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Leaders for Equity Advancement and Diversity (LEAD) Fellows

The training of an incoming cohort of LEAD Fellows is currently on pause, and the program is not open to new applicants. If you have interest in future iterations of leadership development programs in the division of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, please complete the following form:

About LEAD Fellows

LEAD Fellows are campus champions who engage and lead crucial conversations around improving organizational learning and campus climate.

LEAD Fellows support and advance UC San Diego’s Strategic Plan goal of “Cultivating a diverse and inclusive university community that encourages respectful open dialogue, and challenges itself to take bold actions that will ensure learning is accessible and affordable for all.” Fellows receive extensive training to facilitate conversations, provide leadership, and to promote diversity and excellence across campus.

LEAD Fellows are expected to:

-  Attend a three-hour orientation
-  Attend ten two-hour training sessions
-  Commit one year to the program after initial training, with quarterly ongoing development sessions
-  Participate in and facilitate ongoing diversity-related conversations across campus
-  Provide leadership for and promote diversity-related learning opportunities across campus

For those who are selected, Administrative leave with pay has been approved so that employees may participate in this important campus-wide initiative. Supervisors are asked to allow employees to participate, as long as the absence does not infringe upon the performance of required job duties or patient care.

Questions? Contact Shaun Travers at

Lead Fellows Background

LEAD Fellows was launched in the fall of 2015 to address the need for capacity building across all of UC San Diego around equity, diversity and inclusion. Four cohorts have gone through the program, and a total of 70 people have been trained.  

The LEAD Fellows are trained to support open dialogue and conversation during moments of crisis and calm, allowing for sustained and dynamic cultural shifts within our university over time and in accordance with The Strategic Plan and the Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence. Fellows are embedded throughout campus and many are available to support your equity, diversity and inclusion efforts. For example, LEAD Fellows presented Race & Climate conversations based on Derald Wing Sue’s “Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race.”  See the location of our UC San Diego LEAD Fellows on the map below.


AY 2021-2022

Christine AlvaradoChristine Alvarado serves as Associate Dean for Students in the Jacobs School of Engineering and Teaching Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department.  She joined UC San Diego in 2012 after starting her faculty career at Harvey Mudd College.  Her efforts are focused on designing curriculum and programs to make computing and computing education more accessible and appealing.  In 2014, she founded the UC San Diego CSE Early Research Scholars Program, an inclusive research apprenticeship for second-year students in computing, with the goal of increasing access to research and retention of students from groups that are currently underrepresented in computing.  Alvarado earned her undergraduate degree in computer science from Dartmouth College and her MS and PhD in computer science from MIT. 

Gillian Hemingway AschGillian Hemingway Asch serves as Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. In this role, she coordinates, implements, and oversees strategic organizational initiatives and programs, supervises the EVC Office professional support staff, and serves as a liaison to internal and external constituents. Gillian convenes and participates on hiring, policy, strategy and planning committees on behalf of the EVC Office, and currently serves on the Sensitive Issues Response Team and Free Expression Committee. Prior to joining UC San Diego in 2003, Gillian served as a Field Representative for the California State Assembly. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is a graduate of LEAD San Diego’s Impact Program.

Iris Ayala SwindellIris Ayala-Swindell (she/her/hers) currently serves as the Interim Director for Student Success Programs and Program Manager for the Student Veterans Resource Center. Through these roles, she oversees initiatives and efforts to support the success of historically underserved students through collaborative, asset-based and strategic interventions. Prior to higher education, she served in the U.S. Navy for 10 years. Iris received her MSEd from Southern Illinois University and BS from University of Delaware. Outside of work, Iris navigates life with her husband and rediscovers the world through the eyes of her three young sons.

Jill BlumenthalJill Blumenthal (she/her/hers), MD MAS, serves as an Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health in the Department of Medicine. She conducts clinical research on HIV prevention using pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in cisgender men who have sex with men, cisgender women and transgender and nonbinary (TGNB) individuals at risk for HIV. She sees adolescents and adults living with HIV and is also the Director of PrEP Services at the Owen Clinic. She cares for TGNB individuals seeking gender-affirming care and recently established a Gender Health Program at UCSD. She also co-founded the Transgender Community Advisory Board to engage and empower the TGNB community in research. Jill currently serves as co-chair of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Issues.

Matthew CarazoMatthew Carazo, MD serves as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. He specializes in adult congenital heart disease and advanced cardiac imaging. In this clinical educator role, he trains medical students, interns, residents, and fellows at UC San Diego School of Medicine, and his research focuses on the development of outcome assessment tools in adult congenital heart disease. He currently serves on the inaugural Diversity and Inclusion committee of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and co-founded the work group on LGBTQ+ issues for the ACC. Prior to coming to UC San Diego, he worked in diversity and inclusion efforts at the University of Kansas, New York University, Harvard University, and Emory University. He received his BA and MD degrees from the University of Kansas and completed his postgraduate training at New York University, Drexel University, and Harvard University.

Evan CentalaEvan Centala serves as the Assistant Director of Residence Life at The Village at Pepper Canyon, part of Housing*Dining*Hospitality. Evan has been part of HDH at UC San Diego since 2017, and has been involved in residence life and student affairs work in San Diego since 2010. Evan is currently part of the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion workgroup within HDH and for several years has helped produce the Equity Minded Education program for more than 200 RA/HA hires each academic year. Evan earned a BA from the University of San Diego (2014) and a MA from the University of Maine (2016) in Peace and Reconciliation Studies, with academic work focusing on the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Dominic CooperDominic Cooper serves as the Project Manager of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (S.S.P.P.S.). He serves on the Admissions team in recruitment efforts with Minority Serving Institutions, including outreach presentations at Historically Black Colleges and Universities or HBCUs. Dominic is a member of the Health Sciences Anti- Racist Task Force and has assisted in the S.S.P.P.S. efforts to develop a Health Equity Anti-Racist Training curriculum. He is also a member of the Skaggs Pharmacy mentorship program for Underrepresented Pharmacy applicants. Since 2016, Dominic has received numerous awards serving as the Research Methodology Training Laboratory Program Coordinator in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy pipeline efforts. His expertise includes Mentorship, Health Equity, and Community Health Education.

Steve DiggsSteve Diggs is the Technical Director of the Hydrographic Data Group (CCHDO) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He got his start as an undergraduate engineering assistant in the 1980s. After spending a decade working as a DoD contractor, he returned to Scripps as a field data specialist, and ended up working with instruments and software for PIs in almost every science domain at SIO and NOAA. His career has evolved into design and maintenance of geoscience data resources. In addition to his work at Scripps, Steve teaches data best practices through his task groups with the International Science Council, and he reviews data systems and projects for the National Science Foundation.

Franklin GarrettFranklin Garrett is the Director of Divisional Educational Initiatives in the Division of Physical Sciences. His experience in higher education includes strategic planning, multicultural counseling, advising, student services coordination, and student account services. Franklin received his Master's in Education with an emphasis in multicultural counseling from San Diego State University and is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Educational Leadership at UC San Diego and CSU San Marcos. Franklin directs the Student Success Center in the Division of Physical Sciences. He develops, leads, and manages programs and initiatives that deliver student developmental services across the Division's entire student body.

Mya Hines HeadshotMya D. Hines works as a Senior Academic Advisor at John Muir College.  Mya has been at UC San Diego since August 2007 starting in the Conflict of Interest Office under the Research Affairs Vice Chancellor area.  After receiving her master’s degree in higher and post-secondary education, Mya moved to a more student-facing role within the Division of Arts and Humanities in the African American Studies Minor Program as the academic advisor and program coordinator.  Currently, Mya is working on her Ed. D. in Higher Education Leadership from Azusa Pacific University. Her research focus is interrogating how Black-identified students define student success and how that might inform academic advising practices and services.

Sonia JainDr. Sonia Jain serves as a Professor of Biostatistics and the Interim Associate Dean for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science at UC San Diego.  Dr. Jain received her PhD in Statistics from the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Jain's primary methodological research interests are in Bayesian biostatistics. Her research interests include adaptive clinical trial designs, statistical computing, and statistical genomics. Dr. Jain is the lead Biostatistician for many collaborative projects in several disciplines, including HIV, infectious diseases, posttraumatic stress disorder, and traumatic brain injury.

