Robin Tyndall, Director

TyndallRobin graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in English and holds an M.S. in Bioethics from Clarkson University.  She worked for IBM and later Lenovo Group, as an operations manager and global program manager for ISO certification of multiple sites and business functions. Her last position was Global Director for Lean Six Sigma deployment. Robin joined Appalachian in 2009, lives in Vilas with her husband, and they have  two grown children. Robin has no favorite movie but is partial to anything by the Coen brothers.


  • IRB Administration
  • IACUC Administrator
  • IBC Administrator
  • Intellectual Property Council support and technology transfer process
  • Export controls compliance
  • Conflict of Interest (COI) Administrator
  •  RCR Training Coordinator
  • Workshops, Class visits and training on IRB process and Research Ethics

Nathanael Krancus, Associate Director & IRB Administrator

After a career as a wilderness therapist working with at risk teens in the wilds of southern Utah, Nat earned his B.A. and M.A. in anthropology from Northern Arizona University with a focus on linguistic anthropology and Pentecostalism in Latin America. He worked as an interviewer, data manager, data collection manager, and analyst at the Social Development Research Group (SDRG) at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, and at the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago as a field interviewer on large national projects such as the General Social Survey and the Survey of Consumer Finances. In 2013 he took a position at the Human Subjects Division at UW as review coordinator and IRB member and later as an IRB Administrator. During this time he gained experience reviewing both sociobehavioral and biomedical research.  In his free time Nat enjoys whitewater kayaking, photography, backpacking, packrafting, and international travel. His favorite movies are Velvet Goldmine and Offside.


  • IRB Administrator
  • Post Approval Monitoring for IRB
  • Workshops, Class visits and training on IRB process

Shante' C. Mathes, Assistant Director

Shante' Mathes is the Assistant Director of IACUC & IBC programs.  She graduated from North Carolina A&T State University with a B.S. in Animal Science and from Tuskegee University with a M.S. in Veterinary Sciences.  During her time at N.C. A&T, she participated as a summer research scholar at Iowa State University. While at Iowa State, she worked on various research projects dealing with obesity studies, the distribution of compounds in the meat of beef cattle, and glutathioine status in feedlot cattle. Since graduation, she has been employed with USDA Veterinary Services as an Animal Health Technician/Inspector.  She was responsible for enforcing import/export compliance of animals, assisting with Avian Influenza outbreaks, community outreach, and monthly facility inspections. Shante's favorite movies are Twister and Jurassic Park


  • IACUC Administration
  • Post Approval Monitoring for IACUC
  • IBC Administration
  • Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) 

Dennis Gabriels, Compliance Coordinator

Dennis Gabriels graduated from XIOS Hogeschool Limburg with a B.A. in accounting. Since moving to the US from Belgium in 2007, Dennis has been employed in the housing industry. His last position was as a Training and Compliance Manager with CRM Rental Management, where he managed training and compliance for several federally assisted housing programs. Dennis joined Appalachian State in 2017, and lives in Boone with his wife. Dennis' favorite movie is Mr. Right.


  • IRB & CITI Coordinator
  • Conflict of Interest (COI) Assistance
  • Export Controls Administration

Monica M. Molina, IRB Assistant (temp)

Monica is the IRB Assistant of Research Protections. She graduated from New York Law School in 2001. Since graduation she has been employed in the legal, education, and research fields. She worked as a researcher at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics and in Social and Scientific Systems. During her tenure there she was involved in multiple behavioral studies and clinical trials. Additionally, she collaborated on scholarly publications with an emphasis on post traumatic stress disorder and cognitive deficits resulting from immuniological diseases. Monica's favorite movie is Sound of Music.


  • IRB Administration