North Central IPM Center Personnel
Susan T. Ratcliffe, Director, provides overall leadership of the North Central Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Center in partnership with her co-directors, steering committee and stakeholder panel. She joined the NCIPMC team in 2000 and became director in 2007. In addition to serving as panel manager for the NCIPMC;s competitive grants programs, she provides leadership for the Tribal IPM and School IPM/Indoor Air Quality signature programs. (217) 333-9656
Lynnae Jess, Co-Director, has been a part of the North Central IPM Center since its inception. She coordinates the State Contact Network and information requests from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and is the liaison for the North Central IPM Center Working Groups. In addition to coordinating the development of Pest Management Strategic Plans and Crop Profiles, she provides leadership for the Urban Agriculture IPM signature program. (517) 432-1702
Michael Greifenkamp, Information Technology Manager, provides technical support to the North Central IPM Center, including web development and database administration. He joined the NCIPMC team in 2003. Michael has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, as well as both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Springfield.
Julie Price, Account Specialist, provides financial information to the Center Director by researching and analyzing accounting data; prepares reports and maintains all accounting ledgers including monthly review of all account reconciliations and journal entries. She also provides account supervision for all grants and sub-awards, reviews and submits requests for travel and miscellaneous reimbursements, processes payments for invoices and oversees p-card transactions. In addition, she assists the center director in conference planning and other program coordination. (217) 244-7427
Laurie Vial, Communications Specialist, spent 15 years farming full time in the spring and fall raising corn and soybeans while operating a desktop publishing business in the winter and summer. She is a partner in her family's farm management business and previously worked for a crop input cooperative. She holds a bachelor's degree in agricultural communications from the University of Illinois.