Erik MitchellErik Mitchell is the Audrey Geisel University Librarian at UC San Diego. Prior to this role he served as an Associate University Librarian at the University of California, Berkeley, an Assistant Professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park and as the Assistant Director for Technology at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University. He holds a PhD in Information and Library Science from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Arts from Lenoir-Rhyne College. Erik’s research focuses on the use and impact of information in educational and cultural memory organizations and explores how communities find, use and create new knowledge.

Sally MorganSally Morgan serves as the Principal HR Analyst in Resource Administration for VC Academic Affairs. Sally works with departmental HR Contacts across VCAA to relay policy, provide training and development, and serve as their advocate. Sally also coordinates the annual UExplore program for early career staff and will be co-chairing the VCAA ACTs (Advocates. Changes. Transforms.) committee starting Winter quarter of 2022. Sally holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Speech Communication from CSU East Bay and a master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of San Francisco. Sally has spent most of her career working in Student Outreach, Advising and Residence Life before transitioning to working with Staff when joining UC San Diego in 2018.

Cindy PerezCindy Perez serves as an Instructional Designer and Learning Systems Specialist with the Digital Learning Hub at the Teaching + Learning Commons. Cindy works directly with faculty and staff to design and deliver equitable online learning experiences. In this role, Cindy also regularly meets with departmental leadership to advise about workplace diversity and inclusion issues from a BIPOC perspective. Cindy is an alumna of UC San Diego, graduating in 2018 with a degree in Cognitive Science. Cindy is currently pursuing a Masters in Instructional Systems and Learning Technology from Florida State University. Cindy is the daughter of first generation immigrants from Mexico, and a first generation college graduate.

Margaret RattanachaneMargaret Rattanachane is the Executive Assistant to the Chair of Medicine. She is passionate about connecting people with a vision for an inclusive future. She aims to energize faculty and staff in Medicine as a member of the Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion executive committee. She is also on the Health Sciences Anti-Racism Task Force. Margaret is also the co-chair of the Pan Asian Staff Association and the chair of the UCSD API Alumni Council. In these roles, she brings together professionals from different backgrounds to network and build on collective wisdom. Margaret is a dedicated fundraiser for student scholarships. She was the inaugural Staff Chair for the Faculty and Staff Giving Council. She is also an affiliate of the San Diego Leadership Alliance, Asian Solidarity Collective, and APAPA San Diego Chapter.

Tyler RogersTyler Rogers (he/him/his) serves as an Educational Equity Data Specialist in the Education Research + Assessment Hub at the Teaching + Learning Commons. In this role, he collaborates with academic programs across campus to promote educational justice through data-driven analysis. Tyler’s research and teaching—spanning the fields of indigenous studies, feminist theory, early colonial American history, and interdisciplinary research methods are foundational to his current administrative work. Tyler earned an undergraduate degree in Ethnic Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies from Brown University, and graduate degrees in American Studies from Yale University. Prior to joining the Teaching + Learning Commons, Tyler served as a Program Coordinator in the Undergraduate Research Hub at UC San Diego.

Michael SapinosoMichael Sapinoso serves as a Sergeant at the Police Department. He is currently assigned to Patrol and also oversees Recruiting and Traffic. Michael is a member of the UC San Diego Transportation Advisory Board, Vehicle Accident Review Board, and the Hazing Prevention Consortium. He has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He is well versed in de-escalation, crisis intervention, and peer support. Michael is a certified Hostage/Crisis Negotiator and worked many years for a San Francisco Bay Area agency before joining UC San Diego. He loves music, food, travel, and spending quality time with his family. Michael believes every day is an opportunity to positively influence someone’s life and help people see the world from a different lens.

Pearl TrinidadPearl Trinidad serves as Executive Director for Business and Financial Services and the Campus Human Resource Office.  She oversees Business Transformation with a focus on people-data, systems and process improvement aimed at better managing people-data, developing advanced analytics and implementing systems to support and develop our employees and advancing our mission.  She was selected as one of UC San Diego’s Exemplary Employee of the Year and has served on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (CSW).  She holds multiple professional certifications in Human Resources, Payroll, Change Management, Project Management and Process Improvement.  Pearl is a UC San Diego Alumni with a Bachelor’s degree in Quantitative Economics Decision Science and a Master’s in Organizational Leadership.


Nelika-Fai Watson serves as the Vice Principal of The Preuss School UC San Diego. A seasoned K-12 teacher, she holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Secondary Education from Bowie State University and a master's in Leadership in Teaching from Notre Dame of Maryland. In 2005, she joined Girl Scouts of Central Maryland where she contributed to the nationwide implementation of The New Leadership Experience. She returned to teaching in 2008 as a founding faculty member of a 6th-12th grade turnaround school in Baltimore, where she and her colleagues elevated student achievement by restoring community trust. Selected as an Education Pioneers Fellow in 2013, she subsequently served as an Assistant Principal in Baltimore and later, Director of School Strategy and Logistics in DC Public Schools.

Helena ZandstraHelena Zandstra serves as the Director of Continuing Medical Education (CME) at the School of Medicine. In this role, she provides leadership, strategy, administration, and program management, assisting Health Sciences faculty members in realizing their education and training goals. An accredited provider of continuing medical education, the CME unit develops and deploys postgraduate education serving to increase the competence and improve performance of physicians, in the interest of improved patient care. Helena holds a master’s degree in Leadership Studies from University and San Diego, and is a certified leadership coach.   

AY 2020-2021

Veronica-Abreu1.jpgVeronica Abreu serves as the Undergraduate Affairs Manager for the Computer Science and Engineering department at UC San Diego, with overall responsibility for developing, coordinating, and promoting academic advising initiatives that promote engagement and enrichment opportunities for students, while increasing student retention and graduation rates. Veronica is dedicated to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion efforts and routinely engages in these efforts whenever possible. She co-created a workshop for staff, faculty, and students around “Recognizing and Responding to Microaggressions” and was honored as one of the 2019 Inclusive Excellence Awards recipients. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from University of Maryland University College, and an M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling from Bowie State University.


Lihini Aluwihare serves as a Professor of Marine Chemistry and the current Head of the Earth Section at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO). She also served for 10 years as SIO’s Faculty Equity Advisor.  She studies the structure of geochemically altered biomolecules in the ocean and the stories of inter microorganism interactions, chemical element cycling, and ocean transport that are written into those structures. She was swept into oceanography after a short internship at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), where she obtained her PhD in the Joint Program between MIT and WHOI. Her world view is influenced by her lived experiences in Sri Lanka, Zambia, the UK, and the US. She has been running a lab and teaching at SIO since 2000.

Stacey-Brydges-Headshot.jpgStacey Brydges serves as a Teaching Professor and Vice Chair of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Climate in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Director of Education and Outreach for the UC San Diego MRSEC, and an affiliate faculty of the Mathematics and Science Education Doctoral Program with San Diego State University. She received her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from McMaster University (2003) and served as an associate research scientist and lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at Columbia University in the City of New York (2004-2008) before joining UC San Diego. Her program of chemical education research and practice has three major strands: (1) undergraduate chemistry lab and lecture pedagogy and curriculum reform; (2) STEM educator socialization and professional development; and (3) programming that advances access to and retention in STEM education.


Pedro Cabrales serves as Professor of Bioengineering. He is working to addressing equity issues in Bioengineering, mainly increase representation of ethnic and racial minorities, and people with disabilities.  Since 2010, he has been involved with the IDEA Center at Jacobs School of Engineering. He mentors students from programs such as MARC, CAMP, UCSD Amgen, Ronald Ervin McNair, SAGE, UCSD-Howard Pathways, Regents scholars, IMSD, TESC, Latin America- Science Connect, CALPIRG, TRPP, CIHED, IDEA Scholars Program, Regents Scholar, OASIS Learning Community, OASIS Summer Bridge, IMSD, UCSD Science Bridge, and others. He in faculty advisor for SHPE, SWE, Tau Beta, Engineering World, the Nanoengineering and Technology Society, and the Biomedical Engineering Society. Quarterly, he run an outreach program at the high school’s level. In 2014, he received the UCSD's Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Award.

