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Who We Are


Instructional Support

Deb Hoyt
Instructional Development Coordinator
2265 Veterinary Medicine
debhoyt@iastate.edu

Debora (Deb) Hoyt’s career transitioned from laboratory medicine and quality control in medical technology (BS) with an emphasis in veterinary clinical chemistry to computer systems and learning technology in veterinary medicine. She bridges language/terminology to integrate IT into veterinary medical education with computer and audio-video assisted teaching. Areas of expertise and responsibilities include:

  • Support of instructional technology software and hardware: Echo360 classroom capture; Turning Point; Cumulus (asset mananagement); Virtual Microscopy systems; PolyCom/LifeSize; Microsoft Office/OneNote; Zoom conferencing
  • Classroom technology audiovisual oversight; updates; repairs
  • Identify and arrange for purchase of equipment for audio and video needs
  • Support of faculty distance delivery options; technology design for delivery and receipt of distance instruction
  • Track funds used for support of distance-specific options
  • Training sessions to support faculty in the use of technology in teaching
  • Proposals to fund classroom IT
  • Communicate with instructors to help with technology design and implementation
  • Oversee, train, and support the 3 audio-visual student representatives 

Lisa Gestrine
Instructional Support Specialist II
2265 Veterinary Medicine
gestrine@iastate.edu

Lisa Gestrine received her Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instructional Technology from Iowa State University. Areas of expertise and responsibilities include:

  • Blackboard and Moodle assistance for faculty, staff and students
  • Course design consultation for faculty and staff
  • Training sessions to support faculty in the use of technology in teaching
  • General instructional technology support at the College

Technology Support

Steven Kovarik
Manager Information Technology
2260 Veterinary Medicine
skovarik@iastate.edu

Steven received his BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Iowa State University. Steven oversees the Information Technology for the college. Areas of expertise and responsibilities include:

  • Manage day to day operations for IT 
  • Oversight and support of IT for Academic Departments, hospital and students
  • Work with Associate Dean and College IT staff for College wide IT Strategic and Policy planning
  • Oversite of web presense
  • Create and maintain IT budget; revenue acquisition
  • Order and approve standards for College IT equipment and software and support oversight
  • Work with vendors to negotiate hardware and software renewals
  • Committees: Mobile computer; CLIM; ITLC; Windows Administrators, Linux Administrators, SCCM, CCSG, College Web group, College IT managers, Academic IT
  • Communication between CVM and campus IT and Telecommunications and technology initiatives
  • Backup assistance for technology positions
  • Resource for faculty, staff, and students for IT questions
  • Provide technical assistance and implementation support for Web project 
Dustin Whited
Systems Support Specialist III
dgwhited@iastate.edu
 

Dustin graduated with a BA in Fine arts/Digital emphasis and IT education from Iowa State University. He is certified in Vmware VCP 5. Areas of expertise and responsibilities include:

  • Oversight of computer infrastructure, including enterprise class hardware, including servers, networks, SAN, and NAS
  • Monitors and maintains the network and wireless connections in collaboration with ITS
  • Virtualization technology
  • Efficiency and security functions, including encryption and Identity Finder
  • Knowledge of computer hardware, including diagnosing problems and replacing CPUs, memory, power supplies, interface cards, etc.
  • Operating system and package deployment and system maintenance
Martin Teply
Systems Support Specialist III
mtepley@iastate.edu
 

Martin has degrees in English and Creative Writing from Iowa State University and over 13 years of experience in IT at ISU, including LAS, ITS, and the Center for Advanced Technology Development. Areas of expertise and responsibilities include:

  • Lead for student learning IT infrastructure
  • Student education IT initiatives and planning and student laptop support
  • Oversight of the IT help desk
  • Installing, supporting and troubleshooting computer hardware and software
  • Knowledge of FERPA compliant platforms
  • MAC and Casper expertise
Levi Larsen
Systems Support Specialist II
lblarsen@iastate.edu
 

After studying computer networking, servers, and forensics, Levi is completing a BS in Management Information Systems at Iowa State University. Prior to this he served in the military in the areas of communications and technology. Areas of expertise and responsibilities include:

  • Computer support for students, faculty, and staff
  • Installing, supporting and troubleshooting computer hardware and software
  • Setting up and configuring new computing equipment and software;
  • System security checks, repairs and upgrades
  • Inventorying technology equipment and parts
  • IT resource for faculty, staff, and students
Kyle Mechler
Analyst/Programmer/Web Systems Developer
mechler@iastate.edu
 

Kyle Mechler received his BS in Management Information Systems from Iowa State University. Areas of expertise and responsibilities include:

  • Drupal development
  • Project planning and development
  • Technology applications in higher education
  • Web design translation/”Theming”
  • Website configuration management and troubleshooting
  • User interaction tracking on vetmed.iastate.edu websites
  • Search engine optimization
  • Computer program development and maintenance for the admissions process

Ann Fu
Systems Analyst I
annfu@iastate.edu 

Ann received a BS in Computer Science from China; MA in Computational Linguistics from Rice University; completed courses for an MS in Computer Science University of Illinois at Chicago. Areas of expertise and responsibilities include:

  • Programming needs that widely impact the College
  • Management of the college's web technology development, analysis, and implementation
  • Assistance with web maintenance and security measures.
  • Integration with college-wide enterprise software such as lecture capture Echo 360

VMC Technology Support

Sona Aryal
Systems Support Specialist II
saryal@iastate.edu "> saryal@iastate.edu 

Sona received her Associate and Bachelor degrees from Cameron University, Lawton, OK in Information Technology and Information Assurance Security, with experience in hospital information systems. Her appointment is focused in the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center. Areas of expertise and responsibilities include:

  • Configure computer workstations
  • Medical equipment networking testing, and operations
  • Hospital infrastructure; operating systems in the VMC.
  • Technical support for VMC Faculty, Staff, Residents, Technicians, and Students
  • Trouble shoot networking problems.
  • VMware; set up of thin clients and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system

Mark Slagell
Systems Analyst
mslagell@iastate.edu

Mark has an MS in Computer Science and RHCSA, RHCE. Areas of expertise are:

  • Programming, especially in the area of electronic medical laboratory and hospital information systems
  • VADDS/VetStar expertise
  • Creating web-based platforms and applications for hospital and laboratory information systems
  • Integration of imaging, diagnostic results, reports and billing into electronic medical records
 

Systems Analyst II
jamr@iastate.edu "> jamr@iastate.edu 

Jack obtained a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer and Information Sciences from Wayne State College and is certified as a Red Hat administrator. Areas of expertise and responsibilities include:

  • Programming support for web-based platforms and applications for hospital and laboratory information systems
  • Assistance with website creation and maintenance for the teaching hospital and user interfaces