Dee M. McManus

Title: Science Administrator, Consultant
Location: Lakeville, Minnesota, United States

Dee M. McManus has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in nonprofit finance, research and science administration.

Fueled by her interests in the medical field, Ms. McManus ventured into research as a means to satisfy her curiosity and make a difference. For the first 14 years of her career, she utilized her skills and expertise as a research scientist at the University of Minnesota Medical School. In 1978, she joined the Health Central Institute as a research associate and continued working in a similar role at Genesis Laboratories from 1982 to 1985. From 1985 to 1988, Ms. McManus provided her expertise as an independent contractor prior to accepting the Director of Laboratory Services position at the University of Minnesota, a role which she held until 1998. She continued working as a leader and resolution specialist in the science and research fields upon serving as the Administrative Director of the Lillehei Heart Institute from 2001 to 2007. After this position, Graduate Women in Science recognized her efforts in selecting her for the role of Executive Director. Ms. McManus earned a master’s degree in nonprofit finance at the University of St. Thomas in 2008 in order to thoroughly fulfill her duties with the organization. Throughout her tenure with the organization from 2008 to 2015, she was successful in reorganizing the finances. Since 2015, she has dedicated her efforts as a volunteer with Citizen Science.

Ms. McManus first pursued an education with the University of Minnesota, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in microbiology in 1977. She is registered in medical technology, and holds a CMI verification of College and University Business Officers with the Management Institute, an SBM certification in small business management with the Dakota County Technical Center, a CSMM certification in scientific materials management with the National Association of Scientific Managers, and a webmaster certification in internet technology with United Health Center. Out of all of her career achievements, Ms. McManus is most proud of spearheading the Lillehei Heart Institute with Dr. Lillehei’s wife Kaye Lindberg Lillehei. Ms. Lillehei held $20 million in reserve for Ms. McManus and her team to operate on $1 million annually to develop LHI renovated facilities, policy and procedures, and cardiology fellowships. The institute hosted President George Bush on government business. Dr. Lillehei was the first physician to perform open-heart surgery in the 1960s.

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