Dawn-Carroll-Picture.jpgDawn Carroll Joined UCSD in 2014 as 10 ICU Nurse Manager. Currently, Nurse manager of 3F/5H at JMC since opening 2016. I was involved in hiring all staff and crucial in the opening of JMC.  Received my BS/MS from SUNY at Stony Brook and worked as Senior Nurse Practitioner in Perinatal Women's Health. Currently, I have over 15 years of nursing leadership roles in Neuro-Surgical Intensive Care, Cardiovascular and Cardiothoracic Services. Prior to UCSD, I served as Director of Neuro/Surgical Intensive Care unit and Director of Trauma/Step Down at Regional Medical Center in Hudson Florida from 2008 to 2013.  I was crucial in the development of HCA's first Trauma Center.  My nursing team was recognized, based on my nomination, in Advance for Nurses for adaptability. The winning letter was featured in the May 2013 issue of Advance for Nurses. I also served as Nurse Manager of the ICUs and Rapid Response teams at Palomar. I am active in the nursing community and belong to several professional organizations such as ACNL, ANA, AONE and as a committee member of the Philanthropy for ACNL.  I am a student at University of San Francisco and pursuing my DNP in Executive Leadership.  I am on track to graduate 12/20/21.


Silvia McCallister-Castillo joined the Rady School of Management in 2020 to serve as the Executive Director for MBA Programs. Over the last decade she has managed programs at business schools in four countries, including the Master in Management at IE Business School in Madrid, Spain; the EMBA-Global and Sloan Fellows at London Business School in the United Kingdom, the MBA for Executives at the Yale School of Management and the MBA Programs at the University of Hong Kong. Her roles have spanned student recruitment and admissions, student affairs, alumni relations and career development. She previously served on the Future of Work Committee of the American Chamber in Hong Kong, and taught sessions on marketing communications and student recruitment for GMAC’s Admissions Institute for New Professionals at the National University of Singapore. Silvia graduated with a BA in Classics from Columbia University and an MSc in Corporate Communication from IE Business School, and she completed the Accelerated Development Program at London Business School.

Davyda-Johnson---Headshot.jpgDavyda Johnson (she/her/hers) serves as the Human Resources Manager for Business & Financial Services with expertise in talent management, organizational development, change and project management.  With over 20 years of service at UC San Diego, Davyda has dedicated herself to improving campus climate with special interest in women and under-represented populations. Davyda currently serves on VC-CFO Committee for Inclusive Excellence, VC-EDI Advisory Council and Black Staff Association Executive Board. She has previously served as Staff Co-Chair for both Chancellor’s & Systemwide Advisory Committee on the Status of Women. For her efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion, Davyda was awarded the Diversity Award in 2013.  In 2007, Davyda was nominated for Exemplary Staff Employee of the Year.  Davyda holds an MBA and B.A. in Public Administration. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and ProSci change management practitioner. 

12379ab21321722ab68873fecfda207a.pngTed Johnson serves as Associate Controller and Chief Procurement Officer. He is responsible for all aspects of UCSD's supply chain, including procurement, payables, travel and logistics. Ted was among the first in higher education supply chain to align all of these interrelated entities into a single organization, which has since been known as Integrated Procure-to-Pay Solutions. Additionally, he oversees Student Financial Solutions (Cashiers, Student Business Services, Passports).  Prior to joining UC San Diego, Ted held the position of Director of Global Integrated Supply Chain for Sony Electronics. After receiving his BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Ted was awarded a fellowship from the Japanese Ministry of Education to pursue his Master’s degree in International Business Management at the University of Tsukuba.

Brian-DeMeulle-Headshot.pngBrian DeMeulle is currently the Executive Director – Enterprise Architecture and Infrastructure  for Information Technology Services (ITS). In this role he is responsible for the alignment of  enterprise technology to current and future business outcomes, the core campus technology  infrastructure, including the enterprise network and voice services, on-premises and cloud  infrastructures, and data and integration services for enterprise-wide systems and data. He has  served as the Chief Information Security Officer and the Director of Transportation Services in  an acting capacity, and has been the Director of full-service IT groups for Resource  Management and Planning, and Auxiliary and Plant Services. Brian also serves as a mentor for  the UC San Diego Staff Mentorship and the Society for Information Management (SIM) Women  in Technology programs. Prior to joining UC San Diego in 2004, he was the Director of  Information Technology for a timber company, corporate technology trainer, and consultant for various financial services, pharmaceutical, and manufacturing organizations. Brian holds a  Bachelor and Master of Music Performance degrees, in addition to a Master of Arts and an  A.B.D. in Philosophy.

Caelie-headshot.jpgCaelie Ericksen-Stark serves as the Training Program Manager in UC San Diego’s Advancement Department. She is responsible for all Advancement professional development pathways, plans and strategy, as well as providing organizational evaluation and consultation to the Advancement Leadership Team. In her current role, she has spearheaded Advancement’s equity, diversity and inclusion efforts, focusing on training, evaluation and staff engagement. Prior to joining UC San Diego’s Advancement department in 2019, Caelie spent many years in San Francisco schools providing leadership, employment and internship programs for transitional aged youth. She is passionate about working towards equity and inclusion in all aspects of education. Caelie received her Bachelor’s degree from University of San Diego in Sociology/Social Justice.

Patrick-Etienne-Lead-Headshot.jpgPatrick Etienne serves as the Procurement Card Program Manager in the Integrated Procure-to-Pay Solutions division of Business and Financial Services at UC San Diego. Patrick is responsible for strategic oversight and leads the P-Card Program by identifying opportunities, setting performance goals, maintaining program metrics, promoting the program to vendors, developing program policies, training, marketing, and official communications. Prior to joining UC San Diego, Patrick served 20 years as a United States Marine serving two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Patrick also served as the Equal Opportunity Program Manager for his command while stationed aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Patrick earned his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from National University and his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Redlands.

Jennifer FaraceJennifer Farace serves as the Director of Undergraduate Medical Education at UCSD’s School of Medicine. She is responsible for long-term strategic planning and administrative oversight for both curricular and student affairs. Prior to joining the School of Medicine, Jennifer served as the Director of Student Affairs at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She earned her bachelor’s in communication studies from UCLA, her Master of Public Administration, with a specialization in public management, from USC, and her Doctor of Education in educational leadership from UCSD/CSUSM. She also served as a fellow in the Association of American Medical Colleges Leadership Education and Development Program. Her foci are staff development in higher education and improving the delivery of behavior change training to medical students.

Lia-Frie1dman.jpgLia Friedman (she/her/hers) is the Librarian for Communication and Education Studies at the UCSD Library. Lia supports faculty, staff and students within those departments as well as teaching undergraduate and graduate students. Lia is active in supporting equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) issues in the Library, campus-wide, and in her community. Lia served as co-chair of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Issues in 2010 & 2011 and has been a member since 2009. Lia is past chair of the UCSD Library Diversity and Inclusion Committee and has been an active member since 2006. Lia received her BA from Evergreen State College and her Masters in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute in NYC.


Helen V. Griffith, Ed.D. is the inaugural executive director of The Preuss School, UC San Diego. Most recently Griffith was founding executive director and CEO of е3 Civic High, a public charter school located in the San Diego Central Public Library. Griffith has over 25 years of experience as an educator and principal, specializing in leadership development, educational equity, school transformation, and educational entrepreneurship. Further, she serves as a consultant and presenter on issues related to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion with the California Joint Perkins Special Populations Advisory Committee and other organizations as requested. Griffith earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from UC San Diego, her master’s in educational technology, and doctorate in educational leadership from San Diego State University.


