie is a graduate of Regis University with a bachelor’s in English Literature and then later received a certificate from Denver University in Data Analytics. She supports faculty members Drs. Scott Alper, Rebecca Davidson, Brian Vestal, Sonia Leach, Michael Strong and Jenn Honda in the Center for Genes, Environment and Health. She supports and manages the schedule of Dr. Tasha Fingerlin, the Vice Chair of Biomedical Research. Jennie assists with the billing of the Lung Consortium, maintaining the Education Bulletin and assists with coordinating the Distinguished Speaker Seminar Series. She is also a member of the Academic Affairs Funmittee, which plans various seasonal activities, as well as other miscellaneous events.
A native Coloradan, Jennie enjoys spending time in the mountains and seeking out new breweries with her husband.

Kristin Crowell

Executive Assistant to Greg Downey


K701 – Goodman 

Kristin is Executive Assistant to Greg Downey, MD. In addition, she is coordinator for the FAPPE Committee (Faculty Appointment Promotion and Periodic Evaluation, and coordinator for the Distinguished Speaker Seminar Series. Outside of work, Kristin enjoys hiking, swimming, reading and dog sitting for her grand-dogs and cat.

Zoe Hoarty



A647 – Smith Building

Courtney Oyster

Programs Coordinator II


K731 - Goodman

Kara Rossi



K731 - Goodman

Bernadine Sena

Programs Coordinator II, Academic Affairs to Senior Programs Coordinator


K731 – Goodman