Steering Committee

Leadership Members

Chair
Leah Kahn

UC Santa Cruz
Leah is a Curriculum Analyst within, and supervisor of Instructional Support Services for Jack Baskin School of Engineering. She is a very proud “slug”, having earned her Bachelor’s degree in Feminist Studies and Spanish 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!
Chair-Elect
Michael Daniel Austin
UC Riverside


Past-Chair 
Mark Lucas

UCLA
Mark Lucas currently serves as Chief Administrative Officer for the Departments of Neurobiology and of Computational Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Mark has been with the University for over 25 years in a variety of administrative and management capacities, including stints in the Department of Medicine Finance Office, as MSO of General Internal Medicine, and as Business Director for the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.  He has a background in business from both USC (fight on!) and UCLA Anderson.  He is currently Chair of the UCLA AMP chapter and Chair Elect of the UC Systemwide AMP.

Yvette Obando
Treasurer
Yvette Obando

UC San Diego
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
UC San Diego
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.
Secretary
Karen Ostergard
UC Davis
Karen Ostergard is the Chief Administrative Officer for the Arts departments at UC Davis.  She manages all things budget, HR and space for the Arts departments, the rules and policy person amongst amazing creative passion.  She has been at UC Davis for more than 30 years and is looking forward to retirement in a few years when she will spend more time on her own creative pursuits!

Committee Members

UC Berkeley

Andrew Park
Andrew Park
UC Berkeley
Andrew is the department manager for the Physical Education Program in UC Berkeley’s Bio-Sciences division. He oversees over 100 physical activity and lecture-based wellness/fitness/health courses serving 3000 students each semester. Andrew was raised in Oakland where he is heavily invested in community based organizations and initiatives. 
Shirleyrae Reed
Associate Director of Operations
School of Education
UC Berkeley

UC Davis

Megan Glide Villasenor
UC Davis

UC Irvine

Lorrie Aguirre
UC Irvine
Lorrie is the MSO for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) in the Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine. Lorrie has decades of successful management, financial accounting, IT, human resources, marketing, business and leadership experience. Her bachelor’s degree is in Organizational Leadership which has equipped her with decision-making, communication, conflict and change management, team building and development skills.

Lorrie has been with UCI since 2001, prior to her employment at UCI, Lorrie managed the corporate accounting office for a national franchise of automotive service stations in 19 states and provided oversight of information technology systems used in the business office.

Amy Ruth
UC Irvine

UCLA

Nancy Velasquez
UCLA
Chief Administrative Officer at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, which is part of the Social Sciences division under the College of Letters and Science. Nancy has worked at UCLA over 20 years, in various administrative roles from Fund Management, Operations, Finance, and Management. She has been involved with AMG for several years, and enjoys collaborating with members to achieve opportunities for professional growth and development. As a lifelong learner, she has a strong belief in professional development, along with mentoring others to strive for a greater success. Nancy finds her balance with inspirational reading, strength training, and HIIT fitness. 

UC Merced

Juana Dumagan-Garcia
UC Merced
Leann Nascimento
UC Merced
Leann joined UC Merced in January 2012 in the Office of Admissions. She then joined HSRI in September 2014 in a duo role as the Management Services Officer (MSO) and Grants Post-Award Manager. As department MSO, Leann oversees and approves all transactions and manages the operational budgets, as well as supervises the academic and Human Resource personnel hiring’s. Prior to coming to UC Merced, Leann worked for a non-profit agency as an Accountant II managing grants that support vocational programs, as well as assisting with internal audits.
Leann has led the Post-Award team in HSRI starting with 15 awards to now managing over 60 awards from funders including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Public Health, Cancer Research Coordinating Committee, Department of Army Research, Airforce Research, as well as the Medical Education Program. Leann and her post-award team has established an excellent working relationship with faculty in providing them with the customer service and administrative support to alleviate as much of the administration burden so that the Principal Investigators can strictly focus on their research.
She has received certificates of completion in Financial Management through the Society of Research Administrators International, Supervisory Certificate Program at UC Merced, Risk Management, and received the Staff Award of Excellence in Customer Service and Job Performance in 2018. Leann holds a degree in Accounting and Business Management which lead her to a career in the Governmental Accounting field, and now Research Administration.

UC Riverside


April Meinzer
UC Riverside

UC San Francisco

Angelina Marinello
UC San Francisco
Angie Marinello is the operations manager to the Senior Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer at UCSF.  She has been with the University since June 2012 and is a graduate of the CSU system.
 
Maryam Farshad
Director of Research Administration
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
UC San Francisco
Bay area native.  Have been at UCSF since 2014.  Went to grad school at Golden Gate University, graduated with an MPA degree.  Have been working in the public sector for over 15 years. Enjoy hanging out with family, being outdoors, cooking and gardening.

UC Santa Barbara

Boris W. Palencia
UC Santa Barbara
After completing a tour in Iraq with the Marine Corps, Boris studied at the University of California, Santa Barbara. While there, he became the President of the Student Veteran Organization, which received two awards for their veteran advocacy: The UC President’s Award for Outstanding Student Organization and UCSB’s Leslie Griffin Lawson Outstanding President Leadership Award. He received a B.A. in Economics and Accounting as part of the first graduating class from the Economics department.  After graduating from UCSB, Boris began a career as an accountant, quickly working his way up within the Extramural Funds Department at his alma mater. He is currently the Business Officer at the UCSB Admissions department, a volunteer with the Dream Foundation and a Rotaract member. Boris also holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and lives with his wife and son in Santa Barbara, CA.
M. Alex Radde
Assistant Dean
College Administrative Officer
College of Letters & Science
UC Santa Barbara

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.  

UC Santa Cruz

Amber Burke
Department Manager
Baskin School of Engineering 
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
UC Santa Cruz

Amber Burke is a Department Manager with the UC Santa Cruz Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Amber was welcomed to the engineering division as of October 2019, though she joined the UC Santa Cruz community as a proposal analyst in 2016. Her experience before UC Santa Cruz includes ten years of experience coordinating and managing social services administration, programs, and events. The things that excite Amber about her ongoing work at UC Santa Cruz are continuing to learn, serving fellow staff through community-building activities, streamlining administrative services, and contributing to an inclusive, vibrant, and friendly community. Outside of work, Amber enjoys mountain biking, building models, and reading a wide range of fiction.

Emily Gregg
UC Santa Cruz
Emily Gregg has worked at UC Santa Cruz for over 15 years and currently serves as the Computational Media Department Manager at the Jack Baskin School of Engineering.