Lily Hoang ( serves as Director of the MFA Program in Writing and as Associate Professor of Literature. She is the author of five books, including A Bestiary (finalist for a PEN/USA Award in Creative Non-Fiction) and Changing (recipient of a PEN/Open Books Award). A Spanish translation of A Bestiary received a national translation grant in Chile (forthcoming 2022). Her novel Underneath won the Red Hen Press Award for Fiction and is forthcoming in 2021. She co-edited the anthology The Force of What’s Possible: Writers on Accessibility and the Avant-Garde. In 2017, she was a Mellon Scholar in Residence at Rhodes University in South Africa, and in 2019, she was a Distinguished Scholar at Wuhan University in China. She has taught creative writing on five continents. She is a board member for Jaded Ibis Press, an independent press focused on BIPOC writers, and is on the Literary Awards Committee for the PEN Foundation. 

Helen-Kaiser-Headshot.jpgHelen Kaiser (she/her/hers),, serves as the Associate Director of the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD) and Deputy Title IX Officer at UC San Diego.  In this role, Helen works to address reports of discrimination and harassment, as well as incidents of sexual violence and sexual harassment. Helen joined UC San Diego in September 2018 with over seven years of experience in Title IX.   She received her Bachelor of Arts from San Diego State University and her Juris Doctorate from University San Diego School of Law. 

Leah-Klement-Headshot.jpgLeah Klement serves as an Education Specialist at the Engaged Teaching Hub, part of UC San Diego’s Teaching + Learning Commons. In this role, she works with faculty, staff, and graduate student educators to advance equitable, student-centered, and research-based teaching practices across campus. Leah also collaborates with faculty groups on education research and departmental assessment projects, and recently served as a co-organizer and facilitator for the Engaged Teaching Hub’s inaugural Anti-Racist Pedagogy Learning Community cohort in Fall 2020. Leah holds a B.A. in Classics and English from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (with a concentration in Medieval Studies) from Princeton University.

Kirby-Knipp-Headshot.jpgKirby Knipp serves as the Program Analyst for the Vice Chancellor - Student Affairs office at UC San Diego. Kirby currently leads the Professional Development Committee, The Free Expression Committee and the VCSA Strategic Plan Process. Kirby also manages programming to support our students and staff in a new virtual environment. Kirby received his undergraduate Media and Mass Communications degree from University of Kansas and a year later received his Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Northern Arizona University.

Alma-Palazzolo-headshot.jpgAlma Palazzolo [] is the Assistant Dean for the Division of Arts and Humanities with responsibilities in all aspects of strategic planning and resource administration for the Dean’s Office, the division’s six academic departments (Music, Theatre & Dance, Visual Arts, History, Literature, and Philosophy) the Institute of Arts and Humanities, the Institute for Practical Ethics, and the Analytical Writing Program.  Alma came to UC San Diego 20 years ago and prior to becoming Assistant Dean in 2014, served as CAO for the SD Supercomputer Center, MSO for the Department of Political Science, Assistant Director for OPAFS, and fund manager at SIO.  Alma earned both a bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University.

 Allorah-Pradenas-Photo.jpgAllorah Pradenas serves as the Managing Director of Strategic Initiatives for UC San Diego's Office of Operational Strategic Initiatives (OSI). As Managing Director, Allorah provides leadership and strategy for the OSI projects and programs portfolio, focused on continuous improvement, strategic planning, and operational efficiency. Before joining UC San Diego in 2015, Allorah developed over a decade of project management and leadership experience at various higher education institutions. Allorah earned her bachelor’s degree in writing from University of Redlands and her Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from UC Riverside. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a ProSci change management practitioner.

 Akbar-Rahman-headshot.jpgAkbar Rahman, MD, MPH, serves as Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine & Public Health in the School of Medicine.  Before coming to UC San Diego, he worked in federally qualified health centers in Los Angeles and Long Beach with medically underserved communities, and spent a year at an under-resourced public hospital in South Africa. He remains committed to reducing healthcare disparities domestically and abroad. He helped establish the Diversity & Anti-Racism Committee in Family Medicine at UCSD.  He is active in the clinical education of residents & students, and cares for patients in the inpatient and outpatient setting.  Half of his clinical practice is devoted to treating homeless patients at St. Vincent de Paul Village Health Center.  He received his medical & graduate training at Northwestern University. 

 K.-Richardson-Headshot---LEAD-2021.jpgKelly Richardson serves as a Sergeant at UC San Diego’s Police Department.  He is a lead department hiring administrator, co-leads the Residential Security Officer / University Safety Official program, and is the department racial profiling and implicit bias trainer.  Kelly has enjoyed serving as a Vice-Chair for the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientations Issues for nearly two years.   He holds a bachelor’s in linguistics from UC Riverside and enjoys kayaking, fishing, and many other outdoor activities in his free time.

  Jodi Traver serves as a Nurse Educator in the Nursing Education, Development of UC San Diego Health. Jodi currently manages onboarding for all UC San Diego Health nurses in coordination with Human Resources. She is actively implementing equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) standards she co-developed to advance the strategic priority of addressing equity issues including facilitation of quarterly Nursing and Social Justice open forums. Jodi’s current work is informed by her experience leading pre-licensure, graduate students in service-learning with underserved communities. She has a special interest in establishing nursing-community partnerships to increase recruitment and representation of nurses from diverse backgrounds across the health system. Jodi received her master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of San Diego, and her bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester.


AY 2018-2019

wendy-hunter-barkerWendy Hunter Barker serves as the Assistant Dean for Academic Programs and Marketing at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS). Wendy is responsible for all aspects of the student experience, overseeing Admissions, Student Services, Career Services and Executive Education, as well as all marketing and strategic communication for the school. Prior to joining GPS in 2014, Wendy was the Director of Institutional Initiatives at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Wendy received her bachelor's with honors in political science and international relations from UCLA and a master's in international peace and conflict resolution from American University in Washington, D.C. (concentration: cross cultural communication).

jelena-bradicJelena Bradic serves as Associate Professor of Statistics at UC San Diego associated with the Mathematics Department. Prof. Bradic is also affiliated with the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute. Her interests are in machine learning, high dimensional statistics, causal learning and inference, robust statistics, and survival analysis. Prof. Bradic holds a PhD in statistics from Princeton University (2011) associated with the Operations Research and Financial Engineering Department. In addition, Prof. Bradic is in charge of enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Physical Sciences at all three levels: undergraduate, graduate, and faculty. 

daniel-carrillo-juniorDaniel Carrillo, Jr. serves as the Senior Internship Counselor with the Academic Internship Program in the Teaching and Learning Commons. In this role, Daniel works with campus and community partners to develop meaningful experiential learning opportunities for students. Prior to joining AIP in 2015, he worked with the Education Studies Department and at the University of Washington to provide community-based learning opportunities in early childhood education. Throughout his career, Daniel has served as an advocate for the value of experiential learning and is passionate about working with historically underrepresented communities. 

hercilia-coronaHercilia Corona,, serves as UC San Diego Psychologist within the UC San Diego’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Hercilia provides direct clinical services to registered UCSD students, with a special interest and expertise in working with students of color, first generation college students, and other under-represented groups. Hercilia also serves as the Liaison to the Raza Resource Centro, supporting their mission by providing consultation, outreach, and access to psychological services and psychoeducation. Prior to UC San Diego, Amelia worked and trained at MIT, Harvard Medical School, Victims of Violence program, Boston College, and the UMass-Boston systems. Hercilia is a Mexican immigrant and first generation college graduate.

bria-hamletBria Hamlet serves as the Health Promotion Specialist in the Health Promotion Services at UC San Diego. Bria is lead staff for special projects and oversees the development of focused health promotion programs. Before joining UC San Diego in 2017, Bria was an associate in the Public Health Associate Program at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Bria received her bachelor's in Health Policy and Administration in 2015 from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She is currently a master of public health candidate at University of New England. Bria is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and a member of the Southern California Society for Public Health Education (SC SOPHE). 

