David Alcocer is the Associate Vice President for Budget Analysis and Planning at the UC Office of the President. His team develops and oversees the University’s operating budget, including the annual budget request to the State, and works closely with campuses on a wide variety of budget and planning issues. Previously, David helped coordinate the University’s core student financial aid programs, which are designed to enable students from all socioeconomic backgrounds to attend UC. David was a first-generation college student himself and has a bachelor’s degree from M.I.T. and master’s degrees in business administration and labor relations from Cornell.
Gregg Camfield, a scholar of American literature and culture and the Vincent Hillyer Chair in Early Literature, joined UC Merced in July 2007. As the university’s new executive vice chancellor and provost, he will provide leadership for campus administrative operations and serve as the university’s chief academic officer.
Responsible for planning, development and improvement of all academic programs, policies and infrastructure, Camfield will oversee faculty recruitment, retention and renewal processes, as well as the rigorous review of faculty appointments, tenure and promotion. He will also oversee the planning, quality and delivery of student education, working closely with the Merced Division of the University of California Academic Senate.
Mark Cianca is Associate VicePresident, Operational Services, at the Office of the President. In that
Kristi Closser has been an assistant professor at California State University, Fresno since 2017. She earned her B.A. in both chemistry and mathematics from Smith College and her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in theoretical chemistry working with Martin Head-Gordon. As an undergraduate at Smith college she participated in research in both organic and experimental physical chemistry, but ultimately pursued theoretical chemistry in graduate school. After receiving her Ph.D., Dr. Closser also did post-doctoral research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and crossed over into the realm of theoretical condensed matter physics. Her current research focuses on computing the electronically excited states of atoms and molecules and their degradation mechanisms.
Nancy Duranteau is the Chief Learning Officer atUCSF. She leads the Learning & Organization Development Department and the development and implementation of comprehensive talent development strategies that promote an inclusive environment of continuous learning and engagement. The department leverages learning and organization development solutions to support the achievement of organizational priorities and the development of staff and leaders at all levels across both the health system and campus. She has more than 30 years of leadership experience in positions of organizational development, strategic planning, leadership coaching, consulting, competency modeling, group facilitation and general human resources. Prior to UCSF, she was employed in management positions at UC Berkeley, PG&E, Bank of America and American Express.
Since 2009 she has served as a Board Member of Covia Communities, a non-profit organization that manages comprehensive healthcare services and living accommodations for Seniors. Its organizational mission is to promote positive aging by cultivating healthy and engaged communities with a continuum of innovative services that actively support intellectual, physical, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board.
Additionally, Nancy has an MFA in photography and is an award-winning documentary photographer. In her spare time, she has advanced the use of photography for accelerating personal growth and development. She has conducted Bay Area workshops that invite participants to explore self-improvement and greater community awareness through photography.
LaMisha Hill, PhD, currently serves as the Director of Multicultural Affairs for the Office of Diversity and Outreach at the University of California, San Francisco. In this role she oversees the programmatic functions of the Multicultural Resource Center which focus on celebrating diversity, social justice initiatives, and mentorship for historically underrepresented learners. She also facilitates workshops and presentations across the UCSF community on diversity, equity and inclusion topics such as unconscious bias and cultural humility. Dr. Hill is a licensed Counseling Psychologist and is passionate about social justice, advocacy, and equity. She is currently incoming president of the Alameda County Psychological Association, and co-host of Naming It Podcast.
Sarah Latham has served as the Vice Chancellor for Business and Administrative Services at UCSC since fall of 2012. Her portfolio includes the Sustainability Office, Colleges, Housing and Educational Services, Physical Planning, Development and Operations, Risk and Safety Services, Financial Affairs, Audit and Management Advisory Services, Staff Human Resources and Office of Physical Education, Recreation and Sports. Prior to UCSC, Sarah served for ten years at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama where she was Vice President of Operations and Planning. She also served as an instructor in the Political Science department for eight years. Sarah started her career working for the Florida Legislature and Board of Regents. A California native, Sarah received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama Birmingham and her master’s degree and Phd from Florida State University.
John A. Pérez
John A. Pérez is the current Vice Chair of the Board of Regents. He was elected to the Assembly in November 2008, representing Downtown Los Angeles and communities of East Los Angeles. In January 2010, his colleagues elected him California’s 68th Assembly Speaker. He was subsequently reelected in 2010 and 2012, making him one of the longest serving Speakers in the era of term limits.
