About Us


Lois Geist, MD

Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Development

Dr. Geist has primary responsibility for the human resources and faculty development activities of the office. Her efforts focus on large and small group seminars as well as individual consultation related to the growth and success of faculty.  She is also responsible for the promotion and tenure process, and oversees the annual review process. She is well versed in faculty-related policy and procedure, and at helping to make connections with other faculty in the College to support a robust career development plan for each member of the College. Outside the office she is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary/Critical Care where she is an active clinician in her discipline.

Shamika Patterson

Shamika Harris

Manager, Faculty Affairs & Development

Shamika Harris is the Manager, Faculty Affairs & Development for the Carver College of Medicine and serves as the point of contact for faculty development.  Her duties are to provide leadership and oversight in the design, planning, promotion, and implementation of programs.  In addition, manage and facilitate the effective operations of faculty human resources. 

Paul Casella

Paul Casella, MFA

Academic/Scientific Editorial Manager

Paul is a teacher, editor, consultant, and presentation skills coach. A graduate of Dartmouth College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has presented over 3000 seminars on written and spoken communication skills to physicians and scientists at medical centers and meetings across North America and Europe. A founding member of the Health Care Communications Group, Paul authored two chapters of their award-winning book Writing, Speaking, and Communication Skills for Health Professionals (Yale University Press 2001). In 2000 Paul began working for the Office of Faculty Affairs and Development, leading seminars, editing manuscripts and grant applications, coaching speakers, and otherwise serving the advanced communication needs of the faculty. He also holds the title of adjunct assistant professor.


Toni McAlister

HR Associate

Toni is the Faculty Human Resources Associate for the Carver College of Medicine and serves as the initial point of contact for faculty human resources. Her duties are to coordinate and facilitate the effective operations of faculty human resources needs by collaborating with Health Care Human Resources and the Office of Faculty Affairs and Development. In addition, Toni provides a wide range of human resources support and consulting services to faculty, staff, supervisors, and administration.



Cindy Bohling

Cindy Bohling

Administrative Services Coordinator

Cindy serves as the coordinator of a variety of faculty development meetings and events. She is the first point of contact for our office, and serves as the primary support person for Associate Dean Lois Geist. In addition to her support role, she manages the office events calendar and website.