alexandra-hubenkoAlexandra Hubenko serves as the Program Manager at the Qualcomm Institute, the UC San Diego Division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). Alexandra currently manages the UC San Diego-Los Alamos National Laboratory research and education collaboration and the Kidprint infant biometrics project. She holds a bachelor's in materials science and engineering from Cornell University, and a Master of Business Administration in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

drew-hunsingerDrew C. Hunsinger serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for UC San Diego University Development. Drew is responsible for all aspects of advancement for UC San Diego’s general campus and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. His primary responsibilities include leading fundraising strategy and a team of more than 50 development professionals.  Drew joined UC San Diego in January 2017 following over 14 years at Oregon Health & Science University Foundation (OHSUF), most recently serving as Vice President of Development. Drew earned his bachelor's in Psychology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Juris Doctorate from Willamette University College of Law.

anthony-kingAnthony King serves as Communications Director in University Communications and Public Affairs, supporting the Division of Arts and Humanities. Anthony’s responsibilities include forming and implementing a strategic communications plan with the management team within the division. Anthony is the current chair of the UC San Diego Marketing Council. Active in supporting equity, diversity, and inclusion, Anthony served as co-chair of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Issues, as well as on the California Gender Recognition Act steering committee, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council, and Women’s Conference planning committee. Anthony received his bachelor's in writing from the University of Washington and his master's in international relations from Alliant International University.

kimberly-linsleyKimberly Linsley serves as the Administrative Officer in the Department of Political Science. Kimberly is responsible for financial administration, strategic planning, undergraduate and graduate academic program management, and leading a staff of professionals to assist the department faculty members in realizing their research and teaching goals.  Kimberly came to UC San Diego in 1999 as a seasoned marketing professional. She obtained a bachelor's in mathematics from Hamilton College and a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School.

dede-lyonsDeirdre (Dede) Lyons serves as the Assistant Professor, Marine Biology Research Division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Deirdre became interested in questions about the origins and evolution of animal body plans as an undergraduate at Mount Holyoke College and as a research assistant at UC Los Angeles. Dede got her doctorate in molecular and cell biology at UC Berkeley studying the control of asymmetric cell division in invertebrate embryos. Dede established her own research group in the Marine Biology Research Division of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego in 2016.

kacy-marumeKacy Marume serves as the Assistant Director for Client Experience in the Integrated Procure-to-Pay Solutions division of Business and Financial Services at UC San Diego. Kacy is responsible for communications, marketing, and outreach, and oversees the analytics team and the client relationship management program, which includes a shared services knowledge desk. In 2016, Kacy was nominated for the Exemplary Staff Employee of the Year Award. She holds a bachelor's in literature from UC Merced, where she was part of the first graduating class. 

danielle-melmanDanielle A. Melman serves as the Assistant Athletics Director of External Relations at UC San Diego. Melman has been responsible for overseeing various external areas, including the department’s annual giving fund, event fundraising, special events, campus and community outreach, and alumni/parent relations. She also provides supervision to the men’s tennis program. Melman graduated from UC San Diego with a degree in biology in 2003 where she was a member of the intercollegiate women’s water polo team for four years. Melman obtained a master's in sports management from Drexel University.

jay-minertJay Minert serves as the Director of Outreach and Academic Engagement at Study Abroad. In this role, Jay works to promote access to global educational opportunities for students of all backgrounds. Prior to joining Study Abroad, Jay was at the University of Hawaii’i at Hilo, UC Santa Cruz, and the Peace Corps, where he was a Recruiter and Minority Recruitment Liaison. Jay earned his bachelor’s in anthropology and a master’s in education, and has received fellowships from the Fulbright Commission of the United Kingdom, the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), and the Inter-American Foundation. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in Belize and Palau (Micronesia) doing youth development and environmental education projects.

gloria-negreteGloria Negrete serves as the Director of Strategy and Planning within UC San Diego’s Research Affairs,Office of Innovation and Commercialization. She is also the founding director of The Basement, a UC San Diego campus incubator. The Basement recently ranked in the top ten incubators and accelerators by San Diego Business Journal and earned a 2017 CASE Award for Excellence. Gloria spent eight years managing and directing business related programs in higher education, and is a former university faculty member with a communications, business, and arts background. Her expertise includes experience working with both tech and non-tech startups for well over ten years. 

alex-norbashDr. Alexander Norbash serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, provides training/support to Faculty Equity Advisors, and is charged with Faculty Climate and Professional Development at UC San Diego. Dr. Norbash also serves as Chair and Professor of Radiology within the UC San Diego School of Medicine. From 20112015, Dr. Norbash served as the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Boston University School of Medicine, where he led multiple initiatives to enhance diversity and inclusion. He received his combined B.A./M.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, completed postdoctoral training in Interventional Neuroradiology at Stanford University, and a master's in healthcare management from Harvard University.

mardestinee-perezMarDestinee Perez serves as the Director of Faculty Development and Diversity at the Center for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion (FDI), where she oversees the development and implementation of FDI efforts to advance faculty diversity and inclusive excellence. Prior to working at UC San Diego, she managed rural community programs for the U.S. Agency for International Development and designed international study programs for educators and other professionals at the Institute of International Education. MarDestinee earned a bachelor's in criminology, law and society from the University of California Irvine and a Master of Sciences in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University. 

amelia-roeschleinAmelia Roeschlein serves as the Director of Psychotherapy Services and Training, a psychodynamically trained therapist, and AAMFT approved clinical supervisor at UC San Diego’s Outpatient Psychiatric Services-Hillcrest. Amelia is part-time faculty at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work,and is completing her doctorate in social work with a focus on innovation and creating large scale social change through transdisciplinary training of mental health practitioners. Amelia is active in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

ayelet-ruppin-phamAyelet Ruppin-Pham serves as the Patient Education Coordinator at UC San Diego Health. Ayelet’s responsibilities include resource development and program management for delivering effective education to inpatient and ambulatory patient populations, with a focus on patients with limited health literacy. Previously, she was the staff orientation and training coordinator for the openings of Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center and Jacobs Medical Center. Ayelet received her bachelor's in sociology/ethnic studies from UC San Diego (Marshall College) and her master's in nursing from University of Washington.

ucsd-logoRobert Rome serves as the Assistant Dean for the Division of Physical Sciences at UC San Diego.




satomi-saitoSatomi Saito serves as the Head of Library Collections Fiscal Management Division at the Content Acquisition and Resource Sharing Program at UC San Diego Library. Satomi is one of the inaugural members of the Library Diversity and Inclusion Committee and served as a co-chair in FY16/17. Born and raised in Fukushima, Japan, Satomi came to the United States to study English. Satomi loves singing in La Jolla Symphony & Chorus and volunteering for various campus and community events. 

 jane-willenbringJane K. Willenbring serves as Associate Professor, Geosciences Research Division and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Jane’s interest is understanding the evolution of the Earth’s surface and has started to organize citizen science campaigns and apply basic science principles to problems of human health with an ultimate broader impact goal of cleaning up urban environments. Jane received her doctorate from Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada, her master's from Boston University, and her bachelor's from North Dakota State University.

AY 2017-2018

 Cristina AparicioCristina Aparicio serves as the International Admissions Officer for the Undergraduate Admissions Office at UC San Diego. Cristina recruits international students for our undergraduate programs at UC San Diego, she is also responsible for evaluating international applications while also working with our continuing students that study abroad. Cristina attended Santa Barbara City College where she received her Associate of Arts in Spanish and then transferred to UCLA where she received her Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies. At UCLA she was also a Ronald E. McNair Scholar conducting undergraduate research with the department of History. She attended Cal State University, Los Angeles where she received her Master of Arts in Latin American Studies.

Adam BurgasserAdam Burgasser serves as Professor of Physics and an observational astrophysicist. He is active in addressing equity issues in the Physical Sciences, particularly the underrepresentation of women, ethnic and racial minorities, and people with disabilities. Since 2014, he has been co-director of the UC-HBCU Pathways in Physics program at UCSD, in partnership with Morehouse and Spelman Colleges. He co-organized the 2015 Inclusive Astronomy conference, which developed community recommendations for addressing equity issues at all stages, and presented to the President’s Council of Advisors in Science and Technology.  He was also the lead faculty organizer of the 2016 American Physical Society Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics at UCSD. He is former chair of the American Astronomical Society Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy, chair of the UCSD Physics Outreach & Diversity Committee, and a Campus Diversity Coordinator. In 2014, he was awarded UCSD's Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Award.

