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College of the Sciences

Office of the Dean

Kirk JohnsonKirk A. Johnson, Dean

Dr. Kirk Johnson received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Washington State University and his B.A. from University of Washington. He was chair of Central Washington University's department of Sociology from Fall 1997 through Spring 2007. He began part-time service as Associate Dean in Summer 2006. As of Fall 2007, Dr. Johnson will devote himself entirely to administration in the position of Dean. Dr. Johnson's research has focused on the testing and extension of social control theory, the social construction of deviance among adolescents, criminal victimization, and the social construction of law and criminal sanctions.


David DardaDavid Darda, Associate Dean

Dr. Dave Darda received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and his B.S. from the University of Illinois. He has been a professor of Biological Sciences at CWU since 1987. His primary areas of biological interest are vertebrate morphology, evolution, and herpetology. He has conducted fieldwork in California, Mexico, and the Pacific Northwest, and is a coauthor of the book, "Reptiles of Washington and Oregon". In 2002, Dr. Darda was honored as the CWU Distinguished University Professor of Teaching, and he has twice served as Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences.

Kari Anderson, College of the Sciences Development Officer

Kari joined the University Advancement team at CWU in April 2013 as the Development Officer for the College of the Sciences. Kari received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Pacific Lutheran University. While at PLU, she focused on public relations, sports administration, coaching and sports psychology. A chance work study appointment in PLU's development department has turned into a career devoted to non-profit fundraising. Kari has spent her career in the development sector, leading staff, board members and volunteers, and loves to connect people with their passions, specifically connecting dollars to causes people hold dear. Prior to moving to Ellensburg, Kari led teams and raised funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, American Heart Association, The Logan School for Creative Learning, Real Colorado Soccer and the Vail Valley Foundation.


Cindy KleinCindy Klein, Fiscal Specialist

Cindy Klein came to Central Washington University in 2006 for the Office of Continuing Education after working at the Thorp School District as an Administrative Assistant for 13 years. She then moved into the College of the Sciences to fill the vacancy of Bonnie Clement upon her retirement.


Velma HenryVelma Henry, Administrative Assistant

Velma Henry came to Central Washington University in 1993 to work for Registrar Services. She moved to the Department of Education and spent 10 years as secretary to the Chair. Her current position is as the Administrative Assistant to the Dean in College of the Sciences, filling the vacancy left by the retirement of Judy Couture.


Janis OrthmannJanis Orthmann, Administrative Assistant 3

Janis Orthmann joined the College of the Sciences in 2012 as an Administrative Assistant to the Associate Dean. She has been employed with Central Washington University since 2004 and has held positions in the Office of the Associate Provost and in the Office of International Studies and Programs. Janis earned her BA degree from Central Washington University.