Prior to his service in the Assembly, Speaker Emeritus Pérez was a lifetime member of the Labor Movement, eventually serving as the Political Director for the California Labor Federation. His lifetime spent fighting for working families can clearly be seen in the legislation and policy initiatives he pursued in the Assembly. He fought for policies that put people back to work and helped workers on the jobsite. As Speaker, he brought together his colleagues to end California’s era of chronic budget deficits. He worked with Governor Brown and members of the Senate to eliminate the structural deficit that left California’s budget imbalanced for more than a decade, and successfully passed back-to-back balanced, on-time budgets that resulted in across the board upgrades in California’s credit rating.
He has made affordability and accessibility of higher education one of the most important statewide priorities through passage of the Middle Class Scholarship Act. This effort, which brought together thousands of California’s students and parents, sought to reduce student fees by two-thirds for middle class families, and was later adopted in a modified capacity by the 2013 State Budget. The landmark Middle Class Scholarship Act, has provided tuition relief of up to 40 percent for nearly 100,000 California State University and University of California students.
Reginald A. Randles
Reginald A. Randles is the Lead Senior Organizational Development Specialist, UCLA Health Human Resources Center for Organizational Readiness and Education (CORE). In his role, he designs, develops and facilitates workshops for skill improvement, designed and implemented the Leadership Begins with U program for UCLA Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine and leads organizational development frameworks for the enterprise.
Breakout speaker at the University of California Black Administrators Conference: Empowering and Promoting African American Leadership at the University of California. Keynote speaker at the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of Clinical and Laboratory Management Association Spring Event, the California Society for Respiratory Care Spring Symposium, the 3rd Annual Pediatric & Neonatal Palliative Care Symposium hosted by UCLA Health and a keynote presenter at the 6th Annual Women & Children Palliative Care Conference hosted by the University of California Irvine Health. Breakout facilitator at the University of California, People Management Conference, the UC ANR Statewide Conference and the 2018 UCLA Administrative Management Group Conference: Fostering a Culture of Leaders.
Reginald A. Randles is the UCLA Health appointee to the University of California, Office of the President (UCOP) Talent Management Consortium. He is a Certified Practitioner of Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator (MBTI®) and a published author of a case study on motivation and organizational citizenship behavior, presented at the 2008 Hawaii Global Conference on Business and Finance. He is a published author of the intrinsic motivational book “Practice! Practice! Practice! ‘Til It Rolls off Your Tongue Like Your Mother’s First Name,” and is an alumnus of the UCLA Professional Development Program (PDP).
Reginald A. Randles holds a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University, an Executive Certificate in Public and Non-Profit Leadership from Chapman University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Communication from California State University, Los Angeles, is a Society of Human Resources Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and a CPP Certified Myers-Briggs Practitioner.
Pablo Guillermo Reguerín
Pablo Guillermo Reguerín currently serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Achievement, Equity, and Innovation at UC Santa Cruz, providing leadership and oversight to a cluster of student services offices charged with retaining and graduating students with a focus on educational equity. Since September 2009, Pablo has led efforts to integrate student services to develop student care teams, increased case-management of vulnerable student populations and data-driven intervention programs. These efforts have resulted in Individual Success Plans for cohorts of EOP students, intensive advising services for immigrant and undocumented/AB540 students, a newly launched Textbook Lending Library for students facing financial hardship and a Laptop pilot program for students that arrive to campus without a laptop or computer. In collaboration with faculty partners and the Office of Institutional Research, Pablo has launched an evidence-based evaluation process of the retention services units through the use of logic models to further deepen the utilization of research based practices and continuous improvement. Pablo has worked at UCSC for over fifteen years, previously serving as the Deputy Director of the Educational Partnership Center and as a Senior Admissions Counselor with the Office of Admissions. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Santa Cruz in Latino and Latin American Studies and his Master of Arts degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in Educational Leadership and Administration.
Dan Russi serves as the executive director of the UCPath Center, which is the University of California’s shared services center in Riverside that manages the payroll, benefits, and other human resources transactions for UC employees. Dan oversees the day-to-day operations of the UCPath Center, where currently more than 370 full time staff work in the areas of business operations, customer service, quality management, technology, training, human resources and communications.
Dan joined UC in 2016 as UCOP Chief Information Officer, where he was responsible for UCOP systems and infrastructure.Before joining UCOP, he held senior executive positions in global customer service support, corporate IT and quality assurance for more than 30 years at such companies as Cummins, Adobe, Saba Software, and Ariba (an SAP company).
Born and raised in Rochester, New York, Dan earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Syracuse University and an master’s degree in business administration from the Simon School at the University of Rochester.
Donna Salvo has been with the University of California since 2010 and appointed as Executive Director, Systemwide Talent Management in 2012. Responsible for the initiatives related to Systemwide strategies and programs which include attracting, hiring, deploying, developing and retaining talent. Her focus is to lead and identify best practices in a systemwide integrated talent management function that enables employees to succeed by strengthening the connections between the employee and their opportunities at UC.