Lovella CachoLovella Cacho serves as the Industry Partnerships and Outreach Manager for the Qualcomm Institute, the UC San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunication and Internet Technology. She manages QI's Innovation Space, which houses over a dozen startup companies, and oversees the institute's outreach programs, such as the Summer Undergraduate Research Program. She has worked at UC San Diego since 2000 in various divisions and roles including lab manager, human resource manager, executive assistant and events and projects team manager. She received her Bachelor’s degree with majors in Molecular Cell Biology and English from UC Berkeley. 

Laura CervinoLaura Cervino, Ph.D. originally from Spain, serves as the Associate Professor, Medical Physicist, and Assistant Vice-Chair of Diversity in the department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences. Dr. Cervino does both research and clinical work. She is the technical chief of breast and gynecological radiotherapy and also leads research administrative efforts in the department. Amongst other service efforts, she is the Chair of the Women Professional Subcommittee and a Board Member for the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. She has supervised multiple students, postdocs, and residents.

Anu DelouriAnu Delouri serves as the Assistant Director for Communications and Community Planning in the Campus Planning Office at UC San Diego. Anu has worked on planning matters at UC San Diego since 2003 and in her role works as a Campus Planning liaison with the local communities of University City, La Jolla, Hillcrest, Point Loma and others where the campus owns or leases property. In addition, her responsibilities include collaboration on planning matters with local and regional agencies including the City of San Diego, SANDAG and the California Coastal Commission. She holds a Bachelors in Architecture and Masters in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute, New York.

Jesse EnriquezJesse Enriquez serves as the Strategic Initiatives Admissions Officer in the Office of Admissions at the University of California, San Diego. His responsibilities include diversity outreach, recruitment, and yield of historically underrepresented groups to the University of California. He holds an M.A. in Postsecondary Educational Leadership from San Diego State University and a BA in Kinesiology from California State University, Chico.


Declan FlemingDeclan Fleming serves as the Chief Technology Strategist and Director of Information Technology Services (ITS) at the UC San Diego Library. Declan started his career at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, managing the public computing sites The UC San Diego Library is very active in the digital library community, pioneering linked data concepts and contributing to the Fedora product and Hydra framework. Declan is active in the technology and gender movement. He has attended the Ada Initiative Allies workshop and served on the advisory board for the Leadership, Technology, and Gender Summit in Austin in 2014. He contributes to Codes of Conduct and promotes their adoption for technology conferences. He has also served on the UCSD Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women since 2015.

Anne FooterAnne Footer serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of the Oceans and Atmosphere Section at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Anne is responsible for the central budgeting, financial, human resources, facilities, research operations and general administration of the section’s two divisions, Marine Physical Laboratory (MPL) and Climate, Atmospheric Science and Physical Oceanography (CASPO). Anne came to UCSD in 2007 from Stanford University, where she was Assistant Director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics. Anne received her BA in European Studies from Mount Holyoke College and her MS in Health Policy and Management from Harvard School of Public Health.

Tamika A. FranklinTamika A. Franklin serves as the Director of Development for Physical Sciences at UC San Diego. She is responsible for securing philanthropic major gifts for the division’s departments and programs. Previously she served as the division’s Director of Alumni Relations.  Tamika also played a leading role in developing UC San Diego’s Black Alumni Council and Asian Pacific Islander Alumni Council, encouraging alumni to become active volunteers and donors. For her efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion, Tamika was a recipient of the UC San Diego Diversity Award in 2015. A native of Jamaica, Franklin earned a bachelor’s degree in government and philosophy from Lawrence in 2005. She is a member of Lawrence University’s Board of Trustees, and chairs the Advisory Board for the Zeta Rho/UC San Diego Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta.

Pamela F. FrugePamela F. Frugé serves as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Colleges Business Office. Pamela graduated from UC San Diego, Warren College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree and went on to obtain her Master of Business Administration. Pamela has been a proud Triton staff member for over 27 years with experience spanning a variety of campus departments from Admissions & Registrar, Managing the UCSD Guardian to MSO for Education Studies (formerly TEP). Pamela has also chaired the UC San Diego Black History Month Planning Committee for the last 7 years, raising funds for student scholarships and highlighting the academic achievement of traditionally underrepresented students at UC San Diego.

CarolH.jpgCarol Hobson has been with the University of California since 1982, first as an undergraduate transfer student then in 1992 returning as a business officer for a computing arts research unit. For the past 15 years she has been with UC San Diego Advancement in support of foundation and research relations for academic units and multi-disciplinary research centers. In recent years, Carol has been translating her UC experience and expertise to a strategic operations role and served on the EDI Steering Committee for Advancement. She works closely with Advancement colleagues, faculty researchers, center directors and university leadership to assist the University’s transformational initiatives within the current comprehensive campaign. Carol is a UC San Diego alumna completing a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts in 1984. 

Carolyn Huie HofstetterCarolyn Huie Hofstetter serves as the Chair and Associate Teaching Professor in Education Studies. She works primarily with the Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership with UCSD and CSUSM. She focuses on evaluation, assessment, and research methodologies, with special emphasis on the validity of assessments for English language learners and adult education students. Prior to joining UCSD, she was on the faculty at the Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley. She has served as principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on several educational projects related to K-16 bilingual education, adolescent literacy with striving readers, teacher professional development, math and science curricula, arts-integration programs, GEAR-UP, and numerous programs serving English learners and underserved student populations.

Patricia MahaffeyPatricia Mahaffey, Ed. D serves as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Life. Her portfolio includes the Center for Student Involvement, University Centers, University Events Office, Associated Students and Graduate Student Association, Student Legal Services and ArtPower. She earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership through a joint doctoral program with UC San Diego and California State University, San Marcos. She currently co-teaches a Critical Issues in Student Affairs graduate course at San Diego State University and previously co-instructed an Advanced Study in Higher Education course for the China Scholarship Council through UC San Diego Extension.

Gennie B. MirandaGennie B. Miranda serves as the Director of Operations in the IDEA Engineering Student Center, Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, with overall responsibility for coordinating, developing and promoting initiatives to advance the diversity, enrichment, inclusion and retention of all engineering students. Gennie is a strong proponent of taking a holistic approach to supporting college students, utilizing current literature in developing effective programs and services that promote the academic, professional and personal success of students. During the past 6 years, Gennie has focused on fostering community building and cultivating a sense of belonging among engineering students through her work at the IDEA Center. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, and an M.A. in Postsecondary Educational Leadership from San Diego State.

Jennifer OhJennifer Oh is the Director of Academic Research Personnel in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. In 2006 she established the Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs that standardized operations, streamlined business processes, and provided a central, resource office to the campus community. She co-founded the Torrey Pines Training Consortium, which is a multi-institutional collaboration, to develop, coordinate and offer transformative professional development opportunities to postdocs. In 2011/12 she received the UCSD Exemplary Staff Employee of the Year award and in 2012 the Partners in International Education. As a proud UCSD Alum (Revelle College), she is committed to fostering diversity and advancing UCSD’s research and education goals.

Carl SolomonCarl Solomon Sr. serves as the Director of Environmental Services & Linen Services- UC San Diego Health. Carl is responsible for a diverse group of over 350 employees at UCSD’s Hillcrest and La Jolla medical centers. Carl was employed at UCSF Health System as Director of Hospitality Services from July 2008 to November 2015. Carl holds a Masters of Business Administration Degree in Management from Golden Gate University- San Francisco, CA, and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Operations Management from Northern Illinois University- DeKalb, IL. Carl currently serves as a Board Advisory Council Member for The Association for the Healthcare Environment (American Hospital Association), and holds Certification and Fellow status with this professional organization.

Alberto VasquezAlberto “Beto” Vasquez serves as the Outreach Coordinator for San Diego Continuing Education (CE) where he created CE’s very first Outreach Department to boast their seven facilities, free programs and educational opportunities. He is currently employed with the Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment and Teaching Excellence (CREATE) where he spearheads UCSD’s efforts to increase STEM diversity, access and interest to disenfranchised communities throughout Southern California. Beto recently graduated from UC San Diego obtaining a Master’s degree in biology.

