UT-ORII Leadership & Staff
Interim Executive Director, UT-ORII
David Sholl is serving as UT-ORII’s interim executive director. He will lead the institute’s efforts to establish a hub for world-class discovery and innovation, interdisciplinary graduate education and talent development, while a national search for UT-ORII’s executive director is underway.
Director of Scientific Programs and the Science Alliance, UT-ORII
Shawn Campagna serves as UT-ORII’s director of scientific programs and director of the Science Alliance. He is also a professor in the Department of Chemistry and director of Biological and Small Molecule Mass Spec Core at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Education Director, UT-ORII
Brynn Voy leads UT-ORII’s efforts to expand UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s graduate research opportunities for students in the Bredesen Center, College of Engineering, College of Arts & Sciences and the Institute of Agriculture at UT Knoxville, and across the UT System.
Director of Communications, UT-ORII
As UT-ORII’s communications director, Bridget Waller leads media and community relations efforts, social media, website outreach, external marketing, internal communications, events and sponsorships.
Operations Director, UT-ORII
As UT-ORII’s operations director, Jason Wood is responsible for providing leadership, direction and management of the administrative operations of UT-ORII. He works closely with UT and ORNL colleagues to continue to strengthen the relationship between the two organizations to support the UT-ORII community.
Program Manager, UT-ORII
As UT-ORII’s program manager, Lee is responsible for the U.S. Department of Energy compliance, oversight and management of the UT-ORII’s programs, which include Science Alliance, the SMaRT summer intern program and the Governor’s Chair program.
Communications Associate, UT-ORII
Dakhota Little assists with UT-ORII’s overall outreach efforts, serving as communications associate. Little joined UT-ORII in 2022. Little has two years of experience in a product manager role and three years working in higher education
Business Manager, UT-ORII
Amber Mathes serves as UT-ORII’s business manager. Mathes is responsible for overseeing business support activities for UT-ORII. She also serves as financial manager for Science Alliance, a Tennessee Center of Excellence, which promotes scientific collaboration between UT and ORNL.
Accounting Specialists II
Lora Robinson joined UT-ORII as an Accounting Specialists II. Before joining UT-ORII, Lora worked for a year and a half as an HR Administrator at ORNL supporting multiple groups including the Fusion and Fission Energy and Science Directorate as well as the Physical Sciences Directorates.
Operations Coordinator, UT-ORII
Annamarie Russell serves as the Operations Coordinator for UT-ORII. Russell has functional responsibilities in human resources, business administration, and event coordination.
Bredesen Center Staff
Bredesen Center Academic Program Manager
Allie Burns provides leadership and oversight for development and strategic planning for programming and student success. This includes working with stakeholders and university departments to advance the Bredesen Center’s goals for student outcomes.
Bredesen Center Business Manager
Rebecca Christ manages day-to-day business and administration of the Bredesen Center. She facilitates the departmental budget proposal, oversees all financial and HR processes, and coordinates with other administrative units across campus.
Darcy Coffy works closely with our Business Manager to update and maintain our financial records. This includes drafting budgets for our faculty, renewing student contracts, reconciling ledgers, and managing appropriate documentation for travel reimbursements.
Bredesen Center Energy Science and Engineering Program Director
Zhili Zhang works closely with Bredesen Center and UT-ORII leadership to further develop and grow the ESE PhD program, one of three joint UT-ORNL PhD programs.
Bredesen Center Student Recruiter
Timothy Guthrie serves as the student recruiter for UT-ORII’s three interdisciplinary graduate programs in Energy Science and Engineering, Data Science and Engineering, and Genome Science and Technology, all at UT Knoxville.
Callie Laughlin works closely with our Bredesen Center business manager to update and maintain human resource records. This includes facilitating completion of all new-hire paperwork, providing documentation for I-20 verification, and submitting payroll. She serves as a point of contact for HR-related questions and resources, such as benefits and employment start/end details.
Bredesen Center Student Services Coordinator
Rachel Roberts serves as student services coordinator at the Bredesen Center providing academic advising and support to graduate students in the three interdisciplinary doctoral programs offered at UT-ORII in Energy Science and Engineering, Data Science and Engineering, and Genome Science and Technology.
Bredesen Center Genome Science and Technology Program Director
Albrecht von Arnim is the GST Program Director. As GST program director, von Arnim manages the GST curriculum and supports GST student progress through instruction of ESE seminar, administration, and faculty relations.
Bredesen Center Data Science and Engineering Program Director
Russell Zaretzki is the DSE Program Director and also holds an appointment as Associate Professor with the Haslam College of Business. As DSE program director, Zaretzki manages the DSE curriculum and supports DSE student progress through instruction of DSE seminar, administration, and faculty relations.