Meet Our New Staff Members

With the start of the 2016-2017 academic year, the department welcomes several new staff members and a restructured model of administration for servicing the needs of the faculty and students in the department's academic programs.

As our Chair, Tim Haab, has noted in previous newsletters, the department's staff are the engine that keeps AEDE running. As any of our faculty will attest, without our outstanding staff, the faculty would not be able to do what they do so effectively, nor would we have gained such an outstanding reputation for service to students.

Below, see a Q & A with each of the recent additions to our team. We look forward to a wonderful academic year with our full administrative and academic staff teams in place.


Brandi Gilbert-Hammett

What are your duties at AEDE?

I serve as the HR Generalist for the department.  I oversee recruitment, employee relations, performance management and compensation. 

What are you looking forward to the most about working with the faculty, staff and students in the department?

AEDE is my first academic unit since joining the College in 2015. I’m excited to jump back in to the academic side of OSU and learn about the programs that AEDE offers. 

What do you like to do in your free time?

What’s that? :)

Get in touch with Brandi.

Megan Larger

What are your duties at AEDE?

I serve as the Human Resources Associate for the department. I initiate the hiring process and provide guidance on HR related matters.

What are you looking forward to the most about working with the faculty, staff and students in the department?

As a graduate of the College, I am looking forward to returning but as a staff member and continuing to work with the faculty, staff and students of the department.  

What do you like to do in your free time?

Spend time with family and friends.

Get in touch with Megan.

Cheryl Lyman

What are your duties at AEDE?

In my role as Fiscal Officer, I provide oversight for department’s financial, procurement, financial analysis and reporting operations. I advise faculty, staff and students on fiscal issues, and I assist the Chair with budgetary matters.

What are you looking forward to the most about working with the faculty, staff and students in the department?

I look forward to learning more about the amazing variety of academic and research activities in which our students and faculty are involved.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Reading, spending time with family and friends, and trying to learn all the lyrics to the Broadway musical Hamilton.

Get in touch with Cheryl.

Katie Miller

What are your duties at AEDE?

As the Undergraduate Program Coordinator, I will be advising the Agribusiness and Applied Economics and Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS) majors. I will also be meeting with prospective students and their families and representing the department at recruitment events.

What are you looking forward to the most about working with the faculty, staff and students in the department?

I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone and figuring out how I can best make connections among people and resources.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Running, trying new restaurants, spending time with friends and family, and exploring with my dog.

Get in touch with Katie.

Marlene Poches

What are your duties at AEDE?

I serve as Administrative Office Manager. I manage the daily processes of AEDE’s Business Office, support the Chair and department committees, initiate/manage promotion and tenure processes, facilitate faculty and staff onboarding, and provide customer service to faculty, staff, and students within the department and college.

What are you looking forward to the most about working with the faculty, staff and students in the department?

I have always had a vested interest in agriculture and the environment. I look forward to seeing OSU’s innovation at work and continuing to learn from those around me.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Organic gardening, baking for others, fly fishing for trout, horseback riding, and (more recently) golf.

Get in touch with Marlene.