Heather VinogradHeather Vinograd hvinograd@ucsd.eduserves as the Associate Director in the Integrated Procure-to-Pay Solutions division of Business and Financial Services. Specifically, she is responsible for the campus’ payables, travel and tax functions. She also supports the Corporate Partnership Program, which seeks to advance the university’s mission of teaching, research and public service by improving service offerings, reducing costs, generating funding for university programs, establishing student placement opportunities and more. Prior to joining the university, Heather worked at a regional public accounting firm in San Francisco where she earned her Certified Public Accountant and Certified Valuation Analyst certifications. Heather received Bachelor’s Degrees in Accounting and Finance from the University of Arizona and her Master’s Degree in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego.

AY 2016-2017

photo of Keiara AuzenneKeiara Auzenne is the Diversity Initiatives Coordinator for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. This is a new position at Scripps and she is tasked with improving campus climate and addressing issues of equity, diversity and inclusion for students, staff and faculty at Scripps. Keiara is also the Co-founder and Director of a monthly Clean Slate Clinic that provides assistance formerly incarcerated individuals seeking to expunge their criminal records, and the Vice-Chair of the San Diego Reentry Roundtable. She is a San Diego native and a member of the California Bar, ABA, San Diego Lawyer’s Club, and San Diego Chapters of the ACLU and the NAACP. Keiara obtained her JD from UCLA (specialization in Critical Race Studies). She also holds an MBA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and BAs in Political Science and Business Economics from UC Santa Barbara.

photo of April BjornsenApril L. Bjornsen is the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the Graduate Division at UC San Diego and has served in this capacity since 2009. Her responsibilities include diversity outreach, recruitment, and retention, as well as oversight of the graduate admissions process. She is dedicated to the outreach, recruitment, and retention of a diverse graduate student body. To that end she is the program director on the UC San Diego Alfred P. Sloan Foundation University Center for Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM) grant under Principal Investigator Kim E. Barrett. She also oversees the a UC-HBCU Initiative grant, the UC San Diego Howard Partnership for Graduate Success, under Principal Investigator Gentry Patrick. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UC Irvine and her secondary teaching credential from Eastern Washington University.

photo of Luis CastellanosLuis R. Castellanos MD, MPH is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine and recently appointed Director of Diversity in Medicine and Faculty Outreach at the UC San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Castellanos believes that it is important to improve diversity and promote inclusion in the medical field so that we can better serve members of our community. Dr. Castellanos graduated from UC Davis summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at UC San Diego and after finishing his medical training, Dr. Castellanos moved back to Boston where he was a Fellow in Minority Health Policy at Harvard University/Commonwealth Fund Program.

photo of Danielle DawsonDanielle R. Dawson, JD, MBA is the Executive Director of Development in the Office of Gift Planning at UC San Diego. Dani has successfully implemented an enhanced stewardship program and increased the unit’s campus and community presence through strategic outreach. Dani has a true passion for helping people achieve their philanthropic goals through creative and thoughtful planning. Dani earned her JD at Chapman University School of Law and her MBA at the University of Phoenix. She is the Immediate Past President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, San Diego Chapter and currently serves as the Vice President of Inclusion.

 photo of Jesse DewalkJesse Dewald is an engineer, educator and entrepreneur. As director of the EnVision Arts & Engineering Maker Studio, he helps develop educational projects, works directly with faculty and teaching assistants, and empowers students to use the creative abilities to the fullest extent possible. Before joining UC San Diego in 2015, DeWald helped design and implement a fast-growing, NSF-funded engineering education program for high school students at the University of Texas at Austin. DeWald has more than eight years of industry work experience in research and development, large-scale manufacturing and product design. He earned his mechanical engineering degree at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City.

photo of Douglas EasterlyDouglas P. Easterley, ED.D. is the Dean of Academic Advising, John Muir College at UC San Diego. Born and raised in San Diego. Doug moved to Santa Cruz at eighteen to study English and American Literature at UC Santa Cruz, was trained as an activist by a community of student and staff mentors. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz, he worked with the Academic Excellence Program, a math and science program focused on supporting first-generation and historically underrepresented students in introductory STEM courses. In 2000, Doug returned to San Diego and built a career at UC San Diego in academic advising - first at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, then at John Muir College before returning to school to complete a Doctorate in Education in Teaching and Learning at UC San Diego.

photo of Kimberly EliasKimberly L. Elias joined UC San Diego’s Teaching + Learning Commons in Spring 2016 as the first Engaged Learning Tools Coordinator. Working closely with the Registrar’s Office, Career Services, and other campus partners, Kimberly is responsible for further implementing and coordinating efforts of the suite of Engaged Learning Tools, which includes the Enhanced Electronic TranscriptCo-Curricular Record (CCR)Portfolium, and REAL Portal. Kimberly comes to UC San Diego from Canada, where she coordinated and implemented the Co-Curricular Record (CCR) at the University of Toronto, co-founded the national Canadian CCR Professionals Network, and completed her master’s thesis on employer perceptions of co-curricular engagement and the CCR at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. 

photo of Sharon FranksSharon E. R. Franks, PH.D. has served UC San Diego since 1993. As Director, Research Proposal Development Service (RPDS), Sharon works with faculty members and staff throughout campus to facilitate the development of large, interdisciplinary research proposals to public and private sponsors. Since the establishment of RPDS in 2009, Sharon has contributed to the development of proposals with budget requests totaling more than $900 million. Among Sharon’s other responsibilities in the area of research development are management of the campus’ limited-submissions process, design and implementation of professional development activities for early- and mid-career investigators in the area of grantsmanship, and strategic planning for the identification and dissemination of funding opportunities. Sharon holds a B.A. in Earth Sciences from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from Oregon State University.

photo of Jessica HiltJessica A. Hilt is a geek socialite. She is the technical outreach and program analyst for the Information Technology Services department (ITS). Prior to UC San Diego. Jessica was the Director of Support & Training for and Aristotle, Inc. She helps with RailsBridge San Diego, which teaches women how to code in Ruby on Rails. She is passionate about users, community building, and minorities in technology. In her “spare” time, she writes fiction and teaches creative writing. 

photo of Victor MincesVictor H. Minces, PH.D. studied physics at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, later obtaining his PhD in Computational Neurobiology at UC San Diego. Victor is now a project scientist in the Department of Cognitive Science in UC San Diego where he studies the role of music in cognitive development and education. Victor has always been interested in helping children and adolescents in all communities have access to great education experiences. He is a co-founder of UC San Diego Neuroscience Outreach Program, which in more than ten years has served thousands of students. He has recently founded Listening to Waves, a program for students to learn science through the science of music. Listening to Waves has reached hundreds of students in school settings, after school programs, and science fairs. He is interested in increasing the connections between universities and the local K-12 community. 

photo of Joyce ShortJoyce M. Short, MBA, CWDP is a Program Manager at UC San Diego Extension, Business & Professional Programs. Joyce graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from UCLA and was a recipient of the Chancellor’s Service Award. She obtained her MBA with a specialization in International Business from San Diego State University. Joyce is a Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP) and has an interest in fostering an individual’s pursuit of professional goals through continuous, lifelong learning. She is the daughter of first generation immigrants from the Philippines, who instilled the values of higher education, inclusion and respect as pathways to the American dream.

photo of Elaine TanakaElaine G. Tanaka, MD is an Assistant Clinical Professor, Non-Salaried in the Department of Surgery at UC San Diego.  Her specialization is in Breast Care and she teaches residents and medical students. She created the Breast Program at the VA Hospital (MDBrST) and is an advocate for Women’s Health. She serves on the steering committee for Critical Gender Studies at UC San Diego. She is volunteer faculty advisor for multiple UC San Diego undergraduate and medical student groups (APAMSA, MedICamp, AMWA).  She founded the San Diego Chapter of the UCSD Medical Alumni Association, and the Nonprofit Compassion Breast.

