Steering Committee

Leadership Members


Chair
Michael Daniel Austin
UCR
Michael Austin is currently the Financial and Administrative officer at UC Riverside for the departments of Comparative Literature and Languages & Hispanic Studies. He’s been part of the UC system for 17 years. On his off time he enjoy dangerous amounts of coffee and playing games online with his friends all over the country.


Past Chair
Leah Kahn

UCSC
Leah supervises Instructional Support Services and is Interim Program Manager for Technology & Information Management at Baskin School of Engineering. She is a very proud “slug”, having earned her Bachelor’s degree from UCSC, and now as a staff member since 2015. She became an AMP member at her campus chapter in 2018, and is very excited to now be serving as Chair on the Systemwide Steering Committee. Serving on AMP has provided her with wonderful opportunities to meet and collaborate with outstanding colleagues from greater campus and UC system. Fiat lux!


Yvette Alvarez Obando

Treasurer
Yvette Obando

UCSD
Yvette is the Chief Administrative Officer of Urban Studies and Planning at UC San Diego. With 20 years of experience working at UCSD, Yvette brings a plenitude of knowledge in contract and grants with a focus on academic administration and departmental management. Along with her extensive background in management, Yvette interfaces with various training committees and is currently the Division of Social Sciences (DSS) Summer Session Representative, a DSS Enterprise Systems Renewal (ESR) Divisional Lead, and a Financial Information Systems Change Network Lead.  Yvette has been collaborating with UC AMP for 2 years as Treasurer and enjoys being part of a UC System-Wide committee.  Yvette graduated from UC, Los Angeles, with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology.  


Historian 
Shanley Miller
UCSD
Shanley is currently the MSO for three academic units at UCSD; Department of Sociology, Latin American Studies Program and African and African-American Studies Research Center.   She works with an excellent staff to manage all aspects of the units including student affairs, facilities, academic personnel and fiscal operations.   Future goals include finally convincing Facilities Management to install zip lines between buildings on campus.


April Meinzer
UCR


Committee Members


Sandra Richmond
UCB
Director of Administration, AGES, Social Science Cluster

Shirleyrae Reed
UCB
Associate Director of Operations
School of Education


Angela Chang
UCB
Director of Finance
School of Information

Angela has worked in product development and marketing in Silicon Valley after graduating from UC Berkeley. She has worked at UC Berkeley for the past 19 years and is currently the Director of Finance at the School of Information. 


Megan Glide Villasenor
UCD


Jamie Brannan
UCD
Chief Administrative Officer
Earth & Planetary Sciences


Amy Ruth
UCI

Jennifer dos Santos
UCI
Chief Administrative Officer, Math Department


Patty Johnson
UCLA
Patty serves as the Sr. Manager of Academic Services & Operations for the Full Time MBA Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Patty has worked at Anderson for over 20 years in various capacities. In her current role, Patty works primarily with faculty and administration on academic planning and scheduling. Patty is a first-gen college student, she graduated from UCLA in 1999 with a degree in Psychology and a specialization in Business Administration. She is a graduate of the Riordan Scholars Program (’02) and holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from CSUN (’18). Patty is passionate about personal and professional growth and when she is not spending time with her husband and three young children, she is reading or taking online classes to learn new skills. She is excited to help bring her knowledge and ideas for programming to AMG and build upon the current offerings.


Gina Romero
UCLA

Gina Romero joined UCLA’s Events & Transportation department in 2019 as the Manager of Training & Organizational Development. Gina holds a Master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication from California State University, Los Angeles. Before becoming a Bruin, Gina had spent her career in the private sector doing talent development, performance management, organizational development, and coaching and training for organizations of varying sizes.
Before joining the AMG Board, Gina served for two years in the role of Vice President of Records and Archives for Staff Assembly on campus. Gina says that the two things she is most looking forward to as a new member of AMG is helping to further the mission of AMG and provide all stakeholders with valuable support and resources to help them become the leaders they aspire to be. Outside of campus, Gina lives in the San Fernando Valley with her husband and son and their fur baby, Lily. She loves to garden, cook, and host gatherings at home.


Juana Dumagan-Garcia
UCM


Leann Nascimento
UCM
HSRI Business Manager


Grace C. Caslavka
UCR


April Meinzer
UCR


Miko Thomas
UCSF
Financial Services Analyst


Jeanne Durrant
UCSF
Administrative Director
Ambulatory Affiliated


M. Alex Radde
UCSB
Assistant Dean
College Administrative Officer
College of Letters & Science


A graduate of UC Santa Barbara, Alex began his career at UC Santa Barbara in 2008 after completing his undergraduate studies. 
Alex has worked in many different areas of University administration from organized research  to managing academic departments including the Environmental Studies Program and the Department of Statistics and Applied Probability. He is currently Assistant Dean, College Administrative Officer, for the College of Letters & Science. His experience ranges from project management, development & training, financial administration, and is Lean Six Sigma certified. 

Alex is an avid triathlete and marathon runner. He has completed 7 marathons, countless triathlons, and has competed in the Vineman 70.3 Ironman in Santa Rosa, CA. He lives in Santa Barbara, CA with his partner, Hugh, and their portuguese water dog, Bogie.  


Amber Noelle
UCSB
MSO, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology


Aaron McPherson
UCSC
Originally from Virginia, Aaron began his career at UC Santa Cruz in 2017 as a Career Coach at the Career Center. Since then, Aaron has worked as the Health Science Internship Coordinator for the Human Biology program and is currently the Department Manager for both the Applied Math and Statistics departments in the Baskin School of Engineering. 

Aaron lives in Santa Cruz with his husband, Evan, and their Boxer Basset Hound, Arlo. 


Chris Cabrera Thompson
UCLA
Chris is currently the IT Manager at the UCLA Department of English. Chris provides technology support for faculty, staff, students in the Department of English and Writing Programs.