2017 Excellence in Leadership Award Nominations


Staff Assembly would like to congratulate

the 2017 Staff Assembly Excellence in Leadership Award recipients & nominees!


Award Recipients

  • Joan Tenma Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Personnel, Academic Affairs
  • Salomeh F. Dabiri, Department Administrator, Neurobiology and Behavior, Ayala School of Biological Sciences


  • Aaron Nisley, Practice Manager, Clinic – Senior Center, Plaza Primary Care, Gottschalk Medical Plaza
  • Adrian Petrisor, Director, Information Technology, UCI Libraries
  • Akankshi Arora, Chief Administrative Officer, Radiological Sciences, School of Medicine
  • Amanda Swain, Associate Director, Humanities Commons, School of Humanities
  • Andrea Wasserman, Chief Administrative Officer, Mind Research Unit, Ayala School of Biological Sciences
  • Andria Pontello, Administrative Director, Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, UCI Medical Center
  • Araceli Rossi, Assistant Director, Career Development Services, Career Center
  • Barney Ellis-Perry, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer, Alumni Association
  • Colin Scot Andrews, Director of Facilities, School of Humanities
  • David Naimie, Associate Director of Student and School Relations, Admissions and Relations with Schools
  • David Ochi, Executive Director, ANTrepreneur Center, Applied Innovation
  • Denise Khaw, Director, SAGE Scholars Program, Center for Educational Partnerships
  • Denise Patrick, Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Degree Programs, Paul Merage School of Business
  • Dorothy Tu, Interim Assistant Dean, Sue and Bill Gross School of Nursing
  • Elizabeth Pace, Manager, Film and Media Studies, Art History, School of Humanities
  • Erika Jordan, Executive Director of Engagement and Annual Programs, University Advancement
  • Heather Ashbach Executive Director of Communications, School of Social Sciences
  • Jennifer Aaron, Assistant Dean, Office of the Vice Provost Teaching and Learning
  • Jim McKenzie, Posthumous Award | Former Assistant Dean, Donald Bren School of Information Computer Sciences
  • John “Patrick” Haines, Executive Director, Student Health
  • Karen Nguyen, Medicare Supervisor, Patient Financial Services
  • Kathleen Drake, Executive Director, Marketing and Communications, Paul Merage School of Business
  • Keith Beaulieu, Director of Operations, Medical Education Simulation Center, School of Medicine
  • Kirsten Quanbeck, Associate Chancellor, Equity Diversity and Inclusion, Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, Title IX/Sexual Harassment Officer
  • Krista Hollinger, Chief Administrative Officer, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department Administration
  • Lauren Greenstein, Manager, Gift Administration, University Advancement
  • Lisa A. Scavone, Organizational Services, Health Sciences Human Resources
  • Lisa Roetzel, Administrative Director, Campuswide Honors Program, Division of Undergraduate Education
  • Lorraine Pistorino, Chief Administrative Officer, Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine
  • Lorrie Aguirre, Department Manager, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Samueli School of Engineering
  • Maria Graziano, Assistant Dean, Physical Sciences
  • Mark Gardiner, Contract and Grant Manager, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
  • Megan MacDonald, Director of Outreach Programs, Claire Trevor School of the Arts
  • Melanie Joe, Chief Pharmacy Officer, Impatient Pharmacy
  • Nancy Chen Lane, Organizational Services Director, Campus Human Resources
  • Patricia Morales, Director, Admissions and Relations with Schools
  • Stacia Christensen, Chief Administrative Officer, Neurological Surgery, School of Medicine
  • Susan Talbot, Manager, Main Operating Room, Perioperative Services
  • Tanya Zabalegui, Director of Special Programs, Student Life and Leadership, Summer Sessions
  • Tracie Welser, Director and Learning Skills Counselor, DUE Learning and Academic Research Center
  • Wanda Marfori, Research Supervisor and Administrator, Department of Radiological Sciences, School of Medicine
  • Wayne Fields, Assistant Director, Student Affairs IT, Office of Information Technology
  • William Cohen, Director of Computing Support, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences

These individuals are UCI supervisors and managers who inspire their employees to focus their individual talents on the goals of the organization, and who motivate their employees to contribute at the highest level. These leaders are guardians of the culture and exemplars in living the University’s values.

Nominations are made by peers and require the support of at least 50% of the supervisor or manager’s direct reports. The winners are selected by an impartial committee convened by Staff Assembly. Award winners receive a $1000 cash prize and a personalized memento.

For more information about the Staff Assembly Excellence in Leadership Awards, please go to: http://staffassembly.uci.edu/2017/04/14/2017-excellence-in-leadership-award-nominaztions/.