photo of Michelle TillmanMichelle A. Tillman currently serves as the Employer Relations Manager & Career Consultant for the Rady School of Management’s Career Management Center. Michelle oversees accounting recruitment activity for UC San Diego. She cultivates existing and develops new relationships with alumni and accounting firms, government agencies, and industry to increase job, internship, and networking opportunities for Master of Professional Accountancy students and more than 400 undergraduate Accounting students. She is passionate about helping historically underserved students, first generation students, and military veterans. Michelle is a first generation college graduate, graduating Magna Cum Laude from the UC San Diego. She pursued a graduate degree from USD in Counseling, specialization in Career Counseling. Since graduating, she has dedicated her life’s work to giving back to her community and paying it forward.

photo of Emily TraskEmily M. Trask, PH.D has served in Student Affairs at the UC San Diego for 15 years, most recently as the Executive Director of the Center for Student Involvement at the UC San Diego, with responsibility for student organization advising, Greek Life, communication and leadership development programs, community service initiatives, and campus wide events. Her areas of academic interest include college student development, student engagement, leadership development, civic engagement and service-learning, and professional development in student affairs. Emily earned her doctorate in Leadership Studies with an emphasis in Higher Education Leadership from the USD, where her dissertation research focused on new student affairs professionals' use of advising strategies that promote self-authorship among college students. She has a Masters degree in Public Administration and a B.A in Philosophy from the University of Missouri - Columbia.

AY 2015-2016

photo of Tana CampanaTana Troke Campana serves as the Executive Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. Tana is responsible for the central budgeting, financial, human resources, facilities, technical operations and general administration of the Dean's Office. She is the senior business manager in the Jacobs School and collaborates with the Dean in administrative leadership of the School. With extensive knowledge of education administration, Tana began her University of California career at UC Irvine in 1987, moving into progressively responsible leadership positions during her thirteen years at the campus. She then spent two years at the UC San Francisco campus in Auxiliary Services before taking on the role of lead business administrator and IT director at a K-12 public school in Western New York from 2002-2007. 

photo of Maureen CurranMaureen A. Curran, M.S., serves the Director of Administration and International Business Development Health Sciences International (UCSD HSI). She is responsible for creating, maintaining and enhancing UC San Diego Health Sciences' International (HSI) services by fostering worldwide partner relationships. She also oversees administration and program implementation for collaborative partnerships such as establishment of College of Medicine and Health Sciences projects.

photo of Melanie CruzMelanie B. Cruz serves as the Executive Director of Development for the Divisions of Biological and Physical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego). At UC San Diego, she is responsible for the comprehensive fundraising activities for the Biological and Physical Sciences which include: the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Mathematics; Physics; Biological Sciences; the Science and Math Initiative; and the Environmental Systems program. She successfully oversaw the completion of a $20 million unit campaign for the Division of Physical Sciences during UC San Diego’s first capital campaign. In an interim capacity, she was tapped by campus leadership to execute and direct a major campus initiative for diversity fundraising and served as Interim Director for the UCSD Diversity Initiatives Development program. 

photo of Earl EdwardsEarl W. Edwards serves as the Director of Athletics at UC San Diego since March of 2000. Under his guidance, the 23-sport program has made a very successful transition from the NCAA Division III ranks to Division II. Since moving to Division II in 2000, UCSD has been ranked among the top seven programs in the country on 10 different occasions in the annual Directors' Cup standings. Currently, he sits on the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Division II Board of Directors and the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) Board of Directors. Edwards is also an ex-officio board member of the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) and has served as the organization's president. In addition, he is a member of the CCAA's Executive Council.

photo of Vonda GarciaVonda Garcia serves as the Director of the Financial Aid Office. Vonda has over 28 years of experience in the financial aid profession in higher education. Her first exposure to her career, as a financial aid student herself, was at Grossmont College as a Federal Work-Study student.  She graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelors of Arts and continued her passion assisting students in obtaining their educational goals. Vonda worked for 18 years at the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office at Cal State San Marcos, and has recently returned to UC San Diego after 5 years of prior experience at UCSD. She also previously worked at a for-profit private institution and a non-profit private institution, both in the San Diego area.

 photo of Charles Kindred Charles Kindred II serves as the Director of Transportation Services and holds a MBA from the University of Redlands. Charles has also served as Assistant Director of Transportation and Parking Services at UC San Diego, and Associate Director of Parking and Transportation Services at Cal Poly Pomona. Currently, Charles is the Vice-President of the California Public Parking Association, and a committee member of the International Parking Institute. As a member of the San Diego Police Department, Charles taught an in-service course in effective public speaking. He also taught Cultural Diversity at the San Diego Regional Police Academy. A member of the San Diego County Interagency Juvenile Council, Co-founder and Director of the Urban Knights, a youth mentoring program sponsored by the Black Police Officers Association.

 photo of Angela Fornatoro McMahillAngela Fornataro McMahill serves as the Director of the University of California San Diego Conflict of Interest Program, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. Ms. McMahill holds a Doctor of Juris Prudence (JD), is certified in Healthcare and Research Compliance (CHC/CHRC), Healthcare Privacy (CHPC) and a Certified Clinical Research Associate (CCRA). She has over twenty years of experience in research/clinical trials with extensive experience in research compliance and research administration from both the site and institutional perspective. Ms. McMahill is also an instructor for the UC San Diego Master of Advanced Students in Clinical Research/CREST program. She has presented at numerous national conferences on a variety of research related topics and is actively involved in national research societies and organizations.

 photo of Cynthia MuylleCynthia L. Muylle serves as the Director of Organizational Development for Academic Affairs Resource Administration, Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor. She is a principal partner in the development of an Academic Affairs leadership pipeline with a goal to recruit, develop, advance, and retain current and future managers at UC San Diego. Cyndi is a high-level strategic advisor to the Associate Vice Chancellor, Resource Administration, participating in long- and short-range planning, and is additionally a resource within the EVCAA on complex and important issues affecting Academic Affairs and/or the campus. Cyndi has over 27 years of experience on the UC San Diego campus in a wide variety of roles including the Undergraduate Colleges, Preuss School, Fleet Services, and Housing-Dining-Hospitality. She is a UC San Diego alumna with a B.A. in Psychology and completed her M.B.A. in 2002. 

photo of Roxanne RockwellRoxanne Rockwell serves as the Director of the UCSD Adolescent Eating Disorders Service. She has experience in the research, evaluation and treatment of eating disorders and pediatric obesity since 1999. As a certified Family Based (i.e., “Maudsley”) Therapist, she served as the primary IFT program therapist for several years, and currently conducts FBT with families and provides training and supervision in this modality for staff in the adolescent eating disorders program. She began a Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) for the adolescent programs in 2012 and continues to develop this important service. Her clinical and research work focuses primarily on eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder) and weight management issues.

photo of Anthony SingletonAnthony Singleton serves as the Chief Small Business Officer for UC San Diego’s Integrated Procure to Pay Solutions. He is responsible for Social Responsibility, and Sustainability programs, and the Office of Small Business Development. This includes policy development and regulatory compliance of programs, systems and processes in support of federal, state and local agencies and UC system-wide initiatives. These efforts lead the campus in demonstrating UC San Diego's commitment in business diversity, healthy and sustainable practices and greater San Diego community involvement and presence. He serves on various boards and councils for the University of California in Supplier Diversity Leadership, Vice Chair of the Public Agency Consortium (PAC), and serves the North County Small Business Development Center as an advisory council member.

photo of Wendy Taylor MayWendy Taylor May serves as the Deputy Director of Athletics. Wendy Taylor May joined the UC San Diego Athletics Department in 2000. After spending her first five years as an associate director, Taylor May was promoted to Senior Associate Director in 2005. In 2015, she was elevated to Deputy Director of Athletics. Taylor May also serves as UCSD's Senior Woman Administrator. Taylor May’s areas of responsibilities include capital projects, fiscal and strategic planning, risk management, personnel management and student-athlete welfare. She provides direct oversight of the business operations staff, compliance and student services staff, equipment operations staff and office administrative staff as well as operations, staff and management of the new Alex G. Spanos Athletic Performance Center.