Known for her expertise in aligning strategies to attract key talent, improve performance, drive leadership effectiveness and employee engagement. She is passionate about advancing the disciplines in talent management by creating positive experiences which resulted in sharing her insights at 2011, 2012, 2013 LinkedIn Talent Connect, 2016 & 2017 Perspectives, 2017 HCI , 2018 Argyle , CUPA and CLO conferences . She serves as a thought leader and talent management innovator which was recognized in 2016 and 2017 with “creating an impact in Higher Education” an award from Skillsoft/Sum Total. She and her team were also recognized with the Talent Management Bronze award for transformational work in organizational learning and development at the 2017 CLO Symposium+PLUS event.
Programs she is involved with include the creation of the UC Systemwide Job Board and deploying LinkedIn tools to help UC’s Talent Acquisition groups in utilizing social media. Creation of the Systemwide Talent Management Consortium to deliver programs that creates a cultural synergy across UC. Highlighted programs she and her team have delivered are: UC Management Development Program, UC-CORO Systemwide Leadership Collaborative, UC People Management Series and certification which includes Hiring for Success, Onboarding and Performance Management, Managing Implicit Bias and most recently the annual UC systemwide People Management Conference supporting the development of UC’s 46,000 people managers.
Prior to joining UC, she held the position of Vice President of H.R. Operations for AAA and other top human resources positions over her 20+ years of experience for organizations such as Wells Fargo Bank, Citigroup, Palm Inc., Hexcel, ADP, Transamerica and Colgate-Palmolive.
Maggie Saunders has been a space planner and project manager in higher education and healthcare employed at Stanford University, Stanford School of Medicine and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford for over 20 years.
In 2016 Maggie joined UC Merced and now as the Executive Director of Space Planning and Analysis has assumed the challenge of the UCM 2020 Project where she has managed stakeholder interactions in design, and activation and delivery of 13new buildings including almost 300,000 sq. ft. of research lab space. While at Stanford, she developed four major capital projects, including the Wallenberg Hall Learning Center and the Li Ka Shing Learning and Knowledge Center. During the course of these projects, she has evolved the role of the “project developer” as it applies to academic environments. In addition, Maggie consultants nationally and internationally.
Habiba Simjee is a Staff Attorney with the UC Immigrant Legal Services Center, serving UCLA’s Undocumented Student Program at the Bruin Resource Center. Habiba provides free direct immigration legal services to undocumented students, mixed-status students, and their immediate families at UCLA. She provides full representation in individual cases along with workshops, clinics, and resources in addition to direct legal services. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law (J.D.) and UC San Diego (B.A.). Habiba became involved with undocumented student advocacy during law school through Berkeley Law’s International Human Rights Law Clinic DREAMers at Cal project. Prior to her position at UCLA, Habiba served as the Undocumented Student Services Coordinator and counsel at UC Santa Barbara.
Isabelle Du Soleil
Acclaimed Certified Yoga Teacher & Wellness Expert based in Los Angeles with over 20 years of experience , Isabelle du Soleil background includes advanced Yoga & medical studies as well as dance, anatomy & physiology. She teaches privately to Los Angeles celebrities. She also travels & teaches internationally. She holds a Ph.D, in Biology & Pharmacy. Isabelle is a warm, intuitive & knowledgeable teacher who is recognized for her extraordinary skills & her signature Soleil Wellness™ programs. On the cutting edge of science and spirituality, Isabelle developed two Soleil Wellness™ programs for Stress Reduction & Relaxation and for Anti-Aging & Radiant Vitality. Isabelle was dubbed “UCLA most outstanding Yoga Teacher.”
Susi J. Takeuchi
Susi J. Takeuchi serves as the chief human resource and organization development officer for UCLA Health Sciences. She is responsible for planning, developing, implementing and evaluating human resource management initiatives and programs across UCLA Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine. She serves a leadership role, collaborating with others to ensure that programs are well-integrated with overall UCLA Health and School of Medicine strategy and business plans. Ms. Takeuchi was previously the chief human resources officer at UC Irvine Medical Center, where she was instrumental in envisioning and implementing a strategic plan for human resources aligned with organizational goals. Before joining UC Irvine, she held key positions at the Capital Group Companies Global and the Southern California Edison Company. She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from CSU Fullerton and a master’s degree in business administration from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Dr. LeRoy Westerling is Professor of Management of Complex Systems at UC Merced and co-Director of the Center for Climate Communication. His research interests include applied climatology and seasonal forecasting for wildfire management, climate change impacts on wildfire and related aspects of mountain hydrology, paleo reconstructions of climate-wildfire interactions, simulation of extreme events, and risk communication. Dr. Westerling holds a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles; and a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. He has published extensively on wildfire and climate in the western United States.